Warrnambool schools in the news for banning t-bar shoes

In 2016 Warrnambool school Emmanuel College hit the news for banning t-bar school shoes.

http://www.standard.net.au/story/4044522/safety-fears-prompt-swap/

15 August 2016

Emmanuel College will ban girls’ T-bar shoes from next year in a bid to improve health and safety.

Principal Peter Morgan said the decision was made in consultation with staff, especially teachers of practical-based subjects.

“A lot of schools have already made the decision to move from T-bar shoes to sturdier lace-up shoes,” Mr Morgan said.

T-bar shoes expose the top of the foot, whereas lace-up shoes completely cover the foot.

“They’re not a sound or solid shoe and in practical-based subjects such as cooking or woodwork, open-toed shoes allow for knives or chisels to penetrate. Lace-up shoes provide greater protection,” he said.

The change will come into effect from the beginning of the 2017 school year.

“Any families purchasing new shoes for their daughters from now on, will need to purchase lace-up shoes to meet health and safety requirements.”

Mr Morgan said posturally T-bar shoes didn’t provide good support for the wearer but “at the end of the day the decision is based on safety.”

Rauert’s Shoex owner Peter Rauert said Mr Morgan had written a letter to inform him of the change which was not unique.

“Quite a few (schools) have changed from T-bars to lace-up shoes,” Mr Rauert said. “Hawkesdale were the first. Brauer did a couple of years ago and Emmanuel is starting to phase it in.

“There’s quite a few (schools) around the district and Melbourne metro have already banned them. It’s a progression you could say.”

Mr Rauert placed the store’s back-to-school orders in June and hoped there was enough lace-up shoes to meet the increased demand.

“Most of the girls are fairly happy. Most of the Emmanuel girls seem to be receptive to swapping over,” he said.

“We usually try to advise the family about the correct footwear to buy. If they want to go against it that’s their choice.

“Now as more kids swap over it will become acceptable. For the new ones coming through it will be the done thing,” he said.

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St Ann’s College, Warrnambool

St Ann’s College at Warrnambool became part of the co-educational Emmanuel College in 1991. The girls wore a wide variety of hosiery and footwear wit their school uniforms: t-bar and laceup shoes, in both brown and black; paired with white or fawn socks, of varying lengths.

St Ann's College Warrnambool girls class of 1991

St Ann's College Warrnambool girls class of 1991

Emmanuel College, Warrnambool

Girls at Emmanuel College in Warrnambool were banned from wearing t-bar school shoes commencing in 2017. They wear white ankle socks with their summer dress, and either navy tights or long socks with their winter skirt.

Emmanuel College Warrnambool summer uniform with t-bar school shoes

Emmanuel College Warrnambool winter uniform with laceup school shoes

http://www.emmanuel.vic.edu.au/media/uploads/ISS_07_21_MAR_2016.pdf

March 2016

Change to Uniform from 2017

Following requests from staff from the different
Learning Areas regarding banning T-bar school shoes
from the school uniform for health and safety reasons,
the decision has been made by our College Executive to
prohibit the wearing of T-bar shoes from the beginning
of 2017. This will mean any families purchasing
new shoes for their daughters from now will need to
purchase lace up shoes to meet health and safety
regulations. We will be advising local shoe shops of
this decision to avoid any confusion in regard to our
uniform.

http://www.emmanuel.vic.edu.au/news/December-12-2016-T-Bar-School-Shoes?eid=6376540

December 2016

T-Bar School Shoes

Following requests from staff from the different Learning Areas re banning T-bar school shoes from the school uniform for health and safety reasons, the decision has been made by our College Executive to prohibit the wearing of T-bar shoes from the beginning of 2017, and to start advertising this to families immediately.

This will mean any families purchasing new shoes for their daughters from now on will need to purchase lace up shoes to meet health and safety requirements. Local Shoe suppliers will be informed of the change.

Brauer College, Warrnambool

Brauer College in Warrnambool banned t-bar school shoes back in 2013, with a three year grace period that ended in 2016. They wear white ankle socks with their summer dress, and black tights with their winter skirt.

Brauer College summer uniform with t-bar school shoes

http://www.brauer.vic.edu.au/images/documents/newsletters/No.05%2015th%20Apr%202016.pdf

April 2016

Uniform

The colder weather is a reminder that all students should now be wearing complete winter uniform. This includes black stockings/tights- not footless tights and socks- and all shoes to be worn in the appropriate manner. “T-bars” are not to be worn.

The transition time to move over to black lace up shoes from ‘T-bars’ is now over (3 years) and students will be requested to have the correct shoes.