Facial hair at college?

A Kapiti College student is fighting for the right to be allowed to have facial hair at school.

NZH: Kapiti College student fights high school beard ban

Senior students at Kapiti College get to wear mufti and makeup to school.

But according to one pupil, if they turn up with facial hair they’re hauled out of class and forced to shave with “budget” equipment.

Year 13 student Anthony McEwen has started a petition to change rules he says were set out by the school’s board of trustees.

“In Kapiti College, the board of trustees say that no student is allowed to have facial hair,” the petition reads.

McEwen said if students came to school with a beard, moustache or stubble, they were “forced to shave with budget shaving equipment during critical learning time”.

“If Year 13 students are allowed to wear mufti, how come they are not allowed to have natural hair that grows on their face?” McEwen wrote.

I can remember back in the day that (head) hair touching your ears was at least strongly discouraged. No one tried beards then.

“I want to get enough support for my petition so I can show the board of trustees that there is nothing wrong [with] having facial hair.”

The petition, started a month ago on website change.org, has gathered 353 signatures.

Upon reaching 500, it will be delivered to board member Tony Kane, according to the website.

The petition: Kapiti College (Year 13 Facial Hair Allowed)

There are currently 556 supporters.

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28 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  23rd July 2016

    Ridiculous. Once they let the students start setting the rules they could all wind up turning up for class dressed like Mike Hosking !

    If he doesn’t like the School Rules he should leave. If he wants to wear a beard at school he should enrol in a bloody Madrassa. Preferably one in Afghanistan.

    I certainly don’t want to see facial hair being encouraged at Wellington Girls or Queen Margaret Colleges. 😐

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  2. PDB

     /  23rd July 2016

    1. Was it in the school rules when this pupil joined the school that facial hair was not allowed?
    2. Yes – then live with it.

    This is the sort of bloke that will one day buy an inner-city apartment next to a pub and in short time demand the pub closes down because it is too noisy.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  23rd July 2016

      😀 😀 😀

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    • Gezza

       /  23rd July 2016

      I expect his mum & dad are so proud of him standing up for himself against the dreadful teachers & principal trying to break his spirit & repress his individualiity, especially after they’ve suddenly – for no good reason – turned on him after he’s won all those “Tried Really Hard” prizes at the end of the school year for the last decade or so.

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      • PDB

         /  23rd July 2016

        He should be grateful to the school as bum fluff ain’t cool.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  23rd July 2016

          ‘Tried really hard’ is another way of saying ‘been really trying’ in this case, possibly.

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          • Gezza

             /  23rd July 2016

            I was havin a look at all ya comments cos they often crack me up & they seemed to be headin up the page. I think it’s a good idea to do that.

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  3. Iceberg

     /  23rd July 2016

    McEwen is just another teenager with access to the internet, and so thinks he is changing the world. Yawn.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  23rd July 2016

      Yawn indeed. Another tiresome attention-seeker. World famous in Kapiti.

      How long does it take to shave ? My old man had a beard. If this boy is losing valuable learning time, it can’t be much, surely. and if he doesn’t like budget gear, let him buy his own. This is a battle not worth fighting.

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  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  23rd July 2016

    Facial hair on schoolboys looks bizarre. I saw a schoolboy in uniform with facial hair, and he looked grotesque, I’d have to say-like a man in school uniform. It looked ridiculous. Make-up and jewellery look strange with school uniform, too, so I can see why they wouldn’t let us wear either. Lolita in uniform isn’t a good look and it does nothing for jewellery to wear it with school uniform.

    There may well be no rule against it because it never occurred to anyone that pupils would turn up with faces all over bum fluff. New facial hair can look awful, it’s an unflattering look.

    But if there is a rule-get used to it, mate. This is unlikely to be the last time that you will be in a situation where you will be obliged to make your appearance fit the requirements of those above you. It’s for less than six months, live with it.

    Total tangent; I do like the long hair that many young men have now. Tied back, it looks neat enough for work. There’s a young Maori man in my town whose long hair is so lovely that it would be a sin to cut it. It’s always tied back at work and he looks tidy and corporate in appearance.

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    • Nelly Smickers

       /  23rd July 2016

      Actually,from your description Kitzy, I think I might even know who you mean…..which *town* are you in ??

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  23rd July 2016

        I said that he was young, with beautiful hair and that he looked tidy and corporate. This may be your idea of a young man, it isn’t mine. It may be your idea of beautiful hair and a tidy ‘corporate’ look, but it’s not mine.

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  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  23rd July 2016

    It sounds as if there is a rule, if shaving gear is provided.

    Welcome to the real world, my boy.

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  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  23rd July 2016

    Why should I care? This is between young men and their school. I don’t care.

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    • Gezza

       /  23rd July 2016

      Good thing you care so little you didn’t even bother to comment on it.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  23rd July 2016

        I don’t think that I really care either, now that I come to think about it.

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        • Gezza

           /  23rd July 2016

          Probably best not to make any comments in the thread then & just ignore it?

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          • pickled possum

             /  23rd July 2016

            Well Really Geza I am all for freedom of speech. The boy has the freedom to be heard, it’s NZ land of free speech.
            The boy can make an application to his Board of Trustees, then they all work it out … as it generally does.
            Every one has a say on the hair, but I have a young family member, who at 12 grew more hair on his chin than his father.
            The principal rang and said he was to be expelled if he did not shave every day.
            The Question “Why?” was answered by “its the Rulz”
            Hmmmmm so the mother said “I do Not think so Sir” and so they worked it out.
            I for one NEVER had facial hair at college.

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            • Damn! Neither did I …

            • Gezza

               /  23rd July 2016

              What I’m concerned about is where it could lead to, Possum. The Key$ter is losing his hair & looking a bit worse for wear on the housing issue & Andy’s not bothered by the polls because he reckons NZers want to hear about their policies not for him to be a ‘show pony’.

              If he’s right, next thing you know we could have a Labour/Green government & facial hair could be made compulsory for teenagers in all schools including Girl’s schools. :/

            • Gezza

               /  23rd July 2016

              Are there any rulz for kids on te marae Possum?

            • Damn me that’s a fine piece of reasoning that is Gezza!

              Rightly reckon you done cyphered this situation correctly. All shaving of any kind by anyone should be outlawed.

              Suits me just dandy, me bein’ a Year 9 LGBTI ‘gal’ with a full handlebar moustache …

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  24th July 2016

      I didn’t comment on it. I commented on your caring.

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