Code of conduct for learners

Basis of the code of conduct

The Governing Body adopt a code of conduct for the learners after consultation with the learners, parents and educators of the school.  It is in accordance with the Constitution of the Replublic of SA (the SA school’s Act of 1996)  Guidance for a code of conduct for learners (Notice 776-Gazette 18900 of 15 May 1998) Regulations regarding drug testing as well as the procedures to follow (Notice 114 in Government Gazette 31414 of 19 Spetember 2008) Regulations for safety:  Public schools (no. 111040:  Government Gazette 22754 of October 2001) as well as applicable provincial acts.

The code of conduct and the mission of the school.

The code of conduct supports the mission of the school.  The purpose is to establish a healthy outlook on life and a fixed set of principles.

a)       Norms and values.

b)      Respect for all races within SA.

c)       A national pride, respect and love for our country.

The code of conduct and the vision of the school.

In short.  To afford each pupil the opportunity to develop in accordance  with their culture and heritage.

The rights of learners (in accordance with the constitutional Bill of rights of SA).

*All learners shall have the democratic right to participate in decision making on matters directly affecting them at school.

*To be treated humanely (also in conflict situations).

*No corporal punishment or any other humiliating punishment.

*No discrimination.

*To equal treatment.

*To equal opportunities.

*To a safe environment.

*To expect educators to maintain high standards of professionalism in practice, behaviour and ethics.

*To freedom of expression.  This freedom has the following limits:

-No disruption of school activities.

-No disruption of classes.

-No insubordination or use of vulgar words is permissable.

-No harm to the image of the school.

-No contravention of the code of conduct will be tolerated.

*To privacy and may not have their property seized without reasonable suspicion.

*To respect.

*To maintain their own culture.

*To education:  Conditions. : No disturbing of classes, to treat the teachers with respect, to do their work and to respect the other children’s right to education.

*To a safe environment.  On condition that the learner him/herself is not         the reason for an unsafe environment.

The responsibilities of learners.

a)       To attend class; to let the school know if he/she is absent as a result of inevitable circumstances.

b)      To show respect to educators, visitors, parents, fellow learners and other  individuals in the school.

c)       To show their commitment to do their school work either in the classrooms or at home (assignments, class work, homework, projects and      group work).

d)       To catch up with work done in their absence from class or school.

e)       To show commitment to their schoolwork and help teachers.

f)       Not to disrupt teaching and learners as well as other activities at the school.

g)       Not to damage school property.  To pay for the repair or replacement of such damages.

h)       To commit themselves to:

*Respect of all learners descent and culture

*To uphold the positive image of the school.

*Loyalty to each other, the educators and the school community.

*Uphold the learning culture and high academic standard of the school.

i)       Learners are expected to be tolerant to other peoples religious and cultural beliefs in the school.

j)       The LRC shall represent the interest and welfare of learners and also promote good conduct among learners.

k)       Learners must contribute to the school’s activities in a positive way.

l)       Learners are not allowed to instigate racial tension.

m)      To cause no racial attack against others.

n)       Learners shall obey school and class rules.  Learners are prohibited from victimizing other learners or educators.

o)       To try to develop and reach their full potential.

*Learners will be ambassadors for their school and uphold the ethics of the school.

*When in school uniform they will in no way harm the image of the school.

*Learners will always respect the staff of the school.

*To treat everyone with respect.

*Not to disorganize the school environment.

*Not to be in possession of alcohol, drugs etc.

Responsibilities of teachers (acting as parent at school)

In ensuring that learners behave accordingly, educators are also expected to uphold certain responsibilities to ensure the promotion of a   healthy school environment.  Teachers will uphold the following responsibilities.

a)            To uphold a constructive learning environment.

b)           To make sure that learners adhere to the school rules and regulations and to take responsibility for their behaviour.

c)            To conduct themselves in a professional acceptable manner.

d)           To be punctual and report for duty regularly.

e)            Be well prepared and carry out any duties entrusted to them.

f)            To respect the rights of learners.

g)            To acknowledge the uniqueness, individuality and specific needs of each learner.

h)            To correct the wrong attitude of learners and establish learner-self discipline.

i)             To enable learners to develop a set of values.

j)            To exercise authority with compassion.

k)           Always act in a proper and becoming way.

l)             Not to bring the teaching profession into disrespect.

m)           Always act in a disciplined way.

n)            To take reasonable measures to prevent learners from harming him/herself or others.

o)            Correct the behavior of learners whenever necessary.

Responsibility of parents

The parents/guardians have a roll to play in the acceptance and   compliance of learners with this policy.  Parents are henceforth expected to uphold the following responsibilities.

a)       To provide a conducive environment.

b)      Support the school and encourage learners to observe the school rules and regulations and to accept responsibility

c)      To attend SGB and school meetings when invited.

d)       To ensure that the children are protected and in a safe environment.

e)       To take ultimate responsibility for their childs behaviour.

To correct a childs behaviour.

f)       To ensure that the learner is not in possession of a dangerous weapon/pornographic material/drugs when going to school.

g)       To see that a learner attends school regularly.

h)       To maintain a relationship of mutual trust between the educator and the  learners.

Code of Conduct

The school and class rules must be obeyed, if not there will be corrective procedures.  Such behaviour will be seen as misbehaviour.

Exemption of some classes of the Code of conduction.

Parents/children can, on cultural, religious or medical grounds, request exemption from certain activities.

*        The request must be accompanied by evidence.  The onus of proof rests on the learner and parent.

*        Request must be handed in at the beginning of the year.

*        The Governing Body can ask for more information from institutions other than the parent.

*        The request shall be handled within the framework of the constitution    and other verdicts by the court.

*        The decision shall be given to the parents in writing.