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 Post subject: Re: Worst/Best Staff Across the Series
PostPosted: 21 Oct 2020, 13:30 
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Noreen wrote:
Oh yes, staff should have character, definitely. Many of mine seemed to be tartars or twits, and of the two, I preferred the tartars. Though I didn't agree with one of my favourites, who said it shouldn't matter whether you liked someone who taught you. And it's definitely difficult if a teacher really takes against you!

Some of my favourite teachers were the strict ones, and I had a uni tutor who was lovely but if you got on her bad side, she could be as sarcastic as Bill.

The strict teachers are more liked and respected than the lax ones who try to be 'down with the kids', from what I've heard.


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In school and then in employment, I could work for someone I respected but did not like but not vice versa. I was very lucky in that I had several bosses whom I both liked and respected.


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I agree that the strict but fair teachers were often quite popular - more so than the complete pushovers who couldn't keep order, or the ones who wanted to be our friends. Sarcastic is a bit trickier - the teacher needs to be liked, needs to know how far to take the sarcasm with individual students, and needs to be not visibly angry with it. If they cross that boundary, they end up being just nasty. In the CS Miss Wilson is well liked, but Grizel, who is sharp tongued, is not.

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 Post subject: Re: Worst/Best Staff Across the Series
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Alison H wrote:
The one that gets me is Len making a special trip to the shop in Briesau just to buy some toothpaste, rather than just ask Con or Margot if she could use a bit of theirs until they next go to the shops! They're on holiday, not at school.

I suspect "toothpaste" was a euphemism for "tampax"!


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PostPosted: 05 Nov 2020, 23:43 
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Good heavens I wouldn't have thought so! At boarding school in the late 1950s we were firmly warned that no nice girl could possibly consider using something like that as protection!

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cestina wrote:
Good heavens I wouldn't have thought so! At boarding school in the late 1950s we were firmly warned that no nice girl could possibly consider using something like that as protection!


I agree, Cestina, though I’m not sure we were even warned about not using them, I think it was just taken as read that we didn’t know what they were and therefore wouldn’t be using them!


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cestina wrote:
Good heavens I wouldn't have thought so! At boarding school in the late 1950s we were firmly warned that no nice girl could possibly consider using something like that as protection!


I agree, Cestina, though I’m not sure we were even warned about not using them, I think it was just taken as read that we didn’t know what they were and therefore wouldn’t be using them!

I can remember some very bewildering remarks from the house matron that we puzzled over until a more enlightened senior explained what she was getting at........

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Was it sanitary towels girls used back then?


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Yes, with 2 loops and a belt with hooks, or pants with pockets to fit them into.


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The house matrons didn't have a stash of tampons the way they did of STs (rather nasty ones, if my memory serves me correctly), but nobody cared if you bought your own, as long as you were comfortable with them. This was the mid-1960s. Very useful in the summer term as you didn't have to be "off swimming" unless you wanted to be.


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The house matrons didn't have a stash of tampons the way they did of STs (rather nasty ones, if my memory serves me correctly), but nobody cared if you bought your own, as long as you were comfortable with them. This was the mid-1960s. Very useful in the summer term as you didn't have to be "off swimming" unless you wanted to be.


Shows very clearly the difference ten years can make!

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cestina wrote:
Mrs Redboots wrote:
The house matrons didn't have a stash of tampons the way they did of STs (rather nasty ones, if my memory serves me correctly), but nobody cared if you bought your own, as long as you were comfortable with them. This was the mid-1960s. Very useful in the summer term as you didn't have to be "off swimming" unless you wanted to be.


Shows very clearly the difference ten years can make!


It certainly does!


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