Oct 2, 2009

Girls School

Call me unconventional.
I loved school.
Especially Catholic School.
The More House School for Girls.
Girls only.
Plenty of girls.
Being girls.
Bright, brilliant, clever, ever-so-often naughty girls.

The More House School was uniform-free.
A style forum for 11 year olds just down the road from Beauchamp Place and around the corner from Harrods .

The curriculum included Latin, French, Spanish, history, maths, confession, ballroom dancing, fencing and Shakespeare.

In our Shakespeare theatricals girls played all the roles.
Rosalind, Viola, Julia and Portia were juiciest.
Roles that only boys had played we now  played; women disguised as men to teach justice, illuminate, and set the world right.
Disguise, doubled-up identities, corsets and capes.
We were intellectual superheroes.

Wondergirls.

In Girls School, we painted on swirly moustaches, swaggered with sabres and dropped our capes over puddles. 
We waltzed in petticoats, held séances in cloakrooms and cribbed cheat sheets in several languages.
We donned pirate gear and orchestrated elaborate treasure hunts up then down back and front staircases.
We wore our costume-shop dresses home with Biba platform shoes, hand-crocheted cloche hats and Gary Glitter nail lacquer.
Winter week-ends we hung out at Conran's or the Tate and summers we swam in the Serpentine.

What’s not to like?

At Moore House, our curriculum did not include petty, catty infighting over boys and popularity.
We were born-free.
Lived free.

A recent treasure hunt lead me to modern pirate's booty.
I started out reading Frances Cole Jones' The Wow Factor and soon discovered Brain Barter.

Brain Barter is like going back to Girls School.
Girls School with goblets of wine and platters of Brie.
Girls School relocated to fairy-lit Saks Fifth Avenue.

Girls School where we don’t have to draw on a moustache to be the smartest person in the room.
And then rub it off to be the sexiest.

Now aren't we clever girls!

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