I remember once hearing a boy in my class who had previously been to boarding school saying how a group of them had had a competition to see which of them could get slippered most (whether that meant slipperings or strokes of the slipper I am not sure) during a term. I think he might have one. Looking back on it I wonder if he joined us because it was strongly suggested it was better he continue his education elsewhere. This would have been in the late 70s
Getting into character, do I even need to do anything? The stake is probably trivial and if they want have a competition like this then on their heads, or rather bottoms, be it. So I just give them the usual slipperings, and by now they are probably getting the maximum strokes for their offences, and send them on their...until the next time.
Alas that won't do
This is encouraging bad behaviour which has gotten out of hand and that can't be allowed. The slipper has clearly become no deterrent - and if punishment does not have some
deterrent effect then what is the point of it? - so I may either have to use it less or more or move onto the cane.
I have made a note of their individual tallies of whacks. I decide I will call stumps on this competition as soon as they are all have the same number of whacks so that none of them can win the wager. The next part works best if I can even up their tallies when they are all together. My inclination would be to summon then all in the middle of their next games or PE lesson but it would be better to do it now before they can get up to any more mischief and earn themselves anymore whacks.
Then I come out with line about their conduct over recent weeks being disgraceful and unacceptable. I bring up the number of time I have had to slipper them, taking care that I mention the exact number of strokes of the plimsoll each of them has had, before going into the "I am clearly not getting through to you" routine as prelude to upping the ante and telling them I going to cane them with the hope that "this will finally get through to all of you." I will have them change into PE kit for their caning. If any of them have been caned before, which is probably unlikely, they will get one stroke more the stroke than any of them have had before, otherwise 3 strokes, maybe four if I think they are taking it too well, it has to be sufficient to prevent them from thinking about collecting any more canings.
After this from now whatever they do will earn them detentions rather than slipperings, at least until the end of term. For that to work I will have to start using the slipper much less in general which might not be a bad thing as I have must have devalued its currency by using it so much.
Of course, any gambling in jurisdiction is not going to be tolerated, not if I don't my
cut!(as I am still
paying out on that last book I ran on the Grand National because of Foinavon).