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First Impressions Count

09 September 2015

Last week I had the pleasure of holding my first assemblies with the children as Head of Primary and was struck by not only how bright and eager they all were, but also how smart they looked.  Most of the children were wearing the correct uniform and thank you to those parents who are working with us to follow the uniform guidelines.

  • Eleanor Jess

School uniform is an important and valued part of our school life here at BISS Puxi for a variety of reasons.  It gives the children a real sense of identity; our younger children can’t wait to wear it as a badge of importance to signify how grown up they now are.  Many of our new reception children will have had a dress rehearsal before their first day of school, I’m sure!  It also promotes a sense of belonging to the school; children are identified as a being part of the school community, part of our team that is BISS Puxi.  Our children are easily recognisable in their uniforms within our community and are a credit to us in their smartness as well as their behaviour.  This is something that is frequently commented upon by those they meet when they go out of school on visits.

But for the children themselves, being smartly dressed is a lesson for life.  When they grow up they will need to consider their appearance in the workplace, and understand that how you look sends subliminal messages about you as a person, and an employee.   Those who wear a uniform with pride also signify their respect for the organisation and its rules, and, in a subtle way, indicate their reliability and trustworthiness in a role.

Our children understand the purpose and benefits behind wearing a smart school uniform.  Naeun (Y6) discussed with me that, “A uniform makes you feel like you are in a big team.  You feel like you are not left out”.  And Arda (Y6) pointed out that, “Wearing a uniform means that you all look the same and you don’t get teased for what you are wearing.’’  She added, “It makes us feel important because the school wants you to look good, and cares about how you look.”

Please visit again the section on ‘What to wear’ in our Primary Parent Handbook, which is now easily accessible on the ‘Parent Essentials’ part of the website.   Help us by making sure your child is dressed appropriately.  Please pay particular attention to advice on shoes, hair accessories and jewellery.  Thank you for your support.

Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary


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