Pants at Avila College

In 2017 Avila College announced that they would soon be adding shorts to their summer uniform and trousers to the winter uniform.

October 18 2017

http://www.avila.vic.edu.au/_uploads/ppage/files/UPOLAD%2017_10_2017%20Final%20V2%20PDF%20Version%20Newsletter.pdf

School Uniform

Parents and students would be aware that increasingly schools are reconsidering features of their school uniform to ensure a variety of options are available to students.

One feature is the inclusion of dress shorts and a shirt for the summer uniform and trousers with the winter uniform.

We are currently trialling some of these options and will provide more information in the coming months as we continue to work with students around these changes.

When decisions are finalised a full uniform list will be published via the school newsletter.

Ms Janine Bauman
Deputy Principal Students

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Gender neutral uniforms at Northcote High School

Northcote High School has a gender neutral uniform policy. Boys and girls permitted to wear their choice of shorts, pants or dress in summer; and shorts, pants or skirt in winter; along with laceup, t-bar or mary jane school shoes.

October 2016

http://www.nhs.vic.edu.au/sites/default/files/Uniform%20Need%20to%20Know%20information%2016.10.17.pdf

SUMMER & WINTER

o Grey slacks or shorts
o Mauve, crested long or short sleeved shirt
o Crested navy jumper
o Blazer
o Black leather shoes
o Black Business socks
o School tie (optional)

SUMMER ONLY
o Striped dress

WINTER ONLY
o Check grey skirt with crested white shirt
o Black tights or socks

Summer uniform options.

Winter uniform options.

School shoe options.

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

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

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.

February 12, 2013

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

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

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

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

Staughton College

Girls at Staughton College are permitted to wear t-bar shoes with their school uniform. They wear white socks with their summer dress, and navy tights or white socks with their winter skirt. Pants or slacks are also an option.

https://inewsletter.co/vdbDj1/staughton-news-issue-ten-term-four/#/8

At Staughton College we take pride in the appearance of our students and the college uniform when worn correctly is a smart neat look.

Common issues we are faced with can include:

For Girls

  • Incorrect shoes
  • Incorrect hosiery (Black leggings, black/blue stockings rather than navy blue opaque tights & coloured socks rather than white)
  • Visible undergarments
  • Non Staughton branded scarves
  • Staughton Fleece Jacket (Now replaced by a Staughton soft shell jacket)

https://studylib.net/doc/9689668/downloads—staughton-college

Girls uniform

  • Pullover (Navy Soft Feel, with stripe in V-neck and school logo) COMPULSORY
  • Blazer (Navy Twill with logo) OPTIONAL
    OR
    Polar Fleece Jacket(Navy Polar Fleece Zip Jacket, with school Logo) OPTIONAL
  • Summer Dress (Blue/White check dress)
  • Summer/Winter Skirt(Blue/White/Gold Check Skirt in Poly Viscose Fabric)
  • S/S Shirt (Blue Short Sleeve collar attached straight bottom shirt with school logo)
  • L/S Shirt(Blue Long Sleeve collar attached straight bottom shirt with school logo)
  • Girls Slacks(Grey Poly/Viscose, Straight Leg Slacks with logo)
  • Unisex Trousers(Grey, full elastic waist trouser with school Logo)
  • Unisex Shorts(Grey full elastic waist draw string shorts, with logo)
  • Socks (White)
    OR
    Tights (Navy Microfibre/Opaque Tight)

Footwear

  • Black leather polishable lace up shoes for boys and girls.
  • Black leather polishable T-bar shoes for girls.
  • Shoe laces are to be totally black.

Wanganui Park Secondary College

Girls at Wanganui Park Secondary College in Shepparton are not permitted to wear t-bar shoes with their school uniform. They wear plain black or white socks year round, with black stockings or tights an option in winter.

Wanganui Park Secondary winter uniform and slacks

http://www.wanganuipsc.vic.edu.au/Pages/DressCode.aspx

Summer Uniform

White tailored shirt with collar or white polo shirt with twin bottle-green stripes on collar and WPSC emblem.
Plain short-sleeved white T-shirt may be worn underneath
Bottle-green tailored shorts
Green check dress – princess style
Parents may make a dress provided it is princess style with set-in sleeves and a turn back collar of self-material.
Dress must be of an appropriate length
Plain black or white socks.

Winter Uniform

Black Watch tartan kilt or bottle green tailored slacks.
Kilt must be of appropriate length.
White tailored shirt with collar or white polo shirt with twin bottle-green stripes on collar and WPSC emblem
Plain short-sleeved white T-shirt may be worn underneath
Black socks or black stockings or tights or white socks

Plain black leather or imitation leather lace-up shoes (no platform, high heels, T-Bars, canvas shoes or boots. Suede is also not acceptable)

Carey girls wear the pants

Carey Baptist Grammar School was founded as a school for boys but went co-educational in 1979. But for years the girls were not allowed to wear pants. Their uniform was dresses in summer, and skirts in winter. This changed in 2016, when the school announced that girls would be allowed to wear shorts and pants as part of their uniform.

Carey Baptist Grammar girls in pants and shorts

http://www.carey.com.au/about/who-wears-pants-carey

Carey students generally like their school uniform. They tell us that the colours are nice and that they are proud to represent their School in the Carey blue, black and yellow. Late in 2015, a group of interested students began meeting to plan this year’s International Women’s Day Breakfast. Students and staff from Middle and Senior School who were interested in gender issues and gender equity were invited to discuss their opinions and experiences inside and outside the Carey gates. A range of students from across the School gathered to share some deep conversations and to learn from each other.

