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to not want to pay £32 for a picnic !

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howmuchdidyousay Mon 15-Jun-09 18:25:53

DS is in yr 6 and traditionally the Yr6 parents have organised a barbeque after school for the Yr6 children and their families and teachers.I the past this has ben done on a pretty informal basis with people signing up to say send in a box of burgers or some drinks.This year there is a new HT who has said he doesn't want a BBQ on health and safety grounds and has asked some of the parents to organise it.They have decided that they willhave a picnic instead and have asked every family to send £32 which will cover food ,a momento of teh occasion and other bits and pieces.
It just seems so OTT to me.Wahat do you think ?

howmuchdidyousay Mon 15-Jun-09 18:26:54

Forgot to say I am a single parent and work full time so it will be only DD going and me if I can get time off

MrsJamin Mon 15-Jun-09 18:27:27

does seem a tad pricey. perhaps it's from M&S/ Harrods?!

yappybluedog Mon 15-Jun-09 18:27:27

shock

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Mon 15-Jun-09 18:27:57

blimey! How much are they intending on everyone eating! We don't spend that much on picnics we do for our entire family and some guests!

SoupDragon Mon 15-Jun-09 18:27:59

Find out exactly what you are getting for your money.

It is impossible to say whether it is reasonable or not with the vagueness of "memento" and "bits and pieces".

Or you could offer to help organise it.

TheProfiteroleThief Mon 15-Jun-09 18:28:16

Seems a bit unrealistic to have one price per family - I think they need to charge per head, adult and child, maybe free for under 3s.

yappybluedog Mon 15-Jun-09 18:28:22

they are 'aving a larf

TheProfiteroleThief Mon 15-Jun-09 18:28:43

We do a family picnic and school and just bring our own stuff - miles easier

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Mon 15-Jun-09 18:28:46

At ds's old school the year 6 parents were asked to:
Pay for a meal for their children
Pay for a meal with the other parents
Make a 'donation' towards the cost of something for the school. My friend's son's leaving cost her £300 on top of the terms school fees! shock

Thunderduck Mon 15-Jun-09 18:29:16

£32! For that price I presume that they employed Jamie or Gordon for the day.

Hassled Mon 15-Jun-09 18:33:25

Maybe the burgers are made from those Japanese cattle who are regularly massaged. And the bread rolls will be organic ciabatta. It won't be lettuce, it will be rocket washed in mineral water. You need to go just so you can report back .

LovelyTinOfSpam Mon 15-Jun-09 18:34:16

£32 is preposterous.

ThingOne Mon 15-Jun-09 18:37:24

£32 for how many people? Sounds barking to me.

GentlyDidIt Mon 15-Jun-09 18:37:50

Flipping Nora, that is a stupid amount of money. For that you should all be getting a 3 course meal served to you complete with coffee and cheese board after a day in a major theme park.

What on earth are the extras? Molton Brown hampers?

LovelyTinOfSpam Mon 15-Jun-09 18:42:22

For that you could get one of those big hamper things and stuff it full of smoked salmon.

I wonder if that is what they are planning?

dittany Mon 15-Jun-09 18:50:13

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dittany Mon 15-Jun-09 19:09:23

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sarah293 Mon 15-Jun-09 19:11:23

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bellavita Mon 15-Jun-09 19:14:00

Last year when DS1 was in Yr6, the kids compiled a list of food and drink the would like for their end of year disco/prom. All I had to send in was a cheesecake and two bottles of lemonade.

"The Friends" of the school who are our fund raisers, covered the cost of a party at the local community centre on the final night of term.

Thunderduck Mon 15-Jun-09 19:14:09

A memento of the picnic? Tell them the woven platinum baskets that they've obviously purchased to serve the food from,will do very nicely.

Baisey Mon 15-Jun-09 19:15:30

that seems rather steep (to put it mildly)
You'd be quite pissed off if you paid it and all you got was a manky egg sarnie, packet of ASDA smart price crisps and a plastic cup of orange squash!!

Baisey Mon 15-Jun-09 19:16:07

Is there nobody you could ask to find out what they have planned?

dittany Mon 15-Jun-09 19:17:24

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Hulababy Mon 15-Jun-09 19:18:56

What is the memento and other bits and pieces?

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