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.

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

February 1, 2013

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Sara of Hawthorn said an out-of-date uniform should be acceptable for the duration of a student’s education.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.

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

February 12, 2013

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.

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New school uniform at Lowther Hall

In 2016 November 2017 Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School unveiled their new school uniform. it features a Earlsbrae blue blazer and jumper; paired with a bold striped navy blue, earlsbrae blue and gold summer dress; and navy blue pinstriped winter skirt, pants or shorts; with black lace up school shoes and short navy blue socks.

http://www.lowtherhall.vic.edu.au/news-events/news/principals-blog-this-week-lowther-72

3 March 2016

The Lowther Hall uniform has seen many changes and evolutions since our school began 96 years ago. The uniform is an important means by which our student community can feel connected to each other and it fosters a sense of belonging. Our uniform also forms part of our school’s branding; conveying messages to the broader community about our values and standards. Lowther Hall girls wear their uniform with pride and it is a significant point of difference for us because of the polished way in which girls present themselves.

A uniform, however, is not a static thing and must continue to change and evolve over time in order to ensure that new developments in fabric and style are embraced. We have relatively recently updated our Sport uniform and continue to refine and improve items in the Sport uniform range. It is now time to review and update our academic (summer and winter) uniforms. This uniform change will be careful and considered and will be phased in slowly over a 4 year period so that families can plan for the change and avoid unnecessary cost.

In order to have completed the review of our school uniform and to have a new updated uniform ready by our centenary year in 2020 we have engaged a designer, Jonathan Ward, to work with a committee of staff, parents, and students (past and present). Jonathan began his career as a wool classer and then studied fashion design in Sydney and New York. When running his own business, Jonathan tailor-made garments for Nicole Kidman, Elle McPherson and Kylie Minogue. In 2001 he became the Executive Designer for the Australian brand, R M Williams and still holds that position.

Girls and parents who participated in our school surveys last year may remember that we sought your feedback about the uniform. A number of concerns were raised about the comfort of the current uniform for the girls, in particular the winter uniform. This feedback will play an important part in informing the review process and ensuring that any new uniform is comfortable and practical for the girls.

At this stage I anticipate the new uniform will be unveiled in 2017 and will be fully phased in by 2020. If you have any questions about the process involved in the uniform review, please do not hesitate to contact me or Ms Sandy Nelson (Director of Marketing and Admissions) at the School.

http://www.lowtherhall.vic.edu.au/public/uploads/documents/9/d/9d588e68fdf43c0c85aa174223efe872.pdf

November 29 2017

A new wardrobe for a new era

Lowther Hall has been educating young women for almost 100 years.

Over this time, the changed role of women in society, their involvement in corporate life and their entry into a broader sphere of occupations, has been reflected in the changes to female codes of dress. Recent discussion in the media about the ways in which school uniforms can be perceived to channel girls into one particular model of femininity have also been interesting to observe.

As the leader of a girls’ school, I want our students to feel that what they wear at school, particularly in their senior years, helps them to feel ready to enter the adult world as confident and contemporary women who will find a place in the modern world and be ready to make a meaningful contribution to it.

Our designer began his work by spending time in the archives becoming acquainted with the evolution of the uniform since the School’s inception and derived the “Earlsbrae blue” that is the defining colour of the new wardrobe, from a dress worn at Lowther Hall in the 1940s.

The prominence of the School Crest has increased in the new wardrobe and serves as a unifying feature across multiple items. A formal blazer and a hat have been retained.

A wardrobe that is comfortable and allows movement

It was crucial that the new wardrobe would be comfortable to wear and would address some of the concerns that girls have with the current uniform, for example the transparency of the shirt and the fact that many students find the tights extremely uncomfortable.

The possibility of girls having more flexibility and choice – to cater for different body shapes, body temperatures and different activities – was another strong consideration.

Additionally, we wanted a uniform that gave girls and allows movement more opportunity to be comfortably active, especially in their early years of school, so the decision was to select fabrics with some stretch, as well as including items such as shorts or pants.

http://www.lowtherhall.vic.edu.au/public/uploads/documents/9/d/9d588e68fdf43c0c85aa174223efe872.pdf

Q: Why are we referring to it as a wardrobe?

A: Whereas the current uniform has all girls wearing the same thing at the same time (and is therefore, literally, “uniform” in its approach), the new range has a variety of connected trans-seasonal pieces from which girls can choose on any given day. It is therefore more accurate to describe it as a “wardrobe” of items.

Q: What is the transition period?

A: There is a two year transitional phase from the current uniform to the new one. All students are expected to be in the new wardrobe by the beginning of 2020, the School’s centenary year

Is North Geelong Secondary College stealing their new uniform?

In 2010 North Geelong Secondary College revealed plans for a new school uniform. Students got wind of the plan and accused the school of stealing the uniform design used by another school.

August 2010

http://ngscgossip.blogspot.com.au/2010/08/is-north-geelong-stealing.html

is North Geelong stealing?

well, we all know the rumor that North Geelong is changing their uniform from bland of green,white and brown to something a little spicier, using the color’s red, black and white.
But, is North Geelong, the school of many talents stealing?
The picture above indicates that the uniform that was chosen specifically for ‘NGSC’ is acually, the uniform of another school!!

The students got things half right. The uniform wasn’t stolen from Williamstown High School. But the winter skirt design is the same as Mt Alexander College.

And well as Monterey Secondary College.

