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mumsywoo78 Wed 03-Dec-14 23:36:02

Hi, my dds school has lost her learning journal scrap book from when she was in the nursery and im absolutely devastated. The journal contained lots of photos and teachers observations and info about dd also lots of her work from her time In the nursery was a beautiful keepsake so im heart broken at its loss. Dd is now in year 2. The journals were handed out to her class at the end of year 1 but for some reason dds was missing along with two other childrens journals. Ive been to see the head teacher over this a few times but I feel im just being fobbed off with 'were still looking' and I feel they dont seem to understand how important the journal is to me. One TA has been very good and has had a good look for it but couldn't find it. Im so upset over this and cannot seem to let it go. Has this ever happened to anyone else? Can anyone offer any advice as to how I can get the school to take its loss more seriously and maybe launch an investigation into what may have happened to it? Sorry to go on a bit and thanks for taking time to read this. X

TywysogesGymraeg Wed 03-Dec-14 23:42:20

I think launching an investigation is a bit OTT OP! I understand you're disappointed, but mistakes happen and I'm sure you'd prefer the school spent whatever money an investigation would cost on something more useful to the school.

Don't you have plenty of photos and DC's drawings etc at home?

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Wed 03-Dec-14 23:50:33

Are you sure it got handed over? Could it still be in the nursery?

cazzybabs Wed 03-Dec-14 23:54:02

TBH it would make sad as a parent but as a teacher the value of it now must be minimal... the assessments have been used... it is a mistake it has got lost. things go missing all the time - i think your school probably are far too busy to look further for it.

PatriciaHolm Thu 04-Dec-14 00:06:54

I can see how you might be upset, but a formal investigation is way OTT - and any result is just going to be,"it got lost." All sorts of things could have happened to it, and you never know, it might turn up. School has, to be frank, far more important things to be getting on with.

There isn't anything they can say other than "we are looking". In terms of photos, it might be worth asking if they still exist somewhere on a PC/camera and you might be able to get some reprinted, but that's about it.

simpson Thu 04-Dec-14 07:45:37

Really??!? hmm

You have been making the school look for it since July? shock

There isn't a lot the school can do if it lost (and it sounds like it is) I would just let it go & move on...

(DD's nursery journal was also lost & never found which whilst annoying I certainly wouldn't have the school looking for it for 3/4 months or involve the HT).

SunnaClausIsComingToTown Thu 04-Dec-14 07:48:59

It's sad but you need to let this go. They have looked for it more than once and that's all you can ask of them, they have better things to do with their time.

Snapespotions Thu 04-Dec-14 07:53:33

I understand that you're upset, but rather than pushing for an investigation, I think you need to focus your energies on coming to terms with what has happened. Things do get lost sometimes, and no amount of investigation is going to change that. It's sad, yes, but it really isn't the end of the world. You need to let it go.

OwlCapone Thu 04-Dec-14 07:59:36

I completely undersand why you are upset but I think you are over reacting with talk of launching an investigation. With time, I think you will realise this. I can look back at several such incidents when mine were small and cringe even though they seemed so very important at the time.

PastSellByDate Thu 04-Dec-14 10:36:09


I totally get why this is upsetting - but the lesson to learn here is that if you can't bear the idea of someone losing something either make a copy/ scan it in/ or don't let it go to school.

I think this is one of those hard lessons - it's awful losing something you really valued - but i

PastSellByDate Thu 04-Dec-14 10:44:24

sorry- computer just locked and went ahead and sent the message-

what I wanted to say is what I think you should do going forward is try to avoid letting anything you really prize getting lost again.

The exact same thing happened to me when DD2 wrote a lovely poem about visiting her Auntie over a May Bank Holiday and going to the seaside with lots of sweet illustrations - it was submitted to school in her English workbook - which then 'disappeared' and although I'd promised Auntie we'd send the poem - in the end we just had to send pictures and a thank you because neither DD2 nor I could remember the wording exactly.

Since then I've invested in a printer with a copier/ scanner - and now when I want a copy or scan of something I'm really proud of/ or prize - I can.


in the meantime - approach your old nursery - it's a long shot - but it may just be possible that they have a copy of your DC's learning journal on file still.


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