Schoolgirls cycling to school in skirts

Concerns about modesty means that skirts get in the way of many things that a schoolgirl might like to do. One of those activities is riding a bike.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/north/parent-calls-for-ferny-grove-state-high-school-to-relax-strict-dress-code-to-enable-students-to-cycle-to-school/news-story/784e511e3df7870cc76ba40064b9c334

February 15, 2017

More than 300 people have thrown their weight behind a call for Ferny Grove State High School to ease its strict dress code.

Petition organiser Kate Gadenne, the mother of two students at the school, said the code made it impractical for students, particularly girls, to ride to school.

The dress code bans students from wearing their sports uniform to and from school, and insists they don the formal uniform, which for girls includes a skirt.

Ms Gadenne, from Upper Kedron, said some students wore clothes suited to cycling and changed into their uniform at school.

She said her daughters had given up cycling because the load was too much and cycling in a skirt was too hard.

School principal Mark Breckenridge said the dress code was developed in consultation with the school community and agreed on by parents and students.

“Students who do not meet the standards outlined in the dress code are dealt with under the school’s responsible behaviour plan,” he said. “Parents are welcome to raise any concerns they have about uniform policies with me or the school’s P&C.”

The dress code

The Ferny Grove State High School formal uniform includes:

■ Brown lace-up hard leather standard school shoes and short mid-brown socks

■ Bottle green skirt worn below the knee and pepper­mint green blouse for girls

■ Tailored bottle green shorts or trousers with belt loops in school uniform fabric and peppermint green polyester cotton shirt for boys

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Ferny Grove State High School

Girls at Ferny Grove State High School in Brisbane, Queensland wear brown lace-up school shoes with their uniform. They wear short mid-brown socks with their skirt, with dark brown stockings an option during winter months.

https://fernygroveshs.eq.edu.au/Supportandresources/Formsanddocuments/Documents/Policies/uniform-policy-updated-may-2017.pdf

May 2017

Girls’ Uniform

– Peppermint green blouse with bottle green collar and matching bottle green buttons and piping
– Bottle green skirt – knee length
– Bottle green tie is encouraged and required for formal occasions
– Mid-brown socks
– Brown lace-up hard leather standard school shoes and short mid-brown socks. Please note that jogging shoes with brown leather uppers or suede shoes are not acceptable.
– Please note that the P&C is currently investigating a Girls Formal Shorts option. Until this has been finalised girls are able to wear the Boys Formal Shorts if they wish.

Winter additions
– School jumper or school blazer
– Tailored bottle green slacks
– Dark brown stockings

Accessories
– Tie – bottle green to match trims on shirt (optional)
– Green school scarf
– School badge (optional)
– Girls’ hair accessories

Sent home for the wrong school shoes

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.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-30/brisbane-students-face-detention-over-new-heel-height-rules/9373592

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.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-06/brisbane-high-school-students-detention-over-wrong-shoes/9397134

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.”

The Gap State High School

Girls at The Gap State High School in Brisbane, Queensland are required to wear black lace-up school shoes with their uniform.

https://thegapshs.eq.edu.au/Supportandresources/Formsanddocuments/Documents/Uniform%20Shop/uniform-information.pdf

Day Uniform—Girls

Years 8 to 10

– School skirt. To be worn below the knee or skorts.
– White Blouse with bottle green trim.
– Short white socks, beige or black stockings
– Bottle green, black or white only headbands
– Black leather lace up shoes
– Formal School Hat (optional)

Years 11 and 12

– School skirt. To be worn below the knee or skorts.
– White Blouse and School tie
– Short white socks, beige or black stockings
– Bottle green, black or white only headbands
– Black leather lace up shoes
– Formal School Hat (optional)

Winter Additions

– V-neck bottle green woollen jumper or
– V-neck bottle green vest or
– Bottle green sweatshirts or
– Bottle Green and White Jacket (Sport Representatives only)
– Optional Bottle Green Scarf for Girls and Boys
– Blazer is option for Years 11 and 12 only
– Year 12 only: a Blazer is a requirement for students elected to Executive Leadership
positions.

Compulsory t-bar shoes for these schoolgirls

Many schools have banned girls from wearing t-bar shoes for safety reasons. Rockhampton Girls’ Grammar School has done the opposite – t-bar shoe are compulsory.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar uniform with Clarks Ingrid t-bar shoes

http://www.rggs.qld.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/03_02_August_Newsletter.pdf

August 2014

INTRODUCTION OF CLARKS INGRID SHOES

There were several catalysts leading to the change from Lynx lace up school shoes to Clarks ‘Ingrid’ buckle shoes. The most important of these is safety. The Rockhampton Girls Grammar School campus poses unique challenges, being nestled on the hillside of ‘The Range’. These
environmental factors include:

  • Undulating ground, with quite steep hills
  • 429 External steps, and 419 internal steps
  • Steps which vary in depth and height
  • Students moving from location to location for specialist classes

Lace up shoes pose too great a threat to Health and Safety on our campus.

Clarks is an extremely robust brand of school shoe designed to properly support growing feet. Below is a summary of the features of the
Clarks Ingrid school shoe:

  • Girls school shoe with a buckle fastening and laser cut design.
  • Features include full leather upper with synthetic lining. Leather uppers allow the foot to breathe and are the preferred upper material to ensure healthy foot development.
  • Toe stitched onto sole unit for extra bond strength.
  • Sole unit built using Stroebel construction for maximum flexibility and comfort.
  • Extended firm heel counter for extra support.
  • Full length removable moulded leather footbed, contoured for added underfoot comfort. This will allow for comfortable fitting of Orthotics.
  • Available in whole and half sizes and a range of width fittings.

Imitation Mary Jane shoes do not share these features. The Clarks Ingrid shoe is recommended by podiatrists and addresses very real concerns for student health, comfort and safety. These will be a compulsory uniform
item in 2015.

Before.

Rockhampton Girls Grammar uniform with laceup shoes