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.
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.
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.”