New uniforms considered
Wakatipu High School is the only school in the area where girls wear shorts and long pants, although others are reviewing their policies.
Principal Steve Hall said a new uniform was developed four years ago and as part of that girls were given the option of wearing kilts and skirts as well as the items traditionally worn by male students.
Other high schools in the region said that even though they had gender-specific uniforms, they would consider allowing students to wear different uniforms if the question arose.
Dunstan High School principal Reece Goldsmith said he was aware of a case in the past where a parent approached the school and an exception was made to allow a student to wear a different uniform.
At Mt Aspiring College, in Wanaka, girls wear culottes in summer and a kilt in winter, while boys have options of shorts or trousers.
Principal Wayne Bosley said the gender specific nature of the uniform had been under discussion in recent weeks and would be included in a full uniform review recently announced by the school board.
The review was prompted by a view that it was time to revisit the uniform, which remained generally the same as when the school was established in 1986.
A review is also forthcoming at Maniototo Area School where acting principal Mike Corkery says there are too many options available at the school, which has pupils aged from five to 18.
‘‘It’s not very likely that any of the boys would wear skirts in the Maniototo,’’ he said.
Roxburgh Area School deputy principal Jason Moore said senior school uniforms had been discussed recently and the school was considering a review.
There had been complaints from senior girls that the kilt was more expensive than boys’ long pants but no specific requests to wear a different uniform.
‘‘It would be interesting if we did. I don’t think we’d have an issue with it.’’
The move toward gender neutral uniforms was an ‘‘interesting trend’’, he said.
‘‘I can see us probably giving a couple of choices rather than ‘this is for boys and this is for girls’.’’
Cromwell College principal Mason Stretch was unavailable for comment. The school’s website lists skirts for girls and shorts and trousers for boys.
‘‘It's not very likely that any of the boys would wear skirts in the Maniototo.’’