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user1474462227 Mon 23-Oct-17 16:31:03

My Dn who is 6 goes to junior school. Her school punishment for not listening etc is too clean lunch plates and do cleaning.This has to be done after lunch during their fun clubs. Is it me or this is terrible punishment !!! I've never heard of this. Do you think my Sister should complain to the school and governors etc?

[Post edited by MNHQ to remove name of school]

Pengggwn Mon 23-Oct-17 16:33:41

Not sure you should be naming the school here, especially as this isn't even your DS.

Punishment is fine in my view.

RedForFilth Mon 23-Oct-17 16:35:50

Is cleaning beneath your family or something? If they don't want to be punished they should listen!

Lethaldrizzle Mon 23-Oct-17 16:36:49

That sounds draconian and dickensisn. Poor kid.

Banderwassnatched Mon 23-Oct-17 16:37:25

She's 6? Since I didn't wake up in Victorian England, I think it's totally unacceptable.

Namechangetempissue Mon 23-Oct-17 16:38:15

I would ask for the name to be removed OP. I personally don't think cleaning lunch plates is a suitable punishment for a 6 year old.

MongerTruffle Mon 23-Oct-17 16:42:57

How does she go to a junior school if she's six years old?

Smartiepants79 Mon 23-Oct-17 16:43:10

I think it's a fab idea actually. Much better than most schools alternatives which is to just sit in silence outside the office.
It's called paying back to society. A bit like community service.
A little bit of washing up is going to do no harm.
In fact most kids I know love doing 'jobs'.
When do you think punishments ought to happen? The point of the punishment is that the child who has misbehaved misses out on something nice. It's supposed to be a deterent.

Smartiepants79 Mon 23-Oct-17 16:44:35

Can anyone actually explain why they think it is inappropriate?

tempstamos Mon 23-Oct-17 16:45:13

I wouldn’t want my 6 year olds to be made to wash up for not listening. But I don’t think you should of named the school on here.

Gileswithachainsaw Mon 23-Oct-17 16:45:42

She's six.

It's hard enough for adults to sit in a room full of other people all making low level noise and disruptions and completely block that out enough to listen.

Harsh imo

JonSnowsWife Mon 23-Oct-17 16:46:00

Cleaning plates for not listening? Seriously?

My autistic son got into trouble for swearing recently and had less of a punishment. confused

KittyVonCatsington Mon 23-Oct-17 16:46:32

Is it just scraping food off the plates? Or going round collecting plates to put in the trolley? There could be more to this, considering the OP is so short. All things that have been done as sanctions in the Secondaries I have worked in. This, and litter picking with those hand held 'claws' in the playground.

Oh and you must remove the name of the school by reporting to MNHQ, shocking to do that.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Mon 23-Oct-17 16:47:11

'Its like community service'

She's a 6 year old child not a bloody hardened criminal, ffs

EdgarAllanPO Mon 23-Oct-17 16:47:50

No. I don't think it is appropriate. Especially not at 6 years of age.

Pengggwn Mon 23-Oct-17 16:48:32

Scraping a few plates is hardly Commutation Row, is it? Wouldn't bother me at all as a parent.

MrsDustyBusty Mon 23-Oct-17 16:49:20

So long as the children understand that this is what will happen if they break certain rules, I think it's fine. They know what the punishment will be, it's work that's easy and safe for them to accomplish, it's useful to others, has a defined end.

WhatHaveIFound Mon 23-Oct-17 16:49:34

My DC went to a primary school where the children took turns to clear the plates away and wipe the tables down. However it wasn't a punishment.

How does you sister feel about it?

JonSnowsWife Mon 23-Oct-17 16:49:59

I wouldn’t want my 6 year olds to be made to wash up for not listening

I wouldn't be happy either and I generally support schools in those stances but there must be more to this?

P.s for some weird reason washing the pots was a reward when we were at school. Anyone who'd done exceptionally well got to go in with a buddy whilst one washed and the other dried.

ScipioAfricanus Mon 23-Oct-17 16:50:07

I’d rather they all did chores at school like they do in Japan so they respect the building and environs. Using it as a punishment kind of demeans the work of cleaning which isn’t helpful and perpetuates the notion that some people are ‘above’ it.

And yes, it sounds a bit dramatic unless it’s part of a wider school system of sanctions.

LIZS Mon 23-Oct-17 16:50:16

I think it is up to your sister to establish what really happened hmm

Namechangetempissue Mon 23-Oct-17 16:51:59

Because she is six years old, and her "crime" was not listening. To be honest, at six my children would probably have thought that was great fun and not understood the connection between the "crime" and punishment. You don't listen, you redo the work over. That makes more sense.

Babymamamama Mon 23-Oct-17 16:53:10

I'm baffled that you name the school. It's not even your daughter. Does the mother know you've done this post?

Jaxhog Mon 23-Oct-17 16:53:14

This is common place in Japan. Although there it is part of the lessons, not a punishment. Rather a good idea, I think.

Smartiepants79 Mon 23-Oct-17 16:54:00

And she's not being treated like a hardened criminal!!!!!
It's not 3 years hard labour.
It's a few plates!
It does children no harm to learn that actions have consequences. If your behaviours negatively impact on your (school) comminity then you need to make ammends. Is sitting around just watching a sand timer a more productive punishment??
I think it highly unlikey by the way that this sort of punishment is being used for simply 'not listening'.

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