When I left Te Aroha College partway through the year and ended up in Hamilton in an area zoned for Fairfield College, my mum didn't even take time to find out what uniform they wore at Fairfield and sent me to Fairfield in my Te Aroha College uniform - "so at least you'll be wearing a
Imagine my surprise and embarrassment when I got there and discovered that Fairfield College - alone out of all the possible colleges in Hamilton - had no uniform at all.
Not a great start to the term.
The thing that surprised me most reading Transfer Student Uniforms
was that the Japanese schools supply the uniforms - we have to buy our own from shops that specifically deal in school uniforms (which around here means a 50km round-trip to the nearest shop that supplies school uniforms to the region.
All three primary schools (new-entrants to "Year 8") within 8km of me require school uniforms, as do all the colleges (In NZ, College = High School).
I'll be making sure I buy the college uniforms for my kids long before their first day, to spare them any embarrassment.