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To think my colleague deserves to be fined

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Awdry Wed 03-Jun-09 23:23:56

For taking his reception child out of school for two weeks a week after they have gone back for half term.

They have booked 2 weeks abroad. Their dd is struggling in school. She took ages to settle in September and and seems to have a complete lack of confidence when it comes to school. (My ds is the same age and plays with her. They already took her out for a weeks holiday in February (however she wasn't 5 then so it could be argued it wasn't compulsory.)

She is now the term after they have turned 5 and they see nothing wrong with it. They havn't even told the school yet and they fly this weekend. Both parents have totally flexible holidays (I know I deal with holiday requests and she isn't working at the moment). It is purely so they can get a cheaper holiday abroad.

Their parents have a caravan they could use in this country instead.

I have namechanged in case I am recognised.

ItsAllaBitNoisy Wed 03-Jun-09 23:25:34

Mind your own business to be honest. Sorry.

SomeGuy Wed 03-Jun-09 23:25:49

Well as she's still in reception there's actually no legal restriction on it. Y1 would be different I think.

gerontius Wed 03-Jun-09 23:27:49

Surely she is minding her own business. She's not planning on complaining to anybody, or indeed doing anything. I thought that was half the point of MN - to go on about things you can't really say to people in real life.

Fimbo Wed 03-Jun-09 23:28:36

I am having a battle with my dh at the moment, he wants to take my dd out of school for a week next year (first year at High School, she will be 11, ds will be in year1). I just cannot get it through his head that it is unacceptable. <<sigh>>

I know how you feel.

sunnydelight Wed 03-Jun-09 23:28:48

Why do people get so het up about this - what on earth does it have to do with you? Are you afraid that your DD will get ten minutes less of the teacher's time when this kid returns if she needs some help? People make all kinds of paenting decisions every day that other people think are crap but ultimately (issues of safety, etc. aside) it's their decision. Maybe there is something in their family situation that you have no idea about (read thread about holiday refused for an empathy lesson). Don't worry, I'm sure lots of people will be along soon to join you in your outrage!

Awdry Wed 03-Jun-09 23:31:13

It is now the term after she turned 5 so she does legally have to be in school.

My children go to a differnet school so ther is no effect on them. I just see how it will affect her.

They were going to take her out in September a couple of weeks after she started but couldn;t get booked up.

There is nothing in the family situation I don't know about.

Awdry Wed 03-Jun-09 23:32:32

And normally I am very of the if it is the choice of a family holiday/can't get holiday at other times etc it doesn't matter camp.

This is purely so they can have their 2nd holiday abroad this year.

themoon66 Wed 03-Jun-09 23:34:23

'There is nothing in the family situation I don't know about.'

Wow shock How can you be soooo sure?

Awdry Wed 03-Jun-09 23:35:32

I can be 110% sure

Awdry Wed 03-Jun-09 23:35:58

I didn't want to say so before but I am family.

lisad123 Wed 03-Jun-09 23:39:24

well not being funny, hardly abusive is it?? They arent beating her? not doing her reading? not being bothered to get her to school on time?
take your nose out, and stop worrying, its their kids, their problem

pavlovthecat Wed 03-Jun-09 23:39:35

Its nothing to do with you whether they take their child out of school or not.

She is not about to sit her gcses. But even then, even if she was. YABU

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Thu 04-Jun-09 08:26:12

She's 5. She'll cope. So what.

'This is purely so they can have their 2nd holiday abroad this year.'

Sour grapes?

Boys2mam Thu 04-Jun-09 08:33:14

My DS is in reception and will be absent from school nxt week as his gp's are taking him away with them on their 2nd shock holiday this year.

If I thought anyone of my DB's had anything to say about my son missing 5 days of school, I know what I'd be saying to them!!

Boys2mam Thu 04-Jun-09 08:35:47

dammit.....any one of my DB's

burningupinspeed Thu 04-Jun-09 08:39:51

Even if you are family I very much doubt you know everything no matter what you think.

flamingobingo Thu 04-Jun-09 08:41:23


Children don't need school to learn, especially not at this young age.

oliverboliverbutt Thu 04-Jun-09 08:43:39

Personally I think a holiday with the family bonding and experiencing things you wouldn't normally experience (ie day in and day out of seeing the same people & classroom) is MORE of an education for children.
Learning happens all the time, not just in the classroom!

MrsMattie Thu 04-Jun-09 08:56:01

What a horrible, petty minded thread. Mind your bloody own!

Castiel Thu 04-Jun-09 09:00:55

I can assure you that sharing DNA does not mean you know everything about somebody. Unless you're the wife and even then it's in doubt. Regardless, it's none of your business.

TrillianAstra Thu 04-Jun-09 09:05:21

YABU for using 110%

BitOfFun Thu 04-Jun-09 09:10:33


A good holiday will do the child more good than SATS coaching or whatever it is they try to make them do at five. Stop being such a miserable nosey parker.

TheCrackFox Thu 04-Jun-09 09:15:52


At 5 years old I think some family fun is much more sensible than stuck in a boring classroom.

GetOrfMoiLand Thu 04-Jun-09 09:21:07


Sanctimonious thread.

Expect OP is writing a missive to the school as we speak insisting they are fined.

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