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The school uni­form de­bate is one that typ­i­cally causes con­ster­na­tion when a school de­cides to move away from the mufti sta­tus quo.

It’s cer­tainly been a heated sit­u­a­tion be­tween par­ents, chil­dren and the board of trustees in Waituna West where it will be­come com­pul­sory for pupils to wear uni­forms from the sec­ond term next year.

I think most of us can un­der­stand the ba­sic premise of both sides of the ar­gu­ment - it can be ex­pen­sive and takes away in­di­vid­u­al­ity ver­sus smarter looks and school pride.

But what’s been in­ter­est­ing in this case is the re­sponse from the school pupils them­selves. It’s en­cour­ag­ing to see these chil­dren find­ing and ex­press­ing their voices from such a young age.

I hope you’re all man­ag­ing to get ready for Christ­mas in what is a chaotic time for most of us.

Re­mem­ber, the Feild­ingRan­gi­tikei Her­ald of­fice will be closed from noon on De­cem­ber 23 and re­opens on Jan­uary 9.

- Lisa Hous­ton

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