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AIBU to send DD to school in school uniform?

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gallicgirl Tue 08-Sep-15 09:57:05

DD started school on Thursday.
When I dropped her off today the noticeboard advised us that tomorrow the children can wear red, white and blue as they would be celebrating the queen being the longest reigning monarch. I also heard the teacher and a parent explaining to kids that they didn't have to wear uniform.

I'm not a royalist in the slightest but neither am I a republican and I accept it's just a fun thing to do in reception class.

However, DD has been so excited about wearing uniform and starting school, that this is the first time in forever that I haven't had to drag her out of bed in the mornings and ask her repeatedly to get dressed or have an argument about what she's going to wear. The little love has gotten up and dressed in about 5 minutes flat.

I also don't think she has anything weather appropriate to wear- off the top of my head I can only think that she has some union jack swimming shorts!

So, what do you reckon, WIBU to end her in uniform as usual or is she likely to be the only kid not wearing red white and blue and will feel left out?

NotYouNaanBread Tue 08-Sep-15 09:59:56

I don't think she will feel left out unless you live in a particularly homogenous area - in our childrens' schools about 15% are not British, and as we're Irish, it wouldn't enter our heads to celebrate the British monarchy anyway, so I wouldn't be too fussed about feeling left out.

Nationalities aside, if she is bananas about her school uniform, then you should definitely let her wear it. "Themed" days are a pain in the behind, and shouldn't be encouraged anyway. #grumpymum

Cluesue Tue 08-Sep-15 10:02:40

I would put her in uniform just so she wouldn't be confused.

gallicgirl Tue 08-Sep-15 10:02:41

It's mostly white but with a reasonable proportion or children of other races/nationalities.

haha- I was thinking I was being grumpy mum too about dressing up so soon in the term with such little notice.

SaucyJack Tue 08-Sep-15 10:07:55

I'd dress her up if I were you.

IME (have DDs in yr 4&6) the absolute overwhelming majority of kids join in with all non-uniform days, and she's likely to stand out.

Suck it up sunshine. Rummaging around in the dress-up box/laundry basket at the last minute is gonnabe your life for the next 7 years wink

gallicgirl Tue 08-Sep-15 10:10:47

hmm I'll perhaps see what she says when she gets home. She can be a stubborn thing so if her minds made up by her teacher then I'll have no choice.

She does have a red dinosaur t-shirt.......grin

Hellocampers Tue 08-Sep-15 10:11:26

Generally it's a good idea to let your child join in and support school

My dds would have felt very left out.

longdiling Tue 08-Sep-15 10:12:21

Yep, what saucy said! Or do you have face paints? You could do a union jack on her cheek. Most people do join in though and she might be more upset at being left out than having to ditch the uniform.

GoblinLittleOwl Tue 08-Sep-15 10:15:02

Make her a crown in red white and blue, then she can be part of the fun but still wear her uniform. Or a red cape?

dodobookends Tue 08-Sep-15 10:16:55

How about something red white and blue in her hair?

CoraPirbright Tue 08-Sep-15 10:17:02

Can you nip to a shop which sells ribbon, wrapping paper etc? Put her in school uniform and then put red, white and blue ribbons in her hair?

CoraPirbright Tue 08-Sep-15 10:18:01

Haha - great minds dodo

AuntieStella Tue 08-Sep-15 10:20:43

Send her in uniform, but with R/W/B accessories and/or something to change in to when she's there and sees what the others are wearing.

Then you still get the enthusiastic dressing, but don't risk her feeling left out when she sees what her classmates are wearing.

gallicgirl Tue 08-Sep-15 10:24:37

Excellent ideas, thank you.
I was thinking a crown would be a good plan too. It'll keep her busy this afternoon.

Snowfilledsky Tue 08-Sep-15 10:32:36

OMG a dress up day on the 5th day back in Reception? The first opportunity for parents to show off comes so soon!

Prepare yourself for the most OTT range of red white and blue outfits ever.

The competition has started......

gallicgirl Tue 08-Sep-15 10:48:02


I suppose it'll be the first opportunity to get the measure of the other parents.
I actually suspect it'll all be fairly low-key. It's wear red, white and blue rather than dress up so I think it'll be normal leggings and t-shirts (prepares to be very wrong).

I wonder if I can doctor the dinosaur t-shirt with a picture of the queen?

TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Tue 08-Sep-15 10:48:52

Have you got any deely boppers from the last red nose day by any chance? They were red.

I'd dress up her hair and leave it at that. If she wants to join in, blue jeans, red or white t-shirt and a blue crown. Day 5 is harsh though prepare yourself, there are tons of the things.

TheHouseOnTheLane Tue 08-Sep-15 10:53:13

I promise you that 99.9% will be in red, white and blue and that DD will feel upset if she's not.

My DD did this in reception when they had a pyjama day....I luckily packed a set in my bag and when she saw all the others in theirs, she immediately changed in the loos!

As you say it will be low key...whatever you've got. Blue jeans and red t shirt along with a jacket for playtime is fine....schools are always overheated these days.

x2boys Tue 08-Sep-15 10:56:16

dont you just love how schools give you zero notice for these things and expect you just to have something red,white and blue?hmm

Snowfilledsky Tue 08-Sep-15 10:56:17

There will always be one. They will be sat at their sewing machine as we speak, and then making a start on the paper mache. grin

Have they already said no spraying their hair red? One Red Nose Day when Ds2 was in Primary they forgot to say that. sad grin

SaucyJack Tue 08-Sep-15 11:00:16

Put a little crown on the dinosaur, and use it to make a post-modern statement about the role of the Monarchy in today's society.

gallicgirl Tue 08-Sep-15 11:01:58

dont you just love how schools give you zero notice for these things and expect you just to have something red,white and blue?*

Especially given that we've all just bought uniform and I've already had to explain that she can only wear uniform and not some random white or green item of clothing.

She has a load of red,white and blue accessories that an American friend sent to her last July 4th. grin It'll be a subtle 2 fingers to the monarchists.

scifisam Tue 08-Sep-15 11:02:07

They don't mean one item that's red, white and blue, just wear clothes of those colours. So blue jeans plus a white t-shirt and red hoodie would do, or whatever you have that's similar. It's actually a combination that's easy for almost any family to come up with.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Tue 08-Sep-15 11:04:51

You could put her in red and blue ribbons and that was good idea about painting a union Jack on her cheek

x2boys Tue 08-Sep-15 11:06:18

my sons school had a dress up day last yr when they had been back about a week it was the schools 50th anniversary so they had the bright idea of all kids wearing sixties style clotheshmm

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