Uniform

Uniform.

Coburg High School students have a partial uniform, as well as a dress code to adhere to.

Top Half Uniform

Coburg School Uniform

Coburg High School polo shirt
Coburg High School jacket

** Occasionally students accidentally leave their Coburg High School jackets on the backs of chairs, in the gym or on the oval. It is important that you put your name on your jacket so it can be returned to you if misplaced.
** If students wear additional top half clothing, such as long sleeve shirts underneath the polo shirt, or a headscarf, they should be white, navy blue or black in colour.

Bottom Half Dress Code

Clothing must be dark blue or black in colour.
Shorts/skirts must be long enough in the leg to reach the fingertips when arms are hung loosely alongside the body. Coburg High School has sports shorts available as well.
Neat-casual is expected. Slogans/images that are inappropriate or could cause offence are not acceptable.
Footwear must be appropriate for a school environment. Thongs and thong sandals are an Occupational Health & Safety risk and are not allowed.
Prohibited clothing items: tracksuit pants, leggings/jeggings and sports leggings. Leggings can be worn however underneath shorts or skirts of a correct length.

Other

  • Makeup and jewellery should be kept to a minimum.
  • No hats indoors.
  • ‘Hoodies’ are not permitted.

Students deemed to be inappropriately attired will be given a consequence, and in some cases, required to wear alternate clothing for the day or until a parent/ guardian can bring appropriate clothing to the school. Parents/guardians should provide a note explaining the reason a student is out of uniform. This can be done via email or the student can give a note to a member of the School Team.

If you’ve misplaced any clothing items, check the Lost Property in Building C.

Uniforms can be purchased online from Lowes or alternatively instore at Lowes Northland Shopping Centre or Lowes Broadmeadows Shopping Centre.

Compulsory uniform

The uniform items above remain compulsory for students in Years 7 to 10 to wear to and from school and when at school every day (except nominated Casual Dress days or theme-based Costume Dress Up days as part of events such as Book Week, Pyjama Day, Superhero Day or Footy Colours Day).  For current Year 12 students the casual-dress policy will continue to apply in 2018.

Currently the school council and the uniform sub-committee are exploring skirts and dresses to add to the uniform as optional items, based on clear feedback from students and parents that options for lower-half uniform items should be expanded to include skirts and dresses. There will be further consultation about these optional items through forums and student focus groups soon.

In term 1 2018, the school council will consider whether the current casual-dress policy for students in Years 11 and 12 will continue into 2019. Based on extensive feedback from parents and students at the end of 2016, school council found that the majority of respondents to the surveys had expressed a preference favouring the school uniform to continue right through Years 7 to 12, for a range of reasons. However, there will be additional consultation with students, parents and staff in early 2018 about whether or not there will be a compulsory uniform policy for students when they reach Years 11 and 12, and if so, whether there will be different uniform expectations or a distinct identifying uniform option for senior students.

Assistance with the uniform

Eligible families can receive financial assistance to help meet the costs of their child’s education, including uniforms. This support is provided by not-for-profit organisation State Schools’ Relief (SSR) and more information and support is available to families at the school office.

In exceptional circumstances, there may be special exemptions for valid reasons for the Student Support Team to approve an individual variation on the uniform for reasons that may include, but are not limited to, temporary or permanent disability, religious requirements or enrolment status.

Uniform aims

  1. We are Coburg High School: Our school is a large community of students from diverse family, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and contexts. Our uniform aims to clearly signify that, above all, students belong to Coburg High School and are, despite individual differences, unified in their membership of our school. Our uniform aims to foster a sense of being part of a team and of belonging to something bigger than our individual selves.
  2. Fostering pride in our school and ‘esprit de corps’: The aim for our uniform is to instil a sense of pride in being part of Coburg High School and for our uniform to be a visible sign of acceptance of our school values and ethos. We also aim for our uniform to be one that students can be proud to wear at school.
  3. Providing consistency in expectations and clarity about acceptable attire: Individual perceptions of dress code standards vary greatly and are constantly changing and we are mindful of the sensitivities of a community of diverse backgrounds and beliefs. Our school uniform aims to provide clarity and consistency for students and their families that reduces unnecessary conflict at home and at school over what is considered acceptable school attire.
  4. Promoting equality and inclusion: The uniform aims to reduce barriers of sub-cultures and socio-economics, allowing students to relate and interact on an equal footing.
  5. Upholding our duty of care for the safety and security of students: As part of our duty of care to maintain security and protect students at school, our uniform aims to ensure that students are easily identifiable and easily accounted for within our school grounds and when out on excursions in public.
  6. Reducing the time and cost involved in purchasing items: For many families, the uniform may also reduce the time and cost involved in purchasing clothing for school.
  7. Promoting sustainability: The uniform aims to foster sustainability because second-hand uniforms can be passed onto siblings, sold at second-hand sales, or even donated to families in need.
  8. Promoting active learning: Our uniform aims to be suitable for a range of learning activities and to provide warmth and protection from the elements.