Response and thank you!
May 25, 2016 — We have read and heard the statements delivered by Mrs Carol Coddington to the media and that these rules are not new but a 'reminder'.
Firstly, the rules are ‘severe’ and the nearly 5000 supporters agree, along with countless St Dominic’s College students and parents. And no they have not been mislead to believe these rules as these rules have been confirmed from several students (even though the students have been told not to get involved – I wonder why the case had to be taken to change.org then and students didn’t feel comfortable going to the school?).
She says this petition is misleading and is ‘not the case’. These rules were stated word for word from a levels meeting and students have all confirmed this.
The dress pictured was told it must be altered to be allowed, so yes in its’ current state it is therefore banned. Girls have been told dresses are inappropriate. And the head principal has not taken part in approving dresses or communicating the rules until now.
These rules have never existed before. I find it strange that the school is suddenly taking action and ‘responsibility’, headed by the new associate principal. This responsibility has never existed before. My question is why is this coming out now, when Coddington said on RadioLive that she is extremely proud of how the students have dressed in the past.
It was stated word for word by the associate principal and Year 13 dean that they must be in a ‘serious relationship’ to take a ball date from another school. It should have been clarified properly if they actually are allowed to take dates now that may not be ‘serious’ from other schools and that the only requirement is that they must have responsibility for their partner's behaviour, which is not disputed.
It’s nice to hear that the principal has said that some slits are allowed, some cleavage is allowed, some back is allowed, shoes can actually be taken off now if they hurt and dates do not have to be serious – although this was not the case prior to media attention and the rules were 100% accurate.
I think the efforts of this petition have been achieved. The support has been incredible and I am pleased to hear the rules have been clarified by Mrs Coddington – which I and many believe would not have occurred without the media attention (which was not the goal of this petition but occurred nonetheless).
It is still encouraged parents contact the school with any concerns.
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