LONGACRES PRIVATE SCHOOL - CODE OF CONDUCT

 

 

Vision:

Longacres is a double medium Private School in Langebaan where children have the right to develop their potential and live it to the fullest.

Mission:

Longacres Private School is not only a diverse education institution with a Christen ethos, but a school community with great understanding and tolerance for other devotion groups.  Longacres Private School strives towards excellence and the holistic development of each child: physical, academically and creativity.  Our school assures optimal growth and exposure to quality cultural and sport activity through professional training.

Motto and Meaning of School Emblem:

Longacres Private School's motto represents the following: The cycle of birth and renewal is often symbolized in the annual agricultural cycle of sowing and harvesting.

 

Wheat:

Green:

Black:

White:

Wheat is linked with the fertility and life force.

Green is the colour of plant life and green is also for awakenings, new beginnings and growth.

Black is the colour for power and authority.

Symbolizes purity and innocence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Values and principles:

Values and general principles that is ruled:

  • Respect for fundamental human rights.
  • Respect for teachers.
  • Accepting multi-cultures and diversity.
  • Respect for the environment and school facilities.

The foundation for good behaviour:

An important focal shift in the effective handling of learner behaviour is the development and management of positive proportions between children amongst themselves, as well as between children and adults. As for building a relationship there must be a climate of trust and understanding for each other that is necessary and this must be implemented and developed between the school and classes. Then there will be respect, love, knowledge of each other’s feelings, a feeling of being one and the readiness to take responsibility for decisions and deeds done will be reached easier.

 

Schools have a very important task to teach the children to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. Opportunity must also be given for the development of insight and study. In a positive school situation the breaking of school rules is not looked on as a negative action against the school but as a negative action against other learners and teachers and causes conflict. In a positive school climate school rules are instrumental towards the overall development of the learner.

 

Extent of the code of conduct:

  • No learner is exempted from the obligation to follow the code of conduct.
  • It is very important that the whole school community must know when and where the code of conduct is applicable, namely:
  • On school property, before, during and after school hours.
  • During all school activity- on and off school property.
  • Outside school property, when the learner is identifiable on grounds of wearing our school uniform.

 

Objectives of the code of conduct

  • To create a discipline system through teaching and learning inside the school where the learner’s human rights and safety is protected.
  • To give a definite explanation of the behaviour and action that is expected of the learner so that they can adjust their behaviour accordingly.
  • To be consequent so that learners can feel secure by letting them know exactly what is expected of them. 
  • To have a measuring instrument for fair and acceptable behaviour. 
  • To have the school function on a day-to-day basis within the structured set of rules.
  • To create a safe environment for learners and educators.
  • To support the schools goals as set in the mission. 

 

The Principal:

  • Primarily responsible to establish positive behaviour in the school situation.
  • Ensures that staff, parents and learners are aware of the code of conduct of positive learner’s behaviour.
  • Ensures that the disciplinary rules as stipulated in the code of conduct are carried out.
  • Ensures that learner behaviour and situations are regularly discussed.
  • Ensures that learner behaviour is recorded.   
  • Organises staff training session about the management of learner’s behaviour.
  • Organises interviews with the parents about the progress of the learner’s behaviour.
  • Ensures that the school has a well-planned orientation programme for new learners (especially Gr. 8’s
  • Ensures fair and consequent management of all learners. 

 

The Deputy Head/Head of Department:

  • Responsible for the application of discipline.
  • Helps the Principal with the application of duties to ensure positive discipline in the school’s culture. 
  • Helps the Principal by providing learner support and leadership with regards to good discipline. 
  • Supervising the representative council of learners.
  • Responsible for the supervision and mentorship of the leader’s programme. 
  • Responsible for regular formal meetings with Head of Grades, senior staff and Phase Heads. 
  • Leads discussions about disciplinary trends and concerns in the school.
  • Gives feed-back about the School Based Assessment Team (SBAT) recommendations and interventions.   
  • Communicates with multi-functional teams at the district’s centres, community organisations and NRO’s. 

 

Grade Head/Senior Educators:

  • Organises regular formal meetings with Head of Grades, senior staff and Phase Heads. 
  • Have discussions about possible referrals to the SBAT.
  • Organises interviews with the parents to discuss a learner’s behaviour and needs.   
  • Manages the administrative system of disciplinary referrals and interventions.   
  • Reports any disciplinary concerns and trends to the School Management Team (SMT).

