DISCIPLINARY CODE

AIMS: To correct the behaviour of a learner, thereby promoting a sense of responsibility towards him-/herself, his/her school, peers and the community. To promote acceptable moral standards and development amongst learners.

If a learner’s conduct was absolutely flawless and exemplary throughout the year, he/she will be awarded with a certificate of Merit at the end of the year.

The following offences serve as guidelines when dealing with actions in correcting misbehaviour:

CATEGORY 1

TRANSGRESSIONS

v Homework not done/tests not signed

v Art/Craft and Technology/Home Ecology appliances

not brought to school.

v Books not covered

v Eating/drinking in class (bubble gum etc.)

v Arriving late in class

v Left PE-clothes at home

v Climbing on roofs/over fences or gates

v Bicycle riding on stoeps, playgrounds

v Littering

v Bad behaviour

v Disruption of class discipline

v Projects not handed in

v Written composition not handed in

v Oral not prepared

v Vandalism of books

v Going to toilets without permission

(even during changes of classes)

v Late arrival at school

v Absent without excuse

v Dishonesty

v Wrong school uniforms

v Wrong sport uniforms

v Wrong shoes (e.g. grasshoppers)

v Absent from learners Support Classes

ACTIONS TO BE CONSIDERED/TAKEN

v Should a learner have infringed on the first of ANY three of the transgressions

above, it will be followed up with a letter of caution to the parent or guardian, by the subject- or

class teacher.

v Should a learner continuously infringe on these transgressions, a meeting will be requested by the concerned teacher or management, with the parent, through an appointment.

CATEGORY 2: TRANSGRESSIONS

v Cell phone at school during school hours

v Disobedient/disrespectful to teacher

v Constantly disobedient/disrespectful to prefects, scholar-patrol, media prefects

v Books and/or library books at home/not handed in

v Out of class without permission/ Bunking classes

v Throwing stones, tins etc. over walls/fence/on roofs

v Bullying

v Mocking (repeatedly)

v Hurting

v Threatening/intimidation

v Foul language

v Drawing and writing on walls, desks

v Messing in toilets

v Leaving the school without permission

v Using of laser beams

v Sign own tests

v Sign punishment letters

v Copying in tests/exams

v Wrong hairstyles

v Wearing of make-up, lip gloss that colour, jewelery, nail polish, hair substances such as gel/

mousse/dye (boys and girls)

ACTIONS TO BE CONSIDERED/TAKEN

v The parent/guardian will be informed telephonically about the misdemeanour of the learner.

v An URGENT meeting with the parent/guardian will be requested by the concerned teacher and/or Management, through an appointment.

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CATEGORY 3 (SERIOUS TRANSGRESSIONS)

v Continuous fighting / fighting causing harm

v Sexual molesting and harassment

v Stone-throwing at another learner/ stone-throwing to harm somebody

v Theft

v Vandalism of school/government property, motorcars, bicycles etc.

v Disrupting of class (repeatedly)

v AWOL school

v Drawing of pornographic pictures

v In possession of, or using of:

- Alcoholic beverages (beer, ciders, wine, spirits, etc.)

- drugs

- nicotine products

- any other stimulant without permission

- pornographic material

- knives

- BB-guns

- “ketties”

- Fire-arms

- any weapons or dangerous objects

ACTIONS TO BE CONSIDERED/TAKEN

v Immediate suspension from the school by the Principal, if he is convinced that the

further presence of the learner:

a) poses a threat to the safety and well-being of other learners or staff,

or to the property of other persons, or the school

b) is detrimental or possibly detrimental to the good order and

discipline of the school and to the progress of other learners.

v Parents/guardians are informed telephonically/ and are requested to

come to the principal’s office.

NB! ACTIONS TAKEN, WILL BE FOLLOWED UP IN WRITING BY THE PRINCIPAL TO THE

PARENT.

INTERNET / TYPED REPORT ON TRANSGRESSIONS WITH REPORT FROM CLASS

TEACHER WILL BE FORWARDED TO PARENT.