Uniform reflects college changes
With uniforms a big part of everyday life for Aotea College students, it’s no wonder the subject comes up for debate frequently.
Being part of the last year group wearing the old uniform, I have seen the improvements made through the introduction of a new uniform design – better quality and value and a better presentation for the students.
The new design became a compulsory uniform in 2011. Students say it is a massive improvement.
Aotea College principal Kate Gainsford is clear about the the requirements for a quality uniform.
‘‘ A uniform has to meet many demands,’’ she said. ‘‘It has to be reasonably priced and has to be good quality, so you’re not having to replace things every week or two.
‘‘It has to stand up to the wear and tear and be something that’s identified with the school’s history and culture.
‘‘You can’t just go inventing new colours or logos. There has to be a sense of belonging and attachment to the place. And the uniform has to be practical, warm in the winter, easy to wear in the summer.’’
I believe the new uniform represents the developments being seen in Aotea College, and presents the school and students in a more modern, tailored fashion.
Talking to students in year 11, who have worn the new uniform for three years, I haven’t heard any complaints. That shows the success of the planning and implementation of the uniform, and reflects the evolution of Aotea College.
This story was part of the Aotea College print media students’ work. We will run another story next week.
New uniform: White crested shirt, crested jersey, navy pleated skirt, black tailored trousers, navy shorts, school socks, crested tie (optional), crested blazer (optional), and crested jacket (optional). From left, J’Adoube Elkington, Hannah Corke, Jasmine Wright, Phillip White.