just thought I'd start a thread to deal with the concerns of children, their rights, schooling, activities and interests etc.
After all, little people play a large part in many of our lives, and will be providing essential services when many of us are drooling into our Zimmerframes etc.
In this instance, I'd also like to have a moan about school bills and organization.... it's unbelievable. Note: my kids are at a state school. Warning; rant alert!
We are nowhere near the end of September, yet, and in fairness to us, we tried to spread the bills by buying required uniform in June, and the school books were also ordered and paid for at the end of the summer. In fairness, the school had them delivered for us to pick up there, which was good.
BUT; the uniforms; two crested tops plus shirt, plus skirts for the girls, all 20-30 euros each. Great fun if you have one of each sex. Trousers can be had from Dunnes. Bill; well over E100.
Then the books; about E150 for both.
Then the September bills; E24-6something for school milk for 2, E2 per child for headphones for the computers (it appears no item is too small to individually charge parents for). E110 odd for a school book sharing/equipment scheme (two kids), and E140 for the "highly recommended" Playball activity (this is per term, so two more such bills during the year), E20 for compulsory parents association contribution, plus extra for any activities....
Oh, and next month they'll be looking for the "voluntary contribution"; E500 for two children.
I estimate that the compulsory (not including extra curricular activities) elements of this have cost me E960 so far. How the hell do the unemployed/low waged cope?
I'm in a major deficit for this month and both myself and the other half are lucky enough to actually work full time
Which leads me to another gripe; the school has organized two SEPARATE parents info sessions for the two separate classes my kids are in; AT 12.45 and 1.45 in the MIDDLE OF THE DAY on two DIFFERENT days in ONE WEEK.
Didn't show up to the one that one child has been through already (figured we knew the score, the teacher hasn't changed), only to be met with wails from child concerned as she felt she'd been singled out because she was one of the few without a parent present.
And I guess I shouldn't moan, because our school is one of the few to open at 8.30...many/most are 8.45-9.15, or so I gather. However, whichever of us does the school run doesn't get to work until 9.30, even so.
So HOW THE HELL are we supposed to pay all the blinking bills, deal with the escalating mortgage, pay the afterschool childcare, keep our jobs, and show up to all the BLOODY midday school info sessions, all at the same time??
A Note to our Glorious Leaders.... if you want qualified women to keep working and support your gradually expiring economy, could you PLEASE ENSURE THE &*)&^($%$^ EDUCATION SYSTEM PROVIDES SOME SUPPORT.... at a reasonable cost
Oh, and the class sizes; 30 for one child, now 31 for the other....