10 things everyone from an all-girls' school will remember

Changing in the classroom, crushing on male teachers (even the not-hot ones), and more things that made an all-girls' education memorable 

Feeling nostalgic for your school days?
Feeling nostalgic for your school days?
14 May 2015

Feeling nostalgic for your school days?

RGS, MGS, CGS, CHIJ… If you were from these or any other single-sex schools during your formative teenage years, you probably remember various quirks and unique experiences from your time there. We’ve rounded up some of the most memorable. 

1. Changing in the classroom
1. Changing in the classroom
14 May 2015

1. Changing in the classroom

This is possibly one of the most common benefits – being able to do it like a dude and change into and out of your P.E attire in the comforts of your class’ four walls. Nobody’s going to bat an eyelid at the flash of some skin, or the sight of a sports bra. And anyway, there was always someone keeping a lookout for bypassing male teachers. 

2. Having all-rounded support during that time of the month
2. Having all-rounded support during that time of the month
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2. Having all-rounded support during that time of the month

It’s never easy being a hormonal teenager, especially when you’re still new at dealing with monthly emotional and physical pain. Thankfully, there are 30 plus others in the room who totally get it when you’re a wee bit cranky, or when you just want to hunch motionless over the table until the waves of cramps subside. The best part of it all: never having to worry about not having a sanitary napkin handy. 

3. Having a crush on the male teachers – even if they weren’t that hot
3. Having a crush on the male teachers – even if they weren’t that hot
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3. Having a crush on the male teachers – even if they weren’t that hot

With the lack of boy eye candy, you probably focused your attention on the male teachers instead. Though they might not be desirable by your current standards, the E-math class taught by Mr Lee back then was the highlight of your day (so what if you hated math with a vengeance?). You can even briefly recall admiring the toned hamstrings of Mr Ang, while he demonstrated warm-up techniques at P.E lessons.

4. Using “feminine issues” to be excused from class
4. Using “feminine issues” to be excused from class
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4. Using “feminine issues” to be excused from class

Didn’t complete the assignment for English class, or just don’t feel like playing hockey for P.E? You might have resorted to the easiest trick in the book: pulling pained looks and citing “feminine issues” just to get out of the day’s lesson. Also, you were more willing to try this on the male teachers who were a little more relenting, and who didn’t need to hear too many details…

5. You were taught etiquette about having to sit properly with your ankles crossed
5. You were taught etiquette about having to sit properly with your ankles crossed
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5. You were taught etiquette about having to sit properly with your ankles crossed

Most schools conduct basic etiquette courses for their students, but it seems to be held in higher regard when in an all girls’ institute. This is particularly so if you had a matronly form teacher, one who is no-fuss when it comes to good behaviour and manners. You know the drill: Tuck in your shirt, pull up your socks, and sit like a lady – ankles (not knees) crossed!

6. Not that you were really bothered with it, it is an all girls’ school after all
6. Not that you were really bothered with it, it is an all girls’ school after all
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6. Not that you were really bothered with it, it is an all girls’ school after all

When half of the canteen is sitting with their legs wide open (with their PE shorts underneath, of course), you’d start to realise that basic etiquette isn’t applicable when it comes to an environment full of women. You stored that information in the back of your minds to be used when you’re out of class, or in your future co-ed school. But nope, it’s definitely not happening here.

7. You have no issue adjusting each other’s bras in school
7. You have no issue adjusting each other’s bras in school
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7. You have no issue adjusting each other’s bras in school

When your bestie finds herself in a twist and tangle with her underthings, you’re always ready to undo and re-hook whenever needed. This is regardless of whether it’s getting ready for flag-raising in the parade square or even in the middle of class with a male teacher watching. You know how uncomfortable it can be, and you’d want someone to do the same for you.  

8. Emotional drama doesn’t faze you
8. Emotional drama doesn’t faze you
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8. Emotional drama doesn’t faze you

That’s because you’ve seen all types of drama possible, being surrounded by teenage girls for four years. By now, you’re potentially very well adapted to testy behaviours, cold shoulders and even emotional breakdowns. There’s nothing new in your workplace that you can’t handle.

9. Feeling either really nervous or excited when you moved on to a co-ed school
9. Feeling either really nervous or excited when you moved on to a co-ed school
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9. Feeling either really nervous or excited when you moved on to a co-ed school

It was definitely a sudden adjustment when you progressed to Junior College or a Polytechnic. Now there’s testosterone in your classroom space, and a different league of competition in grades and CCA performance. Two ways about it: you were either really reluctant to move on from an exclusively feminine environment or you just couldn’t wait to leave.

10. Honestly, you did manage to focus on your studies
10. Honestly, you did manage to focus on your studies
14 May 2015

10. Honestly, you did manage to focus on your studies

When all’s been said and done, you’re actually pretty glad to have been through an all girls’ school. It made growing up a little bit easier; BGR was never really a problem, and you even managed to dedicate majority of your attention to studies and CCA. What’s more, you came away from it with some one-of-a-kind memories, and some equally awesome life-long friends to reminisce about them with.

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