Australia A Sydney Catholic girls school is allowing students to wear suits as their uniform

04:06  12 march  2018
04:06  12 march  2018 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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Santa Sabina, an independent Catholic girls ’ high school , in the Inner West of Sydney , has made a controversial change to the school ’s uniform to allow students to wear pants and shorts.

Several examples of Catholic school uniform skirts showing the plaid patterns. Today, most schools require girls to wear skirts, while others allow girls the choice of skirts or culottes and pants including ankle pants that 1. Students of the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney in uniform , 1950.

a group of people posing for the camera© Provided by Business Insider Inc Santa Sabina, an independent Catholic girls' high school, in the Inner West of Sydney, has made a controversial change to the school's uniform to allow students to wear pants and shorts.

The school says the change to the uniform, which now includes a black suit and a white blouse, is a reflection of the school's progressive nature as a "trailblazer for the choice that it offers students".

The corporate-styled pant and blazer combination replaces a green-themed uniform with a traditional tartan kilt, and goes back to the schools roots.

"The uniform has always changed. It was green for a long time but it was blue, it was originally black and white," said the school's principal Dr Maree Herrett said last month when the college community gathered for the launch of the new uniform.

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Sydney 's most prestigious private girls ' schools talk the talk about empowerment, but when it comes to their uniforms , very few are walking the walk in a pair of pants. There were also a handful of Catholic systemic schools allowing girls to wear pants, although for the most part the privilege only

At our school we also think that boys and girls should not be allowed to wear make-up, apart from lip balm, so that they do not spend half their day worrying about how they look.85. Other uniform policy rules need to cover jewellery, hair colour

"Black and white means something special to us as advancing the charism of the Dominicans, those colours are identifiable for us with the sisters."

The school was established in 1894 by a group of Dominican Sisters.

The principal also told Fairfax Media that the uniform allows students to me more comfortable expressing their femininity or masculinity.

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Students at a leading Sydney high school have won a claim to change their dress policy, allowing them to wear the uniform of either sex. The move has received widespread support, but has been criticised by Christian groups.

Students of the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney in uniform , 1950. Photograph of the front of an Australian Year 12 school uniform top, taken in 2005. Private schools require their students to wear uniforms ; with some exceptions in high school most high schools wear uniform .

The uniform change has attracted a mixed response on social media.

On Facebook, some said they "liked how interchangeable and unisex it is now" and that "the new uniform is lovely".

Others said: "Why dress teenage and little girls like conservative old men in black stripes?

"That red is not going to suit many, especially ones with orange hair. Black is very severe, why do young female school children need to be dressed like corporate business men?"

While a number of Facebook users said it was nice to see a school uniform that gives students more flexibility.

One of the teachers, Sally Dewar, said she loved that students have a choice.

"We give them choices in so many things why not in their uniform combinations. It looks fantastic when you see it in real life - I was at the launch and was really impressed with the quality of the designs. Not all the girls will choose to wear shorts or pants but those that feel more comfortable in them now have the choice," she said.

"The fabric is also more sensible given our climate. The colours are very smart and reflect our Dominican heritage. The red jumper adds a splash of colour. The students overwhelmingly are positive about the change and are looking forward to wearing it."

Just two other non-government schools across Sydney offer pants or shorts to female students as part of the regular (non-sport) uniform, according to Fairfax.

Business Insider has contacted the school for a comment and will update this post if it responds.

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