Among the topics discussed was the uniform for girls at Carey. Many students and some staff felt that the requirement for girls to wear dresses in summer, and skirts/tunics in winter, restricted their movement during learning and during playtime. Others felt that in a progressive school, we should be striving to break down some of the stereotypes we see in society, and that a uniform addition would support this. There were strong opinions expressed and some options suggested.

Throughout this year, the Gender Equity Team has continued to meet and explore adding shorts and pants as an option for girls at Carey. Following these ongoing discussions, I am pleased to report that next year girls will be invited to choose either shorts and a blouse in summer, or the current dress option. In winter, girls will be able to choose between the skirt and winter trousers. The new options have been designed to fit girls comfortably, and they use the same fabrics of the current boys’ uniform. So, from 2017, everyone can wear the pants at Carey, if they choose to!

Well done to the Gender Equity Team whose vision and enthusiasm for change has been realised. We hope Carey girls enjoy the freedom and comfort of wearing the pants in 2017.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/carey-grammar-school-says-female-students-will-be-able-to-wear-pants-next-year/news-story/1201c2e28f3d6ea30ab50c649feb6b64

November 11, 2016

Girls will be able to wear the pants — and the shorts — at an exclusive Melbourne school next year amid rising momentum for gender neutral uniforms.

Carey Baptist Grammar announced at an assembly this week that female students would be able to broaden their wardrobe options from skirts and dresses in a historical move for the school.

Principal Philip Grutzner told the Herald Sun the decision was made after feedback from the school community including its Gender Equity Team.

“We had a fantastic response at the assembly which is no surprise,” he said.

“I think this is in-keeping with the progressive nature of our school.”

There had been no request from boys to wear dresses or skirts, but it would be taken seriously if it arose, he said.

The uniform makeover comes after Melbourne mum Simone Cariss waged a winning online war against her daughter’s Catholic school which would not let girls wear trousers.

The school, which Mrs Cariss didn’t name, relented and changed their policy after a petition attracted thousands of signatures.

Carey Grammar announced its change in a letter to parents yesterday after the option was explored by the school’s Gender Equity Team.

Deputy Principal Leanne Guillon said in a school newsletter that many students and staff “felt that the requirement for girls to wear dresses in summer, and skirts/tunics in winter, restricted their movement during learning and during playtime”.

“Others felt that in a progressive school, we should be striving to break down some of the stereotypes we see in society, and that a uniform addition would support this,” Ms Guillon wrote.

The school said they hope to have the new uniform options available for first term next year.

Independent Schools Victoria chief executive Michelle Green said all schools were different and adopted their own uniform policies, with some opting for casual dress.

“Given that diversity, it’s not surprising that they have a range of policies on school uniforms that reflect their ethos, traditions, the expectations of their school communities and parental preferences,” she said.

In the state system, school councils set their own policies in consultation with their community.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/carey-grammar-school-uniform-debate-let-girls-wear-the-pants-in-the-playground/news-story/1500c4f3fd2d713f5a0d096106045bd1

November 11, 2016

Carey Grammar school uniform debate: Let girls wear the pants in the playground

Who wears the pants in your playground?

At my daughter’s school it’s the boys and the girls. The very progressive sounding Gender Equity Team at Carey Baptist Grammar lobbied to overhaul the school uniform.

Skirts/dresses were deemed somewhat retrograde and “restricted girls’ movement during learning and playtime”. As a result, girls are now allowed to wear shorts in summer and long pants in winter. Just like the boys.

The move has polarised parents.

“What’s next?!” one mother exclaimed at the school gates. “Unisex toilets? Boys in dresses?!”

Don’t baulk. Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in Sydney has implemented a unisex uniform policy that allows all students, regardless of gender, to decide whether they want to wear the boys’ or the girls’ uniform.

Indeed across the UK, 80 state schools have introduced gender-neutral policies meaning children are expected to wear a uniform, but they can wear whatever part of it they want.

While that may be seen as taking gender fluidity to extremes, I have no problem with allowing girls to wear the pants — for three reasons.

First of all, as the name suggests, uniforms should create uniformity.

Earlier this year I wrote in praise of school uniforms because they eradicate any division between the “haves” and the “have-nots”.

Admittedly I was referring to financial equality but this could extend to gender balance. Wearing pants could unify students instead of dividing them along gender lines; by dressing everyone the same, the focus is shifted away from appearance and back to schooling.

Second, women have been comfortably wearing trousers for a hundred years. It’s not 1919 when anarchist Luisa Capetillo pulled on a pair of strides in Puerto Rico and was jailed for what was then considered a “crime”.

In the 1930s Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich rocked pants. In World War II women working in war service wore trousers. So in 2016 why make a fuss about a sartorial staple already in women’s wardrobes?

The final reason I won’t short-sell shorts is far more prosaic and personal. Recently my six-year-old daughter was naively swinging on the monkey bars at school — blissfully unaware her elastic-challenged pink Bonds undies were showing a little too much, ahem, bottom cleavage. Until some boys starting laughing at her.

An imperceptible bit of her childhood innocence chipped off in that common yet cruel moment. She told me she refused to hang upside down and do flips anymore lest she and her undies again become the subject of boys’ mirth.

So it looks like I’ll be decking out my daughter in dacks. No need to get your knickers in a knot over it. Even if they are the pink Bonds variety.

Carey Baptist Grammar girls in pants and shorts

Carey Baptist Grammar girls in pants and shorts

Carey Baptist Grammar girls in pants and shorts