Code of Conduct:

Learners should wear the correct School Uniform with pride. The following requirements need to be adhered to strictly:

Boys Girls
Summer Summer
Blue short-sleeved shirt, no T-shirts allowed which are visible

Grey shorts/long grey trousers

Grey long socks with school colours

Black school shoes with black laces

Navy blue raincoats

Only black belts

Blue short sleeved shirt

Navy-blue tunic

Short white socks

Black school shoes (with black laces when applicable)

If the learner wears ski pants they must not be visible and must be navy-blue

Navy blue raincoats

Winter  Winter
Blue long-sleeved shirt, no T-shirts allowed which are visible

School tie

Long grey trousers

Grey long socks with school colours

Black school shoes

Navy-blue dri-mac

Grey jersey with school colours

Only grey or navy-blue ‘beanies’ and scarves

No ear-muffs may be worn

No towels or blankets are allowed

Blue long-sleeved shirt

School tie

Blue tunic

Navy-blue tights or long grey socks with school colours

Long grey trousers

Black school shoes (with black laces when applicable)

Grey jersey with school colours

Navy-blue dri-mac

Only grey or navy-blue ‘beanies’ and scarves

No ear-muffs may be worn

No towels or blankets are allowed

Sports Uniform Sports Uniform
White T-shirt

Blue shorts

Takkies

School hat only

White T-shirt

Blue shorts

Takkies

School hat only

Hair Regulations Hair Regulations
In general, hair should be short, neat and tidy

If a ‘step’ is worn, no under-cut is allowed

No highlights

No colouring of hair

No gel, mousse or any hair-hardening substances are to be used

No dreadlocks

No hairstyles that are currently fashionable, popular, outlandish or trending

No braids.

No patterns to be cut in eyebrows and hair

In general hair must be neat and tidy

Hair, braids or extensions must be tied up if the hair exceeds the top of the collar

Long braids should be tied back

No fringe covering the eyes

No hair ornaments except blue/white elastics, ribbons, small clips and alice bands

No highlights

No colouring of hair or hair extensions

No coloured braids

No gel, mousse or any hair-hardening substances are to be used

No dreadlocks

No hairstyles that are currently fashionable, popular, outlandish or trending

No bandanas

Jewellery Regulations Jewellery Regulations
No earrings

No face piercing

No tongue piercing

No coloured contact lenses are allowed

Gold/silver studs/sleepers without voloured gems (only one pair at a time and one in each ear)

Sleepers must be the thin regulation sleepers

No face piercing, except ears

No tongue piercing

No coloured contact lenses are allowed

Stockists

Hollywood House

216 Johannesburg Road

La Rochelle

Tel: (011) 435 – 3821

 

Economic Outfitters

21 Booysens Road

Booysens

Tel: (011) 493 – 2820

 

  • No other jewellery is to be worn by any learner – the only exception being a medical bracelet, a wristwatch without charms or a cultural symbol.
  • The only badges which are allowed to be worn are: Scholar Patrol/Media Prefect/Good Performance/Prefect/Merit/Monitor.
  • Nails need to be kept short and clean. No nail-polish, make-up or lip gloss is allowed.
  • This is a cellphone free school and cellphones are not allowed to be used during the day. IF THEY ARE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL, THE SCHOOL WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS, DAMAGE OR THEFT.
  • This is a cellphone free school and cellphones used during class time will be kept in the safe until the parents/guardians collects it from the school.
  • Any cellphones or magazines containing pornographical material of any kind will be confiscated immediately and will only be returned to parents/guardians.
  • No music listening devices with or without earphones are permitted.
  • I-Pods and electronic games must not be brought to school. If they are, the school will not be held responsible for loss, damage or theft.