 

Tasks and responsibilities of the Educator:

  • Create a learner centred classroom where discussions may take place between learners, but it must      be focussed and done in an orderly way.
  • Plans well so that lessons can happen smoothly and that discipline can be applied easily.   
  • Expects cooperation of the learners. Wait for an instruction to be completed.  
  • Don’t make any threats that can’t be followed through.   
  • Don’t only deliver criticism.  When comments are made about a learner’s work, make sure to be positive too.
  • “Punishment” only according to the class, school and learner’s code of conduct.  
  • Make sure that the offender is addressed.  The class as a whole may not be punished.  This is unfair and may not happen. 
  • Don’t allow a row to be formed at your table when marking work.  This may create disciplinary problems in the class.
  • Don’t sit at your table when giving a lesson.  Move around and observe learners while they do group activities.
  • Ask the SBAT for advice and support about interventions and to manage specific learner needs. 
  • The School Management Team is there to support you.  Ask them for advice before it is too late. 

 

Tasks and responsibilities of the Advisory board:

  • Responsible for the development and regular revision of the learner’s code of conduct with the help of parents, teachers and learners. 
  • Responsible for the creation of a disciplined and purposeful environment in which teaching can take place.   
  • Ensure that the disciplinary practices of the school are within the framework of the South African Constitution and School’s Act. 
  • Appoints a disciplinary committee.   
  • Has fair hearings where focus is on positive intervention as a healing option.   
  • Keeps record of the disciplinary hearings.
  • Regularly have meetings with parents to discuss disciplinary situations.

 

Tasks and responsibilities of the representative council of learners:

  • Develops and encourages a positive learner spirit and culture in the school.   
  • Encourages fellow learners to participate and be responsible for the functioning of the school.
  • Promotes good discipline by having regular learner meetings and discussions.   
  • Uses communication channels to discuss learner frustrations and fears.   
  • Promotes positive communication with educators and the school management.   
  • Creates clubs and special projects to promote learner participation.   
  • Act as ambassadors for the school in the community. 

 

Tasks and responsibilities of the Class Monitor system:

  • Promotes good discipline in the class and school grounds.
  • Ensures that the class is neat and clean.
  • Promotes class pride.
  • Monitors class attendance.
  • Communicates with class educators about learner issues and grievances 

 

Positive discipline:  Parents responsibility

The Primary school learner:

  • Know the school’s code of conduct and encourage your child to abide to the rules.
  • Strengthen the code of conduct by being primarily responsible for your child’s discipline.   
  • Create a secure atmosphere for your child so that he/she can grow and develop.   
  • Ensure that your child attends school regularly.  Communicate reasons to the school for your child being absent.
  • Discuss your child’s school day on a regular basis.  Learners like to share their experiences with you. 
  • Get to know your child’s educator.  A good teacher-parent relationship ensures a happy secure child.  This is necessary to support and improve manipulative behaviour.
  • Strengthen learning at home by checking your child’s homework.   
  • Be actively involved and support your child’s academic and extra-curricular activities.   
  • Listen to your child and the educators with an open mind.  Refrain from being prejudiced and always look for a win-win situation. 
  • Teach your child to solve problems that they encounter daily, positively and to avoid confrontation with violence.  

 

The High School learner

  • Know the school’s code of conduct and encourage your child to maintain it.
  • Strengthen the code of conduct by taking primary responsibilities for your child’s discipline.
  • Create a safe environment and atmosphere for your child so that he/she can positively grow and develop.   
  • Be active in your child’s life.  Be aware of everything happening in their lives. Be informed about the development of the adolescent’s development to ensure that you understand their behaviour better.   
  • Make time for quality time with your child.  Adolescence is the time for your teenager to ‘loosen’ themselves from family and to spend more time with their friends and school.  Time with family and friends is still very important for the emotional and social development of your child.   
  • Listen rather than to talk.  Adolescents want their needs to be known by expressing their feelings. Give recognition to this and listen with understanding by guiding your child.
  • Positive enforcement of positive behaviour!  Praise positive behaviour – it is more effective than criticism.  Using language that breaks the child’s self confidence and feelings will not help much.  The best instruments that you have to your possession to build good relationships is love, caring, sensitivity, encouragement, understanding, communication, attention, appreciation and acceptance. 
  • Teach your adolescent that rights and responsibilities go hand in hand.  Present them with increasing rights and make them part of the decision making.  Develop their decision making, problem solving and choice making skills.   
  • Encourage them to be part of community projects.  The feeling of self-esteem develops if they become part of such initiatives. It changes the focus from themselves to that of the people around them.   
  • Build memories with your child.
  • Be aware that your emotions have an effect on your child.  They way you control it will allow the child to have empathy for other people.   
  • Stay on track with the world of the adolescent by talking to other parents and professional people.  Know the danger signs of a ‘child in crises’ and react in time. 

