Student Dress Code Policy

Date: November 2017



The school community recognises the importance of:

·         the need for all students to actively and safely participate in all aspects of the school curriculum.

·         the need for students to dress appropriately for school.

There is a strong belief that the wearing of school uniform encourages a school identity, promotes a sense of pride in the school and promotes an ethos of equality.



·         To give all students a sense of identity and belonging to the Merriang SDS community.

·         To encourage a sense of equality amongst all students.

·         To enhance the profile and identity of the school and its students within the wider community.

·         To enhance individual student safety and group security.

·         To ensure all students are dressed safely and appropriately for school activities.


·         The wearing of school uniform is encouraged.

·         New enrolments to the school will be directly informed of the Student Dress Code Policy.

·         Staff and students must wear hats while outside from the beginning of the school year until April 30th and from September 1st until the end of the school year.

  • School uniform, which conforms to SunSmart requirements, will be sold through the designated school uniform supplier.
  • Shoes are not specified items of school uniform but students are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear.  Thongs and open-toed sandals/shoes are not permitted for safety reasons.
  • Excessive or expensive jewelry is not permitted.
  • Special circumstances will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Parents who are experiencing difficulties in meeting the costs of the uniform will be made aware of the options available to them, including the State Schools’ Relief.
  • Any families with concerns regarding the Student Dress Code Policy are

to be directed to the School Principal.


Related legislation and regulations:

  • Education and Training Reform Act 2006
  • Education and Training Regulations 2017
  • Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic)


State Schools' Relief




  • This policy will be revisited yearly to ensure it complies with all departmental guidelines.





Ratified School Council:  November 2017

Review date:                     November 2020