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.

Sandringham College in uproar over uniform call

In 2015 Sandringham College introduced school uniforms at the senior campus, causing uproar among students.

August 2014

Sandringham College in uproar over uniform call

By Jewel Topsfield

On Jacqui Beaman’s first day at “Sandy,” as Sandringham College is affectionately known, an openly gay student with acrylic nails and a Lady Gaga jumper walked her to class.

“He was telling me how wonderful it was that he could wear casual clothes and he felt able to express himself in that way,” Jacqui, now in year 12, says.

For Jacqui, and many other current and former students, the casual dress policy at Sandringham’s senior campus is a fundamental part of the young-adult learning environment that makes the school unique.

They say it is synonymous with the culture of Sandy, where students are encouraged to be individuals, teachers are addressed by their first names and no one is shut down for having an opinion.

“Everyone’s able to find their own niche at this school,” says year 11 student Lucy Wohnsdorf. “I used to go to another school and everyone was very much pressured to conform and look the same.”

So when principal Allen McAuliffe announced last month a formal uniform would be introduced in years 7 to 11 and a dress code in year 12, there was an uproar.

Within days the Facebook page Say No to Uniforms at Sandringham College Senior campus has accrued more than 1000 “likes” and a petition on by former student Courtney Waters has 750 signatures.

In a letter to the school council president, signed by 26 staff from the senior campus, teacher Robert Neale argued that a uniform was “a device that is primarily designed to de-humanise”.

He said this was in direct contradiction to the philosophy of US researcher and educator George Otero, who said that schools should be about the humans within them and the relationships between these people.

“It’s no coincidence that our Celebration Days at Sandringham are generally peaceful, very different from the cathartic affairs we often see at other schools,” Mr Neale wrote.

“The logic is simple – give people fewer things to rebel against and treat them like adults and they won’t feel the need to let off steam in anti-social ways at the end of the year.”

Sandringham College became a three campus school in the late 1980s after a merger between Beaumaris, Highett, and Hampton high schools and Sandringham Technical School.

The school’s famed performing arts and music programs attract students from all over Melbourne, with alumni including playwright and actor Tobias Manderson-Galvin, singer Stella Angelico, The Voice contestant Harrison Craig, and actor Damien Brodie.

But in recent years the run-down Beaumaris campus has haemorrhaged students, sparking a community campaign to turn the campus into a stand-alone 7 to 12 school.

In a letter to parents, Mr McAuliffe said Sandringham College was a “dynamic, vibrant place”, involved in programs such as the World Challenge and overseas trips to its sister school in Britain, Springwood High.

He said it had “amazing” dance performances and its arts programs were recognised state-wide.

The school would also introduce a select-entry program for academically gifted students in 2015.

However Mr McAuliffe said the lack of uniforms was raised on many occasions during consultations on the school’s future direction.

“In every [local] primary school the lack of uniform on the senior campus and the style of uniform for 7-10 was a constant theme in discussions,” Mr McAuliffe wrote. “It has been incumbent on us to work through this matter.”

Mr McAuliffe told Fairfax Media that the school “absolutely” listened to the feedback of students. He said the majority supported a new uniform for years 7 to 10 and a review of the dress code for the senior campus.

He said an updated uniform policy will not change the school’s emphasis on individuality, creativity and maturity.

“The young adult environment we believe will be enhanced. Teachers will still be on a first-name basis – my name will still be Allen – the relationships will still be the same. We think that the changes we are making are all for the positive.”

Last month the school council voted to move away from polo shirts and windcheaters in years 7 to 10 and introduce a blazer and tie. From 2016, year 11 students will also be required to wear the uniform. A dress code will apply for year 12 students, with a review at the end of 2016 to decide whether they too should wear the uniform.

“It was clear to council that this step needed to be taken if the overall college was going to be in tune with community expectations,” Mr McAuliffe wrote to parents.

But year 12 student Jakob Dillon says there are plenty of private schools in the area, including Mentone Grammar, Haileybury, Kilbreda College and St Bede’s College, for those who want blazers and ties.

He argues that Sandringham College provides an alternative and it will lose its market advantage if it mimics what private schools do.

“Sandringham has a very different purpose and they are trying to throw that away to move into a market that is already saturated.”

The special culture at Sandringham College comes up again and again on the Facebook page.

Former student Tahnee Brotherton, who commuted from Pakenham every day, says the school was the answer to her prayers.

“Sandy is a place to celebrate your individuality and we shouldn’t destroy this nurturing environment by turning it into every other school,” she writes.

“I feel uniforms would be the beginning of ruining this unique school.”

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.