 

Procedure of a disciplinary process:

  1. Investigation of an alleged serious misconduct.
  • If there is alleged that a learner has made him/her guilty of serious misconduct, it must be given in writing to the principal.
  • The principal that a person is not guilty until proved guilty must be kept throughout the process by the investigator.  Applying this is subject to the provisions of the law and protocol as accepted by the WCED. 
  • Interviews with witnesses must be in the interest of transparency and for the goal to notate any further enquiries.  The enforcement of confidentiality is of utmost importance.  
  • Witnesses may not be intimidated and/or influenced.  Witnesses may not be instructed or told what to testify about.
  • Caution must be taken when young children are involved.  Aggressive confrontation to get a confession must be avoided.   
  • The alleged offender must be given enough opportunity for support by his/her parents when it is expected of him/her to give a statement which can be incriminating. 
  1. Notice of hearing
  • Fairness includes that the alleged offender must be given an opportunity to be heard and given enough time and notice of the hearing.
  • A notice for a hearing must be given to the learner and the parents five (5) work days before the hearing takes place.
  • The notice must include information about the alleged violation as well as the date, time and place the hearing will take place.   
  • The learner who was accused must be given the opportunity to give his/her account of the violation and to call witnesses if need be.   
  • - In cases where a learner is suspended immediately as a precautionary measure because of a serious violation a notice of the hearing must be given seven (7) school days before the hearing.

 

  1. Disciplinary committee
  1. A Disciplinary committee, including at least two members of the advisory board as well as the            principal, will act as an impartial trio in the hearing of the complaint against the learner.
  2. The person who leaded the investigation before the hearing may not be part of this committee.  
  3. Decisions made by this group must be done so in good faith without any prejudice.   
  4. This trio should:
  • Listen to both sides.
  • Have an open mind and be impartial.
  • Only the relevant information must be taken into account.
  • Take a reasonable decision based on facts.
  • Not to rely on hearsay.
  1. Actions at the start of a hearing:

 

  • Establish if the learner and his/her parents/guardians received the written notice, read and understood it.  Opportunity must be given for questions to clear out any uncertainties.   
  • The parents should be given access to any information the school has which can be used in defence of the learner.  Copies of statements must be given to them.   
  • The seriousness of the complaint with the possible punishment should be explained to the learner         and his/her parents.  They must also realise that witnesses can be tested in a cross examination.
  • The parents of the learner should be given the opportunity to ask questions and to address any request.

 

  1. The disciplinary hearing

 

  1. The following procedure should be followed:
  • The person who handled the complaint of the serious violation (principal or senior educator) will act as the prosecutor and will read the complaint for recording purposes.  The chairman will give the learner opportunity to plead “guilty” or “not guilty”.
  • In the case where the learner pleads “guilty”, the chairman must still ask questions to get information to support the plea.
  • In the case where the learner pleads “not guilty” the following procedure must be followed:
  • The prosecutor keeps the proof before the statements are made and gives the witnesses opportunity to confirm the details.   
  • Where the accused learner gives evidence, for the cross examination the prosecutor has the right to call the learner or any witnesses for the defence.
  • The Chairman and any other member of the disciplinary committee must act in fairness when asking any witness for more information about the evidence given.
  • It is important to keep into mind that according to article 33(2) of the constitution, the chairman-on behalf of the disciplinary committee- must give reasons for their findings. These reasons must be reasonable and fair and be based on all the relevant information.  The parents and the learner must be given a written result of the hearing.
  • In the case where the learner’s suspension is pending due to a reaction of the Head of the Education department about the suspension, a record must be kept about the hearing and the results must be sent to the Education department.   
  • A copy of the recording must be filed at the school.
  • All learners have the right to appeal.

 

  1. Decision about the most appropriate punishment (Factors that need to be taken into account when considering the most appropriate punishment):

 

  • The Learner’s:
  1. Age and developmental phase. (An 8 year old and a 15 year old can’t be handled the same way).
  2. Attitude towards school work and fellow learners.
  3. Disciplinary record and willingness to want to change.
  4. The learner’s reasons for the violation.
  5. The learner’s regret and willingness to co rectify the violation.
  • Type of violation and the extent thereof:
  1. Relevant situation.
  2. The effect of the violation had on others.
  3. The frequency of the violations.
  4. The extent of damage and loss.
  • The responsibility of the school community:
  1. Must take responsibility for leading the learner by taking the following into consideration when corrective actions are taken: Compensation, recovery, deterrence and prevention.