 

  1. Accommodation of Religious or Cultural Rights:
  • Religious practices, conduct or obligation that relates to the core values of and beliefs of a recognised religion and that are in conflict with any rule contained in this Code of Conduct, will be accommodated by a deviation from this Code of Conduct by the School Governing Body.
  • The learners, assisted by the parent/guardian, must apply for a deviation from the standard school rules if such rules are in conflict with or infringe on any religious right of the learner.
  • This application must be in writing and must identify the specific rule/s that is/are offensive to the learner’s religious rights and contained in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
  • This application must include a reasonable interpretation of the religious rights that the learner feels are offensive and a suggestion on ho w the rules may be supplemented by the School Governing Body to accommodate such religious rights.
  • The learner must provide proof that s/he belongs to that specific religion and that the religious practices, rules and obligations that are in conflict with the school’s Code of Conduct are his/her true commitments.
  • The religious conduct or practice must be lawful.
  • The School Governing Body must consider the application and, if it is satisfied that the application is justified in terms of constitutional principles, the application will be granted withing fourteen (14) days.
  • When the School Governing Body allows for deviations from the standard rules, such deviations must be based on core religious beliefs inherent to the religion, and it must be compulsory for the learner to comply with such beliefs.
  • The deviation must specify the exemption from the normal rules and must clearly identify the conduct that will be allowed, example: the wearing of a head scarf, including colours and details of the design, the growing of a beard or the wearing of a specific hairstyle or jewellery – and the conditions under which such deviation will be applicable to the learner.
  • Cultural rights will  be considered in the event that they do not elate to a religion, if such cultural rights manifest in conduct of a permanent nature that is compulsory for the cultural group. This refers to cases where the removal of of the cultural jewellery or mark will cause considerable pain to the learner. Normally, cultural rights are exercised through marks and expressions of a temporary nature that are justified for a specific cultural gathering. The learner must convince the School Governing Body that his/her cultural rights can be exercised only through a permanent intervention.
  • Any request for a deviation from the Code of Conduct based on cultural rights must be in writing and must be based on a process similar to that in sub-paragraphs 1 – 8 above.

 

  1. General Rules:

Classroom Rules

Entering the Classroom:

  • Stand behind your chair, stand still, wait until greeted, then sit quietly. Behave appropriately.
  • Enter and leave the classroom quickly and quietly.
  • Keep left.
  • No toys are allowed in classrooms.

In the Classroom:

  • Follow instructions the first time they are given.
  • Keep your hands, feet, objects and unkind words to yourself.
  • Listen while someone else is speaking.
  • No talking unless given permission by the teacher.
  • Raise your hand before speaking.
  • No littering.
  • All bags must be kept under the desk/chair.
  • No rocking of chairs or desks.
  • Only use the toilet during breaks.
  • No eating or chewing gum.
  • No borrowing stationery.
  • Sit up straight, feet flat on the ground, chair pushed in.
  • No standing or walking around without permission.
  • Take good care of all your own, your peers’ and all school property.
  • Respect other learners’ inputs.
  • Show respect when other educators enter the classroom – greet and continue working quietly.
  • Be punctual at the beginning of school and after breaks.
  • Put chairs under desk when leaving class and onto the table at the end of the day.
  • Only Monitors may be sent on errands.
  • All learners outside of the class must have an errand card or toilet pass.
  • Be respectful to peers, educators and adults.
  • Always greet educators, adults and visitors to the school.
  • Learners must refrain from becoming a disturbance in the class thus infringing on the rights of educators to teach and other learners to be taught.
  • All books must be covered in plastic.
  • It is the learner’s responsibility to keep books neat and tidy.
  • Each learner must have a School Homework Diary which needs to be checked on a daily basis and signed by a parent.

Playground Rules:

  • Move quickly and in an orderly manner to designated play areas.
  • No learner is allowed on the corridors during breaks. Running on corridors is banned.
  • Littering is not allowed.
  • No learner is allowed in the front of the Grade 1 classes or behind the Media Centre during breaks.
  • No play fighting games are allowed.
  • No ball games, marbles, tops, card or gambling games and fireworks are allowed at school.
  • No learner may be in a classroom during breaks if there is no educator present.
  • After buying from the tuckshop, no learner may linger on the quad area.
  • No kicking of cans/bottles and stones on playgrounds.
  • No learner is allowed to play at the back oft he school building.
  • When the bell rings signalling the end of break, learners are required o line up in an orderly manner and wait for further instructions from the educator who is on duty.

