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Brisbane Catholic School Wanting Student Formal Wear Gets Support From Hundreds

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Catholic school demanding pre-approval of students’ formal dresses gets support from hundreds of Aussies – so is the rule fair enough?

  • A Catholic school received overwhelming online support for its formal dress code policy
  • Brisbane University got it wrong for sending clothing guidelines to students
  • Some said that a conservative dress style is more stylish, that boundaries should be respected

A Catholic school that enforced a strict dress code during recent Year 12 has won the support of hundreds of concerned parents.

Students were outraged when Mary MacKillop College in Brisbane asked for approval of the photos of the girls’ dresses for their big night on Saturday.

The school also issued a formal booklet with strict dress codes and had photographic examples of appropriate and inappropriate dresses.

Cleavage, low backs below the waist and high slits were among the banned outfits.

And while the students were unimpressed, many parents approved the rules.

Students said there are dresses banned from Mary MacKillop College formal school (pictured) including dresses with plunging necklines, low backs below the waist and high slits

opinion poll

Should the school have the right to approve formal dresses?

  • no 96 votes
  • Yes 230 votes
  • undecided 25 votes

One person wrote that conservative dresses for formal occasions have more class compared to other dress examples that look like “swimwear”.

While another said: ‘People don’t seem to be able to deal with boundaries and rules these days. Good for the school that she has some decency.’

Another gambler wrote that it was not about telling women what to do and that it was common sense given the age of the girls.

“It’s a formal school where the majority of girls would be minors,” they wrote. “No problems with standards for either the girls or the boys.”

The college faced more criticism this week when a graduate student complained that a formal group photo showed her cleavage had turned into a school yearbook.

Students said the religious school issued a formal booklet with strict dress rules and had photographic samples of appropriate (pictured) and inappropriate dresses

Students said the religious school issued a formal booklet with strict dress rules and had photographic samples of appropriate (pictured) and inappropriate dresses

The 2021 graduate, Olivia Aloisi, 18, said she was “embarrassed” by the edited photo and took her complaint to the school.

The former student said she was told the change was made for marketing reasons.

“I went to talk to the vice principal at the time and said ‘that’s just not okay,'” and she basically said, “well, you’re in the front row and you’re in a low-cut dress – it’s just not appropriate if we want to use that photo as marketing material for the school,” said Ms. Aloisi.

A Brisbane Catholic Education spokesperson described the formal event, which took place last Saturday, as an extraordinary success without incident, with the 12th grade students being ‘both beautifully dressed and beautifully behaved’.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the school and Brisbane Catholic Education for further comment.

Mary MacKillop College Claims There Were No Processes To Approve Formal Dresses

Mary MacKillop College Claims There Were No Processes To Approve Formal Dresses

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