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Students becoming one through uniform at Greater Shepparton Secondary College

By Ashlea Witoslawski

From the beginning of 2020, all students at Greater Shepparton Secondary College's four campuses will be required to wear the one uniform.

Amid community concerns, State Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell shared her uniform issues in parliament last week, directing her comments at Education Minister James Merlino.

“Last week the minister finally announced the official name of the new school, Greater Shepparton Secondary College, and unveiled the new uniforms for the school,” Ms Lovell said.

“The executive principal (Genevieve Simson) has dictated that all students, including those in Year 12, must wear the uniform from the beginning of the 2020 school year.

“Following the merger of several schools in Melbourne, this same principal sent home 60 senior students for not being in the new school uniform on the first day of the 2013 school year.

“Will the minister guarantee that no students at the Greater Shepparton college will be sent home, suspended or denied access to an education for failing to be in the new school uniform?”

A Department of Education and Training spokesman said it was at a school's discretion how it chose to enforce its dress code.

However, it must be in accordance with the department’s Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidance and the school’s student engagement policy.

“From Term 1 2020, all students at Greater Shepparton Secondary College will wear the new school uniform,” the department spokesman said.

“Students can wear summer, winter or a combination of uniform items throughout the school year.”

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