Our policy on school uniform is based on the belief that school uniform:
• promotes a sense of pride in our school
• helps to create a sense of community and belonging towards the school
• identifies the children with the school
• supports our commitment to inclusion
• prevents children from wearing ‘fashion clothes’ that could be distracting in class
• is practical, smart and designed with health and safety in mind
We believe that one of the responsibilities of parents is to ensure that their child has the correct uniform and PE kit, and that it is clean, in good repair and that the child’s name is written on all items. If a parent has difficulties for any reason with fulfilling this request they are asked to speak confidentially to a senior member of staff to discuss the issues. Parents should be assured that we will do all we can to help.
Children can come to school wearing their PE Kit on their PE days (including swimming days). We do this because:
- it will raise the profile of PE in school to put more clearly in children's minds the importance of sport in leading active, healthy lives;
- it will maximise time spent on physical activity in PE by cutting out time spent on changing;
- it should eliminate the possibility of clothing being lost while children change in to their PE kit;
- it will even out wear and tear on uniforms & PE kits, making normal school uniform last a little longer and getting maximum wear out of PE kit;
- PE kits can be washed more regularly rather than staying in bags until the end of term;
- there will be no need to buy/replace a PE bag;
The PE Kit for Our Lady of Compassion is as follows:
- Polo shirt in ‘house’ colours with school logo (St Anne’s – Red, St Gabriel’s – Yellow, St Raphael’s – Blue, St Joseph’s – Green)
- Navy gym shorts or skort, navy sweatshirt with or without school logo for outdoor PE, navy joggers for outdoor PE
- Suitable Trainers for outdoor PE
- During the winter months children should coming to school each day in their navy sweatshirt and navy joggers.
- If children forget their kits we will contact parents ahead of the PE lesson, which will be in the afternoon. When children have swimming, they should still wear their PE kit for the rest of the day in order to fulfil the first bullet point above in our rationale for the change.
- Earrings should also be removed before coming to school on PE days and left at home for safe-keeping.