Apart from being a bag of nerves at her being away from home for the first time, I'm also a little annoyed about her going.
Well, the school sent a letter home about the trip a couple of months ago outlining the itinerary, the accommodation, etc and asking for £82 for the trip.
Yes, you read that correctly, £82!
For one night!
Contrast that with the two night Brownie Holiday she is going on which includes transport, dormitory accommodation, food and activities for £35 (and Brown Owl apologised for it being £5 more than last year).
It's not that I don't have £82, but I can think of plenty of other things I would rather use it for than a one night school trip for daughter.
And I do believe it costs £82 given the transport costs (for only 31 pupils), accommodation and the activities they have planned (all of which cost money) but is it really necessary to do all that?
What about a walk around Tarn Hows?
How about something nearer to home to cut the transport costs?
Of course, I had the opportunity to say no, but how could my daughter be the only one in year 3 not going on the trip?
Next year they have a two night residential trip.
Perhaps I should ask the Headmaster to consider the format and costing of next year's trip?
I wonder if any other parents feel the same?
Or should I just bite my tongue and swallow the cost?