Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Tell us what you REALLY think

Dear Girls,

Thanks to Poh Ching Suan, we've just published a six-part series on the BBGS school rules book.

Now that you've had a chance to read them after all these years, tell us what you REALLY think. Did you take pride in its high standards and discipline? Or do you think it's overly strict? Perhaps, some of them appear ridiculously outdated and you wonder how we ever kept them? Have you passed any of these on to your children and how is that working out?

Would love to hear from you!


Saturday, 24 July 2010

School Rules - Part 6

All food must be consumed outside the classrooms. Eating is only allowed during recess.

All litter must be disposed of in the proper containers provided. The school grounds, drains and flower pots must be kept clean of all litter.

Bags are not to be left lying about. During assembly, all bags must be in the hall.

Bahasa Malaysia and English are the only languages to be spoken on school premises. Bad language is forbidden. On Wednesdays, Bahasa Malaysia is compulsory.

  1. Cars must stop outside the school after 7.30 a.m. except when it rains.
  2. Cars must wait outside the school after 1.30 p.m. except when it rains.
  3. No buses are allowed into the school compound.
  4. Parking is not allowed in front or under the perch of the school.
  5. All pupils must enter the school through the pedestrian gate.
  6. Line up when boarding the school bus. No pushing.
  7. Obey the traffic warden when crossing roads.
All accidents that occur in the school must be reported immediately to a member of the staff or a prefect.

All images courtesy of Poh Ching Suan (Class of 1985)

Friday, 23 July 2010

School Rules - Part 5

Here are more delightful ditties from the School Rules Book...some of them sound as if they were written by Master Yoda himself :-)

Keep the compound clean
By throwing your rubbish into the bin

Rocking your chair, please cease
Or else, five cents please
Cups and bottles please return
This good habit you must learn

All images courtesy of Poh Ching Suan (Class of 1985)

Thursday, 22 July 2010

School Rules - Part 4

Time: Monday - Friday : 7.30 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Saturday : 8.00 a.m. - 12.45 p.m.
School Holidays : 8.00 a.m. - 12.45 p.m.

All library rules must be observed when using these facilities.

Rules for borrowing:
  1. All girls, except Upper Sixth formers, are allowed to borrow only ONE book at a time. Upper Sixth formers are allowed to borrow two books at a time.
  2. There can only be ONE renewal after a week. No immediate renewal of spotted books is allowed. Any renewal can only be made after a week.
  3. There will be a fine of 5 c per book/magazine per day late until the book is returned. There will also be a fine of $2 on red spot books due on Saturday but returned on Monday. All red spot books must be returned by 8.00 a.m. on the specified date. There will be a fine of 5 c per hour late until the book is returned.
  4. The loss or damage of books must be reported to the librarian immediately.
  5. Borrowers responsible for the loss or damage of books or magazines must pay for the repairs of replacements in addition to a fine.
  6. The following books are NOT to be taken out of the Library: Atlases, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and other books marked an 'R'.
  7. Books with any of the following faults must be reported to the librarian: books with loose or torn pages, books with missing pages, books with completed date due slips or cards, books without date due slips or cards
  8. Nothing must be written on the page of any book or magazine and nothing must be underlined. THIS IS A PUNISHABLE OFFENCE.
  9. Blue, green and red spot books are to be borrowed by teachers and Sixth formers only
  10. Only Fifth and Sixth formers and teachers are allowed to borrow magazines, ONE at a time. They are allowed to keep the magazine for a period of THREE days.
  11. A borrower's card is NOT transferable.
  12. No reserving of books or seats is allowed.

