New uniform at Geelong Lutheran College

In 2019 a new uniform was introduced at Geelong Lutheran College. A new navy jumper and striped shirt was introduced, and the option of pants for girls in winter and shorts in summer. Transition to the new uniform is expected to be completed by day 1 of Term 1, 2021.


As of 2019, the College uniform will be in a transition phase to a new ‘wardrobe’ of uniform which will be part of our shared identity with St John’s Newtown. Both schools will wear the same uniform.

New families to Geelong Lutheran College Armstrong Creek and St John’s Newtown are to purchase new uniform items. Existing families are encouraged to replace items from the new range.

Transition to the new uniform is expected to be completed by day 1 of Term 1, 2021.

Sep 20, 2018

A small discussion group of parents (Armstrong Creek and St John’s) and staff met on Wednesday 19 September to discuss the proposed uniform concepts for 2019.

A small selection of students had the opportunity to view and wear the new concepts, giving their own insights into the new uniforms. The feedback from the group was overwhelmingly positive and we will be very excited to unveil the new wardrobe to our wider community in early Term 4.

Items will go into production immediately and will be available to order in late November, early December. All students new to the College in 2019 will be recommended to purchase from the new uniform range, as the old items will be phased out over two years. Current families will be encouraged to purchase from the new range, rather than second-hand and phased out items.

An invitation to view the new uniform range will be released in the coming weeks! We know that our wider community of parents and students will love the new pieces.

Mar 22, 2018

New Uniform Update

On the back of feedback already received from our families, the following is a list of proposed uniform changes:


– Sock colour for girls and boys
– Sports uniform – shirts, pants, shorts and house shirts
– Girls shirt
– Possible change to school jumper
– Introduction of shorts and pants for girls (optional items)

There will be no change to the blazer.

Lyndale Secondary College

Girls at Lyndale Secondary College are permitted to wear t-bar school shoes. They wear white socks with their summer dress, and black socks or black tights with their winter uniform.


• Lyndale SC summer dress
• Shorts or grey stretch trousers with white cotton school shirt with logo or white cotton long sleeve shirt and school tie
• Lyndale SC blazer
• Lyndale SC jumper
• White knee high/ankle socks (stockings are not to be worn with the summer dress)
• Female students wearing a hi-jab may wear black tights/stockings under their summer dress


• Lyndale SC winter skirt, or grey stretch trousers
• White cotton school shirt with logo or white cotton long sleeve shirt and school tie
• Lyndale SC blazer
• Lyndale SC jumper
• Black knee high socks or black stockings
• Black T-Bar or Black Leather Lace Up Shoes


• We will not accept Platform, Buckle, Soft-Slip, Skate Board shoes, Boots, Runners, Sneakers, Suede or Suede Leather Shoes.
• Shoes must be sturdy and ensure safety. School shoes must have a low heel.
• Parents should not automatically assume that all footwear that is black and leather is acceptable. When in doubt please contact the College for clarification prior to purchase.
• “Suitable footwear must be worn at all times in Practical areas. Such footwear must be in good condition, and the tops must be fully enclosed”

Forest Hill College

– Girls at Forest Hill College are permitted to wear t-bar school shoes. They wear white socks with their summer dress, and black socks or black tights with their winter uniform.

Summer Uniform

– Navy College jacket with logo*
– Navy V-neck jumper with college logo
– College Summer Dress*
– Navy pleated shorts with the navy college polo shirt*
– Short sleeved white shirt (preferred with tie)
– White socks (above the ankle)

Winter Uniform

– Navy College weather jacket with logo*
– Navy V-neck jumper with college logo
– College Winter Skirt*
– College approved navy trousers*
– Long sleeved white shirt with tie*
– Navy college polo shirt*
– Navy blue tights with navy blue socks if required

All students are required to wear shoes that are consistent with College Council expectations of black leather lace up/buckle up shoes as pictured in the uniform guidelines.

Canvas slip on shoes, ballet flats and the like are NOT acceptable shoes for school. Shoes must have no greater than 2cm heel.

