We are wanting to take our son out of prep for several weeks to travel in our caravan. We aren’t worried about this having a negative impact on him academically, nor are we concerned about the social impact with his peers. I’ve heard over the years that schools and teachers usually support families taking time to travel, and feel that wonderful learning can happen from these experiences outside the classroom? I hope this is correct. My husband and I have planned to take him out during the least impacted time of the term, but I still have this somewhat guilty feeling for my son, particularly when reading the overall attendance record and then seeing the absent days he will have had for the whole year. I guess being someone who doesn’t like to give less than 100% might be why I’m dwelling on this minor issue? How many days off school have you taken for a family holiday? Has your school ever refused a family holiday?
Posted anonymously, 21st August 2019