QLD school instructs parents to ensure primary school boys come dressed as male characters for Book Week, and girls as female characters.

Glasshouse Christian College on the Sunshine Coast sent a letter home to parents warning them that students dressed inappropriately would be sent home.

The Christian school also bans costumes that relate to “occult” books, like witches or vampires.

School principal Mike Curtis told The Courier-Mail the gender-specific directive was sent out in a letter to parents for the first time this year.

It is understood to specifically request parents ensure boys come dressed as boy characters and girls as female characters, unless they are part of a group.

The letter is also understood to have said cross-dressing was not permitted.

Mr Curtis said the letter was written by the school’s Head of Primary, after she had become aware a group of Year 6 boys had intended to come to school dressed as drag queens.

“These boys were being silly and this was an attempt to curtail that, without solid evidence,” he said.

Parents are outraged

Taking to The Courier Mail Facebook page parents have shared their opinions.

– ” If my son wants to go as a princess he will damn well be able to or they will have his mother to deal with! It is 2018 we really should be more evolved.”

– “A male teacher at my daughters school was dressed as little red riding hood. I think this gender bs needs to stop.”

– “Somebody taking themselves far too seriously! It’s book week. Let the kids pick a character and dress as that character.”

– “Well that’s crazy! We had male TEACHERS dress as females and female teachers dress as MALES. The kids loved it.”

– “OMG they are children let them dress up in whatever costume they choose.

Meanwhile others have pointed out it is a private Christian school and they are quite in their rights to make the ruling.

Do you think this ruling is going too far?

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  • How attitudes change. A few years ago one of my nieces was in a school concert at Christmas time….dressed as a shepherd.


  • Don’t think this is a helpful message – but if you want to send your children to a school you should know all the rules the school abides by before them attending in the first place.


  • Our kids school is having a free dress day and Hay Bale appeal for Farmers, rules were emailed out, saying…… Appropriate Gender clothing must be worn
    Seriously, if my boy wants to come as a farm girl then I won’t stop him


  • We are in 2018 not 1918.


  • What idiots. I’m glad my kids don’t attend this school.


  • Shameful! Children should be able to dress as any character they want to represent from a book. Gender should not matter one bit – reinforcing gender stereotypes is shameful!


  • Adult stupidity takes the fun out a day for the kids. Honestly, if you’re going to put any rules in place at all it should be that the character is from an actual book (not a book created after a movie). Wouldn’t send my kids to such a silly school anyway.


  • I think this sends the wrong message but I wouldn’t send my child there anyway


  • This is absurd ! I’m a christian but sure let my kids cross gender lines if they want to dress so. This rule has nothing to do with Christianity if you ask me.


  • Silly school. Book Week is about letting creativity shine.


  • Stupid rule if you ask me! But they are obviously a conservative Christian school. They are entitled to their beliefs and if you don’t agree with it you shouldn’t send your child there


  • I personally think it’s a bit precious but it’s a private Christian School so if it goes against their policies etc, they can probably make the rules as they like & most will go along with it.


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