Girls at Wallan Secondary College were banned from wearing t-bar school shoes commencing in 2017, with existing students given a one year grace period. They wear white ankle socks with their summer dress, and black tights or socks with their winter skirt.
A reminder that as of 2017, our Uniform Policy has been revised by College Council to exclude the wearing of T-Bar shoes for girls.
Students will be required to wear black closed in, laced leather school shoes (as per image).
All our 2017, Year 7 students and those students new to the College in 2017 will be required to wear the pictured school shoe.
Existing WSC students who currently have T-Bar shoes will be allowed to wear those until the end of 2017. Should your student require new shoes for 2017 we ask that you purchase the closed in school shoe.
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.
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.
Girls at Navigator College in Port Lincoln, South Australia wear t-bar school shoes with their uniform. They are paired with black tights and winter skirt in term 2 and 3, and nude tights and summer dress in terms 1 and 4.
We have noticed a number of Middle School girls wearing their shoes unbuckled every day. I’m afraid if this trend continues to occur we will have no alternative but to cease allowing buckle shoes at school and will only allow shoes with laces as part of our uniform. I realise it may be preferable for students to wear unbuckled shoes at school but it then becomes an Occupational Health and Safety and Welfare issue. Please be vigilant about this at home and reiterate to your daughter that the alternative will be lace up shoes as of 2013.
We have noticed a number of Middle School girls wearing their shoes unbuckled every day. I’m afraid if this trend continues to occur we will have no alternative but to cease allowing buckle shoes at school and will only allow shoes with laces as part of our uniform. I realise it may be preferable for students to wear unbuckled shoes at school but it then becomes an Occupational Health and Safety and Welfare issue. Please be vigilant about this at home and reiterate to your daughter that the alternative will be lace up shoes
Leather sandals with a metal buckle or Velcro; they are to be black/or navy; they must have either a closed back or a strap behind the ankle. Worn with or without socks. Black leather lace up or buckle shoes that takes a shine. Heels no higher than 3cm. Strap over bridge to be at least 1 ½ cm in width (no slipper like shoe with little or no heel as they have no support)
Reception – Year 11:
Summer – Short white College socks, to be worn above the ankle, one fold only.
Winter – Black College long socks or black tights, minimum 40 denier.
Senior School Year 10 – 11:
Dress – flesh opaque stockings – black leather lace up or buckle shoes and College blazer.
Spotted on Buzzfeed – 31 Things You Understand If You Went To An Australian All Girls’ School. Item 16: Your parents bought your uniform a thousand sizes bigger so you could “grow into it”.
From the comments.
Hahaha …. so, so true!! – but the pic needs to get the full look – which includes the socks pushed down & the tee bar buckle on the shoes left unbuckled!
In Melbourne t-bar shoes are a popular choice for school girls to wear with their school uniform. However that isn’t their only option – some schools aren’t as strict about the types of buckle shoes that can be worn, and there is always the fallback option of boring old black laceups.
How many different types of school shoes can you spot in this class photo?
In just the first row.
- Elastic strap ballet flat
- Harrison t-bars, two pairs
- Chunky t-bars
- Double strapped elastic ballet flat
- More Harrison t-bars
- And two pairs of laceups
And on the other side of the teacher.
- Harrison t-bars
- Buckle up mary janes
- Two more pairs of Harrison t-bars
- Elastic strap mary janes
- Velcro strap mary janes
- And finally, an unbuckled pair of Harrison t-bars
And in the second row is even more shoes to see – with six pairs of unbuckled t-bars among them, it appears teacher missed checking the uniforms of all of the girls.
T-bar school shoes sure take a beating. Girls wear them five days a week for the entire school year!
There are many reasons to get your t-bar shoes buckled up. You won’t shuffle your feet along the ground. That wears out the soles of your shoes.
If you don’t you’ll get holes in the bottom, and wet feet in winter
Shuffling alters your gait, bending your shoe more than normal. Keep at it, and eventually the stitching between the sole and the shoe upper will break.
All that shuffling can scuff also the toes of the shoe.
Shoe polish can’t fix the worst scuffing.
Incorrectly fitted shoes mean feet slide around inside the shoe, wearing it away.
Lunchtimes spent sitting crosslegged on the asphalt result in scuffed patches on the side of the shoe.
But keeping your shoes buckled up won’t prevent the strap breaking.
With nothing left to do up, this pair of Wilde t-bar school shoes is destined for a life of shuffling around unbuckled.