School Uniforms support the Biblical principles of dress so far as it concerns modesty.
In addition, uniforms encourage certain qualities desirable for a positive school atmosphere. They include:
- School Spirit: Uniforms help unify the student body in their common endeavour. We are commanded to seek our neighbour’s good and a uniform code help diffuse peer pressure.
- Dignity: Uniforms help remind students that learning and studying are not trivial activities to be endured, but instead their duty and calling.
- Orderliness: Uniforms help students to see themselves and each other as “students”. As in many other vocations, a uniform sets one apart. A doctor, nurse, policeman, all dress according to their vocation.
Further, there are some secondary advantages that would follow as a result of having a school uniform:
- Uniforms eliminate the need to keep up with fads.
- Saves time deciding what to wear.
- Cost of clothing (long-term).
The main responsibility for enforcement of the dress code standard is the home. Parental support and cooperation is greatly appreciated in helping our students abide by the uniform policy. All students should maintain a modest, neat, and clean appearance. Parents are urged to monitor the condition of their children’s uniform pieces; faded and/or torn items should be repaired or replaced.
- The school uniform must be purchased through the Uniform Committee from R.J. McCarthy Ltd.
- Gym uniforms must be purchased through the Uniform Committee. The Committee may at times purchase the gym uniforms from various sports apparel companies, depending on what is available.
- The Uniform Committee will typically send out order forms in September, January and May, with the orders arriving approximately 2 months later. The school stock items may be used for size fitting purposes before placing each order, if necessary. Parents are responsible for filling in their own order form accurately. Changes to an order must be given to the uniform committee as soon as possible. Items ordered incorrectly may be exchanged with the limited in stock items kept at the school, or a credit note may be given which can be applied to the next order, all at the discretion of the committee.
- The uniform committee will be present at Kindergarten Visit Day in the Spring to assist new Kindergarten students with sizing.
- The Uniform Committee will organize a time to assist new families joining ORCS with sizing and uniform procedures.
- Passing on used uniform items, or donating them to Onwards Thrift is encouraged. Contact the Onwards Thrift store for more information.
Uniform Dress Code
Full required uniform includes the following:
- White long sleeve dress shirt (short sleeve optional April 1- November 1)
- Navy knit vest /sweater (optional April 1- November 1)
- Kilt with bicycle shorts (girls)
- Navy pants (boys) (navy short optional April 1 – November 1)
- Navy or black socks , leggings, or tights (girls); navy or black socks (boys)
- In addition, for evening programs dark dress shoes are required, girls must wear navy or black socks, tights, or leggings, and boys must wear navy pants
When the full uniform is not required, students in Kindergarten through Gr. 6 may wear the following items:
- White, maroon or navy long or short sleeved golf shirts
- Maroon or navy zip polo sweatshirt
- Navy full-zipped hooded sweatshirt or navy full zip fitted sweatshirt
- Short sleeve dress shirt
- White, navy, black or maroon socks, leggings or tights (girls)
- Navy shorts (boys)
When the full uniform is not required, students in Gr. 7 – 12 may wear the following items:
- All of the above
- Khaki pants (boys)
Gym clothes are required for students in Gr.5-8 and high school Phys. Ed., and are optional for all other students. They include:
- Gym uniform shirt with the ORCS gym uniform logo, purchased from various sporting apparel companies by the Uniform Committee.
- Gym uniform shorts or pants with the ORCS gym uniform logo, purchased from various sporting apparel companies by the Uniform Committee.
- Non-marking indoor gym shoes
All of the above items, except for the socks, leggings, tights and gym shoes must be ordered from the school’s uniform committee, who will purchase from the supplier.
- Socks / tights and shoes are required footwear
- Sandals (without socks) are optional April 1 – November 1. (No bare feet allowed in the classroom.)
- Flip-flops are unacceptable.
- Grade 8 graduates are required to wear their full, required uniform to the graduation dinner and under their gown for graduation at the year-end closing program.
- Grade 12 graduates may wear their “upscale best” to the graduation dinner and under their gown for graduation at the year-end closing program. (Please ensure that graduation attire displays Christian modesty)
- Graduation caps and gowns for Grade 8 are: navy for boys and maroon for girls. Grade 12 graduates wear black caps and gowns with maroon stoles, all which are provided by the school.
- The full, required uniform is to be worn on chapel days, which is the first school day of the week. Other uniform pieces may be worn at all other times.
- Students must arrive at school and leave school wearing their uniforms and must be worn throughout the school day. Remove: Students are required to be in proper uniform throughout the school day.
- The full, required uniform is to be worn to all school programs such as the Christmas Program, Grandparents Day, Music Evenings and the School Closing Program. On field trips and other school outings, students must be in uniform as specified by the principal or classroom teacher. Certain occasions may allow for exceptions such as Activity Day, certain field trips, and Student Parliament run non-uniform days, but if a student is not participating, he/she must still wear the regular uniform to school.
- The only ‘non-uniform’ items allowed to be worn under the uniform top are plain white T-shirts, undershirts, and turtlenecks (Printed or coloured T-shirts, undershirts or turtlenecks are not acceptable).
- Hats, coats, and scarves are not to be worn in the classroom at any time. If students feel the need to wear something over their uniform in the classroom us should be the zip polo sweatshirt or the full zippered sweatshirt. It should not be a coat, jacket, or any non-uniform item.
- Faded, damaged or soiled clothing worn to school will be brought to the parents’ attention.
- Kilts worn above our modesty length are considered an infraction. (As a general rule the kilt should be within 2 inches from the floor when the student is kneeling to be within our modesty length. Blouses or shirts that are so short they show the midriff when reaching or bending will also be considered an infraction.
- Earrings for boys, and body piercing such as multiple earrings, pierced eyebrows, lips, etc. are not allowed.
- Students who come to school with their hair dyed other than natural colours will be sent home.
- Students who are not in proper uniform will receive a uniform infraction, which will be recorded on an infraction form, and signed by the student. Any high school student who receives a second infraction per month will be required to spend a lunch time detention in the office. Elementary uniform infractions will be resolved by communication between the teacher, parents and the secretaries.
This is a sample of our uniform order form, to give an idea of items and prices: Uniform Order Form