New uniform at Geelong Lutheran College

In 2019 a new uniform was introduced at Geelong Lutheran College. A new navy jumper and striped shirt was introduced, and the option of pants for girls in winter and shorts in summer. Transition to the new uniform is expected to be completed by day 1 of Term 1, 2021.


As of 2019, the College uniform will be in a transition phase to a new ‘wardrobe’ of uniform which will be part of our shared identity with St John’s Newtown. Both schools will wear the same uniform.

New families to Geelong Lutheran College Armstrong Creek and St John’s Newtown are to purchase new uniform items. Existing families are encouraged to replace items from the new range.

Transition to the new uniform is expected to be completed by day 1 of Term 1, 2021.

Sep 20, 2018

A small discussion group of parents (Armstrong Creek and St John’s) and staff met on Wednesday 19 September to discuss the proposed uniform concepts for 2019.

A small selection of students had the opportunity to view and wear the new concepts, giving their own insights into the new uniforms. The feedback from the group was overwhelmingly positive and we will be very excited to unveil the new wardrobe to our wider community in early Term 4.

Items will go into production immediately and will be available to order in late November, early December. All students new to the College in 2019 will be recommended to purchase from the new uniform range, as the old items will be phased out over two years. Current families will be encouraged to purchase from the new range, rather than second-hand and phased out items.

An invitation to view the new uniform range will be released in the coming weeks! We know that our wider community of parents and students will love the new pieces.

Mar 22, 2018

New Uniform Update

On the back of feedback already received from our families, the following is a list of proposed uniform changes:


– Sock colour for girls and boys
– Sports uniform – shirts, pants, shorts and house shirts
– Girls shirt
– Possible change to school jumper
– Introduction of shorts and pants for girls (optional items)

There will be no change to the blazer.

Lyndale Secondary College

Girls at Lyndale Secondary College are permitted to wear t-bar school shoes. They wear white socks with their summer dress, and black socks or black tights with their winter uniform.


• Lyndale SC summer dress
• Shorts or grey stretch trousers with white cotton school shirt with logo or white cotton long sleeve shirt and school tie
• Lyndale SC blazer
• Lyndale SC jumper
• White knee high/ankle socks (stockings are not to be worn with the summer dress)
• Female students wearing a hi-jab may wear black tights/stockings under their summer dress


• Lyndale SC winter skirt, or grey stretch trousers
• White cotton school shirt with logo or white cotton long sleeve shirt and school tie
• Lyndale SC blazer
• Lyndale SC jumper
• Black knee high socks or black stockings
• Black T-Bar or Black Leather Lace Up Shoes


• We will not accept Platform, Buckle, Soft-Slip, Skate Board shoes, Boots, Runners, Sneakers, Suede or Suede Leather Shoes.
• Shoes must be sturdy and ensure safety. School shoes must have a low heel.
• Parents should not automatically assume that all footwear that is black and leather is acceptable. When in doubt please contact the College for clarification prior to purchase.
• “Suitable footwear must be worn at all times in Practical areas. Such footwear must be in good condition, and the tops must be fully enclosed”

Forest Hill College

– Girls at Forest Hill College are permitted to wear t-bar school shoes. They wear white socks with their summer dress, and black socks or black tights with their winter uniform.

Summer Uniform

– Navy College jacket with logo*
– Navy V-neck jumper with college logo
– College Summer Dress*
– Navy pleated shorts with the navy college polo shirt*
– Short sleeved white shirt (preferred with tie)
– White socks (above the ankle)

Winter Uniform

– Navy College weather jacket with logo*
– Navy V-neck jumper with college logo
– College Winter Skirt*
– College approved navy trousers*
– Long sleeved white shirt with tie*
– Navy college polo shirt*
– Navy blue tights with navy blue socks if required

All students are required to wear shoes that are consistent with College Council expectations of black leather lace up/buckle up shoes as pictured in the uniform guidelines.

Canvas slip on shoes, ballet flats and the like are NOT acceptable shoes for school. Shoes must have no greater than 2cm heel.

Gilmore College for Girls

Girls at Gilmore College for Girls are permitted to wear t-bar school shoes. They wear white socks with their summer dress, and white or navy socks or blue tights with their winter uniform.


*Dress, shorts, trousers or long skirt (Muslim) with:
*College blazer or navy blue woollen jumper
*College white school shirt
*White socks with dress and shorts,
navy socks with long skirt or trousers.
*White or navy blue head scarf
*Black leather school shoes


Winter skirt, trousers or long skirt (Muslim) with
*College blazer or navy blue woollen jumper
*College white school shirt
*Blue tights or white socks with winter skirt
navy socks with long skirt or trousers.
*White or navy blue head scarf
*Black leather school shoes

The college blazer was introduced in 2015.

