It has been a tradition at St Mary’s College Gunnedah, since its foundation in 1879, that students be well presented and wear a common uniform. Since those early days the uniform has undergone many changes and modifications, responding to the changing climatic conditions and developments in the clothing industry. Consequently, the uniform and appearance of students 100 years ago is significantly different to what we experience today. It has been, and will continue to be, the policy of the College that no student should be disadvantaged in this area and, therefore, all will have access to the correct uniform requirements. Given that tradition and being considerate of the times and circumstances we live in, the following ‘Uniform and Grooming Policy’ has been instituted.
Why a Uniform and Grooming Policy?
- There are several reasons apart from tradition why such a policy should be instituted and adhered to.
- The wearing of a uniform does not distinguish between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ – all students are seen as equal.
- There are economic and practical advantages for parents.
- To wear a uniform and comply with grooming regulations requires self-discipline, personal responsibility and thinking beyond self, to others. Students who do not care can let themselves and others down.
- Being well groomed and in uniform contributes to the development of a common spirit, a sense of identity and a sense of belonging to the community of St Mary’s College.
- Students’ personal presentation is a visible sign of pride in themselves and their College.
- Well-presented students help to create a good image of the College within the local community.