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AIBU to send DD to school in school uniform?

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gallicgirl · 08/09/2015 09:57

DD started school on Thursday.
When I dropped her off today the noticeboard advised us that tomorrow the children can wear red, white and blue as they would be celebrating the queen being the longest reigning monarch. I also heard the teacher and a parent explaining to kids that they didn't have to wear uniform.

I'm not a royalist in the slightest but neither am I a republican and I accept it's just a fun thing to do in reception class.

However, DD has been so excited about wearing uniform and starting school, that this is the first time in forever that I haven't had to drag her out of bed in the mornings and ask her repeatedly to get dressed or have an argument about what she's going to wear. The little love has gotten up and dressed in about 5 minutes flat.

I also don't think she has anything weather appropriate to wear- off the top of my head I can only think that she has some union jack swimming shorts!

So, what do you reckon, WIBU to end her in uniform as usual or is she likely to be the only kid not wearing red white and blue and will feel left out?

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NotYouNaanBread · 08/09/2015 09:59

I don't think she will feel left out unless you live in a particularly homogenous area - in our childrens' schools about 15% are not British, and as we're Irish, it wouldn't enter our heads to celebrate the British monarchy anyway, so I wouldn't be too fussed about feeling left out.

Nationalities aside, if she is bananas about her school uniform, then you should definitely let her wear it. "Themed" days are a pain in the behind, and shouldn't be encouraged anyway. #grumpymum


Cluesue · 08/09/2015 10:02

I would put her in uniform just so she wouldn't be confused.


gallicgirl · 08/09/2015 10:02

It's mostly white but with a reasonable proportion or children of other races/nationalities.

haha- I was thinking I was being grumpy mum too about dressing up so soon in the term with such little notice.

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SaucyJack · 08/09/2015 10:07

I'd dress her up if I were you.

IME (have DDs in yr 4&6) the absolute overwhelming majority of kids join in with all non-uniform days, and she's likely to stand out.

Suck it up sunshine. Rummaging around in the dress-up box/laundry basket at the last minute is gonnabe your life for the next 7 years Wink


gallicgirl · 08/09/2015 10:10

hmm I'll perhaps see what she says when she gets home. She can be a stubborn thing so if her minds made up by her teacher then I'll have no choice.

She does have a red dinosaur t-shirt.......Grin

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Hellocampers · 08/09/2015 10:11

Generally it's a good idea to let your child join in and support school

My dds would have felt very left out.


longdiling · 08/09/2015 10:12

Yep, what saucy said! Or do you have face paints? You could do a union jack on her cheek. Most people do join in though and she might be more upset at being left out than having to ditch the uniform.


GoblinLittleOwl · 08/09/2015 10:15

Make her a crown in red white and blue, then she can be part of the fun but still wear her uniform. Or a red cape?


dodobookends · 08/09/2015 10:16

How about something red white and blue in her hair?


CoraPirbright · 08/09/2015 10:17

Can you nip to a shop which sells ribbon, wrapping paper etc? Put her in school uniform and then put red, white and blue ribbons in her hair?


CoraPirbright · 08/09/2015 10:18

Haha - great minds dodo


AuntieStella · 08/09/2015 10:20

Send her in uniform, but with R/W/B accessories and/or something to change in to when she's there and sees what the others are wearing.

Then you still get the enthusiastic dressing, but don't risk her feeling left out when she sees what her classmates are wearing.


gallicgirl · 08/09/2015 10:24

Excellent ideas, thank you.
I was thinking a crown would be a good plan too. It'll keep her busy this afternoon.

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Snowfilledsky · 08/09/2015 10:32

OMG a dress up day on the 5th day back in Reception? The first opportunity for parents to show off comes so soon!

Prepare yourself for the most OTT range of red white and blue outfits ever.

The competition has started......


gallicgirl · 08/09/2015 10:48


I suppose it'll be the first opportunity to get the measure of the other parents.
I actually suspect it'll all be fairly low-key. It's wear red, white and blue rather than dress up so I think it'll be normal leggings and t-shirts (prepares to be very wrong).

I wonder if I can doctor the dinosaur t-shirt with a picture of the queen?

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TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams · 08/09/2015 10:48

Have you got any deely boppers from the last red nose day by any chance? They were red.

I'd dress up her hair and leave it at that. If she wants to join in, blue jeans, red or white t-shirt and a blue crown. Day 5 is harsh though prepare yourself, there are tons of the things.


TheHouseOnTheLane · 08/09/2015 10:53

I promise you that 99.9% will be in red, white and blue and that DD will feel upset if she's not.

My DD did this in reception when they had a pyjama day....I luckily packed a set in my bag and when she saw all the others in theirs, she immediately changed in the loos!

As you say it will be low key...whatever you've got. Blue jeans and red t shirt along with a jacket for playtime is fine....schools are always overheated these days.


x2boys · 08/09/2015 10:56

dont you just love how schools give you zero notice for these things and expect you just to have something red,white and blue?Hmm


Snowfilledsky · 08/09/2015 10:56

There will always be one. They will be sat at their sewing machine as we speak, and then making a start on the paper mache. Grin

Have they already said no spraying their hair red? One Red Nose Day when Ds2 was in Primary they forgot to say that. Sad Grin


SaucyJack · 08/09/2015 11:00

Put a little crown on the dinosaur, and use it to make a post-modern statement about the role of the Monarchy in today's society.


gallicgirl · 08/09/2015 11:01

dont you just love how schools give you zero notice for these things and expect you just to have something red,white and blue?

Especially given that we've all just bought uniform and I've already had to explain that she can only wear uniform and not some random white or green item of clothing.

She has a load of red,white and blue accessories that an American friend sent to her last July 4th. Grin It'll be a subtle 2 fingers to the monarchists.

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scifisam · 08/09/2015 11:02

They don't mean one item that's red, white and blue, just wear clothes of those colours. So blue jeans plus a white t-shirt and red hoodie would do, or whatever you have that's similar. It's actually a combination that's easy for almost any family to come up with.


Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost · 08/09/2015 11:04

You could put her in red and blue ribbons and that was good idea about painting a union Jack on her cheek


x2boys · 08/09/2015 11:06

my sons school had a dress up day last yr when they had been back about a week it was the schools 50th anniversary so they had the bright idea of all kids wearing sixties style clothesHmm


Snowfilledsky · 08/09/2015 11:09

Oh blimey x2boys I would have had a total sense of humour failure over that and DS would probably have had an emergency stomach upset.

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