Disciplinary School Committee

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 below mentioned values must be manifested in every situation every day.

VISION OF THE DISCIPLINARY SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The disciplinary code is based on the following values:

  • for yourself, for others and for the school.
  • Politeness
  • Prevention
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Pride for the school and the uniform

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.

APPLICATION OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT

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:

  • Attendance related offences
  • Unsatisfactory work performance
  • Damage of school property
  • Safety
  • Violence
  • The misuse of alcohol, drugs and related substances
  • Theft
  • Dishonesty and fraud
  • Dress code and appearance
  • Security
  • Disorderly behaviour
  • School vehicles and traffic
  • Misuse in computer room
  • Misconduct during detention


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.


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.

RULES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE LEARNER

General

  • A learner who has been absent must find out what work he/she missed and must catch up with work not done.
  • 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.
  • Learners must carry out instructions of educators at all times
  • Learners must bring the necessary books, text books, stationary and equipment to school as specified by each day’s timetable.
  • Homework must be done in the relevant books
Courtesy and Consideration
  • Arrive on time for class. If late, show letter from previous educator.
  • Sit down and take out books without delay
  • Unacceptable behaviour which prevents other learners from being taught will not be tolerated, for example shouting, Screaming and calling out of answers.
  • Interrupting people in a rude manner.
  • Throwing of papers, etc. in the class or on the floor.
  • Writing on, scratching on or damaging school property or private property
  • Riding on chairs, lifting up or sitting on tables
  • Shoving, pulling or hitting other learners.
  • Ignoring educator’s instructions.
  • Taking other learners’ property without permission.
  • 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

  • Wait until the educator tells you to pack away your books, even if the bell is late
  • Do not leave the class without permission or without the relevant letter.
  • 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

SANCTIONS

The sanctions recorded in this Code of Conduct range from verbal warnings to expulsion. Verbal and written warnings will be accompanied by counseling.


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


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.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT

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.

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


  • 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
  • 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.
  • At the request of the learner, a copy of the Code of Conduct will be supplied to him/her free of charge
  • A copy of the Code of Conduct will be visible on the website and learners and parents/guardians will have free access to it.