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Ellerslie alumni protest uniform change

ALEX DOWNES, [email protected]

Ellerslie alumni protest uniform change

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To say the Ellerslie School old scholars aren’t exactly thrilled about a proposed change in uniform change may be a bit of an understatement.

In fact, a group of the school’s alumni made their feelings on the matter known to the school’s management earlier this morning with a peaceful protest outside the school’s gates.

At the heart of their complaint lies a change from the school’s traditional brown and white checkered uniform to an ensemble unfamiliar to those who once called the 52-year-old school home.

“I’m not pleased with the direction taken by management in regards to the changing of our uniform,” an upset Caramel Weir said.

“Our uniform is unique. Our uniform is what Ellerslie stood for. I felt that we as old scholars should have had a voice at the table in the decision of changing the uniform,” the old scholar continued.

The new uniform is expected to be worn from September, with the girls wearing an overall similar to those worn by The Combermere School, while the boy’s uniform bears a similarity to the uniform of Lester Vaughan School.

Meanwhile, another old scholar questioned the point of changing the uniform of the school.

“Most of the questions I have asked has been ‘What has been the reason for the change?” old scholar R. LeVere Harper said.

“All the answers I’ve gotten show up as having no real thought process.”

“If you made a change, you made the decision, let’s hear the reason. Let people know what’s going on,” he added.

Up to the posting of this article, efforts were made to speak with principal Lieutenant Colonel Erol Brathwaite were unsuccessful as The Nation was told he was in a staff meeting. (AD)