Heathdale flower 13th September 2023

A Uniform Approach

Join us as we take a look at the heart behind our Heathdale uniform policy and show you how you can partner with us in this area.

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We are coming to the end of the first year with our new Heathdale school uniform. 2024 will be the last year of transition for all students to be fully in the new wardrobe. It has been lovely watching children transition into the more active wardrobe and seeing them comfortable all year round.

We believe in nurturing an environment where safety, dignity, and a sense of belonging are paramount. One essential aspect of achieving this vision is our commitment to a school uniform policy. We listened to thousands of pieces of feedback and acted upon what parents and students wanted in a uniform.

In this newsletter item, I would like to share why school uniforms play a crucial role in our Christ-centred educational community.

1. Ensuring Safety

School uniforms help create a safe and secure environment by quickly identifying students and staff on campus. This ensures that unauthorised individuals are immediately recognisable. The focus on safety is a top priority for both parents and the community, and uniforms play an instrumental role in achieving this.

2. Upholding Dignity

School uniforms promote equality among students. Every child wears the same uniform, eliminating the pressure to compete based on clothing choices. This fosters a sense of dignity for all, reducing peer pressure and enhancing self-esteem; distractions with fashion trends are eliminated so we can focus on learning. It is our desire that all children feel smart and wear their Heathdale uniform with pride.

3. Fostering Belonging

Uniforms symbolise a shared identity, fostering a strong sense of belonging among students. This shared identity reinforces a sense of community, unity, and pride in our school. We hope our uniform enables students to feel a stronger connection to their peers and school. This shared identity builds a sense of camaraderie and inclusivity, helping our students develop strong bonds and friendships.

4. Practical for Parents

For parents, school uniforms represent a practical choice, simplifying morning routines and reducing the pressure of keeping up with fashion trends. Moreover, uniforms help parents save on clothing expenses, making education more affordable.

5. Sustainability

The uniform is durable and comfortable and suitable to be worn all year round. Many items are interchangeable from the academic and activewear wardrobes.

What we are experiencing at HCC Primary

- Sometimes, children take off their jumpers, etc. and leave them around the school. Uniform is expensive, and if it isn't labelled, it cannot be sent back to the child in homeroom time. While we have lost property every year, 100s of pieces are left at school without homes. Please label your children's uniforms.

- Some parents worry about their children being cold and allow their child to wear a black puffer jacket, etc., that is not school uniform. The uniform has been made with layering in mind for children when they get hot or cold. So, a child can wear a singlet under their long-sleeved top, a jumper, a softshell jacket (which has a fleece lining) and the school puffer vest. They should not be cold. The softshell jacket is water resistant, and if it is extreme weather, we have indoor supervised spaces at these times.

- Some children are coming in non-school uniform beanies. The school has its own beanies, scarves and gloves as part of the uniform package.

- All socks are navy blue above the ankle and below the knee.

- We are a SunSmart school, so please ensure your child has a hat for Terms 1&4. Children will be asked to play undercover if they do not have hats.

- Tracksuit pants should be navy blue with no logos other than the Heathdale one.

We thank you for partnering with us in this area.