Ex-private school girls have revealed the ‘heinous s***’ they had to put up with during their time in high school education.
The revelations were sparked by a TikTok video from ex-private Catholic school student Claire Champion, 22, who racked up more than half a million views as she explained the rules she had to follow as a school girl.
She explained how students at her school had to wear the same uniform and school bag which cost around $500 and could not wear makeup, nail polish, jewellery or hair dye.
Ex-private Catholic school student Claire Champion, 22, racked up more than half a million views as she explained the rules she had to follow as a school girl
She explained how students at her school had to wear the same uniform and school bag which cost around $500 and could not wear makeup, nail polish, jewellery or hair dye
In another video, she explained how the only jewellery pupils were allowed to wear was a crucifix and a signet ring
‘They would literally come around with a makeup wipe and pull it out, you’d have to sit in the middle of class and rub your makeup off,’ she said.
‘If you were caught wearing jewellery twice a week they would put it up in an envelope and put it in the office and you can’t have it back until the end of the week.
‘At the end of the term, some girls would be coming back from the office with multiple envelopes of jewellery that had been confiscated.
‘How f**ing f***ed is that?’
In another video, she explained how the only jewellery pupils were allowed to wear was a crucifix and a signet ring.
A third video saw her reveal how girls would be lined up to have their uniform judged by school staff.
‘When we did uniform checks, teachers would come down with bags packed and it would have makeup wipes, nail polish remover, hair ties and little envelopes for jewellery and shoe polish,’ she recalled.
‘They would stand in front of you and watch you take it all off. They would stand there while all the girls are in a line and you’re rubbing all your makeup off.
‘You’d have to f**ing kneel down and polish your shoes.’
In another bizarre story, she recalled how a Vice Principal followed the school bus for more than an hour to make sure pupils wouldn’t take their blazers off.
‘He is standing at the bus stop watching us all get off and everyone who got off the bus without their blazer got an afternoon detention, he literally wrote them up there,’ she said.
‘These schools really pride themselves on their appearance and how the students look and present themselves, but is there as much care that goes into dealing with mental illnesses, eating disorders, what about bullying, do the schools care about that.
‘I am just going to say that there really wasn’t much in place for anything of that nature,’ Ms Champion said.
Her video inspired other private school girls to come forward.
Former all-girls private school student Yasmin said: ‘This was the most f***ed up thing about it (the school), they had security at every single entrance of the school monitoring uniforms.
‘They would make the security walk down the road and literally spy on the girls to see if we are in the correct uniform or had our blazer on.
‘The security would literally be waiting at the tram stop picking out the girls that didn’t have their blazer with their jumper or didn’t have their school star on.’
Former all-girls private school student Yasmin said: ‘This was the most f***ed up thing about it (the school), they had security at every single entrance of the school monitoring uniforms’
Rhea Miars, from Melbourne, said she was ‘so glad TikTok is finally talking about this (private school experiences)’
Another TikToker said: ‘Our teachers checked our lockers to see if they were locked and if they weren’t they tossed our bags into a giant rubbish bag.’
Meanwhile, Rhea Miars, from Melbourne, said she was ‘so glad TikTok is finally talking about this (private school experiences)’.
‘I am going to tell you the most appalling things that happened in my six to seven years at an all girls Christian school,’ she said.
‘Literally you have to have the one type of sock, you have to have your buttons done up to your neck to choke you and your tie has to be all the way yanked up,’ she said.
‘The most ridiculous thing was their obsession with what we were doing outside of school.
‘We would have these assemblies where they would discuss good morals, ethics and values with what we did with our time outside of school, like don’t hang out with boys, don’t go to the mall after school, don’t go to Hungry Jacks after school in school uniform…
‘They were so obsessed with their reputation it was just ridiculous.
‘And unless you could play the violin, piano or could play chess, they didn’t give a sh** about you.’