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Dress Code

Requirements of the appropriate dress code are: the wearing any combination of solid navy and solid white. At all times clothing must be neat, modest, and suitable for a Catholic school environment.

Our Lady of Sorrows Dress Code

Tops:

  1. SOLID navy blue or white, short or long sleeves, collared or non-collared are acceptable

  2. Sweaters, sweatshirts and hoodies must also be SOLID navy blue or white

  3. No stripes, patterns, branding or visible logos

  4. Sleeveless tops are not permitted

  5. All Spirit Wear and OLS team apparel are acceptable

Bottoms:

  1. SOLID navy-blue bottoms are required, no denim

  2. ‘Athleisure’ wear is allowed, including opaque leggings, jogging pants   and yoga pants

  3. SOLID navy blue or white shorts, dresses, skirts and jumpers are allowed

  4. No stripes, patterns, branding or visible logos

  5. All Spirit Wear and OLS team apparel are acceptable

Civvies Day

All students are expected to come to school appropriately dressed; that is, neat, clean and in a manner that reflects the aims and atmosphere of a Catholic school. Please refer to the Principles of Modesty for more guidelines.

Principles of Modesty

Since students may be attending Church on any given day, and in keeping with the Policy, appropriate dress includes;

  • Mid-thigh length shorts

  • On Civvies days, clothing with slogans and pictures should promote a positive attitude

  • All clothing should help to create an environment for academic learning

  • Clothing that does not reflect modesty is not allowed, (e.g. T-shirts with sexual connotations or inappropriate slogans, sleeveless tops, and tops that expose the midriff, or low-riding pants)

  • Logos and branding may act as a point of differentiation of status. In keeping with Catholic values, students are reminded to be mindful of respecting their peers and strive to dress in a manner that promotes equality through the absence of branding and logos

Monitoring the Local Dress Code 

With the support of the teachers, Administration will monitor the adherence to the Local Dress Code in a progressive manner, which may include:

  • Verbal warning,

  • Written notice, and/or

  • Progressive Discipline

All final decisions related to the application of the Local Dress Code are at the discretion of the Administration of the school. 

Proper footwear is the minimum requirement in the gymnasium. Jewelry should be removed for gym activity as it can be a safety issue. Physical Education is a component of the curriculum and is not optional. This includes 20 minutes of Daily Physical Activity and students should be prepared to be active each and every day!

Indoor shoes are also required to help maintain cleanliness throughout the classrooms. During the winter months, the wearing of socks or boots all day is neither healthy nor safe. In the event of an evacuation there will not be time to put on shoes nor is it safe to travel through the building or on the stairs in socks.

Previously loved clothing, that is in good repair, and adheres to the Local Dress Code, may be donated to the school (dropped off at the Office) throughout the year.  Families will be able to contact the school to acquire these items if there is a need.

As per the Dress Code For Pupils Policy S.S.07, the Local Dress Code is subject to review every five years.