The School is committed to providing an environment for the delivery of quality teaching and learning as assisted by the School Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct includes the rules regarding learner behaviour at the School and describes the disciplinary systems to be implemented by the school concerning transgressions by the learners.
The code of conduct applies to ALL learners while they are on the School premises or when they are away from the School representing it ot attending a School function.
The South African Schools Act: Section 8(4) provides that all learners attending a School are bound by the Code of Conduct of that School. Upon acceptance at Brain Train all learners are bound by the School’s Code of Conduct. The administration of the Code of Conduct is the responsibility of the Disciplinary Committee of Brain Train.
The role of the Code of Conduct is:
- To promote the rights and safety of all learners, teachers and parents.
- Ensure the learners responsibility of their own actions and behaviours.
- Prohibit all forms of unfair discrimination and intolerance.
- Eliminate disruptive and offensive conduct.
2. School Rules
The School Rules are intended to establish a disciplined and purposeful environment to facilitate effective teaching and learning at Brain Train. Nothing shall exempt a learner from complying with the School Rules. Ignorance of School Rules is, therefore, not an acceptable excuse.
- Learners are expected to at all times behave in a courteous and considerate manner towards each other, all members of the stall and visitors to Brain Train.
- Learners are expected to abide by the School Rules with regard to appearance and behaviour when representing the School both during School hours and after School hours, at School and away from the School. Learners may not say or do anything that may discredit the themselves or the School.
- No learner has the right at any time to behave in a manner that will disrupt the learning activity of other learners, or will cause another learner physical or emotional harm.
- Brain Train will contact parents/guardians when a learner’s behaviour becomes a cause of concern and will endeavour, in a constructive manner, to resolve the problem
School and Class Attendance
Parents/guardians and learners are responsible for ensuring that all learners attend School.
- If a learner does not attend school regularly, the school will take note of such a learner’s absenteeism.
- All learners are to arrive at Brain Train before the official starting time of 8:00 am. Learners who are late for School will be marked as absent.
- Absence from a class, without permission from the relevant teachers, is prohibited.
- Any absence from School must be covered by an absentee note from a parent/guardian along with a letter from a medical doctor.
- Absence for a period of more than 38 days per academic year, without a letter from a medical professional, will result in failure that of the academic year.
- Any absence from a formal examination or term test or assignment must be supported by a letter from a medical doctor
- No learner may leave the School during School hours without a letter from a parent/guardian requesting the release of their child and the permission of the Principal.
- Truancy from School is prohibited.
School Uniforms and General Appearance
Learners are expected appear neat and tidy at all times.
- No additions to the uniform that are not in accordance with Brain Trains regulations will be allowed.
- No jewellery (with the exception of studded earrings for girls and a watch), coloured contact lenses or visible tattoos are allowed.
- No colouring of hair or wearing of exotic hairstyles is allowed.
- Hair is to be kept neat and clean at all times. All boys hair styles are to be cut appropriately and are not to be long, thereby, hair is not be longer than the collar of their shirt, is not to cover their ears and is not to create a fringe on their foreheads.
- Fingernails must be trimmed short and clean at all times.
- Casual clothes should be worn appropriately when at school. Beachwear, tight-fitting clothes, transparent clothing and revealing skirts, shorts and shirts are not allowed. Hair, shoes and accessories should be neat at all times
Valuables and personal belongings
The school will not be held responsible for theft or damage to personal belongings on the School Premises
- Learners should avoid bringing cell phones, large sums of money and valuables to School. Cell phones are to be switched off and handed in at the front office at the start of the School day.
- The use of laptops during the School day is prohibited, all laptops are to be stored in the Computer teacher’s classroom and only used if provided with permission to do so.
- If a parent/guardian requests a learner to pay School fees on their behalf, such School fees are to be paid prior to the commencement of School.
- Learners are not allowed to bring ipods, portable games or similar electronic devices to School.
- Loitering and/or playing in and around the passages/corridors, stairs and toilets is forbidden.
- All litter must be placed in the refuse bins provided and/or recycles in the appropriate recycling bin.
- Wilful damaging, vandalising or neglect of School property and the property of others, either by writing or by physical act, is prohibited. Theft of School and private property is also prohibited.
- Any act of cheating in class work, homework, informal and formal tests or internal or external examinations is prohibited. Furthermore, copying and/or borrowing another learners work is forbidden.
- Disruptive, rude, unruly and/or offensive behaviour will not be tolerated.
- All work is to be handed in on time, as is the responsibility of each learner
- Learners who fail to produce a medical certificate on absenteeism during a formal examination/test/assignment tasks will obtain a mark of “0”.
- The learners will respect the beliefs, cultures, dignity and rights of other learners, as well as their rights to privacy and confidentiality.
- Language that is seen as derogatory, discriminatory or racist is prohibited.
- Any act that belittles, demeans or humiliates another learner’s culture, race or religion is prohibited.
- All learners have the right to an education free of interference, intimidation and/or physical abuse. The learner will respect the property and safety of other learners. Fighting or threatening of other learners is forbidden.
- The carrying and/or copying of offensive material is prohibited.
Learners must keep clear of areas that are indicated as out of bounds.
Rules Governing Public Places
Brain Train is a place of safety where laws pertaining to public spaces are applicable.
- No dangerous objects or illegal drugs as defined by the South African Schools Act or the Safety Regulations will be brought onto and/or used on the School property unless authorised by the Principal for educational purposes. Dangerous objects include, but are not limited to, knives, firearms or any item that could harm a person.
- The carrying and/or smoking of cigarettes is prohibited.
- Alcohol is not permitted on School premises or during any School activity.
- The carrying of and/or consumption of illegal chemical substances and drugs is prohibited.
Learners wishing to park motor cycles/motor vehicles on the School grounds must first obtain permission from the School to do so.
- All learners park their vehicles and bikes (pedal or motorised) on the School premises at their own risk
- Learners may ride or drive a vehicle on the School grounds provided the learner has a license to drive such vehicle and provided extreme caution is exercised. Reckless behaviour is forbidden.
- The Code of Conduct is applicable when using public transport to and from School.
- Learners may not hitchhike to and from School or in the Brain Train Uniform.
Accommodation of Religious or Cultural Rights
Religious practices, conduct or obligations that relate to the core values and beliefs of a recognised religion and that are in conflict with any rule contained in the Brain Train Code of Conduct will be accommodated by a deviation from this Code of Conduct by the School under the following conditions:
- The learner and the parent/guardian must apply for the deviation from the standard School rules if such rules are in conflict with or infringe on any religious right of the learners
- The learners must provide proof that he/she belongs to that specific religion and those religious practices, rules and obligations that are in conflict with the School’s Code of Conduct are his/her true beliefs and commitments.
- The religious conduct or practice must be lawful.
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