 

  1. Disciplinary Checklist:
  • To ensure that the disciplinary actions are fair, the following question can be asked:
  • Is the reason for the disciplining valid (Is the School’s Code of conduct or any other law) being transgressed?)
  • Do the learners know the rules?
  • Did he/she receive enough warnings?
  • Was the nature of the violation explained to the learner?
  • Is there enough evidence about the violation?  Is the evidence valid and acceptable?
  • Is the hearing held according to the correct procedure in the case of a serious violation?
  • Is the punishment consequent for similar violations but with consideration of the circumstances?
  • Are the learner and the parents informed about the reason for the punishment?
  • Is the punishment fair – was there a good reason?

 

Level 1 Violation:

  • Copying homework.
  • Arriving late: class, rows, for events, meetings, etc.
  • Talking in class, rows, events, during  announcements, etc.
  • Not reacting/doing instructions given, eg. Not working in class.
  • School books are neglected.
  • General untidiness. 
  • Vandalism (including littering).
  • Misuse of unauthorized school equipment (fire extinguisher, taps, alarm systems, etc.)
  • Leaving the school/class without permission.
  • Using humiliating and suggestive language and signs. 
  • Disrespectful behaviour towards educators.
  • Purposefully disrupting the class: eating in class, playing with cell phone, etc.
  • Absenteeism without leave/ truancy.
  • Not obeying class rules.
  • Encouraging fighting; bully behaviour (“taxing”).
  • Not behaving on busses to and from school.

Different intervention strategies:

  • Class educator/Subject educator is responsible for class management and learner behaviour (See class management).
  • Classroom rules are a prerequisite for handling behaviour and application of measures to reinforce it (see classroom code of conduct in each classroom).
  • Peer helping programmes can have a positive effect to create a positive school climate and to manage learner behaviour (see Support structures).

 

Level 2 violations:

  • Repeating Level 1 violations.
  • Repetively disrupting the class.
  • Rassist, sexist or discriminating comments and behaviour.
  • In possession of pornographic, racist and sexist material and the distribution thereof, or looking and/or downloading this from any computer or device used on school property.
  • Cheating (forgery of documents, exam cheating, etc.).
  • Vandalism: graffiti, writing on furniture, breaking of windows, etc.
  • Fighting and causing injuries.
  • Gambling.
  • Possessing and smoking of cigarettes.
  • Forging documents with less serious results.
  • Serious disruption of classes.
  • Disobeying to apply corrective rules.

Different intervention strategies:

  • SBAT: The school based team and senior management team with the help of relevant advisors in the community and the EDO’s circuit team (see Support structures).
  • Grade head (see tasks and responsibilities of grade head).
  • Parent involvement (involve parents in joint discussion making and support for the learner).
  • Development programme in the community (involve learner in relevant developmental programmes presented by the community).
  • Corrective measures (decision making by the disciplinary committee).
  • Individual Support Plan (ISP): updating class report can be part of this.  (See Support structures).
  • Educators as mentor for learners (See Support structures)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level 3 Violation:

 

  • Repetitive level 2 violations.
  • Repetitive serious misbehaviour.
  • Is under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
  • Stealing of serious nature/breaking and entering.
  • Arson.
  • Serious vandalism.
  • Sexual abuse (harassment of fellow learners).

Sexual misconduct (like denudation).

  • Physical assault of fellow learners (fighting, throwing of objects, etc.).
  • Sexual violations where the learners are the violators.
  • Threatening of fellow learners or educators.
  • Participation in gang related activities.   
  • Disruption of school programme by rebellion and protest behaviour. 
  • Entering the school property whilst under suspension
  • Making bomb threats

Different intervention strategies:

  • Community service providing (correct measures)
  • SBAT: The school based team and senior management team with the help of relevant advisors in the community and the EDO’s circuit team (see Support structures).
  • Parent involvement (involve parents by the intervention processes, see Disciplinary hearings).
  • Development programme in the community (involve learner in relevant developmental programmes presented by the community).
  • Educators as mentor for learners (see tasks and responsibilities of educators).
  • Circuit team (EDO).
  • Stop abuse policy.
  • Drug policy for schools for drug related violations.
  • Departmental policy with regards to suspension and expulsion.
  • Advisory board (see Disciplinary hearing).

