Uniforms fitting for the seniors

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 05:00 27/11/2012
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MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/ Fairfax NZ
CHANGING CLOTHES: Opihi College students Kieran Wallaceand Jasmine Ngatai try out the new senior uniform.

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Opihi College's year 13 students will not have to worry about changing clothes every day next year, as they switch back from mufti to uniform.

Year 13 Dean, Helen Baird, said she could not remember the last time final year students at the college had to wear a uniform.

"My daughter went to the school, she's 33 years old now.

"Even back then, they wore mufti in their final year," she said.

"I think it's a positive step. The teachers are in favour of it, and most of the students' parents feel it is a good idea."

Mrs Baird said the school decision to change from mufti to uniform for year 13 occurred after discussion with board of trustees, staff and senior students.

Year 12 students Kieran Wallace and Jasmine Ngatai, who will be the school's head boy and head girl next year, were on the committee which decided to return to uniforms for final senior year.

"I think it will bring a bit more pride to representing your school. It's a good way to finish off," Kieran said.

"It also means it's not going to be a competition among students as to what they're going to wear each day."

Jasmine said she was likely to save "heaps" of money on clothes, thanks to the move to uniforms.

"Some were a bit sad about the idea, but most of the students said they would be OK with it."

Mrs Baird said the year 13 students would wear blazers with their uniform. "It will distinguish them from the other students.

"The year 13 students are the role models for the rest of the school, so it's their responsibility to wear it with pride."

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- The Timaru Herald

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