Uniforms get kids excited about school

Glen Innes School Pupils Jasmine Campbell and Stephanie Pomare face-off against Glen Taylor School pupils Marcus Insley ...
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Glen Innes School Pupils Jasmine Campbell and Stephanie Pomare face-off against Glen Taylor School pupils Marcus Insley Tuala and Trendall Price.

The benefit of school uniforms always creates an ardent debate, but one initiative is proving their worth.

Year 7 and 8 pupils at Glen Taylor School are the latest to receive BLK sports polo shirts as their new senior school uniform.

Senior pupils down the road at Glenn Innes School were gifted similar polo shits in 2015.

Glen Innes School Pupils Moana Pomare, Petuana and principal Jonathan Hendricks show off their uniforms with Glen Taylor ...
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Glen Innes School Pupils Moana Pomare, Petuana and principal Jonathan Hendricks show off their uniforms with Glen Taylor School principal Chris Herlihy and pupils Francis Apisala and Andre Talo Fifita.

Glenn Innes principal Jonathan Hendricks says the results have since "gone through the roof".

"The major for me has been the fact that the kids do take it on quite seriously that they are identified as a senior," he says.

"But it's definitely the attendance that has seen the biggest change."

Since the shirts were introduced attendance in the school has improved from about 85 per cent to more than 96 per cent each day.

"It's a huge difference. Their confidence is up, their self-esteem is raised," Hendricks says.

"If we had tried to tackle this any other way it wouldn't have worked. This is just one of those things that will get kids into school and ready to teach."

The BLK polos were supplied by the Breakfast Club through funding from the Epsom and Auckland East Rotary clubs.

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At a price tag of $3500, Breakfast Club general manager Steve Farrelly says they are well worth the cost.

"Most people would have laughed off this initiative; the results have been the exact opposite.

"It's a small intervention with quite substantial rewards.

"If you can find an obstacle to the school curriculum then you just have to blow out the problem."

The shirts have made the senior pupils at Glen Innes School proud to wear their uniform.

Glen Taylor principal Chris Herlihy hopes the initiative will achieve the same sense of pride in his pupils.

"We've had a big push in our leadership program and this just adds to that," he says.

"Having that little bit of difference makes them stand out and provides something for the younger kids to look up and aspire to."

 - Stuff

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