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Beecroft did it, now sister primary school Myatt Garden has made a film, to bring their ethos to life. Here you go:
Lovely, just what you want learning to be like for children - FUN. Great to see them making and doing and having a blast.
The school looks fab. The children look happy and engaged. Both this and John Stainer look like great schools. This one doesn't have a uniform though, I think uniforms are useful.
it does have a uniform and the parents can choose to use it or not.I'd say a quarter of the school wears it.
best primary in the area. LOVE this school.
that sounds a bit shambolic
you're a teacher there aren't you. You're not the Head are you?
It's up to parents. I don't see how it's shambolic. some like a uni, some don't.It's a non issue. Unlike a required uniform.
ofstead are pointless. but hey, I'm the Head - I would say that.
easy tiger. Sorry cuppicake. Are you defending it because your child goes there and you want to stick up for it? or do you really think it's a non issue. I prefer uniforms personally, doesn't make me a bad person, just my opinion. I think having no uniform policy is tough on the kids who turn up to school in the same clothes more regularly than others or who don;t have the latest expensive trainers. I think having a uniform that you may or may nor wear is odd and sends out mixed messages.
My kids go to a uniform-only school and what gets me is how much time is spent policing the children to ensure they are in correct uniform. Surely this is a distraction? I still see kids wearing expensive trainers / shoes, that will never change. But most kids until their teenage years don't seem that fussed about clothes -- my kids have a real mix of school friends and I can say no one seems to make it an issue. Maybe that;s all to come in secondary. Oh, and Myatt Garden does look like a fun school!
to be clear, i wasn't getting hepped up, but you can't tell on messageboards so easily. I'm pretty sure I never made any mention of anyone being a bad parent over their opinion of uniforms. my kid does/did go there, but not defending it, I have always disliked uniforms. I can see the appeal for some people. The school caters to both opinions.In my experience at the school, it is a non issue. Some kids wear them, some don't. None of my kids have ever complained about latest styles/fashions/bullying and trust me, they go in sometimes looking like they've worn their clothes for days. My son particularly likes ill fitting trousers and one shirt I can barely get off him to wash.They also wear the uniform if they choose.I like the freedom of it and that they can express their individuality just a little bit. I suppose because I have been a parent at the school for 7 years that I have a good understanding of how the uniform issue works within the school, which is why I made the comment. It wasn't a defense, it was an account of my experience. I'm sure there are other parents from the school who have a different one.I don't mind unis in secondary however, where I do think what you are referring to becomes more of an issue for kids.
School can be a scary place for children, and anything that makes them feel more comfortable and at home is a good thing. Uniform is formal and doesn't allow for easy movement like leggings and a t shirt. Children are so naturally curious and inquisitive with a love of life, surely it's only sensible to capitalise on that and teach them accordingly.
I've never understood the point of uniforms at primary age. In what way do you think they are useful?
Lots of small ways; School trips - easily identify all in the group. (yes could give them a flourescent sash or something, but the uniform is there)For the parent: little to no thinking about what the child has to wear (I'm talking about the jumper and bottoms type uniform, not prep school full ensemble).
I think they're useful for a few reasons but not a deal breaker in terms of choosing a school. For a start I think it looks nice, the children know that when they're in their uniform they're in school 'mode' so I think it helps them get into the right frame of mind for that, it gives them a sense of ownership and identity with the school. Another reason has already been stated (about some of the kids turning up in the same stuff every day and other children picking up on that. ) I agree this isn't an issue for 5 years old but by the time the children are 8 they know what a Nike tick is. I think it helps parents because school uniforms are cheap and more hard wearing than most cheap clothes and it avoids them getting pen, paint or whatever on their own clothes. Also when my child went to primary school he was desperate to get the uniform on - and he felt proud as punch to be wearing it. Somebody earlier said that school was a scary place- yes on your first day/week, but that's the same at any school and surely nobody is saying that the uniform somehow makes it scarier? The main argument for no uniforms seems to be that it somehow allows the child to be more individual or to be more creative. I suspect there's a few more things at play than what someone wears in terms of nurturing creativity. Just because your child wears no uniform is no guarantee that they will turn out more creative than others. There is also a suggested assumption that uniform wearing schools are somehow not creative....As another aside - a class of John Stainer reception children went on a school trip into central London last year, travelling on the tube. The school received a letter a week later from a woman who happened to be travelling in same carriage - she felt compelled to write to the Head to commend her school on the excellent behaviour of the children. She knew nothing of the school or where it was from but googled it after taking the name down from the school uniforms.Like I said it's not a deal breaker but imo a nice thing to have.
Oh come on. Look at the video again. You'll see plenty of children wearing shirts and sweatshirts...some of them are even untucked....in fact don't think some had them tucked in in the first place....:0 (note: 'Tucking in' is a sign of early militaristic behaviour and should be discouraged lest your child grow up to join a Repressive State Apparatus.)
They should be compelled to wear tails until at least 11.
So if you were going to spending the day painting, making music, sitting on the carpet, running around, you would rather wear a shirt/blouse and suit trousers/skirt and a sweatshirt? I wouldn't.
well - I don't think i see much difference between these different types of clothing as you seem to. I'm not convinced uniforms impede movement, enjoyment, happiness, creativity and carpet sitting, to a significant degree over any other clothing. but if i was doing painting, or any other messy play, i'm not sure I'd want to wear my own clothes.anyway, this is a pointless exercise - I wish you well but I haven't got the time or inclination to reply again.
Fantastic video, well done Myatt Garden!
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