Private school bans skirts and dresses
In a Victoria-first, a private school in Melbourne will make pants compulsory for its junior girls.
Kindergarten, prep, and grade one students at Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School in Essendon will no longer have the option of wearing a pinafore, shirt and tie.
Now, the younger students will wear shorts and a legging-style pant in a push to increase their level of physical activity through the day.
“We were keen to re-think the purpose of the uniform,” principal Elisabeth Rhodes told 9News.
“It is more contemporary, it gives girls autonomy… and promotes more movement. It’s a winner in the minds of parents and the girls themselves.”
The change comes after an 18-month overhaul process, and Ms Rhodes now hopes other independent schools will follow suit.
“Principals are cognisant of that fact it is important for girls to be active, so I’m sure we will see more of it in the future.”
Lowther pupils said wearing shorts made play easier and more comfortable.
“They help me do the monkey bars, it’s a lot easier to play a lot,” Olivia Roberts said.
Under state government policy rolled out last year, female students at public schools have the option to wear either shorts, pants or dresses to school.