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Code of Conduct

BRIGHTON BEACH SENIOR PRIMARY SCHOOL

CODE OF CONDUCT

The South African School Act, Act 84, 1996 stipulates: Section 8: Code of Conduct

  1. Subject to any applicable provincial law, the governing body of a public school must adopt a code of conduct for the learners after consultation with the learners, parents and educators of the school.
  2. A code of conduct referred to in sub-section (1) must be aimed at establishing a disciplined and purposeful school environment, dedicated to the improvement and maintenance of the quality of the learning process.
  3. The Minister (National) may, after consultation with the Council of Education Ministers, determine guidelines for the consideration of governing bodies in adopting a code of conduct for learners.
  4. Nothing contained in the Act exempts a learner from the obligation to comply with the code of conduct of the school attended by such learner.
  5. A code of conduct must contain provisions of due process safeguarding the interests of the learner and any other party involved in disciplinary proceedings.

Basic principles

Our aim is to create a happy and safe environment in which we can work, learn, play and grow in harmony. Brighton Beach Senior Primary therefore expects all learners to conduct themselves, at all times, in such a way that they will be a credit to themselves, their families and their school. This means the maintenance of a high standard of discipline, particularly self-discipline, dress, courtesy and consideration to others, both in and out of school.

Pupils are expected to respect :

a. authority

b. each other

c. other people’s property

d. other people’s beliefs, views, religion and culture.

Contravention of the Code of Conduct

The rules of the school are necessary to maintain good order and to protect the learner. They are based on socially accepted norms and common sense. In the event of the contravention of these norms or school rules, the principal and staff reserve the right to administer the appropriate punishments. As the school is also judged by the behaviour of the learners outside of school, after school hours, we reserve the right to take action against those learners who behave in a manner which brings the school into disrepute. Contravention of the conditions contained in the Code of Conduct, will be dealt with in terms of the disciplinary procedures as set out by the KZN Department of Education and Culture, July 1997.

Brighton Beach Senior Primary Code of Conduct

  1. Learners are expected to be loyal to the school and to do all possible to enhance the reputation of the school.
  2. Learners are to assist in keeping the buildings and grounds neat and clean. All litter is to be deposited in refuse bins.
  3. No learners shall bring discredit to the school by unseemly behaviour in any public place or at any other school.
  4. Learners on school premises or in school uniform outside the school premises shall not possess tobacco, alcohol, drugs, weapons or any allied entity.
  5. Learners waiting for buses or transport after school shall do so in an orderly manner and shall behave in accordance with the instructions of the driver or person officially in charge.
  6. Behaviour on corridors and staircases must be orderly and learners are to move quickly to classes.
  7. No learner may leave the school grounds during school hours without the knowledge and permission of the principal. Failing to do so will be considered bunking.
  8. Absenteeism will only be excused on receipt of a letter from parent/guardian. Doctor’s certificates are required when examinations are missed.
  9. Learners of Brighton Beach Senior Primary are required to be courteous at all times.
  10. Learners shall have respect for their school uniform at all times, to create uniformity and unity and to maintain equality.
  11. Fighting or bullying before, during or after school is prohibited.
  12. Intimate physical contact while in school uniform or on school premises is prohibited.
  13. Theft and vandalism will not be tolerated. School property will be respected at all times.
  14. Learners are not allowed visitors on school premises during school time.
  15. Discrimination on the basis of race, gender and religion is prohibited.
  16. Learners shall not use any facilities or equipment of the school, including those for sport, not be on the school grounds outside school hours without the principal’s permission, or an authorised representative’s permission or unless participating in a bona fide school activity.
  17. Learners are expected to work to the best of their ability and to maintain the standard of work of which they are capable.
  18. The language and conduct of learners must not endanger the maintenance of proper conduct, discipline or the social well-being at Brighton Beach Senior Primary.
  19. Learners must be correctly and neatly dressed when coming to school or when leaving the school grounds.
  20. The use of foul, vulgar or abusive language before, during or after school is prohibited.
  21. Learners are expected to participate in extra-curricular activities to the best of their ability and potential. As ambassadors of the school learners are expected to act with discretion and regard for the officials and learners of the host or visiting school.
  22. Learners musts make every effort to protect the integrity and dignity of fellow learners and not intentionally expose or subject anyone to embarrassment, humiliation, physical or psychological harm or trauma.
  23. School rules and dress code are to be strictly adhered to at all times by the learners

