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School on birthdays?

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barbarianoftheuniverse Wed 23-Sep-09 10:37:50

How standard is it for a thirteen year old to take a day off school on their birthday in order to go birthday present shopping with their mum?

Hassled Wed 23-Sep-09 10:38:47

Not very standard at all, I'd have said.

Hassled Wed 23-Sep-09 10:39:13

Have quizzed DD who has never come across it.

sarah293 Wed 23-Sep-09 10:39:32

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randomtask Wed 23-Sep-09 10:39:38

Not known at all in my world. Have done it after school though.

bruffin Wed 23-Sep-09 10:48:35

I wouldn't. DD's was 12 on friday and she had a lovely day at school.

AMumInScotland Wed 23-Sep-09 10:51:16

Not something I've heard of happening, though DS always falls on halfterm anyway. But no way I'd give him a day off just because of a birthday.

claricebeansmum Wed 23-Sep-09 10:51:56

Not standard at all.

LadyGlencoraPalliser Wed 23-Sep-09 10:52:37

Not standard at all. I wouldn't do it.

gorionine Wed 23-Sep-09 10:53:56

Never heard of anyone doing it before today.

Buda Wed 23-Sep-09 11:01:52

Never heard of it. DS is August though so it won't arise in our house.

barbarianoftheuniverse Wed 23-Sep-09 11:14:52

Had been led to believe it was the natural progression from pass-the-parcel.

EccentricaGallumbits Wed 23-Sep-09 11:17:50

N. I'm cruel and have forced the DDs to school on theirs, despite never having gone on mine (August) and also ensuring I always book a day off work for mine too blush

asdx2 Wed 23-Sep-09 12:00:23

It doesn't happen here, I send them with birthday cake to share with their friendssmile

nappyaddict Wed 23-Sep-09 12:17:22

I would give DS a day off if he wanted one blush

deaddei Wed 23-Sep-09 17:59:19

Why nappyaddict?

janeite Wed 23-Sep-09 18:04:24

Absolutely not on.

cory Wed 23-Sep-09 18:19:15

never heard of it

foxinsocks Wed 23-Sep-09 18:21:19


though I have been AMAZED how many colleagues have taken the day off from work on their birthdays.

pagwatch Wed 23-Sep-09 18:22:36

No. Does not happen here or amongst DCs peers.

But my Dcs like going to school to see their friends on their birthdays

IWantCleanCarpets Wed 23-Sep-09 18:25:56


mumblechum Wed 23-Sep-09 18:32:16

DSs b/day always seems to fall one or two days before the start of Sept term, so hasn't arisen.

I often take my birthday off as I really hate my job.

elmofan Wed 23-Sep-09 18:44:53

i have let ds stay off school on his birthday once or twice blush but he is still in primary school . he then brings in cake & goodies to school the next day .

FritesMenthe Wed 23-Sep-09 18:49:15

Not on at all.

malovitt Wed 23-Sep-09 18:53:07

I made DS go into school (year 7) on his birthday last year and he came home covered in bruises from getting 'birthday beats' from other pupils. Completely spoiled his day.

Although it's apparently only done in the first year of secondary around our way, he's having this year's birthday off, and will come out shopping for goodies with me.

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