King's High School year 13 pupil Sidney Fidow (17) models
one of the options for the school's new senior uniform.
Pinstripe suits have long been associated with
conservative business attire in Dunedin, but now it appears
they could be an option for a new school uniform for senior
pupils at King's High School.
Rector Dan Reddiex said the proposed new uniform was in
response to feedback from parents, who had raised concerns
during the past few years about the braiding on the present
''The braiding gets incredibly dirty, is impossible to clean
and costs $80 to get redone.
''The result is, our most senior boys often have tatty
looking blazers that don't do them, or the school, justice.''
Mr Reddiex said the school was consulting parents about
changing the present blazer to a navy blue suit with light
''As the very fashionably conscious boys have already
indicated to me, the trousers would have to change too, to a
dark blue, away from the black.
''This [change in school uniform] is a practical decision,
brought about by practical requirements.''
It was anticipated the proposed new blazers would cost about
$260 each - similar to the price of present blazers.
Mr Reddiex said if the uniform change was approved, it would
only be implemented at year 11 in 2015.
''Personally, I just like the look of it,'' Mr Reddiex said.
The seniors who have the present uniform would continue to
wear that uniform until the conclusion of their schooling, he
Option two was to just remove the braiding from the existing
Mr Reddiex said it was the least expensive and easiest option