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To think the school should not be organising an art trip to New Bleedin' York?

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BitOfFun Thu 24-Sep-09 17:47:25

The latest from dss (14)- "Dad, can I go on a trip with the Art class to New York next year?"...at an approximate cost of £800 shock

The teachers have apparently said they expect him to sign up for it as his dad is an artist...hmm

Incidentally, he is also going on a school ski trip at a similar cost, and has more holidays than Alan Whicker as it is (although his dad and I haven't been away for three years).

AIBU to think that as we live in a city with an amazing galleries, including the greatest collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art probably in Europe, not to mention a superb branch of the Tate, that the school is taking the bleeding piss?

Who dreams up these crazy ideas?

If they want a jolly for the Department, what's wrong with Paris, even?

Blimey...

southeastastra Thu 24-Sep-09 17:49:50

ooh ds(15) said last year, they were going to NY (£800 too) though for business studies.

haven't heard anything about it this term yet though.

Portofino Thu 24-Sep-09 17:51:07

shock - I agree Paris should suffice at that age!

Sagacious Thu 24-Sep-09 17:51:15

Crikey
At my school we went to Wales to study drumlins

And I thought that was exotic

pigletmania Thu 24-Sep-09 17:51:22

YANBU its just silly when we have so many art galleries here, why should your ds go just because his dad is an artistangry

Lizzylou Thu 24-Sep-09 17:52:02

Wow, that is bonkers.

I really need to make some money before my two go to High school shock

YANBU, is there likely to be a big take up of this trip? Are all the other parents wadded?

shock at him being expected to take up the trip because of his Father's profession.

peppapighastakenovermylife Thu 24-Sep-09 17:52:10

I strangely walked past someone earlier who was exclaiming 'they are going on a trip to new york for history class'

Must be some kind of trend?! Madness.

MrsVik Thu 24-Sep-09 17:54:36

Paris, London, Florence... WHY would they come up with New York? No offense to New Yorkers, I'm sure it's wonderful, but don't these people realise that parents may be working to a budget?

FlamingoDuBeke Thu 24-Sep-09 17:57:36

YANBU - what a ridiculous sum of money for a school trip! shock

OrangeFish Thu 24-Sep-09 17:58:05

I would say yes, if he was in university studying art. At 14... well I think I wouldn't even pay for such a expensive ski trip.

jetonthedancefloor Thu 24-Sep-09 17:59:34

Yup - my DD was offered New York as well, but at £1400shockshock That was for a music classhmm and for just 4 daysshock

I explained to her that me, her little sister and herself could go to florida for a fortnight fornthat pricegrin <<thinks maybe i may have exaggerated a little, but she wasnt to know lol>>

Its a scam if you ask me - the teachers must just think, "ummm, where would we the pupils like to go this yearhmm

Hulababy Thu 24-Sep-09 18:00:56

I don't think the school is wrong to offer these trips.

I do think the school is wrong if it puts pressure on parents to let their children go. That is definitely wrong.

School trips, especially ones abroad, are not "jollies for the department" IME.

Presumably you allowed your child to sign up for the skiing trip he is going to, also at the same cost? Why? And why is that one any more acceptable than the Art one?

Astrid28 Thu 24-Sep-09 18:01:27

My niece is going on a trip to New York next year having just come back from a week in Rome. My sister is tearing her hair out to come up with the money for it so soon after with Chrsitmas in between.

I think if it were me it would have to be less a case of N.Y, and more N.O you can't bloody go.

BitOfFun Thu 24-Sep-09 18:03:01

It isn't, to me, Hulababy, but it's not my decision! We are raising a bunch of over-privileged little oiks IMO grin

BitOfFun Thu 24-Sep-09 18:03:54

Heehee, I like that one, Astrid grin

CatchaStar Thu 24-Sep-09 18:03:56

How much? shock

The fact the economy's in the toilet, lots of people are out of work and people are struggling financially enough as it is hasn't registered with the school then huh?

You can get really cheap flights over to paris, why wouldn't they just take them over for a day or two? Or like you said, take them into the city they live where there are plenty of galleries etc.

I think that's bonkers! You could go on a family holiday for that!

StrictlyAvadaKedavra Thu 24-Sep-09 18:04:30

My DD has a £400 college trip next year to Italy to do hiking hmm not like we don't have hills and mountains here for goodness sakes.

lavenderkate Thu 24-Sep-09 18:04:30

I for one, would not pay it.

mazzystartled Thu 24-Sep-09 18:06:08

You're in Liverpool like me aren't you BoF?

I agree there is an amazing amount on offer here and if they aren't using that first then it is indeed taking the piss and London is only 2 1/2 hours away

NY is of course fabulous, but IMO much of it would be lost on a bunch of 14 year olds

Astrid28 Thu 24-Sep-09 18:06:12

Just to add, I do think that the school is wrong to offer up these trips. It causes yet another divide between children - those who can afford to go, and those who can't.

However, I think an alternative would be to hand out a list when children begin the school of costly trips may come up to at least give parents a chance to sit and discuss with the child which would be best and maybe save up a bit in preparation. They get letters & lists for everything else after all....

supersalstrawberry Thu 24-Sep-09 18:06:20

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mazzystartled Thu 24-Sep-09 18:08:17

and shouldn't schools be thinking about the old carbon footprint? massively at odds with all their "sustainable schools" strategies

said Thu 24-Sep-09 18:11:13

These trips are really beginning to make me angry. Agree about NY being completely wasted on (most) school kids. But there's also trips to Thailand as well now (local schools). Apart from the obvious cost and division this will cause in schools, what is left for kids to discover as they get older?. Why is it essential that they need so many and so many far-flung trips abroad? We need a campaign to stop this.

SqueezyCheese Thu 24-Sep-09 18:12:01

Jesus, New York shock When I was at school we got to go to Windermere for 5 days and it was £95 (admittedly this was in 1986) and even then I had to behave myself for a year to be allowed to go grin

My little brother (13) is going to Paris next year with the school and it's £600 shock shock

Hulababy Thu 24-Sep-09 18:13:17

By BitOfFun on Thu 24-Sep-09 18:03:01 It isn't, to me, Hulababy, but it's not my decision! We are raising a bunch of over-privileged little oiks IMO

But my point is: if a skiing trip at £800 is okay, why is an Art trip at the same cost not okay?

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