A school uniform; promotes school identity and pride, minimises social pressures and is generally less expensive for parents.

Wearing our uniform correctly is important for our school tone because it shifts the emphasis from competition back to academic performance, personal achievement and mutual respect. These values are reflected in the school’s PRIDE values.

Students enrolled at Papanui High School agree to wear correct uniform to, from and at school and on all official school occasions.

If there is any doubt about uniform items, caregivers are advised to discuss concerns with the senior leader responsible for uniform prior to the purchase of any item.

Responsibility for interpretation of regulations lies with the senior leadership.

Regulation items can be purchased from Mainland Uniforms,  online via Withers and Co or from the uniform section of The Warehouse Northlands.  Items such as shorts and trousers need to be purchased from the suppliers above or the second hand uniform store.   


The expectation is that students are presented in a neat and tidy manner and wearing items from the list below.


Bottom – any of the following:

  • Kilt - Black watch tartan
  • Trousers or shorts - Dark navy
  • Light weight skirt or culottes - Black watch tartan


Top – any of the following:

  • Long sleeved school blouse - White.  
  • Open-necked short sleeve shirt or polo shirt - White
  • Long sleeved business style shirt – White


The above items may be worn with any of the following:

  • Years 9 and 10 V neck Jersey or cardigan with PHS logo - Bottle green
  • Years 11 and 12 V neck Jersey or cardigan with PHS - Dark Navy
  • Polar fleece - Navy
  • Shower-proof or lined jacket with PHS monogram – Navy


Shoes and socks:

  • Socks or tights - Black, white or navy (No coloured insignia, logos or trims.) 
  • Plain covered leather or leather like shoes - Black (No coloured insignia, logos or trims.)  Laced shoes are to be worn with black laces only.



  • Sun hats, caps or beanies can be worn outside the buildings - Navy, bottle green or Black and with no logos or contrasting insignia unless it is the Papanui High School logo.
  • Headscarves - Navy, Black or bottle green may be worn for cultural reasons.
  • Scarves - Green/gold, plain black, or plain navy
  • Tie - Bottle green



Students may wear:  

  • unobtrusive studs/sleepers in ears
  • one unobtrusive culturally or personally significant necklace or bangle



Please note:

  • The skivvy and camel walk socks have been phased out of the uniform, whilst they can be worn until the end of 2020, we would encourage families not to purchase these items
  • Due to health and safety regulations sandals and canvas shoes are not acceptable.
  • Visible undergarments such as t-shirts / polyprops can only be white
  • Body piercing is discouraged for health and safety reasons but if worn only a small flat studs is acceptable and the rule of one unobtrusive piece of jewelry still applies.



Year 13 and above:

Tidy mufti.  Please note mufti must meet the safety requirements for certain subjects.   This includes enclosed shoes for Science and Technology subjects.  



Physical Education and Dance

Students Years 9—12: PE uniform is compulsory ie. Navy and white polyester airmesh sports top with school logo.  Navy polyester shorts with draw cord, or black three quarter or full length leggings, without logos.  PE top and shorts are available at Mainland Uniforms.  



Sports Teams Uniforms & Co-curricular Clothing:

Jerseys and other clothing purchased or issued as part of a school sports team are not part of the day to day classroom uniform.  They are to be worn when representing the school at a sports event.  


2nd Hand Uniform Sales

These are on the following dates.  Second hand items are available.  Parents with good used clothing that is no longer required should contact the school office about re-sale.  Donations of clothing are most welcome too.  All items should be clean, pressed and clearly labelled with name, address, phone number and suggested price attached.


The second hand uniform shop will be open at the following times;
Thursday 5 September from 2.30 till 3.30pm 

Thursday 24 October from 2.30 till 3.30pm  

Thursday 28 November from 2.30 till 3.30pm 

Saturday 7 December from 9-11am

Saturday 25 January 2020 from 9-11am