Wednesday, 12 July 2017

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It's Thomas' school leavers play tonight. They're performing Pirates of the Curry Bean. He didn't want a part so volunteered for back stage crew and from what he's told me he seems to have had a brilliant time organising props, scenery and the 'actors'.

He brought a letter home last week saying that the children would be kept in school at the end of today and given something to eat to save parents having to come backwards and forwards picking them up and dropping them off. It's a good idea even if there is an ulterior motive. Sometimes children go home and don't return, even if they have a main part which can cause big problems for staff. 

So everybody is staying at school - that is, everybody apart from Thomas, because of his food issue. I had to ring the teacher and explain that he comes home ravenous every day not having eaten a thing and while I'm OK with that because I feed him as soon as he gets in, there's no way I can let him go for 12 hours without eating anything. 

So, every other parent is having a nice break while we've picked him up as usual to feed him. I've just taken him back so he can get a quick rehearsal in, then we'll be going again at 6.45pm to watch the show. 

If he ate his packed lunch I would have sent him with 2 so he could stay but he doesn't  eat at school full stop so there's no other way of doing it. 

And after all this to-ing and fro-ing we will only see him right at the very end when he comes on stage to take part in the last dance. 

I'm patting myself on the back here for being a very supportive parent tonight lol. 


xxx



26 comments:

  1. I love the name 'Pirates of the Curry Bean'!! You are a good mom doing all that running back and forth. Do other kids take a packed lunch? Do you think he might give it a try at his new school?

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    1. Hi Janice, yes plenty of other children take packed lunches but Thomas never eats it so there would have been no point me sending one for his tea. It's not the lunch as such, it's the dining hall where he has to eat it. He can't stand mess or the way some of the children eat, it makes him feel sick, to the point he can't eat anything himself. I think it will be different at High School because they can eat their lunch in classrooms or in the playground if they don't want to go in the canteen. It's just the way he is. xx

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    2. It will be great if Thomas can find his own little spot to eat!

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    3. They did give him a pass at school so he could go in the dining hall on first sitting before it got messy but he still wasn't keen. He will probably be fine stood in a corner in the playground at High School. He does love a proper restaurant though with all the linen and cutlery laid out nicely and a waiter/waitress! xx

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  2. Love the title!
    Hope all goes well. Do I say Break a leg or would that be tempting fate!

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    1. Haha, we all told him break a leg and everything he was responsible for went according to plan. However, the main pirate, who was a fantastic actress and should definitely make it a career, somehow managed to fall off the stage, probably having 60 children on it didn't help, bless her. She was a trooper though, got up and carried on as though nothing had happened. xx

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  3. Love the title. I'm sure it will all go well.

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    1. It was brilliant Tania. They put so much effort in and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We were a cracking audience as well even if I do say so. Lots of cheering, clapping and foot stamping. The kids lapped it up. xx

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  4. Hope the performance went well. The boy here was exactly the same regarding eating at school. He wouldn't entertain school dinners and every day I'd find his packed lunch in the waste bin in his room. No idea what it was all about but he survived.

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    1. We had a brilliant time. There are some cracking little actors and actresses treading the boards of that primary school. The school dinner thing has been going on since reception. It's not the food I pack him it's the dining hall. He can't stand mess or not quite perfect manners such as eating with mouths open and food on the floor makes him feel sick. The thing is I get where he's coming from. There are plenty of times we've gone into a cafe and I've just settled for a brew. xx

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  5. Best wishes for a great evening and glad you get to see your lad as he takes part in the last dance.

    Why doesn't he eat at school? These days do they allow pupils to go home at lunch time?

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    1. Thanks Sandy. We didn't see him dance, he really was at the back and with 60 children on stage he was never going to stand out BUT the Headteacher made a point of asking the back stage crew to stand up so we got a good view then.

      I think children would be able to go home for lunch if parents insisted but it's not something that's really done any more. The actual eating lunch is over pretty quickly these days so I wouldn't want him to miss out on the play part. Plus lunch breaks aren't as long as ours used to be when I was little. I went home for lunch quite a lot in primary. There was plenty of time to do a 15 minute walk each way, eat lunch and watch a bit of TV back then.

