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    We go to a very small catholic school in Vic. Our school tends to bring out some beers and wine for parents at functions where we are having a shared dinner- free of charge. I'd say half the parents/teachers refrain and the others would have 1, maybe 2 drinks. I found it strange at first but our gatherings are kind of like an extended family get together rather than a big school event.

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    It must be a tough job for parents who are having to organise fundraising. I've mostly taught in independant schools without a P&F committee, & my DS goes to an independent school with no P&F. Any fundraising is organised by the school, & then the school just asks for parent volunteers to help run the fundraising event. It works really well, & then any 'criticism' is directed at the school,never at the parents. But TBH,fundraising has never been an issue - its not a big 'thing' in any of the schools I've worked in. Probably because parents pay higher school fees, its not as neccesary, & we pay a yearly building fund 'donation' to the school. If I were in a public school as a parent, I think I would rather pay a yearly donation fee than stuff around with the stress of fundraising! But thats not possible for everyone.

    Sorry, a bit OT. But just saying, I see where your coming from Sonja.

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    I haven't read all of the replies but I have to say it surprises me that schools are able to serve alcohol. Yes most parents would behave responsibly, but in a time where young people drink to get drunk & we have a society in which alcohol consumption seems to be an issue, I feel having it in places like schools condition children to see having alcohol and any old event as normal & perhaps even necessary to socialise.

    I'm a fan of a drink here and there but I rarely drink so maybe I see it differently. I will ask my DF as he is a fan of a regular drink!

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    I would just like to thank you all for your various opinions and experiences on this subject. I was genuinely surprised at the stance my daughters school takes on this matter but appreciated you all sharing your views which has helped me see some different sides of this that i wouldnt have considered.

    For the record, i dont think having a different opinion makes me better or worse that any other mother on here. After all, all any of us want is what we think is the best for our kids.

    Thanks again

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    Some of my children's school events I WISH they served alcohol...The annual Christmas concert (that goes for 3hrs, while you try to fit you butt on a tiny seat), the Easter hat parade (where all you can think of is that really it should be the parents parading their creations) ...I reckon a glass of wine would help parents survive til the end with a smile on their dial. The 6hr athletic carnival sitting, with melting yellow stripes on my face and pompoms in hand, in boiling sun, would be much more bearable with an icy cold beer.
    Seriously..I'm pretty sure some of these events are a form of parental torture..I have considered taking a hip flask!
    OK I'm joking...sort of...
    Never seen alcohol on my school grounds, but the line would be long if there was!

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