The British International School of Stavanger is the only one in Norway with a uniform. Although the freedom for Norwegian children to choose their own schoolwear is a cherished right in the rest of the country, Principal Anne Howells is convinced that both school and pupils reap huge benefits from the distinctive, high-quality outfits.
“Norwegian children and parents often tell us the clothes they wear at school are a source of peer pressure and bullying,” she explained. “Our incidence of bullying is extremely low and never linked to wearing the latest fashion trends. Uniform also gives the student a strong sense of identity; helps us forge a collegiate atmosphere and reinforces our school’s ethos. We proudly stand out in the national schoolchildren’s parade held in all Norwegian cities on 17 May.”
No wonder growing numbers of international schools are developing the uniform habit.
Uniform supplied by ISUS Ltd www.isus-ltd.co.uk