From the Ludwig Bemelmans series Madeline.
“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. In two straight lines they broke their bread and brushed their teeth and went to bed. They left the house at half past nine in two straight lines in rain or shine-
The smallest one was Madeline.”
These year 12 girls decided to dress up as Madeline for ‘muck up day’, pairing a yellow dress with white ankle socks and t-bar school shoes.
Another mother reminisces about her school days.
March 1, 2012
Did you know I’m the mother of a Year 9? It’s such a big year isn’t it?
I’ve been chatting in the car with my freshly minted Year 9 all about how things were for me “back in the day”. When I say stuff like “when I was at school” I feel like my mum. I think to myself…who cares?…that was about 100 years ago…things are different now! I’ve come to realise that actually things aren’t so different. Year 9 girls will have the same issues today that they were having when I was there and for that matter when my mum was there too.
My Year 9 year honestly feels like it was yesterday. The smell is as fresh in my nostrils today as it was all those years ago. I run the streets I walked as a Year 9 and reclaim my 14 going on 15 year old self. I hear the voices of my peers as my girl recounts conversations from her day.
It’s like looking in a mirror at my place at the moment… except that my T-bars were brown.
And some other mothers add their two cents.
my T-Bars were brown too…only in Adelaide they were called PaddleSteamers- because of the pattern on the front of the shoe.
When I was in high school, back in the mid 80′s you were not allowed to wear T-Bars. It was lace ups all the way.
In year 9 I fondly remember riding my bike down a big hill wearing brand new leather lace-ups and dragging those new shoes ALL the way down that very big hill. Needless to say they no longer looked new and shiny (and Mum was far from impressed)
Funny thing now at my daughter’s school they have outlawed T Bars starting this year. Something about students not doing them up properly. So now, she (Year 8) is not very pleased at having to wear the dreaded lace-ups.
Needless to say I have not shared my own experience, just in case!
In Melbourne brown school shoes are a rare sight. This makes it hard for parents who need to find a pair of their children who are required to wear them. This school had to contact local shoe shops for help.
Brown School Shoes
I have been in contact with Betts Kids, (Watergardens) about supplying brown school shoes for our school. They have styles available in brown but need to order them in (7-10 days) until they ascertain that it is viable to stock them.
I have also contacted Williams, (Watergardens) who state that they have limited shoes available. They will also order shoes in. They will have certainly have brown shoes in their ‘Back to school’ promotion
There is a significant number of students not wearing correct school footwear at the moment. I suggest that you get down to Betts Kids or Williams, get your child measured up and your order should be ready for the start of Term 4.
Some mums reminisce about the t-bar shoes they used to wear to school.
Bilby: Still have stock of the popular girls school shoe by ROC in lace and Tbar.
Shirley: Look very much like the Harrisons that our girls used to wear…
Bilby: Yes, one is a copy of the other, but this one has leather lining
Shirley: I am talking about quite a few years ago, the Harrison shoes were all leather and had a cork lining between soles and inner…..
Anni: I had shoes like that back in the 1950s & loved them they were actually comfortable !
T-bar school shoes are for everyone – even little orphan Annie.
Muck up day is year year 12s let their hair down to celebrate the end of 12 years of schooling. These young ladies decided to take a trip back in time, and dress up primary-school style.
Their summer dresses are a blast from the past. But I’m not sure those knee socks and t-bars are!
Two trios of schoolgirls. All attend Monivae College, Hamilton. In each trio there is an odd one out. Can you spot her?
Did you check their shoes? All are wearing t-bars, except for the one girl in mary janes, and another girl in elastic strap ballet flats.