Now, being a well organised working mum, I make good use of the PTAs second hand uniform sales and prior to the end of last term I bought daughter a new pinafore and a new games skirt from one of the sales.
"Ahead of the game!" I thought.
I hadn't reckoned on the school changing her uniform, had I?
Right at the end of term a list was sent out to parents: pinafores are to be replaced with skirts and games skirts to be replaced with skorts (official school ones, with the school badge embroidered onto them, of course).
Well, I'm sorry, my daughter is going to school in a pinafore and will do 1 hour a week of hockey in autumn in a games skirt until such time as she grows out of them.
Then, she also needs to change from her official school sweatshirt and jogging bottoms to the official school microfibre top and bottoms (for one hour a week of hockey in the winter).
Keen to offload some of the hassle, I asked hubby to take daughter to offical outfitters for these items.
What did he come back with?
A new sweatshirt.
"She's not allowed the sweatshirt" I said, "It has to be a microfibre top".
"They don't make a microfibre top to fit her, so I got another sweatshirt" explained hubby.
Why does school uniform have to be so difficult?
Aaargh!!* skirt, shirt, tie, cardigan/jumper, blazer, coat, scarf, grey socks, black shoes, summer dress with white socks, trainers, white PE socks, hockey socks, hockey shin pads, skort, PE shorts, PE top, microfibre top, microfibre trousers, mouthguard, swimming costume, swimming hat, school book bag, school games bag, school swimming bag.