For “Take Your Daughter To Work Day”, two years ago now, since my mother has a small business at home, and my father was on leave, I visited my Dad’s cousin, Frances Wollen, an ex Wimbledon High Pupil (she attended WHS from 1959-1971), who works at a book publishing company. Seeing my sister go to my dad’s work a few weeks ago made me realise that it would be a shame to not document this wonderful day I had with a WHS alumna.
It is very difficult to accurately depict the intimacy of close female relationships. No matter the setting – all girls boarding school, home with six sisters, post-apocalyptic gang of teenage rebels – the dynamic is so specific that it is almost impossible to capture. I know I have had, and currently do have, friendships with other girls so close that it would be easy to mistake them for something more, and media that captures such a bond is a rare and beautiful thing. Amazon Prime’s 2018 adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ is an example of such a piece of media.
Mr Kane, Miss Eastaugh, Mr Cawsey and Mr Bristow each take a GCSE in a subject that’s not their own.