• Marree Aboriginal School students Landon (left) and Lani wearing their new uniforms. (Marree Aboriginal School)Source: Marree Aboriginal School
A small contribution makes a big change, says Marree Aboriginal School principal Maurice Saah.
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NITV News
11 Apr 2016 - 5:31 PM  UPDATED 11 Apr 2016 - 5:31 PM

After 126 years, the students from Marree Aboriginal School are back in uniforms.

Principal Maurice Saah told NITV News the uniforms, a blue-and-white check dress for girls and a red polo shirt for boys, makes the school feel a great sense of achievement.

“We feel proud to belong to Marree Aboriginal School, we are proud to be part of the great things that are happening in our school,” Mr Maurice says.

Mr Saah became principal of the school, located nearly 700 kilometres from Adelaide in South Australia, in January 2016.

While there was already an official uniform, students were not wearing it. He consulted with his staff about starting them again.

Staff responded positively, so Mr Saah took the idea to parents of the 18-student school and asked them to complete a survey.

The response was 100 per cent positive, he says. The school then designed a new uniform based on parents' feedback.

An education director, Rob Harkins, and the community supported him through the process, he adds.

The uniforms costs $16.20 each, which he says is lower than the average $30-40 cost at other state schools.

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