Tauranga Boys’ College believes that the reputation of the College is often judged by the way students present themselves both at school and in public. The mandatory wearing of a school uniform for all students attending Tauranga Boys’ College has been ratified by the School Community Meeting April 28, 1993, the Board of Trustees in 1995, 2003, 2015 and 2021 also by a parent survey in 2003. 

The college uniform will be worn complete, on the way to and from school, and should be worn in such a manner as to reflect credit upon the wearer. 


Students' appearance must be neat and tidy. Hair must be clear of the eyes. Long hair, lower than the bottom of the collar, is permitted, provided that it is tied back.

Boys hair colour is to be their natural hair colour only (no dye or bleaching). Skinhead cuts, mohawks and lines shaved into the hair are unacceptable. Decoration headwear and/or ties, tape or beads may not be worn in the hair unless there is a significant religious reason. E.g. turbans. 

Students must be clean-shaven, an exemption may be sought for religious reasons only. 

Students may wear taonga/necklaces/bangles for cultural or religious reasons only.

Jewellery (rings, anklets, earrings, studs or other piercings) must not be worn. Note: covering rings or studs with sticking plaster or using spacers/fishing nylon is not permissible. 

Students with incorrect footwear will be required to replace them with a pair of loan school sandals for the duration of the school day unless they have a medical reason (with a medical note) for wearing modified footwear (in which case they must get a uniform pass from an SLT member or Dean).

Tattoos are permitted, but they must not contain any inappropriate or offensive text, symbol or image. If this is the case then they must be covered at all times.


Uniform for Year 9-12 is a navy polo shirt with discobolus/crest, grey shorts with discobolus/crest, a school jacket, and/or navy jersey. Socks are mid-grey with two navy blue bands. A plain white t-shirt/polyprop may be worn tidily underneath the navy polo shirt, long sleeve or coloured shirts/polyprops are not allowed.

Footwear: plain black lace-up or slip-on school shoes that are hard-soled, have a heel and are able to be nuggeted, may be worn year-round with grey school socks. Plain brown or black sandals (without socks) must have a front strap, secured by a buckle or velcro, and a heel strap, these may also be worn all year round. 

 Flat-soled canvas/sport or skate-type shoes are not permitted.

The Senior Uniform (Year Y13 students by Principal’s approval) is a white polo shirt with discobolus/crest, navy blue shorts with discobolus/crest or navy blue long trousers (only with shoes). Along with a sky blue jersey or school jacket and plain white ankle socks. Plain black nuggetable lace-up or slip-on hard-soled heeled school shoes, or approved plain black or brown sandals may be worn year-round.  A plain white short-sleeved t-shirt/polyprop may be worn tidily underneath the polo.

Walking out dress (Number 1’s) may be worn on the appropriate occasions.