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So when did we start giving teachers presents?

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MummyDoIt Sat 19-Jul-08 10:59:12

Certainly didn't do it when I was at school (some considerable time ago as I'm in my early 40s). I was a bit taken aback last year by the stacks of presents handed over to DS1s nursery teachers. I'm a little more prepared this year but just curious as to when this tradition began.

MaloryTowersUrbaniteLady Sat 19-Jul-08 11:00:47

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FluffyMummy123 Sat 19-Jul-08 11:02:02

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Hulababy Sat 19-Jul-08 11:02:56

It happened amongst some, but not all, children/parents hwhen I was at primary school in the late 70s. Giving a thank you card, normally home made, was very much the norm too.

I recieved a fair few presents when I was teaching (secondary so not as wide spread) - started 1996.

overthemill Sat 19-Jul-08 11:04:46

yes i have no idea about this stuff (see my post about shirt signing). In my day (yes i am old) nothing like this happened. we gave our form teacher a bunch of flowers when she went on maternity leave (in 1973??). i do now give xmas pressies but limit to a £5 voucher for the cinema although did participate in a whip round for a beloved teacher who was leaving the school.
i was shocked when we moved last year and gave a leaving party for the class (it was a sudden move and wanted to mark it) and all the kids who came gave a present or a £5. was so shocked and a bit embarassed tbh. hadn't expected them to spend money on her. touching though too

MummyDoIt Sat 19-Jul-08 11:05:31

It was your shirt-signing post that inspired me to start this one, Overthemill!

MummyToOneForNow Sat 19-Jul-08 11:09:57

I was at school in the late 70s and 80s and never saw presents being given. I have received the odd one as a secondary teacher in the last 4 years but not many.

SpirallingOutOfControl Sat 19-Jul-08 11:12:52

My mum gave a very lovely teacher of mine a retirement present but I dont think anyone else did (circa 1976)

MummyDoIt Sat 19-Jul-08 11:16:37

Concensus seems to be that it started in the 90s then. Wonder whose idea it was and if they realised just how far it would go? It must the the bane of many parents' lives at this time of year.

cazzybabs Sat 19-Jul-08 11:17:15

When I was at school we did give presents...but maybe it is to do with economical climate....thus as fuel and food prices go up people have less disposable income and therefore no presemts.

cazzybabs Sat 19-Jul-08 11:17:38

ohh I was at school before the 1990s

Tigerschick Sat 19-Jul-08 11:20:27

I don't remember giving presents to teachers in my early schooling - 1982-5 - except a retirement one that we all contributed to. But then I moved schools and it was quite the thing to do.
During the late 80s my mum was a teacher at a very posh school (children arriving in Rolls Royces driven by chauffeurs etc) and she used to get cashmire jumpers and £50 restaurant vouchers - for Christmas, birthday and end of term from some parents!! shock

Mercy Sat 19-Jul-08 11:22:46

I only remember this happening when we left primary school - about 1974.

Other than that it was only if a teacher got married, had a baby or was leaving.

Mercy Sat 19-Jul-08 11:24:48

Mummydoit, it's a bit a pain tbh. I've bought 5 (very small) presents this year.

2 teachers, 1 TA and 2 Nursery Nurses.

susiecutiebananas Sat 19-Jul-08 11:27:12

my mum was a primary school teacher, and she had pressies at christmas and summer every year, a huge stack of them, for as long as I can remember, so at least back to early 80's.

It happened to each teacher in the school, every end of Christmas term and summer term. We LOVED it, as she didn't like most of the chocs, she always had a few boxes of Ferrero Rocher... & hated them with a passion. Funny how father christmas always stuck a box in our stockings too, amazing coincidence shock wink

Oh, I can still feel the excitement me ad my brother felt as we sifted through her box of pressies! My sister was never interested... hmm

fircone Sat 19-Jul-08 17:06:24

I was at primary school in 1970s and I always gave the teacher a Christmas present. I can still remember wrapping up the Coty gift set - Tweed or something equally horrendous!

Ledodgy Sat 19-Jul-08 17:14:29

I was at primary school in the late seventies, early eighties and we gave presents then.

PeaMcLean Sat 19-Jul-08 17:15:47

I vaguely remember giving presents leaving the third year juniors (1979?) Didn't do it in fourth year juniors though - male teacher.

Smithagain Sat 19-Jul-08 17:23:03

I gave presents - certainly to teachers I liked! Don't think we spent much on them. I probably made things (would love to know if any of them are still treasured! My nursery school teacher keeps accosting my mum in the street and asking after me! shock )

admylin Sat 19-Jul-08 17:28:16

We never gave presents years ago - my dad always said just after the war you took an apple for the teacher but it was just to suck up to them grin

My dc go to a Portugese-German school and we have alot of Brazilian pupils too and they transform the school into one big flower shop on the last day, nearly every child brings in big bunches of flowers or plants all wrapped in glittery paper and massive bows and ribbons on. It was so funny watching these little 1st years carrying bouquets nearly as big as themselves!

wheresthehamster Sat 19-Jul-08 17:28:21

I gave my primary teachers a present at Christmas (usually hankies) and a thank-you letter at the end of the summer term. That was early 60s. I wasn't the only one but it wasn't a gift fest like it is now.

I still have the letter from my teacher in 1964 who said "Thank-you for my hankerchiefs, you must have noticed what a big nose I have!!" I was mortified. As a child I didn't realise that teachers had a sense of humour and thought he was telling me off! grin

twinsetandpearls Sat 19-Jul-08 17:43:56

It is bonkers at dd school every child in her class brings in a gift, it is quite cute to see them all bringing them in though.

As a secondary teacher I get a few presents every year.

Have just told my year group I am leaving and I am collecting quite an odd selection of gifts from a photo frame to a china chicken!

MummyDoIt Sun 20-Jul-08 08:57:09

I wonder if it's a geographic thing then, that started in one area and spread. I was brought up in the north-east and that was present-free up to the 80s as far as I know.

paolosgirl Sun 20-Jul-08 09:08:00

I'm 40 and we gave presents back then in the 70's and 80's - and that was both in a Kent and Aberdeenshire primary.

I think it's a mad custom which should be banned by law personally, but I'm also aware that this is an extreme view grin

DuffyMoon Sun 20-Jul-08 09:35:48

I have never done it... blush

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