Hanging out for uniform fun

Article by Clarissa Bye /
The Daily Telegraph /
December 22, 2019 /
Original unavailable /

KIDS have spoken when it comes to school uniforms: Loosen up, grown ups. Almost two-thirds of 832 NSW students surveyed for a study in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health said they’d be more active in the playground if they could ditch their starchy uniforms and don stretchy sports gear all day.

While the government earlier this year mandated shorts and pants options for public school girls, each school still has the final say on uniforms, and experts say Catholic and private schools may be behind the looser-fitting curve. Melbourne University’s Dr Lauren Rosewarne said private schools extolled “virtues such as discipline and conservatism” and that “both of these things are conveyed by uniforms”. St Luke’s Catholic College principal Greg Miller said its sporty uniform “makes it easier for students to be active”.