This code of conduct for learners is intended to provide learners with scope to be themselves without being prejudicial to others. The principles herein contained form the background against which this code functions.
1.1 Education objectives and achievements can be reached only in an atmosphere where discipline prevails.
1.2 A learner experiences security and safety where discipline and authority prevail. It is only in these circumstances that a learner is prepared to venture, take initiative, be creative and study.
1.3 Only where there is order and each learner has self-respect and respect for others, can a happy school community exist where everyone can achieve his/her goal.
1.4 The Biblical foundation for authority and discipline can be found in the Ten Commandments. This school recognizes the authority of the Holy Trinity as Ruler and Creator of the universe, as well as over every individual and over this school, but respects the existence and practice of other religions.
• This school strives towards quality education which: Is aimed at a happy, safe, cohabital community for learners, educators and parents.
• Ensures that everyone can achieve the maximum according to his/her ability, interest and realistic expectation, in order that every child is eventually an equipped, dedicated, responsible and serving citizen through continued education based upon the Christian religion and value system.
• In the service of the Holy Trinity complies with the task and purpose that He has planned for us.
3. THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES ARE PURSUED:
3.1 To provide each learner with the opportunity to function completely in accordance with his/her ability on all Christian educational spheres on which the school may embark.
3.2 To provide each learner with the opportunity to prepare himself/herself to the maximum for adult life and in so doing to be prepared to make the correct choices independently.
3.3 To provide each learner, as a unique individual with his/her specific qualities and needs, with sufficient security and safety to develop and to serve.
3.4 To teach learners to apply the principle of caring for each other and to carry the interests of each other at heart in the spirit of co-operation and support.
3.5 To provide a safe physical environment that will prevent injuries.
3.6 To cultivate good communication between the school and parents as educator partners in order that the best for the child can be realized.
4. GUARDIANSHIP SYSTEM
4.1 The Guardian Teacher: This person represents the first line of a child`s welfare at the school. The class guardian is there to support the child in his/her totality.
4.2 The Subject Teacher: This person is responsible for good, effective education so that the child gets the opportunity to discover what his/her potential is, as well as to make the contents of the specific subject his/her own. A learner that experience significance and meaning is a well-adjusted and happy learner.
4.3 The Grade Teacher: This person is in charge of the relevant grade that he is appointed for. The Grade Teacher is responsible for the management of the grade as well as for the discipline of the relevant grade group.
4.4 The Subject Head: This person is in charge of the relevant subject that he is responsible for.
4.5 The Youth Worker: This person is utilizing and involved with and responsible for the spiritual wellbeing of our learners. This person is in a preventative and therapeutic way integrated in the guardianship program.
4.6 The Deputy Head: The deputy head works in conjunction with the person responsible for discipline, the grade heads and the guardians to maintain order and to ensure that discipline is maintained and educational viewpoints get attention.
4.7 The Disciplinary Committee: The disciplinary committee guards over the good order at the school, to the benefit of each learner. The disciplinary committee comprises persons appointed from time to time by the Headmaster and is distinguished from the Disciplinary Committee of the Governing Body as referred to later in this Code.
4.8 Extra-mural activities: Involvement in these activities results in channeling the energy of a learner constructively so as to have less time for mischief. Self-discipline, respect and perseverance are some of the qualities that are developed.
5. EMPOWERMENT OF STAFF
The teacher is authorized to apply discipline as described elsewhere in this document in order to maintain good order. Educators can, with a view to specific needs with regard to their respective classes, lay down rules that are not inconsistent with this Code: provided that any such rules are properly brought to the attention of learners and that the rules are displayed in a Conspicuous place in the classroom.
6. FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING THE CODE OF CONDUCT
The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to:
• Address instances of unacceptable behavior that are against the Code;
• Bring learners back to an acceptable standard of discipline by the provision of a process of progressive and positive discipline;
• Ensure that steps, where applicable, are taken and applied consistently;
• Safeguard hereby the interests of the School, Educators and Learners;
• Ensure that the procedures are subject to the principles of natural justice as well as the Constitution of The Republic of South Africa Act, 1966 (Act no.108 of 1966), The South African Schools Act, 1966 (Act no 84 of 1966), The National Education Policy Act, 1966 (Act no 27 of 1966), and Schools Education Act, 1995 (Act no 5 of 1995).
