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when did the shirt signing thing start?

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overthemill Fri 18-Jul-08 14:17:12

this morning got to school with my year 4 dd who goes up to middle school in september. discovered she should have brought in a plain shirt so everyone in the class could sign it! so I duly went back in with one (perfctly good, hoping it would last out another school year) and there they all were, excitedly wrecking each other's clothes with the teachers helping!! Astonoshing! So when did this 'tradition' start happening? (I'm guessing when proms and limos came into being) I am 50 (gulp) and we never did this

Slubberdegullion Fri 18-Jul-08 14:18:43

We did it post GCSE's. That was...

<counts on fingers>

16 years ago.

EachPeachPearMum Fri 18-Jul-08 14:18:49

We did this when we left seondary school in 1990

EachPeachPearMum Fri 18-Jul-08 14:19:30

eek- I am older than slubber! blush

Fennel Fri 18-Jul-08 14:19:34

They did it at my school in the 80's, it had been going on for years even then.

We did this when I finished secondary school(early 90s). But the point was that you did it on your final day in that school and that you wrecked a uniform you would never be wearing again. Doing it in year 4 is ridiculous. hmm

Bumblelion Fri 18-Jul-08 14:20:30

I did it when I left secondary school (am now 41, so that must be 25 odd years ago!). Still have my signed shirt to this day, although can't remember most of the girls that signed it. If you want to do this, use a laundry pen, then if you need to wash the shirt the writing stays.

fryalot Fri 18-Jul-08 14:20:58

they did it when I left primary school in the late 70s and again when I left secondary school in the early 80s

I guess you must have missed it by a smidgeon grin

fryalot Fri 18-Jul-08 14:21:48

(although we didn't have proms and limos. We went to Chester for a day trip on the last day of term and we were happy with that wink)

Slubberdegullion Fri 18-Jul-08 14:22:00

Eachpeach....what do you mean?

Do I post old?

SqueakyPop Fri 18-Jul-08 14:23:10

We did it when I left school in 1982

TheApprentice Fri 18-Jul-08 14:23:31

Year 6 children have been doing this as long as I have been teaching which is since 1990. I can see it must be annoying for you!

overthemill Fri 18-Jul-08 14:25:23

not sure i'm annoyed just genuinely surprised! so outside of my experience i thought it must be a local tradition.
shame i'd not been warned as i sent some just too small school clothes to the cahrity shop recently

overthemill Fri 18-Jul-08 14:25:50

btw, i can spell, just not type

LilRedWhiskGers Fri 18-Jul-08 14:26:49

We weren't allowed to at our school - it wasa suspendable offence, which meant you missed your GCSEs.

TheApprentice Fri 18-Jul-08 14:27:11

I wonder how long the children actually keep the shirt for, though? I bet lots of them dont keep them for long!

Are you in Suffolk btw? I know they have middle schools there!

pedilia Fri 18-Jul-08 14:28:11

We did it when we left school and that was 16 years ago

fryalot Fri 18-Jul-08 14:28:19

I've still got mine.

From some time in the 1980s grin

MrsBadger Fri 18-Jul-08 14:29:58

we did it on our last day in uniform at the end of UV ie before GCSEs

and were generally very careful to only do one shirt and a tie as our younger sisters would be getting the skirts and jumpers. I still have both in the Nostalgia Box in the loft.

overthemill Fri 18-Jul-08 14:30:26

we are in Beds, since xmas. middle schools are a big thing here

tortoiseSHELL Fri 18-Jul-08 14:33:09

We did it at the end of the 5th year (Y11) - was the only time we did though.

combustiblelemon Fri 18-Jul-08 14:34:43

LilRedWhiskGers, we weren't allowed to either, so we all did it. It would've been really embarrasing for them to have to suspend the whole year!

overthemill Fri 18-Jul-08 16:42:10

well she's come home with it and is quite pleased with the number of names on it! I still feel it's a bit mad at this age but she is happy would love to know when it started - i left sec school in 1976 and have never heard of it

ihatebikerides Fri 18-Jul-08 16:44:36

Year 6 have done this at our school for a few years now. New HT this term, and she's sent a letter out saying it's not happening this year. Relief all round from adults. Kids furious. However, they have been given lovely memory/autograph books by the PTA which they can sign instead.

KateF Fri 18-Jul-08 16:44:39

We are in Beds too! Our Yr4s have been doing their t-shirts today and had their Leavers Assembly-tears all round!

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