The Gallery: Yellow day

Our primary school has quite a competitive house system. All the kids are given a house when they join the school, with younger siblings following their big brothers and sisters into the same house. Even the teachers and TAs have a house.

Sports day is all about competing for your house – and there’s a trophy for the winning one. The annual talent show is all about the house too – and my kids’ house has won it for four consecutive years. (I like to think my daughter’s place in the final over the last two years has played a part in that.)

And throughout the year there’s the house point competition. As with most schools, house points are awarded for good behaviour and good work. The points are totalled up at the end of the half term. The prize for the winning house is a non-uniform day. But not just any old non-uniform day – a non-uniform day in your house colour.

No it just so happens that our house colour is yellow. Yes, YELLOW.

It’s not the easiest colour to find, buy or wear. People used to bend the rules a bit – especially the year 6s. They would just treat it as any old non-uniform day, but the school is clear – it needs to be a yellow day.

Cue lots of parents stressing on Facebook over a lack of yellow clothes. Yellow is a particularly difficult colour to come by at this time of year. But our house wins all the time – it would be worth investing in a yellow Tshirt because the kids will always need it again.

In our family, there is no such stress. Because for most of his life, my younger son’s favourite colour was yellow. So whenever we saw a yellow Tshirt or yellow hoodie in the shops, we bought it for him. He even had a few yellow coats over the years. So my daughter has a bottomless pit of her brother’s old yellow clothes to wear.

But my son has actually stopped wearing yellow clothes now. Last week he managed to squeeze himself into a 9-10 hoodie he’d had since he was 7. I think we might need to invest in a new one for him in time for the next yellow day!

This photo was taken about 18 months ago on yellow day.

Kids, Son, Daughter, yellow, The Gallery

This post was written in response to a prompt on The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers.

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Yellow is a tricky one to wear but looks like your two carry it off perfectly! The house idea sounds good but taking it through to non uniform day seems quite far fetched. My sons have colour teams they are in at school (but they are in different teams!) too.

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    • Unusual to have two kids in different teams! I love my kids wearing yellow as it just seems to sum my son up perfectly. It is a happy colour – just like him. The yellow days can be a bit challenging for some though!

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  2. I like the idea of having houses at school and yellow is such a happy colour. Actually I think I need much more of it in my own wardrobe!

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    • I have lots of bright clothes myself, but not much yellow. Apart from a really yellow coat! Sometimes I worry that I look a bit weird in that!

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  3. A great post, Our house colour at school is green I have to say that Yellow is better.

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    • Yellow is lovely and cheerful, but I think most people would find it easier to buy green clothes. The blue house definitely has it easiest!

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  4. Oh man I hear you my friend. My kids’ house colour was orange. ORANGE I ask you!
    Once I’d found a Tshirt Dan had to wear it all through his five years of first school (I bought it in a very large size!) and then it got passed down to Mia. I’m so bloody relieve that now they’ve both left that school I can get rid of the darn thing!

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    • Orange?! That’s horrible! I like your style in buying a massive Tshirt that would last them both forever!

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  5. We’re a blue house with the primary school and the eldest is green at high school. Yellow is such a great colour.

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    • They both sound like nice easy colours to work with! Blue would definitely be the easiest!

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  6. It’s such a lively, bright colour. But hard to get in these winter months x

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    • It’s very hard to get in the winter months! Thank goodness for all of my son’s old clothes! x

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  7. I must admit to always being relived that mine weren’t in the yellow house – it really is difficult to buy yellow clothes! Mine were always red.

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    • Red is a nice easy colour! On the whole it would definitely be better than yellow, although I’m very grateful for my son’s past obsession with yellow as it makes our lives easier!

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  8. Fabulous yellow post. I hve all the house colours to come but I’d be happy with yellow as it’s such a sunny bright colour

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    • It certainly is! You can’t miss it! 🙂

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  9. Oh wow, that’s fabulous and I love their yellow clothes! It is a hard colour to find – and not one that everyone can easily wear either. Your children look great in yellow! My oldest daughter’s house colour is blue and yellow together – so she’s worn blue with a yellow feather boa and beanie hat etc. on many an occasion! Congrats on the yellow winning streak too!

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    • Thanks very much! I’m so glad that my kids look good in yellow! I used to love it when my son wore it as it seemed to really suit his personality. Beanie hat and feather boa sounds like a fabulous combo!

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    • Thanks very much! I wouldn’t choose to wear it myself, but it is a lovely colour 🙂

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    • Thanks very much 🙂

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  10. It is! Orange is a bit of a strange one! Don’t siblings follow each other into the same house at your school?

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  11. I’m always useless on dress up days so I’m double impressed by all that yellow?

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    • Thanks very much! I’m rubbish if they have to have actual costumes, but we cope rather well with the yellow 🙂

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