School Uniform & Neatness
It is imperative that learners are neat at all times when wearing a school uniform – even before and after school especially in public and not just when inspection takes place. The school reserves the right to do inspection at any time deemed necessary and may also address individual learners to maintain the standard. Any transgressions will be recorded and a learner will be sent to detention for repeated transgressions on a Friday from 13:30 – 14:30. Rules regarding appearance apply to all learners. It is therefore unfair to make any exceptions.
The following rules regarding neatness are applicable to all learners attending Uitsig High School:
- Boys and girls should conform to the rules from the day the school term starts and it shouldn’t be necessary to address this issue.
- Clothing should always conform to the rules laid out in the school diary. The school uniform must be neat and clean at all times. Shoes must be clean.
- Rules apply throughout the year until the last school day of each term. Management will deal with learners not conforming to standards during the exams. (IT INCLUDES MATRICS AND APPLIES TO THE DAY THE LAST SUBJECT IS WRITTEN.)
- Graffiti or slogans are not allowed on either suitcases, school shoes or the school uniform.
- No tongue or nose studs are allowed. Nothing may be stuck into the pierced holes to keep it open. No elastoplast or something similar, may be stuck over earrings or other jewellery to cover it. If worn, the learner will have to remove it and it will be pounded. R50 will be payable and parents can personally reclaim the item after payment.
- No necklaces, chains, bracelets or any similar jewellery are allowed as part of the school uniform. These items, as well as wrong belts and scarves and scarves in summer will be confiscated and parents can personally reclaim it after payment.
- Crisis on Call and Medical Alert bands may be worn. Religious bands with a written request from a religious leader will be considered. No other arm bands of any kind are allowed.
- Grade 12 learners will be allowed special concessions, before the matric dance. The normal rules apply directly after the dance.
- National and provincial colours may only be worn on Fridays. First team scarf/tie may be worn from Day 2 to Day 7 during the season of that sport as well as on Fridays out of season.
- Only school related pins (to a maximum of four) may be worn on the left lapel of the blazers.
- School trousers must have a neat hem. The trousers must touch the middle of the shoe heel at the back.
- Ties must be worn everyday in winter. Ties are optional in summer. If a tie is not worn, an open neck shirt must be worn. If a tie is worn, the top button must be fastened and the tie must be tied in such a way that the school badge is visible. The bottom of the tie must touch the belt.
- TAKE NOTE: If a tie is damaged in any way it will be confiscated permanently.
- The sleeves of jerseys may not be pushed up. Ensure that the jersey is mended. Only when wearing a blazer may a long sleeve jersey be worn under a pullover.
- If the sleeves of a long sleeve shirt are turned over, it must be turned over to just above the elbow.
- Blazers are compulsory on Day 1 for assembly and in winter. When a blazer is worn, a tie must be worn. Blazers must always have buttons on.
- Tattoos may not be visible when the school uniform is worn.
- All RCL EXCO members have the right to report learners who do not abide by the rules.
RULES REGARDING NEATNESS FOR BOYS
- Hair may not be bleached or coloured, thus changing the natural hair colour. This rule also applies for grade 12s after the matric dance.
- Hair may not hang over the ears and the fringe may not touch the eyebrows. Only natural hairstyles are allowed. No braids, twisted hair, triangulars or mohawks are allowed. The hair can be cut short on the side of the head and the back of the head. The hair on top of the head, may not exeed 3 cm in length, except when a 'comb-over style' is worn, where a length of 5cm will be allowed. (NO “Mowhawks – style”)
- No excessive use of gel or other hairstyle formers are allowed. Hair can only be gelled if it is shorter than 3 cm.
- African hair may be braided in straight lines flat against the head; the remaining ends of the braids at the back of the head in the neck may not be longer than 2cm. No patterns of any kind are allowed. No dreadlocks, extensions, wild or foreign hairstyles or an “Afro” hairstyle are allowed.
- Hair at the back must be kept neat on the natural hair line.
- Hair may not be longer than the middle of the ear on the cheekbone.
- The hair in the neck and on the sides of the head must be trimmed evenly. The hair on the sides and on the top of the head must be cut to proportion.
TAKE NOTE: Hair rule transgressions that cannot be rectified immediately will get 2 (two) days to fix the problem. NO BANDANAS.
Shoes & Belts
- Only black shoes with leather uppers with round or square tips may be worn. No shoes with excessively thick soles (more than 2cm thick), boots, tackies or moccasins may be worn. The shoe must have a buckle or shoe laces. Only grey Uitsig school socks can be worn. (No other colour socks or “secret socks”). Shoelaces must be tied at all times.
- Only a black belt with a buckle not wider than the belt may be worn. Buckles may not have prominent motifs.
- The face must always be cleanly shaven. If this rule is not adhered to, the learner will be sent to the grade guardian to shave.
- All nails must be clean, short and neatly trimmed.
- No earrings are allowed. Keeping pins in ears to keep holes open, is not permissible.
- No rings are allowed.
- Shirts must be tucked in at all times (even after school).
- No T-shirt/vest may be visible under the school shirt. A long sleeve T-shirt/vest may not be worn under a short sleeve shirt.
