Dissiplinêrestelsel / Disciplinary system
Code of conduct
The rights and responsibilities of the learners
The learners realize that mutual co-operation between themselves and the other persons involved in their education can only be successful if all parties agree on the pursuit of values and principles. The values which are pursued by learners of the school are exemplified in the codes of honour as set out below:
- 1 Human rights
Learner’s, while being aware of the fact that they have certain rights, also realize that others have similar rights and respect these rights. Learners recognize in particular the dignity and equality of all persons and undertake to exercise their rights in such a manner that others are not prejudiced by their actions.
- 2 Respect for educators
Learners respect their educators and promise wholehearted co-operation in all reasonable assignments which they may receive from their educators. Learners therefore undertake to always act respectful and courteously towards educators.
- 3 Respect for non-teaching staff and visitors.
The contribution of the administrative and ground staff are of utmost importance to our school. Learners will therefore act with deference and respect towards these members of staff. Visitors to the school will be assisted, politely and with respect when required.
- 4 Acknowledging multi-culturalness and diversity
The South African community consist of a number of races, cultures. Learners to accept fellow learners and respect the diversity of others and will not act in such a manner that they will affect the dignity of others.
- 5 Respect for the environment and school facilities
Learners should appreciate school buildings, contents of classrooms and other physical facilities that have been provided for their use. Learners undertake to make use of them in a responsible manner.
- 6 Obedience to organisational and behavioural rules.
Learners understand that a school cannot function without organisational and behavioural rules. Learners therefore abide by the rules of the school for learner behaviour. Leaners undertake to honour the timetable of the school by being present at the commencement of the school and every period. The accept authority of those in charge of order and discipline in the school and will subject themselves to the applicable corrective measures should the rules be broken.
- 7 Extra-curricular activities
Learners realize the importance of sport, cultural activities as well as academic outings. Appropriate dress and a neat appearance at these events contribute to the building up the image of the school. Learners subscribe to the fact that school rules are also applicable during school outings or other extra-curricular activities to maintain order and uphold the good name of the school.
- 8 Appearance
All learners who attend Denneoord Primary School are ambassadors for our school and must therefore be correctly attired and groomed at all times. This includes any learner whilst being attired in school uniform or out of school uniform, and who can through whatever means by identified as a Denneoord Primary learner, whilst in any public place during or after school hours.
The following dress code and rules regarding personal appearance must be noted and adhered to:
1.8.1 Female learners:
Dresses may not be more than 5cm above the kneecap
Earrings: Only allowed to wear small gold or sliver stud earrings and a plain wristwatch. No other jewellery may be worn. No beads or adornments.
Hair: Must be neat, no trendy fashion styles are allowed, no coloured or dyed hair is permitted.
Nails should not be longer than end of fingers, no nail varnish is permitted.
1.8.2 Male learners:
Hair: Must be neat, should not touch collar or ears. No trendy fashion styles, “bed head”, dreadlocks, spikes, Mohawks, undercuts, mullets or any other style deemed inappropriate may be worn. Hair may not be dyed, highlighted coloured or permed.
Learners for their own safety should adhere to the safety rules that have been drawn up. While moving from one class to another, on the school grounds, on outings and on the sport field, learners will not endanger their own safety or that of others by their actions.
1.10 Academic matters
Learners can only benefit from education if they are actively involved in the learning process in the classroom. Learners will, therefore, participate in class activities when required to do so. Learners disapprove of activities that disrupt the education process. Learners realize the value of homework and will do it conscientiously. As honesty is an integral part of an impeccable character, learners will at all times be a hundred percent honest during evaluation/examinations and will not tolerate dishonesty in others.
1.11 Role perception
Learners are responsible to make a contribution to the orderly flow of the events at and after school. Learners will have the opportunity as a prefect, class captain, team captain, member of a academic or social society. Irrespective of the position in which a learner serves, the interest of the school should be paramount and not personal advancement. Learners should at all times through their actions strive to uphold and strengthen the ethos of the school.
1.12 Cellular phones and electronic media.
While the advance of technology is acknowledged, the need of these devices (ipods, mp3, playstations, cell phones etc.) at school is not justified. The disrupt classes, distract learners and could be a threat to their safety. Learners who need to contact their parents in an emergency may do so with the school’s telephones.
Denneoord Primary shall not bear any responsibility for theft, damage or any other consequence arising from the possession of such device. Learners introduce such devices to Denneoord primary at their own risk. Cellular phones will be confiscated for a period of two (2) weeks.
2.The responsibility of teachers with regards to learners
- Conduct themselves in a professional and responsible manner.
