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Rules are to keep rules are to break

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jaywhat
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Rules are to keep rules are to break

#1 Post by jaywhat » November 15th, 2009, 5:12 pm

Wrote about boyhood memories of wearing school caps. How we had to raise them when passing the school gates, which had the names of war heroes carved in the stone pillars.
As we got older we kept the caps in our blazer (yes) pockets and just put them on to pass through the gates.

Wondered what memories people had of rules (good or bad). Like 'always shut the gate' 'no eating in the street' 'hold the door open for....' etc

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Re: Rules are to keep rules are to break

#2 Post by Alan C. » November 15th, 2009, 6:51 pm

If you mean school rules specifically, then don't run in the corridor boy! usually accompanied by a slap round the head.

I take great delight now at being able to say this to the teachers when I'm working at the school (though I leave out the slap round the head)
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Re: Rules are to keep rules are to break

#3 Post by Val » November 15th, 2009, 7:12 pm

Alan you don't slap the head of the teacher because it would be an assault. It always was an assault when the teachers did it to the pupils, they just got away with it in those days.

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#4 Post by getreal » November 15th, 2009, 8:31 pm

We had the most rediculous rule ever invented. When going into the school after break, or first thing, we were required to go in pairs and in class order. If there were an uneven number of pupils in your class then you had to wait and pair up with another single pupil. If you were caught disobeying this rule you got the belt.

It's a bit severe, just for having an uneven number of pupile in your class.
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Re: Rules are to keep rules are to break

#5 Post by Paolo » November 16th, 2009, 1:15 pm

The rule that bugged me most at school was about being late. We started at 8:50am rather than 9am but the busses were timetabled for the other schools nearby that started at 9am. This meant I could either be 5 minutes late, or I'd be over an hour early.

I spent my entire time at school being the first person to arrive (I even got there before the teachers). It did wonders for my timekeeping though and I'm still a morning person.

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#6 Post by Manuel » November 16th, 2009, 5:08 pm

'Keep off the grass.' Surely the very last thing you should be doing when you see some. 'Get on the grass, take your shoes off and run about like a loon' would be much better.

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Re: Rules are to keep rules are to break

#7 Post by Val » November 16th, 2009, 7:54 pm

Right Manuel, taking the shoes off is the salient point. but do not walk or run on the grass if it is frosty, it will damage it.

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#8 Post by Manuel » November 16th, 2009, 8:14 pm

Maybe the sign should be reserved for the winter season then? Hold the strike, I feel a compromise coming on!

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#9 Post by Maria Mac » November 19th, 2009, 1:49 am

I didn't like the 'no smoking' rule in my school. I think most of the rules were pretty reasonable (including that one, with hindsight).

The strong exception was, of course, the one about participating in religious assembly. I kept getting detentions for things like 'talking and laughing during the Lord's prayer'. Oh FFS!

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Re: Rules are to keep rules are to break

#10 Post by jaywhat » July 1st, 2010, 11:31 am

One rule is that you have to stick to what it says on the thread title. Why should I? I started it anyway! How else can I revive an old subject when I have nout to say?

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#11 Post by jamesjones950 » July 1st, 2010, 7:40 pm

"My boys? My boys? Cycling on the suspension bridge? I'd stop you going to the Odeon, only I can't!"

Charles Race MA, Headmaster, Chester City Grammar School, some time in the 1950s. Referring to reports he'd received from concerned members of the public, of pupils disobeying the "No Cycling" signs, and to the forthcoming school trip to the Odeon (pronounced by him "Oh-day-on") to see Laurence Olivier in some Shakespeare film...don't ask me to remember which one, but I'm sure you'll tell me.
Anyway, yes, I was one of the offending "my boys".
This same esteemed Headmaster had written our school song, in Latin, entitled "Deva Deva, Gaudeamus" (Deva = Dee, the local river), to the tune of? Deutschland Deutschland, Uber Alles. And this in the 50s!
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#12 Post by Dave B » July 1st, 2010, 7:45 pm

Of course I'll tell you what that Larry Olivier Shakespearian film was: "Henry V". I got dragged off to see it then as well (prefer the Branagh version).

Get edicated!

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#13 Post by Marian » July 5th, 2010, 4:33 pm

One rule I can remember clearly breaking was: No laughing in the classroom

Not even when it was funny. I got sent out of the class for that. I was laughing because I had handed in the wrong story to the teacher as a writing assignment. I was laughing out of embarrassment. Oh well.
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#14 Post by Alan H » July 5th, 2010, 7:08 pm

What kind of school were you at?!
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#15 Post by Gottard » July 5th, 2010, 8:25 pm

Catholic priests' school in my teens:
"you should stick to what critics say if commenting your literature essays, you cannot give your own opinion because you are anyone"
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#16 Post by Marian » July 6th, 2010, 12:48 pm

Alan H wrote:What kind of school were you at?!
Just a run-of-the-mill public (not private) school.
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Re: Rules are to keep rules are to break

#17 Post by Beki » July 6th, 2010, 2:04 pm

Pick a topic for debate and prepare an argument to be presented in class.

If you pick 'abortion' or 'euthansia' then you are NOT allowed to speak for.

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