While some of these may be similar for people who went to singe sex schools too, it’s just not quite the same as having boys in your class!
1. You can’t stand the sight of uniforms
In mixed schools everyone has to wear the same uniform. They may have these in single sex schools too, but it’s harder for us – we’re trying to impress here!
5. The Beep test
We all remember the dreaded beep test that we had to do every year. The guys that played sports always dropped out early and the smokers did better than expected. Then they were those who would use every excuse in the book to get out of doing it.
6. Getting jocked
You think this only happened to guys? Oh, no. Instead of our skirts being pulled down, they were instead pulled up over our heads. Thank God for leggings which came back into fashion circa 2002.
7. Strange nicknames
They were always after some sort of animal or a strange object because we knew that giving someone a nickname was the ultimate revenge. Anytime you would meet old friends from school they always call you by your nickname.
10. Your textbooks were full of lovehearts… and penises
Everyone gets bored in class so we would resort to doodling. For girls, it was whoever their crush was at the time and, of course, for guys they couldn’t help drawing penises on their textbooks for some strange reason.
11. Girls made it really obvious when they liked someone
It would appear that the art of subtlety wasn’t instilled into us until some time around 5th year.
12. The hot male/female teacher
There was always one teacher that every guy liked, usually the sexy English teacher and for girls it was the Art teacher that had amazing hair. On results night, everyone made their embarrassing attempts to try and hook up with them.
13. The day everyone got injections
It was like an emergency room: people fainting, people getting sick and that one lad who’s arm bruised up. No one likes needles, but anytime we heard that we had to get injections, our hearts would collectively sink.
14. Unisex scraps
We all had that one person we didn’t get on with in school, whether you were a guy or a girl. After school or even sometimes during lunch, fights were organized. Usually it was between two lads, but there was always a fair share of girls that fought because they didn’t like each others hair.
15. You know not to get on the bad side of a girl with an attitude
There is always that one girl that had a bad temper and called herself a ghetto bitch. It is best just to stay clear off her and hope you don’t get paired up in class.
17. You lived for class trips
Getting away from the daily grind of school life was always the best part of your year. The lucky ones got to go abroad to Paris or Berlin, but for everyone else they had to make do with an adventure centre. Either way, school trips down the country meant no homework , no study and no parents.