 

Level 4 Violation:

 

  • Repetitive Level 3 violations.
  • Refuses to attend the developmental programme.
  • Dangerous weapons: bringing weapons on the school property, threatens someone with a weapon, purposefully assaulting people with a weapon.
  • Possessing drugs on school property.
  • Trading with drugs on school property.
  • Serious assault.
  • Learner is found guilty in a criminal court (immediate expulsion).
  • Sexual assault (rape).

Different intervention strategies:

  • Advisory board (see Disciplinary hearing).
  • South African Police Services (SAPS) – criminal violations like drugs, weapons, rape and serious assault.  
  • Parent involvement (see Disciplinary hearing and Parents’ roll).
  • Social workers as service providers (Support system for learners and parents).
  • Circuit team (EDO)
  • Expansion committee (see Disciplinary hearing).

Law:

 

  1. South African School’s Act, (Act no. 84 of 1996) as amended by the Education Laws Amendment Act, 2005. (“SASA”)
  2. The regulations for Misconduct of Learners at Public Schools and Disciplinary Proceedings, 2001 (General Notice 2591 of 2001). (“Regulations”)
  3. The promotion of Administrative Justice Act (Act no. 3 of 2000)
  4. The promotion of Access to Information Act (Act no. 2 of 2000)
  5. The constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act no. 108 of 1996)
  6. National Law on Health (Wet no. 2 van 2011)
  7. Drugs and drug trading (Wet, No 140 van 1992)
  8. Law on Alcohol van 1989 and tobacco under the age of 16 years.
  9. Law on tobacco of 2000.

 

General:

It is very important to know that our school’s code of conduct is in line with the National Law but that Private Schools have leeway and are allowed to adjust their code of conduct to fit with the school.   

 

Breakdown of Longacres Private School merit and demerit system:

Violations are punished with negative points that are summarized in the Level 1-4 Violations of our Code of Conduct and Disciplinary System.

 

Points

Procedure and Sanctions

 Responsible Person

50 points

  Detention

 Class educator

100 points

1. Detention 2. Short interview with learner

 Head of Grade

  1. points

  1. Detention 2. Letter to parents/guardians

 

 Head of Phase

200 points

1. Detention 2. Interview with parents/ guardians 3. Yellow card for 3-4 weeks

 

 Head of Phase/Principal

300 points

5 School days suspension

 Principal/Advisory board

Level  4B violation

Disciplinary hearing

 Advisory board

 

Eviction and suspension:

According to Art. 9 of the school Schools Act, the Advisory board (Disciplinary Committee) has the right to suspend a learner for a time period of 5 days on ground of the learners misconduct.   Application for suspension can also be handed in to the Provincial Head of the Education Department by the Advisory board (Disciplinary committee).

The dos and don’ts: 

Don’ts:

  • No late arrivals will be accepted!!
  • No learner may be in the building during break or after school or be on the stairs between classes unless allowed to by staff. 
  • No learner may move around or between the school buildings after school.
  • No hanging around in the bathrooms is allowed.
  • No shouting, whistling, singing or noise is allowed during the changing of classes. 
  • No throwing of stones or any other objects is allowed on the school premises. 
  • No learner may sit or drive around in a vehichle during school hours/break.

       

  Do’s:

  • Attend all your classes.
  • Mondays – Fridays: Line-up in class groups in the quad when the bell rings.
  • Changing of classes must happen quickly. Stand in a neat row before the class is entered. 
  • Be focussed on what you are doing.  A focussed person will get more opportunities someone who takes chances. 

 

School policy with regards to alcohol and drug misuse:

  1. The Principal and the Advisory board is of opinion that the presence of learners who in any way are involved with substance(alcohol, drug, etc.) use or misuse thereof not undermines the image of the school as well as all the moral well-being of the learners.  Taking part in this is prohibited.
  2. The Principal and the Advisory board accept that the school has an obligation to support parents/guardians of learners who are involved in the use / misuse of substances. 
  3. In the above-mentioned the school and Advisor board expects parents/guardians to give their full cooperation and support.
  4. If a learner is tested positive for substance use, they will only be allowed to enter the school if their blood test is negative (clean)

 

Parameters/framework in which the school will apply the Anti-alcohol and drug policy:

 

  1. When a learner is in possession of / or under the influence of legal or illegal alcohol/drugs:
  1. On the school property:
  • During or after school hours.
  • In school clothes or not.
  1. During a school outing away from school grounds:
  • During or after school hours.
  • In school clothes or not.
  1. Where the school is present / as a representative of the school:
  • During or after school hours.
  • In school clothes or not.
  1. In the case where a learner can be identified as a learner of the school.
  • During or after school hours.
  • In school clothes or not.

