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.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/west/st-albans-school-sends-60-students-home-for-wearing-wrong-uniform/news-story/24486df797c982efe3f633a1c0397cae

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 Leadernews.com.au.

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Sara of Hawthorn said an out-of-date uniform should be acceptable for the duration of a student’s education.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

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/news/following-uniform-policy-in-st-albans/news-story/1ca9657b242bbf8ff5c9f609d3d24bbb

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.

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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.

http://www.vusc.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/VUSC-Uniform-Policy.pdf

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.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/north/parent-calls-for-ferny-grove-state-high-school-to-relax-strict-dress-code-to-enable-students-to-cycle-to-school/news-story/784e511e3df7870cc76ba40064b9c334

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

Students sent home from school for wearing wrong socks

Schoolgirls at St Albans Secondary College in Melbourne, Victoria have been sent home for wearing white socks that didn’t cover their ankles. The shame!

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/students-sent-home-from-school-for-wearing-wrong-socks-20180206-p4yzjj.html

6 February 2018

At least 17 students have been sent home from a high school in Melbourne’s western suburbs for wearing the wrong socks.

It is believed a further 15 students at St Albans Secondary College received an all day internal detention for breaches of the school’s uniform code during a crackdown on Tuesday.

There are claims up to 40 students were sent home for breaching the uniform code. However the school said only 17 were sent home, and only after their parents gave permission for them to leave to change into the correct uniform.

It is understood some students went to school wearing white coloured socks, as stipulated in the school’s uniform code, but were reprimanded because their socks were too short and did not cover their ankles.

The school’s policy is that all students must wear white socks which are long enough to cover their ankles. The Age understands the decision sparked outrage among some parents who believed it was an overreaction.

Principal Kerrie Dowsley defended the decision to send some students home, saying the school had a strict uniform policy which had been in place for more than 20 years.

“We are proud of our uniform policy, which plays an important role in developing a positive and proud school culture for students,” Ms Dowsley said.

“An overwhelming majority of parents we have spoken to support the school’s policy and the actions we took.”
Ms Dowsley said students were reminded again last week about school uniform checks.

“The school regularly has uniform checks and we contacted the parents of students who were for a range of reasons in the wrong uniform today,” she said.

Ferny Grove State High School

Girls at Ferny Grove State High School in Brisbane, Queensland wear brown lace-up school shoes with their uniform. They wear short mid-brown socks with their skirt, with dark brown stockings an option during winter months.

https://fernygroveshs.eq.edu.au/Supportandresources/Formsanddocuments/Documents/Policies/uniform-policy-updated-may-2017.pdf

May 2017

Girls’ Uniform

– Peppermint green blouse with bottle green collar and matching bottle green buttons and piping
– Bottle green skirt – knee length
– Bottle green tie is encouraged and required for formal occasions
– Mid-brown socks
– Brown lace-up hard leather standard school shoes and short mid-brown socks. Please note that jogging shoes with brown leather uppers or suede shoes are not acceptable.
– Please note that the P&C is currently investigating a Girls Formal Shorts option. Until this has been finalised girls are able to wear the Boys Formal Shorts if they wish.

Winter additions
– School jumper or school blazer
– Tailored bottle green slacks
– Dark brown stockings

Accessories
– Tie – bottle green to match trims on shirt (optional)
– Green school scarf
– School badge (optional)
– Girls’ hair accessories

Sent home for the wrong school shoes

Students at The Gap State High School in Brisbane, Queensland have been sent home from school for wearing the wrong kind of black lace-up leather school shoes.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-30/brisbane-students-face-detention-over-new-heel-height-rules/9373592

30 Jan 2018

Brisbane school students face detention if shoe heel too high or low.

Dozens of parents from a Brisbane high school have taken to social media to vent their anger about new uniform requirements that could see their children sent to detention for having the wrong-sized heel on their black leather school shoes.

Students at The Gap State High School (GSHS) have been told they must wear black leather lace-up school shoes, which have a heel no greater than 20 millimetres and no lower than 5 millimetres.

Karen Bishop, who has a daughter in Year 11, said the rule was “utterly ridiculous” and that she wasn’t aware of the height requirement before buying new shoes for this school year.

“My daughter has a perfectly good brand new pair of black leather shoes for school yet it seems they don’t comply! I’ve just paid $350 for a resource scheme and just don’t have the funds for compliant shoes. Just give my child an education please,” she posted on Facebook.

The school has issued pictures of what shoes comply, along with an endorsement for a retailer selling the footwear.

Students have been warned they risk consequences for flouting the new rules, including after school and lunchtime detentions.

GSHS’s uniform policy is available on the school website and only states all students are required to “wear black laced-up leather college school shoes of plain conventional design”.

A Department of Education spokesman said the student dress codes reflect school community standards and balance the rights of individual students with the best interests of the whole school community.

“In the last weeks of term 4 2017 the student dress code issues were raised during a full school assembly advising the student body of the school’s expectations and students were to make arrangements to get ready for next year.

“Together with this assembly, the following four weekly newsletters to families contained the Dress Code Guide for Parents.”

The spokesman added: “Appropriate action, as designated by the school leadership team, may be taken if a student deliberately ignores the school dress code. The school remains committed to working with families to find the best solution regarding uniform issues.”

Parents have been advised to attend the next GSHS P&C meeting on the February 12 to voice their concerns about the new school uniform policy.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-06/brisbane-high-school-students-detention-over-wrong-shoes/9397134

6 Feb 2018

Education Minister backs Brisbane school sending 100 students to detention over shoes

Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace is backing a Brisbane school that is handing out detentions to students who do not have the correct heel on their school shoes.

The Gap State High School (TGSHS) in Brisbane’s west yesterday issued detention to about 100 students for not wearing the correct school uniform.

Last week, parents from TGSHS took to social media to vent their anger about uniform requirements which would see their children sent to detention for having the wrong-sized heel on their school shoes.

This week the school took action, with parents and students claiming hundreds of students were given detention for wearing banned shoes or a non-compliant uniform.

The school has directed students to wear black leather lace up school shoes, which have a heel, no greater than 20 millimetres and no lower than 5 millimetres.

It has even issued pictures of what shoes comply, along with an endorsement for a retailer selling the footwear.

One student said: “Today I was one of the students up at the office for having leather Nike shoes on, the girl next to me had the correct black leather lace up shoes however, was sent up to the office as her heel was just over the 3cm mark.”

The Gap State High School

Girls at The Gap State High School in Brisbane, Queensland are required to wear black lace-up school shoes with their uniform.

https://thegapshs.eq.edu.au/Supportandresources/Formsanddocuments/Documents/Uniform%20Shop/uniform-information.pdf

Day Uniform—Girls

Years 8 to 10

– School skirt. To be worn below the knee or skorts.
– White Blouse with bottle green trim.
– Short white socks, beige or black stockings
– Bottle green, black or white only headbands
– Black leather lace up shoes
– Formal School Hat (optional)

Years 11 and 12

– School skirt. To be worn below the knee or skorts.
– White Blouse and School tie
– Short white socks, beige or black stockings
– Bottle green, black or white only headbands
– Black leather lace up shoes
– Formal School Hat (optional)

Winter Additions

– V-neck bottle green woollen jumper or
– V-neck bottle green vest or
– Bottle green sweatshirts or
– Bottle Green and White Jacket (Sport Representatives only)
– Optional Bottle Green Scarf for Girls and Boys
– Blazer is option for Years 11 and 12 only
– Year 12 only: a Blazer is a requirement for students elected to Executive Leadership
positions.