Exploits at the Chalet School is set during the Christmas term following the Chalet Girls in Camp. One of the new girls is a Prussian named Thekla von Stift, a cousin of Joey’s great friend, Marie von Eschenau. Thekla proves to be very unlike her cousin and causes problems in the school. As a member of the Junker class, she considers herself to be socially above most of the other pupils. Despite the school’s reputation for making even the most difficult girl fit in, Thekla has no wish to do so. Her behaviour not only enrages her form mates – who include Maria Marani, Margia Stevens and Evadne Lannis – but on one occasion she also gets them into trouble by telling tales against them. Even an accident during the Staff Evening, which has a Halloween theme, fails to make Thekla a real Chalet girl, although it does bring her slightly more into the fold. In the end, she even has a part in the School’s Christmas play – but the question remains as to how deep her loyalty and commitment to the school goes.
This is the term that the Annexe opens on the Sonnalpe – see Adrianne Fitzpatrick’s fill-in title, The Chalet School Annexe
Katherine Bruce has written a short story, A Problem to Solve, which tells us how a famous incident in Joey Bettany’s schooldays happened.