Notre Dame College, Shepparton banning t-bars

Girls at Notre Dame College in Shepparton were banned from wearing t-bar school shoes from 2019. They wear black shoes and grey socks with both their summer and winter uniforms, with grey tights an option in winter.

January 2018

http://www.notredame.vic.edu.au/community/college-uniform/1211-uniform-policy-and-procedure/file

Black polishable traditional supportive school shoes which are fully enclosed and solid with a heel.

T-Bar school shoes which are black, polishable, traditional, supportive and solid with a heel, while acceptable are not fully enclosed and CANNOT be worn in the Technology Centre when undertaking practical classes.

T-Bar school shoes ARE NOT permitted for Year 7 students in 2018. They will NOT be accepted for any student from 2019.

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Marian College, Ararat

Girls at Marian College, Ararat were banned from wearing t-bar school shoes in 2016. They wear white socks with their summer dress, and navy tights with their winter skirt.

2016

http://web.archive.org/web/20160304035141/http://www.mcararat.catholic.edu.au/_uploads/_ckpg/files/Shoe%20Policy_2016.doc.pdf

In line with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act under which we have to operate. 

The Marian College Shoe Policy states that all students must wear only full–fitting, traditional school shoes with lace up fronts that provide both a robust sole, good support for growing feet, and a non‐ permeable polishable leather upper that protects the entire top of the foot.

T‐Bar or ballet style shoes are no longer acceptable as school shoes nor will any shoe that has perforations or mesh inserts.

May 2018

http://www.mcararat.catholic.edu.au/_literature_187528/Expectations_of_Marian_College

Girls’ Uniform

• Regulation skirt worn with navy tights or white socks.
• Regulation navy slacks or shorts.
• Regulation dress.
• Pale blue short or long sleeved polo shirt or pale blue business shirt.
• Plain white socks.
• Junior – Years 7-9: Blue polar fleece top with school logo.
• Senior – Years 10-12: Woollen jumper or blue polar fleece top with Marian College logo.

Shoes

The following shoes are permitted:
• Full–fitting, traditional school shoes with lace up fronts and a non-permeable polishable leather upper.

The following shoes are not permitted
• T-Bar or ballet style shoes nor any shoe that has perforations or mesh inserts.
• Black runners, walkers or skater shoes .
• Volley, canvas, street shoes, deck shoes and slip on styles.

Cobden Technical School

Girls at Cobden Technical School were banned from wearing t-bar school shoes in 2018. They wear black shoes and black socks with both their summer and winter uniforms.

February 2018

http://www.cobtech.vic.edu.au/our-school/newsletters?download=22:february-9-2018-newsletter

Shoes must be sturdy and safe for participation in classes, and for this reason, we insist on leather shoes. For girls, lace up shoes have replaced the T-bar shoes that leave too much of the foot uncovered.

Lavalla Catholic College

Girls at Lavalla Catholic College in Traralgon are permitted to wear black t-bar shoes with their school uniform. They wear white coloured knee or ankle socks with their summer dress, and navy tights with their winter skirt.

February 2013

https://lavalla.vic.edu.au/application/files/5314/9861/4111/8th_Feb_2013.pdf

Uniform

My thanks to those parents and students who organised uniforms, shoes etc. over the holidays so that students could begin the year appropriately. The uniform has a number of functions:
• It shows a sense of belonging to the College
• It removes the pressure to buy a large wardrobe
• Worn properly, it demonstrates respect, both of self and for others.

To avoid the inconvenience of having to collect your son or daughter from school or to bring in a uniform item, please work with them to ensure that they wear the uniform correctly.

Please be aware that unbuckled shoes are an OHS issue, broken buckles will need to be repaired or replaced.

St Mary’s College, Seymour

Girls at St Mary’s College, Seymour were banned from wearing t-bar school shoes commencing in 2014, with existing students given a one year grace period. They wear white knee or ankle socks with their summer dress, and navy tights or knee socks with their winter skirt.

June 2014

http://www.smseymour.catholic.edu.au/_uploads/_cknw/files/News%2018%2019th%20June%2014.pdf

T-Bar Shoes

Throughout this Term we have conducted research into the girls school shoes. This investigation stems from OH&S considerations re the current T-Bar shoes our girls wear. A large majority of schools (particularly Secondary Schools) have recently made the shift from T-Bar shoes to black enclosed laced school shoes.

After consultation with the College Board a decision has been made to shift away from our T-Bar shoes to the enclosed black laced school shoe. This will take effect from the start of 2015. However, we would advise all parents who need to buy new shoes during the next semester to buy the enclosed shoe. Students are permitted to wear this type of shoe immediately. We will be notifying all local shops who sell school shoes of our decision.

July 2014

http://www.smseymour.catholic.edu.au/_uploads/_cknw/files/News%2022%2031st%20July%2014%281%29.pdf

Transition from T-Bar school shoes to enclosed black school shoes 2015

Due to Occupational, Health and Safety reasons the College will be phasing out the girls T-Bar school shoes in preference of a safer, enclosed school shoe.

The need for this change is particularly necessary when students are participating in various creative arts subjects.

This proposal was recently approved by the College Board. This will be a TRANSITION process with the aim that all female students be in these plain black enclosed school shoes by the start of 2015.

If purchasing new shoes for your daughter/s please make sure they are plain black enclosed lace-up or Velcro school shoes.

7 August 2014

http://www.smseymour.catholic.edu.au/_uploads/_cknw/files/News%2023.pdf

Did you receive your letter explaining the recent uniform change? Briefly, due to safety reasons, the girls’ t-bar shoes are no longer considered safe to wear, especially in some Creative Arts subjects. Please contact the College if you have not received a letter explaining the uniform change. Last week’s Marian also featured an explanation of the change.

28 August 2014

http://www.smseymour.catholic.edu.au/_uploads/_cknw/files/News%2026%2028th%20Aug%2014.pdf

Also a reminder that as of 2015: all students will be required to wear closed school shoes. For health and safety reasons the t-bar shoe will not be a part of our uniform.

Victorian monopoly on Harrison shoes

Shoes and Sox is a chain of shoe shops with stores all around Australia. But for their back to school sale, only the one state will have Harrison shoes in stock.

They offer plenty of options Clarks lace-up school shoes. But the Harrison Indy II is available in Victoria only.

And the same story on the Mary Jane page. The Harrison Indiana II is another Victoria-only shoe.

Copyright and school uniform fabric patterns

Schools aim to make their uniforms distinctive so that their students stand out from other local schools. But some schools take this to extremes.

May 2007

https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/archive/etc/Submissions/dress_codes/hawkesdalep12college300507.pdf

Recent investigation for new school winter skirt for a neighbouring school presented the government school with a threat of legal action from one of the regional catholic colleges if they decided upon a particular tartan design. The catholic school claimed the tartan was their property and couldn’t be replicated by another school even though there existed over l00 km between the schools.