Auckland school changes uniform policy to include hijab

8:53 pm on 22 March 2019

An Auckland private girls school has reconsidered its school uniform policy so that any student who wishes to wear the hijab can do so.

A group of Muslim students

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Epsom's Diocesan School for Girls had come under criticism after two Muslim students were told wearing the head scarves was against school policy.

It was felt that the school was not being inclusive, especially in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attacks.

In a statement, the school said after receiving community feedback and discussion it decided to review its uniform policy to include the hijab.

"We believe that now is an appropriate time to revise our policy to allow for the wearing of the hijab by our Muslim students who wish to do so," it said in a post on Facebook.

It said it had never received a formal request from a parent or student to wear the hijab at the school.

Following the media coverage of the ban, which was relaxed for today's commemorations, it said security was increased at the school.

St Cuthbert's College also changed its uniform policy in the wake of the Christchurch tragedy.

Principal Justine Mahon said until now, individual expressions of religious belief have been confined to small items at the non-denominational Christian school for girls in Epsom.

"However, I believe that after last Friday, we need to follow the example of our young prime minister and show leadership," Ms Mahon said.

"If our Muslim girls at St Cuthbert's would like to wear a hijab at school, we would be supportive of that."

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