Our Code of Conduct

Our Vision

Our vision is to foster academic excellence and develop social and extra-curricular growth, which challenges learners and educators to realise their full potential in a secure and caring environment, with the support of the community.

We strive for excellence in all that we do that is of direct benefit to our learners. We realise also that we have to stay relevant and adapt realistically to changing times and circumstances, though without ever condoning what is clearly either wrong or harmful.

Our Mission

To fulfill our Vision by:

  • Facing the challenges which change presents.
  • Updating and improving the learning environment on an ongoing basis.
  • Setting and maintaining high standards in all spheres of school life.
  • Equipping learners with the necessary entrepreneurial and life skills to fulfil their role as responsible and productive members of a healthy society.
  • Inculcating an acceptable value system, which includes honesty, respect, tolerance, self discipline, commitment and good manners.
  • Promoting a culture of reading and research.
  • Embracing technology and seeking to use its possibilities and opportunities to enrich and enhance learning and the learning environment.
  • Maintaining a happy, safe and dynamic teaching environment.
  • Promoting the right of teachers to teach and learners to learn.
  • Realising that we are a community, yet acknowledging and appreciating difference and diversity.
  • Creating opportunities within a holistic, affordable education for the development of the learner\’s full potential academically, culturally, spiritually and in sport.
  • Providing avenues for learners to express and shape their opinions responsibly with regard to the governance of the school.
  • Maintaining a vibrant, dynamic and contented staff team.
  • Developing co ownership and accountability among all stakeholders and encouraging maximum parental support and involvement.
  • Promoting the care of school buildings and other facilities.
  • A sense of pride in BRAND ME and BRAND HENSHILWOOD.

We are committed to ensuring progressive discipline that is:
• Fair
• Reasonable
• Appropriate
• Immediate
• Acceptable and humane
• Consistent
• Followed up/checked
• Clearly explained to the learner.

Discipline will be corrective as well as restorative and its aim will be to effect a positive change in attitude and behaviour. Discipline will be carried out in a mature and altruistic manner and will always take the rights of the child into consideration. Discipline will always be applied justly in line with the Bill of Rights of Children and The South African Schools’ Act 84 of 1996.

Whenever necessary, parents/guardians will be kept informed. The school relies on the sound judgement of parents/guardians in supporting it when it has to impose corrective measures. It should be borne in mind that the child\’s account of the circumstances can be one sided and we recommend that parents/guardians contact the Grade Head to gain clarity on any aspect of discipline.

How to Promote Good Discipline Amongst Leaners

Educators respond well to…

  • … good, non disruptive behaviour, good interactions, well presented work, a learner who does his/her best, is honest, tries hard, has a positive attitude, perseveres and always attempts to do extra work.
  • … all this brings out the best in educators and help to build strong, healthy relationships.

Educators can show their appreciation by…

  • Praising learners;
  • Awarding learners with a positive letter for very good work performance in relation to ability;
  • Sending learners with his/her book to the Grade Head/Deputy Principal/Principal.

You have the right to be treated with respect.

You have the responsibility to treat all members of the school community with respect, kindness and dignity; to greet each other, members of staff and visitors to the school; to be polite and well mannered; not to use racist, sexist or offensive language and not to tease, bully or humiliate other members of this community either behind their backs, publicly face-to-face or in cyber space.

You have the right to a good education.

You have the responsibility to carry out all of your teachers’ instructions, work hard, meet all your commitments, be on time for lessons and school activities and hand in all CAPS assessments on time.

You have the right to be part of a school that has a good name.

You have a responsibility to protect the good name of the school and promote the brand at all times.

You have the right to work in an environment that is clean and well maintained.

You have a responsibility to look after all the school’s facilities and equipment and to keep the school clean and tidy. You will not graffiti any surface.

You have the right to be part of a law-abiding community.

You have a responsibility to follow the school rules and the law of the country, to encourage others to do the same and to take a stand against those members of our community who break the rules and the law.  You thus have the responsibility to report those who are guilty of misconduct.

You have the right to be part of a caring community.

You have the responsibility to show respect for Almighty God and to behave in accordance with the principles espoused by your religion and held in common with other religions.

If learners focus on what is good and positive they will enjoy NH and find it a rewarding experience, and are likely to make a success of school and achieve their goals. This, in turn, will make high school a memorable and happy time in their lives.

Purpose of Discipline

• To instil socially acceptable values and attitudes.
• To develop self discipline.
• To develop responsibility.
• Balance the rights and responsibilities debate.
• To ensure a co operative ethos.
• To correct undesirable behaviour/practice.
• To instil a sense of social order.

Punishment must be fair, corrective and educative (restorative justice).

Rights & Responsibilities

In order to protect the good name of the school and to ensure that the vision for each child is promoted, it is essential that all learners ensure that the rights and responsibilities of their peers (and themselves), as outlined below, are reflected in the way that they conduct themselves on a daily basis.