 

  1. Procedures to be Followed:
  • School starting time is 07h40. Always be on time for school. (Learners should be at school by 07h35).
  • Late-comers’ names are written down at the gate. Letters are sent to parents/guardians of habitual late-comers.
  • After the bell has rung, learners are expected to line up quietly and stop all other activities.
  • When changing classes, learners must walk in an orderly manner, in single line, without causing a disruption to other classes.
  • Intersen Phase learners must adhere to the ‘traffic’ ruling prescribed by the educators.
  • No fighting when moving from one class to another or hurting other people. Bullying will not be tolerated at school.
  • Foul language is offensive and unacceptable.
  • The chewing of bubble-gum will not be tolerated, nor will eating in class.
  • Disrespect of adults, educators or each other will not be tolerated.
  • Learners will be given a toilet pass when they need to go to the toilet.
  • Learners going to the administration block will be given an errand card and a note for the secretary.
  • Only monitors are to be sent on errands.
  • Errand cards must accompany the learners while on an errand.
  • Learners should refrain from knocking at educators’ doors unnecessarily when changing classes.

 

  1. School Property:
  • Classrooms should be seen as a place where learning takes place and be treated accordingly.
  • Vandalism of school property, eg. breaking windows, damaging toilets, writing on desks, in textbooks, readers or walls will be treated as a criminal offence and parents/guardians will be liable for all costs of replacements of damaged property.
  • Learners should contribute to the care of our school gardens and not damage any of our flora by not playing or running through the gardens.
  • It is pleasant and gives a feeling of pride to come to a clean, neat school. All learners should contribute to this by avoiding littering as well as cleaning up if they notice any litter lying around. It is our school and we must keep it clean and tidy.
  • The Ronnie Bin may only be used for paper.
  • Leave the toilets the way you’d like to find them. The following simple rules will ensure a hygienic environment for all:
    • flush the chain
    • wash your hands – soap is available from the educator in the classroom
    • do not waste water
    • do not play in the toilets
    • do not eat in the toilets
    • do not write on toilet doors and walls
    • do not throw toilet paper on the ceiling or anywhere else in the toilet
  • No learners are allowed to use the public telephone during the school day. In an emergency, learners must go to the office where the office staff will contact the parents/guardians.
  • Learners must not contact their parents themselves during the school day.

 

  1. Safety Regulations:
  • The Scholar Patrol unselfishly performs a very valuable task to help our learners to cross the road safely. This is hard work which they do in rain, wind, cold and hot days. For their own safety all learners (and parents/guardians) are only to cross the street at the Scholar Patrol and remember to say “Thank You”.
  • Grades have specific areas for playing and they should not play in any other areas for their own safety.
  • At breaks and before school learners may play and run around. However, no violent games should be played. As balls and toys get lost, stolen or broken they should not be brought to school.
  • Learners who run on corridors are a danger to others and themselves. Pushing and shoving others is inconsiderate.
  • No learner is allowed to leave the school property before the end of the school day without permission from the Principal. A learner will only be allowed off the school property if accompanied by a parent/guardian who has signed the child out with the secretary.
  • Learners not participating in extra-mural activities should leave the school premises by 14h30 on a Monday and 14h00 on a Tuesday – Friday.  Learners participating in extra-murals must be fetched from school at the given time.
  • Learners waiting for public transport must wait in the area at the bottom gate in Valda Street.
  • All Foundation Phase learners who do not leave the school when the bell rings at 13h35, must remain in the waiting classes until the end of the school day.
  • Learners who miss their public transport are not the school’s responsibility.
  • Valda Street is a one-way going towards Main Street from 07hoo – 07h45 and from 13h00 to 14h30. Crozier Street is a one-way going towards Mabel Street from 13h00 until 14h30.
  • The pedestrian gate in Valda Street is the only gate to be used to gain entrance to the school in the mornings. All other gates will be locked.
  • No person is allowed on the school property outside of school hours without the Principal’s authorization.
  • All parents who enter the school must report to the administration office.
  • No toy guns, knives, syringes or weapons of any sort are allowed at school.
  • No learners will be allowed to sell any objects etc. at school or on school premises unless given permission by the principal, example: Entrepreneurship day (Grade 7).