- Not use crude/abusive language or behave in a crude/abusive manner.
- Be punctual and report regularly for school and classes.
- Be well prepared for teaching their classes.
- Mark homework and assignments within reasonable time frame.
- Respect all people and property.
- Encourage an atmosphere of effective learning and teaching
- No teacher will use corporal punishment as part of corrective measures.
- Cultivate an environment and culture of mutual respect.
- 10Refrain from any discriminatory or unfair practises that may infringe on the rights of learners.
- 11Inform parents of any violation of the school rules and learner code of conduct for immediate corrective action.
- 12Safeguard the safety and protect the interest of learners in their care.
- 13Enable learners to catch up on work missed during leave of absence.
3. Responsibilities of parents with respect to the code of conduct.
The ultimate responsibility for learner’s behaviour rests with their parents or guardians. It is expect that parents will:
- Support the school and require learners to observe all adopted school rules and regulations and accept responsibility for any misbehaviour on their part; and
- Take an active interest in their childern’s schoolwork and make it possible for the children to completed assigned homework.
- Parents have the responsibility towards their children to display a positive attitude towards the school, teachers and rules and to encourage their children to do the same.
- Parents should attend meetings that the School Governing Body or teachers convene for them.
- The should inform school authorities in writing about any problem concerning their children or other children in the school.
- Parents are responsible to ensure that their child is at school before the commencement of the school day and that they are collected immediately after school/extra mural events end.
Every learner is duty bound to hand over to his/her parents/guardians any notice issued to them by the School Governing Body, Principal, the HOD or any teacher.
5. Textbooks, media books and equipment belonging to Denneoord Primary School
- All books issued and all school equipment will be kept in good order.
- Failure to do so will result in the learner paying for replacement
- Late arrivals for the school day, must first report to the Administrative office.
- The names of all learners who arrive late for school will be recorded into a “Latecomers file”
- All learners must be collected immediately after the end of school day or extra mural activities must leave school grounds immediately.
- No learner may leave the school grounds during school hours without written permission from the parents stating who will collect them, the reason and time of departure. The learner release register must be completed and signed.
- In loco parentis applies half an hour before the school starts and ends half an hour after the school day ends or after an extra-mural school event ends.
- The School’s in loco parentis ends when the learner leaves the school grounds.
7. Absence from school
- School attendance is compulsory.
- No learner may be absent without a valid reason.
- A register is kept.
- An absentee letter must accompany the learner on his/her return to school.
- After three or more days illness a doctor’s letter is required.
Denneoord Primary School does not tolerate bullying in any form. All members of the school are committed to ensuring a safe and caring environment which promotes personal growth and positive self- esteem for all.
Bullying is an act of aggression, causing embarrassment, pain or discomfort to another. It may take a number of different forms, e.g. physical, verbal, gestures, extortion or exclusion. It is an abuse of power and may be planned or organised or it may be unintentional. Individuals or groups may be involved.
As a school we will not allow cases of bullying to go unreported. Any form of bullying is seen as a serious offence and will be dealt with as an offence according to the school discipline code.
9. Rules of the school
Rules are drawn up in order to realise the values contained in the Code of Conduct, the purposes therefore, to:
- Create and maintain a positive learning environment.
- Define and manage acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.
Learners promise to be proud of their school and to set a good example by wearing their uniform with pride and behave in a dignified manner at all times
In the Classroom
- Line up quietly in an orderly manners
- Lead in and stand quietly behind my desk.
- Wait to greet educator before being seated.
- Listen to instructions
- Respect my equipment as well as school’s equipment.
- Ensure that I have my own stationary in order not to borrow from others.
- Raise my hand when I wish to say or ask something.
- Not interrupt while someone else is speaking.
- Not be disruptive, thereby preventing other learners receiving quality education.
- Not throw any object across class.
- Not challenge a teacher’s authority during a lesson.
- Pick up of litter around my desk.
- Complete all homework and class work assignments to the best of my ability.
- Be honest in all my work including tests.
- Not eat or chew bubble gum in any class room.
On the play ground:
- Avoid rough dangerous games
- Avoid fighting
- Refrain from using unacceptable language
- Play in the designated areas.
- Move quickly to class when the bell rings.
- Get up and greet all adults who walk past.
During sporting activities:
- Dress appropriately and neatly as prescribed.
- Display sportsmanship whether winning or losing.
- Respect the umpire’s/referee/teacher’s decisions.
- Thank the umpire/referee/teacher at the end of the match/practise.
