SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT

preamble

This CODE OF CONDUCT is aimed at ensuring that Parsee Rustomjee Primary School is an educationally friendly
environment for learners to achieve their maximum potential. It is hoped that learners reap maximum benefits
from the curricular, co- curricular and extra-curricular activities. We strive to produce learners that are high
achievers as well as responsible citizens in society.

 

EXPECTATIONS OF PARENTS WITH RESPECT TO THE CODE OF CONDUCTs

The ultimate responsibility for learner’s behaviour rests with parents and guardians. Parents are expected to attend all school
meetings, Parents are also expected to discuss the following code of conduct with their children and take an active interest
in the holistic development of their child.



 

1. MISSION STATEMENT

1.1 To strive for academic excellence by fostering independent learners.
1.2 To promote considerate individuals who respect the needs of society.
1.3 To provide opportunities for learners so that they can excel in a variety of fields.

 

2. MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION

2.1. The medium of instruction at Parsee Rustomjee Primary School is English.
2.2. We have two first additional languages namely Afrikaans and IsiZulu.
2.2. Vernacular Languages (e.g. Tamil, Hindi) are offered after school, as non-examination subjects.

 

3. THE CODE OF CONDUCT IS GOVERNED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS ACT COMPULSORY SCHOOL EDUCATION.

3.1 Refer to the South African Act, No. 84 Chapter 2.

“Every parent must cause every learner for whom he/she is responsible to attend a school from the first school day of the year in which such learner reaches the age SIX (6) years until the last day of fifteen years or in the ninth grade, whichever occurs first.”

3.2. A learner must turn 6 years before the 30 June in the year of admission to grade 1. 3.3. If a learner who is subject to compulsory attendance, is not enrolled or fails to attend school, the Principal may: – • Investigate the circumstances of the learner’s absence from school. • Take appropriate action measures to remedy the situation. • Failing such a remedy, issue a written notice to the parent of the learner requiring compliance.

3.4. Subject to this Act and any other applicable law:

  •  Any parent, who, without just cause and after written notice from the Principal, fails to comply with subsection (I), is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months

4. EXPECTATIONS FROM LEARNERS

4.1 Learners are expected to obey school rules and norms at all times.
4.2 Regular attendance and punctuality is encouraged.
4.3 Learners should display honesty, truthfulness, integrity and responsibility.
4.4 Learners are required to participate in various areas of the school curriculum.
4.5 Engage in Charity.
4.6 Qualities of patience, kindness and compassion must be encouraged.
4.7 Practice tolerance, self-control and self-discipline.
4.8 Show respect for all religions and diverse cultures.
4.9 Gender equality.
4.10 Embrace a team spirit within the classroom and on the sports field.
4.11 Always respect educators and other school personnel.
4.12 Proper care of books and appreciation of buildings and equipment.
4.13 Have loyalty and pride in one’s school and uphold the name of the school.
4.14 Always have a positive approach to life.
4.15 Maintain a high self-esteem.
4.16 Show commitment and determination.
4.17 Save water, electricity and our environment.
4.18 Cleanliness and neatness of one’s self, work and environment is of vital importance.

 

5.attendance and punctuality

5.1 Learners must report to school punctually and regularly.
5.2 Learners must be in school before 07:30.
5.3 No learner may leave the school premises without permission.
5.4 In the event that the child is absent, it is compulsory that a note from the parent explaining the child’s
absence is addressed to the form teacher upon their return to school.
5.5 Should a learner be absent for three days or more, the parent or guardian must inform the school
immediately.
5.6 If learner falls sick at school the parent or guardian will be informed telephonically.
5.7 The Parent or guardians are to ensure that the child is picked up from the school premises.
5.8 If the learner is unable to write an examination or assessment due to illness, a medical certificate must be
produced.
5.9 Leave – Leave will only be granted to learners with a formal letter requesting leave, the learner must be
picked up by the parent or a designated adult.
5.10 If a learner is absent from school, it is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that the learner catches
up with the work missed in his or her own time.
5.11 Learners should go home immediately after they are dismissed.
5.12 Should your child complain of being unwell
BEFORE coming to school, PLEASE keep him/her at home.
5.13 Sick children or children with infectious diseases e.g. measles, mumps, chicken pox or scabies should not
be sent to school until the child is fully recovered.

