I am very fortunate to say that my education has been a wonderful one. The bulk of it, 11 years, went to my primary and secondary school times. Of course, my 3 years abroad was a major highlight as well – but that’s for a different day. You can clearly already tell that going to an all-girls school was the best decision that my family did for me (amongst many other things). I honestly owe a lot to it and I can’t wait for my daughter/s to continue the legacy.
We all wore the same uniform. We were only allowed to wear white, black, blue hair ties/bands. We had standard hairstyles, similar shoes, same socks. That meant we were all equal. No makeup, no fancy clothes. Of course, we had the other ‘issues’ of friendship cliques and whatnot but at least it wasn’t on top of the rest of things we were equal on. There were quiet girls but most of us were pretty vocal, took part in activities well and generally enjoyed talking (sometimes too much).
We were taught from a young age that we are no lesser than boys. Sure, they can do certain things that we can’t but hey, we can do things that they can’t too! We were not shy. It never occurred to us that we shouldn’t aspire or anything of that sorts. We didn’t feel the need to compete with another girl for the sake of it but it was all to improve ourselves. There were dramas but I think that’s not easy to avoid. It’s true that we just ask/shout for sanitary pads across the classroom or ask our friends to check our uniforms for any stains. Boys were a little distracting because we had an all-boys school opposite our secondary school. It didn’t bother us too much, I don’t think.
WE CHANGE OUTFITS LIKE NINJAS
We seriously do. When we’ve got PE, there’s no time to go to the toilets to change and go down to assemble. There are not enough toilets either. The same when we were done with our PE lessons. I never realised how this is such an asset, to be honest. I do this very well in changing rooms of stores, at home and my family and friends always get surprised about that. We save quite a bit of time too.
FRIENDS HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE
Because I went to my affiliate secondary school, a lot of my friends did the same from the primary school. So we basically knew almost everyone and it was pleasant. We became a family. When we had to get into different classes etc, it wasn’t so bad. Our cliques just got a little bigger, we had fun. There were outings, chalets, barbeques, camps, retreats. So naturally this helped outside schools too – it showed me how bonds worked outside family dynamics and the tight-knit relationships we form are just as precious.
I’m very sure there are more reasons and there might be a part two. Girls (I know) from all-girls school strongly stand by it and vouch for sending our daughters to one in the future too. We love it. Sure, they were moments which I did not enjoy but again, it never went to the extent of hating my school or not wanting to go back to school.
Were you from a single-sex school?