It’s the perfect example of reusing and recycling. Every parent feels the pain of buying new school uniform each year. Badges, colours and styles make them difficult to be used by others.
But governors at Cwmbran High School have solved this problem. The last day of term is a non-uniform day and pupils are encouraged to bring in their outgrown clothes for classmates to use in the new term.
Teri McDonald, parent governor, said: “I started last year and we had a few items brought in and it went well so I was asked to do again this year by the chair of governors. I asked Mrs Coulson, the headteacher, if we could have another non-uniform day on the last day of term so that people could donate.
“This was a great success and we have had five times as many items this year. I pick it up on the last day of term and take it home.
“Then I wash and iron it all and bring it back in on the A-level and GCSE results days. Anyone can come and see if there is anything they would like or need and it is all free of charge. I do it to help people and to help the school achieve good uniform standards.
“Myself and Kate Ewards, another parent governor, will be at the stand over the two days to give away the clothes to any parent.”
Items can be collected on Thursday 16 August from to 9am to 12pm and Thursday 23 August from 9am to 12pm.
What did pupils donate?
21 pairs of shoes
12 girls PE kits
14 boys PE kits
Three rugby shirts
Two PE hoodies