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seeker Fri 15-Mar-13 18:10:46

would you take him out of school for a week in June to go to a Tall Ships Festival in Rouen with his dad? Staying on a tall ship that's part of the festival- helping to manage the ship, show visitors round- and seeing Madness would, wouldn't you? Even if you are massively against holidays in school time?

pansyflimflam Fri 15-Mar-13 18:11:34

Yes without a backward glance.

BooksandaCuppa Fri 15-Mar-13 18:11:58


Notquite Fri 15-Mar-13 18:11:58

God yes. Highly educational.

BooksandaCuppa Fri 15-Mar-13 18:13:05

And I would already have my request for absence formulated: ask for it to be put down as 'educated offsite'.

BooksandaCuppa Fri 15-Mar-13 18:13:39

(except the Madness bit).

YellowAndGreenAndRedAndBlue Fri 15-Mar-13 18:14:24

Yes, not a thing a child would experience in a week at school would compare to an amazing learning experience like that.

BeerTricksPotter Fri 15-Mar-13 18:14:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BooksandaCuppa Fri 15-Mar-13 18:14:59

This, I feel certain, would be approved at my school.

fieldfare Fri 15-Mar-13 18:15:11


Niceweather Fri 15-Mar-13 18:24:01

Yes, say that it's a "once in a lifetime opportunity". This is a circumstance that they should approve.

sandyballs Fri 15-Mar-13 18:26:16

Definitely as long as he isn't struggling at school or behind.

BrianButterfield Fri 15-Mar-13 18:30:25

I'm a teacher and I'd be OK with that - much better than the crap most kids get taken out for. As long as you train him not to say "but I was awaaaaay for that" for the next three weeks as it's very annoying.

ChazsBrilliantAttitude Fri 15-Mar-13 18:38:58

No wink
But I might take him out to spend a week
Practicing his foreign language skills
Learning about social, economic and maritime history
Studying the Hundred Years War and the story of Joan of Arc
Polishing his public speaking and presentation skills

lljkk Fri 15-Mar-13 18:48:54


seeker Fri 15-Mar-13 18:53:56

Ooh- I'm getting excited for him now- he's going to have such a fab time......!!!!!

ThreeBeeOneGee Fri 15-Mar-13 18:55:04

Sounds very cool.

Thisisaeuphemism Fri 15-Mar-13 18:55:50

Can he invite another yr 7 who he doesn't know and that year 7s mother? Sounds brilliant.

Erebus Fri 15-Mar-13 19:00:10

Yes, but you'd need to make public apology to everyone you'd vilified as feckless, irresponsible parents when they took DC out of school on holiday. And recognising that your OP was written in a biased, how could anyone deny their child this wonderful, educational experience? way.

And do try to reign in the hypocrisy in future! Many of us, yes, me included, should ponder that!

Sorry, being a bit 'heavy' on a Friday night but it is something to bear in mind. Hope DS has a wonderful and educational experience grin

insancerre Fri 15-Mar-13 19:02:20

of course

poppydoppy Fri 15-Mar-13 19:05:53

I sure would. These are memories that will last a lifetime. I hope he has a great time.

Talkinpeace Fri 15-Mar-13 19:23:49

Get him to take pictures, write a diary and get everybody in the class a small pressie and

I took mine to Germany for a week when they were in Primary (DH working there)
We brought back our pictures of Hamelin and the teacher had a ready made topic for the week!!

I also took mine out of school for a family funeral overseas and again they took back enough info to make a topic of it so school cared not a jot.

Disney on the other hand biscuit

DameFanny Fri 15-Mar-13 19:27:40

Hell yes. Room for a year 4 and his mother?

JourneyThroughLife Fri 15-Mar-13 19:33:18

Yes, I'd take him out without question, if the school weren't keen I wouldn't be asking, I'd be telling them he was going.....

FlatsInDagenham Fri 15-Mar-13 19:35:07

Yes - he'll learn far more than he would in that same week at school.

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