Schoolgirls planking in uniform

Planking was a craze that swept schools back in 2011. For these girls from Walford Anglican School in Adelaide, their school uniforms were not enough to keep them from joining in.

May 23, 2011

Katherine Danks
Daily Telegraph

Planking on a flight of stairs appears to have resulted in 22 students of a prestigious Adelaide private school being sent home.

The students from Walford Anglican School for Girls were sent home on Thursday after a “situation” regarding planking as safety concern grows over the craze.

The Adelaide Advertiser reports the photo that is believed to have landed the students in hot water was posted on social networking site Facebook.

On Friday, principal Helen Trebilcock refused to detail what the students did but said they were “sent home for a day to enable us to talk to their parents”.

“We had a situation, we have dealt with it, it’s over,” she said.

“We have shared our concerns with the school community about how a seemingly innocent prank can escalate through the web and become dangerous.

“Our parents and teachers are in agreement that the girls need to be educated about the risks involved.”

Brown shoes at Walford School for Girls

Until 2012 girls at Walford Anglican School for Girls in Adelaide wore brown lace-up school shoes, paired with camel coloured knee socks in summer, and grey knee socks or tights in winter. They now wear black shoes instead.

The girls donated their now unneeded brown school shoes to students in Africa.

April 8, 2013

Walford School sends dozens of old brown school shoes to Africa through The Butterfly Movement charity


Black is the new black at Walford School.

The Hyde Park college last year broke with 120 years of tradition to change its school uniform shoe colour from brown to black.

Students donated about 300 pairs of brown shoes to The Butterfly Movement charity last month.

Year 9 student Kate, 14, of Millswood, was pleased to hand over her old footwear to be sent to disadvantaged African families.

“It’s a good feeling because you’re giving people in Africa an opportunity to wear shoes that they wouldn’t have had before,” Kate said.

“I couldn’t imagine not having any shoes to wear.

“I hope they are happy and they’re useful for them.”

Year 9 student Alexia said it was important for the school to get behind the cause.

“Some of those people have never even worn shoes before,” the Unley resident said.

“The shoes wouldn’t have come to much use otherwise.”

The Butterfly Movement was founded in 2011 by Dalice Kennedy.

It has since donated about 70,000 pairs of shoes to people in need.

The Walford uniform shop advertised their surplus stock to the girls of nearby Kildare College Holden Hill, who were still required to wear brown lace up school shoes.

27 July 2012

Brown School Shoe Sale

Walford school are changing from brown shoes to black shoes. Their uniform shop has new brown shoes in stock that they wish to sell for $50 per pair. This price is nearly half the ‘wholesale’ cost of buying a pair of new shoes. The brand of the shoes is ‘Footwear Plus’, made locally in South Australia.

Sizes available of Lace Up Brown Shoes: 2 x Size 12 Child, 1 x Size 13 Child, 2 x Size 2 Adult, 1 x Size 4 Adult, 1 x Size 5 Adult, 2 x Size 6 Adult, 1 x Size 10 Adult , 1 x Size 12 Adult.

Walford School for Girls

Girls at Walford Anglican School for Girls wear black lace up shoes with their school uniform. They wear camel coloured knee socks with their summer dress, and grey tights or knee socks with their winter skirt.


– Blazer Walford navy “poly wool” crested
– Pullover Walford grey, with school colours – not to be worn outside of school without blazer
– Hair Formal occasions – Navy blue ribbons, navy elasticised ponytail holders, plain brown or navy snap clips
– Hair Non formal occasions – winter or summer material scrunchie or headband
– School Bag Walford monogrammed
– Shoes Black leather lace ups. See School Shop for approved styles

Summer Terms 1 and 4
– Dress Blue with navy piping on collars and cuffs – Length at least below kneecap-maximum 14cm below knee
– Straw Hat Walford crest – Excursions, to and from school, yard hat – (House colour hat optional in yard)
– Socks Camel – long socks compulsory for formal occasions. (Camel anklets optional)
– Sandals Ink navy Leather – Option to shoes if temperature is over 25°C.

Winter Terms 2 and 3
– Skirt Blue and grey plaid – Length at least below kneecap-maximum 14cm below knee
– Gold Blouse Years 6–11 long sleeve with “W” embroidered
– White Blouse Years 11–12 long sleeve with “W” embroidered (Year 11 not until Term 3)
– Tie Walford navy with embroidered “W” print
– Socks Walford grey – long only (compulsory)
– Tights Walford Grey – thick denier – (optional)
– Gloves Navy knit only
– Scarf Walford Navy with “W” embroidery only to be used