 

  1. The lawful context:
  1. The use of alcohol and / or tobacco by a minor is illegal:
  2. lcohol under the age of 18 according to the Law on Alcohol of 1989 and tobacco under the age of 16 according to the Law on tobacco of 2000.
  3. It is a criminal offence to be in possession of an illegal substance or to be under the influence              of an illegal substancel (Drug substances and Drug trading of Law, No 140 of 1992)
  4. The school is obligated to act upon any learner who is guilty or of who is suspected of violating the school’s code of conduct and whom find themselves guilty of any misconduct (South-African School law, 1996).  The ‘learner’ means a person who is under the rules and discipline of a school.

 

Drug trading: IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION

  1. If there is suspected that a learner is trading with drugs, the school will report it to the Narcotics branch of the local Police. 
  2. If a learner is taken into custody, he/she will automatically be suspended from the school. 
  3. The Advisory board will have an urgent formal disciplinary hearing and recommendations will be given by the Provincial Department of Education to help suspend the learner as quick as possible.   

 

School policy about smoking on school property and in school clothes:

According to the South African law against smoking, smoking is illegal at any place where education takes place and is thus illegal for any school learner on school grounds.  Accordingly a person/institution that disobeys this law can be fined with R50 000 and individuals with R500.  It will be seen as a serious offence if learners smoke on school property.  These situations will be handled in the light of the South-African Schools Anti-smoking law (National Law on Health 2 of 2011).  

 

 

Cellular phone/technology policy:

  1. No cellphones/technology is allowed in the class except if the educator gives permission If a cellphone/earphones, MP3- players, beat boxes or any other technological apparatus is found by a learners it will be confiscated. 
  2. The school accepts NO RESPONSIBILITY if a cellphone is lost or stolen on the school’s property.  A safe place to keep it will be provided. 
  3. Any confiscated cellphone and sim-card of any technological apparatus will only be given back to the legal parent/guardian (ID book required).
  4. The above includes phone watches.
  5. Misuse of the schools I-pads for anything other than the prescribed work given by the educator will be punishable.

 

Clothing and appearance:

  1. The prescribed rules about clothing and appearance (hair etc.) will be handed out to each learner. All the educators will ensure that the rules are obeyed. 
  2. Prescribed school and sport clothing is compulsory for attending school, official school functions and participation in organised sport activities, school tours or outings, except if organised differently for a specific situation.
  3. Learners clothing and appearance must always be clean and neat. 
  4. Learners may not have their hands in their pockets in their school or sport clothes. 

 

School notices:

Learners are obligated to give any notices received by the principal or educator for this purpose to their parents/guardians and to return any acknowledgment of receipt thereof back to the principal or educator.   

 

General behaviour: 

  1. No learner may smoke or use alcohol on the school grounds.
  2. No learner may use alcohol in public.
  3. No cigarettes, any smoking devices, matches or lighters may be brought to school or be in the learner’s possession. 
  4. No dangerous items / objects (eg. Knives, knobkierie, fireworks, etc) may be brought to school. 
  5. Gambling is prohibited on the school property. 
  6. Foul language, swearing, indecent or shameless behaviour is not acceptable for a learner in this school. 
  7. All learners must always respect the school’s name by having impeccable behaviour in public places, on street or on your bicycle. 
  8. Hitchhiking is not appropriate for a learner for this school and is a dangerous habit.
  9. Our school clothes must be worn with pride and may not be given or sold to people/learners not in this school who may not wear it.
  10. Because we are proud of our school and our people, we greet each other.  It does not matter where we are.  Our manners must always be impeccable. 
  11. No physical contact is allowed on the school property.
  12. Sport caps are worn at all times outside, during breaks and P.T. and any other activities that take place outside. (NO HAT, NO PLAY)

Formal caps must be worn on Mondays and with formal school uniform. 

  1. No caps – formal or sport may be worn in the school building. 
  2. All learners must attend the weekly hall assemblies.  Only learners who have written permission, due to religious reasons, from their parents/guardians and the principal will be excused from attending.  
  3. During hall assemblies there will always be a respectful silence in the hall. 
  4. If learners must temporarily be excused from doing PT (HMS), their parents/guardians must give a written request to the educator involved.
  5. Application for a permanent or longer time period to be excused from PT must be accompanied by a medical certificate. 
  6. Class rules must strictly be obeyed at all times.
  7. When announcements are made on the intercom there must be immediate silence.
  8. Unauthorized entry to the school building or any facility is strictly prohibited. 
  9. Learners may not use any school facilities or sport equipment outside of school hours without permission. 
  10. Learners must participate in prescribed educations programmes except if exemption is given from the Department of Education. +
  11. If learners take part in extra-curricular activities they must adhere to their responsibilities and duties with regard to the activity except if they are exempted thereof by the responsible educator.
  12. Unauthorized eating in the classroom or any room is prohibited. 