- Assist the teacher in accounting for all the equipment and packing it away neatly.
- Attend every practise/match or make apologies to the teacher/coach.
During cultural activities:
- Listen to instructions
- Respect the venue used and not touch anything that does not belong to me.
- Leave the venue in a neat and orderly condition.
- Not run or play in corridors.
- Not tamper with safety equipment.
- Not bring pets, toys or valuable to school.
- Obey any lawful instructions of prefects, media prefects.
- Not be guilty of any form of rowdiness or loud behaviour.
- Not bring or distribute any undesirable reading matter/visual material.
- Enter and exit from school hall in orderly and disciplined manner.
- Not climb over school fence.
- Behave as an ambassador for my school at all times.
- Not smoke on the school grounds or while in school uniform.
- At the start of each calendar year the learner will begin with 100 points.
- Based on the listed Code of Conduct Codes, learners will be awarded merit (gain of) and demerit (loss of) points according to their commitment and behaviour.
- Should the learner reach levels of misconduct as described in above mentioned list,disciplinary steps will be taken.
- The list does not and cannot make provision for every misconduct. In cases where the offence does not appear on the list, each case will be considered individually.
- For minor transgressions i.e. less than 10 points, the learner may attend Friday afternoon detention and the points will be credited.
- For all other offences, demerits accumulate for that year.
- Disciplinary demerits will be logged and the parents of learners who have transgressed will be notified according to the level of infringement.
Level 1 - Infringements
- Homework not done or incomplete.
- Late for lining-up or disorderly behaviour on the corridors.
- Bad behaviour during assembly.
- Disturbance during break.
- Incorrect uniform.
- Incorrect haircut, colour or dreadlocks.
- Minor damage to property (including own property).
- Late arrival at school.
- Copying of work.
- Disrespect toward Student Council.
- Chewing gum or eating in class.
- Test not signed.
- Absent without a letter.
- Absent from an extra- mural activity.
- Warning by teacher (1 warning).
- Loses 1 point.
- After every 5 demerits an SMS will be sent to parents.
- Less than 80 points or at the 4th SMS to parents – Internal Disciplinary Meeting
(learner and teacher) - Formal written warning in Learner Profile.
- Learners with less than 100 points – exclusion from all school tours, outings and special
Level 2 - Infringements
- Class disturbance.
- Hitting, kicking, swearing, pushing or the use of any foul language.
- Calling other learners names.
- Victimization including bullying and teasing.
- Cheeking or back-chatting a teacher.
- Leaving class or school without permission.
- Verbal threats.
- Deliberate minor injuries to fellow learners.
- Bad sportsmanship.
- Absence from any committed - to school activity without an excuse.
- Repeated transgression of Level 1 – Infringement(s).
- Loses 5 points.
- After every 5 demerits an SMS will be sent to parents.
- Less than 50 points or at the 3rd written warning – Disciplinary meeting (Governing
Body, Disciplinary Committee, parents and learner) - Discussion and serious warning.
- Possible exclusion from class for 2 days.
- Exclusion from all school tours, outings and special privileges.
Level 3 – Infringements
- Serious vandalism.
- Copying during a Formal Assessment Task..
- Disrespect toward a teacher.
- Inappropriate sexual remarks.
5, Cell phone at school.
- Playing dangerous or inappropriate games.
- Deliberate major injuries to fellow learners.
- Hate speech.
- Repeated transgression of Level 2 – Infringement(s) or less than 25 points.
- Parents are contacted.
- 1 Vandalism and major injuries:
Loses 15 points; parents liable for damage or medical bills.
2,2 Tests and exams:
Loses 15 points; instant zero for subject copied.
- 3 Cell phones:
Loses 15 points; parents contacted to collect phone.
- 4 Other:
Loses 15 points; Disciplinary hearing (all parties involved);
- Exclusion from all school tours, outings and special privileges.
Level 4 – Infringement.
- Aggression toward teacher.
- Inappropriate sexual behaviour.
- Downloading, distributing or showing any form of pornography.
- Liquor on school premises.
- In possession of, or the use of any habit-forming drug.
- Use of dangerous weapons.
- Any criminal offence.
- Any behaviour within or outside the school grounds that disgraces the ethos and
credibility of the school or damages the school’s reputation.
- Repeated transgression of Level 3 – Infringement(s).
- Loses 20 points.
- Disciplinary Hearing – all parties involved (Headmaster, Governing Body, Disciplinary
- Punishment decided upon at the Disciplinary Hearing – POSSIBLE EXPULSION.
Please note: Merits will only be added to 100 points or more.