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Holiday or 100% school attendance!!!

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Katyloo77 Wed 21-Sep-16 10:40:06

Just wondering what others would do in this situation. It has been 3 years since we could afford to take a holiday abroad ( which we did in school holidays). I have found a great holiday for October but would mean that DS needs to take last two days of this half term of school, leaving on the Saturday same holiday is £900 more...! Which we cannot afford. DS talks nearly every day how he wants 100% attendance this year as you get a badge from I support this and miss the holiday or take a family break. DH works away all week and a family break with a bit of sun would be good for all of us. DS is in year 3!

Mybeardeddragonjustdied2016 Wed 21-Sep-16 10:42:19

Let him make a 'best holiday' badge instead! We are in the same boat - kids always get 100%but we are away soon too! Kids more excited about hols!

Katyloo77 Wed 21-Sep-16 10:43:44

Badge...Good idea...! Maybe I'm over thinking this one.

Eolian Wed 21-Sep-16 10:50:27

I'd avoid missing 2 days of school if I were going to get in trouble for it or be fined etc. I certainly wouldn't avoid it for the sake of a 100% attendance certificate. I totally disapprove of them anyway - if a child is ill, it's appalling to make them feel they've failed at something! I'm a teacher btw.

Ijustworkhere Wed 21-Sep-16 10:53:31

Since the 100% attendance award at schools seems to be a prize for not getting sick, I'd take the holiday. He's only got to have one case of a sickness bug and he's not getting the badge anyway...

ReallyTired Wed 21-Sep-16 10:54:13

What are the chances of a year 3 going through the entire year without being ill once?

user1474404784 Wed 21-Sep-16 11:16:53

Agree with PP - make him a badge and assure him he will have much more fun on holiday! Maybe with ice cream bribes grin

Katyloo77 Wed 21-Sep-16 11:20:30

Thanks all...never taken a child out of school for holiday. Do I tell school it's holiday or say he is sick on last two days. I have always been taught "honesty is the best policy" but in this case is honesty asking for a problem?!

user1473282350 Wed 21-Sep-16 11:32:12

I'm against 100% attendance as I honestly think children need to learn that when they are sick, they need to rest and that continuing doing what they normally do and running to the GP for a prescription of antibiotics is not the right way to get better from most childhood illnesses.

Your child will have completely different learning experiences during the two days holidays and will probably absorb more of these two days than he would if he were in school with the end of half term craziness.

Go book the holiday!

Yes, I would tell the school, be prepared that they may not like it - ask for work in advance that he may miss and depending on where you are going write a quick "we are thinking of looking at this for education purposes" list for the holidays.

Bountybarsyuk Wed 21-Sep-16 11:35:18

I wouldn't mention it to the school. I did, and it turned into a big palava and they were going to tell the welfare office and I got numerous letters for months afterwards about poor attendance and so forth, and this was for a one-off week before Christmas once in their entire schooling!

I would just book it and ring in sick. The rules are daft and I no longer play by the rules.

Gowgirl Wed 21-Sep-16 11:37:51

I would ring in sick, save everyone a load of paperwork

greenfolder Wed 21-Sep-16 11:39:03

On the odd occasion I have taken dd3 out of have written and told them. I haven't asked permission cos they won't give it. However school is reasonable and la has a published policy of only considering fining if it's more than 5 days in 13 weeks.

CecilyP Wed 21-Sep-16 11:39:56

As it is so early in the school year, the chances of him not being ill for single day in the rest of the year are fairly remote, so he probably wouldn't get the attendance badge anyway. If it was June and he was nearly there, that would be different. So I would go for the holiday.

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ScarfForAGiraffe Wed 21-Sep-16 11:45:18

I wouldn't lie. The teachers here have said they don't like it - it's not right to make children lie to their teachers and friends.

Id just write a letter letting them know of your plans, and why if you feel like it, stating you're aware it can no longer be authorised. It's much easier for teachers if they know your child won't be in.

So far here people haven't been fined if less than 5 days and even then rarely but it probably depends on the head. In your case you're saying more than you'd be fined.

Do it!!

idontlikealdi Wed 21-Sep-16 11:48:22

Holiday for sure.

viques Wed 21-Sep-16 11:51:50

Please do not ask for 'work in advance that he may miss' . If you take your child out of school then you have to accept that he will miss some work. Teachers have enough to do to teach the children who have turned up let alone sorting out stuff for those on holiday!Anyway they are not likely to be learning 'new ' stuff for two days at the end of the half term so your child will just have to concentrate a bit harder when they go back.

My response to can 'we have work ' ( to shut the kids up while we lounge around the pool) used to be, learn 10words a day if you are going abroad, buy a notebook and write a whole page diary of what you have done and seen each day ,find out 20 interesting facts about the place you are staying and learn how to count to 50 in the language.. funnily enough I never got a single diary back to look at.

PigletWasPoohsFriend Wed 21-Sep-16 11:51:59

I wouldn't lie. The teachers here have said they don't like it - it's not right to make children lie to their teachers and friends.


Bountybarsyuk Wed 21-Sep-16 11:54:46

The children don't usually have to lie if they are going off for two days into a holiday. Who is going to ask them why they are not there on Thurs/Fri when they are not there? By the time they get back, no-one will be interested in when they left.

Ego147 Wed 21-Sep-16 11:55:06

Take the holiday.
2 days in year 3 make no difference.
Don't lie. Just tell them he won't be in - it will be unauthorised.

Have fun.

Bountybarsyuk Wed 21-Sep-16 11:55:47

I also don't lie directly to the teacher, I would just ring the appointments line and say 'x isn't coming in today'. You don't even have to give a reason if you feel that strongly about it.

Writing letters draws attention to yourself when you are breaking the rules anyway, where's the sense in that?

ScarfForAGiraffe Wed 21-Sep-16 11:56:03

We did a diary viques when we took ours out. It didn't get properly looked at in school but she treasures it smile

KathArtic Wed 21-Sep-16 11:56:09

For goodness sake, save yourself a load of shit and call in sick for two days.

Fuck honesty, enjoy yourself!

user1471439240 Wed 21-Sep-16 11:57:11

A tan may be hide to disguise?

Glittered Wed 21-Sep-16 11:58:55

Similar thing happening here
Dh is turning 40 before Xmas and we have planned a weekend away as a family this means Dd missing school on the Friday and Monday
I don't know whether to just bite the bullet and tell the school or ring in sick on those 2 days. She's only in reception

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