- Pants may not hang on the hip or lower than the hip. Pants may not be altered. No skinny pants are allowed.
- No underwear may be visible.
RULES REGARDING NEATNESS FOR GIRLS
- Hair must be clean and neat. Hair may not be bleached or coloured, thus changing the natural hair colour. This also applies to extensions that must be the same colour as the natural hair colour. These rules also apply for grade 12s after the matric dance.
- Long hair or hair that touches the collar must be tied up securely against the head and must be neat and clean.
- African hair may be braided in straight lines flat against the head; the remaining ends of the braids at the back of the head in the neck may not be longer than 2cm. No patterns of any kind are allowed. Dreadlocks must be locked and styled.
- Fringes that cover the eyebrows must be tied/clipped back securely. No wisps of hair are allowed in front of the ears.
- Braided tails or loose pieces of hair may not be longer than 2cm at the back of the head in the neck. If it is longer than 2cm, it must be tied.
- Hair may not stand on end. No wet look will be permitted. The hair on the sides and on the top of the head must be cut to proportion. Different styles on the same head are not acceptable.
- No wild or ‘big’ hairstyles are allowed.
- Only white, red or teal ribbons will be permitted. Clips must be the same colour as your hair. No bows, butterflies, flowers, diamanté or other hair accessories are allowed. Only one red, teal or white Alice band or head bands not wider than 5cm may be worn. Elastics must be brown, black, white, red or teal. All hair accessories must be PLAIN not multi-coloured and not wider than 5cm. No bandanas.
TAKE NOTE: Hair rule transgressions that cannot be rectified immediately, will get 2 (two) days to fix the problem.
- Only black shoes with leather uppers with laces or a band over the foot may be worn. No shoes with excessively thick soles, (more than 2cm thick), boots or tackies may be worn. Shoelaces and buckles must be tied at all times. Only long grey or short white Uitsig school socks may be worn. (No other colour socks or “secret socks”). No Bronx.
- Only round silver, gold or white pearl ear studs of 5mm may be worn in the bottom hole of each ear. Shiny stones are not allowed.
- Earrings in the ears must be smooth and round with a maximum diameter of the ten cent coin.
- Only one signet ring is permissible. No other rings are allowed.
- No make-up, including foundation cream, mascara or lip gloss or eyeliner may be worn. The learner will have to wash her face immediately, should she be found guilty. Should the learner have to wear foundation for medical reasons, this will only be permissible once a medical certificate has been received by the grade guardian. No permanent make-up is allowed, including false lashes and nails.
- Nails must be kept neat, clean and short. Only clear nail varnish is permissible. The length of nails may not exceed the fingertips. Exceptional cases must be referred to the grade guardian.
TAKE NOTE: Nail rule transgressions that cannot be rectified immediately, will get 2 (two) days to fix the problem.
- Shirts must be tucked in at all times. (Also after school.)
- Underwear may not be visible under the school shirt.
- When in a standing position, the skirt may not be shorter than 10 cm when measured from the line at the back of the knee. If the skirt is too short, 1 (one) day will be allowed to rectify the problem.
Our uniform is our pride. When learners respect and look after their uniform, it is a reflection of their commitment and pride in their school. Learners must wear the prescribed uniform at all times.
GIRLS - Summer
A teal skirt or the teal tailored trousers, white school shirt, a tie (optional from Day 2 to Day 7), grey or white Uitsig school socks and black school shoes are worn. The school jersey, pullover or blazer (except on Day 1) is optional. When the blazer is worn, a tie must be worn.
GIRLS - Winter
A teal skirt or the teal tailored trousers, white school shirt, a tie, grey Uitsig school socks and black school shoes are worn. The teal tights and the school scarf may be worn in winter only. The school jersey or pullover and the blazer are compulsory. With the tailored trousers white or grey Uitsig school socks may be worn.
BOYS - Summer
Grey shorts or trousers with a black belt, a white school shirt, tie (optional from Tuesday to Friday), grey Uitsig school socks and black school shoes are worn. The school jersey, pullover or blazer (except on Day 1) is optional.
BOYS - Winter
Grey trousers, white school shirt, tie, grey Uitsig school socks and black school shoes are worn. The school scarf may be worn in winter only. The school jersey or pullover and the blazer are compulsory.
(Also refer to appearance rules for boys: shoes and belts)
GRADE 12 WEAR (BOYS & GIRLS)
- The special grade 12 tie is worn throughout the year.
- A white pullover is worn.
- Matric jackets can be worn from Day 2 to Day 7.
- Matric jackets are not worn with the RCL EXCO clothes. The EXCO can wear it with their EXCO informal wear.
SPORTS WEAR (BOYS & GIRLS)
- Sportswear for the different sports are prescribed and is available from the supplier "Wierdapark Uitrusters".
- Only a “Oxford” school tracksuit with sports trainers is allowed when attending official occasions.
- The Uitsig golf-shirt and quantec shorts may be worn to sport activities.
- If a learner does not have the official sportswear, the complete school uniform must be worn instead.
IMPORTANT – When a uniform problem crops up, parents are urged to act pro-actively by writing a note explaining the problem. This letter must be taken to the grade guardian for a decision.