New uniform at Newcomb Secondary College

In 2013 Newcomb Secondary College in Geelong introduced a new school uniform. Green is now the predominant colour. This replaced the brown that once featured alongside.

http://www.newcombsc.vic.edu.au/parents/uniform

With the introduction of the new College uniform in 2013 there was a two year period of grace, during which time students could wear new, old or combination of uniform items. We are now approaching the end of that two year transition period and it is timely to remind all families that students are expected to be wearing the new College uniform for the beginning of the 2015 school year.

Girls uniform

  • Summer dress is a green, blue and white check
  • Tailored navy blue pants or dress shorts
  • New winter skirt will be wash and wear with three box pleats front and back. The colour will be bottle green and navy tartan
  • White collared, button up, straight edge school shirts to be worn with shorts, pants and the winter skirt.
  • Navy Blue Wool blend jumper with College Logo, and bottle green and white stripes on the neck band.
  • Optional Navy Blue Blazer with College Logo and tie (bottle green, navy and white)
  • Black polishable leather or leather look shoes- with laces or buckle. Black skate style shoes may be worn if they are all black, including the laces, with no coloured markings. Slip-on, canvas or ballet style shoes will not be accepted.
  • White knee length or crew socks with summer dress, shorts or skirt
  • Navy blue stockings or tights can be worn with the winter skirt

New uniform at MFGSC

In 2015 Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College in Geelong introduced a new school uniform. The existing blue, red and white colours were retained, as was the tartan pattern used on the winter skirt. However the school logo on the blazer and jumper was simplified, a white blouse replaced the previous blue, and a new summer dress design introduced, reusing the tartan pattern seen on the winter skirt.

November 2013

The school uniform – both the quality of it and the wearing of it – has been an issue raised by students, teachers and parents as something for us to focus on in the immediate future. The way the uniform is worn, rightly or wrongly, is how many in our local community judge our school. When the uniform is worn well, people consider the discipline and learning in a school to be of high quality. We also want our girls to take pride in their school and to learn that observing the professional expectations of organisational life is an important part of building community as well as excellent preparation for future employment.

Given these perceptions and understandings, we plan to review the existing uniform and uniform policy in 2014. Students, parents and teachers will be invited to contribute to this thinking. This will be done in the first half of the year so that changes can be made for the following year. Any changes will be phased in over time so that costs are reduced for parents.

May 2014

Dear Parents

As you will be aware, we are currently reviewing the College uniform and uniform policy. Our Assistant Principal, Ms Fiona Taylor, is leading this process and we thank those of you who have provided us with very helpful and constructive feedback throughout the consultation process.

2015

http://mfgsc.vic.edu.au/about/policies/uniform-policy/

Year 7 Uniform (2015 onwards)

Year 8 -12 Uniform (2015 -2018) Students may wear the uniform outlined below or choose to wear the new school uniform which will be phased into the school over the next 3 years. Combinations of the new and old uniform are not preferred but will be permitted during the transition period

January 2015

The incoming Year 7 students have the new school uniform and it looks very smart. The remainder of the school has three years to transition to the new uniform. In the meantime, there will be a hybrid of the old and the new for these students.

April 2015

All students in the new uniform are now required to have their blazers.

New uniform at King David School

King David School introduced their current school uniform in mid 2012. An 18 month transition period followed, finishing at the end of the 2013 school year. The old style uniforms were collected and donated to a school in Africa.

http://www.kds.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/Information-Hand-Book-201213.pdf

January 2012

Appendix K – Uniform Policy & Information

Please note that the School Uniform is being redeveloped and the new uniform will be launched in the second part of the year. The phase in period will be 18 months.

https://remote.kds.vic.edu.au/uploads/inspirations/December%202012%20REV.pdf

December 2012

The second half of 2012 has seen the fruition of over 2 years of work by the members of the uniform committee with the introduction of the new uniform. The new uniform is consistent with the values of the School. It is modern, comfortable and emphasises gender equity.

A planning committee was set up, comprising parents, teaching staff, senior management and a consultant. Feedback about uniform preferences were canvassed from parents and students and taken into account in the design of the new uniforms.

The new uniform is smart and fits the profile of the direction in which The King David School is heading through this next chapter. Modern and with clean lines, the new uniform hopes to reflect a sense of pride about being a King David student.

This has been a big undertaking and the process has been supported by the uniform shop manager. A big thank-you to the uniform committee and for hours and hours of ongoing work.

Students have until the end of 2013 to transition out of the old uniform, after which all students will be required to wear only the new uniform. We know our students will wear the new uniform with pride.

https://remote.kds.vic.edu.au/uploads/inspirations/July%202012.pdf

July 2012

The Ducere Foundation together with King David are helping the plight of some of the poorest children. Old school uniforms will be donated to a primary school in Zambia. Zambia is one of the poorest countries in the world and has the highest concentration of orphans in the world. The majority of the population live on less than $2 a day.

Posters have been put up on all campuses as well as collection bins to facilitate collection of the old uniforms. The King David Parents’ Association who run the Uniform Shop will also donate the brand new, unsold uniforms that are no longer needed as we transition into our new uniform.

New uniform at Parkdale Secondary College

Parkdale Secondary College introduced their current school uniform in 2013.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ParkdaleSecondaryCollege/photos/?tab=album&album_id=470112686390284

April 30, 2013

College Council introduced a new uniform in 2013. Students in year 8 to 10 have until the end of 2014 to purchase the new uniform (a mixture of old and new uniform cannot be worn). New uniform must follow the acceptable uniform guidelines.