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.

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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.”

Warrnambool schools in the news for banning t-bar shoes

In 2016 Warrnambool school Emmanuel College hit the news for banning t-bar school shoes.

http://www.standard.net.au/story/4044522/safety-fears-prompt-swap/

15 August 2016

Emmanuel College will ban girls’ T-bar shoes from next year in a bid to improve health and safety.

Principal Peter Morgan said the decision was made in consultation with staff, especially teachers of practical-based subjects.

“A lot of schools have already made the decision to move from T-bar shoes to sturdier lace-up shoes,” Mr Morgan said.

T-bar shoes expose the top of the foot, whereas lace-up shoes completely cover the foot.

“They’re not a sound or solid shoe and in practical-based subjects such as cooking or woodwork, open-toed shoes allow for knives or chisels to penetrate. Lace-up shoes provide greater protection,” he said.

The change will come into effect from the beginning of the 2017 school year.

“Any families purchasing new shoes for their daughters from now on, will need to purchase lace-up shoes to meet health and safety requirements.”

Mr Morgan said posturally T-bar shoes didn’t provide good support for the wearer but “at the end of the day the decision is based on safety.”

Rauert’s Shoex owner Peter Rauert said Mr Morgan had written a letter to inform him of the change which was not unique.

“Quite a few (schools) have changed from T-bars to lace-up shoes,” Mr Rauert said. “Hawkesdale were the first. Brauer did a couple of years ago and Emmanuel is starting to phase it in.

“There’s quite a few (schools) around the district and Melbourne metro have already banned them. It’s a progression you could say.”

Mr Rauert placed the store’s back-to-school orders in June and hoped there was enough lace-up shoes to meet the increased demand.

“Most of the girls are fairly happy. Most of the Emmanuel girls seem to be receptive to swapping over,” he said.

“We usually try to advise the family about the correct footwear to buy. If they want to go against it that’s their choice.

“Now as more kids swap over it will become acceptable. For the new ones coming through it will be the done thing,” he said.

Moama Anglican Grammar School

Girls at Moama Anglican Grammar School are not permitted to wear t-bar shoes with their school uniform. They wear plain white socks with their summer dress, and navy tights with their winter skirt.

http://www.moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au/welcome-to-term-4/

October 2015

It is the responsibility of our students to wear the uniform neatly and with pride. Unfortunately, there are some who continually contravene the School Uniform Policy. The following list details aspects of most concern:
* Incorrect footwear such as runners, ballet flats and t-bar shoes being substituted for school shoes

Templestowe College

Girls at Templestowe College are not permitted to wear t-bar shoes with their school uniform. They wear plain white socks with their summer dress, and white socks or black or navy opaque tights with their winter skirt.

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/57ce619237c58169970fad80/t/582411a33e00be0e83d6bf67/1478758820675/222TC+Operations+Manual+2016+v2i.pdf

Details of formal Uniform Items:

• TC summer dress (no shorter than 12cm above knee)
• TC winter skirt (no shorter than 12cm above knee)
• TC navy slacks
• White short socks or long socks with all uniform combinations, unless taking up the option of navy or black tights with the winter skirt
• Formal uniform shoes: Shoes need to be black leather lace up (polished) or black dress or formal shoes. T Bar or Mary Jane styles are not permitted

Maribyrnong College

Girls at Maribyrnong College are not permitted to wear t-bar shoes with their school uniform. They wear plain white socks with their summer dress, and white socks or navy opaque tights with their winter skirt.

http://www.maribsc.vic.edu.au/sites/default/files/files/2014%20Uniform%20Brochure2.pdf

SUMMER

– Maribyrnong College school dress worn with black leather school shoes and plain white socks
– Maribyrnong College white school shirt
– Grey school shorts or pants worn with black leather school shoes and plain white socks
– Maribyrnong College blazer

WINTER

– Maribyrnong College white school shirt
– Maribyrnong College cherry jumper under blazer
– Maribyrnong College tartan skirt with white socks or navy opaque tights
– Grey school shorts or pants worn with black leather school shoes and plain white socks
– Maribyrnong College blazer

SHOES

– Simple, black lace-up leather shoes with a small heel between 1 and 4cm, with no adornments
– No runners, slippers, platforms or T-bar sandals
– No sneaker imitations of school shoes

SOCKS
– White, above ankle or knee high and no logo embellishment
– Navy opaque tights (with girls winter skirt only)
– No socks on the outside of tights