New HPE & Sports Uniform

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Sport is a significant part of who we are. The refreshed HPE and Sports uniform aligns with our new academic uniform to better represent BGS as a single-campus school both on and off the sporting field.

Sports Uniform Launches 2020

The Rationale

The Brief

We wanted a more consistent look to heighten the boys’ sense of belonging across our single-campus from Prep to VCE.

The brief required a design that reflected our past, whilst contemporary in look, and strengthened our visibility both on and off the sporting field.

The BGS Sport and HPE uniform is flexible and comfortable to wear, and includes specialty garments across individual sports that complement performance.

The Design

The uniform refresh celebrates quality, longevity, innovation and design flair. There are two ranges:

HPE uniform

Heath and Physical Education (HPE) is an academic subject as part of our P–12 Curriculum.

BGS Sport
All sport played as external competition for Years 5–12 against competing APS schools.

The number of individual garments per sport has been significantly reduced with a focus on ‘cross over’ items that can be used between seasons and during the school week.

Features

The BGS colours (dark/navy blue and red) remain a key feature.

The new HPE uniform has the BGS crest featured prominently on upper garments.

The design of the new BGS Sport uniform, worn for APS competition, is represented by the historical sporting shield.

The BGS Sport and HPE uniform is flexible and comfortable to wear, and includes specialty garments across individual sports that complement performance.

Whole School FAQs

  • What is the difference between HPE and BGS Sport?

    Health and Physical Education (HPE) is an academic subject as part of our Prep – Year 12 Curriculum.

    BGS Sport refers to Monday training and interschool competition for Years 5–12 boys against competing APS schools. This includes Monday after school training and Wednesday (Years 5–6) APS competition. Years 3–4 Sport on Friday and the Exchange with St Kevin’s each term is also considered BGS Sport.

  • Why are we introducing new HPE and BGS Sport uniforms?

    We felt that a new HPE uniform was required to align with our new academic uniform that better represents BGS as a single-campus school. Implementing a consistent look across the School means uniform cost savings for parents, particularly at transition points from Year 6 to Year 7.

    We also wish to better align our sports in which we currently compete at APS level. Designing a range of uniforms that shares a common look and feel is important for our on-field identity as a single-campus school.

    A key criterion in the brief was to provide a BGS Sport and HPE uniform that has a contemporary feel, is flexible and comfortable to wear, and includes specialty garments across individual sports that complement performance. We have continued where possible to align the BGS Sport and HPE uniform to assist with cost reduction in the Junior School.

    The brief also stipulated that the new uniform design reflects the values and traditions of BGS also represented in the new academic uniform.

  • How different is the new HPE uniform?

    The BGS colours (dark/navy blue and red) remain a key feature of the new HPE uniform. As an academic subject, the BGS crest will feature prominently on upper garments, while a more contemporary ‘BGS’ tri stripe will feature on shorts and track pants.

  • How different is the new BGS Sport uniform?

    A major difference is the increased consistency of design between sports. Whilst the HPE uniform will feature the academic crest, the new BGS Sport design is represented by the historical sporting shield.

    Other changes include the use of sport performance fabrics, improved fit of garments and an increased use of sport-specific items to complement on-field performance.

    The new BGS Sport uniform is on display in the BGS Uniform Shop for the remainder of the year or you can see it in the video here.

  • Price List

Junior School FAQs

  • Will House polos continue to be worn?

    Boys in P–6 will continue to wear the House polo as the primary garment for HPE lessons and House competitions.

    A new look range of House polos are due in store in November 2020. The current House polo will enjoy a two-year transition period before the new range polo is expected to be worn by all boys from 2022.

  • Has the School considered the cost impact on families?

    Yes, this issue has been at the forefront of the Uniform Review Steering Committee’s work. A two-year transition period between 2020, when the uniform is launched, and 2022, when the new HPE uniform will be compulsory, will enable families to plan and prepare.

    The number of individual garments per sport has been significantly reduced, with a focus on ‘crossover’ items that can be used between sports.

