By Preslava Stoyanova (9th grade)
In 2019 the school dress code was introduced. The introduction was followed by anger and, at first, some students had trouble dressing accordingly. With time they managed to accept the changes and the dress code was strictly followed.
Ripped jeans, track suits, short tops, mini skirts and shorts became forbidden. Students are allowed to wear tops, but not too short and in one of these colors: white, blue, red and gray. As for bottoms, students are allowed to wear skirts, jeans or trousers in white, blue, red, black or gray.
One year later, we asked some ninth-graders to share their opinions on the topic and see whether the dress code is still seen as a negative change.
“Do you think the dress code was a necessary change and why? “
“No it wasn’t necessary in my opinion, they created a lot of
stress and confusion among the students right in the middle of the school
year.”- Nikolay Tonchev
“Well, in my opinion it was a necessary change because we are at school and it’s not good to represent your school in an Adidas tracksuit, right?”- Angel Sinkov
“I do not think it was necessary – it’s our duty as students to go to school properly dressed up; however, there shouldn’t be color restrictions. Wearing yellow or green wouldn’t harm anyone.”- Denitsa Kaloyanova
“I don’t think that the dress code was a needed change. Yes there were people who dressed inappropriately but I don’t think that we have to dress in certain colors. And my reasoning behind it is that not everyone has the money to buy new clothing.”- Kalina Kandrova
“I do not think so”- Ivaila Veselinova
“Was it easy for you
to get used to wearing the dress code?”
“No, I couldn’t get used to it and I continued coming to school in sweatpants and ripped jeans for a whole month after the change, but now I do follow the dress code to some extent.” – Nikolay Tonchev
“I spent lots of money on clothes because of the dress code. Overall, it wasn’t hard for me to get used to it, however finding a certain type of T-shirts and jeans can be extremely expensive.”- Denitsa Kaloyanova
“No it wasn’t and I still haven’t gotten used to it.”-Kalina
“I’m definitely not used to dressing accordingly yet.”- Ivaila Veselinova
“Would you rather wear uniforms?”
“I don’t like uniforms, I prefer wearing jeans and red shirts – they are formal as well and more convenient.”- Angel Sinkov
“No, no and a thousand times no! Everyone walking in the
hallway dressed the same as the others…No thank you!”- Nikolay Tonchev
‘’Yes, because I won’t spend tons of money on buying new clothes according to the dress code and I will save time”- Denitsa Kaloianova
‘‘No, I would rather wear uniforms if they are skirts and flannels with a tie; I wouldn’t want to wear a uniform.“- Kalina Kandrova
“Yes, I would.”- Ivaila Veselinova
“If you could add one
more color to the allowed colors, which one would it be?”
“I would add black, of course!”- Angel Sinkov
“I don’t really follow the color restrictions. I just wear jeans. In terms of colors I put the first shirt I grab in the wardrobe. But if I begin to follow it, maybe black.”- Nikolay Tonchev
“I’d add pink because it is a beautiful color that
symbolizes kindness and happiness. We are happier when there are more colors
surrounding us.”- Denitsa Kaloianova
“I would add black.”- Kalina Kandrova
“If it was up to me to decide, I wouldn’t add any color
restrictions”- Ivaila Veselinova
Judging by the students’ answers to these questions, we can see that they all have different opinions, but share one thing in common – adding more colors. As Denitsa said, “We are happier when there are more colors surrounding us.”
Proper clothing is significant to our education and discipline, however, the world is more than blue, white, red and grey. And as Kalina has stated, “not everyone has the money to buy new clothing.” Some students still have difficulty dressing accordingly; however, they’ve accepted it.
Note: The full uniform and dress code requirements can be found on the school website, www.gpaeburgas.org under the tab “School documents,” starting on p. 19. Here’s an excerpt:
V. ОБЛЕКЛО НА
УЧЕНИКА Чл. 84. (1) Ученикът е длъжен да
се явява в училището и на училищни мероприятия с облекло и във вид, които
съответстват на положението му и на добрите нрави. (2) От 15.09.2019 година се въвежда
задължителен дрескод за всички ученици, приети в гимназията преди 2019г. (9-ти,
10-ти, 11-ти и 12-ти клас) до тяхното завършване на гимназията. (3) ДОПУСТИМИТЕ ЕЛЕМЕНТИ НА ОБЛЕКЛОТО за
явяване в училище са, както следва: 1.
1.1.тениска, риза, блуза, пуловер, поло с дълъг
или с къс ръкав в един от следните цветове: бял, червен, син, сив; 1.2.панталон/дънки в един от следните
цветове: черен, тъмносин, тъмносив, тъмнокафяв.
2.Момичета: 2.1.тениска, риза,
блуза, пуловер, поло с дълъг или с къс ръкав в един от следните цветове: бял,
червен, син, сив;
2.2.панталон/дънки/пола/рокля в един от следните цветове: черен,
тъмносин, тъмносив, тъмнокафяв.
3.Тениска с логото и името на гимназията. 4. Униформено облекло, посочено в чл.84 (5)
от ПДУ. (4) НЕДОПУСТИМИТЕ ЕЛЕМЕНТИ НА ОБЛЕКЛОТО и външния вид на учениците са:
къс, 3/4 и 7/8 панталон; панталони с ниска талия, панталони тип шалвари,
размъкнати, нарязани, увиснали, в ярка цветова гама и с шарки; анцуг и
трикотажен клин; дълбоко деколте; къса пола; къса блуза и бюстие; прозрачна
дреха; потник; джапанки; нецензурни изображения и текст по дрехите и
аксесоарите; дрехи, рекламиращи алкохол, наркотици, тютюнопушене, секс и
насилие; силен грим.