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Watching football at school ?

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Twoonatandem Thu 16-Jun-16 20:38:11

My 3 dc have all told me they watched the England/Wales football game at their (3 different) schools today. They are in years 5, 9 & 10. The eldest has a GCSE exam on Monday. AIBU to expect them to do school work at school, not watch football. It's not even as if it was the final or anything. We are not a football family, none of my children are really into football (although they will happily watch with friends) especially as an alternative to school work. My DH says the teachers probably wanted to watch it and I think he's right.

EatShitDerek Thu 16-Jun-16 20:39:42

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MumOnTheRunCatchingUp Thu 16-Jun-16 20:39:46

its 90 minutes!!!!

that is all....

justdontevenfuckingstart Thu 16-Jun-16 20:41:35

No big deal, at work we stopped and had some beers. Really not worth getting worked up about.

HalgoenHeater Thu 16-Jun-16 20:42:09

I remember our school had a TV up in the library throughout the whole world cup, pupils were allowed in to watch on free periods/ breaktimes/ if the teachers permitted it.

Its a one off, lighten up.

BolshierAryaStark Thu 16-Jun-16 20:48:12

DC school & nursery had it on, I can't bring myself to give a fuck & they loved it so yes YABU

HermioneJeanGranger Thu 16-Jun-16 20:56:01

It's 90 minutes, it'll make absolutely no difference to their education in the future.

Twoonatandem Thu 16-Jun-16 21:39:34

But it WASN'T a final. Are they going to do this for each group game ? It's not the fact that it's just 90mins, it's the prescedent it sets.
I'm well aware that it's not going to affect their long term employment prospects. In our area we are not allowed to take them out of school for holidays or other special occasions, whether with family or a day out at Wimbledon for example, and other parents have been fined. I just don't think it sets a good example to the children - you can have time off for this but not for that hmm.

MoltoIncazzata Thu 16-Jun-16 21:40:57

I can't help thinking we need volunteers for full time handing out of grips tonight.

LemonRedwood Thu 16-Jun-16 21:42:46

My class didn't get to watch it and I had parents complain.

Can't win.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 16-Jun-16 21:43:10

I'm a grip volunteer.

There you

sunnydayinmay Thu 16-Jun-16 21:43:33

Both my boys watched it in their schools (years 7 & 4). DH went down the pub with work colleagues.

You definitely need to lighten up a bit.

MumOnTheRunCatchingUp Thu 16-Jun-16 21:45:31

your poor kids.....i feel sorry for them if they face growing up with such joyless parents

TheDisreputableDog Thu 16-Jun-16 21:47:36

Today's game is the only game involving a home nation that will taken place during school hours throughout the tournament including all games in the knockout stages.


feathermucker Thu 16-Jun-16 21:48:14

It's England vs Wales, so reasonably significant in terms of sporting rivalry/history.

It's 90 minutes - 105 if you count the interval.


Judgeaway Thu 16-Jun-16 21:52:54

Yabu I was really happy when my Ds school announced they'd be watching it. And to be fair they finished school at half time anyway.

Piemernator Thu 16-Jun-16 21:54:25

They are still at school and it's not for long, you cannot compare removing them from school. Remove your hair shirt, kick off your shoes and feel the grass in between your toes because you sound mega uptight.

NoFuchsGiven Thu 16-Jun-16 22:01:00

My ds (primary) was pretty distraught this morning knowing his sister was being allowed to watch the match (high school) and he wasn't.
hen I picked him up from school he was buzzing as they watched the match too. Good on the schools for showing it I say.

clary Thu 16-Jun-16 22:06:00

Yes as others say, it's England v Wales that makes it special. This is not a thing that happens very often (Wales don't generally get through to the Euros!) and it won't happen again this tournament. So, no I gues they are not going to show every group game... (there have already been lots!)

OP I agree you need to relax. Maybe ask for some extra work over the weekend for your yr 10 child.

Noodledoodledoo Thu 16-Jun-16 22:32:50

I let my class watch it - if I hadn't I would no doubt have had to confiscate a lot of phones from students desperate to watch it.

I had zero interest in it myself - I got loads of marking done - however I did give all students a past paper to do and they have a very short deadline of getting it to me by Monday breaktime to make up for missing the lesson.

Some choose to do it in the lesson, the sound level was appropriate so they could work and I let those who didn't want to watch listen to music which is something I never normally allow.

They are a good bunch and they will have a consequence if the work is not in to me on Monday.

Sometimes you have to go with the flow to avoid a lot of issues.

I helped students with questions throughout the lesson so not a completely wasted hour.

RagamuffinAndFidget Thu 16-Jun-16 22:36:45

I remember watching World Cup games at school years ago.. It was great! I don't even really like football but it was fun to watch the games with friends and other students in the main hall. They even did a couple of before/after school hours showings. Like a couple of PPs have said, it's once every few years, it's not going to ruin their education or destroy their chances for the future. Kids have to work so flipping hard at school most of the time, why not let them enjoy a couple of football matches on TV?!

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