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Parental help at schools

By Splendiferous - 14 May 2012 62


What are your thoughts on paying full school fees for your children and then being shamed into taking time off work to help out with normal school activities (reading, maths, etc)?

Both my wife and I work full time to the point where both our children are in before and after school care (7.45am to 5.45pm). For this and the school fees we pay quite a lot.

We have been asked now to take time off work to go to the school to help out with daily activities. This should be for at least once per week around 1 hour at a time (I get paid hourly). As we are almost at the ranges of time for before and after school care we can’t work extra to make up for the time. Not to mention it makes a long day for our kids.

As a newish parent to schooling I wasn’t expecting this request. We help out on the weekends when possible. So is it normal for these requests?

What’s Your opinion?

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TheDancingDjinn 12:57 pm 16 May 12

chewy14 said :

My parents once forgot to remind me to take my lunch to school.

It forced me to steal a doughnut from the canteen.

Now I’ve grown up to become a career criminal who’s forced to break into McDonalds’ just to get at those sugary, sugary burger buns.

Well at least you’re a well dressed thief, can’t stand a criminal who looks scrubby.

Jim Jones 12:49 pm 16 May 12

HenryBG said :

Jim Jones said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

Please point me in the direction of where he sends his kids to school, I don’t remember reading that they go to that school.

I’d assumed that, with the mention of expensive school fees, that it was a private school.

The Orana accusation is either (a) based on inside info, (b) Henry BG being a reactionary right-wing flog. (b) is probably more likely.

(c) Analysis:
The mention of the semi-public shaming of parents who don’t volunteer smells very much of the judgmental and bullying atmosphere that pervades Orana and doesn’t sound like anything the public or major denominational systems would be foolish enough to engage in at an official level.

So you don’t have any inside information, you’re just a flog.

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