7. DISCIPLINARY MEASURES
Transgression or contempt of the Code of Conduct could result in any of the following actions:
• Break contemplation / detention.
• Community service.
• Upkeep of the school grounds, -gardens, bathrooms, -desks, or any school property.
• Confiscating of clothing/jewellery that does not conform to school rules and payment of subsequent confiscation fees.
• Forfeiture of certain privileges, e.g. attending school functions (like matric farewell} wearing of school uniform, class attendance, etc.
• Learners that drive recklessly or dangerously on bicycles, motorbikes or cars, on school grounds, could be liable to confiscation of the vehicle involved. The learner could also be prohibited from entering the premises on anything, but per foot.
• Record on the disciplinary control sheet.
• Written or final warning.
• The parent / guardian of any learner who deliberately misuses, damages or defaces any school property, could be liable for the said damage or replacement of the article, or be held responsible for the damage.
• Apart from the preliminary sanctions, a committee of the governing body could, in serious cases, recommend suspension or expulsion of the learner to the Head of the Department. A learner must realize that unacceptable action always involves consequences. Discipline is viewed as positive educational support and has the benefit and welfare of the learner, the school and the community as its purpose. It protects all the role-players in the school community. To detect problems at an early stage and to address them, it is essential to keep record thereof. At this school it is done by means of the disciplinary control system.
8. DISCIPLINARY CONTROL REGISTER
Transgressions of the Code of Conduct are entered and consolidated on the report card of a learner, are cumulative and remain on record. Should a learner be guilty of repeated less serious misconduct, his/her parents will be contacted for an interview. Should a learner persist with his/her misconduct, the disciplinary committee of the school will contact the parents and the learner will receive a written warning. In case of continued further misconduct, the learner will subject him/herself to a final written warning after which the disciplinary committee of the Governing Body will subject him/her to a hearing. A conviction can lead to temporary or permanent expulsion from the school.
9. GENERAL PRINCIPLES IN CASES OF MISCONDUCT BY LEARNERS
The Code of Conduct has as starting point the balance of the interests of the learning environment and structure as well as those of the learner and co-learners, the parents and legal guardians. Based on this premise the Constitutional rights of the interested parties are recognized and guaranteed.
9.1 RIGHTS OF LEARNERS
In general, learners have the right to:
• Fair procedures and participation in decision-making with regard to matters which are directly applicable to them;
• Equal treatment and not to be subjected to unfair discrimination;
• Privacy and respect for his/her dignity;
• Not be punished in a cruel, inhumane or degrading way, which includes, but is not limited to, solitary confinement or detention;
• Freedom of expression and speech, limited and subject to the rights of other persons, furthermore that it may not lead to the disruption of school activities and with the condition that vulgar language, personal accusations and insubordination shall not be tolerated. Congregate peacefully on the school ground at a time and place determined by the Principal.
• An agreed grievances procedure with regard to school activities and a right to appeal;
• The use of the school premises and logistical aids acquired, developed and maintained for the benefit of the learners, at present as well as in the future, and therefore every learner has the privilege and responsibility to use the facilities and equipment in such a way that other learners (present and future), may also enjoy the same privileges.
9.2 RIGHTS OF THE SCHOOL AND EDUCATORS
In general it means that the Headmaster and Educators are in the same relationship, within school and specifically during school attendance, presence in any classroom, participation in any school functions, school excursions and other school-related activities, as the learner and/or parent, including the right to regulate according to the Code of Conduct and the provisions of the Schools Act (no. 84 of 1966).
9.3 RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF PARENTS AND LEGAL GUARDIANS
The overall responsibility for regulating the behavior of learners rests with the parents and/or legal guardians of a learner, and more specifically, it is expected from parents or legal guardians to support the school and to require from learners to respect and to adhere to the school rules and take responsibility for their misconduct. It is further required that parents/guardians should have an active interest in the schoolwork and school activities of learners and to offer them the opportunity to promptly complete required homework. Parents/guardians should attend official meetings arranged by the Governing Body and the school. If any sanction is handed down to a learner requiring him/her to undergo it outside normal school hours, this fact will be communicated to the parents/guardians in order for those to make the necessary arrangements regarding transport of the learner. Learners will always be under the supervision of an educator or another responsible person during the serving of any punitive measure.