 

  1. Out of Bounds Areas:

The following areas are out of bounds and learners are not allowed in or near the following areas:

  • The school hall unless accompanied by an educator.
  • Any storeroom.
  • The boiler room.
  • Behind the senior block.
  • General assistants’ quarters.
  • In classrooms during breaks without an educator present.
  • Educators’ car park (before school, during breaks and after school).
  • Scholar Patrol room.
  • Science Laboratory Storeroom.
  • On or near the jungle gym.
  • At the thatch.
  • The bicycle shed.
  • Close to or near to the palisade fence.
  • Near any vehicle or trailer on the school property.
  • On corridors during breaks.
  • In the staffroom.
  • Parents/Guardians may accompany learners to the school gate only. During the day parents/guardians may not go to classes unless in case of an emergency and with permission from the office.
  • Near or in the Grade R class (unless supervised).

 

  1. School Requirements:
  • Strong, sturdy suitcases, big enough for A4 size books, are essential in order to ensure that books are not damaged.
  • It is not good for learners’ health and concentration to have sweets, chips and cooldrinks every day. Please try to send them to school with a nutritious lunch.
  • It is the child’s responsibility to complete all work missed while absent.
  • It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to ensure that the school has access to updated telephone numbers and addresses. Information of this nature is vital in cases of emergency.
  • If a child is absent for a day, an entry needs to be made in the relevant page in the homework diary.
  • If a learner is absent for more than three (3) days, a doctor’s note needs to be sent to school.

 

  1. Abuse of Substances:
  • The use of cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, other than medical prescriptions, will not be permitted at school, on excursions and at any time while representing the school.
  • No prohibited substances/materials are allowed at school, on excursions and at any time while representing the school.

Substance Abuse:

  •  Being under the influence of or the unauthorized, excessive or wrongful use of drugs (whether legal or illegal) or alcohol by any learner of the school is prohibited. Sprays and sniffing substances are also included in this code.
  • If a learner of the school is caught dealing, handling, using or is under the influence of the above-mentioned substances, the parents/guardians will be contacted immediately. With the permission of the parents/guardians, the learner will be tested for drug use.
  • According to the amendment of section 89 of South African Schools Act the Principal or her delegate may, at random, search any group of learners, or the property of a group of learners for any dangerous object or illegal drug, if a fair and reasonable suspicion has been established.
  •  If there is a suspicion that a child is using substances and there is a definite change in the learner’s patterns of behaviour, the parent/guardian will be contacted and the learner will be tested. This will be done in accordance with Government Gazette 31417 of 19 September 2008.

Handling:

  • The School Governing Body will decide what route to follow if a learner of the school is caught handling, using, dealing or under the influence of a substance.
  • Police will be contacted if someone is handling, using or dealing with illegal substances at school.
  •  If there is a suspicion that a learner is using drugs and there is a definite change in the learner’s behaviour pattern and the learner is tested positive for drug use, professional help will be used to help the learner to overcome this problem.
  • The School Governing Body may take a decision to suspend the learner immediately pending a disciplinary hearing.
  • The school will give guidance and inform the learners about changes.
  • The learner will also be referred to the school psychologist.
  •  A record will be kept on the learner’s history, when tested, or the result of testing and follow up as well as action taken by school and parents/guardians.

9. School and Class Attendance:

  • Parents/Guardians, learners and School Governing Body members are jointly responsible for ensuring that all learners attend school.
  • If a learner does not attend school regularly, the relevant register educator will report the absence of the learner to the parent/guardian and the Principal in writing. The register educator must keep an accurate register of learner attendance and must keep copies of all communication to parents/guardians when absence from the classroom is reported.
  • All learners are to arrive at school before the official starting time. Learners who are late for school will be marked absent as registers are completed at the beginning of each school day.
  • Absence from a class, without the permission from the relevant register or subject educator, is prohibited.
  • Any absence from school must accompanied by an absentee note from a parent/guardian.
  • Should a learner be absent from school for a period of three (3) days or longer, this leave of absence must be supported by a letter from a doctor/traditional doctor/registered herbalist.
  • Any absence from a formal examination, test or task, must be supported by a letter from a medical doctor/traditional doctor/registered herbalist.
  • No learner may leave school during school hours without a letter from a parent/guardian requesting the release of their child and the permission of the Principal from whom an exit note must be obtained.
  • Truancy from school is prohibited.
  • All learners will attend assembly for the full duration thereof.

