In a clear sign of the times, St Brigid’s National School are introducing a gender neutral school uniform policy.
The decision follows proposals from the student council, and the move will allow boys to wear skirts or girls to wear trousers at the Greystones school.
The school’s principal, Máire Costello, said that the school’s board of management and parents had agreed to the student council’s suggestion, stating, “We have children who are questioning their sexual identity. It is happening at an earlier age. We want our children to have a happy experience in school”.
For the chair of St Brigid’s Board of Management, Tom Sherlock, the decision was a “no-brainer”, going on to say, “We live in a modern era and the Catholic schools’ ethos is one of respect and inclusivity. Nonetheless, recognising that this was a radical step, the board consulted the parents’ association before pressing ahead with the plan.
The school is also considering introducing gender neutral toilets in the school.
The gender neutral school uniform policy at St Brigid’s is due to come into effect in September. In the meantime, here’s one take on the situation…
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