Prior to 2190, girls were sent to boarding school at the age of 6. Boys also start school at 6, but they are home each evening.
The Trust decided to integrate schooling, in the hopes that there are fewer unhappy drafts because the sexes know each other better.
As of 2190, all children, up the age of 11, attend St. Thomas Aquinas Primary School. School runs from August 10 (or the closest Monday to it) through June 1 (or the closest Friday.) There are several holidays throughout the year.
Once a girl reaches the age of 11, after a short summer break, she begins her finishing education at St Martha;s School for Girls. St Martha's admits students in January and July. If your daughter's 11th birthday falls from July to December, then she will be admitted after the Christmas break in January. If her birthday falls from January to June, then she starts in July.
All boarding schools are strictly regulated. No matter what part of the country you are in, they are all on the same schedule. All girls are learning the exact same things at the exact same time.
But what about those students who need more time to grasp a certain lesson?
Everyone is given the opportunity to pass their courses. After all, it reflects badly on the school if a girl doesn't pass and graduate. Remedial classes are offered. You might have to give up a weekend or two, but you will pass the class. Generally remedial classes are one on one, but there can be as many as three students in a class if there is a need.
How is the curriculum decided?
The curriculum is designed to teach the girls what a perfect wife should know. Skills in cooking, sewing, motherhood, etc. Each school has a headmistress and they report to a Superintendent who is in charge of this curriculum. This Superintendent might randomly pay a visit to the school to be sure they are meeting standards, but generally most students won't ever meet her.
What decides if a bride graduates?
Every girl takes an exit exam at age 17. This exam covers everything they've learned at St Martha's. From the age of 17 until they are drafted, their classes cover reviews and sex education. How soon a girl is drafted depends on their score on this exam. A score of less than 90% means that she needs extra review classes and will have weekends dedicated to this effort.
- A score of 100-90 will draft you at 18.
- A score of 89-85 will draft you at 19.
- A score of 84-75 will draft you at 20.
- A score of less than 75 is a FAIL. Remedial classes are in your future and you won't be drafted until you turn 21.
For the first draft, a girl has at least 11 months to study her new husband.
Until the woman is drafted for the first time, she remains at boarding school.
Now what about the brides that become widowed. Is it an entire year before they are drafted again?
When you are re-drafted after being widowed depends on how well you did in school. In general, brides get at least 4 months to learn their next husband. This means you will have at least six months between drafts. In between your drafts, you will attend refresher classes at St Martha's to help make sure that you recall how to be a good wife.
OOC: Sometimes there are a lot of redrafts. We'd like you to say there was at least six months between drafts.
Who are the teachers?
Teachers are widows older than 40 who did exceptionally well at school.
Brides will go through a variety of subjects. Here is a list of their curriculum:
- Interior Design
- Home Furnishings
- Quick Sewing Fixes
- Proper Kitchen Hygiene
- Cooking for two people
- Cooking for a family of 3-5
- Cooking for large groups
- Holiday Meals
- Food Preservations: Dealing with Leftovers
- Appropriate Dress and Style
- Proper Handbag Contents
- Ballroom Dancing
- Ballet Basics
- Musical Instruments
- Grace and Posture
- Pregnancy and Birth
- Motherhood: Infancy
- Motherhood: Toddler Stage
- Motherhood: Childhood
- Motherhood: Teens
- Motherhood: Leaving the Nest
- Basic Home Maintenance
- Flower Arrangements
- Basic Chemistry: Cleaning Solutions That Don't Mix
- Charismatic Speaking
- Pet Care
- Reading Skills
- Finances and Budgets
- Reinforcement of Laws
- Driver's Education
- Women's Health
- Sexual Education
- Preparing for Your Honeymoon
- Preparing for Your Marriage
- The Drafting Process
Finances are generally the husband's responsibility, but some husbands leave this up to the wife
The Classroom Setting
Classrooms are equipped depending on what the subject matter is. Classes dealing with cleaning are equipped with dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, washing machines etc. They will have different kind of floor sections to demonstrate cleaning skills as well as surfaces. Classes dealing with cooking have stoves, toasters, microwaves etc. The classrooms completely emulate the subject that is taught. For classes that are strictly lecture, they have a normal desk set up. It is hands on learning when at all possible.
