Things that boarding house students can relate
If you were once a boarder or if you were a boarder all through your secondary school then surely you can relate to some of these things here.
Boarding life was fill of good memories and bad memories. It was full of ups and downs but if you ask me, I will always want to attend a boarding school even in my next life.
So if you attended a boarding, you can relate to:
This day is a memorable day in the life of students and certainly a day they look forward to.
Visiting day is the day where your parents and guardians come to visit you, bearing provisions and money. Its is also the day to flex. I remember when I was in JSS1, my parents came visiting and when it was time to go, unbeknownst to them, I was already in the car boot, waiting for take off.
My parents did take off, only to be get home and find me in the boot. They returned me back to school the next day, and I suffered severe punishments.
2. Prep Class:
Some call it prep class, some call it night class. During the day, we had classes at the classrooms and at night, the classrooms turned to venues where we had our prep.
The essence of prep class is to prepare students for the coming exams. Most times people go there to gossip or chit chat, but the serious ones do read.
3. Valentine’s day:
If your school was mixed, then I am sure you would relate to this very well. Valentine’s day is supposed to be in remembrance of Saint Valentine, a good man who was kind to all.
But to we students this is the day to flaunt our love. The guys would always go out of their way and get teddy bears, perfume, flowers and cards for their girlfriends.
And the girlfriends in turn could get a watch, singlet, towel or anything like that.
Hmmm. Young Love
This is the part that made boarding school hell, sometimes the punishments were unbearable and sometimes the offence wasn’t that bad itself. A lot of seniors carried a lot of curses placed by the junior ones in pain and tears. Sometimes we washed our seniors clothes,aid their beds, fetched water for them, etc.
Well, we soon forgot the pains of punishment once we ourselves became seniors.
If you can’t relate to this, then you didn’t attend a boarding school.
Extension is the time when all SS3 students either day or boarding will become boarders for a short period before WAEC starts.
It will be only SS3 students in all the while hostels.
That time, we used to cook in the hostel, we smuggled in a lot of contraband, including camp gas, phone, cooking equipment. There were plethora of them.
6. Jumping Fence or leaving school:
I remember vividly leaving school in the wee hours of the morning to buy bread.
Some students with a lot of Liver jumped fence.
7. Check in:
This is the day that a student resumes hostel life, on this day all your properties will be checked in to ensure that you do not have any contraband like: sardine, radio, glass cup, knives etcetera.
I remember on one occasion whilst checking a girl the matron discovered love letters and that was beginning of war.
8. Open day:
On this day parents and guardians come and check the academic performance of their wards. If you haven’t been doing well, that is your day of reckoning
9. Forgetting assignment or cloths:
As a boarder, you must have forgotten something in the hostel before, it might be a leg of socks, tie, shoe, note or even assignment, and then you would try to sneak in and collect it without being noticed.
10. Washing of dining room:
The dining room or hall is the place where, cooking and eating of meals take place, and like eveywhere else, it needs to be cleaned, I always hated washing of dining hall. It so stressful.
11. Inter house sports:
Inter house sports was a period where each house competed against each other for a crown. The yardstick were Matching, racing, sack race, relay race etc.
And finally a house was chosen as the winner. Thus really ignited the fire of competitiveness in students.
PTA stands for Parents Teachers Association. This day is set aside for parents and teachers to come together and discuss about their wards and how best they as parents and the teachers as well can perform.
For we students, it means a free day for us, no class.
13. Social night:
This is when every student gathers and have a fun night, it is usually on conducted on the 3/last Saturday of the month by the Social Prefect.
I remember on one occasion when I was happily rocking a senior’s girlfriend, I had to sleep under his bed for the whole night that day
What are the memories that you have about your secondary school?
I would really love to hear them.
Let me know in the comments section below.