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THE DISCIPLINARY SCHOOL COMMITTEE
VISION OF THE DISCIPLINARY SCHOOL COMMITTEE
1.1. The disciplinary code is based on the following values:
1.1.1. Respect for yourself, for others and for the school.
1.1.2. Politeness
1.1.3. Prevention
1.1.4. Sense of responsibility
1.1.5. Pride for the school and the uniform


All educators, members of the Representative Council of Learners, learners and parents/guardians must be fully informed about the functioning of the Code of Conduct. The above mentioned values must be manifested in every situation every day.

2. AIM OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT

2.1.This Code of Conduct is implemented to regulate conduct and behaviour in the school. The primary aim of the Code of Conduct is to correct unacceptable conduct and behaviour rather than to punish. For this reason, progressive discipline will be applied, except in instances of serious misconduct where expulsion is a possibility.
2.2.The sanctions recorded in the Code of Conduct offer guidelines that apply to misconduct. Learners’/parents’/guardians’ attention is drawn to the fact that, depending on the severity of the misconduct and the circumstances surrounding it, a deviation from the indicated sanction may be appropriate and justified in that a less severe or more severe sanction may be imposed.

3. APPLICATION OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT

3.1. Related offences have been grouped into categories for ease of reference and also to indicate which type of offence will lead to progressive discipline. The offences are grouped in the following categories:

3.1.1.Attendance related offences
3.1.2.Unsatisfactory work performance
3.1.3.Damage of school property
3.1.4.Safety
3.1.5.Violence
3.1.6.The misuse of alcohol, drugs and related substances
3.1.7.Theft
3.1.8.Dishonesty and fraud
3.1.9.Dress code and appearance
3.1.10.Security
3.1.11.Disorderly behaviour
3.1.12.School vehicles and traffic
3.1.13.Misuse in computer room
3.1.14.Misconduct during detention


3.2.In each category, a number of offences have been included, each indicating the sanction which may follow in the event of a transgression. Note should be taken that each offence in a category is related and the transgression of more than one offence in a particular category will lead to progressive discipline.

3.3.Separate warnings or other sanctions will be applied for different categories of offences. However, if a learner has received several warnings for unrelated offences, in other words, for offences from different categories, the warnings can be jointly considered in order to decide on an appropriate sanction should that learner be found guilty of another offence.

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4.SANCTIONS

4.1.The sanctions recorded in this Code of Conduct range from verbal warnings to expulsion. Verbal and written warnings will be accompanied by counseling.
4.2.Verbal and written warnings may only be issued by the Executive Head and the Disciplinary Committee. In all cases that may lead to a final written warning or an expulsion, a disciplinary hearing will be held
4.3. A learner, who is notified to attend a disciplinary hearing, has the right to be present at the hearing with his/her parents/guardians and to present his/her case. The learner further has the right to call witnesses and to cross examine witnesses called by the Disciplinary Committee.

5.KNOWLEDGE OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT

5.1. It is the responsibility of every parent/guardian and learner to familiarise himself/herself with the contents of the Code of Conduct and to ensure that the Code of Conduct is properly understood. Where a parent/guardian or learner does not understand the Code of Conduct and the consequences for failing to adhere to the Code of Conduct, he/she must consult with the Executive Head to obtain the necessary clarification.

5.2. In order to assist parents/guardians and learners to familiarise themselves with the Code of Conduct, the school undertakes to do the following:

5.2.1.A copy of the Code of Conduct will be kept by the H.O.D and learners and parents/guardians will have free access to it.
5.2.2. A copy of the Code of Conduct will be kept in the Administrative Department and learners and parents/guardians will have free access to it.
5.2.3. At the request of the learner, a copy of the Code of Conduct will be supplied to him/her free of charge.
5.2.4. A copy of the Code of Conduct will be visible on the website and learners and parents/guardians will have free access to it.

6.RULES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE LEARNER

6.1.General

6.1.1. A learner who has been absent must find out what work he/she missed and must catch up with work not done.
6.1.2. When a learner has been asked to leave the class, he/she must be sent to the H.O.D who must deal with the offence in accordance with the guidelines.
6.1.3.Learners must carry out instructions of educators at all times.
6.1.4. Learners must bring the necessary books, text books, stationary and equipment to school as specified by each day’s timetable.
6.1.5. Homework must be done in the relevant books.

