Flinders has a new look

Matthew Flinders Anglican College is innovating with a new uniform that upholds our commitment to excellence in learning and life. The new uniform for students from Prep to Year 12 is available for purchase from 5 October, 2021 and can be worn from the start of Term 1, 2022. 

From the Principal

I am delighted to announce the launch of the new student uniform for Matthew Flinders Anglican College. 

This is the first redesign of the Flinders uniform in our 30-year history. As you can imagine, we wanted to get it right! And I believe we have delivered a positive result. Through the process, we have been mindful to honour the past and uphold our College values and ethics, while reflecting our modern society and looking to the future. 

The redesign provides an attractive, comfortable and high-quality uniform that is uniquely Flinders, and one that our students will take pride in wearing. It is also a uniform that can be worn throughout the year to suit our Queensland climate – there’ll be no more changing from summer to winter and back to summer dress codes in a school year, you’ll be pleased to hear!  The new uniform also gives our students from Prep to Year 12 more choice to suit their personal style, activity levels and comfort. 

I thank our Flinders families for embracing this exciting change to daily student life at Flinders. Enjoy the new look! 

Kind regards,

Stuart Meade | Principal 

Highlights of the new uniform

Contemporary Look

Flinders will continue to mark the traditional College colour palette of navy, jade and white, with an exciting new royal blue added to allow for a more contemporary design. 

Comfortable and Durable

The new uniform is designed to reflect our moderate Queensland climate. Made from the most up-to-date performance-based fabrics, this new uniform is durable, easy to maintain and presents smartly, while also allowing for body temperature regulation across the seasons. 

Choice, personality and style

The new uniform is designed to give our students choices that support their personal preferences around style, activity levels and comfort. For example, the girls uniform offers comfort options with pants and shorts.

Streamlined for ease

While the old uniform required separate summer and winter uniforms, the new uniform is designed to be worn all year round. Not only will this improve affordability for Flinders families but it will make it easier for students to maintain and manage the one uniform throughout the year. 

Age-appropriate and active

The new uniform is designed to suit the range of playground and classroom activities in which our students are involved. It also provides age-appropriate versions to support students’ development needs across the years from Prep to Year 12.

Transitioning to the new uniform

Term 4, 2021

New uniform available for purchase from Tuesday, 5 October.
Note: It will be compulsory for new students to the College in 2022 to wear the new uniform. 

Term 1, 2022

Students can wear new uniform from the first day of Term 1, 2022.

Throughout 2022

Transition phase – current students can either wear the new uniform or the old uniform, as well as a mix-and-match option.

Term 1, 2023

Compulsory for all students to wear the new uniform from the start of the 2023 school year.

Consultation Process

The new Flinders uniform has been three years in the planning. The consultation process was severely impacted by COVID, however, the Uniform Review Committee provided guidance at each stage of the process, and was still able to draw on feedback from speaking with students, staff and parents, as well as the wider College community.

Our New College Uniform

Prep to Year 2
Years 3 - 6
Years 7 - 12
Sports Uniform
Music Uniform
Other items

View the New College Uniform

We welcome all Flinders families to come and preview the new College Uniform at our pop-up display in the Upper Foyer of the Performance Centre, during Weeks 1 and 2 of Term 4.

The new uniform will be on display for families to preview at the following times:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00am - 8:30am and Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:30pm - 3:00pm.

Families will also be able to book new uniform fitting appointments during this time.

We kindly request that unless you have an appointment, please refrain from attending the Flinders Shop for the purpose of previewing the new uniform.

BOOK YOUR UNIFORM FITTING APPOINTMENT 

We encourage all families purchasing the new uniform for 2022, to book an appointment during Term 4. During COVID-19 restrictions, to maintain social distancing measures, the Flinders Shop will be by appointment only.

Please follow the instructions to arrange a time for your child to be fitted for a uniform.

Fittings are booked in time slots which are 30 minutes in duration. A maximum of two (2) children, from the same family, can be fitted in a single time slot.