Gilmore College for Girls

Girls at Gilmore College for Girls are permitted to wear t-bar school shoes. They wear white socks with their summer dress, and white or navy socks or blue tights with their winter uniform.


*Dress, shorts, trousers or long skirt (Muslim) with:
*College blazer or navy blue woollen jumper
*College white school shirt
*White socks with dress and shorts,
navy socks with long skirt or trousers.
*White or navy blue head scarf
*Black leather school shoes


Winter skirt, trousers or long skirt (Muslim) with
*College blazer or navy blue woollen jumper
*College white school shirt
*Blue tights or white socks with winter skirt
navy socks with long skirt or trousers.
*White or navy blue head scarf
*Black leather school shoes

The college blazer was introduced in 2015.

Footscray City College

Girls at Footscray City College are not permitted to wear t-bar school shoes. They wear black shoes with white or black socks, with the option of black tights in winter.


FCC long sleeved white shirt
• FCC short sleeved white shirt
• FCC polo shirt
• FCC skirt (Dark Charcoal/Pale Blue/Red Pinstripe)
• FCC dress
• FCC shorts
• FCC long pants
• FCC jumper
• FCC blazer
• FCC spray jacket
• Plain black tights
• Plain black or white socks
• Black leather lace-up flat shoes (no
runners, boots, ankle boots, T-bars or

T-bars were previously on the list of acceptable shoes.

Appropriate shoes for wearing to school are black lace up leather flat shoes or T-Bars.

Inappropriate shoes are boots, ankle boots, buckled shoes and slip-ons.

School uniforms were introduced at Footscray City College in 2010.

The uniform policy for Footscray City College was developed and approved by School Council in 2009.

From 2010 it is compulsory for all Year 7 students to wear the uniform. The uniform is to be phased in with each intake of Year 7 students in subsequent years, and it is anticipated that by 2013 all students from Years 7 to 10 will wear the uniform.

It is envisaged that the school uniform will not be worn by Year 11 and 12 students. School Council will regularly review the college dress code policy, and this policy will be reviewed in Semester Two of 2012.

The uniform policy for Footscray City College was reviewed in 2012, and made compulsory for all students.

In 2013, the uniform is compulsory for all Year 7 – 10 students of Footscray City College. In 2015 uniform will be compulsory for Year 11 students, and in 2016 it will be compulsory from Years 7 to 12.

The current summer dress style was introduced in 2014.

Girls’ school shoes are hobbling their chances in life

Are tlimsy, open-topped shoes marketed to little girls telling them they aren’t meant to be physically active? From The Guardian.

11 Septmber 2017

Last week, like many parents, I walked into a shoe shop to buy my daughter some school shoes. Outside it was raining, and all I wanted was a nice, stylish, practical pair of shoes for my daughter to start the new school year.

We went over to the girls’ section and, as usual, found 25 pairs of Mary Jane or ballet pump style shoes. Just five pairs of shoes on display actually covered the whole of a girl’s foot.

Out on the street adult women wore shoes that protected their feet from the heavy rain, but on the school run little girls stomped along with half covered feet, grey tights darkening in the damp.

Forget all the rowing about “gender neutral” and boys wearing dresses; whether you are ideologically invested in your daughters’ footwear and clothing or not (and by that I mean concerned by the evidence that shows overly gendered influences hold back girls in Stem subjects and beyond), surely we all just want our kids’ feet to be warm and dry?

Think about it. Boys have sturdy shoes that cover their whole foot and are suitable for running, climbing and adventuring. Girls have Mary Janes that are suitable for … a party. (A party where you get soggy feet if it rains.) And this is the picture up and down the country. It’s insane. We’re pumping millions of pounds into trying to get girls active – the brilliant This Girl Can campaign cost £10m – and yet every damn day we’re sending them out in school shoes that they cannot be properly active in.

And then we wonder why only one in 10 of all 14-year-old girls do the right amount of exercise to be healthy, or why 2 million fewer 14- to 40-year-old women than men play sport regularly. Sport England’s research that led to This Girl Can revealed that 75% of women want to be more active but that fear of judgment by others is the primary barrier holding them back from participating in sport.

