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To red pen DD2's school newsletter, and post it back to them?

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SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 10:49:39

Four A4 sides, last page has 11 spelling mistakes alone. I dare not check the other 3 pages, or I will have The Rage.

WIBU to correct it in red pen, and send it back to them?

mumandboys123 Sat 27-Jul-13 20:51:54

sorry, should have written it more...'too aggressive' as that's not my personal opinion.

mumandboys123 Sat 27-Jul-13 20:50:50

not red - it's too aggressive. Try green or my personal favourite is purple. I have also been known to mark in pink. Ho hum...

beatback Sat 27-Jul-13 20:30:58


beatback Sat 27-Jul-13 20:29:11

Sarah. I Think your DDs Head should say"FECE QUOD,FALIANT MELIORA POTENTES" regarding the spelling mistakes. I HAVE DONE MY BEST LET THOSE WHO CAN DO BETTER.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 20:08:34

I moved here because the school she was at was failing. DD1 was doing A levels at the same school, she was struggling with a lack of basics like text books, teachers turning up, teachers bunging a DVD of Coast on for Geography lessons, and not setting work. She got EED for her first year exams, came up here, resat the year and got BBB. Simply because she was being taught well.

I know schools, and grammar and private schools in particular, can be an emotive subject, but I couldn't leave them at a school that was being put on special measures. It's their future that's affected, and I simply wanted to do the best for them.

thebody Sat 27-Jul-13 20:08:28

imnotmymum, yes.

op not having a pop but our local comps (2) are both Ofsted outstanding so yes we are lucky.

think some grammar schools are trading in past glories and parents aspirations and need to sort themselves out.

both me and dh went grammar and wouldn't dream of them for our kids as they have most defiantly passed their best now.( the local ones)

of course though it depends on where you live and we all do the best we can for our kids.

curlew Sat 27-Jul-13 19:58:41

Just follow the course of action so wisely set out by CaptainJamesTKirk several pages back (good thing she has a memorable name). That way the school gets the prod it needs to sharpen up its act and nobody looks, feels or acts like an arse. Simple.

imnotmymum Sat 27-Jul-13 19:52:51

Not outstanding? My DD is clever and driven and goes to our brill comp (beat private schools don't you know) and I do not think I am denying her opportunities... Any way that another thread. Just saying ...

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 19:49:57

Ours isn't outstanding, and she got into the school under her own steam, she's clever and driven, it would be wrong of me to deny her the opportunities she wants.

Ours was in colour too, it's a good, interesting newsletter, apart from the mistakes. I've not looked at the other 3 pages, I've no intention of correcting it at all, but it was tempting!

imnotmymum Sat 27-Jul-13 19:44:26

Right with you the body...and ours is in colour...

thebody Sat 27-Jul-13 19:43:34

well you should have sent them to the local comp.

ours is 'outstanding' and the news letters are worthy of Jane Austen. 😄

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 19:40:47

I won't red pen it, I'm oh SO tempted, but it would be the height of arsiness.

I used to love the half termly menus that came home from one school. Bolognese featured heavily, and whoever typed it up used to spell it differently every time. To this day I am confused by the word, having seen so many variations of it.

queenofthepirates Sat 27-Jul-13 19:40:19

Do it, I ALWAYS want to know if I've made a mistake so I can do better and don't look a twat.

imnotmymum Sat 27-Jul-13 19:37:45

grin you'll look like an arse

LadyIsabellaWrotham Sat 27-Jul-13 19:36:57

Don't red pen it, you'll look like an arse, and Sod's law guarantees you'll make a mistake (your rogue apostrophe upthread is left as an exercise for the reader grin). But do point it out. I had to beg the school receptionist three times to change the sign in the office wishing them all a "successfull" term.

imnotmymum Sat 27-Jul-13 19:36:36

Yes you are Sarah.

BackforGood Sat 27-Jul-13 19:36:08

It's the sort of thing I would mention at a Parent's Forum type situation.... "er, I'm not sure who sees these in school before they get sent home, but are you aware they are going out with about a dozen spelling mistakes per page?" type comment.
The staff would probably be horrified, but really pleased they now know and can do something about it, rather than finding out months or years down the line that it's been happening for a long time.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 19:35:51

Err, I'm not worried in the slightest, DD is Y11, and perfectly capable of spelling correctly. I'm still allowed to be annoyed at the sloppiness of the thing.

imnotmymum Sat 27-Jul-13 19:30:17

Not sure where that is headed but if the Summer hols then ...seriously just chill. If your kids are doing well and are getting their targets or beyond then spend six weeks with them not worrying about a newsletter

apostropheuse Sat 27-Jul-13 19:29:56

*I'm the 'some secretary' who writes a school newsletter (actually, there are no such things as secretary's in schools - there are finance officers, business managers and office staff)

I have my newsletter proof read by two people, but it's amazing how easily an erroneous apostrophe/omission or a random spell check correction can be missed.*

... and you've just proved your point beautifully with your use of secretary's.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 19:28:30

WTF has that got to do with anything?

BackforGood Sat 27-Jul-13 19:26:52

I agree Alistron it's easy for the odd error to slip through, but I think the OP's newsletter is a lot different from that.

imnotmymum Sat 27-Jul-13 19:26:44

Seriously. It is the Summer holidays ...

BackforGood Sat 27-Jul-13 19:25:46

I'm generally a 'live and let live' person, and get very cross when people are critical of spellings / typos on a chat forum such as this, but a written document being sent out from the school, needs to be correct.
I do think I'd bring it to the attention of someone at the school, because I think it reflects badly on the school. not sure about the red pen bit though.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 19:23:42

That's nice, and confidence giving, too.

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