10. FORMS OF MISCONDUCT
• The Code endorses a system of speedy, just, correct, consistent, educational and progressive disciplining. Misconduct is classified according to the nature thereof as defined in this Code, as well as set out in the School Rules and the rules regarding dress, as serious or non-serious misconduct. It must be mentioned that in terms of this Code, certain forms of misconduct will be considered as serious and treated as such and that certain forms of misconduct, although in principle considered to be non-serious, will be considered as serious in view of the specific circumstances and repetitive nature thereof and on conviction be met with the same sanction as serious misconduct.
• Should a learner deliberately and without any valid reason refuse and/or avoid any punitive measures, it shall be addressed as serious misconduct in terms of the Code.
10.1 NON-SERIOUS MlSCONDUCT
Hair rules : Boys and Girls: all transgressions of hair rules.
Appearance : Boys and Girls: all transgressions regarding uniform, sports wear and other appearance rules.
10.2 General Rules :
• Handbook/script/homework/ technical drawing instruments not at school.
• Homework incomplete or not done.
• Late for school.
• Letter of absence not handed in.
• Parent/ guardian did not sign diary to take note of specific school matter.
• Disrupt class during change of periods.
• Acting in a disruptive manner during opening in hall/cement slab or late at opening.
• School bag in the wrong place.
• Hiding school bag of another learner.
• Hands in pockets (boys).
• Acting arrogantly / without respect for educator/adult/public.
• Ignore a direct request/ command of an educator.
• Slip a period.
• Unacceptable conduct in public in school clothes.
• Lost diary.
• Let sports teams down by staying away without notice.
• Out-of-bounds areas transgression.
• Eat or mess in class.
• Leave the class or the school premises without permission.
• Use of cell phones on the school ground during school time.
• Cribbing of homework or allowing another learner to crib.
• During supervision out of class/ at the wrong place.
• Not at opening/ closing.
• Change official correspondence or text in handbook or script with “Tippex”.
• In possession of crackers/fireworks/explosives.
• Transgression of class policy:
• Late for class.
• Continuous talking in class.
• Walk around in class without permission.
• Throwing things in class; and/or
• The specific transgression of any policy while in a specific class or department or set by an educator in specific classes.
10.3 SERIOUS MISCONDUCT
• Repeated conviction of minor non-serious transgressions.
• Serious threatening, disrupting or frustrating of education and teaching in classroom.
• Involvement in conspiracy to disrupt the orderly run of the school.
• Degrading of the dignity of any other learner or person.
• Distribution of and/or in possession of any test or examination material that will enable persons to obtain an unfair advantage in a test or examination.
• Dishonesty during a test or examination or any other assessing process.
• Involved in/guilty of public indecency.
• In possession of, or the distribution of pornographic or indecent material.
• Under the influence of, or in possession of alcohol.
• Discharge of crackers/ fireworks on school premises.
• Failed to abide by or to keep punishment- or suspension measures as correctional step, or refusal to undergo such measures.
• Falsifying of any school document or signature.
• Smoke/ in possession of cigarettes/ in presence of smokers.
• Driving of a motor vehicle or motorbike in an irresponsible way on the school premises/ unlicensed motor vehicle/ motorbike on the premises.
• Bribing or attempt to bribe other persons, as well as trying to get access to test or examination papers by means of an unfair advantage.
• Theft and/or dishonesty.
• Be in possession/the use of/ trafficking in any drugs/dependence forming/prohibited/harmful substances.
• In possession of any dangerous weapon.
• To hold any other person hostage.
• Malicious damage to property.
11. PROCEDURE IN CASE OF MISCONDUCT
11.1. NON-SERIOUS MISCONDUCT
As educators are in general responsible for discipline at the school and school related activities, they are invested with the power and responsibility to address non-serious misconduct where and when it occurs. On considering the infliction of suitable disciplinary measures the educator must see to it that such disciplinary measures should as far as possible relate to and be proportionate to the nature and seriousness of the misconduct committed by the learner. When disciplinary measures are inflicted upon a learner, each transgression is entered in the disciplinary control register of the relevant learner. In each case of non-serious misconduct, the learner is given a proper hearing and discretion is exercised regarding the question whether the transgression is as a result of his/her willfulness or the inability of the learner to understand the nature and/or extent of the misconduct and to be able to align his/her behavior accordingly. Disciplinary steps will only be instituted if it appears that the alleged misconduct is attributed to the willfulness of the learner. In cases where the Educator is of opinion that the behavior is the result of other causes, the Headmaster must be informed thereof for the institution, in consultation with the school psychologists or social workers or other pastoral help, of appropriate remedial steps. If a learner pleads not guilty to a charge of misconduct, the matter is referred without fail to the Disciplinary Committee (appointed by the Headmaster, in general or for this specific case), for consideration of the matter. The disciplinary committee must take a decision by not later than the first school day that follows the date of the alleged misconduct. The disciplinary committee must give the Learner and the Educator an opportunity to put their respective cases, whereupon the disciplinary committee must take a decision. The decision of the disciplinary committee is final and binding on both parties. The sanctions that may be imposed must be in accordance with that which was previously determined and included in this Code.
