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To wonder whether you'd prefer to go to Malory Towers or the Chalet School

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Vintagejazz Tue 29-Apr-14 16:31:45

I just heard to girls about 11 years of age having an earnest discussion about this on the bus. I didn't think kids even read Chalet School books any more.
I think I'd opt for Malory Towers. They seemed to have more fun. I'd probably be expelled from the Chalet School for cursing, wearing lipstick and forgetting to speak German every Wednesday or whatever it was.

Summerbreezing Tue 29-Apr-14 16:38:22

I think I'd opt for the Chalet School. I'd be bullied to death at Malory Towers by Darrell and her thugs friends for not being outdoorsy and sportsy and bursting with school spirit. I would probably be best friends with Gwendoline and everyone would hate me.sad

FatalCabbage Tue 29-Apr-14 16:41:02

Given that I speak reasonable French and German, the Chalet School in a heartbeat. Far more opportunity for initiative, bigger school with flexibility of movement if you show progress.

Also Kaffee und Kuchen grin

Martorana Tue 29-Apr-14 16:44:41

Chalet School.

Everyone there is unbearably smug, but that's marginally better than everyone being a snobbish bully.

Martorana Tue 29-Apr-14 16:45:43

Quite fancy the "positive featherbeds of whipped cream^ too.......

turkeyboots Tue 29-Apr-14 16:46:13

Chalet School here too.

DeWee Tue 29-Apr-14 16:48:20

Well personality wise I think I'd prefer the Chalet school, I think I'd find better friends there.
However the idea of doing 3 different languages sends shivers down my spine. I know they all tell you that you'll soon pick it up; learn 10 new words a day and you'll be fine, but I have a suspicion I might have proved them wrong. grin I think as well I would have found Joey's "breeziness" totally embarrassing rather than charming too, as well as being petrified by Bruno.

The swimming pool at MT sounds lovely, though possibly better through the pages of a book than actually in it.

Dd2 had no doubts, she asked me to send for the prospectus for CS, and was most upset when I had to let her know it wasn't a real place. sad She did go as a Chalet School girl (in brown gym slip and flame tie) for book day last year.

Summerbreezing Tue 29-Apr-14 16:49:28

Also might get to meet some hunky doctors at the Chalet School. At Malory Towers you'd have to make do with a crush on the PE teacher. grin

SilverDragonfly1 Tue 29-Apr-14 16:52:01

Oh, definitely Chalet school. They have a much nicer attitude towards younger siblings and Alicia always struck me as being a bit of a bitch.

Great to hear about today's kids discussing it though! Maybe new reprints of the Chalet school books are in the offing (PLEASE!).

Vintagejazz Tue 29-Apr-14 16:52:35

You're all MAD shock. Don't you realise if you go to the Chalet School you will be married off at seventeen to a doctor and expected to have at least twelve kids by the time you're thirty shock

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 29-Apr-14 16:53:21

Malory Towers. If only for the swimming pool at the bottom of the steps.

Darrell and I would have been bosom buddies.

And I never read the Chalet School.

5Foot5 Tue 29-Apr-14 16:53:25

I suspect neither (though I loved the books).

Like DeWee I really don't think I could have handled three different languages, I was always particularly dense at French and German although I did eventually scrape an O-level grade C at German.

And while as a child I read and re-read MT I would probably have hated it. I would have been the scholarship oik who couldn't swim and hated games.

FatalCabbage Tue 29-Apr-14 16:53:26

Jack Maynard would be looked at by Yewtree, that's fo sho.

sarinka Tue 29-Apr-14 16:55:57

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devoniandarling Tue 29-Apr-14 16:56:56

I think Malory towers sounds idyllic! It's been years since I read the books but I loved them when i did.

The chalet school would be fun too. Hard decision to make. Personally I wouldn't mind being married off at 17 to a doctor!

StressheadMcGee Tue 29-Apr-14 17:00:17

Chalet School would be my choice - all that cake and cream, as well as skiing, sounds like it would be fun. I'm horrendously bad at languages, but always thought that History lessons would be interesting (even if I wasn't sure what reasoning from cause to effect meant...)

PotteringAlong Tue 29-Apr-14 17:01:22

Chalet school. I used to fantasise about it grin

Melonbreath Tue 29-Apr-14 17:03:18

I'd have been kicked out of the lot of them rather than them whipping me into shape.
And I'm not sure whether I'd have been Ravenclaw or Gryffindor. And i would have hung out with the twins

Pip pip old beans

OOAOML Tue 29-Apr-14 17:03:55 for the books - don't have them all in print and they use the original text (paperbacks were cut down to varying degrees)

Doristhecamel Tue 29-Apr-14 17:08:57

Malory Towers so I could swim in that pool and play tricks on mamzelle.
I might slso be tempted to put Darrell Rivers in her place too.grin

DaisyMasie Tue 29-Apr-14 17:10:53

Hmm Skiing, cream cakes and hunky doctors versus Lacrosse, School spirit, and outdoor swimming.

I think I'll opt for the Chalet School smile.

MuddlingMackem Tue 29-Apr-14 17:14:41

Chalet School, but only in its Tyrol days. smile

indigo18 Tue 29-Apr-14 17:18:16

OMG! Chalet school all the way! I had my bedroom arranged exactly as new girls were told to organise their cubicle, much to the amazement of my mother, as it involved binning all the clutter and only having my brush and comb and a photograph on my 'locker' by the bed.
I sooo wanted to hang my 'plumeau' out of the window to air...
I could also have married a handsome doctor from the San; I would have been friends with Len and Con and fiery Margot.

LastOneDancing Tue 29-Apr-14 17:22:24

Mallory Towers!
I want to do that run to the island via the tidal causeway have I made that up?! And swim in the natural pool created by the rocks...


NomDeClavier Tue 29-Apr-14 17:24:15

Chalet School definitely! But I'd have gone back to be a teacher before being married off to a doctor.

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