School Expectations

Uniform Guidelines

The school is proud of its uniform and expects it to be worn correctly at all times. When students are in school uniform, school rules apply.

School and Physical Education Uniform Information

School Uniform Guide

Removal of kilt from the school uniform

The Board has recently decided to remove from the uniform the kilt worn by junior girls in winter. Junior girls may choose to wear the kilt in winter 2023 but from the end of term 3 2023 the kilt will no longer be an approved uniform item.

Follow this link for further information.

New School Jacket

The new style of Macleans College school jacket will be available from John Russell Schoolwear from late July 2020.

Students may continue to wear the current jacket.

The current jacket, either new or used, is no longer available for purchase.

Sports Uniform Information

We are sure students will find the new sports uniforms comfortable and durable. The three colours, hoop design and high quality Kooga product, will mean our students will be proud to represent their school in these uniforms.

Non-Premier Teams - Sports Uniform

School Blazers

The current practice of lending blazers to students for school events and team functions has come to an end.  The cost to the school, loss and damage, and time consumed issuing, collecting and reissuing blazers are the main reasons behind this move.  We also plan to move to metal badges best worn on blazers.

Purpose of a Uniform and Appearance Guideline

Macleans College sets out clear guidelines for student uniform and appearance. We believe neat appearance and a correctly worn uniform:

  • fosters a sense of pride and belonging amongst students
  • reinforces high expectations
  • removes visible indicators of inequality
  • improves safety through identification of students and visitors
  • encourages students to express themselves through their work, accomplishments and contribution to the school community.

Within the uniform offering the school has provided enough choice to be inclusive of student preferences whilst reflecting the Macleans’ community expectations of tradition, order and professionalism.

Correct official uniform is required for:

  • Attendance at school.
  • Travelling to and from school.
  • Attendance at school functions away from school (sports tournaments, cultural and social visits).

Incorrect uniform, or a mixture of school uniform, sports gear and civilian clothes, is not acceptable around the school or in the street.

After school, particularly after a sports practice, students may either change into correct uniform, or go home in sports gear.

Students not in the correct uniform are required to have a note from home explaining the reason for the discrepancy and the note is to be handed to the House Leader for approval no later than 9.00 am on the day concerned.

Junior Uniform - Years 9 and 10

Terms 1 and 4 (Junior Summer)

  • Pale blue Macleans College short-sleeved or long-sleeved polycotton shirt.
  • Navy Macleans College regulation shorts, long trousers or knee-length navy skirt.
  • Brown or black sandals or black leather lace-up school shoes and Macleans College navy socks to be worn with shorts.
  • Socks are worn up at all times. Garters may be used.
  • Black leather lace-up school shoes with white ankle socks, or brown or black sandals may be worn with the skirt.
  • Black leather lace-up school shoes and navy or black socks may be worn with the trousers.

Terms 2 and 3 (Junior Winter)

  • Uniform as for summer except that sandals may not be worn.
  • Black leather lace-up shoes with white ankle socks or navy or black tights are to be worn with the skirt.

Senior Uniform - Years 11, 12 and 13

Terms 1 and 4 (Summer)

  • Navy and white striped Macleans College short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirt.
  • Navy Macleans College regulation shorts or long trousers, or navy knee-length skirt or navy ankle-length pleated skirt.
  • Brown or black sandals or black leather lace-up school shoes and Macleans College navy socks to be worn with shorts.
  • Socks are worn up at all times. Garters may be used.
  • Black leather lace-up school shoes and navy or black socks are to be worn with the trousers.
  • Black leather lace-up school shoes with white ankle socks, or brown or black sandals may be worn with the knee-length skirt.
  • Black leather lace-up school shoes with navy socks or navy or black tights may be worn with the ankle-length pleated skirt.

    Terms 2 and 3 (Winter)

    • Uniform as for summer except that sandals may not be worn.

    Elements of the Uniform available to all students (Senior and Junior)

    Shoes and sandals

    Shoes must be conventional black leather lace-up school shoes with a heel between 1cm and 3cm. Casual black shoes or sneakers may not be worn. Brown or black sandals may be worn in terms 1 and 4.

    Jersey

    The school jersey is a navy blue, v-necked, long sleeved jersey with the College emblem on the upper left front.

    Physical Education Uniform

    All students wear navy blue Macleans College PE shorts and polo shirt in house colours.

    Jackets and Scarves

    The school uniform jacket and scarf (terms 2 and 3 only) may be worn to and from and around school, but not inside the school buildings.

    The school uniform jacket is the only jacket that may be worn.

    The school uniform scarf is the only scarf that may be worn and it may be worn, in terms 2 and 3 only.

    Blazer and Tie

    Senior students are encouraged to wear the school blazer and tie with the winter uniform. Students in representative (premier) groups and teams may also wear the blazer and tie when representing the school.

    School Hat

    A school hat is available and can be worn for protection from the sun. Hats are worn outside only.

    All items of the uniform should be clearly labelled with the student’s name and house.

    School Uniform Shoes

    Hair

    Students are expected to wear their hair styled in a reasonably conventional way. Hair must be kept tidy throughout the normal activities of a school day in keeping with the school’s high standards and professional tone.

    Hair must not touch the collar and must be clear of the face and eyes. Hair long enough to reach the collar must be tied back. Blue ribbons, plain hair ties or clips may be used to tie back the hair.

    Extreme hairstyles including, but not restricted to, mohawk, mullet, shaved patterns, undercuts, ‘rat’s tails’, back-combed and teased are not permitted. Unnatural colours, extreme colouring, or streaks and patches of colour, are not permitted.

    Fades should be conservative, and hair should not be shorter than a ‘no. 2’ clipper.

    Students must be clean shaven. Sideburns may not extend beyond the earlobe.

    Makeup

    Students may wear makeup so long as it is faint and inconspicuous. Nail polish, if worn, must be clear, colourless and unnoticeable.

    Jewellery and Tattoos

    A wristwatch may be worn. Students may not wear chains or necklaces around the neck.

    Girls may wear one matching pair of small plain, silver or gold studs in the lower part of each earlobe.

    Religious and cultural jewellery, and tattoos must not be visible (completely hidden by school uniforms), including when the Physical Education uniform is worn.

    Skirts

    Knee-length skirts are to be no shorter than 5cm from the ground when kneeling.

    Summary of Garment Options

    • All students may wear Macleans College navy regulation trousers, with a plain blue or black belt and conventional black leather lace-up school shoes and navy socks.
    • All senior students have the option of wearing any combination of summer and winter uniform throughout the year, but sandals are not to be worn during the winter uniform period or with the ankle-length skirt or trousers.
    • A navy Macleans College raincoat is also available and is to be worn to and from school only.

    The Principal must be approached, if an exemption is sought for religious or cultural reasons.

    Stockists

    New Uniforms

    Boys’ and girls’ uniforms for all year levels can be purchased online or in-store from John Russell Menswear in Moore St, Howick.

    Second Hand Uniforms

    Second-hand uniforms can be purchased from the school shop.

    The Uniform Shop is open during the term at the following times;

    • Tuesday and Wednesday 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
    • Every first Saturday of the month 10.00 am - 12.00 noon

    The Uniform Shop is a facility for the use of parents and students to sell and purchase good quality second hand school uniforms.

    For more details and school holiday hours, follow this link to the Uniform Shop