School Uniform

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
  • Ie faitaga with PHS logo – Dark Navy (only available from Mainland uniforms)

 Top – any of the following:

  • Long or short sleeve 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, vest or cardigan with PHS logo - Bottle green
  • Years 11 and 12 V neck Jersey, vest or cardigan with PHS logo- Dark navy
  • Polar fleece with PHS logo - navy
  • Shower-proof or lined jacket with PHS logo – 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 /poly-props 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.
  • The Ie Faitaga must include the PHS logo and can only be purchased from Mainland Uniform


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.  


PE and Dance:

The PE uniform is compulsory year 9 to 11

  • Blue air mesh top with PHS logo.  (The top available at Mainland will be phased out by 2022.)


Bottom – any of the following

  • Plain navy blue or black shorts 
  • 3/4 leggings (active-wear style) 


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.  

Second-hand Uniform Sales

A service provided by the PTA, for Papanui High families, and for financial support of student activities.

For Buyers
The full range of uniform is available in plentiful supply.
Every single item has undergone quality control. Stock is organised into four sections, and rigorously sorted by size and quality to enable you to find what you need easily and quickly.
PTA volunteers are present at each sale to assist you.
Currently we have in stock:
  • New and 'as new' items. A new section for those wanting top quality items, at a major discount.
  • A wide range of  very good to good quality items, which are priced at 50%, or less, of retail.
  • A separate section of heavily discounted items which may be of interest to those who are happy to spend some time mending or cleaning.
  • We also have a small amount of shoes and socks to be gifted to any student.
For Sellers
We welcome donations of school uniform. This option is often used by people as an easy alternative to supporting other fundraising efforts. You have the option to donate all, some, or none of your items.
We also sell uniform on behalf. For our work, the PTA keep 25% of the purchase price.
All profits from kind donations, and commissions. are given to our school through grants towards sports and cultural activities, etc.
*Please bring your uniform to the school office (main reception or student office).
*Please speak to a staff member (they collect on behalf of the PTA). You will be provided with an updated seller information file. This must be completed at the office. (This is to ensure we can pay you when your uniform sells, that your uniform stays under your name, and so we can contact you if needs be).
Compulsory details are your name (i.e. the same name as your bank account), cellphone number, personal email address, and your bank account details. Failure to provide any of these details will incur a delay in processing and/or payment.
Tips to increase selling price, likelihood of a sale, and ease of transaction:
1 Bring your items along in a bag.
2 Ensure clothing is clean, ironed, and free from stains, as much as possible. Soak white clothing in stain remover/whitening product.
3 Mend, if necessary. (This is not essential, but will command a higher price, if done well).
4 Remove pet hair.
5 Remove pilling, if you wish.
6 Fasten buttons and zips. Roll jacket hoods into their own pockets.
7 If items are dry-cleaned, please leave dry-cleaning tags and protective covers ON.
8 'As new' and new items will be displayed on our new 'premium' rack and will command a higher price. Always leave original tags on if item has never been worn.
9 Keep heavily stained, paint-splattered, considerably damaged, and non-regulation uniform items at home. We do not sell these.
10 Bring your bank account details (name and number) with you.
By having us sell your uniform on your behalf, you agree to the following terms and conditions:
  1. The PTA sells uniform on your behalf. Our commission is 25% of the sale price on all items sold on behalf.
  2. You may donate the uniform items to the PTA. (All proceeds will be given to the school through the PTA’s usual channels).
  3. Reimbursement is made when items(s) is/are sold, and is made by direct credit, unless a cheque is requested.
  4. Sales of $5 and under will be held until other items are sold, unless it is your last, or only, item.
  5. You must contact us ([email protected]) if any of your contact details or bank account change. If bank account is out of date, or not supplied, and you cannot be contacted, we will decree sale proceeds as donations.
  6. All items must be regulation uniform, in at least reasonable condition, and clean. Any other items will not be returned, they will be given away, or disposed of, without notice.
  7. By law, no socks, hosiery, or shoes can be sold. They can be donated, and will be gifted (no charge) to any student.
  8. If an item has not sold after three years, we reserve the right to donate to the school, or dispose of, without further notice.
  9. The PTA will price items for you, or you can attach a separate list of suggested prices. The PTA reserves the right to alter prices if an item does not sell one year from date of receipt.
  10. Uniform sales are run by a small group of people who give up their free time to provide this service. Every care will be taken to avoid theft and loss of items. We take no responsibility for reimbursement of lost or stolen items.
Please contact Claire, [email protected] with any queries.


The second hand uniform shop will be open at the following time.

Saturday 25 January 2020 from 9-11am   G1 Study Hall