Sports day just one race
unlikelyusername · 10/07/2015 14:31
Hiya all, I've name changed for this as it will totally out me. DD1's sports day was arranged for Wednesday of this week then cancelled due to bad weather. Perfectly understandable although it now seems that when arranging the sports days there was no thought that this could happen so no alternative was arranged.
Got a text from school at 5pm yesterday to say that they would do sports day for nursery, reception, y1 and y2 this morning. Not a lot of notice for working parents.
Turned up this morning to sit through nursery doing all their races. Brilliant and well done. Then reception class did 1 race and all sat down again while y1 and y2 started their races. All us reception parents looked at each other and thought, oh they must all be taking turns. Then the reception children are led back inside as that's their sports day finished!
Asked a teacher if that was it and told yes, it was the nursery sports day today and we just tagged the others on. You should be grateful you got to see your child race.
WIBU to complain to the school about not organising the day properly, i.e. leaving enough time for alternative dates if on the one day they set aside it is raining?
I know how much the kids have been looking forward to it and feel they've been let down by poor planning.
Thank you for taking the time to read.
downgraded · 10/07/2015 14:36
If sports day is cancelled, it's cancelled, it happens so late in the year there's very rarely any time to reschedule it. The teacher is right, you were lucky you got to see one race.
If it's cancelled here because of rain, that's it, it doesn't happen.
yummumto3girls · 10/07/2015 14:40
YANBU most a schools set alternative dates, that's just bad planning by the school. My reception child spent a whole morning do a carousel type event, lots of different activities which parents could watch, and then did 3 different races in the afternoon with the rest of the school. Poor show for your school!
MissPenelopeLumawoo2 · 10/07/2015 14:48
Bloody hell, I had to sit through the same races done by each class from reception to yr 6, in heats of 6 at a time, so five races per year. One after the other, for hours. I can only dream of being released from this torture after just one race. Count your lucky stars!
Fedupofplaystation · 10/07/2015 14:49
I actually think YANBU.
When we received a letter about sports day from DDs school, it told us the date of sports day, plus an alternative date in case of too wet/hot weather. Therefore we had plenty of notice and there was a contingency plan for the children.
RatherBeRiding · 10/07/2015 14:52
Well if they gave you virtually no notice and you are a working parent who has managed somehow to take time off work, with virtually no notice, only to see one race when you weren't told it was only going to be one race - then YANBU.
The school could have explained that the other classes were getting a very truncated version of sports day and maybe you wouldn't have thought it worth your while taking a whole morning off work (if that's what you did).
Not sure a complaint is in order though. Can't see the school taking it particularly seriously - although in your shoes I might want to explain to whoever that better communication in the future would mean you didn't waste a morning's annual leave watching a single race.
unlikelyusername · 10/07/2015 14:54
Ah, I see what you mean now LashesandlLipstick. It obviously matters to me and other parents who have taken time off work, some unpaid.
Yes Floralnomad, that's what I thought. Think it's more that we all made arrangements to attend a sports day when we only needed to be there for 5 minutes.
itsmine · 10/07/2015 15:26
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