MacRob girls and platform shoes

Girls at Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School are allowed to wear black t-bar or laceup shoes with their school uniform, but not other types.

15 May 2009

Black lace-up leather school shoes, t-bar sandals may be worn but are not recommended for winter wear. Platform shoes, slip-on shoes or black sneakers are not acceptable

But it doesn’t mean a MacRob girl can’t try on her new platform heels at school.

MacRob girl trying on platform heels

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College

Students at Mentone Girls’ Secondary College have not been allowed to wear t-bars for a number of years. The girls wear sky blue socks with their summer uniform, and either sky blue socks or navy blue tights with their winter uniform.

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College summer and winter uniforms


Black leather lace up, low heel school shoes (not boots) are to be worn. T-bars are not permitted.

Nostalgia for t-bar school shoes at Siena College

The girls at Siena College reminisce about the days they were allowed to wear t-bars with their school uniform – the class of 2008 were the last.

Siena College class of 2008 in summer uniform and t-bars

If you had the power to change one thing about the Siena uniform what would it be?
I know everyone would expect me to say t-bars, but what I find more annoying is the fact we can’t wear colour ribbons. Seriously, the senior school don’t even wear green. We should at least be able to wear cream, or even brown…

Veritas Issue 1, 2009

I had the best dream last night. I dreamt that t-bars were allowed to be apart of the uniform again. So this morning I put on my old t-bars, about to walk out of the house for possibly the best school day of year 12, and my sister walks around the corner of the kitchen and was like “why are you wearing t-bars”. I was like well obviously you missed hearing Marie’s voice over the loudspeaker at the end of yesterday telling the whole student body that lace ups are banned and t-bars have been freely supplied to every student. I told Gabrielle I didn’t need a free pair because I was just keeping my old pair, and trying to do my bit for the planet. Gabrielle then convinced me it was a dream and I swapped shoes and walked out the front door with the similar hollow, empty, unfulfilling feeling that comes with wearing lace ups.

The uniform featured brown school shoes, a pink dress and fawn knee socks in summer, and a brown skirt with brown tights in winter.

Siena College Camberwell

Girls at Siena College Camberwell are not permitted to wear t-bar shoes with their school uniform. They wear white socks with their summer dress, and black tights with their winter skirt.

Siena College new summer and winter uniforms

Before 2013 the girls wore brown lace up school shoes with a pink dress and fawn knee socks in summer, and a brown skirt with brown tights in winter. The class of 2008 was the last permitted to wear t-bar school shoes.