    In the long run, the cost to parents will be significantly less, with students from Prep to Year 12 wearing the same HPE uniform and students from Years 5–12 wearing the same BGS Sport uniforms. The pricing of the new uniform is in line with our previous prices (reduced, in some cases), other schools and the general market for Sport uniforms. Click here for the new price list.

  • How will the new uniforms be phased in?

    The new HPE uniform will be ready for purchase in early 2020, in time for the school year. There will be a transition period throughout next year in which students can wear either the new or existing HPE uniform. All new boys in the Junior School for 2020 are expected to wear the new HPE and BGS Sport uniform.

    All current students are expected to be wearing the new HPE uniform by the beginning of the 2022 school year.

  • I have a son/s at BGS already. How will this affect me?

    We encourage you to either purchase the new HPE uniform for 2020 or use the two-year transition period to your advantage.

  • I am new to BGS in 2020. How will this impact me?

    Families new to BGS in 2020 will purchase the new HPE and BGS Sport uniform. Details regarding fittings will be available soon and will be communicated to new families via Schoolsteam and the BGS website and can also be accessed via the BGS Uniform Shop. The BGS Uniform Shop and Noone Imagewear’s Hampton store will operate with extended hours in November, December and January to assist families in being ready for the 2020 school year.

  • What about fittings for current families?

    Details regarding fittings will be available soon and will be communicated to current families via SchoolStream and the BGS website; they can also be accessed via the BGS Uniform Shop. The Uniform Shop will operate with extended hours in November, December and January to assist families to be ready for the 2020 school year.

  • Can students mix and match pieces from the old and new HPE uniforms?

    During the two year transition period, students may choose to wear either the current HPE uniform or the new HPE uniform, no mixing and matching of the two uniforms will be acceptable.

  • What happens to the old uniform after 2022?

    Noone Imagewear runs a program whereby outdated academic uniforms can be used by less privileged communities. More details about this program will be released soon.

    Furthermore, in many sports the existing playing top will serve as an ideal training garment in future years.

  • Do any items cross over between HPE and BGS Sport?

    Yes. A range of garments will be utilised for both HPE classes and BGS Sport representation.

  • What about the Second-Hand Uniform Shop?

    During the transition period, limited stocks of existing second-hand HPE and BGS Sport uniform items will still be available. After the transition period, stocks of the new second-hand uniform items will gradually increase.

  • Will a range of accessories still be available to purchase?

    Yes. Items such as hats, socks, bags, towels, scarves and water bottles will be available for purchase in the Uniform Shop.

  • Will supporters’ gear be available for parents?

    Yes! A new range of supporters’ gear is currently under development for parents including scarves, a vest, a rugby jumper and a cap.

  • What if I still have questions?

Secondary School FAQs

  • Will House shirts continue to be worn?

    Yes, we are also introducing a new range of House shirts. Boys in 5–12 will continue to wear their House shirt for House competitions.

    A new look range of House polos are due in store in November 2020. The current House polo will enjoy a two-year transition period before the new range polo is expected to be worn by all boys from 2022.

  • Has the School considered the cost impact on families?

    Yes, this issue has been at the forefront of the Uniform Review Steering Committee’s work. A two-year transition period between 2020, when the uniform is launched, and 2022, when the new HPE uniform will be compulsory, will enable families to plan and prepare.

    The introduction of the BGS Sport uniform will be staggered across different year levels throughout 2020, again with the cost impact on families who have recently purchased the new academic uniform in mind.

    The number of individual garments per sport has been significantly reduced, with a focus on ‘crossover’ items that can be used between seasons and during the school week. One such example is the range of HPE tops available that double as warm-up tops for JS sport.

    In the long run, the cost to parents will be significantly less, with students from Prep to Year 12 wearing the same HPE uniform and students from Year 5 to Year 12 wearing the same BGS Sport uniforms (other than 1st Teams). The pricing of the new uniform is in line with our previous prices (reduced, in some cases), other schools and the general market for school uniforms. Click here for the new price list.

