Garnsey Campus newsletter: Nov 1, 2019

Nov 1, 2019 | Garnsey News

It’s been a big week at Gippsland Grammar with regards to our new School uniform. Not only has Dobsons been busy stocktaking and renovating our Uniform Shop ready for its re-opening next week but we have also shared the first sneak peek of our new uniform on our Facebook page and now in this newsletter.
These exciting changes and uniform choices will launch across all three of our campuses from 2020 and have been made following an extensive consultation and design process, which included a survey of parents, students and staff as well as parent focus group meetings at all campuses. The new uniform items have been designed to support both learning and play and are contemporary, comfortable and non-gender specific while still retaining our School traditions. Importantly, the same uniform will be worn from Foundation to Year 12 and key items such as the School blazer have not changed.

The new uniform can be worn from Term 1, 2020.

The most significant update is a new summer shirt for both boys and girls and the introduction of the option of summer shorts and winter pants for female students. Grey socks will be worn with both shorts and pants for all students. Of significance is that the new summer shirts will mean a tie is no longer required with the summer uniform across the whole School from Foundation to Year 12. The summer shirts, with the School crest embroidered on the pockets, have also been designed to be worn untucked. Ties will still be worn as part of the winter uniform with the current white long or short sleeved shirt.

The summer dress remains a uniform option and will retain its current fabric print but will feature a more modern design with a pleat in the upper back and in the skirt as well as a buttoned tab that can be altered in the back. It is a much more stylish design and should be more comfortable to wear. There has been no change to the tartan skirt which remains a winter uniform option.

Students are welcome to wear the new uniform items from Term 1, 2020 and there will be a one-year rollover period before the new summer shirts are compulsory from the commencement of 2021. A longer three-year rollover period for the new dress style will be permitted. This means current students from Year 11 will not be required to wear the new uniform if they do not wish to.

To help our families understand these changes we are currently working on a new uniform brochure, which outlines how the uniform is to be worn from 2020; this will include some new guidelines and clarity regarding hair styles for boys.

Unfortunately these new uniform items are not yet in stock but we will notify parents via this newsletter and VOS as soon as they are available, hopefully later this term. All items will then be available in our Uniform Shop as well as via Dobsons online store.
The School uniform identifies members of our School.  It assists in creating an atmosphere of unity, pride and equity.  It creates a sense of identity for students at Gippsland Grammar, promoting mutual respect and a sense of belonging. We are pleased that our updated uniform items retain the School’s traditional colours and design in a more contemporary style and we hope our Community will be as pleased with these changes as we are.

Many Year 12 students commenced their exams this week, starting with the English examination on Wednesday. In VCE, students must study one of either English, English as and Additional Language, English Language or Literature and we are pleased to offer all these subjects at our School. I’m pleased to report that students were mostly relieved after the exam and glad to get the much-anticipated process underway. We continue to support them in their preparations and to wish them well as they meet the final challenges of the VCE.

Kind regards,
Jan Henry
Head of Garnsey Campus





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