History, legacy and a new uniform!

25th Jul 2016

After last year’s survey and subsequent consultation with our students and the broader community, we are well on the way to establishing our new uniform to be completely introduced for Term 1, 2019.

The day uniform items will be a common jumper for students in Prep – Year 11, the new Senior College blazer and tie identifying their senior status within the school, and our new unified sports uniform. I am very pleased with the results and when seen as complete, it is a terrific, contemporary look! It is exciting to see the results of our process to this point and I am eager to see it begin to appear next year.

Designing a new uniform is a challenging process and within the brief we have looked to design a uniform that reflects our combined school, Tintern Grammar, and honour our past heritage. The colours of blue, white, green and maroon have each been incorporated to reflect our historical legacy. We have sourced a new supplier who will provide high quality clothing at a very reasonable price point. Our new uniform will be phased in over a two year period and in 2019 all students will be wearing the new Tintern Grammar uniform. We are aware that there is a significant cost to families when purchasing uniform items. So the timeline for implementation should mean that in general, new pieces need not be purchased until your child has grown out of existing pieces or progressed within the school. (Primary or Secondary) and current Year 10 students will not be required to purchase any of the new items if they are not needed through growth or wear.

I have shown samples of the new sport uniform, together with the small changes to the day uniform, to our secondary students and staff this week. Overall, the response was overwhelmingly positive with a few suggestions of small improvements. As part of the consultation process we are looking at making a few minor changes. Following student feedback we are looking at redesigning the rugby jumper. I’ve asked our students and our staff for their input in the development of this and I’m looking forward to their responses. I would also welcome your feedback on all the uniform items.

In this edition of the Principal’s vlog, there is a slideshow of the latest designs.

  • Prep to Year 11 pullover (the only whole School change to the day uniform)
  • New Senior College tie and the braided blazer for Senior College students (the current blazer will be able to be modified at a very small cost).
  • Sport uniforms, separate for Prep to Year 2 and Year 3 to Year 12.
  • ELC uniform, including the winter jacket requested by a number of parents.

As always, I am keen to hear your feedback so please email principal@tintern.vic.edu.au and title your email: ‘Tintern new uniform’. I am a little daunted regarding my ability to reply in a reasonable timeframe to every email sent, so I would appreciate your patience. In particular, I seek your suggestions for the rugby jumper, knowing that it requires further development.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the collaboration with our whole community on this uniform project. Once our consultation is concluded, I really look forward to the phasing in of the day uniform changes and the new sport uniform from 2017 through our transition period.

Factis non Verbis

Bradley Fry
Principal

Vlog 22-07-16 School Uniform from Tintern Grammar on Vimeo.