By enrolling your child at Cape Byron you have agreed to abide by the school’s dress code, as described below, and your continued support in this area will be much appreciated.
- Please dress your child warmly during Autumn and Winter and provide spare clothes in rainy weather.
- Plain coloured clothing made of natural fibres is recommended. For the Primary School black clothes are considered unsuitable because we understand beautiful colours help to enrich the child’s soul life and colour experience.
- Clothing should promote freedom of movement, but not promote gender stereotypical behaviour. Bike pants or shorts under skirts allow modest freedom movement.
- Clothing should cover shoulders and midriffs. In hot weather singlets are acceptable but an over shirt which covers the shoulders is required for outside play.
- Clothing with printed images, messages or slogans are not acceptable. Children may be asked to turn their T-shirt inside out if it is considered to be unsuitable for school.
- Clothing should be clean and tidy.
- Clothing is the best form of sun protection.
Strong, supportive flat soled shoes in Winter and Autumn and shoes or sandals in Summer and Spring are suitable for school. Thongs and Ugg boots are not acceptable for school. ‘Fashion’ shoes are not suitable and in fact endanger arches, ankles and knees. Shoes need to be suitable for playing sport and for nature walks. Inadequate or built up shoes limit the capacity of the child to engage in everyday activities, so please ensure your child has suitable shoes for school and socks in the cooler months (Terms 2 and 3).
Soft indoor slippers are used by all children K-6. They are used for Eurythmy classes once a week throughout the year. Teachers also require slippers to be worn for all or part of the day while the children are in the classrooms. The reasons for this are:
- To keep the children’s feet warm in the cooler weather.
- To allow the children to move their feet more freely and easily while participating in indoor movement activities.
- To promote a separation between inside and outside, where children change footwear and prepare to move inside for different activities.
- To help cultivate an attitude of respect for a calm, peaceful indoor learning environment.
- To help maintain a clean floor space in the classroom.
Suitable slippers can be purchased locally, contact details for sale points are available from the office.
Clothes for Special Events
Occasionally your child will need special clothes for school for sports days, performances or festivals. Your child’s Class Teacher will inform you of this in advance.
Every child needs a broad brimmed hat which shades the ears and nose while at school. Caps and sunshades are not acceptable. The children are expected to wear hats whenever they leave the shade of their class veranda. Children who forget to bring their hat must remain on their class veranda or in their classrooms during the breaks.
Anthroposophical medical advice supports the view that hats should be worn all year round in Australia even during those cloudy winter days. Protection from the sun’s harmful rays ensures that the child’s immune system is not damaged.
Hair and nails
Hair is to be kept clean. Long hair (below shoulders) needs to be kept tied back as do long fringes. Nails are to be kept clean and trimmed short.