11.2 NON-SERIOUS REPETATIVE MISCONDUCT
In cases where a learner has been reprimanded and addressed for repeated incidents of non-serious misconduct in terms of this Code, the misconduct is typified and treated according to the directives intended for serious misconduct. After five transgressions for non-serious misconduct the matter is referred to the disciplinary committee where, after hearing the Learner and the relevant Educator, the Learner will, on conviction, receive a written warning. At any further incidents of misconduct, the above mentioned procedure will be followed, provided that the Learner will receive a sanction of a final written warning on conviction. After receiving a final written warning and in case of further misconduct, the matter must be submitted in writing for the attention of the Headmaster and be treated further as prescribed for the procedure in respect of serious misconduct.
11.3 SERIOUS MISCONDUCT
Any case of serious misconduct is reported in writing to the Headmaster. However, a Learner is not formally charged with misconduct until a written, signed statement, containing an accusation, complaint or allegation against the learner, is submitted to the Headmaster: provided that the Headmaster himself is not prevented hereby to introduce a charge against a learner. Any form of misconduct that also constitutes a crime in terms of the South African Law is independently reported to and investigated by the South African Police Services and does not indemnify a learner of possible disciplinary measures. Such conduct will, however, always be considered as serious.
11.4 COMMITTEE OF INVESTIGATION
The Headmaster refers the matter to the Disciplinary Committee to investigate the accusation, complaint or allegation that was submitted to him/her, or of his/her own accord. The Disciplinary Committee must submit a written report and/or a charge in this regard to the Headmaster. The Committee may consult with or make inquiries from anyone, including the learner against whom the charge or allegation was brought or was made provided that the Headmaster himself may undertake such investigation at will. This report is submitted to the Headmaster for exercising his/her discretion in respect of the nature thereof and should the Headmaster be of opinion that there are prima facie grounds for serious misconduct, he/she refers the matter to the Governing Body for appointment by the Governing Body of a Disciplinary Committee for hearing the matter. No member of the Governing Body with any direct or indirect interest in the matter may be appointed for this purpose and there is a specific obligation on every appointed member to declare in advance his/her interest. The Headmaster must simultaneously inform the parents/guardians in writing of the proposed action. The investigation into the alleged misconduct must be instituted without fail and finalized within a period of two school days. Should it not be possible to complete the investigation within the prescribed period owing to the nature thereof, the Headmaster must be furnished with full reasons for the non-compliance as well as with regular progress reports regarding the proposed completion date: provided that such investigation must in any case be completed within a period of one week.
12. PROCEDURE FOR HEARING
In general the hearing must be held according to relevant legislation and regulatory directions as promulgated from time to time. For purposes of the hearing the learner must be informed in writing of the charges against him/her and should he/she not understand it, it should be explained to him/her. This fact and the action taken must be recorded on the written notification. This notification must be served upon the learner at least five days prior to the hearing, clearly setting out the date, time and place of the hearing. The Headmaster must inform the parents/guardians at least telephonically that the documentation was thus served on the learner, as well as of the proposed hearing. The learner is entitled to further particulars of the charges, as prescribed by law, should he/she request it. The learner is always treated with the necessary respect and likewise must show the necessary respect towards other parties during the execution of the process.
The Headmaster may appoint any person to act as pro forma prosecutor during the hearing (or appoint any staff member to act as pro forma prosecutor on behalf of the school to attend to the matter).
12.2 THE HEARING STAGE
12.2.1 RIGHTS OF THE CHARGED LEARNER AND PROSECUTOR
The learner has the right to:
• be represented by a legal representative, a co-learner, his/her parent/guardian or an Educator during the hearing stage.
• give evidence himself.
• call witnesses or to have them called by the person assisting them.
