The following guidelines are to be adhered to by students if they do not have to wear school uniform to a school activity or event. These would include activities such as social events (such as discos and dances), mufti days at school, camps and a few excursions. Some social events are completely optional for students to attend. If students are not prepared to abide by these guidelines, they should not attend the optional event, as they will be asked to go home or amend their dress. For a mufti day at school, school uniform is always an option and students should wear that rather than wear clothing which breaches these guidelines.
These guidelines reflect that fact that some items of clothing considered appropriate for social wear by some students and parents are not necessarily appropriate for a school event.
Some details of non-uniform clothing will vary according to the type of activity. Students will be advised where this is the case. In the absence of specific information from the teacher responsible for the activity, the following guidelines will apply:
Our general expectation is that all clothing (including dresses, shorts and tops), accessories (such as jewellery) and footwear should be modest, safe and appropriate to the activity or event.
The following guidelines provide some guidance but are not an exhaustive checklist:\
- Shorts for social activities (discos, mufti days) must be at least as long as the college sports shorts.
- Skirts should also be at least as long as the college sports shorts.
- Skirts shorter than this can only be worn with leggings or opaque stockings.
- Shirts and dresses without sleeves must have wide straps of at least 5 cm covering the shoulder and must not leave areas on the side or lower back exposed.
- Tops are not to be strapless or backless.
- Backs and chests are to be modestly covered.
- Midriff tops or tops exposing the stomach area are not to be worn.
- No undergarments are to be visible or exposed.
- College requirements regarding jewellery and piercings still apply.
- Clothing is not to have inappropriate slogans or images.
- Students are not to wear thongs or have their feet uncovered. This is a safety requirement for both discos and mufti days at school.
- Students are not to wear heels that are too high or pointed. This is particularly for discos as high heels damage the floor of the venue.
Most importantly, if a student has any doubt about the suitability or appropriateness of clothing for an activity, it is her responsibility to check with an organising teacher prior to the event. The college reserves the right to make the final decision about the suitability of an item of clothing at the event or function, so students are advised not to take a chance if they think their clothing may not comply with the guidelines.
Students will not be allowed to attend or take part in a non-uniform activity or event if they are inappropriately dressed. They will be asked to change their clothing or go home. If they cannot go straight home, they will sit in a place where they will not be able to take part in the activity.