Wellington school cancels 'how to look good' makeup class after complaints

The intermediate students are aged between 11 and 13.
The intermediate students are aged between 11 and 13. Photo credit: Getty

A Wellington school has cancelled a makeup class that promised to show girls "how to look good with a few clever tips".

Evans Bay Intermediate faced backlash from parents and students who thought the "glitz and glamour for girls" elective sent an unhealthy body image to the children.

The class was a new addition, offered alongside other options such as language, sport, writing and technology, held each Friday.

"Come and learn the basics on how to look good with a few clever tips and shortcuts," a class description promised.

That's a promise one student's relative says is "outdated and wrong on every level".

"This one class is like how to be a great housewife," the relative, who does not wish to be named, told Stuff.

"It's not okay."

The school has since scrapped the class, but says that will leave some students, aged between 11 and 13, disappointed.

Board of trustees chairwoman Shelly Reet told Stuff she was disappointed parents went to the media before speaking to them.

She said the class had been suggested by students, but the wording suggesting it was only aimed at girls was "unfortunate".


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