Where does this judgment come from? I think I know. Because I already see it rearing its ugly little head at my five-year-old daughter. She’s already being told that “football’s for boys” – she can see that in the shoe shop where the football motifs only appear in the boys’ section – and she’s well used to the colour coding and messaging telling her which toys/activities/careers/hobbies she should be interested in according to her sex. It is good to see retailers such as John Lewis and Clarks beginning to redress some of this in their labelling, but as long as the products themselves remain so gendered it’s all just decoration on a big old sexist cake.

It’s no surprise how that translates in the playground – with girls rarely playing ball games at lunchtime – or PE lessons and after-school sports clubs, where coaches complain that boys won’t pass girls the ball, or girls are reluctant to attend. Education specialists describe school playgrounds being dominated by boys playing active games, while girls occupy the outer edges of the space, taking up less physical room. This at a developmental stage where boys and girls are still the same size. It’s the childhood precursor to “manspreading” and all that it symbolises.

Of course discussing the gendered state of clothes and toys is seen as ideological brainwashing, loony leftism taken a step too far. But the reality is that toys and clothes in the 21st century are more gendered now than they were for my generation growing up in the early 1980s. In the Sears catalogue advertisements from 1975, for example, less than 2% of toys were explicitly marketed to either boys or girls.

Why? It all comes down to profit. Why sell one box of Lego when you can sell two just by gendering the colours and themes on the box. In Jacques Peretti’s excellent BBC documentary The Men Who Made Us Spend (2014), he examined the way in which children are increasingly targeted by marketers as mini consumers – with the average British child seeing 10,000 TV adverts a year. Any parent who’s ever sat through just one ad break on a children’s channel will be able to tell you that it’s the most explicitly gendered thing you’ve ever seen – with boys and girls typically appearing separately, in a whirl of pink and high-pitched voices or blue with a backdrop of angry guitar music.

Why does this matter? All the studies tell us that being physically active is good for our children, in particular for girls who frequently struggle with body image issues and self-confidence. Sport and exercise have the power to change our daughters’ lives – bringing enhanced career opportunities, biting back at the gender pay gap, and boosting their self esteem. Who wouldn’t want that for their kids?

This morning my daughter told me that she doesn’t want to wear trousers to school any more because they’re “for boys”. Other parents often tell me the same thing. It was almost a century ago that women in this country won the battle to wear trousers. It is enormously troubling to think we might be raising a generation of children increasingly exposed to regressive ideas about gender, sold down the river for a bit of profit.

Rowville Secondary College

Girls at Rowville Secondary College were banned from wearing t-bar school shoes from 2013. They wear black shoes and white socks with both their summer and winter uniforms, with navy tights an option in winter.


Only black polishable leather lace-up school shoes with heel. No other style of shoes permitted


School Shoes

T-bars will no longer be part of the uniform in 2014.

This decision was made by College Council in the interest of student health and safety as an alarming number of students wear T-bars unbuckled.

N.B All parents/guardians/students were advised of this in the 2013 packages distributed Term 4 2012.

All parents/guardians are advised to purchase black polishable leather lace up school shoes with a small heel.


Summer Uniform

– College summer dress (of modest length with under garments not visible)
– OR College grey slacks and plain white College shirt
– OR College standard length grey shorts and plain white College shirt;

– College jumper;
– plain white socks (above the ankle with no logos);
– black polishable leather lace-up school shoes with heel
– OR black polishable leather T-bar school shoes with single buckle and heel.


As of 2013, due to continued Occupational Health and Safety issues, T-bar shoes will no longer be acceptable and all students will be required to wear black polishable leather laceup school shoes.

June 12th 2012,_Issue_8_-_June_2012.pdf

Parents/Guardians please note that effective from 2013 T-bars will not be part of the uniform. College Council has made this decision in the interest of student safety.

16 December 2011


Girls : T- bars will be replaced by black leather lace up shoes. The reason for this change is that they are not strong enough as the buckle often breaks leading to students wearing them in manner that could result in injury. Increasingly students are choosing to wear them unbuckled in this dangerous and untidy manner.