New school attire uniformly popular

Supply has fully caught up with the demand from pupils for the new uniforms at Wakatipu High School, with the new design of neck tie expected to be available in term two.

Principal Steve Hall said last week correctly sized girls' skirts were the last revamped garments to be made available for sale after the new uniforms were introduced at the start of the year.

All year 9s were to wear the new ensemble, while years 10 to 12 were allowed to replace old clothes for new garments throughout the year.

However, the school community has been surprised by how quickly pupils wanted to make the switch and stocks of some items ran out, until last week.

The school logo has also been simplified, with multiple colours narrowed down to light and dark blues and gold, but the motto remains the same: Ad Alta, or ''Reach for your heights''.

''The kids have been really positive about the new uniform,'' Mr Hall said.

''A lot of time and effort has gone into them and I constantly get comments about how good they look.''

He said the cost of the new uniform had been kept as affordable as possible.

''We understand uniforms are a considerable expense for many families and we've been mindful of cost from the start.

''We chose garments which will last, so a second-hand market will develop.''

 

School uniforms

Well done Wakatipu High School!  Principal Steve Hall: ''A lot of time and effort has gone into them and I constantly get comments about how good they look.... We chose garments which will last, so a second-hand market will develop.''

Students don't want to look like throwbacks to a style-dead era and have their own ways of protesting against being forced to look wear loathed uniforms, the result being usually a bunch of youngsters embracing modifications and omissions that squeak past inspection  with various excuses.  And parents struggle, even those who are not already struggling with their food and housing expenses.  When a tiny teen suddenly goes into growth mode, growing out of of shoes and garments at an alarming rate, buying new every few months is a heavy burden.  Well-made sturdy garments that stay good enough for second-hand ones not to mark the wearer as a "beneficiary kid" are a great choice by the school, well acquainted with often unkind  group behaviour of socially trend-aware immaturity.