Footscray City College

Girls at Footscray City College are not permitted to wear t-bar school shoes. They wear black shoes with white or black socks, with the option of black tights in winter.


FCC long sleeved white shirt
• FCC short sleeved white shirt
• FCC polo shirt
• FCC skirt (Dark Charcoal/Pale Blue/Red Pinstripe)
• FCC dress
• FCC shorts
• FCC long pants
• FCC jumper
• FCC blazer
• FCC spray jacket
• Plain black tights
• Plain black or white socks
• Black leather lace-up flat shoes (no
runners, boots, ankle boots, T-bars or

T-bars were previously on the list of acceptable shoes.

Appropriate shoes for wearing to school are black lace up leather flat shoes or T-Bars.

Inappropriate shoes are boots, ankle boots, buckled shoes and slip-ons.

School uniforms were introduced at Footscray City College in 2010.

The uniform policy for Footscray City College was developed and approved by School Council in 2009.

From 2010 it is compulsory for all Year 7 students to wear the uniform. The uniform is to be phased in with each intake of Year 7 students in subsequent years, and it is anticipated that by 2013 all students from Years 7 to 10 will wear the uniform.

It is envisaged that the school uniform will not be worn by Year 11 and 12 students. School Council will regularly review the college dress code policy, and this policy will be reviewed in Semester Two of 2012.

The uniform policy for Footscray City College was reviewed in 2012, and made compulsory for all students.

In 2013, the uniform is compulsory for all Year 7 – 10 students of Footscray City College. In 2015 uniform will be compulsory for Year 11 students, and in 2016 it will be compulsory from Years 7 to 12.

The current summer dress style was introduced in 2014.

Remembering the great Pant Debate of 1993

A look back at the day in 1993 that my daughter took a stand and wore pants to school. From The Age.

September 6, 2018

The year is 1993. A year 11 student, wears trousers to Mt Waverley Secondary School against uniform policy.

Our family had railed against the inequity of the policy and my daughter was passionate about taking the challenge up to the school council and principal. We knew there would be repercussions and thought we were prepared.

There was a time when trousers were listed as part of the school uniform for girls. Way back in the ’70s. Yellow corduroy. Who would, even in the ’70s wear yellow corduroy? But the policy disappeared as the school’s image grew in status. Private schools didn’t allow girls to wear trousers. Could this be a status symbol?

We had made plans. During a workshop in Melbourne city I was called to the phone. My daughter had been sent home. I immediately raced to a telephone box in a busy main street to call the Equal Opportunity Board.

“I want to speak to someone who can help me about sexual discrimination please.”

She had been banned from the school that day, and only she could take out a claim against the school for not conforming to school policy. That afternoon we met an officer of the Department and she filed an objection.

Weeks later, she officially wore trousers to school. It was proved that it was against the Commonwealth Government’s Sexual Discrimination Rules and provided the child wore the official uniform, no school official could stop attendance. At conciliation that followed during the turmoil of those weeks, Mount Waverley School Council agreed that girls could wear the same grey trousers that boys wore. That weekend I commissioned a single pair of grey trousers so that she could wear them on the next school day.

The phone kept ringing. A Current Affair wanted to interview her. Channel 7 got in first. While we were being interviewed by Mal Walden, a helicopter was landing on the school grounds to interview the school’s principal.

What followed that day was weeks of sexism, sinister and debilitating, because it was underground. People frightened to take a side. Either you were with the principal on his stand of “it is against school policy” or with the other side of “stand by the girl” who has the guts to stare down the system.

Hate mail, radio conversations, women defending the school’s position, school committees riling up against our family, the newspapers full of sexist condemnation. All Australian newspapers and some in New Zealand covered the story. It was front-page news. The Midday Show as well as the current affair shows. My position in the school council was targeted. I was the devil, the pot stirrer, the one who put my daughter up to this ghastly act. I plead guilty to taking the demand for equality to the Equal Opportunity Committee and to lobbying the school community. But as a family we chose to stand up for the rights of all women.

My lasting gut-wrenching memory of the 1993 Pant Debate is of a member of the female sex describing the act of wearing trousers as being unhygienic. Granted this debate was 25 years ago, but an intelligent woman suggesting that having material covering either male or female body below the waist and over an undergarment can be more unhygienic for a female than a male?

We are proud of our daughter.

