With Kinross Wolaroi School approaching fifty years since taking its current form via a merger of Wolaroi College and Kinross School in 1975, it is timely to launch the next phase in the School’s history by transitioning to a new uniform that will reflect the ethos and identity of our school in the new millennium. A new uniform will address the needs and expectations of today’s students and their parents. At the same time, a new uniform will better visually communicate Kinross Wolaroi School’s unique offering and be a pillar of the School’s visual identity. A uniform review to be conducted during 2021 will address both the academic and the sport and co-curricular uniforms.
A Message from the Principal
In July 2019 the School commenced a landmark project for Kinross Wolaroi School – the review and redesign of our school uniform. We are conducting the process with a view to refreshing and modernising our students’ look to integrate our traditions but become more contemporary and distinctive in fabrics used, style and adaptability.
We are excited that the uniform review process is being led by internationally recognised Australian designer and wool ambassador, Jonathan Ward. Formerly executive designer at RM Williams, Jonathan grew up on a farm at Tottenham and boarded at Trinity from 10 years of age, while his sister attended Kinross Wolaroi School. Jonathan feels he has a unique understanding to bring to the design of our new uniform and he is enthusiastic about being involved. He has had oversight of a number of significant school uniform redesign projects over the years, most recently including Guildford Grammar, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School, Wesley College Melbourne, Canberra Grammar School and Barker College.
A committee will oversee the development process and opportunities will be created to consult with our key stakeholders along the way. The committee has been selected to ensure that it represents Senior Leadership, Council, staff, parents from a range of year groups and ex-students. The work of this committee will be vital to connecting students to the tradition and history of the School whilst at the same time reflecting the beginning of a new era for Kinross Wolaroi School. The process will address the academic and PDHPE uniform as well as the sport and co-curricular uniforms.
The current uniform has been in place since the 1970’s: with its heavy emphasis on the Blackwatch tartan it essentially replicates the PLC uniform of decades past. A number of elements of the uniform are now dated. The uniform – in colour and presentation - no longer adequately supports the School’s branding and position in the NSW education landscape.
The School has entered a new era with a new leadership team and strategic plan; a revised uniform will be an outward expression of this change. As opposed to when the look of our current uniform was decided, our school is no longer seen as an amalgamation of previous schools but has a strong and clear identity in the education landscape and in our community.
In addition, there is a need for the uniform to accommodate the needs and expectations of today’s students and their parents. It must offer more options for comfort – such as shorts and trousers for girls - and be more unisex in its look. The uniform must accommodate all body shapes and provide students with practical choices as they move from childhood through adolescence to young adulthood.
Ultimately, our new uniform will be expected to last for at least two decades. The latest options in natural and manmade fabrics will be considered, although the importance of the wool industry to the school’s history and current families cannot be ignored. The school’s rural heritage and location, its large population of children from rural, farming and remote homes, and the new focus on the TREE program should rightly have an influence on the look and feel of our uniform.
Noone Imagewear has been secured to manufacture and sell our new School uniform from an on-campus Uniform Store, which began operation in Term 4, 2020. Their vast experience in managing implementation of new uniforms in schools will be of huge benefit to our community as we transition to our new look.
The Uniform Review will be conducted throughout 2021. It will be a phased transition to minimise the financial outlay by parents. We are currently working to the below schedule:
- The current Kinross Wolaroi uniform may be worn by students in 2022 and 2023.
- The design and range of the uniform will be revealed to the community at our official launch in Term 4, 2021.
- Academic and PE Uniform: Available for purchase and wearing by students Term 1, 2022
- Summer Sports: Available for purchase and wearing for Summer sports Term 4, 2022
- Winter sports: Available for purchase and wearing for winter sports Term 2, 2023.
- Current families will have a two-year transition period from the beginning of Term 1, 2022 until the end of Term 4, 2023 to transition to a new uniform.
As expected, moving from the old to the new is not an easy process. The COVID19 pandemic could still influence our final timeline. We will keep our community well-informed of this transition.
I very much look forward to embarking on this exciting journey as we work with our community to design a uniform that is classic with a contemporary feel and that captures the energy, soul and culture of the School, its students and our beautiful location. We have an opportunity to do something unique and very special which reflects who we are and what we aspire to be.
Dr Andrew Parry
Principal – Kinross Wolaroi School