I think girls who go to convent schools all over the world have a certain kind of reputation. Some good. Some bad. Some totally ridiculous and some are just all perceptions. I went to a convent school and loved loved loved it. Made some really good friends. I remember making a few enemies as well. It is after all an ALL girls school 🙂 All in all, I wouldn’t have traded the experience for anything else.
However, I always thought if I ever had my own daughter, she’d never go to a convent school. Why?
Well, because I didn’t realise how small our convent girl world was till I left the schools. My friends in school were similar to the Catholic family friends I grew up with, which was pretty similar to the family I was brought up in. Nothing bad about that … except it was a little Stepford Wife-ish for me. Although, most convent girls are anything but Stepford wives :p
As a Mum I reckon, that my job will be to afford opportunities and experiences to my children where I didn’t have. Most of my dearest and nearest, even those I didn’t meet in convent school and made later in life, are of the convent school mould. In that case my children, if I ever have any, would already have exposure to that lifestyle, their values and perspectives. All pretty similar to mine. My argument then is that the school they go to should expose them to other equally positive lifestyles, value systems and perspectives. Hence, the no convent school route for my daughter.
Next year when my niece starts primary 1, she’ll be going to a convent school just like her aunts 🙂 There’s something to be had about tradition and seeing her in the same uniform I once don, my heart melted and knew that she’d fit right in, have a whale of a time and be a better woman for it 🙂
So I’m not so sure anymore that I won’t send my daughter to a convent school. Right now though, I’m just grateful that I don’t need to deal with the dilemma of picking a school for my yet-to-exist daughter. When I do, I’ll reread this post and like every other conundrum in life, pray for guidance 😉