With university holidays commencing, and the chill winds of winter whipping the faces of Brisbane’s youth, it looks to be a gutsy performance coming up for overworn, small, frayed Year 12 Senior hoodies.
The sunny days and warm glow of Brisbane rarely require the use of these hoodies, but for roughly four weeks every year, they come out of the shadows to take their resting place on your torso.
Emblazoned with a funny nickname such as ‘HMAS Shazza,’ ‘Whipstick,’ or ‘The Machine,’ these hoodies reportedly spend the whole year hibernating for the brief amount of time they will actually be required.
Even then, it gets pretty hot during the day, so the hoodie will probably be taken off between 10.30am and 4pm. But try and stop it outside of those hours. Just try it.
Whilst there are countless more practical solutions to warmth, such as a newer jacket, there’s a certain charm to the thin, grey school hoodie. It harks back to a simpler time, where one of the great victories was getting to sit at the Year 12 tables in the last two weeks of Year 11.
We managed to secure an interview with a ‘Class of 2014’ hoodie from St. Alanborough’s Grammar, a prestigious Brisbane school located in Kangaroo Point.
The hoodie expressed concerns about its potential performance over the coming weeks, but stressed it will ‘...do whatever I can to keep my head down, and put in the hours.’
‘I’ll get it done, mate. By God, I’ll get it done.’