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PostPosted: 22 Nov 2017, 21:29 
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The Chalet School authorities like to say that such and such a girl is 'one of our successes'. But how often does the school really make a difference?

Being at the CS helped Ted - but it was by chance as much as anything. She was in quarantine with Len and Rosamund, possibly the two girls least likely to be led astray in the whole history of the school. If she'd been quarantined with, for example, Francie Wilford and Heather Clayton, might things have turned out differently?

Some girls benefited from being at school, but did it have to be the CS, or would any good school have done? Polly Winterton might have settled in better at a day school; she'd have found it less restrictive.

And a great many girls were likeable, honourable, reasonably well behaved, before they even landed at the school, and didn't need the school to make a success of them.

So who were the genuine Chalet School successes?


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Interesting question.

Biddy springs to mind, because the likely path of her life if the school hadn't taken her in and educated her would have been so much different.

Oddly enough, Emerence. I know she wouldn't be highlighted as such, but given the undisciplined, borderline criminal hooligan she was when she arrived, turning out someone relatively law abiding and socialized at the end was doing a lot of good for her.

The Robin, because without the tender care of the school and Russells she would have died in true Victorian style.

Eustacia was a case of "in spite of". She was so miserable at the CS that she nearly died, and spent months as an invalid. The result was good, but the methods not.

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PostPosted: 23 Nov 2017, 01:41 
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I am not a great fan but what about Juliet Carrick who became a changed girl after Madge took charge of her.

Also, Gisela who might just have stayed a polite Austrian girl but in the CS became a great leader and someone who left her mark on the school for all time?


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PostPosted: 23 Nov 2017, 13:49 
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Definitely Juliet and Biddy. Not many schools would have shown such care for individual girls in difficult circumstances.

Maybe also Nina, who became a much more rounded person that she'd have been at a specialist school, and might not have found so much support for her music at another general school.

I think I'd add Grizel in the early days, but in her case it backfired: she came to think of the CS as her only home and stayed on there when she'd have been better moving on.

And Jacynth - it was the CS which uncovered her musical talent, although it was Gay rather than the school authorities.

Tom was always a lovely person, but her father's weird ideas about women were having a negative effect on her: I think the CS was good for her, although another school might have done just as well.

Joyce Linton, maybe ... but she didn't really reform until she was an adult

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PostPosted: 23 Nov 2017, 18:23 
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I think the Chalet School was great for Tom. Another school might have insisted on her being called Lucinda, and not made allowances for her upbringing.

The really, really nice thing about the Chalet School (especially when you compare it to such places as Kingscote) is that it allows girls to be individuals, to like their own likes, to have unusual hobbies, and basically to be their own person. Wish the school I'd been at had been like that....


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What about Cornelia? She is a very nasty piece of work when she arrives but becomes a legend - Games Prefect, Head Girl and heroine when the plane crashes on Guernsey.


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Yes, Cornelia turns from a nuisance to a star :D .

What about Joey? At Taverton High, she was probably quite popular, but she wouldn't have been the leader she became at the Chalet School because she wouldn't have had the USP of being the only one in her age group who was fluent in all the school's languages. Nor the chance to carry out so many rescues :lol:. And a High School would probably have focused more on people like Simone, who were bound for university, or responsible types like Frieda, than on someone like Joey.

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Surely Mary-Lou was one of their successes. They gave her the freedom to be what she was meant to be.

On the other hand, all their girls were successes if they weren't failures, even the quietest, meekest child about whom we hear very little.

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Mary Lou definitely.


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