Uni­form re­flects col­lege changes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By HAN­NAH HONISS

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.

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