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POLICY: CODE OF CONDUCT FOR LEARNERS
This policy is aims to:
- Establish a disciplined and intentional environment for the promotion of effective education and scholarship in the school.
- Protect the rights of all learners as encapsulated in the Constitution of South Africa.
- Ensure that all learners associated with this school at all times uphold the name of the school with pride and dignity.
- Ensure that no learner puts the school to shame by his or her conduct under any circumstances.
- Ensure that all learners respect their property, as well as that of the school, fellow-learners, educators and non-teaching staff.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF LEARNERS
- The right to work and learn without disturbance by others – not to prevent other from working and learning.
- Each learner has the right to privacy, respect and dignity.
- To be treated with respect and courtesy – act courteously towards others and respect them.
- Each learner has the right to personal safety and no violence.
- No corporal punishment may be executed.
- Learners have the right to a clean a safe learning environment and a healthy environment with clean water.
- Not to be subjected to physical, intellectual and emotional sexual harassment.
- Learners have the right to develop holistically and to expect educators to maintain a high standard of education.
- Learners are responsible for regular school attendance.
- All learners have the right to freedom of speech.
- Learners’ responsibilities boil down to committing themselves to doing all work assigned to them, in class or at home, and also to completing work when they are absent.
- It is the responsibility and duty of all learners to take care of the school’s property and the parents of any learner who abuses or intentionally damages the school’s property are responsible for repairing or paying for the damage.
- Educators may not send learners away from school grounds during school hours without the permission of the school manager/head.
- Parents or guardians should ensure that their children attend school regularly, are punctual and are not absent unnecessarily.
- Learners who return to school after being absent the previous day should submit a letter of proof from their parents or guardian in which the reason for their absence is explained.
- If a learner falls ill at school, he or she should report to the office, where the necessary help should be provided.
- Learners may not leave the school grounds without permission.
- If a learner wants to leave school earlier, a written or telephonic request should be addressed to the office and permission should be granted by the principal or vice-principals.
- Learners should have a permission note before they leave the school grounds.
- Parents or guardians should try not to make appointments for learners during school hours.
GENERAL NEATNESS OF LEARNERS
- Nails short and clean;
- No jewellery, except watches and medical bracelets;
- No sunglasses, only prescription glasses;
- No make-up;
- No earrings for boys, only studs for girls.
- Short and neat – no ponytails or plaits;
- No patterns should be cut into the hair.
- No coloured/dye hair
- Hair should be plaited or tied up;
- No curly perms or dreadlocks.
- No hair dye
- No hair extensions
- No School Uniform, but clothing should be neat.
- No Vests
- No indecent and revealing clothing
- No make-up
MOVEMENT AND LINING UP OF LEARNERS
- In the mornings before school, the bell will ring for lining up.
- Orderliness, punctuality and silence are a requirement when learners line up, are dismissed orchanges classes.
- Learners may not use the bathroom during class changes or periods, only during break times.
- No learners are allowed in the passages before school or during breaks, except on rainy days.
It is compulsory for learners to give all notices issued to them by die Governing Body, Principal or teacher, for this purpose, to their parents, and to return any notices of receipt to be completed by their parents, punctually to their class teacher.
SCHOOL WORK AND CLASS WORK
- There will be an orderly atmosphere in classrooms at all times. Learners may not disturb or prevent learning.
- Learners must complete assignments on time.
- All learners will keep and keep up-to-date a homework book according to the class teacher’s orders.
- Learners must do the prescribed homework and hand it in on the determined due date at the particular teacher. Failure to comply with this rule may only be excused if the learner hands
over to the teacher on the day the homework had to be completed, a written note from the learner’s parents with an acceptable explanation as to why the homework is not completed.
- All learners must do their prescribed schoolwork with eagerness, conscientiousness and dedication, and through this develop a continuous work ethic. Failure to comply with this rule, without an acceptable excuse, will be viewed as a breach of this rule.
- Learners are required to catch up and complete all missed work, as soon as possible.
TESTS AND EXAMS
- All learners are required to subject themselves to the tests and examinations given them by the teachers. Failure to comply to this rule will only be excused in exceptional cases, provided the
parents/guardians of the particular learner, at the earliest possible convenience, submits a complete and acceptable written explanation to the Principal.
- Learners must refrain from any form of dishonesty during the taking of tests and examinations.
- Learners must treat the school reports provided to them according to the prescriptions given them by the Principal or class teacher.
Learners must always arrive at school on the prescribed time at the beginning of the day and at the start of any other school activity. When learners are late, they must provide a written excuse from their parents. Learners who are late must first report to the Principal or delegated educator.
- Learners may not make a mess on the school grounds or in the buildings.
- Learners who are spectators or supporters at any school activity must leave the grounds used by them behind neat and clean, and must ensure that all litter is cleaned up and placed in rubbish bins.
- Learners must leave the toilets clean.
- Any conduct or failure of learners that causes a health risk for other learners or may possible cause such a risk, must be avoided.
- It is forbidden to apply any graffiti, stickers and/or poster to any surface of the school.
- Learners must obey reasonable orders by the principal, teacher or member of the student council in regard to the maintaining of a clean and hygienic school environment.
CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
- All electronic devices e.g. iPods, PDA’s and cell phones are forbidden.
- Cell phones and electronic devices visible in the classroom will be taken away and submitted to the responsible school secretary.
- Parents will be contacted by the Deputy Head to arrange for the return of cell phones/electronic devices.
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 this Code of Conduct will be accommodated by a deviation from this Code of Conduct by the Governing Body under the following conditions:
- The learner, assisted by the parent, must apply for a deviation from the standard School rules in 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 right/s as 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 how the rules may be supplemented by the Governing Body to accommodate such religious rights.
- The learner must provide proof that he/she 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 beliefs and commitments.
- The religious conduct or practice must be lawful.
- The 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 in writing.
- When the 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 extent of the exemption from the normal rules and must clearly identify the conduct that will be allowed – e.g. the wearing of a head scarf, including colours and details of 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 relate to a religion, if such cultural right manifest in conduct of a permanent nature that is compulsory for the cultural group. This refers to cases where the removal 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 Governing Body that his/her cultural rights can only be exercised through a permanent intervention.
- Any request for a deviation from the Code of Conduct based on cultural rights must be inwriting and must be based on a process similar to that contained in the points listed above.
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