Marian College Sunshine

Marian College Sunshine banned t-bar school shoes in 2012. Girls are required to wear white socks are worn in winter, and navy blue tights in winter.

Marian College Sunshine winter uniform

17th February 2012

We thank all parents for starting the new year embracing the changes to our uniform policy for 2012. These relate to school shoes now being only black polishable lace up shoes. Boots or dress shoes do not fit this description.

We remind parents that are allowing their daughters to see out the life of their t-bar shoes, that these need to be changed over at the beginning of Semester 2 this year.

22nd June 2012

May we also remind parents, as per the letter sent to all families at the beginning of this year, and the end of last year that the time frame for shoes is now reaching its end point.

Students from Years 8-11 wearing t-bar school shoes are asked to ensure that they have made this change at the beginning of Term 3.

Year 12 students are exempt from this change due to their time at school now being just over a term before they sit their final exams

20th July 2012

As you would be aware from correspondence you received at the end of Term 2, we are now in full lace up school shoe phase with the transition period now over.

We will be contacting parents in relation to students who are still wearing t-bar shoes ascertaining where families are at in terms of this decision.

We thank those parents who have already made the change with their daughter’s foot wear already and appreciate your support of this change which is in line with the OHS requirements of the school.

Pretty in Pink (t-bar shoes that is)

Black t-bar school shoes are a dime a dozen. Brown ones are a little rarer. But PINK t-bars?

Fashion Hayley shows off her pink t-bar shoes

Say hi to Miss Hayley. Her shoes are ‘Jenny’ by Wilde.


On the weekend I bought my second pair of these colourful school uniform shoes (in purple and for 50% off), this pink pair was my first and I realised I’ve never blogged them before. In Australia these t-bar style shoes are the shoe of choice for most school uniforms in both primary and secondary school, of course only in brown, black or navy not pink or purple. I fell in love with these colourful ones as soon as I saw them at iShoes on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy over a year ago, I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to blog them. I love reworking traditional styles of clothing in unexpected ways.

As to the rest of her look.

I never had a school uniform growing up, my primary school and both my high schools were inner city public schools without uniforms for whatever reason. Not having a uniform I used to look at the other kids on the tram in their matching school uniforms and feel sorry for them. There I was in my 90s ‘grunger’ outfit consisting of red flared pants with faux fur triangles, a tie-dye purple slip skirt over the top of the pants and a vintage diy cropped band t-shirt with my midriff exposed.

Essentially my outfit was the exact opposite of a boring ol’ uniform but part of me thought the uniforms were rather cute, especially the pinafore dresses of a local private school. So when I saw this cute pink love heart print pinafore dress on ASOS I immediately bought it and put together a look which is in part school uniform inspired – a kawaii school uniform if you will.

Nice combo, don’t you think?

Fashion Hayley shows off her pink t-bar shoes