Home' Northern Outlook : September 11th 2013 Contents Parents want review of school uniforms
By CATE BROUGHTON
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SOME RANGIORA High School
parents are calling for the school
to listen to the voice of reason in
its review of uniforms.
Parent Angela Janes has
welcomed a review of the school
uniform, which she says subjects
girls to subtle discrimination.
I would certainly welcome a
review, as long as it was dealt
with in an open-minded, progress-
ive and considered manner.''
The requirement for girls to
wear long woollen kilts in terms
two and three -- while boys have
the option of trousers or shorts
throughout the year -- was unfair,
There is a strong argument
that it would be unlawful gender
discrimination to deny a girl
the opportunity to wear smart
trousers as an alternative to
skirts, as part of a uniform code.''
Many other parents felt the
kilts were expensive, impractical
Principal Peggy Burrows said a
review would take place in the
next few months.
We will be consulting students
and parents/caregivers about
upgrading the uniform, but there
will not be a substantial change at
this point in time.''
Ms Burrows would not com-
ment on her own views about
the uniform, but said she wanted
to see what came out of the
I will be interested to see what
that review throws up by way of
issues for young women in the
21st century, given that the school
is 129 years old and has a very
well-established history when it
comes to its uniform.''
Ms Burrows said school tra-
dition meant trousers were not
offered as an option for girls.
I think what you have to
realise is that for 129 years, girls
have worn kilts, and the uniform
is the board's policy and the school
upholds the policy.''
Ms Janes said freedom from
discrimination was clearly defined
in Article Two of the United
Nations Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, and the school
was not excluded from abiding by
Recently, two girls -- including
Ms Janes daughter -- were given
a detention for wearing their
summer uniform to school on a
When Ms Janes and her
husband, Bruce, complained, the
school backed down and withdrew
However, Ms Burrows said the
school was open to negotiation
and girls were normally allowed
to wear their summer uniform
from September 1.
We tend to get the students
through to the first day of spring
and then transition them into
However, if girls opted to wear
their summer uniform in the
middle of winter, that would pose
a health and safety concern,
Many of our students catch
buses at 7.30am in the morning,
when it's between minus five and
minus one, so the board would
expect them to wear the winter
uniform at that time.''
The school supported families
who, for financial reasons, could
not provide students with a uni-
form, Ms Burrows said.
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North and South do battle
Play pretends France landed first
STAND-OFF: Geoff Kendall is North
Zealand's Prime Minister, Jim
Sullivan, and Melissa Brandt is South
Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister,
Dominique Le Bon, in Rangiora
Players' next production, Le Sud.
IT WILL be all-Kiwi comedy in
the upcoming Rangiora Players
staging of Le Sud, which opens
towards the end of the month in
the drama company's Little
Theatre in Northbrook.
The production, written by New
Zealander Dave Armstrong, takes
an alternative view of history,
speculating what might have hap-
pened had the French beat the
English to New Zealand.
As it was, the Union Jack was
raised only months before the
Tricolor and the French settlers --
with their c'est la vie attitude --
did settle in Banks Peninsula.
How would things have looked if
the French had been a bit quicker
off the mark?
The plot revolves around a
meeting between the North
Zealand Prime Minister, Jim
Sullivan, and the South Zealand
Prime Minister, Francois Duvau-
chelle, at a chateau in Wanaka,
where the two have come together
to negotiate electricity prices.
Producer Mark O'Connell says
the company doesn't intend to do
comedy forever, but confesses
there's something very rewarding
about making people laugh.
I have to admit, this pro-
duction doesn't have the snappiest
title, but Le Sud is looking very
funny. It's sharp, witty, satirical,
and politically incorrect,'' he says.
Le Sud has it all. Well, okay,
there's no nudity.''
Grant Edgar, whom audiences
may recall as the undertaker from
Rangiora Players' sell-out April
production of Stiff, makes his
debut here as a director.
I've always enjoyed acting and
I guess being in front of the stage
is a natural extension of that.
We're all in it for the fun and that
makes a difference,'' he says.
Le Sud opens on Wednesday,
September 25, and will run for
two weeks at the Rangiora
Players Little Theatre, on North-
brook Rd. Tickets are available
from: rangioraplayers.org.nz or
the Kaiapoi iSITE.
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