21 JANUARY 1938, Page 20


[To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.]

have read with great interest the article by Mabel Howat, and the letter from E. Hawes on the question of day or boarding schools for girls. It has always seemed a very difficult problem for me ; there is so much to be said for and against both sides. Mabel Howat has suggested that the. day school and E. Hawes that the boarding-school is the better plan of education for girls—/ think that half and half is best, I mean weekly boarding.

If you weekly board it is possible to get the best out of both worlds. You have, what I consider all the merits of boarding- school, the joys of living a community life for a short time, the continuity which enables you to get really inside school life—instead of starting again every morning, and you also get a much better chance of real intimacy with other children of your own age.

But you also get the week-end as the period of rest after an exciting and tiring week, and as the time for a little solitude which, as Mabel Howat points out, is so necessary for " we girls." In this way as well you can keep in touch with the home life and not feel that you are missing many sorrows or joys.

I have heard a good deal about what boarding-school life is like from different people, and though I have never been a full time boarder I never wish to be. I have been to a day- school, and I am now a weekly boarder, and know that for me the weekly boarding is much the most satisfactory.—Yours

truly, SUSAN Coons

The Court Lodge, Chelsfield, Kent. (aged 14).