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Peanuts33 Tue 20-Sep-11 20:18:47

I know this might sound a bit petty. DS has just started in Juniors and on any given day he needs to carry in a book bag, a lunch box, some homework and nine times out of ten he is carrying a jumper too. Anyway I went and bought him a school bag which is one of those retro gola type ones that cost £20 for him to put everything in rather than have loads of different things to carry.

His teacher has told him and other boys in his class who have similar bags that they are not allowed to bring them in anymore as they dont fit on the pegs and keep falling onto the floor. Altho other kids in the school can have them.

I'm really annoyed as I've just paid £23 for the bag and he wouldnt use it for anything else. My point is that if they are not allowed those kind of bags they should put it in the school policy or at least send a note home at the beginning of term before people go out and spend money on them.

AIBU to say that I am still going to send him in with the bag. He is worried that he is going to get told off.

13lucky Tue 20-Sep-11 20:23:01

I understand where you're coming from to be annoyed that you've spent money on a bag that isn't going to be used. But if he is worried about getting told off and the school have said they are not allowed to bring them in, then you I think you should respect that and not make him take it. He is obviously stressed about being told off and that is not fair on him.

scurryfunge Tue 20-Sep-11 20:26:05

Keep the bag for when he is allowed and buy a cheap replacement. No point in him worrying about it.

UniS Tue 20-Sep-11 20:30:51

23 quid for a school bag!!!! you was robbed. shell out 4 or 5 for a boring back pack from sports direct which will squash when empty of teh book bag and lunch box. Then he can use the nice gola bag another year when they have different cloakroom arrangements.

Mind you, IIRC from my school days - those gola bags never did fit well on pegs and the straps soon started to break and crack up.

spanieleyes Tue 20-Sep-11 20:35:51

schools can't cover every conceivable option in their policy, it would be pages long!

MigratingCoconuts Tue 20-Sep-11 20:37:57

I can see why you are irritated and I like the idea of saving it until he can use it.

The difficulty is that schools already have umteen different policies on all sorts of other matters and they might not have realised the straps didn't fit on the peg until after the start of term when your children turned up with them.

And its worth weighing up your irritation at buying the wrong bag against the irritation of having lots of bags repeatedly falling off pegs and (I'm guessing) causing trip hazards in the corridor and getting mixed up between the kids. Now that would do my head in!

mrz Tue 20-Sep-11 20:57:57

Would you rather they allowed the bag and it got wrecked from continually falling /being on the floor? stood on kicked around ...

Fairenuff Tue 20-Sep-11 21:02:24

Teach him to put his homework in his book bag, wear his jumper and carry his lunchbox. This will be a valuable lesson in organising himself for the rest of his school career. The number of children I see coming out of class struggling to carry letters, reading books, jumpers, coats, lunchboxes and an EMPTY bag!

Peanuts33 Tue 20-Sep-11 21:03:10

No mrz I would rather they had said beforehand that big bags are not suitable seeing as the pegs have been there for some time so they must have had the problem in the past.

MigratingCoconuts Tue 20-Sep-11 21:10:38

new designs of bags or new fads amoungst kids always bring new issues to resolve.

The school may not have realised the bags did not fit until your children all brought them in.

spanieleyes Tue 20-Sep-11 21:13:59

Presumably you have seen the size of the cloakroom and the amount of space ( or lack of it) I suppose the school expects parents to use their common sense-either that or they will need to install airline-like bag measurers to ensure that bags all comply with size guidelinesgrin

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