New uniform at Kilbreda College

In 2014 Kilbreda College unveiled an updated school uniform featuring the new colours of charcoal grey and deep maroon. Girls changed to the new uniform during a two year transition period. As part of this change, the school also switched from brown school shoes to black.

The winter uniform features a charcoal grey blazer and jumper with maroon trim, matched with a grey and maroon pinstripe skirt, candy striped shirt, and a crossover tie. The new summer dress has white, grey and maroon stripes.

September 2014

During the transition phase to the new uniform, students are to wear either a complete set of old or new uniform. There is to be no mixing and matching.

There is one exception with respect to footwear. New socks (white) and new shoes (black leather lace up) may be worn with either the old or new summer uniform. New socks (black) or new tights (black) and new shoes (black leather lace ups) may be worn with either the old or new winter uniform.

June 2016

Thank-you to all families and students who consistently meet the College’s expectations with respect to the correct wearing of the summer and winter uniforms. The transition period between old and new uniform has presented its challenges and as always we are grateful for the support that we receive from our families.

School holidays provide time to take stock and tend to the tasks that busy terms sideline. Therefore we encourage all students to review their winter and summer uniforms, ensuring that skirt and dress lengths are no shorter than above the knee, blazers are clean and pressed and shoes polished.

A reminder that all students in Years 7 to 10 are required to wear the new uniform from the beginning of 2017.

Tartan summer dresses at Kilbreda College

In 2004 Kilbreda College, Mentone updated with school uniform to replace their ‘candy striper’ summer dress with an updated green and red pin stripe in a tartan-like pattern, paired with fawn socks and brown school shoes. This dress was then replaced in 2014 by a completely new uniform.

New uniform at Salesian College Sunbury

Salesian College Sunbury introduced a new school uniform in 2017, to be introduced over a six year period. The previous light blue checked pattern on the summer dress has been replaced by a dark blue pinstripe, and the navy and yellow tartan patterned on the winter skirt has been replaced by more navy and yellow pinstripes.


In 2017, we saw the College introduce a new College uniform. This uniform we we rolled out over a period
of time to allow existing students to continue to wear the existing College uniform.
• All Year 7 students and Year 8 students are to wear the new rebranded College Uniform
• All current Year 9 to Year 12 students will continue to wear the existing College Uniform
• New students coming to the College in Years 9 through to Year 12 are to purchase the new rebranded
College uniform.
• There will be no mix and match of the existing branded and new rebranded uniform items.

The transition from old to new uniforms will take place over six years.

Year 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Year 7 New New New New New New
Year 8 Existing New New New New New
Year 9 Existing Existing New New New New
Year 10 Existing Existing Existing New New New
Year 11 Existing Existing Existing Existing New New
Year 12 Existing Existing Existing Existing Existing New

Brown shoes at Walford School for Girls

Until 2012 girls at Walford Anglican School for Girls in Adelaide wore brown lace-up school shoes, paired with camel coloured knee socks in summer, and grey knee socks or tights in winter. They now wear black shoes instead.

The girls donated their now unneeded brown school shoes to students in Africa.

April 8, 2013

Walford School sends dozens of old brown school shoes to Africa through The Butterfly Movement charity


Black is the new black at Walford School.

The Hyde Park college last year broke with 120 years of tradition to change its school uniform shoe colour from brown to black.

Students donated about 300 pairs of brown shoes to The Butterfly Movement charity last month.

Year 9 student Kate, 14, of Millswood, was pleased to hand over her old footwear to be sent to disadvantaged African families.

“It’s a good feeling because you’re giving people in Africa an opportunity to wear shoes that they wouldn’t have had before,” Kate said.

“I couldn’t imagine not having any shoes to wear.

“I hope they are happy and they’re useful for them.”

Year 9 student Alexia said it was important for the school to get behind the cause.

“Some of those people have never even worn shoes before,” the Unley resident said.

“The shoes wouldn’t have come to much use otherwise.”

The Butterfly Movement was founded in 2011 by Dalice Kennedy.

It has since donated about 70,000 pairs of shoes to people in need.

The Walford uniform shop advertised their surplus stock to the girls of nearby Kildare College Holden Hill, who were still required to wear brown lace up school shoes.

27 July 2012

Brown School Shoe Sale

Walford school are changing from brown shoes to black shoes. Their uniform shop has new brown shoes in stock that they wish to sell for $50 per pair. This price is nearly half the ‘wholesale’ cost of buying a pair of new shoes. The brand of the shoes is ‘Footwear Plus’, made locally in South Australia.