  • How will the new uniforms be phased in?

    The new HPE uniform will be ready for purchase in early 2020, in time for the school year. There will be a transition period throughout next year in which students can wear either the new (in its entirety) or existing HPE uniform (in its entirety). Boys should not mix ‘n’ match both uniforms. Year 7, 2020 boys are required to wear the new HPE uniform.

    All students are expected to be wearing the new HPE uniform by the beginning of the 2022 school year.

    The new BGS Sport uniform will be phased in to some year levels and sports in 2020, with all teams expected to be in the new design in time for the 2021 Summer season.

    For more information about how this transition affects particular year levels, see the matrix below.

  • I have a son/s at BGS already. How will this affect me?

    Boys currently in Years 10 or 11 (Years 11 or 12 in 2020)

    We encourage you to either purchase the new HPE uniform for 2020 or use the 2022/two-year transition period to your advantage.

    Open level teams (Years 11– 12) will continue to wear the uniform currently worn in their respective sport, with the exception of 1st Winter Teams who will transition to the new design in 2020.

    From 2021 (including Term 4 2020 Summer rounds) all Open teams will compete in the new BGS Sport uniform.

    Boys currently in Year 9 (Year 10 in 2020)

    We encourage you to either purchase the new HPE uniform for 2020 or use the 2022/two-year transition period (if applicable) to your advantage.

    All Year 10 teams will continue to wear the uniform currently worn in their respective sport for the 2020 Summer and Winter seasons.

    The new BGS Sport uniform will be worn from Term 4 Summer Sport, 2020.

    Boys currently in Year 8 (Year 9 in 2020)

    We encourage you to either purchase the new HPE uniform for 2020 or use the 2022/two-year transition period to your advantage.

    The new BGS Sport uniform will be worn from the commencement of the APS Winter season.

    Boys currently in Year 7 (Year 8 in 2020)

    We encourage you to either purchase the new HPE uniform for 2020 or use the 2022/two transition period to your advantage.

    All Year 8 teams will continue to wear the uniform currently worn in their respective sport for the 2020 Summer and Winter seasons.

    Boys currently in Year 6

    We encourage you to either purchase the new HPE uniform for 2020 or use the 2022/two transition period to your advantage.

    Year 7 BGS Sport teams will be required to wear the new uniform in 2020.

    ^ Gold shield bathers/cap/singlet will be presented to those selected in APS Swimming, Diving and Aths Finals.
    SD: Sport Department issued (cannot purchase from BGS Uniform Shop)
    T4: Term 4

  • I am new to BGS in 2020. How will this impact me?

    Families new to BGS in 2020 will purchase the new HPE and BGS Sport uniform. Details regarding fittings will be available soon and will be communicated to new families via Schoolstream and the BGS website and can also be accessed via the BGS Uniform Shop. The BGS Uniform Shop and Noone Imagewear’s Hampton store will operate with extended hours in November, December and January to assist families in being ready for the 2020 school year.

    Families new to Year 7 in 2020 should purchase both the new HPE uniform and the new BGS Sport uniform.

    Families new to Years 8–12 in 2020 should purchase the new HPE uniform. In regards to the existing BGS Sport uniform, families will be able to access the existing uniform for a significantly discounted rate (if required).

  • What about fittings for current families?

    Details regarding fittings will be available soon and will be communicated to current families via SchoolStream, and the BGS website; they can also be accessed via the BGS Uniform Shop. The Uniform Shop will operate with extended hours in November, December and January to assist families to be ready for the 2020 school year.

  • Can students mix and match pieces from the old and new HPE uniforms?

    During the two-year transition period, students may choose to wear either the current HPE uniform or the new HPE uniform.

  • Why will some Year 7–12 teams be wearing the new BGS Sport uniform and not others?

    As a team must all be in one uniform on the field, many factors were at play when considering which teams will be in which uniform for 2020. This includes considering the cost factor of which year levels compulsorily wore the new academic uniform in 2019.

