It is the wish of the parents of students at Kolbe Catholic College Greenvale Lakes that there be a College uniform and, therefore, the basic principle is because we have a uniform, it ought to be worn well. Attention to personal appearance promotes a sense of self worth and gives expression to it.
Uniform is, therefore, important for at least three reasons:
It is a symbol of equality among students
It demonstrates mutual respect
It shows affiliation to the College
All students share in the responsibility to maintain the College’s reputation by their wearing of the prescribed uniform correctly – during school hours, while travelling to and from school and on all occasions when representing the College (including excursions). All school uniform items should be clearly labelled.
Term 1; and
After Melbourne Cup long weekend in Term 4
Terms 2 –4; up to the Melbourne Cup long weekend.
NB: At the commencement of Term 4 with the likelihood of warmer weather, students can choose to wear either their winter or summer uniform. In either instance, students are required to be in correct uniform. Wearing a mix of winter and summer uniform is not permitted. Upon return from the Melbourne Cup long weekend students are required to wear the summer uniform.
Blazer: The Blazer is the outermost garment. From the start of Term 2 until the Melbourne Cup long weekend, blazers and ties are compulsory to and from school and at all formal occasions including assemblies. In Term 1 and after the Melbourne Cup long weekend, blazers are optional. However, the jumper is not to be worn as the outermost garment.
College hat/cap: should be worn when a student is outdoors for any prolonged period of time during the summer months (Term 1 and Term 4). Hats are compulsory for all PE activities in Terms 1 and 4. Caps are not to be worn indoors. Graffiti or drawing on the College cap/hat is not permitted. Beanies or any other hats are not permitted.
Dresses or skirts: must be worn below the knee.
College Tie: In Term 1 and after the Melbourne Cup long weekend, the tie does not have to be worn. When worn, the tie must be tightened to fit correctly around the neck (top button fastened). Whenever the tie is worn, the shirt must be tucked in.
No garments other than those stated on the uniform list are to be visible. This includes coloured T-Shirts or singlets which are visible through shirts, boxer shorts under dresses/ above trousers, and socks beneath or over tights.
The full PE uniform may be worn to school if PE is timetabled for that day. In Term 1 and after the Melbourne Cup long weekend, PE shorts may be worn without the tracksuit pants. It is recommended that families purchase at least two sports polo tops.
Jewellery and make-up: Students are not permitted to wear visible make-up or jewellery except for a watch, and plain sleepers or studs for pierced ears. Only one sleeper or stud per ear. Sleepers or studs should be either silver or gold in colour. Any other visible piercings of any form are not permitted. Clear plastic plugs or band-aid coverings are not acceptable. A small crucifix or religious emblem on a necklace is acceptable. However, they are best worn beneath the student’s shirt or dress. Nail polish, gel nails and/or acrylic nails are not permitted.
Hairstyles: : For health and safety reasons hair must be tied back and “off the face”. Accessories must be discreet, small and plain school colours (red, white or dark blue) or silver. Glitter is not permitted. Accessories must be functional; not decorative. Hair must be natural in colour and style and kept clean. Unusual hairstyles, as determined by the College, that are not in keeping with the wearing of school uniform are unacceptable. This includes dreadlocks, thin braids, long fringes hanging over eyes, mohawks, shaved heads less than a ‘number 2’.
Boys must be clean shaven. Students who are unable to shave for dermatological reasons must provide an up-to-date medical certificate in order to apply for an exemption; exemptions will be granted for a maximum of 2 weeks. Students exempt from shaving will be expected to keep their facial hair trimmed as closely as possible during this time. Moustaches, beards, goaties, sideburns and other distinct or noticeable facial hair are not permitted.
Runners/Sports Shoes: The only time runners or gym shoes are to be worn to school is with the sports uniform. At all other times, black leather shoes are to be worn. Should shoes need to be replaced, then that is to be done immediately, regardless of the time of year (including Term 4). Please note: The soles of runners are to be non-marking. Dunlop Volleys, Vans, Converse, canvas shoes and/or sandshoes are not permitted.
Black Leather School Shoes: For OHS purposes the school shoe must be lace up
Spray jacket: Spray jackets can be worn to and from school over the blazer in wet weather only.
Scarves: During the winter months, students are permitted to wear the College scarf (ink blue with monogram). The College scarf is only to be worn to and from school and in the grounds during the day. Skivvies are not part of the uniform.
Shirt: In Term 1 and after the Melbourne Cup long weekend, the shirt with the monogram and firm collar does not have to be tucked in.
College Bags: All students must have an approved College bag. Laptops bags do not replace the College bag.
Sunsmart: In Terms 1 and 4, the College Cap (boys)/College Hat (girls) is to be worn while outdoors. The cap is to be worn for PE, sport sessions, SACCSS events and training and other activities at recess and lunchtime. In Terms 1 and 4, it is expected that the College Cap/ College Hat be worn to and from school. Remember to wear sunblock.
If you are not wearing the correct uniform
The Learning Advisor (LA) checks uniform every day. If you are not wearing the correct uniform and have a legitimate reason, then you must provide a note from your parent/guardian and give it to your Learning Advisor. The LA will then write a note in your diary stating the length of time for which the exemption has been granted. The LA will keep a record of the exemptions and inform the House Leader of any concerns or repeat offences. If you do not have a note, then your Learning Advisor and House Leader will follow this up with your parents/guardians.
Students may be issued with consequences for breaches of the Uniform Policy at the discretion of the House Leaders, Directors of Students and/or Leadership Team. Please note that whenever students are in uniform they must wear it fully, neatly and correctly; as such, students may be issued with consequences for uniform breaches that occur off campus and/or outside of school hours.