Wakatipu High is tackling a new uniform

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Queenstown teenagers will take on a distinctly new look next year. 

Wakatipu High is to get a new school uniform from 2014 and exactly how the students will dress will be decided during the next few months. 

School principal Steve Hall says a survey last year revealed overwhelming support for a change to the uniform. 

“Pride, appearance – those things were big-picture considerations as part of the school survey and arguably, the school uniform is part of that,” Hall explains. 

“People want it formal, people want it tidy, they want it functional because of our climate, but cost was a key factor for people. There is a really interesting balance to try to achieve here.” 

The board of trustees formally approved the uniform review at its meeting last week and the school will undertake a comprehensive process to decide on the new look over the coming months. 

A panel comprising one board member, two parents, one staff member and two students will be established to put together a proposal. 

Regular feedback opportunities will be provided. 

It’s expected the new school uniform concept will be ratified by the board in August, in time for supplies to be ordered for the start of 2014.