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Uniform policy

BACKGROUND

In 2015, Year 7 students joined the Mackay North State High School community. As part of their distinct identity within Junior Secondary, a new polo shirt was developed. In 2015 planning for a day uniform began to complement the new polo shirt.

The new day uniform will be released 2016 and is to be phased in throughout 2016. The new uniform and the Uniform Policy were endorsed by the Parents’ and Citizens’ Association and the school Leadership team in 2015.

SCHOOL POLICY

The school uniform has been determined by the P&C Association with input from staff and students.  Our school community values the wearing of full school uniform at all times, and this expectation is made clear to all students who enrol at Mackay North State High School.  It is expected that all students will wear the uniform with pride and modesty.  The school’s administration team reserves the right to enforce the school’s uniform policy under these guidelines.  The school strongly recommends the wearing of hats/caps for all outdoor activities.  Beanies and bandanas are not permitted.

Guidelines

All items of uniform listed in this policy (excluding shoes and socks) must be purchased from the list of approved uniform shops (Appendix One) in order to avoid variations. Families who face financial hardship and are unable to purchase the uniform upfront are asked to contact the school to discuss a payment plan.

All teaching staff are responsible for enforcing the Uniform Policy. Students who do not comply with the Uniform Policy will be subject to procedures for non-compliance as per the Responsible Behaviour Plan.

Department of Education safety regulations dictate that in practical classes (eg. Art, Science, Manual Arts, Physical Education and Home Economics) ‘footwear with impervious uppers will be worn’.  All footwear at Mackay North SHS must comply with these guidelines.

The school strongly recommends the wearing of hats/caps for all outdoor activities. Reversible school/house colour bucket hats and school caps are available for sale from the school office.   Beanies and bandanas are not permitted.

Combinations of the sports uniform and day uniform are not permitted, except in the case of shoes.

Implementation and phase-in period

The phase-in period will begin in 2016. All students are encouraged to purchase the day uniform as soon as possible. It is expected that all students will own at least one full day uniform by the beginning of 2017.

Student leaders and students representing the school at formal occasions will be expected to wear the full day uniform in 2016.

The old polo shirt is to be worn by all students in Years 10 – 12 in 2016. The phase-in of the new Senior Secondary polo shirt will begin in 2017 with the 2017 Year 10 students. The wearing of the new Senior Secondary polo shirt will be optional for students in Year 11 and 12 in 2017, and Year 12 students in 2018.

SPORT UNIFORM

The Sport Uniform is to be worn at all school sporting occasions and during Physical Education and sporting lessons.

Hat

Students are strongly encouraged to wear the school hat for all outdoor activities.

Shirts

Junior Secondary: Junior Secondary Polo shirt (Year 7– 9)– Royal blue micro-mesh polo shirt with blue/white side stripe.

Senior Secondary: Senior Secondary Polo shirt(Year 10 – 12) – Royal blue micro-mesh polo shirt with yellow/white side stripe.

Unisex or Fitted – Royal blue polo shirt with white sleeves and gold piping with school emblem embroidered on shirt. N.B. These shirts are being phased.  New students should purchase the new Senior Secondary polo shirt.

Shorts

Unisex microfibre sports shorts with logo or royal blue shorts (poly. gab. /drill fabric – not basketball or soccer shorts or cargo pants)

Shoes

Black, blue or white sports lace-up shoes. Slip-ons, skate shoes or canvas shoes are not appropriate.

If in doubt, contact the Year Coordinator before purchasing shoes.  Shoes MUST be laced up with the bow visible at the top of the shoe. 

Socks

White, white with royal blue stripe, or school logo ankle socks.

Winter

Plain royal blue pullover (zipped or overstyle, not hooded) or windcheater, royal blue school knit jumper, plain royal blue trackpants.  Senior jersey which may be purchased at the beginning of each year through the Senior Coordinators (Years 11 and 12 only).

DAY UNIFORM

The day uniform is designed to be worn every day by all students. In the first year of implementation (2016) students will be encouraged to wear the day uniform unless they have a scheduled Physical Education / sporting class to attend that day.  Students attending sporting events outside the school are to wear the sports uniform. All students are to wear the sport uniform for school sporting carnivals.

Students who have leadership positions or represent the school at various public speaking/formal functions will require the full day uniform, with the following additional items:

– black lace-up shoes

– school blazer (borrowed from the Senior Centre) or knit jumper as per the day uniform.

Shirts/Blouses

Blouse:  White buttoned up blouse with royal blue trimmed collar and sleeve, and front pocket featuring the school crest.

Shirt:  White buttoned up collared shirt with royal blue trimmed sleeve and front pocket featuring the school crest.

Shorts / pants

Grey dress shorts or long grey dress pants

Skirt

Front pleated, royal blue with white and grey stripe skirt featuring side pocket with zip

Skirts are not to be worn shorter than just above the knee. Black, navy or natural coloured tights may be worn for formal occasions or during colder weather.

Ties

Short length, royal blue with white and grey stripe tie which buttons under the collar of the blouse.

Full length, royal blue with white and grey stripe tie to be worn with the shirt

Shoes

Students are strongly urged to wear plain, black shoes with the day uniform, however black, blue or white sports lace-up shoes (as per sport uniform) are acceptable. Slip-ons, skate shoes or canvas shoes are not appropriate. If in doubt, contact the Year Coordinator before purchasing shoes.  Shoes MUST be laced up with the bow visible at the top of the shoe. 

Students attending formal duties for the school (ie. School Leaders) are to wear black lace up shoes and a school blazer (borrowed from the school).

Socks

White, white with royal blue stripe, or school logo ankle socks

Winter

Knit jumper is preferred with the day uniform, however, plain royal blue pullover (zipped or overstyle, not hooded) or windcheater is acceptable. Plain royal blue trackpants.  Senior jersey which may be purchased at the beginning of each year through the Senior Coordinators (Years 11 and 12 only)

Hat

Students are strongly encouraged to wear the school hat for all outdoor activities

SAFETY CLOTHES

Students enrolled in Senior Manual Arts subjects will be required to provide safety boots, overalls and safety glasses for the workshops.  Information will be provided during subject selection.

JEWELLERY

The only jewellery permitted is a watch (plain band), two pairs of plain sleepers or studs, (four earrings in all, a maximum of two earrings per ear), and one plain ring to meet safety requirements. Necklaces are not permitted. 

NAIL POLISH

Only clear nail polish is to be worn.  Artificial and gel nails are not acceptable, unless they are a suitable length and natural in colour.
Make-up

No make-up is permitted. Light foundation may be worn.

HAIRSTYLES

Any student with an inappropriate hairstyle (including colour, tracks etc) may be isolated from non-curriculum activities until rectified.

Hair accessories should be primarily functional and not a fashion item.  Items such as hairbands, hair ties, combs etc are to be predominantly in school colours.

BODY PIERCING

Body piercing, such as eyebrows/nose/lip/tongue piercings is not permitted.

Any student who chooses to have piercings done during the school term should ensure the piercing can be removed during school hours, as covering with band aids, insertion of a clear stud etc is not appropriate.  Isolation from normal activities will be implemented until rectified.

TATTOOS

Visible tattoos are not part of the school uniform and must be discreetly covered at all times.

 

Appendix One

 

List of approved uniform suppliers

Uniform Solutions Mackay – all uniform items

Lowes – shorts, polo shirts and jumpers

Mackay North State High School – Some Senior Secondary polo shirts, some shorts, hats and caps