A special part of their final year is dedicated to sexual education. Students study diagrams, educational films, and even demonstrate and practice with lifelike models. Very little is taught about the female orgasm, just that sometimes it can be possible but sex is mainly for the husband's enjoyment. They are taught techniques to try, the principles of seduction, and the art of body language etc. They are also taught what to expect on their honeymoon, or the very first time with their husband.
Uniforms are required while girls reside at the boarding school. The style of this uniform changes as they age. In general, this uniform consists of a black pinafore dress and a white blouse. Shoes are black, and consist of flats, low heeled shoes, or boots. Once girls turn 15, they learn to walk in higher heels. The uniform is fairly loose until the girls are about 15, then the uniform gets more fitted. Girls are measured at the beginning of each year for the school-provided uniforms. Girls that have weight issues are encouraged to lose weight by attending more physical education classes and having their portion sizes cut down until their uniform fits correctly.
Here is a link to a picture of the girls' uniform: http://cdn.nickpic.host/images/oZ3DG.jpg
During the winter, girls are allowed coats and thick tights. Coats are not provided by the school. They must be solid colors and are only needed if the girls are outside. Other items not included are bookbags to carry their textbooks, papers and pens.
Outside of school, girls must adhere to general dress code requirements.
Each dorm houses up to 20 girls in 10 rooms down a hall. Five rooms to a side. Each room holds two girls, and each hall has a large central bathroom for all the girls in that hall. The girls take turns cleaning the common areas like the bathroom and cafeteria. There are weekly dorm inspections to ensure that their rooms are kept tidy.
Most girls will have the same roommate throughout their tenure at St Martha's. Sometimes, if one of the girls is a year ahead, a change-up will occur so that no girl is ever in a room by herself.
School Schedule and Holidays
Breakfast is served from 7 am to 8 am. Classes start at 9 am and run until 3 pm. Lunch is served between 12 pm and 1 pm. This is split into two half hour periods to help with crowd control. Dinner is served from 5 pm to 7 pm. Lights out is at 10 pm to ensure a proper amount of sleep. The time that is not directly accounted for is meant for socializing, homework, studying and relaxation.
Classes are in session Monday through Thursday, with Friday set aside for testing, review, and extracurricular activities. Girls are dismissed from Campus at 5 pm on Fridays and expected to return by 8 am on Monday.
Girls are allowed to go home on weekends and holidays. Holidays are as follows:
- 1 week at Thanksgiving
- 2 weeks at Christmas
- The entire months of June and July.
- 2 days for Easter (Friday/Monday)
Parents may get their children from school for special circumstances, but this requires permission from the Headmistress and an appointment.
Occasionally, girls are taken on field trips in manageable groups of 10 or less. They are chaperoned by designated teachers and can never leave the sight of that chaperon. Field trips might be a special look at lingerie, kitchen appliances, clothing etc. They are usually in reference to whatever subject they are learning at the time.
Sometimes, we'll become ill. It could be a stomach virus, a fever, or severe menstrual cramps. The school has a special doctor who will come to the school as needed and can attend to their needs. Most of the time, girls are just excused from class and spend the day in bed with teachers constantly checking in on them. In severe cases, girls are sent home to their mothers for the duration of their sickness or admitted to the hospital.
Transportation to and from School
Parents are given the option to pick their daughters up and drop them off right at the school if schedules allow but if not, there are several buses that will drop them off at a bus stop close to their home and they must carpool or walk home from there.
Certain behaviors will result in punishment. Minor crimes will result in verbal lectures and extra chores. Larger offenses such as fighting, altercations, improper behavior can result in time spent in the correctional facility. Severe crimes will be treated just the same as any other citizen: execution.