Jewellery, Nails and Hair
School rules permit students to wear one pair of stud earrings but please note that all jewellery must be removed for PE lessons. This includes all body piercings, plastic or metal, and friendship bands. These items represent a potential hazard, not only to the wearer but also to other children.
The Association for Physical Education Safe Practice states that any jewellery worn in Physical Education lessons is an unnecessary risk and should be avoided at all times. Serious accidents have occurred as a result of contact between pupils wearing earrings or studs and other pupils or equipment. Taping over earrings is no longer considered sufficient or good practice as it does not effectively prevent injury, particularly impact injuries.
Nails must be kept short. False nails are not permitted. Nails that are longer than the finger can cause injuries to other students.
Students with long hair must secure it away from their face with a hair elastic or headband.
Students are encouraged to maintain good hydration at Parkside, but this must not become an excuse to disrupt teaching and learning. Students are encouraged to have a full bottle of water for PE lessons. In the case of indoor lessons these will be left outside the playing space to avoid creating a slip hazard.
All students are expected to have a serviceable bag for their belongings, including:
- A pencil case
- A black or blue pen, plus a second pen in a contrasting colour for marking
- A pencil and pencil sharpener
- A ruler
- A rubber
- A protractor and compass
- A scientific calculator
- Students are advised to carry a water bottle with them.