 

6.OUR SCHOOL TIMES ARE AS FOLLOWS : -


GRADE START SCHOOL END SCHOOL DAY
R
7:30
12:20
MON -FRI
1 / 2
7:30
13:10
MON-TUES-WED
1 / 2
7:30
12:40
THUR-FRI
3
7:30
13:40
MON-TUES
3
7:30
13:10
WED-THUR-FRI
4-7
7:30
13:40
MON-FRI

7.REGULATIONS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR LEARNERS

AREAS OUT OF BOUNDS

7.1. Learners are not allowed in the following areas:

  • Educator’s car park.
  •  Assembly area and podium.
  •  Area around the office, unless there is an emergency and the learner needs to speak to an SMT member or the
    Secretaries.
  •  Classrooms, corridors, areas behind the tuck-shop, toilet and the change rooms, before school, after school and
    during breaks.
  •  Learners may only remain in the classroom with an educator.
  •  Areas demarcated for construction, repairs or classified as damaged.

8.CONTROL MOVEMENT

8.1. Learners will not be allowed to leave the classroom without a hall pass which indicates the teacher’s name.
8.2. Visitors will not be allowed to visit classrooms without a visitors pass issued from the office.
8.3. Parents will only be attended to if they have made an appointment.
8.4. In the case of an emergency, parents must first report to the office where a management member will attend to them.

9.GROUNDS FOR DISCIPLINE

9.1 NON- ATTENDANCE

Learners will be guilty of non-attendance if they: –

  • Are absent without a valid reason
  • Play truant or abscond from school and / or from a lesson.

10.DISRESPECT,DISOBEDIENCE AND NEGLIGENCE

The following actions by learners will be deemed to be disrespectful and / negligent: Refusal to carry out valid
instructions from educators.
  • Impudence and insolence towards educators and learners.
  • Disregard for regulations.
  • Racial and gender discrimination
  • Carrying of cellular phones/iPods/earphones to school.
Clicking of tongues
Failure to complete class work / homework/projects.
Disregard/vandalism of textbooks/equipment.
Not conforming to the school’s recommended dress code

11. TARNISHING OF THE SCHOOL'S IMAGE

LEARNER'S SHALL BE GUILTY OF MISCONDUCT IF THEY:-

  •  Conduct themselves in a manner, which in the opinion of the school, is detrimental to the good name of the school.
  • Disrupt the maintenance of order or discipline at the school.
  •  Misbehave during official school outings
  •  Misbehave whilst in school uniform
  • Infringe any regulation or rule in respect of examination and assessment procedures.
  • Wilfully destroy, damage, or misappropriate property of the school, its learners or members of staff.

12. GENERAL MISCONDUCT

  • Smoking, possession, or sale of cigarettes/drugs
  • Possession or use of alcohol, drugs and intoxicating substances.
  •  Verbal, physical and emotional abuse.
  •  Possession of pornographic materials.
  •  Theft
  • Carrying or using dangerous weapons/material at school.
  •  Bullying
  • Taunting, fighting, and causing physical harm to another person either at school or whilst on a school outing.

13. MISBEHAVIOUR DURING CO AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

LEARNERS SHALL BE GUILTY OF MISCONDUCT IF THEY:-

  • Display or engage in behaviour that does not conform to the standards expected by the school
  • Tarnish the image of the school before, during or after the said activity.
  • Violate the rules and the regulations of the premises at which they are playing or visiting.
  •  Display disrespect, arrogance, insolence, aggression, and unsporting conduct or threaten the well-being of any person(s) before, during or after the said activity or event.
  • The above list is not exclusive/finite and will include any conduct which endangers the maintenance of a proper
  • standard of moral conduct, discipline or social well-being.

14.DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

14.1LEVEL ONE


OFFENSE ACTION CONSEQUENCES
a. Incorrect and/or untidy uniform
Educator
Logging
b. Being in the classroom without permission
Educator
Logging
c. Failure to complete homework
Educator
Logging
d. Chewing gum
Educator
Logging
e. Playing ball games without permission
Educator
Logging
f. No absentee letter
Educator
Logging
g. Excessive noise in corridors
Educator on duty
Logging
h. Takings things from others without permission
Educator
Logging
i. Littering
Educator
Logging
j. Being insolent
Educator
Logging
k. Talking in assembly
Educator
Logging
l. Leaving class without permission
Educator
Logging

Repetition of Level 1 misconduct will require intervention from the school and the parent.

14.2. LEVEL 2


OFFENSE ACTION CONSEQUENCES
a. Incorrect and/or untidy uniform
Educator
Logging
b. Being in the classroom without permission
Educator
Logging
c. Failure to complete homework
Educator
Logging
d. Chewing gum
Educator
Logging
e. Playing ball games without permission
Educator
Logging
f. No absentee letter
Educator
Logging
g. Excessive noise in corridors
Educator on duty
Logging
h. Takings things from others without permission
Educator
Logging
i. Littering
Educator
Logging
j. Being insolent
Educator
Logging
k. Talking in assembly
Educator
Logging
l. Leaving class without permission
Educator
Logging

THE ABOVE LIST OF OFFENCES IS NOT EXHAUSTIVE. THE SCHOOL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DEAL WITH OFFENCES AS THEY ARISE AND IN A MANNER DEEMED TO BE APPROPRIATE.

15. DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE FOR LEVEL 1-3 OFFENCES

  • 15.1 Learners are expected to follow the code of conduct during school, on sport excursions and outside the school when in school uniform.
  • 15.2 In all cases learners will be treated with respect and given a fair hearing.
  • 15.3 In some cases the learner may be referred for counselling or support.
  • 15.4 Level 1 offences will be dealt with by the educators.
  • 15.5 Level 2 offences will be referred to Departmental Heads/ Deputy Principal who will deal with the issue accordingly.
  • 15.6 Level 3 offences and continual misconduct will be referred to the Principal.

16. WARNING SYSTEM:

  • 16.1. Level 1 Minor offences -Teacher to record offences (class checklist)
  • Level 2 Serious offences – Red letter /Warning letter will be issued, followed by the parent calling at school.
  • 16.3. Level 3 offences Parents will be called to school and a tribunal will be held.

 

17. GENERAL DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE

17.1. Sensitivity to cultural differences, customs and practices will be taken into account before implementing any form of discipline.

18. INFORMAL DISCIPLINE

18.1. Educators and management will correct minor behavioural problems.

18.2. Correction will take the form of a discussion about the problem and its negative consequences through informal reprimands or corrective instructions.

18.3. When the above intervention proves ineffective. A warning will be issued.

NB: EDUCATORS WILL RECORD ALL INSTANCES OF INFORMAL DISCIPLINE IN THEIR MISDEMEANOR FILE.

19.FORMAL DISCIPLINE

Formal action is taken when the learner fails to respond positively to informal measures.

STEPS FOR FORMAL DISCIPLINARY ACTION ARE AS FOLLOWS:-

WRITTEN WARNING

  •  This warning (on an official school letter-head) has to be signed by the principal, learner and parent concerned  (a copy will be kept on file in the office). 

SUSPENSION

  •  Should the behaviour/act be repeated in spite of the written warnings the learner will be suspended for a minimum period of not more than 5 days.
  •  During the period of suspension the school’s disciplinary committee will institute an enquiry hearing and appeal.
  •  During their appeal suspended learners will be represented by their parents or legal guardians.
  •  During the period of suspension the learner will not be allowed onto the school premises and will not be allowed to communicate with learners.
  • The learner will be excluded from all activities involving the school.

REINSTATEMENT

  •  Should the Disciplinary Committee’s findings be in favour of the learner; the learner will be reinstated immediately.

REFERAL TO THE HEAD OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Should the Disciplinary Committee not rule in favour of the learner or if the behaviour persists after the reinstatement of the learner, the learner will be referred to the Head of the Education Department who will act accordingly.

20. OTHER MEASURES THAT WILL BE APPLIED TO ENHANCE DISCIPLINE AT SCHOOL

  •  Referral for counselling.
  •  Detention during lunch breaks to fulfil specific tasks.
  •  Letter to parents requiring written responses or a meeting within 2 days.
  • Exclusion from designated activities.
  •  Specific community service at school.
  • Written apology/ undertaking.
  •  Whenever necessary, the school will enlist the assistance of outside agencies and organisations including S.A.P.S.
  •  Services to aid in resolving misdemeanours and maintaining discipline within the environment.

21. DRESS CODE

21.1. GIRLS

  • Navy blue dress with the school logo on the left hand side pocket, checked collar, sleeves and self-belt.
  • No school ties.
  • White socks.
  • Black school shoes.
  • No hanging earrings (small studs).
  • No other jewellery including a nose ring.
  • No long nails and nail polish.
  • No long braids.
  • Long hair to be plaited neatly.
  • No make – up.
  • No hair tints / dyes.
  • Navy blue school jersey.

21.2. BOYS

  • Grey long or short trousers. (Straight no tapering, trousers should be below the ankle/covering shoes).
  • White school shirt or blue golf shirt.
  • Grey socks.
  • Black school shoes.
  • Short, neat school haircut.
  • No braids.
  • No tints/dyes.  
  • No spikes / gel.
  • Navy blue school jersey

21.3. SPORTS (BOYS/GIRLS)

  • School tracksuit.
  • Golf shirts and shorts.
  • Takkies only on P.E days

22. GENERAL

21.1. GIRLS

  • It must be stressed that the Code of Conduct is meant to positively help learners rather than impede their development. Parents can offer their services voluntarily to school if they have the necessary expertise and skills.