Private school teachers where we are get a week off earlier then go back a week earlier the following year.
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22-10-2014 14:15 #31
22-10-2014 14:39 #32Senior Member
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It definitely depends on the availability of school holiday leave at DPs work. With a lot of parental staff, it's hard to always find an available opening during the holidays.
22-10-2014 14:59 #33
I'm a teacher and as long as they aren't going to fall massively behind then I have no problem with it if it's once a year or whatever. If it's a very regular thing through the year (and I can see it is affecting the child in terms of progress and socialisation with peers) then I don't agree with it. I think if you are encouraging reading each night and doing other activities to help keep them on track then go for it.
22-10-2014 15:09 #34
We recently took our Grade 1 daughter out of school for a month for an overseas holiday to see family. The timing of the holiday was for a family celebration and also because the weather is better when we went rather than going over the longer Christmas break. Because a lot of our family live overseas we will likely do something similar every few years.
We gave her teacher advance notice and filled out a form with the school and neither raised any concerns. DD went to school half an hour earlier for her first week back to catch up on work she had missed and her teacher advised she has easily caught up.
To answer the care over school holiday question, if either of us don't have leave we use vacation care or the odd grandparent day. I only work 3 days a week and try to limit vacation care to 2 days a week if it is needed. DD usually enjoys vacation care anyway and she has had lots of fun excursions including Australia Zoo, Lone Pine, movies, bowling etc.
22-10-2014 19:15 #35
I did it each year when I was younger with my mum. Whether or not I'll do it with my children will depend on how they go at school I think. If they don't find it easy to catch up on what was missed I won't be doing it but if it doesn't have any impact on their education then I definitely will.
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23-10-2014 07:55 #36Junior Member
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23-10-2014 08:15 #37
I get RDO's every fortnight so for a weekend trip- I use that. DS misses 1 day of school when we do this.
Otherwise I try to plan longer holidays (more than missing 1 day of school at a time) in school holiday period. If we don't have a holiday planned than it's vacation care time.
DS has been going to daycare- than before and after school care and vacation care since he was 9 months and he hates it! But he knows it's a necessary evil to go on our holidays. I also don't see the point in paying vacation care fees if I could be spending that money on a holiday!
We also just recently bought our caravan and to buy it, we had to save and not go on holidays for about 18months so I have quite a bit of Annual Leave saved up at the moment. It might be a different story when all that leave is used up.
23-10-2014 08:34 #38
I don't see a problem with it and have actually done it myself. The fact that I did it was frowned upon by the school. I had the deputy principal yell at me about how irresponsible I was as a parent, how I was ruining my child's education, etc..
My child was 5 (didn't even legally have to be enrolled at school), he was in prep ( not even compulsory, was 3 days at the end of term ( not a great deal of school work is done around then).
Presumably the deputy principals gripe was with me as a young parent and not the fact that we took a 3 day holiday, as another child in the same class went away for 3 weeks without the same reaction from the school. His mother was much older.
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23-10-2014 08:39 #39
I don't have an issue with this and I will be one of these parents.
Our kids will miss a few days of school to be able to visit family back home in Europe.
I'll try and have them do some work but wouldn't lose sleep over it as they will learn so much more just by going overseas.
23-10-2014 09:02 #40
I think with primary school kids, it's fine so long as you organise with the teacher, check whether there's anything they might be falling behind on that they need help with etc.
With high school kids though... again, I think it can be fine and potentially very valuable, but it requires PLANNING. I can't tell you the number of times I've had a student disappear with next to no notice, turn up a week or two later and say "oh I haven't done that, I was away", and make no attempt whatsoever to catch up. For a child who is struggling at school, or who lacks motivation to do their work, then even a day or two off can put them at a huge disadvantage. If these kids have time off, they REALLY need to be speaking to the teachers; finding out what important stuff the y need to cover in their own time to make sure they can keep up when they get back.
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