Five year old St Andrew's College Cairns student Matt Tunney is in danger of being sent to the principal's office if he turns up again wearing socks that are too short.
Matt was warned he would be sent to the principal's office if he didn't wear regulation long socks the next time, and a note was sent home to his parents, The Courier-Mail reports.
Matt's parents were surprised, but the move underlines a growing issue across the state as many schools return to strict uniform policies to improve overall discipline.
His dad, Andrew, thought they had sent him off to school in proper uniform as his ankle socks were the correct colour, but a few centimetres short of the style outlined in school's rules.
Matt came home with a uniform violation form letter from his teacher. It included a handwritten notation: ". . . we have a uniform policy which we all need to enforce. If Matthew doesn't have non-ankle socks, just send me a note letting me know when you think he will have them."
"We couldn't believe it," Mr Tunney said.
"The note said that if he is caught with incorrect school uniform again he will be referred to the principal's office.
"There are bigger and more important things happening out there in the world than the length of a five year old child's school socks."
Principal Loretta Graham wrote in her latest newsletter to parents that the school's reputation was being jeopardised by lax standards of dress.
"If ever it is impossible for a student to attend school in correct uniform, parents are asked to provide their son/daughter with a note explaining the difficulty," she said.
Brisbane Catholic Education spokesman John Phelan said students who wore a uniform in and out of school were expected to meet dress code standards at all times.
The issuing of infringement notices and informing parents of breaches varied between schools, he said.
Schoolboy scolded because his socks were too short (Courier-Mail)
St Andrew's College Cairns