Misha – on School Hats
Writing about three ex-convent schoolgirls in “Picking up the Pieces” has made me think back to my own school days.
I went to school at a time when girls had to wear hats. At least they did if they went to a grammar school and they most certainly did if they were pupils at La Retraite High School. Run by nuns the rules were strict. Uniform was closely monitored. When outside the school grounds hats had to be worn at all times and in all weather. Junior school girls had elastic fastened under the chin to keep their hats from being blown away. Senior pupils perfected the art of holding one’s hat gracefully with one hand while carrying a bag full of books in the other.
If you dared to remove your hat in the street, or on the bus on the way to and from school, then members of…
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