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!
Stuart Meade | Principal
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.
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.
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
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.
When can I start wearing the new uniform ?
Day 1 of Term 1, 2022.
When must I wear ONLY the new uniform?
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.
If I am going into Year 12 in 2023 do I need to buy the new uniform?
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.
Can I mix and match the old and new uniforms in 2022?
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.
Do I have to wear a blazer (Years 7 - 12) or Primary jacket (Prep - Year 6) with the new uniform?
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.
Can I wear a formal jumper instead of a blazer or Primary jacket?
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.
Is there a different winter and summer uniform?
No, there is a trans-seasonal uniform that can be worn all year round.
I am in Prep - Year 2 and am wearing my dress, skort or shorts. Can I wear navy stockings underneath for warmth?
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.
Do the boys have to wear a tie in Years 3 - 6?
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.
Do the girls have a tie?
No, the girls have open-neck collars that are designed not to have a tie.
How is the new uniform more durable and climate appropriate?
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.
What will happen to the old uniform?
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.
What happens if my child grows over the December to January break?
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.
My child is starting at the College in 2022. Which uniform do they wear?
Students who join the College in 2022 must wear the new uniform.
How do I make a uniform fitting booking online?
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.
Do I need to attend a uniform fitting with my child?
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.
Is there a separate Secondary School blazer for girls and boys?
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.
How can I view the new 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.