Other rules:

  1. There must be NO talking or whispering in the Library.
  2. No eating is allowed in the Library.
  3. School bags, tupperware etc. must be left outside the library neatly.
  4. Anything taken out of the Library must be checked by the librarian on duty.
  5. Only teachers and Sixth formers are allowed to take their files into the Library. Sixth formers must leave these at the counter.
  6. No printed materials of any kind, except textbooks, are to be taken into the Library. If found, such materials will be confiscated.
  7. Anyone leaving the Library with a library book must have her borrower's card with her.
  8. No one will be admitted unless wearing school uniform and school badges. Girl Guides may come in their uniforms on Saturday.
  9. Book shelves must be tidy and books replaced according to call numbers after use.
  10. Magazines and periodicals must be replaced properly in their respective shelves after use.
  11. Chairs must be pushed in after use. THERE WILL BE A FINE OF 5 C FOR CHAIRS NOT PUSHED IN AFTER USE.
  12. There will be no leaning against the walls or sitting on the floor.
  13. Girls not taking a certain subject are allowed into the Library, but only with permission from their Form Mistress.
  14. Girls whose classes are given Library periods must come to the Library during the specified times. They are only allowed to borrow books for the first 30 minutes ONLY.
  15. Borrower's cards are sold on the first two days of the month only (please refer to the Library notice board for these dates) to girls who have lost their cards. New cards are priced at 50c each. Girls with completed cards may renew their cards during Library hours at 5c each.
  16. Magazine slips are sold on the first two days of the month to girls who have lost their magazine slips. New magazine slips are priced at 20c each. Girls with completed magazine slips may renew their magazine slips during Library hours, at 5c each.
  17. Each girl is allowed to use a maximum of two books & 2 magazines while working in the Library.

NOTE: Ignorance of these rules will not be accepted as an adequate excuse.

All images courtesy of Poh Ching Suan (Class of 1985)

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

School Rules - Part 3

Are you enjoying this series on the School Rules? I most certainly AM! While some of the rules are good, some of them are downright funny - in this day and age. I've found myself bursting into laughter reading some of these pages. Here's a good one...

Pillars support the building
Not the feet when shoe-lacing,
Neither the head when resting
Nor the feet when standing

All images courtesy of Poh Ching Suan (Class of 1985)

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

School Rules - Part 2

The complete school unifrom must be worn at all times in the school. The school uniform must be worn at all school functions and games outside the school unless special permission is granted. Once the pupil is in school uniform, she is not to let down her hair, remove her badges and bows or wear other shoes besides her school shoes.

The following must be observed:
  1. correct colour
  2. unifrom - clean and ironed
  3. skirt - not more than 2" above the kness
  4. white blouse - not shirts, no pockets
  5. sleeves - not to be folded in or up
  6. proper buttons, no pins
  7. bows for 6th formers - 1/2" to 3/5" wide, 45" long
  8. shoes - white/brown/black (clean). At special functions only white shoes are to be worn by girls in Forms One to Five. Slippers or shoes with heels are not allowed. Black shoes and a maximum of 1 1/2" heel are allowed for 6th formers only. A fine of 5 cents is imposed on dirty shoes, 10 cents per shoe for 6th formers.
  9. white socks - clean, turned down ankle length
  10. a) long hair - tied up and tidy. If possible, hair must be plaited. No hair must touch the eyebrows b) short hair - well brushed and tidy. No hair must touch the eyebrows. No hair to touch shoulders. If it is shoulder length, it must be plaited.
  11. no fancy or coloured clips. Only black or white ribbons allowed.
  12. no jewellery except earrings and watches to be worn.
  13. Badges - Every pupil must possess 2 badges i.e. school badge & house badge to be worn at all times on the left hand side with the school badge above the house badge, not overlapping.
  14. nails - short and clean. No nail varnish. 6th formers are allowed long nails & colourless nail varnish
  15. Baju kurung to be worn only on Fridays. Slits in front must have a clasp, not a school badge.
All images courtesy of Poh Ching Suan (Class of 1985)

Monday, 19 July 2010

School Rules - Part 1

Here's an image that is bound to send shivers down many a spine.'s the BBGS School Rules Book!

Strange creature that I am, this familiar green book sent me into spasms of delight because I used to memorise its contents, and have been hunting high and low for it since the blog began. Thanks to Poh Ching Suan (Class of 1985), this "ancient relic" is now available in digital format and will be shared on this blog as a series of posts.

