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Do you go to the staff Christmas night out?

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by digoryvenn, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    That's it really.
    Should I go to the staff Christmas night out?
    Do you go or not?

    Oh, another question, do you buy your staff Christmas presents?
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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  3. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    Yes, I go to the meal but make sure I leave promptly.

    No, I don't buy presents but treat them to extra cake in the staff room.

    I do write Christmas cards (small school).
  4. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    No, I didn't know the staff before I became a head.
  5. Ladykaza

    Ladykaza Senior commenter

    Yes to the do but I drive, and leave early.

    I do buy a small gift - a precident set by my predecessor- however we are a very small school.
  6. mrkeys

    mrkeys Occasional commenter

    Go, buy a round of drinks and put a few bottles of wine on the table and leave.
    tall tales likes this.
  7. mickeyforpresident

    mickeyforpresident New commenter

  8. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I didn't - I knew they didn't want me there and if I'm brutally honest, I did not want to go (I hate Xmas dos).

    Both my headship schools had staff totalling almost 200 people, so I certainly did not buy them all a gift (nor did it ever occur to e that I should. I was their boss, not their mum).
    lindenlea likes this.
  9. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    Thank you.
    I don't like going to staff Christmas parties either. I won't be buying the staff gifts but I am not sure if they will be expecting one! As a small school, there are only 8 members of staff and it used to be a very 'cosy' school until I arrived.
  10. jago123

    jago123 Established commenter

    Good to show your face, but then leave before the night gets 'messy'...
    Drive so you don't have the temptation to stay.. You don't want your career or your reputation put into dispute.

    Some schools have an 'SLT' night out, purely for the senior leadership team.
  11. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    I really don't enjoy Christmas do's of any kind and I don't go to any. That said staff are begging me to go this year because if I don't go I am not part of the team. I will stick to my guns and not go but will do as I always do - buy the first round and wine. But...still got that nagging feeling - should I go?
  12. install

    install Star commenter

    Yes always - nothing better than seeing people let all that stress gooooo....
  13. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    How decisive. At my school,the invite is open to all- teachers, cooks, caretaker.
  14. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Divisive? Decisive?
    sparklepig2002 likes this.
  15. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    oops-divisive :D
    Well done CtB-you spotted my deliberate mistake/senior moment.

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