SCHOOL RULES

Uniform / Grooming

  1. School uniform shall be clean, in good repair and worn correctly. The length of the girl’s dress should be one palm of the hand above knee. Badges are to be on pockets of shirts and dresses. Shoes shall be polished and of a suitable style for school wear.
  2. Tracksuit tops may be worn with the school uniform. If the tracksuit pants are worn, then the tracksuit top shall also be worn.
  3. Learners will only be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities if correctly attired.
  4. Learners may leave the school premises in full sports kit, except for swimming, when they will be required to change into their school uniform.
  5. Learners shall not wear a vest or T-shirt which shows above or through their shirts or dresses.
  6. All items of school clothing shall be clearly marked with the owner’s name and learners are required to take due care of their possessions.
  7. Apart from watches and Medic-Alert bracelets, which have functional value, no other form of jewellery shall be worn by boys or girls. Girls may wear a single plain stud or sleeper in each ear if their ears are pierced.
  8. Boys’ hair shall at all times be neatly combed and cut according to the following regulations: Hair shall not touch the shirt collar or ears; fringes shall not fall over the eyebrows. Colouring of hair is not permitted. Girls whose hair is long enough to hang over their faces when working, must tie their hair back by means of one or more of the following: Scrunchie, Alice-band, ribbon or clips (red, white or black only).
  9. Learners shall not wear eye make-up of any description. No lip gloss/hair gel. No boxer shorts. Fingernails shall be kept short and no nail varnish shall be worn.

Behaviour

A) Extracurricular Activities

  1. On the sports-field team-mates, opponents, referees, umpires and spectators shall be treated with the appropriate etiquette. The decisions of officials shall not be questioned, either directly or indirectly, by either players or spectators.
  2. Both victory and defeat shall be accepted with dignity. Unseemly boorish bragging, taunting of losing teams, derisive comments, booing or derisive whistling will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
  3. Approval and support for outstanding performance at sporting or other gatherings shall be indicated by the appropriate applause. Loud comments, whistling or whooping are not acceptable.
  4. No sport equipment or facilities shall be used without the direct supervision of a staff member or designated coach. When activities are to take place in the pool area, hall, media centre or any other room, learners shall await the arrival of the person in charge outside the venue.

B) School Buildings / Grounds

  1. Vandalism of the school buildings, equipment, gardens and other people’s property is a punishable offence and must be reported immediately. Culprits, when identified, will be punished.
  2. Fire-hoses, fire-extinguishes, light-switches, electrical distribution boards and other equipment shall not be tampered with in any way.
  3. Learners shall not linger in the car park or near parked cars or bicycles.
  4. Learners shall not climb walls, trees or banks within or bordering on the school property.
  5. Learners shall make use of the zebra crossing when crossing Marine Drive before and after school.
  6. Learners shall not run or play anywhere near the school buildings. Various areas are placed out of bounds as the need arises. Learners defying the limits will be severely dealt with.
  7. No learners may go upstairs before school, unless purchasing from the school shop.
  8. No games shall be played before school.
  9. Learners shall only be in a classroom, hall or media centre when a staff member is present.
  10. Learners shall walk in single file when walking with their class around the school and shall keep left while walking on the corridor or up the stairs.
  11. Learners shall walk quietly on the corridors, especially during lessons.
  12. Learners are to line up quietly outside the hall for assembly, and in line-up areas after assembly or after break.
  13. Learners shall not talk or create any disturbances once they have entered the hall for assembly.
  14. Learners shall place litter in the bins provided and be conscious of keeping the corridors, grounds and their classrooms litter-free.
  15. Bicycles shall not be ridden in the school grounds. Once in the grounds, learners are to walk their bicycles to the bicycle rack and lock them securely.
  16. Chewing gum is strictly forbidden at school during school hours and/or after school hours at any school related activity.
  17. Potentially dangerous weapons or implements, such as traditional weapons, knives, fireworks, sharp instruments, catapults or peashooters, shall not be brought to school.
  18. Learners shall not be in possession of, consume or be under the influence of any narcotic substance or alcohol at school or any school related function.
  19. Learners shall behave in a way that does not offend other learners or cause them hurt of any kind.
  20. The use of toilets is governed by the bounds of hygiene, civilized behaviour and common decency. Playing or eating in toilets is prohibited.
  21. During class time toilets may be used with the permission of the teacher – this includes times when learners are moving between classes.
  22. Learners shall use gateways to enter or exit the grounds – climbing over, under or through fences/walls is not permitted.
  23. The staff-room is out of bounds to learners. Learners must wait outside while a teacher with whom they wish to speak is called.
  24. Classes awaiting a teacher who is delayed shall do so quietly and in an orderly fashion. The non-arrival of a teacher shall be reported to the Grade co-ordinator, H.O.D. or Principal.
  25. Having arrived at school, the learner shall not leave the school grounds for any reason until the end of the school day, unless permission has been granted by the Principal. Learners who have completed the days activities shall leave the premises without delay unless they attend After-Care. On occasions when due to unforeseen circumstances leave no alternative but for a learner to wait at school, they shall do so quietly and in an orderly way.
  26. Learners arriving late for school shall report to the office.

