Cobden Technical School

Girls at Cobden Technical School were banned from wearing t-bar school shoes in 2018. They wear black shoes and black socks with both their summer and winter uniforms.

February 2018

Shoes must be sturdy and safe for participation in classes, and for this reason, we insist on leather shoes. For girls, lace up shoes have replaced the T-bar shoes that leave too much of the foot uncovered.

Highvale Secondary College

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

October 2015


School regulation summer dress

White turn down ankle socks and/or knee high socks (No Low cut sports socks)


School regulation winter skirt or School regulation grey slacks. No flaresor skin tight slacks.

Black tights – 60 denier plain, white ankle socks or knee high white socks


Black leather lace up shoes that must take polish and must have a heel.

Boots, desert boots, black runners and platform shoes are not acceptable. “Runner style” shoes are not acceptable”. T-Bar shoes are not permitted. “Ballet” style shoes are not to be worn.

Lavalla Catholic College

Girls at Lavalla Catholic College in Traralgon are permitted to wear black t-bar shoes with their school uniform. They wear white coloured knee or ankle socks with their summer dress, and navy tights with their winter skirt.

February 2013


My thanks to those parents and students who organised uniforms, shoes etc. over the holidays so that students could begin the year appropriately. The uniform has a number of functions:
• It shows a sense of belonging to the College
• It removes the pressure to buy a large wardrobe
• Worn properly, it demonstrates respect, both of self and for others.

To avoid the inconvenience of having to collect your son or daughter from school or to bring in a uniform item, please work with them to ensure that they wear the uniform correctly.

Please be aware that unbuckled shoes are an OHS issue, broken buckles will need to be repaired or replaced.

Schoolgirls planking in uniform

Planking was a craze that swept schools back in 2011. For these girls from Walford Anglican School in Adelaide, their school uniforms were not enough to keep them from joining in.

May 23, 2011

Katherine Danks
Daily Telegraph

Planking on a flight of stairs appears to have resulted in 22 students of a prestigious Adelaide private school being sent home.

The students from Walford Anglican School for Girls were sent home on Thursday after a “situation” regarding planking as safety concern grows over the craze.

The Adelaide Advertiser reports the photo that is believed to have landed the students in hot water was posted on social networking site Facebook.

On Friday, principal Helen Trebilcock refused to detail what the students did but said they were “sent home for a day to enable us to talk to their parents”.

“We had a situation, we have dealt with it, it’s over,” she said.

“We have shared our concerns with the school community about how a seemingly innocent prank can escalate through the web and become dangerous.

“Our parents and teachers are in agreement that the girls need to be educated about the risks involved.”

St Mary’s College, Seymour

Girls at St Mary’s College, Seymour were banned from wearing t-bar school shoes commencing in 2014, with existing students given a one year grace period. They wear white knee or ankle socks with their summer dress, and navy tights or knee socks with their winter skirt.

June 2014

T-Bar Shoes

Throughout this Term we have conducted research into the girls school shoes. This investigation stems from OH&S considerations re the current T-Bar shoes our girls wear. A large majority of schools (particularly Secondary Schools) have recently made the shift from T-Bar shoes to black enclosed laced school shoes.

After consultation with the College Board a decision has been made to shift away from our T-Bar shoes to the enclosed black laced school shoe. This will take effect from the start of 2015. However, we would advise all parents who need to buy new shoes during the next semester to buy the enclosed shoe. Students are permitted to wear this type of shoe immediately. We will be notifying all local shops who sell school shoes of our decision.

July 2014

Transition from T-Bar school shoes to enclosed black school shoes 2015

Due to Occupational, Health and Safety reasons the College will be phasing out the girls T-Bar school shoes in preference of a safer, enclosed school shoe.

The need for this change is particularly necessary when students are participating in various creative arts subjects.

This proposal was recently approved by the College Board. This will be a TRANSITION process with the aim that all female students be in these plain black enclosed school shoes by the start of 2015.

If purchasing new shoes for your daughter/s please make sure they are plain black enclosed lace-up or Velcro school shoes.

7 August 2014

Did you receive your letter explaining the recent uniform change? Briefly, due to safety reasons, the girls’ t-bar shoes are no longer considered safe to wear, especially in some Creative Arts subjects. Please contact the College if you have not received a letter explaining the uniform change. Last week’s Marian also featured an explanation of the change.

28 August 2014

Also a reminder that as of 2015: all students will be required to wear closed school shoes. For health and safety reasons the t-bar shoe will not be a part of our uniform.

Calamvale Community College

Girls at Calamvale Community College in Brisbane are not permitted to wear t-bar shoes with their school uniform. They wear plain white ankle socks with their skirt, with the option of navy or black tights in colder weather.

Click to access College%20Dress%20Code.pdf

Must be worn with Formal Uniform on all occasions

• Plain White College socks folded to the top of the ankles, or plain navy or black tights in good condition with no patterns or embroidery.

• Black leather, fully enclosed, lace up/Velcro school shoes. Students may not wear boots. Shoes with raised heels (above 4cm) may not be worn. Students are not permitted to wear “t bar” or “Mary Jane” shoes. Ballet slippers must not be worn.