After two years and four separate surveys, the Mount Aspiring College Board of Trustees has announced that a “complete design option” for a new school uniform is ready to present to the school community for feedback.
In a letter to parents and caregivers sent last week, principal Wayne Bosley said that the most recent survey - a colour confirmation survey which was sent out in August 2019 after the first colour survey, sent in March, showed no clear consensus - had determined that the new uniform will be “a refresh of the traditional colours. “These are royal blue, navy blue, white and grey.”
According to Shona Brown, parent representative on the board, this will be the first time the school has had a formal and extensive uniform update. Previous surveys conducted by the volunteer Uniform Review Committee first confirmed that the school community wanted a change (71 per cent of 1,000 respondents in March 2018) and that a new uniform should be more formal, with more layering and gender diverse options (1,016 respondents in June/July 2018).
The uniform design will go on display in the office foyer on Friday, and will also be shown at the Wanaka A&P Show over the weekend, before appearing at a community information session on Monday, March 16. Principal Bosley said, “There will be an opportunity to give feedback later on in the month.”
He added that the Board of Trustees “acknowledge[d] that this community-led project has taken a long time, and we thank you for your patience.” Partial implementation of the new uniform will not begin until 2021.