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Dressed up

This Ellerslie Secondary student has his head wrapped in a brightly coloured scarf. It is unlikely he spends the day at school this way. This St James Secondary schoolgirl is sporting a hemline above the knee while her schoolmate is dressed in two-tone shoes. A male student wearing an earring, which he probably takes out during school hours. This Harrison college student has long legs, so even though her hemline does not seem short, it is still above her knees. (Pictures by Nigel Browne.) The knees of two Parkinson Memorial students can clearly be seen but would not be if their hemlines were two inches below the knee.

Wed, October 24, 2012 - 12:05 AM

Principal Matthew Farley, of Graydon Sealy Secondary School, was quoted on Sunday as saying that if other school principals stuck to the standardized dress code agreed upon in 2009, the 265 students he recently suspended would “look like a picnic”.

In the interview, he said he was a member of a school committee as part of the Barbados Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools which came to a decision to institute the dress code. He said things such as hemlines two inches below the knee and banning scarves and mobile devices had all been agreed upon.

The MIDWEEK NATION went into The City and took a look at what students attending other schools looked like heading to and coming from their respective educational institutions. Bear in mind, however, that it is possible for students to look one way before and after school and another while actually at school.

Many of the students observed, particularly in the lower forms, were attired appropriately. Most of the infringements spotted were made by older students, all from different schools.

There were a few students from St Leonard’s Boys’ School and Metropolitan High School sporting the popular suede shoes. At least one of them had high-top suede sneakers with the bottom of the pants tucked into the top of the shoes – a definite no-no according to the agreement.

In addition, two boys from The Lodge School were wearing Clarks Lugger shoes, the types with the laces at the side.

Many of the short skirt and overall infractions did not appear to be indecent but the rules are clear – two inches below the knee – which means that three female Queen’s College students really should receive a warning.

Harrison College and The St Michael School also did not escape as female students from both institutions were spotted with skirts showing their kneecaps.

There were also instances of male students sporting earrings and both female and male students with their heads wrapped in scarves, among other infractions.

Interestingly enough, the most appropriately attired school children came from Graydon Sealy Secondary; they know their principal is very strict when it comes to the dress code. (CA)

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Posted by Tony Waterman 2 years ago
""Interestingly enough, the most appropriately attired school children came from Graydon Sealy Secondary; they know their principal is very strict when it comes to the dress code.""
Well Well!!! according to this Midweek Nation litle walk about, it appears that Principal Farley, does have at least two points (1) there was an agreement between Principals and the education department and (2) his stance on the issue, appears to be yielding fruit.
STICK with it Principal Farley.

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Posted by Rico Cave 2 years ago
see what happens every evening after school

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Posted by Col Cam 2 years ago
I congratulate you Mr. Farley. Keep the standards high. Don't mind the lack of support. Your own is your worst enemies, expect criticism.

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Posted by Grey Stoute 2 years ago
Gasp! The horror! Kneecaps!
To be fair, senior SMC, HC, and QC skirts were designed to be mid-knee and are still getting made that way, so it kind of makes sense.

Respecting authority and discipline is important, but I still do not think a few centimeters of cloth warrant 5 day suspensions without warning. And I also think that too much energy focussed on deportment, rather than academic performance, is losing the point of education in enlightening and empowering the population, and instead making it a statement of authoritative control and total submission to those in charge.

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Posted by David Inniss 2 years ago
I cannot for the life of me understand why a progressive economy would be attempting in 2012 to ban mobile phone usage. I understand limiting usage but a ban is indicative of a core of leaders who are oblivious to the direction and trends in the world economy. Mobile platforms are one if the primary sources of information today. Instead of banning it, which wreaks of fear-based strategy by the "old guard", our administrators should be looking at creative ways to include mobile technology in the curriculum and pedagogy of today. Quit spending all your energy standing on a horse-drawn plough trying to pull hard on the reins to slow down the beast and try to get ahead of it and guide. Your policies and approaches with respect to technology are archaic at best and a disservice to this nations youth and this nation as a whole.

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Posted by Black Adebayor 2 years ago
If the head of a school is not focused on Education how can the students be???

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Posted by dirty okra 2 years ago
People are spending way too much time with such trivial issues. You should be more concerned with the quality of education your children are getting instead of what they are wearing to class. These principals just seem very nit picky and power hungry to me.

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