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Mumsnet poll needed. If you had a year 7 child...

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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?

timidviper Fri 15-Mar-13 19:41:21

Yes. Some friends of ours took DS to Egypt with them and their DS and, as the boys were at different schools with different half terms we had to ask for time off. We just told the school the plans of where they would visit and that they would also have some sports coaching while there (just making clear it was not a beach holiday). Got a nice letter from the head saying he was very envious!

Blu Fri 15-Mar-13 19:47:28


Tall ships, how exciting.

seeker Fri 15-Mar-13 20:07:43

Erebus- I would be happy to. If I had ever "vilified as feckless" anyone in even remotely similar circumstances.

teacherandguideleader Sat 16-Mar-13 08:01:39

That's not a holiday, it is an educational experience. Through managing the ship he will learn about how the ship operates, and will also develop team work skills. Showing visitors around will help develop communication skills (presumably some may not speak English so he will have 'barriers of communication' to take into consideration). This will also enable him to develop leadership skills. Does he do French at school? He will also get the opportunity to practice his French skills, and learn a lot of history and maybe geography.


Takver Sat 16-Mar-13 11:14:51

I would be surprised if the school wouldn't ok it. DD is in Sea Cadets, several of the older cadets (in yr 7 / 8) went for a week on a training ship in term time, & it was definitely fine with the schools, I remember talking to a couple of the parents about it.

wheresthebeach Sat 16-Mar-13 12:35:31


adeucalione Sat 16-Mar-13 14:41:00

Without any hesitation at all, and our school would probably approve it too.

morethanpotatoprints Sat 16-Mar-13 14:44:08

Like a shot, can we come too please. Far more educational than school
Go for it!

Startail Sat 16-Mar-13 14:46:32


TheOriginalSteamingNit Sat 16-Mar-13 14:46:41

Well no, but then I have no interest in tall ships! If it was a passion of hers and a once in a lifetime thing.... I still don't know tbh!

AtiaoftheJulii Sat 16-Mar-13 17:53:46

I guess if I were massively against holidays in term time I might wonder why I thought my kids were more entitled to one than others hmm

But personally I don't really give a shit about such things - my y7 has just had 6 days off sick and he seems to be doing ok - so I'd go for it smile

bulletpoint Sat 16-Mar-13 18:01:17

No i wouldnt.

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 18:05:16

Oh god...............sad

ReluctantBeing Sat 16-Mar-13 18:13:39

Yes. And I'm a teacher.

TheFallenMadonna Sat 16-Mar-13 18:25:43

Personally, I don't have much beef with a year 7 having a week off (mine won't because I'm a teacher), but this is essentially a really fab holiday in term time, and setting it in contrast with other less worthy holidays is not great.

If it were my DS, I'd absolutely send him. And perhaps limit my objections to exam years.

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 18:28:10

I suppose there is the fact that the festival is happening then, not in the school holidays, so it's go in school time or not go at all. Oh, I don't know........!

BOF Sat 16-Mar-13 18:30:15

I'm surprised you are doubting yourself, it sounds like a no-brainer to me.

slipshodsibyl Sat 16-Mar-13 18:31:55

I was just about to type what BOF said. Why do you need to ask? You know it's the right thing to do.

noblegiraffe Sat 16-Mar-13 18:35:43

Why not ask, and if the school say yes your conscience is clear. If they say no, then would you send him unauthorised?

He may have exams in June though?

EverythingInMjiniature Sat 16-Mar-13 18:44:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

tiggytape Sat 16-Mar-13 18:45:48

Our school has exams in June so it would be a no. The exams are used to inform levels and tweak the sets for certain subjects so are pretty important to the school but also to the pupils.

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 18:56:27

I'm doubting myself because people are saying that it's just the same as any other term time holiday. I genuinely thought it wasn't.......

TheFallenMadonna Sat 16-Mar-13 19:03:11

Of course it's not. It's a fab opportunity for your very fortunate son. But... a holiday away with family is pretty fab for quite a lot if the considerably less fortunate children I teach. As rare an occurrence. Wonderful for them.

He should go. It is indeed a no brainer. I just think you could perhaps allow some shades of grey into your position on the back of it.

Wolfiefan Sat 16-Mar-13 19:04:12

I am a teacher and believe holidays shouldn't be taken in term time except in truly unusual circumstances.
But... This sounds like a once in a lifetime experience. I'd do it! I doubt Y7 exams couldn't be sat just before you went or on return. (They are not set by an external board.) Tell teachers what he'll do when away (research food, try new language skills, learn about local geography/history or they could set a piece of work if they REALLY felt the need!

BOF Sat 16-Mar-13 19:07:03

I'd have the courage of your convictions- it's not a week in Majorca etc, is it?

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