I have posted many times about the school when they have annoyed me. For example, here and here.
The one thing I haven’t had a rant about is the fact that schools seem to think that parents have a bottomless pit of money.
Now when I was at school we didn’t have to make ‘donations’ to school events on an almost monthly basis. I use the term ‘donation’ loosely because if it was a donation would they really need to have a sheet and put a tick next to the child’s name when they have paid?
I got slightly annoyed last year when they expected us to pay Â£8 for 8 swimming lessons at 1 hour. I know it seems a reasonable cost but the swimming pool is IN the school, they insist it is part of the school curriculum and we cannot pull our children out. Well if it is an essential part of the curriculum why are we paying?
Another time they did an event (can’t remember what it was for) and again we had to make a ‘donation’. This donation would then be split between the school and charity. Now I have no issue in giving money to charity, I give regularly but I resent being made to ‘donate’ and then a record being kept if I don’t. I also like to choose which charities I donate to.
Now recently the parents have paid Â£18 for a trip to the National History Museum in London. And guess what….yes we have another letter for another ‘donation’. This time it is for a ‘West End in Schools’ workshop. We have to ‘donate’ Â£2 for the children to work with a professional dancer and choreographer from the West End. Apparently it ‘helps support & develop many aspects of the curriculum IE literacy, PE, Personal, Social & Health Education’.