In the spirit of the vision and mission of our school community, we are committed to be partners with our parents and families in pursuing the wellbeing, learning and character development of our students. School policies and procedures are directed towards the supporting of this goals. The social norms of the school are fundamental in establishing the environment in which these goals are pursued. The school uniform policy assists in creating a suitable educational environment at Mother Teresa.
The wearing of a school uniform is a tradition with a significant history on Australia generally, and within Catholic education in particular. It has a strong value as an outward symbol of the pursuit of a common purpose – Education. The wearers of a uniform are identified as members of a particular community; in our case as member so of the Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School community. The wearing of a common outfit promotes a shared sense of belonging and purpose.
Uniforms also promote equity in that individuals are not distinguished in terms of their economic or social status – all are valued for who they are rather than what they have. Besides obvious safety issues in some learning activities (e.g. HPE and sports), the wearing of jewellery is discouraged for similar reasons of equity.
Mother Teresa’s school uniform will provide the students with a sense of unity and pride and will be an integral part of participating in the life of the school. It will also enable parents to avoid discussions about clothing suitability. Uniforms will be able to be purchased from the School. The school has a policy that school hats are worn by children whenever they are outdoors.
All students are required to wear their school hat throughout the year at break times and when participating in outdoor activities. The school hat should be worn to and from school. The school has a “No Hat – No Play ” Policy during recess and lunch breaks meaning if a student does not have their hat at school and wearing it outside at recess and lunch, they are required to be in an allocated shaded location as directed by a staff member.
A wrist watch may be worn and a thin gold or silver chain with a cross but no other form of jewellery is acceptable. Students who have pierced ears may wear one pair of ‘sleepers’ or ‘studs’ only.
Hair needs to be neat and tidy at all times. Hair is not to be hanging in the face of students, if hair is longer than student’s shoulders, it needs to be tied back. Blue and White ribbons and acceptable.
Nail Polish and tattoo stickers are not to be worn at school
NAMES WILL BE REQUIRED ON ALL CLOTHING – Especially hats, shoes and other clothing students might remove at school.