Mitcham Girls High School

Girls at Mitcham Girls High School in Adelaide are permitted to wear t-bar school shoes. They are worn with short white, black or navy socks, or navy or black pantihose in winter.

December 2010

After considerable consultation with students, parents and staff regarding acceptable school shoes for students and in accordance with OHSW guidelines to have a solid heel and sole and provide adequate support and protection, the Uniform Committee advises that from 2011 the following styles are the accepted Dress Code:

– Leather or vinyl lace up shoe
– Mary Jane shoe with a Velcro or buckle strap(elastic straps will not be acceptable)
– T-Bar shoe

These shoes will be available from the Uniform Shop in 2011. Further information and images of these shoes are on the back of this leaflet.


Girls in shorts at MLC Kew

Girls at Methodist Ladies’ College in Kew are now permitted to wear shorts as part of their summer school uniform.

In response to student feedback, we are delighted to be adding shorts and a short-sleeve shirt option to our Summer academic uniform.

Both garments have been developed to work with existing uniform items and are similar to the MLC pants and winter shirt. Students have the flexibility to mix and match the various pieces from both the winter and summer uniforms in order to feel most comfortable.

Whilst it is important to have a unifying MLC uniform that students are proud to wear, we also support providing flexible options to suit each students’ individual preferences, much like they will encounter in their future careers, and to continue to support student input.

Mandatory shorts and pants for schoolgirls

Instead of just adding shorts and pants to the school uniform options, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School has remove skirts and dresses from the uniform list for kindergarten and year 1 students.

23 October 2018

Melbourne school makes shorts and pants mandatory to encourage girls to exercise

A Melbourne school has made shorts and pants mandatory to encourage physical activity and play among young girls.

Kindergarten and year 1 students at Lowther Hall Anglican grammar school in Essendon have ditched school uniform dresses and skirts. The school is believed to be one of the first private schools in the state to make the uniform change for its junior primary female pupils.

The school’s principal, Elisabeth Rhodes, said the school had reviewed its uniform wardrobe to make it more fit for purpose.

Girls had previously reported feeling self-conscious and inhibited by dresses and skirts while they were playing and some were choosing to sit and talk instead.

Rhodes reflected on her own schoolgirl days doing gymnastics manoeuvres.

“I was a cartwheeler, I do remember the dress flying up over my head, as well as when you were spinning around on the monkey bars or doing handstands, you were always worried about your dress falling down,” she told the Guardian.

Rhodes said there was strong support from girls and parents behind the move, and they had some input into the design.

“It’s a beautiful uniform even though it is less formal in the early years,” she said.

School principals were conscious of the importance of physical activity not just for warding off childhood obesity but also for good mental health.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if more schools were looking to adopt uniforms that would promote engagement in physical activity,” Rhodes said.

Eveline Jona from the Victorian Parents Council – a lobby group for parents who send children to non-government schools – said it was important for schools to balance issues such as physical and mental health with freedom of choice.

Her organisation encouraged schools to consult their community before making key policy decisions on topics such as school uniform.

The Victorian state government last year sought to give female students at public schools the option to opt for pants and shorts over dresses and skirts.

Next year Queensland public school girls will also have broader uniform choice.

In New South Wales and Western Australia, public schools have also followed suit.

Gender neutral school shoes?

Latest idea from the United Kingdom – gender neutral school shoes. Are they really anything new?

12 September 2017

Clarks reveals plans for gender neutral school shoes
The Independent

Clarks has announced plans for unisex school shoes.

The announcement comes after the shoe brand was criticised for “sexist” shoes for children earlier this summer.

In a statement on the company website last month, Clarks says it is promoting a “gender neutral ethos” following “customer feedback.”

Its Spring/Summer 2018 line is set to be “entirely unisex.”

The statement reads: “Clarks has a gender neutral ethos that anyone can choose any style they would like.

“Over the past few seasons, following customer feedback and market research, we have focused on creating more unisex shoes and we are looking at a number of elements of our business to promote this gender neutral ethos, both on our website and within our stores.

“As a large global company, it is not always possible to implement all the changes we want to make as quickly as we would like. However, we are looking to move as fast as we can to ensure this ethos is reflected throughout our brand.

“Today we have more unisex styles in our range than ever before. This means we now have a wider range of closed-in styles, school boots and GORE-TEX® styles and these changes will continue in our Spring Summer 2018 range, which has been designed with an entirely unisex approach.”

A spokesperson for Clarks told The Independent that there is little detail about what the new unisex line will entail, but at the moment it’s planned for children’s rather than adults’ shoes.

In August this year, the shoe shop received a barrage of complaints online after one mother publicly criticised the brand for their “sexist” shoes for girls.

Jemma Moonie-Dalton wrote on Facebook that she was “dismayed” by the choice of school shoes for her daughter in the store.

“I understand, of course, that anyone can choose any style – but children are not stupid, and my seven year old daughter does not want to choose shoes from a section aggressively marketed at boys and clearly not intended for her.

“In the boys’ section the shoes are sturdy, comfortable and weatherproof with soles clearly designed with running and climbing in mind. In contrast, the girls’ shoes have inferior soles, are not fully covered and are not well padded at the ankle. They are not comfortable and are not suited to outdoor activities in British weather.”

The mother suggested that the difference in shoe style sends a message to girls that they should be “satisfied with looking stylish whilst the boys are free to play and achieve in comfort.”

Her post has been shared nearly 18,000 times and has 44,000 reactions.

Clarks has also come under fire for selling shoes for girls with names such as “Dolly Babe,” in contrast to “Leader” for boys.

The brand has apologised for any offence caused though and explained that the Dolly Babe shoe has been discontinued.

