The idea of the school uniform has been supported by both parents and staff. Students who enrol at Our Lady of the Lake do so with a full awareness of the uniform requirements. Therefore, when a student chooses Our Lady of the Lake, he or she implicitly agrees to abide by their initial commitment.
Both staff and parents regard the uniform as a means of creating a distinct school identity.
The uniform is intended to reduce competition in fashion, minimize clothing costs and equalize the economic playing field for our students and their families. It is the official policy of YCDSB that all students in the secondary system support and wear a school uniform during the school day.
The school day is inclusive of arriving at school, leaving school and riding the bus home.
Continually being out of uniform will eventually erode the concept of the uniform.
Staff of the school is expected to enforce the uniform; therefore, each student is responsible to all staff members to be in uniform.
Students are not permitted to roll up the uniform pant legs or wear their pants low on their hips. Under garments should not be seen.
It is expected that all students will wear the approved school gym attire or clothing that is indistinguishable from it
- white t-shirt with school logo
- blue shorts/track pants
- proper non-marking running shoes – not their daily black shoes
Gym uniforms are purchased through the students’ Phys Ed teacher.
- NonDGN Kilters/Halpern’s/McCarthy pants
- torn clothing
- non-uniform sweaters, boat neck sweaters, sweaters with hoods
- off-white shirts, collar-less shirts, coloured t-shirts, t-shirts with writing/pictures
- bicycle shorts
- boots, desert boots, cowboy boots
- open weave shoes
- hats of any kind (at any time during the school day)
- kerchiefs, bandanas, scarves
- excessive jewelry
- chains or studded belts
- necklaces, wristbands or jewelry promoting drug/alcohol references
Students are expected to maintain the overall appearance of their uniform in the personal appearance.
Dry cleaning (Civies) days are scheduled approximately one per month (not during the examination months of January or June). clothing on Civies or spirit days must be appropriate, modest, presentable and must not include obscene or drug/alcohol references. Clothing must be free of any rips or tears, regardless of the day’s fashion.
Hats, chains and group identifying accessories may not be worn on civies day.
Students should take advantage of the dry cleaning days provided so as not to be out of uniform at any time during the month.
Student dress on Civies day must continue to evidence the values of the Catholic community and the dignity of the person.
Students are not permitted to wear revealing clothing including that which exposes cleavage such as but not limited to:
- tube tops
- halter tops
- tops with plunging necklines
- tank tops with spaghetti straps
Short shorts or tight fitting pants are also not permitted. All pants must be worn at the waist. Under garments should not be seen. Clothing must be presentable, laundered and free of any tears/rips.