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Showers after PE?

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Uberly Sun 17-Jun-12 13:35:47

Does this still happen?

My DS starts secondary school in Sept (shock) and haven't thought to ask. Got the uniform and equipment list but it doesn't seem too detailed, but doesn't include a towel.


Themumsnot Sun 17-Jun-12 13:37:58

Not in my DCs' school.

Magneto Sun 17-Jun-12 13:38:54

Never happened when I was high school (2000-2006) the school showers were used as storage rooms (or for students to torture each other with).

ItWasThePenguins Sun 17-Jun-12 13:40:17

I started secondary in 2002 and boys did, girls didn't. They only had to after rugby, not all sport (though option was there). Girls didn't have to, and generally only washed legs down after hockey.


Uberly Sun 17-Jun-12 13:42:08

Thanks everyone smile

Seems like the days of the awful showers are over then!

I still have nightmares of having to take showers....(this was late 80s/early 90s)

waitingtobeamummy Sun 17-Jun-12 13:47:46

In the school I work in they still shower but the teachers aren't in the changing room at all. (when I was at school our teachers would stand and watch ha shower apparently to make sure we did it properly. And they'd stand and watch us get changed. It used to terrify me. )

5madthings Sun 17-Jun-12 13:48:44

my ds1's high school has showers but no one seems to use them, not sure if they are not allowed, but there was no mention of taking a towel with pe kit, it seems mad to me, that they have showers but dont use them! i keep meaning to ask the school if there is a policy on it, but havent got round to it.

TheMonster Sun 17-Jun-12 13:50:43

I remember the dreaded walk-through. You had to hold your towel over your head and walk through about six showers while the PE teacher stood at the end watching to check you did it. Awful. That was early -mid nineties.

Uberly Sun 17-Jun-12 13:53:58

Waitingtobeamummy - I remember those days. Our PE teachers would watch us as well. I assumed that wouldn't be happening these days!

roisin Sun 17-Jun-12 14:01:17

I used to love showers at school!
Our house had no central heating and hot water was always rationed.
I wa very unselfconscious at school and used to luxuriate under the showers for ages and get a proper wash!

Last year my son regularly came home with sore shins, because he had rugby first thing then sat CAKED in mud (trousers over the top) all day long... His fault of course: I'm sure there are options to wash, but he chooses not to!

waitingtobeamummy Sun 17-Jun-12 15:44:31

I was in the 90's too. Surely they realised how traumatic we found it?? I was so self concious for years afterwards now i'll whip my clothes off anywhere grin

VivaLeBeaver Sun 17-Jun-12 17:34:01

Not at dd's school.

bigTillyMint Sun 17-Jun-12 18:16:05

Not in DD's school, nor in my school back in the dark ages - there were showers, but I never ever saw them working!

boomting Sun 17-Jun-12 20:14:19

Didn't happen in my school either (00's).

UnimaginitiveDadThemedUsername Mon 18-Jun-12 13:31:51

I'd forgotten how traumatic it is for making pubescent children take public showers. I hope this is an extinct practice.

Firawla Mon 18-Jun-12 13:37:18

I'm sure they won't still do it, even 10 years ago when I was at secondary school we did not have to do this. There were showers there but noone used them.
I think we would have heard about it if people were still being forced to be naked infront of others in schools?? as most pupils and parents would have complained about it

ibizagirl Tue 19-Jun-12 06:04:25

Dd is in year 8. When i had the uniform list it said "towel and clean underwear" on it. I assumed it was for showers. Dd wasn't going to have a shower and that was that. So i asked a friend whose child attended the school and she said they don't have showers. I don't think they are there or used anymore. Incidently the list also said "swimsuit" but they don't swim either!! Very strange. OP if you are a bit worried try and ask a child who goes to that school. I never had a shower at school (i have been left 25 years) but they were there but all rusted up - thank goodness. A friend who is five years younger than me had them at her school and she said it was vile. The teacher used to pull the towels off the girls as they walked in. I suppose its human rights these days to not have one or something like that.

lilbreeze Tue 19-Jun-12 06:15:36

I can't say I enjoyed showers at school either but isn't it a bit unpleasant to leave a class of teenagers sweaty and muddy and unshowered for the remainder of the school day?

Theas18 Tue 19-Jun-12 08:16:39

THey don't shower even if they are available. THis means they come home as mud men after rugby and ALL the uniform- blazers/jumper the lot has to be washed after a PE day as it has mud inside- GRR

If showers are available DS might wet his rugby jersey if it's still servicable and scrape some mud off with that from his legs. That is it.

DDs school supplies individual showers and towels too . Vair naice... but they don't use them either!

AllPastYears Tue 19-Jun-12 08:38:51

My kids don't get the opportunity to shower. Don't know how the teachers stand the smell of a roomful of sweaty teenagers!

talkingnonsense Tue 19-Jun-12 08:42:57

At ds's school they shower legs after rugby, and swimsuit is on the list to wear in the shower! Hope they keep it up as they get older.

Donna383 Tue 16-Oct-12 20:12:19

Our pe teacher would walk into the shower room and smack bare bums. No 16 year old woman should endure that. Anyone beat that?

boomting Tue 16-Oct-12 21:40:52

We never did, except after swimming where you did want to get the chlorine off, you were wet anyway, and the showers were hot.

Sparklingbrook Tue 16-Oct-12 21:43:37

Ds1 is in year 9 and he doesn't have to shower. We did in the eighties. sad

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Wed 17-Oct-12 00:16:15

I'm old. This was in the 70s. We had to leave our towel at one end of the showers, walk through naked and back around the outside to get the towel, then get our name ticked off by the horrible PE teachers, who stood at the end of the showers, watching. If you had your period you were allowed to wash at a sink but had to shout out 'P' when your name was called. Ritual humiliation.

Ds1 and 2 have never had a shower at school, lucky them.

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