Saturday, 3 September 2011

Back to School "Whys?"


Why does daughter need 8 pieces of uniform, but 15 pieces of PE kit?
(I've always had a theory about the megalomania of PE teachers)

Why do school insist on every child having the same PE bag?
(Thus ensuring pupils pick up wrong bag or can't find theirs that has been taken in error)

Why do Clarks not realise that we will all buy school shoes in the last week of August and thus they need to stock accordingly?
(At £40 per pair we won't buy them any earlier in case of growth spurts)

Why do sports shops not sell hockey shin pads in August?
(I know it's not the hockey season, but daughter needs them for PE next week!)

Why did I not realise until I bought her trainers that daughter can't tie shoelaces?

Why does daughter have to provide her own pens, pencils, felt tips, rubber, pencil sharpener, ruler and glue stick (?!) for school when she is only 7 years old?

Just, why??


sally in norfolk said...

I often wish my boys were young again and still at school thinking life would be so much easier BUT i have changed my mind now :-) x

Kelloggsville said...

it only gets worse as they get older !

They should be selling football shins, the season has just started.
My daughter doing 2 outdoor sports this term (netball and hockey) and 2 indoor next term: finally the teachers get some sense.

Expat mum said...

Ugh, I hate those bloody school supply lists. I can't even understand half of what's on my kids? I've only been here 21 years.

Alcoholic Daze (ADDY) said...

Tell me about it... not to mention why having bought said 15 items of PE kit, they only use it once or twice before they a) can choose not to do that sport any more or b) outgrow it.

Helen Conway said...

She's SEVEN and they torment her with hockey already?????

Lorraine The Party Times said...

I am with you - why?????

Anonymous said...

The why is a good question! I stopped buying school shoes at Clarks a couple of yrs ago when I realised I could get just as good shoes in Shoe Zone for less than half the price!

It's an expensive time of year, this going back to school lark!

CJ xx

Claire said...

Your PE kit sounds totally mad to me - eldest son (9) needs a faction (house) polo shirt, trainers and PE shorts and a hat and that's it for school. They do 2 weeks of swimming lessons where they need swim shorts and a towel. He does soccer outside of school where the whole kit is needed but whatever happened to pe knickers, airtex top and plimsolls?!

As far as stationery items are concerned, you have it easy. Each year he gets an A4 page of items that include: 2 display folders, 4 scrapbooks, scissors, calculator, writing pencils, felt tips, highlighters, school diary, whiteboard markers, erasers, pencil sharpener, ruler, ball point pens, tissues, art shirt, english text book, maths text book, colour pencils, 4 glue sticks to name but a few. Plus all the scrapbooks, text books, diary etc need to be covered and of course everything needs to be name labelled.

And half way through term 4 (November) I'll get two of those lists as youngest son starts pre-primary next year - oh joy!!!!

Maggie May said...

It would be good to get some answers to those questions, wouldn't it? However, 15 pieces of equipment for PE is verging on madness!
My mind boggles trying to work out what she might need.
When I was young we just tucked our vests into our knickers and ran barefoot!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Working Mum said...

Sally - you mean it gets EASIER? There is hope?

Addy - that's another bugbear, that it hardly gets worn!

Helen - I know, I'm trying not to let my hatred of hockey show so that she doesn't start off detesting it.

C J - I'm definitely considering other shoes when her feet have stopped growing, it's getting far too expensive.

Claire - your stationery list is horrendous!! I'm thinking of when we were at primary school and never needed our own pencils. Also, if I'm paying £7000 a year for Izzy to attend school, I would think they could provide stationery!?

Maggie - the worst part of that PE kit is that virtually everything has to be the "school" one, with the school badge embroidered onto it and sold only at the school outfitters for an exhorbitent amount! Thank heavens for second hand uniform sales run by the PTA!

Suburbia said...

Ditto to all!!!