  • What can my son wear for training during 2020?

    Your son is free to train in either the existing or new uniform in 2020. The more important factor is ensuring the teams are wearing the same uniform for Saturday (7–12) competition.

  • What happens to the old uniform after 2022?

    Noone Imagewear runs a program whereby outdated academic uniforms can be used by less privileged communities. More details about this program will be released soon.

    Furthermore, in many sports the existing playing top will serve as an ideal training garment in future years.

  • Do any items crossover between HPE and BGS Sport?

    Yes. A range garments will be utilised for both HPE classes and BGS Sport representation. These include a variety of short and long-sleeved training tees, a singlet and a hoodie. Many boys also choose to wear their shorts or track pants to their fixtures prior to changing into their playing strip.

  • How will the numbering system work for Winter Sport?

    New Basketball, Football, Futsal, Hockey, Rugby, Soccer and Touch Football uniforms will include sublimated printed numbers. These will be randomly allocated depending on the size of the garment for boys within each year level. The sports office will work closely with Noone Imagewear to ensure the dispersion of numbers in each year level avoids duplication.

    Any such instances will be resolves by the BGS Sport Department.

  • If my son makes a 1st Team, do I purchase his uniform?

    Garments unique to each 1st Team (e.g. 1st XVIII jumper, baggy cricket cap etc) are ordered by the Teacher-in-Charge of his sport and will be provided to your son upon being named in the 1st Team.

    These are then charged to your BGS account. Generic items worn by 1st Teams (e.g. shorts and socks) are purchased as normal from the uniform shop.

  • Will 1st Team slickers continue to feature in the new uniform?

    No, 1st Team slickers will be phased out throughout 2020 and be replaced with a specially designed Firsts cap from 2020. As such, 1st Team slickers will not be worn after 2019.

    As the majority of 1st Teams wear the full academic uniform to Saturday fixtures (including blazer), the slicker is rarely worn on game day. The new tri-core jacket will be the primary outer garment for all boys P–12.

  • What about the Second-Hand Uniform Shop?

    During the transition period, limited stocks of existing second-hand HPE and BGS Sport uniform items will still be available. After the transition period, stocks of the new second-hand uniform items will gradually increase.

  • Will a range of accessories still be available to purchase?

    Yes. Items such as hats, socks, bags, towels, scarves and water bottles will be available for purchase in the Uniform Shop.

  • Will supporters’ gear be available for parents?

    Yes! A new range of supporters’ gear is currently under development for parents including scarves, a vest, a rugby jumper and a cap.

  • What if I still have questions?
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BGS Uniform purchasing and Shop information

Details regarding fittings will be available soon and will be communicated to current families via SchoolStream and the BGS website; they can also be accessed via the BGS Uniform Shop.

The onsite Uniform Shop and Noone Imagewear Hampton will operate with extended hours in November, December and January to assist families to be ready for the 2020 school year

Sports Uniform Information

Acknowledgements

This two-year process has been both exciting and rigorous. Sincere thanks

Ross Featherston – Headmaster, Chair of Sport/HPE Uniform Review Steering Committee

Peter Tellefson
– Deputy Headmaster, Head of Junior School

Dr Rachel Horton
– Deputy Headmaster, Head of Secondary School

Dr Ray Swann
– Deputy Headmaster, Head of the Crowther Centre

Tim Marshall
– Director of Sport, Old Brighton Grammarian, President OBGS

Jonathan Ward
– Lead Designer, Jonathan Ward Couture

Melanie Whitling
– General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Noone Imagewear

David Johnson – Project Manager, On Track Sportswear

Nathan Smith – Senior Designer, On Track Sportswear

Beverley Hurley – Innovation & Design Manager, On Track Sportswear

Amanda Banfield – BGS parent, BGS School Council Member

Katie Flockart – BGS parent, Past President BGS Parents’ Group

Brigitte McGregor – BGS parent, Past President Junior Parents’ Group

Anthea O’Connor – BGS parent, Fashion Stylist