A sports uniform thousands of years in the making

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27 May 2024

the new sports uniformOne of Melbourne’s oldest schools has made an important change to its uniform to reflect a much longer history. The community at St Mary’s School, Williamstown, has launched a sports uniform which weaves together the story of the school and the local area.

Created by artist Mandi Barton, the design’s individual elements make reference to the families of the school, Bunjil the eagle of the Boonwurrung people, coastal shell middens and canoes travelling over water. In Aboriginal art, circles often represent meeting points and the main circle contains a cross to symbolise Christ as the centre of the school. The new sports uniform promotes a greater understanding and awareness of the school’s history prior to European settlement, and its commitment to ongoing recognition and reconciliation.

‘What we have done is created something special, with a shared story sitting proudly on our uniform giving our students a connection to land and history’, said Principal Anthony Hockey. The uniform was launched with a traditional smoking ceremony at the school.

smoking ceremony

‘Now More Than Ever’ is the 2024 theme for National Reconciliation Week, which begins today and runs until Monday 3 June.

artist Mandi Barton and co with the new uniform