Hair, Accessories and Presentation

Student Hair Presentation

  • Students’ hair must remain its natural colour. No alteration by rinses or colour washes, dyeing, streaks or foils are permitted at any time. Hair products (such as gel, styling wax, and hairspray) are not acceptable when worn in detectable amounts.

  • Boys’ hair must be styled in a traditional college cut and must not extend past the collar at the back or cover the earlobes. No undercuts, shave designs, or very short (i.e. less than No. 3 clipper) styles are permitted.

  • Girls’ hair of shoulder length must be tied back. Hair should be secured with white, maroon or navy elastic, ribbon or plain scrunchies. No clips, bands or headbands of any other colour are permitted. School-sized ribbons can be worn but not large scrunchies or bows with decorative embellishment or textured fabric. You are welcome to wear a claw clip as long as it is in school colours and is small and discreet.

  • The overall look for hair presentation for all students is neat, off-the-face, and conservative.

  • As a general rule, if hairstyles are extreme enough to cause comments from others, students will be required to rectify this promptly. This includes facial hair and eyebrows.


To ensure clarity, the School reminds students and families of the following rules/expectations:

  • The School rules remain clear - female students are entitled to wear a simple gold or silver stud (no bigger than a match head, and no stones) or sleeper in the lobe of each ear. These are to be worn in the lowest hole if the earlobe has been pierced twice (see example photos below).

  • There are no exceptions to this rule in regard to the number of visible adornments or placing of the piercing and adornment.

  • Students who choose to have other piercings that are visible may not adorn them in any manner while in uniform. This includes the use of bandaids to conceal piercings and adornments or “clear” or “invisible” sleepers/adornments.

  • Visible body art, facial piercings and tattoos are not permitted.

  • Earrings and pierced ears are not permissible for boys.

  • Staff at St Columba have the responsibility and right to require students in breach of these rules to remove these adornments. Should the student refuse to remove the adornments, they will be referred to their relevant Year Patron. Should the student continue to refuse to comply with the School rule/expectation, they will be referred to the relevant Head of School. The Head of School has the authority, in consultation with the Deputy Principal, to remove the student from class and the campus if they refuse to comply with these rules/expectations. A student's return to the campus will be on the condition of full compliance with the uniform policy.

  • Should parents/guardians object to the enforcement of these rules, they will be referred to the Deputy Principal or Principal.


  • Only St Columba Anglican School Badges are to be worn on the School Blazer.

  • Watch faces and watch bands are to be of a conservative style and complementary to the School uniform.

  • Students may wear a small cross and chain, but the chain must be long enough for the cross to remain inside the student’s clothing. Rings, necklaces, bracelets, glitter, stickers, bangles and anklets are not permitted.

  • As a rite of passage, Year 12 students are permitted to wear either one gold or silver bracelet (no cotton, leather etc) or one ring.

  • Any accessories must be in a navy that matches the school navy blue, including woollen scarves and gloves, which must be worn with the uniform after putting on the jumper.

General Appearance and Presentation

  • Blouses and shirts should be clean and fully tucked in for boys. Both girls and boys should wear their blouses or shirts appropriately with their top collar buttoned up and no sleeves rolled up with the winter uniform. Any garment worn under the blouse or shirt is not to be visible.

  • Girls' skirts should be knee-length.

  • Sports shorts should be of a reasonable length and fit and not be tight fitting.

  • No make-up, including tinted foundation, tinted face cream, mascara, tinted eyebrows or lashes, tanning products or any other products that give an appearance of wearing make-up.

  • No nail polish or false fingernails are permitted.

  • Students must wear SCAS Sports socks, available from the Uniform Shop, during sports days and grey socks for boys and navy socks for girls with their Winter and Summer uniforms.

  • The Sports cap is not to be worn with the Summer and Winter uniforms in Primary School.

Our students are our ambassadors and should show pride in their School through high standards of presentation, both personally and in the wearing of their uniform.

Where appropriate to do so, the School will consider the application of anti-discrimination laws when applying the Uniform Policy.

Earring Examples