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 well being, learning and character development of our students. School policies and procedures are directed towards the supporting of these 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.
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, 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 on any student (male or female), that is longer than the bottom of the collar, is to be tied back at all times whilst at school. This is a safety issue as well as a health issue.
- Hairstyles should not attract undue attention or be extreme in presentation. If hair is short it should be neat, clean and off the face, particularly out of eyes. Hair longer than the bottom of the collar must be tied back and secured. No shaved heads (or parts of head) will be permitted (for example, ‘Mohawk’ style).
- Hair colour must be in natural tones. Brightly coloured hair or extreme highlights are not acceptable. Individual clumps or patches of colour in the hair are not acceptable.
- Students will be instructed to correct hair colouring that does not fall within these guidelines.
- Hair needs to be neat and tidy at all times. Blue and White ribbons are 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.