6.2. Courtesy and Consideration

6.2.1. Arrive on time for class. If late, show letter from previous educator.
6.2.2. Sit down and take out books without delay.
6.2.3.Unacceptable behaviour which prevents other learners from being taught will not be tolerated, for example shouting, Screaming and calling out of answers.
6.2.4. Interrupting people in a rude manner.
6.2.5. Throwing of papers, etc. in the class or on the floor.
6.2.6.Writing on, scratching on or damaging school property or private property.
6.2.7. Riding on chairs, lifting up or sitting on tables.
6.2.8.Shoving, pulling or hitting other learners.
6.2.9.Ignoring educator’s instructions.
6.2.10.Taking other learners’ property without permission.
6.2.11. All media devices must be switched off and packed away during class time. If not, they will be confiscated until the end of the school day at which time a fine might be applicable.
The above mentioned rules also apply when the educator is not in the classroom. The Representative Council of Learners has a responsibility towards promoting good discipline.

LEAVING OF CLASS

6.3.1 Wait until the educator tells you to pack away your books, even if the bell is late.
6.3.2.Do not leave the class without permission or without the relevant letter.
6.3.3. Remain seated until you have permission to leave the class

If any of the above mentioned rules are disobeyed, it can lead to detention or any other disciplinary action. See procedure set out in classroom behavior.

DEFINITIONS

7.1.Policy Regarding Discipline

7.1.1.Disciplinary action is any action instituted by the school as a consequence of the unacceptable, intolerable or unsatisfactory performance and/or behaviour of a learner. The learners are considered to be important components of the school and the school will thus endeavor to maintain and improve performance standards. For this reason, disciplinary action is regarded as a manner in which unacceptable or intolerable behaviour and/or unsatisfactory performance is or could be improved.
7.1.2. In the interest of sound relations and a sound educational environment, the school undertakes to maintain fairness and consistency when disciplinary action is taken.
7.2.Authority to Discipline
7.2.1.The authority to discipline a learner will be vested in the principal of the school or alternatively, the Disciplinary Committee, subject to the provision that final written warnings and expulsion will be handled by the principal the SGB of the school, with the right to appeal to the SMT of HH Academy.
7.3.Disciplinary Procedures
7.3.1.To ensure that no doubt exists about disciplinary action that has been taken, all reprimands, warnings and other disciplinary steps will be kept on file of the learner concerned.

7.4.Disciplinary Steps

7.4.1.Disciplinary action to be taken will depend on the offence committed, as contained in the disciplinary code, and will comprise one or more of the following:
7.4.1.1.Verbal warning
7.4.1.2.Written warning (first, second, etc.)
7.4.1.3.Final written warning
7.4.1.4.Expulsion
7.4.1.5.Fines
7.4.1.6.Detention
7.4.1.7.Interviews with the grade heads, counselors or Disciplinary Committee.

7.5.Verbal Warning

7.5.1.A verbal warning may be issued in the event of any form of misconduct recorded in the Code of Conduct for which a verbal warning is justified.

7.6.Written Warning

7.6.1.A written warning may be issued in the event of any misconduct recorded in the Code of Conduct for which a written warning is justified. The purpose of such warnings is to endeavor to improve the performance or incorrect/intolerable behaviour of a learner.
7.6.2.The first written warning is considered to be the first formal notification to alert the parents/guardians. This warning serves to inform the learner of future disciplinary action that can and will be taken against him/her in the event of him/her committing the same or a similar offence again. Other written warnings will follow if the learner’s behaviour is not corrected.

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." - Abraham Lincoln
OUR MISSION
To provide the best possible education for all learners through:

Tick  A culture of learning characterised by the school’s Values of Faith, Integrity, Respect and Excellence.

Tick  Passionate, qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic staff.

Tick  Superior facilities that allow for excellence in every sphere, with effective use of the latest technology and equipment.

Tick  We aim to develop in learners a sense of personal self worth by providing a strong school ethos, a Christian value system and a sense of history, respect and tradition.
OUR VALUES
Tick  Faith: in God, and that He has a plan and a purpose for every one of us.

Tick  Integrity: to act in the right way simply because it’s right; not out of a desire for reward.

Tick  Respect: for all the people we encounter, for our own and others’ belongings, for the school and for God.

Tick  Excellence: in every sphere to achieve to the best of our ability.
OUR MOTTO

Discipline and Dedication

Tick  Because DISCIPLINE is the ability to do the things we don't want to do when we don't want to do them. Our doing this thing will eventually reward us with the freedom to choose what we want to do when we want to do it.

Tick  Because DEDICATION is the nuts and bolts, the daily grind, the ability to continue day in and day out no matter the obstacle. It is the fortitude to continue a DISCIPLINE even after failure, roadblocks, setbacks and shortcomings.

Tick  Because life is a series of opportunities and challenges that can be taken or ignored.

Tick  Because God provides us each morning with what we need to get through the day.