From the Waverley College Uniform Committee
Over the past 18 months, we have been on a journey to develop a uniform that has a contemporary feel, is flexible and comfortable to wear, and is better suited to the school environment and to boys’ learning. One key objective of the redesign was to reduce the long term costs for parents. We have achieved this by developing a uniform that is worn by boys from Year 5 to Year 12, has a transeasonal approach to everyday dressing through choice of core essential and optional garments, and uses newly developed fabrics that are lightweight, durable and comfortable.
Every College stakeholder group is represented and actively involved in the review process including students, parents, College staff, Old Boys and Board members.
Designer Jonathan Ward is leading the review and process. The former executive designer for R. M. Williams is known for his versatility, design sense and understanding of how school uniforms work. Jonathan has been working closely with the Uniform Review Committee to create new design proposals. The committee then discusses the proposals and agree on the final design.
The most recent development in the new uniform project is the official sign off of the core academic uniform. We want to thank you for your patience and the flow of supportive feedback that we have received from the community throughout the design process.
It is important to note that there is a one-year phase-in period, therefore, by 2021 the entire College will be in the new uniform. While all students have the option to wear the new uniform in 2020, it is only compulsory for Year 5 and Year 7 2020 students to be wearing the new uniform. The new core academic and sport uniform will be available for purchase in the uniform shop at the end of 2019. Please read the Q&A document below which provides detailed information about the uniform transition and outlines the specific uniform requirements per year group.
Please find below a sneak preview of the uniform, worn by Year 11 student, Will Baker and College Captain, Harry Whitaker. We will continue to keep you updated on further developments as they unfold.
In other exciting news…
Uniform Shop Ownership
After extensive consultation, we are delighted to advise that clothing manufacturer and retail services provider, Noone, will manage the retail operation of the uniform store effective from the start of term 3.
As you may be aware, Noone has collaborated with leading designer Jonathan Ward and members of the College Uniform Committee for the past 18 months to produce an exciting and innovative new uniform which will be introduced for the start of next year. The new uniform will be available later in Term 4 in time for new student fittings and will be on display in the uniform shop early next term. In January 2020, the uniform shop will launch an online store to make purchasing items simple and easy for families. More details about the online store will available shortly.
Established in 1947, Noone have a long history as a uniform supplier who specialise in the design, manufacture and retail management of uniforms for many leading schools across Australia. Noone currently have over 190 schools under their retail management which are managed through 9 dedicated retail stores and 50 on-campus uniform stores. Noone currently manage the uniform requirements of other leading local schools including Cranbrook School, St Vincent’s College and PLC Sydney.
With their extensive experience in retail management, the Noone staff will oversee the exciting rollout of the new uniform to our College community. Noone will also manage the existing College uniform stock over the 2020 transition period.
As a customer-focused organisation, Noone look forward to providing a personalised and professional uniform service to our College Community.
Further details can be found in the Q&A document below, and uniform shop opening hours can be found on our website .
We look forward to bringing you more information as the design process continues. Thank you for coming along this exciting journey with us.