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A cautionary tale for those considering joining the PTA

(22 Posts)
Hassled Wed 10-Sep-08 17:43:49

It's too late for me - I've already been sucked into the vortex - but otherwise read this and be afraid.

bumbling Wed 10-Sep-08 17:45:40

Bloody hell! Just started pre-school I have been warned.

DarrellRivers Wed 10-Sep-08 17:45:44

What a strange tale grin

BoysAreLikeDogs Wed 10-Sep-08 17:46:25

OMG

How utterly bizarre and wierd

And costly

SorenLorensen Wed 10-Sep-08 17:46:31

Lol at the idea of a splinter group PTA grin PTA people can be quite, quite mad though (and, yes, I've been sucked into the vortex too so I speak with the voice of experience).

MingMingtheWonderPet Wed 10-Sep-08 17:47:37

I always thought it was the children that were supposed to act, well, like children !

SoupDragon Wed 10-Sep-08 17:48:23

The Mail had a fuller story (I read it in a tyre shopo waiting room, honest!) Apparently the Widey Court Parents' and Children's Safety Group had only 2 members, Jayde Gerry and partner Timothy Chignell who set it up.

SoupDragon Wed 10-Sep-08 17:49:02

IIRS, they set the splinter group up after they were told they would need to be CRB checked in order to sit in and observe lessons in order to check the standard.

ComeOVeneer Wed 10-Sep-08 17:50:24

LOL. I am chair of our PTA and quite normal I assure you wink

Hassled Wed 10-Sep-08 17:50:55

I did feel the Guardian must have been missing some pertinent information . Agree that many PTA people (clearly not me though, oh no) are barking.

Hassled Wed 10-Sep-08 17:52:12

What I obviously meant was many PTA people, except those who MN, are often barking.

StellaDallas Wed 10-Sep-08 17:52:43

Since when has a PTA been allowed to observe lessons to check the standard? They must be mad. CRB checked or not, no school would allow that.
Still, never a dull moment in the playground, I expect!

SoupDragon Wed 10-Sep-08 17:53:17

Here is the DM's rather more sensationalist story

As chair of Vice of our PTA I had a quiet chuckle.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 10-Sep-08 17:53:53

LOL at the idea that there would be enough people to form two PTAs at dc's school!

SoupDragon Wed 10-Sep-08 17:55:37

The paper version of the story claimed the 2 parents were the only people in the splinter PTA.

muggglewump Wed 10-Sep-08 17:57:30

I haven't read the link but I wouldn't join the PTA.
I was tempted when DD started school as I was a SAHM but I was worried I wouldn't be welcome as a lone parent on benefits.
Anyway, I'd complained a few times about the parking at school when DD was in the pre-school and did again during P1 a bit more vocally (I said it was disgusting that the parents parked there and wouldn't walk the extra 100 metres if they parked in the car park)
Unbeknown to me at the time I said it in front of the head of the PTA who parks her 4x4 there every day.
Two years on, she still looks at me like I'm shit. Two years on I still judge her as a lazy arse that cares more about herself than she does about parking safely!

poppy34 Wed 10-Sep-08 18:03:10

the DM comments are magic...

ComeOVeneer Wed 10-Sep-08 18:48:20

Soupy you are chair of vice? Your PTA sounds a darn sight more racey than ours grin

SoupDragon Wed 10-Sep-08 18:51:58

Oh yes. We held a games night last term for which the poster I made read "children's games and races & adult games." I was made to reword it"

andiem Wed 10-Sep-08 18:52:27

we don't have a chair of vice either soupy what happens at your meetings?

SoupDragon Wed 10-Sep-08 18:53:37

Oh OK, I'm actually Vice Chair but it sounds so dull.

Gobbledigook Wed 10-Sep-08 18:53:49

I am Vice Chair and perfectly normal and rational....most of the time

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