|I would have thought that was a field covered by Matron. I'm not sure where or how though|
|I would guess not, not at the time they were written anyway. I was in school in the 60s and it was covered in biology, so only that approach, and very embarrassing it was too. Anything else was left to parents|
|Well, I was thinking maybe while they were kept in with her on the Saturday night mending, she could have explained things on a one-to-one basis if there was a need ie if the girl had starting menstruating, say. Matron was the one responsible for their health after all.|
|Matron was the one responsible for their health after all.|
|I doubt she'd relate it to procreation, though. Just, "This is your period; you'll have it every month until you're 50. Here's what to do."|
|When my mother first got her period - at boarding school in Ireland in the 1930s - she had no idea. She actually thought she was bleeding to death.
We hear more about the naughty middles, but there must have been some who were well behaved, and didn't have to spend saturday night with Matron. Unless you are suggesting that there was a secret plot to arrange that every middle should be kept in at least once, under any excuse the prefects could find, so that Matron could have had a lottle chat with her.
Actually, she seems to vary between health and more general house-keeping. Nurse seems to have been more responsible for general health, at least in the later books.
|Since a lot of the students seem to have "bilious attacks", which have often seemed to me to be reasonably synoymous with menstrual cramps, perhaps when they are suffering their first menstruation-related bilious attack, Matey could explain THOSE facts of life.|
She certainly wouldn't have said it that bluntly! Think of all the euphemisms that were so common - she would have used one of those, at the very least!
|There was a mistress (Joan Bertram?) who had bilious attacks two or three times a term IIRC - ie once a month or so, which would fit with 'bilious attack' being code for menstrual problems. I think they took her into San to sort her out - yet another area of medicine that the doctors there seem to know all about.|
|But they didn't need to go, did they?
Or I suppose a handy bush was used and never referred to!
|The best sex ed video I ever saw was actually at church camp It had accurate information, but it was presented in a matter of fact but very humorous manner.|
|Alison H wrote:|
|We got told a lot of stuff by our science teacher when we were in the first year, and then we got lessons on contraception by a religious studies teacher (not sure what it had to do with religious studies!) in a kind of PSHE (? or is it PHSE?) type lesson in the fourth year.|
|My sister had to teach sex education at her old school (she's a science teacher) and asked my advice. She wasn't over-impressed when I offered to make her a knitted womb as a visual aid|
|Too much information!) We also have to teach the relationships side of sex. The science teachers in my school say they do not envy me when we do that!
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