Finally all sorted after our move it is again time to go through papers and get rid of stuff that I . need to keep. Time to cull. During this process I came across my school standards and requirements. This was given to every girl in first form – the equivalent now of year 7. I wondered if these rules still apply. I went to a public school (the equivalent of a government run school.) The standards were high.
- A very high standard of conduct, scholarship and dress is expected of every student in this school.
- we might look at these in a future times past.
- and this one
- Full correct uniform must be worn at all times. This includes regulation hat. N.B Sock tops must be turned down.
5, 6 and 7 refer to the uniform.
8. A clean well groomed appearance is required at all times.
The following are regarded as unsuitable for school students and should NOT be worn:-
a) Long and fancy hair styles (The latter are absolutely forbidden.)
b) Long finger nails
c) Make up of any kind (with added description of what is considered make-up)
d) hair combs and hair ribbons or bands of any colour other than white, black, gray or royal blue.
e) jewellery of any kind other than watch or school badge.
Another full page was attached describing the uniform, where the stitching should be, what kind of shoes could be worn – Oxford regulation type, hats and gloves, stocking changed in winter to grey lisle or non-run seamless stretch nylon to short grey socks in summer. Blazers and jumpers completed the picture.
As you can see from the school photo I am one of the non conformists – I must have left my blazer home that day as did three others. I can remember being roasted for not having it. I can also remember the prefects doing uniform checks – we would kneel in front of them and they would check that the length of the skirt touched the ground in that position.
I also remember being proud of my uniform and on the one day I caught the train to my flute lesson I would see the girls from the private schools with their uniforms hoisted up by their belts acting in a manner our school standards forbade. This rule stated When travelling to and from school, girls are expected to conduct themselves according to the traditions of this school. They should move quietly, be courteous to everybody and respect public property.
For this months times past I thought we would look at school uniforms or lack of them. Do you see a value in wearing a uniform. For those in countries that don’t have uniforms would your prefer to have one. Tell us your memories of what you did with your uniform to make it a little more attractive. Any memories at all.
Please join in giving your location at the time of your memory and your generation. An explanation of the generations and the purpose of the prompts along with conditions for joining in can be seen at the Times Past Page. Join in either in the comments or by creating your own post and linking. Looking forward to your memories.
We are travelling so if I am slow in responding I will get there but depending on what internet access we can get it may not be until near the end of the month.