School uniforms: Good for kids or only another expense? |

January 20, 2017 - School Uniform

The back-to-school duration can be stressful and costly for relatives - generally if they're forking out for a new uniform.

The back-to-school duration can be stressful and costly for relatives – generally if they’re forking out for a new uniform.

As a back-to-school date approaches, relatives are reaching into their pockets to flare out for new kits.

It doesn’t stop with a shirt and pants anymore – many schools have anniversary uniforms, sports uniforms, and uniforms for opposite year levels.

In a new survey, 88 per cent of relatives pronounced they were experiencing financial highlight from carrying to buy propagandize uniforms.

NZ Uniform arch executive David Bunnell pronounced uniforms are a apparatus to foster a school's brand.

NZ Uniform arch executive David Bunnell pronounced uniforms are a apparatus to foster a school’s brand.

Uniforms are pronounced to provoke a clarity of equivalence and belonging among students – even fuzz socioeconomic differences – though does it unequivocally matter what children wear to school?

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Some high schools offer mufti for students in year 13 to assistance kids transition to a workforce.

Some high schools offer mufti for students in year 13 to assistance kids transition to a workforce.

David Bunnell, arch executive of uniform manufacturer NZ Uniforms pronounced uniforms were a “wonderful event for schools to benefaction their code and image” within their community.

Uniforms inspire honour and belonging – “imagine a All Blacks in usually a plain black shirt”.

Bunnell pronounced there was always a lot of importance on uniform cost in January, though not on peculiarity or longevity.

The father-of-five said he understands that profitable a large pile sum during a commencement of a year can be difficult, though pronounced it should be about value.

“Parents have an expectancy of strength and continuance … we get what we compensate for,” he said.

People would be “pleasantly surprised” to hear that compared with 10 years ago, uniforms prices are a same, if not decreasing, he said.

Catherine Rivers, a principal of St Mark’s School Catholic Primary School, agreed that carrying a uniform instilled a clarity of propagandize honour and village suggestion in students.

St Mark’s, in a easterly Auckland suburb of Pakuranga, has a summer, winter, and competition uniform.

Rivers pronounced she knows that it can be formidable to compensate a initial costs if a tyro is new to school, though pronounced uniforms “absolutely” save relatives income in a prolonged run.

“It takes a vigour off relatives to keep adult with a latest trends, so it’s not an one-upmanship.”

Rivers pronounced a evidence that uniforms impede creativity and self-expression doesn’t take into comment a outlets for creativity that schools can provide.

“Look during music, pattern and a humanities – there is a lot of range for particular behaviour,” she said.


Grace Hemingway is about to start year 10 during Western Springs College in Auckland, where students do not have a grave uniform.

Wearing mufti was zero new to her, carrying finished so in primary propagandize – it was wearing a uniform while during middle that was different, she said. 

“It was uncanny to wear a same things as everybody else.”

If anything, going behind to wearing mufti at high propagandize was stressful, she said. 

“The night before we pulled all out of my closet going by what to wear and was stressing out about it.”

That wore off quickly, she said, and now she “doesn’t unequivocally caring about it anymore”.

Grace pronounced infrequently kids get pulled adult on what they wear, but mufti shows individuality – that is a good thing in her books. 

Rangitoto College, New Zealand’s largest delegate school, offers both grave uniform and mufti. 

There is a uniform for those in years 9-10, a comparison uniform for years 11-12, and mufti for year 13 students.

Principal David Hodge pronounced mufti is something that students demeanour brazen to, and is there to assistance transition them from delegate propagandize to work or university.

Year 13 students value a event to dress as individuals, and are reaching an age where they have a majority to be means to understanding with not wearing a uniform, he said.

“The initial weeks they worry about what they’re wearing, though afterwards they settle into their possess niche and they don’t unequivocally care.”


Tessa Rose’s daughter has been in mufti for a past 8 years. Rose pronounced she loves the fact that there is no vital highlight if something gets lost.

Now that her daughter is starting high school, Rose pronounced she is anticipating it difficult.

“The cost of a uniform is roughly crippling. I’m anticipating she never grows and keeps it in good condition, differently we will need to take out a tiny debt to reinstate it.”

Uniforms can be good, though are “way too costly for people who struggle”, Amanda Lee Coker. 

“Mufti is better, though we have to set it to a standard, we wish something that will usually cost $30 and final dual to 3 years rather than $100-400.”

Theodora Despotaki pronounced uniforms concede for “one reduction amicable pressure” on kids who are already feeling unwavering about their appearance.

Angela Reid pronounced she thinks uniforms are good – though hated wearing one when she was during school. 

“I remember being sent home to rinse off mascara and lipgloss.

“I know a manners now as a parent, though somewhat remonstrate from a personal countenance perspective,” she said. 

 – Stuff

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