C). In the Classroom

  1. Learners shall conduct themselves in a controlled manner, which is conducive to learning.
  2. Learners shall at all times respect the rights of other learners to learn and of educators to teach.
  3. Homework shall be completed according to the homework policy.
  4. Sexual, racial or religious harassment is prohibited.
  5. Learners shall not eat or drink any substances during lesson time.
  6. Learners shall not humiliate educators, fellow learners or any other persons.
  7. Learners shall raise their hand to indicate that they wish to address the teacher, they shall not call out.
  8. Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated.

D) General Rules

  1. Learners shall behave in such a way as to bring credit to themselves and to the school.
  2. Learners shall assist those who need their help.
  3. Learners shall be courteous and polite to all persons at all times.
  4. Learners shall obey and show respect for school prefects and any other person in authority.
  5. Learners shall not use foul or abusive language in any way.
  6. Learners shall stay clear of possible danger by using good sense.
  7. Learners shall not borrow from anyone and fail to return something that is not theirs to keep.
  8. Learners shall not try to or remove anything that does not belong to them at any place at any time.
  9. Bullying, both physical and mental, unwanted interference in the affairs of others and any other antisocial behaviour which adversely affects the harmonious, happy spirit of co-operation in the school, is prohibited.
  10. All absences must be supported by a note signed by a parent/guardian.
  11. Learners shall adhere to the policy for absenteeism during tests and exams.

Forms of Punishment that may be implemented

Appropriate punishment will be at the discretion of the educator. Each breach of the school rules/code of conduct will be dealt with after having taken all aspects of the situation into consideration. Punishments may include one or more of the following:

a) Writing out passages, school rules, lines etc.

b) Staying in after school to complete work after parents have been notified.

c) Being reprimanded by the educator or the principal.

d) Being kept in during one of the breaks.

e) An appointment to see the learner’s parents to discuss the learner’s behaviour.

f) A telephone call to the learner’s parents to inform them of the incident/behaviour.

g) Community service e.g.: gardening or picking up litter.

h) Demerits / Detention.

i) Confiscation of dangerous weapons, written or pictorial matter, articles or items unacceptable in a learning environment.

j) Payment for repair of or property damaged or vandalised.

k) A warning of suspension.

l) Suspension. The learner may be suspended after and on the recommendation of a Tribunal, by the Governing Body.

m) Expulsion. The learner may be expelled after and on the recommendation of the Tribunal, by the Head of Department

 

BRIGHTON BEACH SENIOR PRIMARY SCHOOL

List of offences/misconduct deserving of a Warning, Suspension or Expulsion

WARNING

SUSPENSION

EXPULSION

1. Use of vulgar language

1. Use of or being under the influence of alcohol/drugs at school or at a school related function

1. Serious assault: educator, non-educator, learner

2. Cheating in class

2. Theft – major.

2. Repeated defiance of the School authorities.

3. Petty theft.

3. Cheating in control tests.

3. Use and/or sale (peddling) or possession of drugs, pornographic material and similar morally debilitating actions.

4. Lying

4. Blatant dishonesty

4. Theft involving violence.

5. Bringing school’s name into disrepute which includes actions outside school grounds whilst learner in school uniform.

5. Threats to educators.

5. Guilt proven in a court of law.

6. Damage to school property – minor.

6. Deliberate and serious undermining of the authority of the Principal and educators.

6. Possessing a weapon at school, e.g. firearm, knife, blade, dagger, panga stick etc.

7. Damage to property of others – minor

7. Threats of violence to fellow learners

7. Any act in which in the opinion of the disciplinary tribunal, endangers the life and safety of others.

8. Sexual / racial harrassment.

8. Intimidation of others to enforce acquiescence

 

9. Persistent disobedience.

9. Actions provoking racism.

 

10. Unsporting behaviour.

10. Repeated gender/sexual harrassment

 

11. Persistent non-co-operation with an Educator or with school authorities.

11. Smoking at school.

 

12. Actions obviously aimed at humiliating Educators and fellow learners.

 

 

13. Hurtful, nasty, personalised graffiti.

 

 

14. Distribution of obscene/pornographic material

 

 

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