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September 1, 2015 - School Uniform

Rip-off, category arrogance or a pointer of respect? Our contributor on a cost too distant for many parents

Back to school: Molly and Aoife Clifford removing propitious for their propagandize uniforms, in Fermoy, Co Cork. Photo: Michael MacSweeney.
Back to school: Molly and Aoife Clifford removing propitious for their propagandize uniforms, in Fermoy, Co Cork. Photo: Michael MacSweeney.

It’s a emporium window many students dread. In early Aug a steer of several shades of grey jumpers, immature blazers and navy trousers can meant usually one thing… a lapse to a classroom is nigh.


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And for many parents, generally if they have some-more than one child attending school, a latter weeks of Aug can turn an costly time as they bid to fit and foot their little, and not so little, darlings.

In new years a calls for a Department of Education to take a some-more proactive, overarching mount on propagandize uniform process opposite all Irish schools has grown in volume yet still, it seems, to tumble on deaf ears.

“We’ve dealt with a series of preparation ministers in propinquity to bringing down a cost of uniforms and while they see value in what we’re saying, zero has been done,” explains Audry Deane, amicable probity and process officer with a St Vincent de Paul.

In Mar 2013, a St Vincent de Paul done a acquiescence to a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection on back-to-school costs.

In a submission, they highlighted concerns about a miss of energy a preparation apportion has to make change in terms of uniform process and called for schools to offer a choice of less-expensive general wardrobe where possible. There has been a swell of applications for a back-to-school stipend this summer.

The wardrobe and shoes stipend was paid automatically in mid-July to about 105,000 families who perceived a advantage in 2014. But authorities have perceived some 51,000 additional claims – an normal of some-more than 5,300 per week – given focus forms were released in mid-June. The allowance, that is means-tested, is paid to relatives once a year. It’s value €100 for primary-school children and €200 for second-level students.

Meanwhile, some groups explain relatives have been ‘bullied’ into shopping certain uniforms and scarcely 10,000 mothers sealed an online petition progressing in a year seeking for schools to concede pupils to wear general uniforms.

The ‘Can a Crest’ campaign, run by parenting website ­, called on Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to deliver legislation that would see all schools have general and affordable uniforms on that relatives can afterwards stitch or iron on a propagandize crest.

They introduce that a cost per design would volume to between €1 and €1.50 and relatives could afterwards be authorised to buy a full general uniform in a specified dialect store for as tiny as €6.

The website’s orator Laura Haugh told Review that “we surveyed 1,200 mothers opposite Ireland and found that 77pc felt they were forced into shopping a specialised uniform. Also 51pc pronounced they gifted financial problem in putting their child by propagandize and 88pc of relatives consider their uniform is unnecessarily expensive”.

They also explain that in during slightest dual cases, propagandize principals reliable that an ‘agreement’ exists between schools and a sole garments store that has disdainful rights to sell a uniform during an arrogant price. In lapse for this exclusivity, propagandize government accept a cut of a income lifted from uniform sales that they afterwards reinvest into a school. “We’re wakeful too that in many cases, there’s something of a posh cause during play. Some schools would only exclude to have their crests ironed on a general uniform since it wouldn’t demeanour right for a propagandize picture. And in terms of quality, a surveys found that 66pc of mothers polled described a peculiarity of general uniforms as possibly good or really good so a poorer peculiarity fabric evidence isn’t accurate,” says Laura.

But for all a roar about propagandize uniform costs during this time of year, there are many relatives who trust that by shopping good peculiarity jumpers, skirts and tracksuits for their children, they are indeed saving income over a march of a propagandize year and beyond. “My daughter is going into fourth year in Scoil Mhuire in Cork City and has a same jumper as she had when she started in initial year,” says primogenitor Ann Donlon, who told me that where possible, uniforms are recycled and once too small, sole on to other students during a favoured price.

And Ann believes that a uniforms are critical to a temperament of a tyro and should therefore be in deferential and suitable condition.

“Even outward of propagandize hours, immature people wearing their uniforms are representing their families and their schools so contingency act accordingly,” she said.

There are a series of primary and delegate schools opposite Ireland, such as Mount Temple Comprehensive in Clontarf, Dublin where uniforms are not worn.

And many of a newer Educate Together schools work a non-uniform process same to a process adopted by many ­educational comforts on mainland Europe.

But Sean Coffey, principal of St Brendan’s College in Killarney, told me that visiting students during their all boy’s delegate propagandize quite suffer wearing a uniform.

“I found it fascinating, yet yes, we have students here from a likes of France, Germany and Spain and they’re so unapproachable and protecting of their propagandize uniform,” he said.

“Perhaps they feel it helps them fit in and that there’s a miss of vigour in determining what they should wear any day.”

At St Brendan’s, an iconic GAA school, only dual equipment of uniform are crested, a propagandize coupler and jumper, and where probable these are recycled and sole on as many as possible.

“We know that propagandize can be costly for relatives and do what we can to assist. Nothing goes to rubbish and we also recycle books as many as we can. It’s critical that we do as many as probable to assistance yet it’s also critical that things like a uniform stays for symbolism and identity,” pronounced Sean.

And opposite a country, many schools are doing what they can to support families. In Gaelscoil de hÍde in Fermoy, North Cork, a parents’ organisation work a emporium during their summer eulogise offered used propagandize uniforms during significantly reduced costs.

“The uniforms today are generally designed to final a few years so when a child outgrows his or her jumper, they mostly present them and these can be sole on to someone else,” explains a principal of a primary propagandize here, Sean Mac Gearailt.

He believes that attempts to source reduction costly uniforms, yet understandable, could be unnoticed and that a some-more unnecessary costs distortion elsewhere.

“I know from my possess children that a uniforms saved us income over a years and also we trust they are a essential component of propagandize life. There’s good honour in wearing a uniform, it’s like pulling on a county jersey for some, it says ‘this is who we am’,” he said.

“The general uniform evidence competence not even work, like we don’t see many kids usurpation general football tops and ironing a Manchester United or Liverpool trademark on to them, do you? It’s my faith that perplexing to renovate a book requirement emanate in Irish schools would make an awful lot some-more sense. Every year we’re told we need this new book and that one. Now we work a successful book let intrigue here yet still a pressures on relatives exist”.

On Monday morning, children and teenagers will make their approach behind by a propagandize gates with prolonged faces and glossy new blazers; others will wear some-more faded jumpers, and some their municipal clothes.

To a tyro though, they’ll all wish a uniform was behind in a emporium window and that they were still on a beach somewhere distant divided from here…

How a prices vary

An Irish League of Credit Union consult found that a relatives of primary propagandize children spend an normal of €166 per child and delegate propagandize relatives spend an normal of €258 per tee (including sports and other crested wear).

The prices of propagandize uniforms change widely. At St Columba’s in Rathfarnham, one of a many prestigious delegate schools in a country, a cost of a girl’s uniform, formed on final summer’s figures, came to approximately €305, incompatible sportswear.

In 2012 Aldi started promotion the ‘cheapest propagandize uniform in Ireland’ for €5, all but crests – including a €2 span of trousers, a €1.25 span of polo shirts and a €1.75 round-neck sweater. The sequence now contend they can offer a full uniform for underneath €5.50.

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