New school year first school gear

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Queenstown Primary new entrants Alfie Yeo and Zoe Deering reckon their new school clobber is pretty cool. 

Yesterday was the first day back for the school – and the first day pupils have ever had to wear uniforms. 

Compulsory uniforms were an “overwhelming” school community choice in a survey two years ago, principal John Western says. 

He’s “very supportive” about uniforms. 

“It will definitely contribute to a sense of pride and identity and reduce the issue of [clothing] labels – with some having them and some not,” Western says. 

He also believes it’ll be cheaper in the long run, saying the items are “very affordable”, giving a $35 fleece top as an example. 

“In time, we’ll certainly be looking forward to having a second-hand market too,” Western adds. 

Yet he’s conscious of the concern some parents have had about the initial $250 outlay for both summer and winter uniforms. 

“It’s a fair question, it’s a lot of money.” 

Parents of between 10 and 20 families have been to see him, Western says, but the school can’t pay the uniform costs for them.