Love it or hate it, we can't deny that it played a big part in how we chose to behave (or not!) during our BBGS years. Enjoy this trip down memory lane with me, as we journey through the yellowed pages of the BBGS School Rules book.

School Hours
Our school hours are as follows:-

Forms 1 & 2 1.20 p.m. - 6. 15 p.m.
Forms 3 - 6 7.30 a.m. -1.10 p.m.

All pupils should be in school at least 5 minutes before the bell.

Girls from Forms One & Two should try not to come to school too early as the older girls are still in session. All afternoon pupils must make their way straight to the Canteen/Hall where they will wait till their bell summons them.

No pupil is allowed to leave the school compound during school hours, including recess, without the permission of the Principal.

No pupil is allowed to absent herself from school without permission from the Principal. In case of illness or any emergency, a medical certificate or letter of explanation from either the pupil's parent or guardian must be produced as soon as possible.

The habit of asking permission to leave school in order to bid relations farewell/welcome is greatly deplored. Far too much time is wasted on this and pupils would be much better employed at school.

Silence must be observed:

a) during Assembly
b) in or near the office
c) in or near the Library
d) when moving from one class to another
e) on the stairs
f) once the bell rings at 7.30 a.m/1.20 p.m. and after recess

  1. The highest code of behaviour is expected from every BBGS girl.
  2. Courtesy, sincerity and uprightness should characterise every pupil.
  3. Respect all teachers. Greet them and offer help whenever the opportunity arises.
  4. No pupil is allowed to participate in any outside activity without the permission of the Principal.
  5. No pupil is allowed to linger outside the classrooms or the hall when there is a class in session.
  6. Pupils are to line up as soon as the bell goes and wait for the teachers before entering the classrooms.
  7. No dashing along the corridors and up and down the stairs. Keep to the left when moving up or down the stairs and along corridors.
  8. All books, comics and magazines considered harmful will be confiscated.


  1. All classrooms must be kept clean.
  2. Flowers in the classroom must be fresh and well-arranged.
  3. All pictures should be changed at least once a term.
  4. Charts/diagrams/News items must be up-to-date.
  5. Desks & chairs must be straightened before school begins and during recess.
  6. Chairs must be used properly. No jigging of chairs is allowed
  7. The corridors immediately outside the classrooms must be kept clean by the pupils concerned
  8. Class cleanliness shields for both morning and afternoon sessions are presented weekly to the classes which are considered cleanest.
  9. No pupil may switch on any light or fan before recess in the morning without the teacher's permission. On leaving a classroom all lights and fans must be switched off.
  10. No pupil is allowed to write or draw on the blackboard without the teacher's permission.
  11. All pupils must vacate their classrooms during recess, before and after school and during physical education. No pupil is allowed upstairs during recess.

Pupils are not allowed to use the stage or the piano without permission. No entry to the hall during recess

Sick Room
The clinic is meant for those who are ILL. Anyone who wishes to use it must get the necessary form completed and signed by a teacher. Any girl found in the clinic without a form will be severely punished. No eating is allowed in the clinic.

Every pupil is responsible for the cleanliness of the toilets. Only use the toilet allotted to your class. Report any damage to the office immediately.

All posters on the notice boards must bear the signature of the Principal. All out-dated posters must be removed.

  1. The canteen must be kept clean at all times.
  2. Line up for food. No pushing.
  3. Don't eat behind the canteen.
  4. All bottles and cups must be returned to the counter.
  5. No rubbish is to be left on the tables.
  6. Pupils who stay back after school are not to make noise in the canteen.
  7. Pupils are not to linger in the canteen when the bell rings after recess

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Happy Birthday Miss Chua!

I just received a delightful email from Betsy Li that I can't wait to share with you. Remember our beloved Miss Chua? She served BBGS faithfully for many years as a lab assistant, accounts clerk, CU Camp kitchen coordinator (P/S: She was the master cook responsible for the delicious nasi lemak we enjoyed annually!)

Miss Chua Saw Eng turned 80 recently and a celebration dinner was held at Overseas Restaurant on 3 July 2010. Here are some photos of the special day that was celebrated in the company of many BBGS teachers.