The Dress Code requires that student’s clothes are neat, clean, in good repair and appropriate for school.
MDCS does not have a uniform, however students’ clothing choices and parents’ guidance of such are to be shaped by the clear guidelines given in the MDCS Dress Code. A Sports uniform is to be worn by students during PE and Sport classes, Interschool Sports Days and on some excursions. Sports T-Shirts are available for purchase in the MDCS Office.
Principles that guide the MDCS Dress Code:
- School activities: School dress should support the central purpose of schooling-teaching and learning.
- Health and safety: School dress should be safe and supportive, safeguarding the health of students.
- Comfort: School dress should be suitable and comfortable for the school environment. School dress will be different from dress for social functions or outings such as going to the beach.
- Modesty: School dress should be modest, supporting the Christian core values of the School.
- Individuality: School dress should afford some degree of guided freedom and provide an opportunity to express individuality
Students in Prep – Year 10 are required to wear the MDCS Sports uniform to all Physical Education classes and sporting events.
The MDCS Sports uniform includes:
- MDCS Sports Polo Shirt
- Navy blue shorts or tracksuit pants
- Running shoes
- T-shirts, polo tops or collared shirts are preferred.
- Tops must have sleeves and have non-revealing necklines.
- Tops should not show any midriffs or underwear including when arms are raised or when the student is bending over.
- See-through garments are not permitted.
Skirts and Dresses
- Skirts and dresses must be of medium length (come to no more than 10cm above the knee) and allow the student to bend over without showing personal attire.
- Summer dresses without sleeves must have a top underneath that complies with the Tops statement.
Shorts, Trousers, and Jeans
- Shorts must be of medium length: a minimum of halfway between the crotch and the knee.
- Jeans must not reveal any undergarments (such as Boxer Shorts).
- Leggings are permitted underneath garments but not on their own
- Footwear needs to be safe and well supported.
- Footwear should have an enclosed toe and a secured heel.
- The following are not allowed: Ugg boots, Crocs, slippers, thongs, sandals or flimsy slip-on shoes.
- When outdoors in Terms One and Four, hats with flaps or wide brims must be worn.
- The brim of hats must be a minimum of 6cm.
- Hats are not permitted to be worn indoors.
- Students must be suitably attired for Physical Education.
- Parents should be aware of PE days and students come dressed appropriately.
- For Physical Education, students are to wear either blue shorts (leggings are permitted underneath) or tracksuit pants and a Mountain District Christian School Sports T-Shirt/Shirt.
Hair and Make-Up
- Colour variation should also be of moderate intensity, with extreme bleaching being considered inappropriate.
- Hair should be clean, neat and out of the eyes and face.
- In Years P-9 where hair falls below the shoulder it must be tied back.
- In Years 10-12 where hair falls below the shoulder it must be tied back for practical classes.
- Subtle make-up is acceptable. This would include: light eye shadow, mascara, and blush. Heavy foundation or tanning application is inappropriate during school hours. Clear or light nail polish is also acceptable.
- Items of jewellery should be kept to a minimum for reasons of safety as much as propriety.
- There should be no body decorations such as tattoos (this includes temporary ones).
- Necklaces are permitted if single, subtle and safe.
- No necklaces are permitted during Physical Education or Manual Arts classes.
- Earrings: Only one set of matching studs and small sleepers are allowed. “Dangly” or looped earrings are not allowed at school.
- Other piercings, including eyebrow, lip, nose and tongue, are not permitted.
Management of the Dress Code
- In most instances non-compliance will result in students being issued with a Dress Code Notice that will need to be signed and returned to school.
- Make-up, jewellery will be asked to be removed or student sent home.
- Inappropriate footwear: student sent home.
- Inappropriate top: student will be issued an article of clothing from lost property or school t-shirt which is to be returned the following day.
- Students who continue to breach the Dress Code will face normal disciplinary procedures, which includes exclusion from school activities and after-school detentions.