Teachers a re amazing people. Truly, I think it’s one of the most important jobs a person can undertake. Often thankless but also so rewarding. I am grateful that our girls have had some fantastic teachers over the years, and still do to this day. However, when it comes to buying them Christmas present – it’s a no from me.
It’s not me being un-thankful, disrespectful or a Grinch. A Christmas card is perfectly acceptable – surely?
Imagine being a primary school teacher with a class of 30. Would you really want 30 little gifts, probably chocolate? I’ve heard some parents do a collection, with some even being asked for a £10 contribution. That’s some teacher to be getting a £300 gift isn’t it? Oh, and don’t even get me started on the independent Oxfordshire school putting a £50 cap on gift value for teachers!
Teaching children that it is better to give than to receive is important. But teaching them to give to the less fortunate or those in need is even more important. A teacher is paid to do a job. You can show immense thanks with words in a card. But that £10 you spend on a gift could make a huge difference to someone less fortunate’s life.
I do appreciate our girls teachers – I really do. There is even a chance some of them may read this – and I hope they agree with me. If they don’t it could be a tad awkward at the carol concert later this week!
Thanks for reading.