 

Movement and assembling of learners:

  1. All learners must be on time to assemble on the designated places and enter the school building in rows. 
  2. Orderliness, punctuality and silence is a prerequisite when learners assemble, adjourn or change classes. 
  3. Suitcases are always carried in the hand furthest from the wall so that the walls aren’t damaged. 
  4. Every learner must insure that they report orderly and quietly in the appropriate educator’s row.
  5. Learners may not go to the bathroom when classes are changing.  (Only with special permission). They may only go during break.
  6. Learners may not be in the passages during break or before school unless it rains. 

 

   School work and homework:

  1. There will always be an organized atmosphere in the classroom.  Learners may not interrupt or prevent teaching from taking place. 
  2. Learners must adhere to all class assignments at all times.
  3. All learners’ homework books must be according to the prescribed arrangements of the principal and educators.
  4. Learners must do the prescribed homework and hand it in when asked to. Failure to abide to this rule will only be excused on the day the homework had to be handed in, with a written excuse from the parents/guardians, given to the educator. 
  5. All learners must complete their homework with enthusiasm, conscientiousness and dedication so that continuous work etiquette can be developed.  Neglecting to abide to this rule without an appropriate excuse will be seen as a violation of the rule. 
  6. Learners are responsible to catch up on any work they missed as soon as possible.  

 

Tests and examinations:

  1. All learners are obligated to do all tests, examinations and tasks given to them by educators.  Neglecting to obey this rule will only be excused if a valid note written by the parents/guardians is given to the principal in time.
  2. Learners must refrain from being dishonest during tests and examinations.

 

School reports

  1. Learners must abide to the rules and regulations given by the educators and principal when receiving reports. 

 Punctuality:

  1.  Learners must always arrive on the intended time for the beginning of a school day or any other school activities.  If learners are late they must give a written excuse by their parents/guardians.  Learners who arrive late must be accompanied by their parents/guardians and signed in at the secretary. 

 

 Absent from school:

  1. Learners may only be absent from school in special instances with a written letter and permission from the principal or his representative if he is not available. 
  2. Learners who were absent for 1 to 3 days must hand in a written explanation to the school.  Absenteeism for more than 3 (three) days must be accompanied by a medical practitioners certificate of absence except in the case of death or trauma in the child’s family and permission is then granted by the principal. 
  3. After 08:15 a learner will be marked as absent unless other arrangements were made.

 

Environment:

  1. Learners may not mess in/on the school/school grounds or buildings.
  2. Learners who are in an authence or supporters, must at all times leave the area they were in, neat and clean and make sure that all the rubbish is picked up and thrown in the bins. 
  3. Learners must leave the toilets and bathrooms clean and neat.
  4. ‘Graffiti’, stickers and posters are prohibited on any surface of the school. 
  5. Learners must obey any reasonable instructions given by the principal or educators regarding the cleaning and hygienic use of the school environment.

 

Detention:

Detention will be community service for 2 hours after school: Picking up papers, washing walls in and around the school or any duties seen as an appropriate punishment by the educators eg. Sitting in the class / writing out the code of conduct, etc. 

If a learner doesn’t attend a detention session, detention will automatically be given for the following week.  If a learner disobeys the detention then a disciplinary action / interview will be held with the parent / guardian. 

 

Positive behaviour:

 

1

 

Pick up papers, litter and cleaning school buildings and school grounds.

2

 

Always friendly, polite and respectful towards staff, learners and the public.

3

 

Always prompt with regards to school attendance, extra-curricular activities and assignments that must be handed in. 

4

 

Ambassador of the school in other words keeping the name of the school high at school or outside school. 

5

 

General behaviour is excellent in and outside of the classroom. 

6

 

General neatness and school clothes always correct as stipulated by the school rules.

7

 

Honest and trustworthy in all aspects.

 

  1. If a learner excels during the term in the above-mentioned criteria, he/she will be allowed to wear civvies at the end of the term.
  2. Class lists will be sent around to all the staff members to indicate if a learner qualifies. 
  3. If a learner qualifies 3 of the 4 terms for the above-mentioned criteria, then he/she will qualify to receive a certificate during the hall assembly at the end of the year. 

