Expect High Standards
John Henry Newman Catholic College Students will be the young professional men and women of the future and as such we are committed to fostering self-confidence and a professional demeanour. Our students are encouraged to adopt the highest standards and virtues which will enable them to flourish in the world of business and commerce.
Your attitude, appearance and standard of dress will help you to make a positive impression and gain respect from other professionals.
We’re not all lucky enough to be brimming with confidence at every moment, but there are ways to appear more confident. Follow these steps and maybe you’ll become more confident than you ever thought possible.
1. Practise good posture. This may take some adjusting if you typically slouch or sit in a chair all day. But good posture in one of the biggest keys to looking more confident.
- Stand as straight and tall as you can.
- Try to push your shoulder blades slightly back and down.
2. Keep your chin up. You don’t have to stare at the ceiling, but keeping your head up adds to the appearance that you’re alert and proud.
3. Free your hands. Most people don’t know what to do with their hands when nervous and this can be a dead giveaway that you’re not feeling confident.
- Take your hands out of your pockets. Keeping your hands in your pockets is not only a sign that you’re unsure of yourself, but it also encourages slouching.
- Try not to cross your arms across your chest. This is a classic sign of closed-off body language.
- Make natural hand gestures when speaking. It’s okay to move your hands around a little, but don’t overdo it.
- Stop fidgeting. Constantly adjusting your hands or touching your hair and face will certainly make you look less confident.
4. Relax. Now that you’re standing tall with your shoulders back, try not to look too stiff. Loosen up a little and if you feel yourself getting tense, take some deep breaths.
5. Make eye contact. Eyes are more than just a window to the soul; they’re a reflection of your confidence level. You can say a lot about yourself with your eyes.
- Maintain direct eye contact when speaking to someone. Try not to be the person who always looks away first.
- Keep your eyes level and look forward. When you’re not speaking to someone or are walking around, looking down at the ground is a sign that you don’t want to interact with anyone
6. Smile. This will show that you’re not worried and, in fact, are having a good time. People like to interact with happy people.
- Keep the smile genuine.
7. Keep your mind off of stressful situations. If you have an event or a date, it’s easy to worry too much. This will add to your stress. Focus on your normal preparations, and then try to occupy your mind with something else.
8. Approach people. Don’t wait too long to approach people at an event. If you see someone you’d like to meet or talk to, walk up to them right away. The longer you wait, the more reasons you’ll give yourself not to go.
9. Engage people in conversation. A confident person usually has something to say. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to people.
- Speak clearly and audibly.
- Ask questions. When having a conversation with someone you just met, asking questions is a sign that you’re interested in them and would like to keep the conversation going. It also allows you to steer the conversation.
- Keep it simple. Try not to ramble on and on. Talking too much can be a sign of nervousness or that you’re trying to dominate the conversation.
10. Forgive yourself for small mistakes. Not every encounter is going to be successful, and that’s okay. Don’t dwell on every little thing that may have gone wrong. This will only make you reluctant or fearful of trying again. Process what happened, learn from it, and move on.
Professional Dress Code
You can influence the first judgment a person makes by how you look and what you are wear. You can exude confidence by looking sharp and professional. If your standards are high then no one will ever look down on you and your confidence will grow.
Once you are the CEO of your own business or company you will have earned the entitlement to dress and look how you please. It is our role to support you to achieve this in the future.
The John Henry Newman Catholic College dress code sets out what is acceptable in our community and all new students their families sign up to the code on entry to the college.
No dress code can cover all contingencies so students and their families must exert a certain amount of common sense in their choice of clothing or hairstyle. If you experience uncertainty about acceptable, professional attire or hairstyle for college, please ask your academic tutor or a member of the pastoral team for guidance.
- Black blazer with Academy badge
- Plain black straight leg trousers for boys and plain black loose fitting straight/boot-cut trousers for girls (no jeans or ‘skinny’ trousers)
- Plain black loose fitting skirt no shorter than 5cm above the knee (girls), skater and bandeau style skirts are not acceptable
- Black V-neck long sleeved jumper: Years 7, 8 & 9 with Academy gold stripe Years 10 & 11 with Academy red stripe
- Academy red and gold tie
- Plain white shirt/shirt style blouse (to be worn tucked in, top button fastened)
- Plain black school type shoes with low broad heel (no trainers, no colours on the shoes)
- Plain dark socks (boys)
- Plain black or white socks (girls)
- Optional – plain black or natural coloured tights (girls)
- Students are not allowed to wear make up, nail varnish or acrylic nails.
- One plain gold or silver ear stud/small sleeper per ear is the only jewellery permitted.
- Students are not allowed to have visible temporary or permanent tattoos.
- Hairstyles should be neat and well presented. Extreme hairstyles are not permitted. This includes extreme hair colouring, hair-styles and accessories. The senior leadership of the Academy will decide at their discretion if a hairstyle is appropriate or not.
- Coats, hooded tops, caps and other outdoor clothing may not be worn in the Academy building.
Please note that the following Skinny Trousers DO NOT comply with the College uniform policy:
Additional Guidance – Hairstyles
Hair is required to be a consistent length. The top part of the hair should be consistent with sides and there must be no lines or patterns in the hair. Hair should be a natural colour which means that bleaches or dyes that are in clear contrast to natural hair colours are not acceptable.
Please note that the following hairstyles DO NOT comply with the policy.
Additional Guidance – Footwear
The intent is for students to wear dress-type shoes. Dress shoes reflect the formal nature of the classroom environment. Athletic shoes as an alternative to dress shoes are inappropriate. Shoes should be very plain, logo-free and with minimal embellishments. Shoes should be closed toe. Hiking boots, work shoes, “combat boots” and any type of shoe that extends above the ankle are not acceptable.
Difficulties arise when popular shoe shops add athletic shoes or trainers to their school range. Families need to take extra care not to purchase trainer type school shoes. Hopefully the pictures below will clarify any ambiguity. However, if you are unsure then please do not hesitate to ask for further clarification.
- Academy sports shirt
- Academy shorts
- Shin pads
- Football boots (boys)
Note; Only rubber/moulded studs are allowed on the 3G football pitch
- Plain black track suit/jog bottoms
- Skirt (girls)
Girls are required to bring a hair bobble to tie their hair back during their PE lessons.
Students must bring their PE kit to every lesson, even if they have a medical note, as PE staff will involve students in refereeing, scoring and timekeeping.
Students require all the usual writing materials: pen, pencil, rubber, ruler etc. A strong school bag is essential to keep equipment and books in good condition.