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Sparklymommy Tue 15-Oct-13 08:53:09

The whole class is invited. How ridiculous! What about if your in a school with three classes for each year group? Do you have to invite the whole year group?!?!

Currently organising a disco for my four children and they have got the invite list down to 66. That's NOT inviting everyone, just the children they want to come. And I'm sure a few extras will be added before the actual day. If we had to invite everyone then that would be the WHOLE SCHOOL plus lots from the dance school. I'm mad, but not completely gaga!

Sirzy Tue 15-Oct-13 08:54:38

I think the point that was being made is that it isn't nice to give out invites at school to all bar a few children which is right IMO.

Personally I think you either need to invite less than half the class or all of the class. To leave out just a handful isn't very pleasant.

bigbrick Tue 15-Oct-13 08:56:10

Not everyone is good friends with their whole class. Why is the school class taken as the group for the child as children are also friends with children not in their class - other school classes, neighbours, hobbies, sports etc. The school doesn't control the kids parties or friendships

PresidentServalan Tue 15-Oct-13 08:56:24

I read the article and I think the guy was asking that party invites not be given out at school if the whole class wasn't invited (that's how I read it but I could be wrong - it was in the Daily Fail!)

gordyslovesheep Tue 15-Oct-13 08:56:45

Actually they have banned them being given out in school ...which seems fair to me

CeliaLytton Tue 15-Oct-13 08:56:57

What do you mean by 'banning'? That children can't give them out in school? If so, I think fair enough. Arrange for them to be given directly to parent before or after school, no need for a grand display of 'YOU are invited but YOU are not invited' within school time.

mrsyattering Tue 15-Oct-13 08:58:27

it is absolutely ridiculous! invite who your kids want. childen find out soon enough that they can't be everyone's friend. school can't dictate like this to you shock

Sparklymommy Tue 15-Oct-13 09:00:36

Fair enough, but if you only see that child at school then sometimes it's the only way to give out invites. Perhaps it will come to the point where people will post invites, but then I don't know all the addresses of my children's friends. Or all the e-mail addresses. I don't know all the parents. I can see that it isn't nice to be left out, but its not always possible to invite everyone. And as someone else said, what about friends from other places? Half my children's invites are for children outside of school.

mrsyattering Tue 15-Oct-13 09:00:37

I agree with handing to the parents though

CeliaLytton Tue 15-Oct-13 09:02:08

If you see a child at school you must also see them before and after school. So hand to the parent/carer. Problem solved.

gordyslovesheep Tue 15-Oct-13 09:03:24

No ones saying you HAVE to invite the whole class though the article. He is simply preventing invites being handed out in class

Pagwatch Tue 15-Oct-13 09:05:10

If you see the parent at school, ask for thir address or email address. Or ask a mutual friend. Or ask the teacher to give the parent a note to call you...

<wonders why this is complicated>>

ilovesooty Tue 15-Oct-13 09:05:23

school can't dictate like this to you
I would imagine that the school is perfectly entitled to ban the use of its premises to facilitate social arrangements scheduled to take place outside school.

nomorecrumbs Tue 15-Oct-13 09:05:37

Initially I was against this, then I thought of school as like a workplace.

Well, all colleagues are invited to work parties which happen off work premises, why can't schoolchildrens' parties be the same?

If children want a private party they can still do so, just don't hand out the invites at school.

Sparklymommy Tue 15-Oct-13 09:06:19

It's not our school, just to clarify. It's in the news review on LK. I just think its absurd. My children will be taking in invites this week. I expect them to give them out before/after school. I don't often go to the school so won't be overseeing it and as I said, I don't know every parent. Bizarre!

MadeOfStarDust Tue 15-Oct-13 09:06:21

So what age to kids then get to realise that the sun does not shine from their bum and that sometimes they will not be invited to things that someone else is??

treaclesoda Tue 15-Oct-13 09:06:45

When I read these things I just wonder why has this suddenly become an issue now? When I was at primary school it was the norm to give out party invitations at school, no one thought anything of it, and there was no real drama. Some kids went to one kids party, others went to other kids parties, it all worked out ok.

For my kids parties, if I had to give party invitations directly to parents, I could only invite the kids who have SAHM's because I wouldn't know their granny/granda/auntie/childminder at the school gates. And I certainly don't know where they live.

Tailtwister Tue 15-Oct-13 09:07:17

At DS's school the teacher won't distribute party invites into book bags unless it's for the whole class. We have a parent contact list with everyone's address/email on, so if you want to do a smaller party you can. I think that's a very good way of dealing with things.

However, you won't spare children the disappointment of not being invited because parties are talked about afterwards. DS mentioned one he wasn't invited to and I just explained that sometimes it's not possible to invite everyone. He seemed happy with that.

Theas18 Tue 15-Oct-13 09:07:36

They are only banning giving out of invites in school aren't they . This is surely to avoid the " everyone else but my child was invited" type postings ( and I assume also having the teacher/TA given them out/put them in book bags is a bind too taking work time from them- if everyone gets one then it's just a pile by the door saying " billys party please take one") .

They aren't making you " friends with everyone" just if you want specific kids you should invite them yourself

Small parties really should be a 1 to 1 invite anyway?

fluffyraggies Tue 15-Oct-13 09:08:02

Yes, they are saying invite who you want, but if you are inviting lots of children from one class but not all then please do it discretely to save the feelings of those left out. Not much to ask.

You wouldn't send your kids in with a bag of sweets to proudly hand out to only 20 of the 25 kids in their class and leave out the ones they don't like.

ToggyD Tue 15-Oct-13 09:08:24

I might start a thread about this in chat. I'll invite:

and Sirzy, to post on it.

ToggyD Tue 15-Oct-13 09:09:28

And Fluffy
and Stardust

ToggyD Tue 15-Oct-13 09:10:17

And Pagwatch
and Nomorecrumbs

Lottiedoubtie Tue 15-Oct-13 09:10:33

I imagine they will realise it once they hear from X that they are going to Y's party but they are not.

That seems like a normal way to find out.

What seems cruel is Y being allowed to hold court in the cloakroom (or wherever) saying 'one for you, one for you, oh, yes and you I love you, but no not you, you're one of the two people I've decided to leave out....'

MidniteScribbler Tue 15-Oct-13 09:11:12

I do the same as Tailtwisters teacher above. Unless it's for the whole class, then it needs to be done away from the classroom. It's not that people need to invite the whole class, but it stops the big display that often goes along with the invitation process. Yes, I'm looking at you woman who thought she'd send a clown to stand at the door of the classroom to ask each student's name and hand them a balloon only if they were invited. Four students out of thirty were not invited. Rude bitch.

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