St Columba's school uniform is an intrinsic part of the school and its culture. However, this does not mean that it should not, like so many other aspects of schooling, change to suit the needs of our students. The need for a review of the current school uniform was identified through student feedback in 2018 and the School Uniform Committee consulted with students and the P&F.
Areas identified as needing to be addressed include:
Transition from Primary to Secondary uniforms;
The addition of shorts to the female uniform;
A review of the style and fit of shirts;
Questioning the need for distinct summer and winter uniforms.
As a result of the feedback received, and after negotiations with our uniform supplier Noone, the School will support a number of changes in the uniform. The new uniform model acknowledges the need for the formal school uniform to reflect the School's culture, and the need for functionality for the wide range of activities undertaken by an excellent 21st century school.
The most significant changes in the uniform will be:
A single formal uniform for the whole year;
An increase in options for students in regard to shorts, trousers and dresses and skirts;
Changes in the school shirts.
What will not change will be:
The timeline for the introduction of the new uniform will be as follows:
Students will be able to be fitted for the new uniforms mid 2023.
The new uniform will only be compulsory for students starting Kindergarten, Year 7 and Year 11 in 2024.
Other years will be allowed a staged implementation of the uniform, to be completed by 2025. This will allow families to "wear out" the current uniform over the next two years.
The new uniform will be available to purchase from the Uniform Shop mid Term 4, 2023.
Note that students will not be permitted to mix and match old and new uniform items.
Please see the link here for a portfolio of the new designs.
Parents who have feedback or questions on the new uniform are welcome to email our helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org