With every one of the 1100 boys at St Joseph’s College expected to have the complete College uniform for formal wear, everyday school wear and the sports they play, the on-campus Uniform Shop is a busy place. During term time it opens 8.5 hours a day, five days a week, to meet demand. The shop is operated by school wear manufacturer Midford and located in a smartly refurbished former storeroom at the back of the College Chapel.
In addition to all the requirements for the school and formal uniforms, including shoes and belts, the shop stocks the complete range of Joeys cerise and blue sports uniforms – from socks, caps and shorts to basketball singlets, rugby jumpers, rowing suits and so forth. Sporting equipment on sale includes mouth guards, goggles and headgear.
The laundry tags that each boy is required to have sewn on all his clothing can be ordered here, as well as Old Boys souvenirs that range across clothing, books, accessories, jewellery and homewares. The shop also sells toiletries and stationery items, particularly useful for boarders.
Appointments are required for a full uniform fit-out and purchase of sports uniforms should wait until after boys have started at the College and been confirmed in a sport. You can also order uniforms online at www.midford.com.au.
In the Br Stanislaus Building, the College’s Parents and Friends Association operates a clothing pool selling second-hand uniform items donated by parents. It is staffed by parent volunteers and open on Fridays from 3pm to 5pm, on Saturdays during home sports and on special days such as New Parent and Student Day.
To contact the Uniform Shop, phone 02 8331 1402 or email email@example.com.
For clothing pool enquiries, contact College reception on 02 9816 0900.
THE ST JOSEPH’S COLLEGE UNIFORM SHOP WILL REMAIN CLOSED FOR PERSONAL SHOPPERS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AND WILL RE-OPEN FOR ONLINE ORDER PROCESSING ONLY, ON TUESDAY 12 OCTOBER 2021.
To maintain a Covid-safe environment, families are required to order all uniform requirements for the commencement of Term 4, 2021 via the Midford online store (passphrase: Josephs1881) either for home delivery or for student pick up. If student pick up is selected as a delivery method, the order will be distributed to the student by the College’s Student Services.
The Uniform Shop will remain closed to personal shoppers until further notice.
All new parents requiring a uniform fitting must schedule an appointment through the Midford appointment link https://Midford.as.me/StJosephsCollegeHuntersHill . (This service will resume on 25th October).
You’ll find the new Uniform Shop at the back of the Chapel on the Mary Street side of the campus. The nearest entry is via the Mary Street pedestrian gates. The second-hand clothing pool is located in the Br Stanislaus building, between Br Louis Music Centre and the Year 10 dormitory buildings, nearest entry via the Gladesville Road gates. See the locations for both on the map here.
The Joeys uniform
It took 55 years and 15 headmasters before a school uniform became compulsory for St Joseph’s College students. There had long been sports jerseys in cerise and blue, the school colours since at least 1888, and a cadet uniform was introduced in 1890. It wasn’t until 1935, however, that Br Louis introduced the daily uniform during his first year as the 15th Headmaster and made it compulsory for the start of the 1936 school year. For younger boys, ‘Cotswold’-style suits, with shorts, were made “from a splendid quality pure wool navy serge” and cost from 35 shillings (about $3.50, or $170 in today’s money), stated an advertisement by David Jones, whose tailors would come to the school to measure up the boys. For older boys a three-piece sac suit – a conventional business-suit style of the time – was 63 shillings (about $300 today). Socks, tie and a straw boater completed the uniform.