December 8, 2017

Dad slams his daughter’s school for dividing activities by gender and sending the Year 6 girls to make-up classes and the boys to Bunnings.

The NSW dad shared the letter to Twitter on Thursday, which said his daughter Ruby had left for school in 2017 but returned as if it were 1968.

He said her Year 6 teachers had divided the male and female students, sending the ‘girls’ to get their “hair and make-up done” and the boys to Bunnings.

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“Are you able to search the school buildings for a rip in the space-time continuum?” the annoyed father wrote in the letter addressed to the principal.

“Perhaps there is a faulty Flux Capacitor hidden away in the girls’ toilet block?

“I look forward to this being rectified and my daughter and other girls at the school being returned to this millennium where school activities are not divided sharply along gender lines.”

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The father-of-three said the humorous letter was aimed at making a point about “everyday sexism,” news.com.au reported.

A Department of Education spokesperson told news.com.au: “A long tradition at Dubbo West Public School has been activities including preparing hair and light make-up with professionals on the day of the Year 6 graduation.

Do you think this is sexist? Surely the students have a choice of what activity they would prefer to participate in.

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  • Oh please! It’s not sexist. The response from the Education Department is a clear explanation of why the girls didn’t go to Bunnings. The school has a tradition of doing something nice and practical for the girls in regards to the graduation. If this father wants his daughter to have the Bunnings experience then why doesn’t he just take her there himself.

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  • As long as the kids have a choice, it’s not a problem – but it doesnt sound like they had a choice.

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  • The possibility to have your hair and makeup done at the end of year for the graduation, can be quite a treat for some of the girls. However I can imagine some parents want to be involved in that themselves. Nothing wrong with the option to have either hair and make up done or going to Bunnings, as long the kids have the choice (meaning boys can have their hair and make up done if they want and girls can go to Bunnings too). It’s the end of the school year, the reports have been made, let them have some fun.

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  • Good on him! Yes, definitely, the students should have their choice of the activity they would prefer!


    • Choice is the key word and there always needs to be choice when choosing activities – rather than them being pre-determined according to gender.

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  • I love this witty and clever letter – well done! Professional make up and lighting for a Year 6 graduation – seriously! Time warp indeed!

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  • For kids doing woodwork and metalwork (or another trade) at high school I could understand if the pupils went to places such as Bunnings, otherwise no. Of what educational benefit is that? The same applies to hair and makeup, even more so in primary school. A lot of schools don’t allow pupils to wear makeup at school so why teach it so young. They aren’t even teenagers in year 6.

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  • Good on him for standing up for equal rights amongst the genders.

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  • If my daughter was obliged to go and have her hair and make-up done, I am positive she wouldn’t want to go to school. I wonder if all the girls were “obliged” to go to the library or they could choose to go to Bunnings instead.

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  • Yeah. He’s got a point. I’d actually get pretty annoyed if I was sending a kid to school only for them to be taught hair and makeup. Given how bad spelling and grammar has gotten these days I think there is a more productive use to that time. My child goes to bunnings more than enough with us. He shouldn’t be going during school hours too.

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