School Uniform

Rationale

A uniform policy reinforces in students a pride in their own appearance, instills recognition of themselves as an integral part of the school community, and assists in developing pride in representing their school.  Issues of equality, health and safety, and expense are also factors that contribute to the establishment of the Uniform Policy.

Aims

  • To further develop a sense of pride in and identification with our school
  • To maintain and enhance the positive image of the school in the community
  • To clearly identify students as members of our school community, within and beyond the school grounds
  • To provide durable clothing that is cost effective, safe and practical for our school environment
  • To support our Sun Smart policy in the interest of student health
  • To encourage equity among students by minimising peer / trend pressure

Purchasing School Uniforms

A bulk order for uniforms is placed with our manufacturer at the end of each term.  Delivery is the first week of the new term.  As we have a very limited supply of clothing available at school, preordering at the end of a term will guarantee you clothing.

Implementation

  • After consultation with the school community and the Junior School Council, School Council has developed a Uniform Policy that we believe provides choice for the students, allows for students to safely engage in the many varied school activities, and is affordable.
  • This policy will be placed in the Information Pack.  On enrolling students at the school parents accept this policy and agree to abide by it.
  • Parents of students who for religious, cultural or health reasons may need to modify the school dress code are required to make an appointment with the Principal.  Staff members will be informed of any student granted a modification to the dress code.
  • The school colours are bottle green and gold.  The wearing of the school colours is compulsory and is a collective responsibility (parents, students and staff).
  • School Council requires the Principal be responsible for implementation of the Uniform Policy in a manner consistent with the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Parents of students who repeatedly do not conform to the Uniform Policy will be reminded of the school’s policy by letter.
  • The Uniform Policy applies during school hours and when students are on school excursions or sport days.
  • All clothing must be clearly and permanently labeled.
  • A set of uniforms for special groups such as sports teams, school choir and peer mediation may be supplied by the school as required.
  • Clothing purchased from commercial outlets may be worn, provided it meets the school dress code in colour, safety and is logo free.
  • The only headwear that is acceptable in Terms 1 and 4 is Sunsmart hats, consistent with our Sunsmart Policy.  They must be worn outside in Terms 1 and 4. In Terms 2 and 3 beanies or Sunsmart hats may be worn.  Hats are not to be worn inside.
  • Parents Club will operate a scheme for good quality second hand uniforms, where second hand uniforms can be obtained at no cost.
  • New students will be given time to fully adopt the school dress code.  Difficulties in conforming to the dress code will be discussed with the Principal.
  • The uniform includes a range of articles to enable parents to best meet student preferences whilst conforming to the Uniform Policy.  The range includes:

Warm Weather
Dress Code

Cool Weather
Dress Code

  • Short-sleeved green or gold polo shirts
  • Green or black shorts
  • Green and white checked dresses (girls)
  • Green or black broad-brimmed or bucket hats (as per sold by school uniform shop)
  • Short or long sleeved green or gold polo shirts
  • Green bomber jackets
  • Polar fleece jumper
  • Green round neck windcheater
  • Green rugby tops
  • Green or black track pants
  • Long grey, black or green trousers
  • Green or black bootleg pant
  • Green tunic
  • Green or gold skivvies may be worn
  • Green or black beanies, scarves and gloves
  • Water proof jacket
  • Most of the above items may be purchased from the Office.  An order form will be placed in the newsletter regularly, or can be found in our Forms section.
  • School bags (with logo) will be available from the office.
  • Grade 6 students will be provided with the opportunity to purchase a grade polo shirt and this can be worn as part of the school uniform.
  • T-shirts promoted by the school for School Production purposes may be worn to school, but are not acceptable for sports days, excursions or school photographs.
  • Footwear should be chosen so that a child is appropriately and safely prepared to engage in a range of school activities, for example sport.
  • The Uniform Policy does not stipulate shoe and sock colour or style.  However, shoes should be appropriate for our site, and for physical education activities.  Surf sandals and / or thongs are not appropriate.
  • Sandals may be worn in summer provided that the foot is securely held and toes and heels are protected
  • Scuffs, massage sandals, thongs, shoes with high heels or platform soles, clogs and Ugg boots are not acceptable
  • Stud earrings or sleepers worn in the ears, and watches are the only acceptable jewellery.
  • Cosmetics may not be worn at school.
  • Hair that is shoulder length or longer should be tied back for safety reasons and to reduce the risk of infestation with head lice.

Evaluation

  • This policy will be reviewed as part of the school’s three-year review cycle.
  • This policy was last ratified by the School Council in September 2004.

Naming Clothing / Lost Property

  • Please label, clearly and permanently, all items of clothing etc that belong to your child.
  • Tracing ownership in a school of this size can be an impossible task if articles are not named.  An identifying sign is not sufficient to enable us to trace owners.
  • Parent Club offer iron-on labels for $0.50 each, with no limit on quantities.
  • Please notify your child’s teacher immediately if you find some article of clothing is missing.
  • Unclaimed property is disposed of from time to time (usually at the end of a term).
  • Lost property is located in the first aid room adjacent to the administration area.

Spring Gully
Primary School

Spring Gully Road,

Bendigo 3550

Phone: 5443 7230

Fax: 5441 5584