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WEEK 36 - Friday 2 July 2021

My blog this week is based on school uniforms, the high expectations we have and the number of times I hear ‘why can't we wear that when it doesn't affect my education.’

I read an article recently that discussed this topic so I thought I would share some of the key points that I took from this article. 

“When students all wear the same clothing every day at school, it levels out the playing field. Any expectations on what to wear are removed and children develop a greater sense of equality.

Creating a standard promotes the idea that we are all the same. Children come together from different backgrounds and can immediately identify a fellow member of their team from the clothes that they wear, breeding a sense of cohesion and commonality that is lost when school uniforms are removed.

If a child feels like they don’t fit in, or they don’t have the latest and best clothing, it can be damaging to their confidence. A lack of confidence can be one of the most significant barriers to academic growth. Retaining a school uniform removes this possibility, meaning your child has less to worry about and more reason to be confident in class.

As any parent knows, weekday mornings can be chaotic. It can be tricky enough to get yourself ready for work without having to worry about how your child is getting on too. That problem is amplified if your child doesn’t have a school uniform to put on each morning, as they take their time to decide what to wear. In the end, it could take away from what is important – your child’s studies.”

https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/article/2020/7/15/the-benefits-of-schools-uniforms

We want all of our students to feel confident and to have a sense of belonging and we are proud of our students as they smartly walk to school and enter our school gates in their uniform. And as a parent myself I can truly say that it is much easier, less hassle and less expensive for us as parents.

I hope you have had the opportunity to read the recent information sent out to all parents regarding uniform clarity.  The policy isn’t changing - we have just offered some more straightforward options around skirts and shoes.  

It is very important to us that parents ensure the children are following our uniform policy and that we are able to work together to ensure that we get this right from the absolute start of the next calendar school year. If you have any queries or concerns please do contact us.

During tutor time the students have been working on the topic of kindness, please speak to your child regarding this as this has been a lovely topic and allowed the students to share their own ideas of acts of kindness. There are a couple of links below which also explain compassion games and how we can work together to make a change.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu7SQlm_ljQ

www.compassiongames.org

Take care and stay safe,

Miss Pinkney

Head of Year 7

Mrs Briggs

Assistant Head of Year 7