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    First I had ever heard that drinking at school events was allowed. It doesn't happen at either of the schools in the country town I live. I don't think it's necessary or should be allowed!

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    When I worked on the UK as a teacher I was surprised that alcohol was allowed at events. I used to even organise a music concert that had mulled wine!

    It's not really the done thing here much. .. though in some private school events it's often offered.

    Honestly if adults can act responsibly I don't see a problem. Though in Australia with our drinking culture I could see it becoming an issue.

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    Default Alcohol at school events

    I've been at schools which do allow it at social events with kids and schools which don't. I've been involved in art shows with wine and cheese tables, trivia nights and school picnics. These things are usually family events meaning teachers are there in a social aspect and it's the parents role to supervise. Every school I've been at has a social club for Friday night drinks and every fridge in the staff room I've ever been in has been stocked with alcohol for Friday drinks. I'm not bothered by teachers having a drink socially but I personally never drank at events with parents.

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    I'm against this. Went to the end of year school concert last year and parents with cooler bags drinking beer and wine. Like can't you go an hour or 2 without it? Enjoy your child's concert and just have water or soft drink..
    I don't like kids being around alcohol at all. There is no need to drink it in my book. I don't get this Australian culture there is to always have a drink wherever you go (events..and yes I am Australian too )

    I would be annoyed if it happened at school events all the time and would probably complain to the school. No need imo

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    The 3 schools our kids have been to it has been a big No No. No way on earth would it be even considered.

    Growing up my Catholic did allow it in a taped off area.

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    Default Alcohol at school events

    Do I think it's necessary? No. It makes a hell of a lot of money for schools and that can be a huge help.

    Do I think it's enjoyable? Yes I do. every school event I've been to that had alcohol available was incredibly well managed and no one was out of line.

    I'd be interested to know what happens at European schools where the relationship with alcohol is healthier.

    I agree that there is a massive drinking problem in Australia. Not sure denying alcohol exists is the answer.

    ETA I actually think it's a good idea to show kids that adults can behave well around alcohol.
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    Yes, it's good to show kids how to have alcohol responsibly at events but it's also good to show them that alcohol doesn't need to be everywhere.

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    Default Alcohol at school events

    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Yes, it's good to show kids how to have alcohol responsibly at events but it's also good to show them that alcohol doesn't need to be everywhere.
    But there are plenty of those opportunities. School sports days, carnivals etc never have alcohol.

    I'm talking about once or twice a year.

    That's my experience. I couldn't honestly care either way as I never have the opportunity to drink at these types of functions (always the driver). I just don't see the big deal once or twice a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    But there are plenty of those opportunities. School sports days, carnivals etc never have alcohol.

    I'm talking about once or twice a year.

    That's my experience. I couldn't honestly care either way as I never have the opportunity to drink at these types of functions (always the driver). I just don't see the big deal once or twice a year.
    To be honest, I've never really thought about it and it's not an issue as it is just not allowed so I've never given it a second thought.

    Even when I was teaching in England I don't remember alcohol being consumed at the school during events.

    If we want to have a drink after work, we go somewhere. Who wants to hang out in the staff room anyway?

    But don't think that sports days mean parents don't bring alcohol. I've seen parents at 10am drinking at district carnivals. True story

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    But don't think that sports days mean parents don't bring alcohol. I've seen parents at 10am drinking at district carnivals. True story
    God that's so sad. And ridiculous.

    Yeah I must say I couldn't really care one way or the other but I know how much money some schools make from the bar (one school makes about $80000). For many that's essential.


 
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