 

Transgression System:

The transgression system has been implemented by the school to encourage the children to adhere to the Code of Conduct. Our Code of Conduct is in the learner’s homework diary to which the learners and parents can refer.

  1. The following procedure is implemented:

1.1       Each educator has a list on which ‘transgressions’ are recorded. ‘Homework

Transgressions’ and ‘Behaviour Transgressions’ are recorded separately.

  • Serious misdemeanours which comprise of:

–           Dangerous weapons, illegal substances, leaving the school property without permission and having pornography in learner’s possession

–           Stealing

–           Fighting

–           Forging parent’s signature

–           Instigating physical or verbal fights – directly or indirectly

–           Rude, disrespectful, arrogant, disruptive behaviour

–           Throwing stones or dangerous items causing harm to learners / educators

–           Gambling

–           Bunking school

For serious misdemeanours, parents will be contacted immediately.  A meeting will be convened with the Principal or SMT member.  The learners concerned will be on an immediate detention, which will take place on the Friday of that week.

  • Less serious misdemeanours which comprise of:

–           Homework not done

–           Communication with parents, that is return slips not returned on time.  (Grace period will be one week)

–           Signing of tests.  Cycle tests and exams must be signed by parents

–           Leaving books at home habitually

–           Untidy books or books not covered

–           Swearing

–           Eating, drinking and chewing in class habitually

–           Late-coming to class

–           Bunking classes

1.2       After three ‘Homework Transgressions’ or three ‘Behaviour Transgressions’, written notification is sent to the parent/guardian. This letter is signed, returned to school and kept on record.

1.3       When the learner receives a second transgression letter, they also receive a detention letter. They then have to attend detention a week later.

1.4       The third transgression letter effects a meeting with the learner concerned, the Principal/SMT member and the educators concerned. Once again the learner needs to attend detention.

1.5       If the child continues to transgress, a meeting is convened with all parties concerned, and the learner is excluded from all extra-mural activities, tours, outings and activities during the day which are not curriculum related.

1.6       As a last resort, the learner will be suspended from class, as the child has continually infringed on the rights of other learners, to be educated, and on the rights of the educator, to educate learners. This is in accordance with the South African Schools’ Act 84 of 1996, no. 9 (1) relating to the suspension and expulsion from public school. The learner will sit in the passage and continue working for the duration of his/her suspension.

1.7       The secretary will SMS the parent/guardian if the learner receives a transgression letter.

1.8       The secretary will phone the parents/guardians if the learner receives a detention.

1.9       In serious cases the matter will be referred to the School Governing Body to take further action. (Refer to Code of Conduct Policy)

 

Good Behaviour Certificates:

  1.   As educators, the responsibility lies with us not only to enforce the transgression system but also to supply positive encouragement so that learners will feel encouraged to be positive towards their school and want to co-operate in creating a conducive learning environment.
  2. This positive encouragement takes the form of a learner receiving three ‘Good Behaviour’ certificates.
  3. ‘Good Behaviour’ certificates are given for a variety of reasons, such as:
  • helpfulness, being polite
  • good marks in a test
  • good behaviour
  • excellent classwork or homework
  1. It is up to the educator to determine if a learner deserves a ‘Good Behaviour’ certificate, which is handed out at assembly after 3 ‘Good Behaviour’ acknowledgements.
  1. The following procedure is implemented:

5.1       The learner receives a certificate if the educator has determined that one has been earned.

5.2       After three certificates, the learner receives an ice-cream acknowledging the good work.

5.3       After the fourth certificate, the learner receives a treat from Mrs. Esterhuizen.

5.4       After the fifth certificate, the learner receives a tuckshop voucher.

5.5       After the sixth certificate the learner can wear civvies.

  1. It is the policy of educators at the school to concentrate on both the ‘Good Behaviour’ certificates and the Transgression System.