The Lowther Hall uniform has seen many changes and evolutions since our school began 96 years ago. The uniform is an important means by which our student community can feel connected to each other and it fosters a sense of belonging. Our uniform also forms part of our school's branding; conveying messages to the broader community about our values and standards. Lowther Hall girls wear their uniform with pride and it is a significant point of difference for us because of the polished way in which girls present themselves.
A uniform, however, is not a static thing and must continue to change and evolve over time in order to ensure that new developments in fabric and style are embraced. We have relatively recently updated our Sport uniform and continue to refine and improve items in the Sport uniform range. It is now time to review and update our academic (summer and winter) uniforms. This uniform change will be careful and considered and will be phased in slowly over a 4 year period so that families can plan for the change and avoid unnecessary cost.
In order to have completed the review of our school uniform and to have a new updated uniform ready by our centenary year in 2020 we have engaged a designer, Jonathan Ward, to work with a committee of staff, parents, and students (past and present). Jonathan began his career as a wool classer and then studied fashion design in Sydney and New York. When running his own business, Jonathan tailor-made garments for Nicole Kidman, Elle McPherson and Kylie Minogue. In 2001 he became the Executive Designer for the Australian brand, R M Williams and still holds that position.
Girls and parents who participated in our school surveys last year may remember that we sought your feedback about the uniform. A number of concerns were raised about the comfort of the current uniform for the girls, in particular the winter uniform. This feedback will play an important part in informing the review process and ensuring that any new uniform is comfortable and practical for the girls.
At this stage I anticipate the new uniform will be unveiled in 2017 and will be fully phased in by 2020. If you have any questions about the process involved in the uniform review, please do not hesitate to contact me or Ms Sandy Nelson (Director of Marketing and Admissions) at the School.
Another Busy Week
I have enjoyed catching up with many parents at various information nights again this week, but especially at last Friday's Welcome Evening. I would like to thank the members of the Parents and Friends' Association and the Foundation Committee for all of their work to make this event such a success. Thank you to those who were able to attend for making this such a convivial evening.
Tomorrow our Senior School rowing girls head to the Barwon River in Geelong for the Head of School Girls Regatta - I look forward to seeing them on the water and wish them all the best for this big event. In Junior School there will be the opportunity to spend part of the day tomorrow with grandparents and special friends and all of us are anticipating a great day to come!
Thank you all for your ongoing support of our School.