• question the witness(es) who gave evidence against them or to have them questioned
• re-examine their own witnesses or to have them re-examined.
• argue their own case or have it argued after all the evidence has been given
• bring evidence or have evidence brought in mitigation of any disciplinary measures that may be imposed and/or
• address or have the disciplinary committee addressed on any disciplinary measures that may be imposed in terms of the Code. The
• Prosecutor, who deals with the case against a learner, may
• call witnesses and question and re-examine witnesses who testified against the charged learner
• question the charged learner, if he/she has testified, as well as any other person who testified on behalf of the charged learner, and
• argue the case after evidence has been delivered, but before the charged learner is given an opportunity to argue his/her own case or to have the case argued by the person who is assisting the learner.
12.2.2 RECORD-KEEPING OF THE PROCEEDINGS
The Governing Body must ensure that proper record is kept of the proceedings of the Disciplinary Committee by way of a tape recording or in writing.
12.2.3 ABSENT AT THE HEARING
If a learner fails to be present or to remain at his/her hearing without a valid excuse, the hearing may be held in his/her absence and the proceedings of the disciplinary committee are not invalid merely as a result hereof.
12.2.4 DISRUPTION OF THE HEARING
In the case where a learner disrupts or obstructs the proceedings of the disciplinary committee or refuses to obey an instruction of the chairperson, the chairperson may order the learner to withdraw from the proceedings and the proceedings may continue likewise in the absence of the learner.
12.2.5 PROVISION OF RESULT OF THE HEARING
After finalization of the proceedings the learner must be provided with a written result of the proceedings, indicating the finding of the disciplinary committee as well as the relevant sanction that is imposed. Learners must be informed of their right of Appeal to the Member of the Executive Council charged with Education, should they be dissatisfied with the decision of the disciplinary committee. The disciplinary committee may inform the Head of Department of a decision to lockout a learner and must inform the Department within twenty-four hours of its recommendation to expel a learner.
12.2.6 SAFE KEEPING OF RECORDS
All records relative to the proceedings must be entered into a register by the Governing Body and for a period of at least three years after finalization of the proceedings, or according to the decision of the Head of Department, be kept in safe-keeping.
13. SUSPENSION OF LEARNERS
If the continued presence of a learner at the school and the school activities presents or creates an immediate danger or threat for him or herself and/or other or property of the school or persons on the school grounds, the learner may be suspended from the school pending the finalization of the steps for serious misconduct. In this case the learner and his/her parents/ guardians must be informed of this fact. (LOCKOUT CAN ONLY TAKE PLACE ACCORDING TO THE DIRECTIONS OF THE MPUMALANGA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION).
The learner must within twenty-four hours after the decision was handed down to him/her be afforded the opportunity to show reasons, either by him or herself or through mediation by his/her parents/guardian or another representative, why the suspension should not stand.
14. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
A learner, who feels aggrieved by any incident regarding school matters, must put his/her grievance in writing and hand it in at his/her class guardian. If the class guardian cannot solve the problem meaningfully and to the satisfaction of the learner, within three (3) school days after receipt thereof, the matter must be referred to the subject head. The subject head must try and solve the problem within three (3) school days. If the subject head cannot solve the problem meaningfully and to the satisfaction of the learner, it must be referred to the Principal who must make a decision within five (5) days after receipt. The learner must be notified in writing of the decision of the Principal. If the grievance is aimed at an educator, the grievance is referred directly to the Principal and if the grievance is aimed at the Principal or a deputy, it must be referred to the Governing body. The educator/principal/deputy principal must submit comments in such a case prior to the governing body dealing with the matter. No learner may be victimized because he/she has registered a grievance. The grievance procedure is not an alternative to disciplinary action.
15. HOSTEL RULES
The Code of Conduct as set out above applies mutatis mutandis in respect of the Behavior of learners in the hostel: provided that should a learner receive a sanction of suspension/expulsion at the School, he/she is regarded as being suspended/expelled from the hostel, but suspension/expulsion from the hostel does not necessarily imply that the learner is suspended/expelled from the school.
The following transgressions apply specifically to learners who reside in the hostel:
• Leave hostel without permission from a teacher.
• Smoke in and around the hostel buildings.
• In possession of, use or trafficking in liquor, drugs, dependency forming or forbidden substances.
• Non-submission to the authority of the LRC in the hostel
• Unacceptable behavior towards hostel staff.