Hamilton and Alexandra College

Girls at Hamilton and Alexandra College in Hamilton are permitted to wear t-bar school shoes. In summer they wear them with white knee socks, and in winter with navy tights or knee socks.



Girls Uniform – Summer (Terms 1 & 4)

Blazer College
Jumper College long-sleeved navy V-neck
Dress College summer
Socks Long white
Shoes Black lace up or T-bar school shoes
Hat College straw
Backpack College

Girls Uniform – Winter (Terms 2 & 3)

Blazer College
Jumper College long-sleeved navy V-neck
Skirt College winter kilt
Shirt College mid-blue long-sleeved (* worn with College tie)
Tie College
Socks College navy tights or plain navy long socks
Shoes Black lace up or T-bar school shoes
Backpack College

Scarf College

Old uniform at Penola Catholic College

Penola Catholic College launched their current school uniform in 2013. The previous uniform looked much the same but with the girls wearing tartan check instead of stripes. This uniform dated back to the creation of the college in 1995, through the amalgamation of three Catholic secondary schools – Therry College, Geoghegan College and Sancta Sophia College.

New uniform at Penola Catholic College

In 2013 Penola Catholic College unveiled an updated school uniform featuring new summer dress and winter skirt patters. Students changed to the new uniform during a four year transition period.

August 2013


As you may be aware, we have recently consulted on changes to our school uniform. The following changes have been ratified by the Board of Penola Catholic College for implementation commencing the 2014 school year.

The new uniform will be phased in over a number of years; with all students required to be wearing the new uniform for the commencement of the 2016 school year.

First Phase: 2014
• All Year 7 Students and students new to the College must wear the new uniform.
• All Year 11 students to wear the new College Senior Blazer (The senior jumper and other items are optional).

All other students may wear the current uniform as long as it is in good repair and fits appropriately but must purchase all new items no later than the 2016 school year.

• All Year 7 & 8 Students and students new to the College must wear the new uniform.
• All Year 11 & 12 students to wear the new College Senior Blazer (The senior jumper and other items are optional).
• Students in other year levels who have had need to purchase any new uniform items.

All students attending Penola Catholic College are to be wearing the new uniform.

Discontinued items will no longer be accepted / available for sale by the Second hand Uniform Shop.

Our Official Uniform Suppliers for 2014 are Academy Uniforms. However for students not required to be in our new uniform in 2014 items of our existing uniform can still be purchased from Lowes.

UNIFORM ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED: The following outlines what uniform items have been changed:

♦ Senior Blazer (Years 11 & 12)
♦ Senior Jumper (Years 11 & 12)
♦ College Summer Dress
♦ College Winter Skirt
♦ Girls Blouse
♦ Boys Pants
♦ Boys Shorts
♦ PE Track Pants / PE Track Top
♦ Rugby Top
♦ Sports Shorts
♦ Sports Polo Top
♦ Boys & Girls Bathers

January 2015

The new uniform will be phased in over a number of years with all students required to be wearing the new uniform for the commencement of the 2016 school year.

– All Year 7 & 8 students and student new to the College must wear the new uniform
– All Year 11 & 12 students to wear the new College Senior Blazer (The senior jumper and other items are optional)

All other students may wear the current uniform as long as it is in good repair and fits appropriately but must purchase all new items no later than the 2016 school year.

November 2015

Changes to Uniform in 2016 for Year 10

As a result of significant feedback from parents we have decided to delay the introduction of the new winter uniform for Year 10 Students next year.

Given the cost associated with purchasing a laptop as well as the new uniform, we are asking Year 10 parents to purchase the new summer uniform for the beginning of 2016 and many parents have already done this.

Our school photographs take place early in Term 1, 2016 so it would be great to have all students in the new uniform.

For Years 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 all items of the new uniform are to be purchased for next year. A reminder that the
tracksuit pants are optional; the Penola bathers are optional (navy blue one piece bathers as alternative) and Year 10 students can purchase the navy blazer (optional) if they wish.

One of the initiatives that the PSC set during 2015 was to hold a uniform drive, donating items of uniform that are being phased out. As all families should know, the new Penola uniform will be required as of January 2016, and we, the student leadership team, believe that sending our uniforms, would benefit the needy and disadvantaged in our society.

Therefore, it is an opportune time to send our old uniforms to the Nepalese community to assist in their time of crisis after the two devastating earthquakes earlier this year. The PSC is asking for your assistance in supporting this initiative by donating the items of uniform that students have either grown out of, or are simply in good condition but no longer required/current for 2016.

The items that may be donated:
– Maroon Blazers
– Navy Blazers
– Old ties
– Boys trousers (without the embroidered PCC)
– Shorts (without the embroidered PCC)
– Old girls dresses
– Plain maroon sports t-shirts
– Sports track pants and shorts (plain navy without the burgundy piping)
– Sports rugby jumper (with tri colour horizontal stripes)
– Any other outgrown Penola uniform that would instead be thrown away

Before donating, please ensure that the items you wish to donate are not required for 2016 and have been superseded by the new uniform.

We understand that this initiative has been introduced quite early, however with
Term 3 coming to a close, many girls’ winter skirts particularly will no longer be
appropriate for 2016

February 2016

From the first school day of 2016, all students must wear the new style uniform. The old style uniform is no longer accepted to be sold by the Second Hand Uniform Shop.

October 2017

At this stage the following changes have been suggested to the current uniform. Girls Summer Uniform to include navy shorts and the white short sleeved shirt. We are also looking at the optional introduction of navy skins to the Sports uniform. As many of you will have noticed, our students are reluctant to wear the navy track pants so navy skins worn underneath the existing sports uniform may enable students to stay warmer in the winter months.