A manufacturing delay means the long-awaited return of
blazers to the Kaikorai Valley College uniform has been
It has been more than 30 years since pupils at the Dunedin
secondary school last wore blazers as part of their school
And despite their promised return at the start of this year,
pupils have to wait because of manufacturing delays.
Principal Rick Geerlofs said the school was having ''issues''
with the supply of blazers and blouses which were ''out of
''We're doing everything we can to expedite the progress.
''We're hopeful most of the issues will be sorted out in the
''It's unfortunate that this has happened, but they are just
teething problems and we don't envisage this happening again
in the future.''
Mr Geerlofs said there had been some pupils who had been
unable to get all parts of the new school uniform, and were
told they should wear the school's former uniform until the
new one arrived.
After blazers were phased out in the 1970s, year 13 pupils
were later allowed to wear mufti.
Until this year, the school had been the only secondary
school in Dunedin without a school blazer, and the school
felt it would be good for the pupils' image to bring it back.
Senior pupils said mufti was fine on a day-to-day basis, but
in comparison to other schools, they felt under-dressed at
public functions, and many pupils were finding it
increasingly difficult to keep up with fashion and the
associated expense of buying new clothes.
The new senior uniform sees the return of the school's green
blazer, with added blue trim, and white shirts with ''KVC''
embroidered on the collar.
Junior boys are continuing to wear white polo shirts, junior
girls have been given embroidered blouses, and both have been
given woollen vests with the school's logo.
The new uniforms are now compulsory, except for year 13,
which will become compulsory in 2014.
The uniforms will be phased in to help cut dramatically
higher uniform costs for parents.