• Transgression of hostel rules, for example, study and silence periods.
• Damaging of hostel property.
16. CLOTHING RULES
• Hair must be neat;
• Hair hanging over the collar must be tied back;
• The forelock must be neat, short or pinned out of the eyes;
• Hair may not hang over the eyebrows;
• No colouring (temporary or permanent) or highlights are allowed;
• Braided hair may not be coloured;
• Red, yellow or blue bands/ribbons/ elastic bands may be worn;
• No shiny hairpin/bobby pin may be used.
SHOES AND SOCKS
• Flat, black girls shoes with a strap over the bridge, but no lace shoes;
• White school socks that are neatly folded over, but not rolled up.
• May not be rolled up under the belt to look shorter;
• When a girl stands erect, with her hands along her sides, the dress may not be shorter than 4 fingers above her knee;
• Dresses may not be cut off to form skirts;
JERSEYS AND JACKETS
• Blue pullovers must fit neatly and must not be purchased too large;
• Sleeves may never hang over the hands;
• Blazers (blue) are compulsory throughout the year;
• No tracksuit tops may be worn with school uniforms, except for Provincial colours, which may be worn on Fridays;
• School tracksuits may only be worn to sports meetings;
• SCARVES Only blue scarves, as available at the book shop, may be worn in winter
No jewels may be worn with school clothes except:
• Ordinary watches.
• Medic Alert disks or bands.
• Signet rings.
• Earrings: Only a small ring (1 cm in diameter) or a small gold or silver stud. Only one eardrop per ear is allowed and it must be at the bottom of the ear lobe, not higher up on the ear-lobe. BUT – No tongue or nose “studs”/ rings – No diamonds or any other coloured stone studs are allowed.
• No form of make-up may be worn.
• May not be seen from the inside of the palm;
• No nail polish (coloured) may be worn.
Must at all times be neat; and it must at all times comply with the following regulations:
• With the head in upright position the hair may not touch the shirt collar.
• The hair may not be cut in steps.
• On the sides the hair may not touch the ears when combed down.
• Along the temples the hair may not be worn longer than the middle of the ear.
• Tufts must be combed down to at least 2 cm above the eyebrows.
• Hair must not be longer than 5 cm on top of the head.
• Hair must be combed in such a way that it does not stand straight up.
• Hair may not be dyed or bleached. If this rule is transgressed, it shall be expected from the parents to carry the costs to redo the
hair to its original colour.
• No thin pigtails or any plaits will be allowed.
• It is not allowed to wear dreadlocks nor beads in hair.
• Beards are not allowed unless motivated and approved by the Governing Body.
SIDEBURNS AND MUSTACHES.
• No sideburns or mustaches are allowed.
• Shaving must be done regularly.
• Stubble-beards are not permitted.
• Nails must always be neat and cut short.
• Ordinary watches only
• “Medic Alert” disks or straps
• No other jewels.
SCHOOL CLOTHES (UNIFORM).
• Grey long pants with white shirt (short or long sleeve) and school tie.
• Blazers are compulsory throughout the year and may only be worn with school clothes;
• Black school shoes;
• Only a school jersey may be worn under the blazer;
• Only the prescribed blazer/jersey/scarf/head-gear or gloves may be worn with school clothes;
• Only grey socks are allowed;
• No trouser-legs may be narrowed down to fit tighter around the legs.
17. GENERAL SCHOOL RULES
It is expected from learners to be punctual when the school bell rings. Immediate reaction is required. All hall openings and other assemblies must be attended. The rows must dispatch orderly after adjournment.
The changing of classes must take place quietly and orderly. No one is allowed to go to the cloakrooms or to drink water along the way during class change. Only three minutes is allowed for changing. Learners, who are by then not in the class, must report at the office. Keep left in rows during change.
Learners may not leave the school grounds without permission from one of the teachers. Also remember that everyone must help to keep the grounds clean and that rubbish should be deposited in the rubbish bins. No learner is allowed in the classes, on the verandahs of the old building, at the bicycle sheds or the parking area.
CIGARETTES, LIQUOR AND DRUGS
No learner may, on the school premises or in the building or at another school activity either at the school or elsewhere, (even in private clothes) or in school uniform at an other place, be in possession of / smoke / use liquor or any other drugs / dependence forming / prohibited substances or trade therein.