Sizes available of Lace Up Brown Shoes: 2 x Size 12 Child, 1 x Size 13 Child, 2 x Size 2 Adult, 1 x Size 4 Adult, 1 x Size 5 Adult, 2 x Size 6 Adult, 1 x Size 10 Adult , 1 x Size 12 Adult.

Walford School for Girls

Girls at Walford Anglican School for Girls wear black lace up shoes with their school uniform. They wear camel coloured knee socks with their summer dress, and grey tights or knee socks with their winter skirt.


– Blazer Walford navy “poly wool” crested
– Pullover Walford grey, with school colours – not to be worn outside of school without blazer
– Hair Formal occasions – Navy blue ribbons, navy elasticised ponytail holders, plain brown or navy snap clips
– Hair Non formal occasions – winter or summer material scrunchie or headband
– School Bag Walford monogrammed
– Shoes Black leather lace ups. See School Shop for approved styles

Summer Terms 1 and 4
– Dress Blue with navy piping on collars and cuffs – Length at least below kneecap-maximum 14cm below knee
– Straw Hat Walford crest – Excursions, to and from school, yard hat – (House colour hat optional in yard)
– Socks Camel – long socks compulsory for formal occasions. (Camel anklets optional)
– Sandals Ink navy Leather – Option to shoes if temperature is over 25°C.

Winter Terms 2 and 3
– Skirt Blue and grey plaid – Length at least below kneecap-maximum 14cm below knee
– Gold Blouse Years 6–11 long sleeve with “W” embroidered
– White Blouse Years 11–12 long sleeve with “W” embroidered (Year 11 not until Term 3)
– Tie Walford navy with embroidered “W” print
– Socks Walford grey – long only (compulsory)
– Tights Walford Grey – thick denier – (optional)
– Gloves Navy knit only
– Scarf Walford Navy with “W” embroidery only to be used

St Albans Secondary College

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

June 2014

College Uniform – Girls

– White Polo or Shirt with School Logo
– Woollen Maroon V-neck School Jumper
– Woollen Grey V-neck VCE Jumper
– Maroon Black and White Jacket with School Logo
– Dress Maroon and White Check Dress
– Winter Skirt Maroon, Black and White Tartan Skirt
– White Socks (with dress or skirt)
– Black Tights (only with Skirt)
– Black Pants with School Logo – Girls Style (Note: no other Black Pants can be worn)
– Black Shorts with School Logo
– Black Lace Up School Shoes or T-Bar Buckle Up Shoes

Sent home on first day of new uniform

Victoria University Secondary College was founded in 2010 by the amalgamation of two local secondary schools. A new uniform was created with a three year changeover period. In 2013 a number of students were sent home for wearing the uniforms from their former schools.

February 1, 2013

A senior student has hit back at readers who say a school was right to send students home for wearing the wrong uniform on the first day of school.

Up to 60 year 11 and 12 Victoria University Secondary College students were sent home on Wednesday for failing to wear the new school uniform.

Clair Anderson wrote to Leader Newspapers to defend herself after readers blamed the students for the row.

“As a year 12 student that attends the school, you would think they would let it slide,” she wrote.

“It is my last year and I do take my education very seriously. For them to send me home after being at school for an hour is affecting my education.”

She said her family would struggle to pay for a new uniform for just one year’s use.

“My mother is a single parent who has just had breast cancer and cannot work due to this,” she wrote.

“How is she is supposed to financially cover this?”

Principal Genevieve Simson said parents and students were given ample warning that old school uniforms would be phased out, and the new one required from the start of this year.

Many readers defended the school’s decision.

Tanya Fernando of Balwyn said students had ample warning and could not get away with ignoring the rules.

“My daughter’s school is the same. If she gets a detention for not wearing her blazer, her fault!”

School ‘breached duty of care’

But some readers say the school breached its duty of care to the students and that uniform violations were not a good reason to throw teenagers out.

Mary of Clayton said the school should have to pay for new uniforms for senior students, who would only have one or two years out of it.

“As long as the students are wearing ‘a uniform’ (even from their old schools) it should not matter,” she wrote on

“I thought school was to learn not to worry about school uniforms.”

Sara of Hawthorn said an out-of-date uniform should be acceptable for the duration of a student’s education.

“To expect parents to fork out money for another new uniform is greedy, ridiculous and old fashioned,” she wrote.

“Schools are supposed to teach, not be the fashion police.”

‘Don’t bother coming back’

Delahey mother Joanne Grey’s two daughters, Amy in year 11 and Erin in year 12, were both sent home.

