Since the community survey in 2017, the Uniform Committee has been working with uniform supply companies, uniform consultants, parent, student and staff representatives to develop new directions for the College uniform to reflect the high expectations of the College and its community.
Four key pillars were identified to guide the process.
Price. Quality. Function. Image.
Ensuring the uniform remained affordable for Tatachilla families, and of good quality, was a high priority. Careful consideration has also been given to wear and wash-ability, knowing that school uniforms need to be hard wearing and durable. Additionally, the look of the uniform needed to reflect the culture of the College, our setting in the Fleurieu Peninsula, and convey a smart and contemporary image to take us into the next 25 years of College life.
The uniform aims to suit the needs of active students in the junior years while respecting the maturity and aspirations of young men and women in the middle and senior years. The uniform draws on the College’s traditional clothing palette of cardinal red and black, with the addition of a dark charcoal grey to give a more contemporary visual definition.
The community survey clearly identified current uniform items that were both popular and unpopular with our students and their families. These views have been taken into consideration in developing the new look uniform and informed the development of the brief and guiding principles.
Priorities for the new uniform included providing a wardrobe of trans-seasonal items that can be layered to suit the weather, rather than the traditional and entirely separate winter and summer uniform; practical clothing for Reception to Year 12 outdoor learning; alternatives to the dress and skirt for girls; and maintaining sub-school identity.
High quality modern material has been chosen for durability and comfort, and efforts have been made to reduce costs by simplifying the uniform into one year long suite of items that can be worn across the year and by having a simplified list of compulsory items.
We look forward to seeing our students beginning to wear the new uniform.
Mr Noel Mifsud