Compulsory t-bar shoes for these schoolgirls

Many schools have banned girls from wearing t-bar shoes for safety reasons. Rockhampton Girls’ Grammar School has done the opposite – t-bar shoe are compulsory.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar uniform with Clarks Ingrid t-bar shoes

http://www.rggs.qld.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/03_02_August_Newsletter.pdf

August 2014

INTRODUCTION OF CLARKS INGRID SHOES

There were several catalysts leading to the change from Lynx lace up school shoes to Clarks ‘Ingrid’ buckle shoes. The most important of these is safety. The Rockhampton Girls Grammar School campus poses unique challenges, being nestled on the hillside of ‘The Range’. These
environmental factors include:

  • Undulating ground, with quite steep hills
  • 429 External steps, and 419 internal steps
  • Steps which vary in depth and height
  • Students moving from location to location for specialist classes

Lace up shoes pose too great a threat to Health and Safety on our campus.

Clarks is an extremely robust brand of school shoe designed to properly support growing feet. Below is a summary of the features of the
Clarks Ingrid school shoe:

  • Girls school shoe with a buckle fastening and laser cut design.
  • Features include full leather upper with synthetic lining. Leather uppers allow the foot to breathe and are the preferred upper material to ensure healthy foot development.
  • Toe stitched onto sole unit for extra bond strength.
  • Sole unit built using Stroebel construction for maximum flexibility and comfort.
  • Extended firm heel counter for extra support.
  • Full length removable moulded leather footbed, contoured for added underfoot comfort. This will allow for comfortable fitting of Orthotics.
  • Available in whole and half sizes and a range of width fittings.

Imitation Mary Jane shoes do not share these features. The Clarks Ingrid shoe is recommended by podiatrists and addresses very real concerns for student health, comfort and safety. These will be a compulsory uniform
item in 2015.

Before.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar uniform with laceup shoes

Navigator College, Port Lincoln

Girls at Navigator College in Port Lincoln, South Australia wear t-bar school shoes with their uniform. They are paired with black tights and winter skirt in term 2 and 3, and nude tights and summer dress in terms 1 and 4.

Navigator College - senior girls in winter uniform with t-bar school shoes

Navigator College - senior girls in summer unifom with sheer stockings and t-bar school shoes

http://navigator.sa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Navigator-Newsletter-24th-October-2012.pdf

October 2012

We have noticed a number of Middle School girls wearing their shoes unbuckled every day. I’m afraid if this trend continues to occur we will have no alternative but to cease allowing buckle shoes at school and will only allow shoes with laces as part of our uniform. I realise it may be preferable for students to wear unbuckled shoes at school but it then becomes an Occupational Health and Safety and Welfare issue. Please be vigilant about this at home and reiterate to your daughter that the alternative will be lace up shoes as of 2013.

http://navigator.sa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Navigator-Newsletter-T2-Issue-4-2013.pdf

May 2013

We have noticed a number of Middle School girls wearing their shoes unbuckled every day. I’m afraid if this trend continues to occur we will have no alternative but to cease allowing buckle shoes at school and will only allow shoes with laces as part of our uniform. I realise it may be preferable for students to wear unbuckled shoes at school but it then becomes an Occupational Health and Safety and Welfare issue. Please be vigilant about this at home and reiterate to your daughter that the alternative will be lace up shoes

http://www.navigator.sa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Uniform-Policy1.pdf

March 2013

Shoes:

Leather sandals with a metal buckle or Velcro; they are to be black/or navy; they must have either a closed back or a strap behind the ankle. Worn with or without socks. Black leather lace up or buckle shoes that takes a shine. Heels no higher than 3cm. Strap over bridge to be at least 1 ½ cm in width (no slipper like shoe with little or no heel as they have no support)

Reception – Year 11:

Summer – Short white College socks, to be worn above the ankle, one fold only.
Winter – Black College long socks or black tights, minimum 40 denier.

Senior School Year 10 – 11:

Dress – flesh opaque stockings – black leather lace up or buckle shoes and College blazer.

German exchange students at Korowa Anglican Girls’ School

Germany is another country without school uniforms. But when their students head overseas on exchange programs, they have to dress in the uniforms of their host schools. Here is a class of Germany exchange students at Korowa Anglican Girls’ School.

All are wearing summer dress and white socks. Their black shoes are a mix of ballet flats and mary janes.

German exchange students at Korowa Anglican Girls' School

French exchange students at Geelong Grammar Street

France is another country without school uniforms. But when their students head overseas on exchange programs, they have to dress in the uniforms of their host schools.

Here are three French exchange students at Geelong Grammar School. The school requires all girls to wear lace-up shoes with their uniform. Check out the two girls on the left, and their super shiny shoes.

French exchange students at Geelong Grammar

American schoolgirls at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College

Most American schools don’t have uniforms. But when their students head overseas on exchange programs, they have to dress in the uniforms of their host schools. Here are five American schoolgirls attending Hoppers Crossing Secondary College in Melbourne.

Left to right: Summer dresses and black tights. Australian style laceup shoes, white running shoes. Winter skirt, bare legs, t-bar style ballet flats. Harrison style t-bar school shoes, more white running shoes.

American schoolgirls on exchange to Hoppers Crossing Secondary College