Because school is considered to be preparation for the eventual world of work, our dress code needs to reflect awareness of modesty, and appropriateness to the time and place. Our community standards are:
- Appropriateness includes clothing with messages inappropriate for school, such as drugs, alcohol, or other adult themes.
- Modesty is about not showing too much of ourselves. The same criteria applies for our students and staff: workplaces are not a place to display your midriff, your underwear, your underarms (muscle shirts or spaghetti straps), or your gluteus maximus, regardless of gender.
- Essentially, this is the same dress code that has been in effect for many years in many schools, despite changing trends in fashion.
- It means not wearing muscle shirts, tank tops, crop tops, pajamas, and short shorts. Clothes should not be see-through / underwear should not be visible.
- If required, we will ask our young people to put on more appropriate clothes.
- If they refuse, we will seek parent support, as we want to get on with the job of teaching and learning. We hope to receive parent support; otherwise, it undermines the cohesive relationship schools need to support students through the really tough stuff.
- Hats (and other non-religious head wear) are to be removed when students enter the building and are to be kept in the student’s locker, unless a special event day allows for headwear.
Physical Education Gym Strip
Students are required to wear John Ware gym strip (t-shirt and shorts). Rationale: students are often using the facilities at Southland Leisure Centre – they require our students be identifiable as “John Ware” students and students need to change out of what they were wearing throughout the school day for hygiene purposes. Therefore, wearing the John Ware T-shirt and shorts is mandatory.
If lost, students may wear John Ware gym strip from previous years or we have a “PE Loaner” gym strip program in place for lost gym strip. Students may borrow “PE Loaner” program by approaching one of their PE teachers and ask to borrow it at the beginning of class. The student needs to bring a valuable to exchange (i.e. backpack, watch, binder, etc.). Once the student returns the borrowed gym strip at the end of class they will receive their valuable back. The PE Loaner gym strip is intended to be a short-term solution to not having their gym strip. If a student has permanently lost/misplaced their gym strip then they are responsible to replace it with John Ware items.
The John Ware hoodie and sweatpants are optional purchases. It is also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that students have PE specific hoodie and sweat pants ready in their PE locker at all times to wear in cold weather. The hoodie and sweat pants may be John Ware gym strip or they may be a students’ own items from home. They should not be what the student wore to school that day as the idea is that the PE hoodie and sweat pants are to help stay warm and be sweated in during class. It is highly recommended that students label their gym strip with first or last name and an initial. There is now a place on the gym strip to do so.
Students can purchase extra or replacement gym strip from PE teachers. Payment is best given directly to PE teachers, but will also be taken by office staff or received by payment online. The cost of NEW gym strip is as follows:
- T-shirt $10.00
- Shorts $17.00
- Hoodie $30.00
- Sweat Pants $25.00
Any students who have difficulty in covering the cost of John Ware gym strip are to see Mr. Gordon who will ensure that they receive some. Payment arrangements are available as well as used gym strip at discounted prices.