Non-Negotiables

  1. Attend school regularly and be punctual. Truancy is not allowed.
  2. Arrive at school ready to do and complete all work set by the educators.
  3. Do not chew gum during the school day.
  4. Do not eat in class.
  5. Do not disrupt the learning process.
  6. Do not have correction fluid (Tippex) in your possession.
  7. Wear the correct uniform and be neat in appearance.
  8. Greet all adults (teachers, workers, parents, visitors).
  9. Do not litter or vandalise.
  10. Do not \’tag\’ graffiti onto desks, walls or other physical building structures.
  11. Do not steal.
  12. Do not engage in physical bullying, fighting, verbal or sexual abuse.

 

  1. Do not have in your possession, use or sell cigarettes, alcohol or other harmful drugs while in school uniform or in any context in which you may be identified as a learner of NHHS.
  2. Do not leave money or valuables unattended (even in a school bag) as the school can in no way be held responsible for losses incurred.
  3. Do not bring to school, use or have in your possession any form of weapon or instrument which can be regarded as dangerous (including fire works).
  4. Do not bring to school, or have in your possession, any electronic devices which have been created to play music (e.g.: iPods)
  5. Do not commit acts of plagiarism.
  6. Do not use ICT tablets during classroom time for any other purpose but for learning.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Norman Henshilwood High School seeks to provide a safe, secure learning environment for all and does not tolerate bullying. All members of the school community are expected to base their behaviour on respect for others, regardless of difference in age, status, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Definition of Bullying

Bullying is a deliberate attempt to hurt, ridicule, torment, threaten, frighten or intimidate someone. Bullying is the misuse of power by an individual or a group. Bullying can be mental, physical, verbal and/or psychological in nature.

Important to Note

    • The contents of this policy must be addressed in the Grade 8 Life Orientation programme by June of each year. Learners joining the school in any other grade are expected to acquaint themselves with the contents of this policy and to ask their Life Orientation teacher, Grade Head or the School Counsellor should they need clarity on any issue contained in it.
    • All forms of bullying should be reported. A learner may report a case of bullying to the Principal, Deputy Principal, Grade Head, an Educator, School Council member, Peer Counsellor or Counsellor.
    • All forms of bullying should be reported. A learner may report a case of bullying to the Principal, Deputy Principal, Grade Head, Educator, School Councillor, Peer Educator or School Counsellor.  A learner may also report bullying on the school’s Anonymous App.  All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
    • Peer Counsellors, Life Orientation Teachers and the School’s Counsellors will be available to assist both the victim/s and perpetrator/s.
    • Records of bullying will be kept on the learner’s personal file.
    • Consequences for bullying are listed in the “Discipline System” section of this Code of Conduct.
    • An Anti-Bullying Campaign will be held annually.

Protocol to Dealing with Bullying

  • Once the incident of bullying has been reported, the Grade Head and/or Deputy Principal will meet with the victim to establish what has been taking place. This meeting should ideally include the parents of the victim, however if the parents have granted permission, the Grade Head and/or Deputy Principal may meet with victim on his/her own.
  • This meeting to clarify the events and also to ensure that the victim understands and is comfortable with the action that the school will take in dealing with the matter and to ensure that the victim will not be placed at further risk.
  • The Grade Head and/or Deputy Principal will then meet with the perpetrator to hear his/her side of the story, to address the matter at hand and to ensure that the bullying behaviour stops immediately. Sanction will be according to the NHHS Code of Conduct.
  • Should the incident warrant a Disciplinary Hearing with the School Governing Body, the matter will be escalated to that level.
  • The parents of the perpetrator will be informed of the allegation and be offered the opportunity to be present at the meeting with the perpetrator.
  • In the event of the allegations of the victim and the explanation of the perpetrator being at odds, the investigating SMT member will mediate a meeting of the two parties concerned.
  • The parents of the victim and the perpetrator will be kept appraised of the school’s actions and approach at all times, without contravening the confidentiality of personal information regarding either child or family.
  • NHHS reserves the right to call a conference of the victim’s and perpetrator’s parents.
  • The same principles and procedures apply when bullying is reported in the anonymous app.
  • To maintain a peaceful environment and prevent any further altercation, a no contact agreement will be signed between both parties.

PREAMBLE

Our vision is to foster academic excellence and develop social and extra-curricular growth, which challenges learners and educators to realise their full potential in a secure and caring environment, with the support of the community.

We strive for excellence in all that we do that is of direct benefit to our learners.  We realise also that we have to stay relevant and adapt realistically to changing times and circumstances, though without ever condoning what is clearly either wrong or harmful.

OUR MISSION IS TO DO THIS BY …

  • facing the challenges which change presents
  • updating and improving the learning environment on an ongoing basis
  • setting and maintaining high standards in all spheres of school life
  • equipping learners with the necessary entrepreneurial and life skills to fulfil their role as responsible and productive members of a healthy society
  • inculcating an acceptable value system, which includes honesty, respect, tolerance, self-discipline, commitment and good manners
  • promoting a culture of reading and research
  • embracing technology and seeking to use its possibilities and opportunities to enrich and enhance learning and the learning environment
  • maintaining a happy, safe and dynamic teaching environment
  • promoting the right of teachers to teach and learners to learn
  • realising that we are a community, yet acknowledging and appreciating difference and diversity
  • creating opportunities within a holistic, affordable education for the development of the learner’s full potential academically, culturally, spiritually and in sport
  • providing avenues for learners to express and shape their opinions responsibly with regard to the governance of the school
  • maintaining a vibrant, dynamic and contented staff team
  • developing co-ownership and accountability among all stakeholders and encouraging maximum parental support and involvement
  • promoting the care of school buildings and other facilities
  • fostering a sense of pride in the school

PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE

(Circular 18/2012 dated 23 May 2012) as promulgated in Provincial Gazette Extraordinary 6939.