 

CODE OF CONDUCT - 2017

 

I,                                                                         , learner of Longacres Private School accepts and supports Longacres Private School’s Code of Conduct.

 

 

 

 

Signature:  Learner                                               Date

 

 

 

I,                                                                      , parent/guardian of (learner’s name) ______________________________ accepts und supports Longacres Private School’s Code of Conduct.

 

 

 

  Signature:  Parent/Guardian                                    Date

 

 

 

Contact numbers parent/guardian:

 

 

1.    ____________________________         2.    ______________________________

 

 

Remarks:  This policy must be signed by all learners and their parents/guardians on the forms given to the learners on the first day of school.  Failure to do so will mean that the learner won’t be an enrolled learner of Longacres Private School. 

 

IMPORTANT:  IGNORANCE ABOUT THE CODE OF CONDUCT OR SCHOOL RULES IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR THE VIOLATION OF SCHOOL RULES

 

Credits:

 

Picking up papers, litter and cleaning of buildings and school grounds during and after functions.

10

Always friendly, polite and shows respect towards staff, learners and the public.

20

Always prompt towards school attendance, extra-curricular activities and assignments that must be handed in. 

10

Ambassador of the school in other words keeping the name of the school high at school or outside school. 

20

General behaviour is excellent in and outside the class. 

10

General neatness and school clothes always correct as stipulated by the school rules.

10

Honest and trustworthy in all aspects.

20

 

Debits:

Level 1 Violation:

 

Violation

Code

Points

Copying of Homework.  

1A

10

Arriving late: Class, rows, school events, meetings, etc.

1A

10

Talking in the class, rows, events, during announcements, etc.

1A

10

Does not carry out reasonable instructions, eg. Doesn’t work in the class.

1A

10

School books are neglected and not looked after.

1A

10

General untidiness.

1A

10

Vandalism (including littering).

1A

10

Leaves school / classroom without permission.

1A

10

Not obeying class rules.

1A

10

Uses humiliating and suggestive language and hand signs.

1B

20

Disrespectful towards educators.

1B

20

Purposefully disrupting the class:  eating in class, playing with a cellphone, etc.

1B

20

Absent without permission / truancy.

1B

20

Misuse or unauthorized use of school equipment (fire extinguishers, taps, alarm system, etc).

1B

20

Prompting fighting; bully behaviour (“taxing”).

1B

20

Misconduct on busses to and from school.

1B

20

 

Level 2 Violations:

 

Repeated level 1 violation. 

2A

50

Repeated disruption of class.

2A

50

Forgery of documents with less serious results.   

2A

50

Fighting and causing injuries. 

2B

100

Cheating (exam forgery, etc.).

2B

100

Vandalism: graffiti, writing of desks, breaking windows, etc.

2B

100

Possessing and distributing pornographic, racist, sexist material; or looking and/or downloading thereof on any computer, cell phone or apparatus at school.

2B

100

Gambling.

2B

100

Smoking of cigarettes or has possession of cigarettes.

2B

100

Racist, sexist or discriminating remarks and behaviour.

2B

100

Serious disruption of the class.

2B

100

Refusal to do corrective measures.

2B

100

 

 

Level 3 violation:

 

Repeated Level 2 violations. 

3A

150

Sexual abuse (harassment of fellow learners).

3A

150

Is under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

3B

200

Theft of a serious nature/ breaking and entering.

3B

200

Arson.

3B

200

Serious vandalism.

3B

200

Repeated serious misconduct.

3B

200

Sexual misconduct (like denudation).

3B

200

Physical assault of fellow learners (fighting, throwing of objects, etc.).

3B

200

Sexual misconduct where the learners are the violators.  

3B

200

Threaten fellow learners or educators.

3B

200

Participation in gang related activities.

3B

200

Disruption of the school programme by rising and demonstrating without permission.

3B

200

Entry of the school property whilst still under suspension.

3B

200

Making bomb threats.

3B

200

 

Level 4 violations:

 

Repeated level 3 violations. 

4A

200

Refusing to attend developmental programmes. 

4A

200

Dangerous weapons: bringing weapons on the school property, threatening people with a weapon, purposefully assaulting people.

4B

Hearing

In possession of drugs on the school property.

4B

Hearing

Trading with drugs on the school premises.

4B

Hearing

Serious assault.

4B

Hearing

Learners are found guilty in a criminal court (immediate suspension).

4B

Hearing

Sexual assault (rape).

4B

Hearing

 

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