Lochie Piper (left) in the new uniform, while Charlie Budgen wears the old shirt, which becomes redundant in 2019.
Blue is the latest colour in college fashion, after Mahurangi College made its decision to part with the green uniform worn for over a decade.
The new light blue and white pinstriped shirt was made available this year for Years 7 to 12 students, with the old shirt still part of the official uniform until 2019.
In addition, there is a new jumper and cardigan in navy blue.
The uniform school logo has been altered to bear the words Mahuhu Ki Te Rangi meaning ‘reach for the heavens’ by design company Blueriver Creative, employed by the college in 2015.
Assistant principal Christina Merrick says parents and students voted on the uniform they preferred during a review process last year.
“Students across the board wanted a change of uniform and a lot of people have commented on how good it looks,” Mrs Merrick says.
She admits there have been some issues with stock levels for certain sizes, but says moving from a physical uniform shop to entirely online has been an overwhelming success.
The shirt and blouse material is also stronger, as tearing was an issue with the previous clothing.
Argyle Schoolwear has kept the contract for supply and will do a sizing day in November this year to try to avoid stock issues next year.
The Year 13 uniform of a white shirt has been retained.
“Although the new colour is similar to Rodney and Whangaparaoa Colleges, we don’t see that as an issue.”
Shirt and blouse prices have remained the same since the change at $43 a piece, while a jumper costs $99 and the cardigan $115.