Amy was not wearing a blazer, while Erin was wearing the old school jumper and canvas shoes, not leather shoes.

“Amy was told to get the right uniform or don’t bother coming back,” she said.

“It’s a bit heavy handed, year 12 should be about getting an education.”

After three schools merged in 2010 to form the college, the new school council set up a uniform committee to choose a new uniform.

“There has been a two-year change-over period, now everybody has to be in full school uniform,” Mrs Simson said.

“Parents were sent home letters, and it was in the school newsletter.”

She would not confirm how many students were sent home, but parents put the number at between 50 and 60.

Education jeopardised

Another mother, Koula Theoharou from Kealba, said she arrived home to find her 16-year-old daughter on the couch.

“The school didn’t even ring or call, I should have at least got a phone call,” she said.

“She wore the exact same uniform on her last day last year without any complaints.

“The school said they sent out letters but I haven’t seen one.

“I think it’s ridiculous, they are jeopardising her education.”

But Mrs Simson stood by the new policy.

“It’s a school rule, and they’ve had two years warning,” she said.

February 12, 2013

Victoria University Secondary College students conform to new uniform policy

CLASSES are returning to normal at a St Albans secondary school after students were sent home for being in the wrong uniform on the first day of school.
On Thursday, just four students arrived at Victoria University Secondary College in the wrong uniform.

A week earlier, about 60 Year 11 and 12 students were sent home for breaching the school uniform policy, sparking outrage among parents and students.

After three schools merged in 2010 to form the college, the new school council set up a committee to choose a new uniform.

Principal Genevieve Simson said parents and students were given ample warning old school uniforms would be phased out, and the new one would be required from the start of this year.

Last week, the school stopped sending students home, but instead barred them from classes and sent them to the gym to complete class work.

Education department spokeswoman Anna Malbon said no students had been isolated from their peers.

“The principal has informed the department that the school is committed to assisting students and their families to acquire the school’s uniform,” she said.

“While this process is under way, the four students are receiving their normal lessons together in a class and are with other students at lunch and recess as normal.”

The saga has left some parents questioning how it even happened.

One mother, who wished to stay anonymous, said she had spent close to $300 buying the new uniform for her son in Year 10.

“The majority of the parents feel there is no need to purchase the blazer because other items have been purchased with the school emblem on it,” she said.

“We are in a low socio-economic area and we, and more so our children, are being bullied by the school to purchase this ridiculous item when we have jumpers and other jackets.

“Everyone is at a loss as to how this could happen,” she said.

Victoria University Secondary College

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

24th June 2015

Girls’ Summer Uniform
– Summer dress or shorts (black) with short sleeve shirt (white)
– Blazer
– Black leather lace‐up shoes or T‐bars (no boots)
– White socks

Optional items in summer:
– Trousers (black)
– Tie
– Jumper
– College cap
– Hijabb (black or white)
– Hair ties in school colours (scrunchie available from PSW)

Girls’ Winter Uniform
– Winter skirt or trousers (black)
– Long sleeve shirt (white)  
– Blazer
– Black leather lace‐up shoes or T‐bars (no boots)
– Black socks or stockings (no leggings)

Optional items in winter:
– Black scarf with logo  
– Tie
– Jumper
– Hijabb (black or white)
– Hair ties in school colours

Schoolgirls cycling to school in skirts

Concerns about modesty means that skirts get in the way of many things that a schoolgirl might like to do. One of those activities is riding a bike.

February 15, 2017

More than 300 people have thrown their weight behind a call for Ferny Grove State High School to ease its strict dress code.

Petition organiser Kate Gadenne, the mother of two students at the school, said the code made it impractical for students, particularly girls, to ride to school.

The dress code bans students from wearing their sports uniform to and from school, and insists they don the formal uniform, which for girls includes a skirt.

Ms Gadenne, from Upper Kedron, said some students wore clothes suited to cycling and changed into their uniform at school.

She said her daughters had given up cycling because the load was too much and cycling in a skirt was too hard.

School principal Mark Breckenridge said the dress code was developed in consultation with the school community and agreed on by parents and students.

“Students who do not meet the standards outlined in the dress code are dealt with under the school’s responsible behaviour plan,” he said. “Parents are welcome to raise any concerns they have about uniform policies with me or the school’s P&C.”

The dress code

The Ferny Grove State High School formal uniform includes:

■ Brown lace-up hard leather standard school shoes and short mid-brown socks

■ Bottle green skirt worn below the knee and pepper­mint green blouse for girls

■ Tailored bottle green shorts or trousers with belt loops in school uniform fabric and peppermint green polyester cotton shirt for boys