If you have more than two children who are to be fitted, please book an additional time slot to ensure we have the appropriate support on hand to fit your children.

Note: 1.30pm time slot is during Flinders Secondary Campus lunchtime, and is ideal for older independent students to come and have a fitting on their own. In this case, Flinders Shop will send a list of sizing home to parent/s after the fitting, who can then call or email the Shop to place their orders.

The Flinders Shop is located below the Flinders Performance Centre, near the Main Administration Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the new uniform available to purchase?

Day 1 of Term 4, 2021 from the Flinders Shop. You will be able to take the uniform home but cannot wear it until Day 1 of Term 1, 2022.

Day 1 of Term 1, 2022.

There is a transition year in 2022 when you can wear either the old or new uniform. It will be compulsory to be in the new uniform from the start of the 2023 school year.

Yes, you do, and we would advise that you consider purchasing the new uniform in 2022 so you get to enjoy two years of wear. 

Only if absolutely necessary (specifically for students in Year 6 or Year 12 in 2022). However, It is strongly encouraged that students wear either the old or the new uniform and not a combination by choice. If students continue to wear the old uniform, the quality of the uniform items must be of an acceptable standard.

Yes, the Primary jacket and the blazer are compulsory items and must be worn when travelling to and from the College from 1 May - 31 August. They must also be worn on formal occasions throughout the school year, as advised.

You can during the day, however, when travelling to and from the College the blazer or Primary jacket MUST be worn on its own or over the jumper as the outer layer. The same rule applies for formal occasions.

 No, there is a trans-seasonal uniform that can be worn all year round.

The College-approved navy tights (available from the Flinders Shop) can be worn under the Junior Primary dress for extra warmth. The skort or short can be replaced with the Flinders Junior Primary track pant in colder weather.

Yes, boys in Years 3 - 6 must wear the appropriate College tie when travelling to and from the College and on formal occasions. The Years 3 - 4 boys have a pre-tied option that is fastened with velcro for age-appropriate ease of wear.

 No, the girls have open-neck collars that are designed not to have a tie.

The fabrics chosen for the new uniform use the most modern technology available today. We have combined stretch into both the formal and sports uniforms for comfort and ease of wear to support any activity. Added stretch also means garments keep their shape better over time. The most up-to-date moisture wicking fabrics have been used in the sporting range. The boys shirt fabric has doubled the cotton content, thus making it more suitable for our humid climate. The girls have an open-neck collared dress or blouse to provide a cooler option, while the darker fabric will make it easier to manage stains on these particular uniform items.

The College is working with several reusable textile companies in Australia that repurpose clothing into other items, such as carpet tiles, sporting equipment and furniture. The College community will be informed once there is more information. We will also continue to support our current overseas charities where practicable as we navigate out of covid restrictions.

Parents are encouraged to keep the swing tag on all garments and retain any packaging material incase items are required to be exchanged for different sizing.

Students who join the College in 2022 must wear the new uniform.

We encourage all families purchasing the new uniform for 2022 to book an online appointment - via the link above - for a fitting during Term 4. During COVID-19 restrictions, to maintain social distancing measures, the Flinders Shop will be by appointment only. Fittings are booked in time slots which are 30 minutes in duration. A maximum of two (2) children, from the same family, can be fitted in a single time slot.

It is not necessary to attend the fitting with your child, especially senior students in the Secondary School, although we do recommend younger students are accompanied by their parent or carer. The Flinders shop staff are happy to assist and are very experienced with ensuring garments are fit with future growth in mind. If you are not attending the fitting please ensure when booking your appointment online that you indicate the quantity of garments you require. Payment must be made prior to the garments being taken home and can be organised via phone directly with the Flinders Shop.

No, there is no longer a separate blazer for boys and girls. The new Flinders Secondary School blazer is designed for both boys and girls to wear.

We welcome all Flinders families to come and preview the new College Uniform at our pop-up display in the Upper Foyer of the Performance Centre, during Weeks 1 and 2 of Term 4. The new uniform will be on display for families to preview at the following times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00am - 8:30am and Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:30pm - 3:00pm.

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