Learners may not fight (fisting/bump/assault/threaten) on or near the school grounds.
This code applies in, on and during bus transport and at bus stops. Courtesy must be maintained at all times. Objects may not be thrown around.
Prescribed sports clothes for boys and girls are compulsory at school meetings. School-going spectators must at all times wear the prescribed school uniform.
Learners may wear only provincial or school related lapel pins.
Bicycles must be placed in the bicycle shed. During breaks nobody is allowed at the bicycle area. If a learner is found there, disciplinary action will follow. Nobody may ride a bicycle on the school grounds. Bicycles must be pushed to the gate and learners must keep to the side of the road.
OTHER PROHIBITED AREAS
Learners must consider the administrative part of the building as private. The passage between the offices is for staff only and not for use by learners. Learners are also not allowed on the sides of the hall during examinations.
RULES REGARDING THE SCHOOL GROUNDS
Keep everything neat and clean. All over the school grounds rubbish bins are placed into which rubbish must be deposited, including that which any inconsiderate person has left in the area. This also applies to classrooms, cloakrooms and the sports areas. No scribbling on walls, school desks or buildings is allowed. Switch lights off when not in use.
BREAKING OF WINDOWS OR DAMAGING OF PROPERTY.
Damages to the building or furniture must be reported immediately to the relevant Departmental Head. Learners responsible for breaking a window or other damages must pay the replacement or repair costs.
PERMISSION TO LEAVE THE SCHOOL PREMISES
The Grade guardian must sign out learners feeling ill, whereupon the secretary must phone the parents. If a learner did not write a test or examination paper due to illness, a medical certificate will be required.
TRUANCY (PLAYING HOCKEY/ SLIP CLASSES)
No learner may be absent from school for any other reason than illness, except by prior arrangement. Reasonable proof will be required. This is a serious transgression and will be dealt with accordingly.
School clothes, either at sports or cultural occasions, must be worn, except by prior arrangement otherwise, in which case it should be neat and appropriate.
When lost articles are found on the school grounds, they must be handed in at reception. If a learner himself has lost an article, it may be reported to the reception desk it is not the responsibility/duty of the school to search for lost or stolen cell phones.
THROWING OF OBJECTS AND DISCHARGE OF CRACKERS
No crackers may be discharged or fired on the school grounds. No objects such as stones, acorns, clods or chalk may be thrown around. No shooting with elastic bands or any form of catapult is allowed. Water- and/or stink bombs may under no circumstances be thrown amongst learners. No fire-arms/knives are allowed on the school grounds. LRC Learners must obey the LRC at all times and may not back chat them.
School bags must be of sturdy material with hard divisions. School bags may not be pasted over or be scribing with indecent slogans or foul language.
Learners must address/greet a staff member as well as all visitors while standing and in the correct manner (sir/miss/madam).
During breaks no one, except the LRC on duty, is allowed on the stoop, in the square, between blocks A and B, or between the centers.
Learners who smoke harm their own health and therefore smoking on the school grounds, in buildings or class rooms is prohibited. Learners may not smoke outside the school grounds when in uniform. Severe action will be taken against smokers, as well as those that smell of smoke. Learners may not be in possession of matches, tobacco or lighters.
Any learner guilty of bringing in and/or using alcoholic beverages, and/or drugs and/or any other dependence forming and/or prohibited substances on the school grounds and who used such substances and entered the school there-after, will be dealt with, in terms of the disciplinary code. Cloakrooms must be kept clean, and are no place for gathering. No paper or any rubbish may be thrown on the school grounds.
Learners may not leave the school grounds during school hours without the permission of the secretary at reception, or without the permission of the person responsible for discipline. If a learner becomes ill during school hours, or has a doctor’s appointment, he/she must report at the office – after permission from the subject teacher has been given. A permit will then be handed to the class leader and his parents must fetch the learner. Strict action will be taken against learners who leave the class without per-mission, absconders and truants. Parents are requested to limit doctors and other appointments to a minimum, during school hours.
RULES IN THE CLASS ROOM
Educator must be respected. No cell phones, i-pods or mp3 players may be brought to school. No learner may play in the classroom or the centers wander around in class or disrupt class. No learners may be late (after the second bell) for a class period. The tuck shop may not be visited during periods unless a learner has a free period No learner may eat or drink in the class. Learners must obey class leaders.
The list of penalties that may be imposed is attached.