St
Mary’s School Uniform Policy                            19759T

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Rationale

It is understood that students choosing to enrol in our school
accept that the full school uniform must be worn during the school day and also
in travelling to and from school. Parents are asked to show their support in
this regard by cooperating fully with the school in ensuring that students wear
uniform every day.

Wearing uniform is a sign of belonging to our school community and
is a factor in promoting positive behaviour and improved learning.

When a pupil arrives in school without the uniform the following
will be our practice

  1. Ask for a note signed by a parent/guardian
    with a valid reason why uniform is not being worn that day. We expect that this
    will be a rare occurance.
  2. A number of spare uniforms (freshly laundered)
    will be made available to those who arrive without their own uniform and
    without a written explanation.
  3. Pupil will be given a note to be signed and
    returned by parent/guardian.
  4. Repeated non
    wearing of the uniform will be regarded as a matter to be dealt with under our
    Disciplinary Procedures

Uniform

Note – all items may be purchased in the usual outlets (Dunnes,
Penneys, M&S, etc.)

Grey Trousers/Skirt

Grey Shirt

Wine v-necked pullover

Tie – wine (optional)

Note – you may need to go to a uniform supplier for larger sizes
or during term time when stocks are low in major outlets.

P.E

Pupils are required to wear a tracksuit as outlined
by the class teacher for P.E. or school trips but it cannot be worn as an
alternative to the school uniform at other times. Pupils will be informed when
they are required to wear the tracksuit. Pupils may not combine elements of the
tracksuit uniform with the main school uniform. 

In order to respect the integrity of the uniform
and limit time-wasting arbitration by staff on the suitability of items of
clothing, pupils and parents are asked to observe the school policy on uniform.

Pupils are not allowed to wear hoodies or other
garments over their school uniform in the classrooms or assembly hall.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Jewellery and Accessories: Any
item, jewellery or accessory, should not be worn or brought to school if it can
potentially cause an injury to the pupil or others. Parents are asked to be
particularly vigilant with regard to piercings and ensure that pupils who wear
earrings only wear small studs during school activities. This includes
long/pointed false nails.

Footwear: Pupils should wear footwear
appropriate to the weather and general activities normally conducted in a
primary school. Shoelaces must be tied in a secure manner (not tucked into the
shoe)

Hair: Parents are advised that long hair
should be ‘tied back’ to reduce risk of spreading or contracting headlice.
  

Home
Economics/Woodwork
– in practical subject classes additional guidance
will be issued.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Pupils & Parents:

  • The
    correct uniform must be worn at all times.
  • Pupils
    must be neat and tidy in their appearance.
  • All
    items belonging to a pupil must be clearly marked.
  • A
    note from parents must explain incomplete uniform or explain any deviation from
    the uniform policy on medical or other exceptional grounds.

School Staff:

  • Teachers
    shall monitor school uniform daily.
  • Uniform
    checks by the Principal/Deputy Principal shall take place regularly.  
  • Pupils
    who are not in full uniform will be subject to disciplinary action.
  • In
    the event of a dispute regarding the acceptability of a pupil’s uniform, the
    school’s Principal/Deputy Principal is the arbiter.

Please sign & return the slip below
by Friday February 8th

I have read the Uniform Policy and
agree to comply with its contents.