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payments enabling outside companies to come in during school day etc.

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border1 Tue 14-Jun-11 15:14:10

At least twice a year dc's school have a company coming in to run workshops. We are asked to pay an amount to cover this. Normally £7 - £8. On top of this we obviosly pay for school trips out. I don't mind this. Plus Snack which I understood should be free in KS1. Plus usual sponsor forms etc. I am feeling like a cash machine. How much does it cost you to send your dc to school?

YummyHoney Tue 14-Jun-11 22:20:55

Oh yes - the 'workshops'. It costs a lot! Workshops, Mufti Days, India Days, School Fund, Whip-round for Teachers, Poppy Day, Bob-A-Job-Week, School Fair Donations, Swimming donations...... give me a minute, I'm sure I'll be able to think of some more.....

YummyHoney Tue 14-Jun-11 22:27:40

.....sponsored swim.....

YummyHoney Tue 14-Jun-11 22:27:58

.....dance troupe.....

YummyHoney Tue 14-Jun-11 22:28:38

.....book club....

YummyHoney Tue 14-Jun-11 22:29:53

.....fountain pen, calculator, clip-board.......

YummyHoney Tue 14-Jun-11 22:30:12

......hat day....

YummyHoney Tue 14-Jun-11 22:30:41

......Roman Day....

YummyHoney Tue 14-Jun-11 22:30:58

.....Victorian Day.....

YummyHoney Tue 14-Jun-11 22:31:19

......Ancient Greeks day.....

YummyHoney Tue 14-Jun-11 22:32:34

....... Picnic on the field Day ......

YummyHoney Tue 14-Jun-11 22:33:56

.......Visiting Circus Day.....

YummyHoney Tue 14-Jun-11 22:37:13

.....bear with me..... grin.......

bigbadbarry Tue 14-Jun-11 22:38:08

Cake sales!

YummyHoney Tue 14-Jun-11 22:58:31

grin

.....100 Club.....

IndigoBell Wed 15-Jun-11 13:29:29

You should not be paying for snack! All kids in KS1 are entitled to a piece of fruit. And in EYFS they get a piece of fruit and a drink of milk. This is paid for by the govt..........

YummyHoney Thu 16-Jun-11 18:55:11

.....jeans for genes day.....

HarrietJones Thu 16-Jun-11 19:29:45

We are paying 1-2 a time not 7-8 shock

veritythebrave Thu 16-Jun-11 19:58:57

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border1 Thu 16-Jun-11 21:53:54

I also don't understand why they have to bring these agencies in.

gordongrumblebum Thu 16-Jun-11 22:03:54

It's to save money - if we go on trips out, parents moan that they're too expensive (coach costs are extortionate).
If we have people in (they cost £300+ per day), they complain because the children aren't going out and refuse to pay.

Don't know why schools bother organising treats for children if their parents are so ungrateful. (And it is a bloody hassle organising them.)

veritythebrave Thu 16-Jun-11 22:07:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

gordongrumblebum Thu 16-Jun-11 22:37:25

Lots are ungrateful, verity...

We lose loads of money on events held in school because parents don't realise that we have to pay loads of money to hire the performers (probably because we're not going anywhere)!

I know all of these things put a financial burden on parents (particularly if you have 2+ children), and I haven't got a clue what to do about it, except maybe fundraising through the PTA.

IndigoBell Fri 17-Jun-11 10:25:57

I'm ungrateful.

I don't want school to organise 'treats' for my children.

And I certainly don't want to pay for school organised 'treats' for my children.

All I want school to do is to teach my children and keep them safe.....

I always do pay, and I can afford it. But I don't appreciate it.

And I never have any evidence that my kids have enjoyed it or learnt anything from it.........

border1 Fri 17-Jun-11 14:01:26

Yes 7 to 8 pounds is not cheap especiily when it comes with a you can buy a costume for £30 etc etc. I also have 3 dc and it gets expensive. I always pay it even when the school doesn't even bother to tell us it voluntary. Plus I also don't think children see it in the same way as a trip. One dc is going on a trip which is admittedly costing £20 but the others are upset because they are going on a trip. They don't really see these days run by external agencies as a treat.

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