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#1 **Tiger*Feral**

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:08 PM

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#2 Juki

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:11 PM

I think it would be fine. I used to ride heaps of places at that age. I would just give him my mobile number to take along if they questioned it.

#3 EsmeLennox

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:12 PM

It'd depend on the kid. I think I would let my 10.5 year old do it. I wonder if the school would hand it over to them though?

#4 mum850

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:16 PM

I think it's fine, assuming it's practical for him to carry them home. Is he at home by himself? (I do not think it's bad to leave a sensible 10.5 year old by himself, don't' want to hear about how I am going to go to jail in QLD thank you all!)

#5 Fr0g

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:19 PM

Yep, I'd do it.

Our day is Friday, but ironically all books were sent home first week of Jan - so we 'have' to go and drop the labelled/ covered things in to school. I know it'll be hectic first day back, but I would've preferred it!

#6 Expelliarmus

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:19 PM

I saw a Year 7 today at school picking up her uniform tops and I would have sent DD herself if it had been tomorrow. They're 12, mind you, but I can't see the issue with it. I also picked up DD1's BFF's tops as well because her mum was ... at work!

You gotta do what you gotta do IMO.

#7 JustBeige

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:24 PM

I would.

What is the difference between him riding too and from school and riding to and from school to pick up books.

If I thought he might get accosted by an overzealous secretary or teacher, I would send a note with him stating that he has your permission to do this.

#8 **Tiger*Feral**

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:28 PM

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#9 i-candi

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:28 PM

Is he home by himself? can an older sibling (or person) go with him?

I personally wouldn't have an issue with it. If DD could get to school safely (there is a road between here and school with no path and minimal space - one side a drop to the creek, one side a massive hill) I'd get her to pick up the stuff.

ETA send him with older sibling. Easy. BTW I leave my 13 home alone, he is fine and for very short periods I leave 10 and 13 year old home (very well behaved and they actually get on well).

Edited by i-candi, 23 January 2013 - 07:30 PM.


#10 Foogle

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

No issue with your hypothetical OP, - would probably prefer an older sibling to go with him but that's just me - safety in numbers.

But, and I have never understood this, why do schools want books picked up prior to school going back?

It makes no sense.  Where is the efficiency gain here?

DS's school issue all the books in the first week back.  He will, in the first week, come home with a clutch of books that need to be covered (covers provided together with name labels) and we are expected to cover them and send him back with them over the following week.

I don't get it.  Maybe I'm missing something.   unsure.gif  

Children arrive first week back, school issues books.  That's the way it was when I was going through primary - NZ admittedly but that shouldn't matter.

Disclaimer: I am not talking about High School and electives.  Different ball-game.  The OP's son being 10 1/2 means he is still in primary.


#11 BadCat

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:57 PM

I'd be happy for him to go by himself.  He goes to school himself so I don't really see a difference.  I can't imagine why anyone at the school would even question it.  I've sent my kids to pick up book packs heaps of times over the years.  Whether I send them from home or I drive them and wait in the car, how would the school even know?  I've never had any problems.

#12 **Tiger*Feral**

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

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#13 MsDemeanor

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:25 PM

I have the same issue tomorrow and I am flat out with meetings at work. i have decided to do the unthinkable and just not get them. there are no texts only stationery and a large levy to pay the office. Surely if they decide I can't get it from the supplier the next day, I will just go to Officeworks and source my own. I would never normally do this but schools need to be a lttle more flexible.

#14 ~strawberry~

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:40 PM

I'd let him pick them up, but try and get one of his siblings to go with him.

Our book packs are picked up now so they can be named and covered (if you want) and then sent back to school on the first day to be stored by the teacher, but not for communal use.

Ours could be picked up between 2-6pm today or tomorrow morning 9-1pm.

#15 againagain

Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:08 PM

What a stupid arrangement! (The school that is, not you.)

Our books are sent home in the last week of the year, unless you haven't paid, in which case you have 8.30-4 in the two student free days at the start of the school year.

#16 Julie3Girls

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:44 AM

Personally I'd send the older sister with him, if you are unsure. I would also be dropping in a letter requesting in future could they please arrange a time more accessible for working parents.

We get our book packs when the kids go back to school ... Usually at the parent info meeting during the 2nd week, so the parents can take them home. If the parents don't attend, the book pack is handed to the child the next day at school. During the first week, they usually work from last years books, or the teacher simply hands out a book to everyone.

#17 Therese

Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

I think it would be fine to let him pick them up but I would probably send one of his older siblings along with him.



#18 ~~~

Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:52 AM

What an unfriendly policy for working parents huh.gif I'd be saying, no, we can't do it, please send home on day 1 or equivalent....

How common is this at schools? DDs public primary school has nothing like this at all....

#19 bunny2

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:38 AM

QUOTE (Foogle @ 23/01/2013, 07:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But, and I have never understood this, why do schools want books picked up prior to school going back?

It makes no sense.  Where is the efficiency gain here?


This is what I think too!!!!!

Why do I have to go and pick up a heap of books only to then have to drop them off a few weeks later?

And I know it's probably to go home and cover them, but why do I have to cover them?

It wasn't compulsory for me to cover my books when I went to school and the books were fine.  I didn't go to school in Australia though, and I must admit I was surprised when we got here and found out I had to cover DD's books.



Sorry for going off on a tangent in your thread OP!

Edited by bunny2, 24 January 2013 - 11:40 AM.


#20 Heather11

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:52 AM

QUOTE (~~~ @ 24/01/2013, 11:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What an unfriendly policy for working parents huh.gif I'd be saying, no, we can't do it, please send home on day 1 or equivalent....

How common is this at schools? DDs public primary school has nothing like this at all....



My children's school doesn't do it.  I do remember, however, that half way through my high schooling years it was introduced.

They would have to have contingency plans in place though.  There would simply be some parents who can't take a day off or others who are still on holidays at this time.

To me it would make sense that those that can do it pick them up, those that can't get them on the first day of school.  I mean what are they going to do if you can't make it?  Hold the books to ransom?

#21 Rock of Empathy

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:59 AM

I would also send one of the girls along with him but I don't know why.

Probably becuase I'm comparing him to my 10.5 year old, who would crumble if there was an issue (ie books heavier or more cumbersome than expected, a long line of people where he could be overlooked etc etc).



#22 unicycle

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:34 PM

Maybe send him with a note from you, explaining he has permission to collect.

#23 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:46 PM

Our books are available from the school next Thurs (31st) between 1-3pm. Not a huge time frame is it. I've had it written on the calender for weeks so as not to miss it.



#24 Heather11

Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:25 PM

QUOTE (~THE~MAGICIAN~ @ 24/01/2013, 01:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Our books are available from the school next Thurs (31st) between 1-3pm. Not a huge time frame is it. I've had it written on the calender for weeks so as not to miss it.



What happens if you can't make it that day/time?




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