Is it ok to send flowers, delivered to school reception, and expect them to get them to the person on the envelope?

(18 Posts)
insan1tyscartching Thu 24-Mar-16 09:59:22

Dd's TA is leaving today,I ordered flowers to be delivered mostly because dd has enough to carry and I don't like to draw attention to her by sending her in with a gift.
The last time I delivered wine to reception (for the staff who had led a residential dd attended) it was made very obvious that they considered it not to be part of their remit. Which is fair enough, but the alternative is trying to get someone to ask the teacher(s) to come to reception which seems ridiculous to me.
So thought that a florist doing the delivery would save on the pained expressions/sighs/and patronising reminder that it isn't their job.However now I'm thinking that they might well refuse to take delivery which will be a real pain in the neck.
So is it unreasonable to expect a reception to take in a delivery and then message the recipient to collect when it's convenient?

Noitsnotteatimeyet Thu 24-Mar-16 10:48:55

Not unreasonable at all - I did the same for ds's LSA when he left

She definitely got them

ExtraHotLatteToGo Thu 24-Mar-16 10:52:11

Not unreasonable at all.

They are receptionists, the fact they work in a school is neither here nor there.

AndNowItsSeven Thu 24-Mar-16 10:54:30

What a lovely gesture, yes it's totally fine.

insan1tyscartching Thu 24-Mar-16 11:08:40

Well I didn't think it was unreasonable to be fair but the receptionists seem to have a different idea as to what role a receptionist has to me. For example dd has a reduced timetable so arrives late one day each week. I had to ask the SENCo to contact them to tell them to let her in school because they wouldn't buzz her in hmm so seemingly allowing entry isn't their remit either. No idea how children who arrive late without prior arrangement go on tbh.

ohtobeanonymous Thu 24-Mar-16 12:52:53

they sound like the receptionists at my old doctor's surgery....

ExtraHotLatteToGo Thu 24-Mar-16 13:07:20

They're a breed apart.

'I'm sorry, my mistake, all this time I thought you were the receptionist. As you aren't, can you please tell me who is? 😊'

Don't get me wrong, I know there are some lovely ones out there, we are lucky to have one at this school 💐 But it's certainly a position that seems to attract more than its fair share of self importsnt, power hungry pain in the arses. Schools & Drs Surgeries.

Foxyloxy1plus1 Thu 24-Mar-16 14:54:52

I've had flowers delivered addressed to me and the reception staff would either bring them round or buzz through to my department. Had Amazon and similar deliveries too.

Bluebonnie Thu 24-Mar-16 15:35:46

It will be OK, as long as the addressee checks her pigeonhole/emails before she leaves for Easter.

Pointlessfan Thu 24-Mar-16 15:40:15

The receptionists at the school where I work absolutely love things like flower deliveries. It must make a change from dealing with endless phone calls reporting absences, looking for lost property and taking forgotten lunches & PE kits off parents!

insan1tyscartching Thu 24-Mar-16 15:53:13

Well she got her flowers and was very happy with them so flower delivery acceptance must be something they agree to wink

IdaJones Sun 27-Mar-16 15:52:55

They sound like a right bunch of jobsworths if they found passing on wine to teachers too much trouble.

mummytime Sun 27-Mar-16 21:38:44

I did work somewhere once where a receptionist refused to put through a phone call from one of my clients as "no one of that name works here". But she was temporary, after that I took time to introduce myself to all temps.

paulapantsdown Sun 27-Mar-16 22:04:54

They sound like right bloody miseries. What on earth are they there for if not to accept deliveries and let people in and out!?

My job is welfare, but I am in reception with the receptionist. Its the highlight of our day if flowers arrive. We call the recipient down to get them so we can see their faces! The only thing that get on my collegues wick is the teacher who gets about 38457893 deliveries of new clothes every week and comes down to ask where her next one is 20 times a day.

Leeds2 Sun 27-Mar-16 23:13:16

Glad she got them and was happy!

My only "experience" of this is DSIL and DN both getting bouquets from their husbands on significant birthdays. Believe both were then celebrated by other members of staff! And certainly delivered!

EllenJanethickerknickers Mon 28-Mar-16 22:06:33

The receptionist at the school I work in can't leave the desk unless she gets covered by the head's PA, and there aren't phones in all departments, so she mostly communicates by email. Teachers often complain they don't get messages in time as they are rather busy teaching! Not sure how to solve that one unless pupils can be used as 'runners.' (Don't think parents would be keen on that!)

I think they'd make a special effort for flowers, though! flowers

gymboywalton Tue 29-Mar-16 16:52:19

year 7s all do 'runner duty' at my kid's s chool. it helps the receptonists and enables them to learn their way around the school.

insan1tyscartching Tue 29-Mar-16 19:13:27

It's a huge school so there are three receptionists on front desk. There are also a team of "first responders" who seem to do "runners" errands in so far as if you need to collect your child they collect them and deliver them to reception so don't really see that it would be a huge ask in that school although understand that schools vary enormously.

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