Ahhh, this is so lovely. So Marks and Spencer contacted me recently about their new campaign: Decades at School celebrating over a century of helping parents get their kids ready to go back to school. They’re showcasing their back to school archives, focusing on the evolution of everything from uniform to packed lunches.
This is the first year where we won’t be preparing for school to start again in September. No buying uniforms, no arguing over what’s an acceptable school shoe (no, not black trainers), no buying pristine white shirts even though you knew they’d be covered in pen and bogeys in five minutes…
I’m so sad that the school days are now behind us (well, sad AND relieved – I got so many phone calls home from Charlie’s house mistress that we actually became friends). My favourite misdemeanours (I can laugh now) included the shredding of a tie in the house office paper shredder, the turning upside down of all the posters on the morning of the OFSTED inspection, and Sam taking advantage of an abandoned computer and replacing all the school security badge photos with SpongeBob and Patrick.
I don’t know if you remember, but a while ago my mum found my old school reports and it turned out that apart from the fact that I had to eat horrible grey curry and they got food trucks and a salad bar, things weren’t so different back in the 80s either…
Mathematics: Despite her all too frequent outbursts and protestations Becky is better than she thinks. A little more self-confidence and self-assertion would not go amiss.
(She was wrong – I still can’t add up)
French: Becky could do a lot better if she concentrated harder in class. She must resist the temptation to gossip to her neighbours.
Gossip? It can’t be true.
Music: I was impressed with Rebecca’s performance in the music competition. She seems a musical girl.
A musical girl? Press my nose and I play a tune.
And while modern schoolwear will never more be part of my life, and I’ll no longer be shopping for ‘flat front skinny adjustable waist trousers with Supercrease™ & Triple Action Stormwear™ (they were just called ‘trousers’ when I was at school ) I’ll always look back with fondness to the days when I dropped them off at school and knew where the hell they were all day.
It all seems like yesterday. Now look at them:
You can find the growing up with M&S website here, or check out the hashtag #myschoolyears.