The academic year has now moved into the month of October, yet the weather continues to feel more like late summer. The warmer temperatures that are now occurring more frequently in September (and April) have caused us to extend the time that students are allowed to wear shorts. Yes, the school does have a dress code, although in recent years it has become more gender neutral and relaxed.
As one who began his teaching career back in the late 1970s, I have seen many versions of school dress codes since then, from “neat, clean and covered,” to uniforms, to required ties for boys and skirts/dresses for girls. Like anything else dress codes evolve over time, reflecting not just changes in popular fashion, but also sensibility.
There are many things in schools that can and should change over time. Societal norms and technology are just two of the many forces that often drive these changes. Nonetheless, there are certain things in our school that I trust will abide, such as our core values. These vital touchstones: courage, integrity, respect, compassion and excellence are virtues that we strive for on a daily basis. “Striving for” does not indicate any lack of them here at Gill St. Bernard’s; it reflects that our school community is always trying to improve. After all, experience teaches us that practice is how you may achieve mastery, and ultimately, excellence. I believe this is one (of many) ways our school is unique and offers value to our families.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.