      He doesn't eat at school because he can't stand the messy dining hall. It's no different to any other school but spillages, crumbs on the table, food on the floor and some of the things other children do put him off eating. He won't even have something off one of our plates even if we've not touched any of the meal. It's the way he is and we've just got used to him. xx

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  6. we always seem to be behind you. Today was Dress Rehearsal (Violet was back at school), tomorrow there are two performances, one in the morning, then the next at 6. We are going on Friday at 6. The damn thing drones on until 7.30! Urgh. I thought I could duck out, but no, the wretched child volunteered to be part of the opening dance sequence before hot footing it back to the pit to deal with sound effects! She is loving it, so excited, and just happy to be well and truly in the thick of it.

    Good luck to Thomas, although it would be over by now. So I hope it went well! The End is fast approaching! x

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    1. Glad Violet is on the mend and back at school. Aww, you'll love seeing her dancing, then you can just trance off for the rest of it lol.

      Thomas' show was brilliant. The kids really enjoyed doing it and we clapped, cheered and foot stamped our way through it all for them. We even shouted for an encore which they obliged us with. There was an interval and a raffle at the end and then the obligatory hanging around waiting for them to come out so We didn't get in til nearly 9pm.

      I loved every minute of it especially because it is nearly 'The End'. I'm suddenly feeling rather emotional about it all actually. xx

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  7. Love the name of the show and I do hope Thomas enjoyed himself this evening, better still with full stomach. X

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    1. He had a brilliant evening Jules. The play was fantastic and the children are a real credit to the school. There are some cracking little thespians in the making, the main pirate was a natural and I could have watched her all night. Unfortunately, she had a mishap and fell off the stage but in true 'the show must go on' style, she jumped back up and got on with it.

      Yes, Thomas needed some sausages, mash and broccoli inside him to help him pull the curtains and move all the scenery around lol. xx

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  8. How funny - Flo's school did Pirates of the Curry Bean this year, she loved being in it. Glad you had a good time.

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    1. What a coincidence. The Y6 children put on a brilliant show and really enjoyed themselves. I used to love seeing which nativity the KS1 teachers would buy at Christmas. xx

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  9. I love the title!
    I "get" the eating thing with Thomas. My daughter was like that - in fact still is to a small degree. She's a secondary school teacher now and gets to school at 7.15 to prepare etc., and goes right through to 6pm before she eats again. I was also the same - still don't enjoy eating in public and when I worked it was a nightmare for me.

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    1. I get it as well Mrs. I don't have a problem with eating in front of people etc but the first thing I look at is floors. The second is cutlery and the third is whether the tea cup is clean - so I have quirks myself lol.

      The other thing I have a problem with is coughing. The amount of people with chesty coughs that sit in cafes coughing their guts up turns my stomach. It's a horrible sound. xx

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  10. I love school plays more than any others. They are always so spirited and full of excitement and fun. My oldest is 38, yikes! so I have been to see many, many school programs. Still at it with the grand children.
    Its wonderful that Thomas is still happy participating.

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    1. They're lovely to watch aren't they Candace. From those cute hesitant little ones doing their nativity plays to the ones with more gusto as they get older and more confident. You are lucky to be able to see your grandchildren in plays. In the 3 primary schools mine have attended tickets have been limited to 2 per family so grandparents rarely get to see anything which is a real shame. xx

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  11. I am so sad that Ruby won't be doing a nativity play this year. I just adore watching the little ones singing and I have been lucky enough to go to every one that she has done.
    I don't know what it will be like when she moves to the middle school in a couple of years. I do hope they do plays of some kind and also hope that grandparents will be able to attend.
    Oh well there is always Marlowe who will be at preschool before we can blink.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. I'm sure they will do something Sheila. My experience is Nativity seems to stop after ks1 and then Christmas shows take over where each class does a 'turn' maybe with the choir and band also doing something.

      You really are lucky to Have seen Ruby in her plays. Thomas' school is so big that they have to limit tickets although you can go on a list for spares in case people can't make it.

      When I was at school the hall was packed out with loads of people crammed in stood at the back but these days they are more safety conscious. Xx

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  12. I am catching up with your blog posts! Love the play title! Glad to hear Thomas had a good time and he and the rest of the back stage crew were recognized. My daughter would eat at school, but she wouldn't use the toilets!

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    1. He loved being part of the back stage crew and was really excited about his job. It was nice of the Head to acknowledge them because they worked hard but weren't seen on stage by parents. Yes, a lot of children won't use the school loos. Amy was OK in primary but never used them in High School. xx

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