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    Default School taking kids to McDonald's for lunch--I'm dumbfounded!

    I don't understand why a trip to a shop at chadstone shopping centre is an excursion anyway. That's not educational or even for fitness (our school took us to a gymnastics place or roller skating rink or leisure centre for end of yr fun etc). Sounds worse than the maccas!

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    Default School taking kids to McDonald's for lunch--I'm dumbfounded!

    I think the build a bear is a really weird excursion. Lol. The maccas isn't a problem... It's a once off and where else can they feed a large number of children in not too much time for not lots of money?

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    Default School taking kids to McDonald's for lunch--I'm dumbfounded!

    I'm a teacher and think its fine as a once off. Maccas is a cheap option and a one off treat is fine. Most schools like mine have to have a "green" and "amber" food tuckshop menu (aka healthy foods). We r allowed a certain number of "red food" days (like 3 a yr I think) so things like class parties and excursions would b considered in this. Even when I have a class party I brainstorm food choices with my class and most have to bring a healthy plate to share anyway. Maccas IMO as a once off is the fun of being a kid!!! And as pp said, there r some healthy choices.

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    Default School taking kids to McDonald's for lunch--I'm dumbfounded!

    I don't see the big deal. I have fond memories of excursions finished off by a McDonald's lunch! It's an end of year treat.

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    Now I want McDonalds

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    I assume it's the end of year excursion so it wouldn't be a problem for me. It sounds like it is consistent with their healthy eating policy and there are some relatively healthy options at McDonalds.

    I get that Build a Bear is a fun activity at the end of the year for some but I think my ds would be disappointed if that was the activity to celebrate the year. I'd be more upset about that. They couldn't find a beach, a swim centre, a theme park or something else?

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    I'm guessing that its not an "excursion" as such .. but rather a school trip that is being held to reinforce good behaviour across a year of students ..

    I"m willing to guess that there will be a group of students who DONT follow the rules, who will not be involved in the trip.

    This "excursion" probably isn't designed to be educational - its a way to reward/ reinforce the efforts of the students who have worked damn hard throughout the year, to complete their work, and follow the rules?

    Lots of our classes are doing similar things. I know that the grade ones are having a "Star party" in a few days time - which will involve pizza and a movie - but ONLY for students who have enough stars due to work completion/ behaviour .. and who haven't been in detention a certain number of times etc.

    Having a big "celebration" day at the end of term is a MASSIVE way to motivate students to work hard ...

    I personally would have no issues with it and I would let my child go - but we all parent differently ... and like/ dislike different choices.
    (heck .. it has made me think though ... I look back on my school days and we would have big mac days at school - where we ALL ordered meals and ate them for lunch .. how times have changed!! we even had lolly bags at the tuckshop .. no way would that happen now!! )

    It is my understanding that schools/ classes are allowed one "red" day a term? - where food like maccas/ pizza/ cake etc is permitted ... I could be wrong though? The rest of the time we aim for "green" or "amber" foods only.

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    Now I want McDonalds
    Me too!!! Mmm cheeseburgers!!!

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    Yep Veve, our school does the same thing - reward day. They go to the movies, the pool, bowling. It isn't meant to be educational, it's meant to be a fun day to reward those without detentions.

    .... and I want Maccas too

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    I dont think I would send my child if they weren't going to eat the same food as others .. I would probably just keep the student home.. I would personally have been mortified if I had a packed lunch while others had fast food

    I'm absolutely not saying that it would be the wrong thing to do - but for me, socially it would have been devastating to have a sandwich and fruit, while everyone else had glorious deep fried food (and I know its REALLY bad for you - but to a kid .. its freaking awesome) I struggled enough in primary school as it was

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