‘I wear them, don’t you?’ More schools give pants a chance

The school dress is becoming a less common sight across Victoria. From The Age.

June 3, 2019

The school dress is becoming a less common sight across Victoria.

It’s been more than 12 months since Victorian government mandated that all state schools must offer pants and shorts for girls. Private schools are increasingly doing the same, in the name of choice, comfort, promoting movement and preparing girls for the adult world.

Sacred Heart Girls’ College in Hughesdale, Mercy College in Coburg, Ave Maria College in Aberfeldie, and Kilbreda College in Mentone this year introduced a pant option. Korowa Anglican Girls’ School in Glen Iris will “shortly” bring in pants, while Loreto College Ballarat will introduce both pants and shorts in 2020.

Polly Flanagan, principal of Shelford Girls’ Grammar in Caulfield, said her students loved the pant option introduced this year.

“A number of girls’ schools are moving to pants and it’s probably one of those ‘it’s time’ moments,” she said. “Girls these days are not as constrained by notions of femininity and what people think of them as they might have been 20 years ago. They are making sensible choices about comfort. We have tights with our dresses, and they say the pants save them seven minutes in the morning when they are getting dressed.”

MLC in Kew has long offered pants and this year added shorts. “Whilst it was partly student driven, it was also MLC responding to the changing times and being happy to provide choices for students’ individual preferences.”

Kate Dishon, principal of Mount St Joseph Girls’ College in Altona, said her school had replaced a “dated” uniform – which included a kilt and tie – with the option of pants and shorts this year.

Melbourne Girls Grammar will next term introduce the choice of pants and shorts following a group of Year 10 girls turning up to school last November in pants.

Principal Toni Meath said research showed clothing affected confidence, sense of self and identity.

The uniform changes across Victoria have followed discussions between students, staff and parents. Many schools have introduced trans-seasonal uniforms so students are able to mix and match the articles of clothing depending on the weather.

Shorts are less likely to be offered than pants. For many schools, such as Shelford Girls’ Grammar and Melbourne Girls Grammar, it is back to the future as pants were offered decades ago.

The uptake of pants and shorts varies across schools. Darren Atkinson, principal of Aquinas College in Ringwood, which introduced them in 2017, said the take-up had not been overwhelming, but “the important thing is that it is an option.”

Mater Christi College in Belgrave, which has long offered pants, said students were “only slowly moving across to trousers. Does this reflect something of a stronger socially innate ‘princess image’ at play, perhaps something to do with enjoying the swish of the formal secondary uniform?” asked principal Mary Fitz-Gerald.

Uniforms remain a sensitive topic for some schools. Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar in Canterbury declined, via a public relations firm, to say what its uniform was.

Eva Dobozy is an education researcher and associate professor in the Faculty of Business and Law at Curtin University. Dr Dobozy said “students all around Australia complain about what they perceive as unfair practices concerning school uniforms” and gender-neutral uniforms remained a “contested idea.”

Girls’ Uniform Agenda is a 12-strong group of mothers across Australia which lobbies schools to offer girls the choice of pants and shorts, and helps parents do the same. It says research shows girls do less exercise in dresses and skirts and are more self-conscious doing everyday things such as bending over.

Co-founder Simone Cariss said the shift to the choice of pants and shorts was “definitely happening but there’s still a long way to go and it’s a little slower than we would like.” She said the group had obtained preliminary legal advice that schools which did not offer choice were breaching anti-discrimination laws.

Ms Cariss said schools tended to reject the introduction of pants and shorts due to tradition, expectations of how girls should look, and the principal’s preference for skirts and dresses.

One of its Girls’ Uniform Agenda’s youth ambassadors is 16-year-old Audrey Gray, who has attended public, private, religious and non-religious schools in Melbourne and overseas.

Ms Gray said skirts and dresses were “inconvenient”, restricted girls from physical activity such as spontaneously playing football on the oval, and had the potential to embarrass girls as they reached puberty.

“Throughout my high school experience, I’ve witnessed there are so many reasons only being able to wear skirts and dresses to school is bad for girls, especially as they grow older,” she said.

The Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia – whose members are mostly non-government schools – said “more and more schools are choosing diverse uniform options” and “schools make these choices based on a lot of different factors individual to each specific school.”

Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College principal Michelle Crofts said students were increasingly taking up the option – introduced in 2014 – to wear pants and shorts.

“Well, girls wear pants, too,” she said. “It did not make sense to not offer shorts and pants. I wear them, don’t you? In fact, when you look at women walking down the street and in work places, most are wearing pants.”