We are committed to ensuring progressive discipline that is:

  • FAIR
  • REASONABLE
  • APPROPRIATE
  • IMMEDIATE
  • ACCEPTABLE AND HUMANE
  • CONSISTENT
  • FOLLOWED UP/CHECKED
  • CLEARLY EXPLAINED TO THE LEARNER

Discipline will be corrective and its aim will be to effect a positive change in attitude and behaviour. Discipline will be carried out in a mature and altruistic manner and will always take the rights of the child into consideration. Discipline will always be applied justly in line with the Bill of Rights of Children and The South African Schools’ Act 84 of 1996.

Whenever necessary, parents/guardians will be kept informed. The school relies on the sound judgement of parents/guardians in supporting it when it has to impose corrective measures. It should be borne in mind that the child’s account of the circumstances can be one-sided and we recommend that parents/guardians contact the Grade Head to gain clarity on any aspect of discipline.

HOW TO PROMOTE GOOD DISCIPLINE AMONGST NHHS LEARNERS:

Teachers respond well to…

  • Good, non-disruptive behaviour, good interactions, well presented work, a learner who does his/her best, is honest, tries hard, has a positive attitude, perseveres and always attempts to do extra work.
  • All this brings out the best in educators and help to build strong, healthy relationships.

Teachers can show their appreciation by…

  • praising you;
  • awarding you a merit or a positive letter for very good work performance in relation to your ability;
  • sending you with your book to the Grade Head/Deputy Principal/Principal

If you concentrate on what is good and positive, you will enjoy NHHS and find it a rewarding experience, and are likely to make a success of school and achieve your goals. This, in turn, will make high school a memorable and happy time in your life.

PURPOSE OF DISCIPLINE

  • To instil socially acceptable values and attitudes
  • To develop self-discipline
  • To develop responsibility
  • Balance the rights and responsibilities debate
  • To ensure a co-operative ethos
  • To correct undesirable behaviour/practice
  • To instil a sense of social order

Punishment must be fair, corrective and educative (restorative justice).

In order to protect the good name of the school and ensure the smooth running of NHHS, it is essential for all of us to make sure that the rights and responsibilities of pupils, as outlined below, are reflected in the way we conduct ourselves on a daily basis.

RIGHTSRESPONSIBILITIES
You have the right to be treated with respect.You have the responsibility to treat all members of the school community with respect, kindness and dignity; to greet each other, members of staff and visitors to the school; to be polite and well mannered; not to use racist or offensive language and not to tease, bully or humiliate other members of this community.
You have the right to a good education.You have the responsibility to carry out all of your teachers’ instructions, work hard, meet all your commitments, be on time for lessons and school activities and hand in all assignments on time.
You have the right to be part of a school that has a good name.You have a responsibility to protect the good name of the school, wear the correct school uniform, ensure that your appearance is neat, your shoes are polished, etc.
You have the right to work in an environment that is clean and well maintained.You have a responsibility to look after all the school’s facilities and equipment and to keep the school clean and tidy.
You have the right to be part of a law-abiding community.You have a responsibility to follow the school rules and the law of the country, to encourage others to do the same and to take a stand against those members of our community who break the rules and the law.  You thus have the responsibility to report those who are guilty of misconduct.
You have the right to be part of a caring community.You have the responsibility to show respect for God and to behave in accordance with the principles espoused by your religion and held in common with other religions.

There are certain aspects of learners’ behaviour, talk and conduct that will not be accepted under any circumstances at NHHS.  Learners will be held to account for transgressing at any time.

  1. Attend school regularly and be punctual. Truancy is not allowed.
  1. Arrive at school ready to do and complete all work set by the educators.
  1. Do not chew gum during the school day.
  1. Do not eat in class.
  1. Do not disrupt the learning process.
  1. Do not have correction fluid (Tippex) in your possession.
  1. Wear the correct uniform and be neat in appearance.
  1. Greet all adults (teachers, workers, parents, visitors).
  1. Do not litter or vandalise.
  1. Do not ‘tag’ graffiti onto desks, walls or other physical building structures.
  1. Do not steal.
  1. Do not engage in physical bullying, fighting, verbal or sexual abuse.
  1. Do not have in your possession, use or sell cigarettes, alcohol or other harmful drugs while in school uniform or in any context in which you may be identified as a learner of NHHS.
  1. Do not leave money or valuables unattended (even in a school bag) as the school can in no way be held responsible for losses incurred.
  1. Do not bring to school, use or have in your possession any form of weapon or instrument which can be regarded as dangerous (including fire-works).
  1. Do not bring to school, or have in your possession, any electronic multi-media device for the purpose of playing or listening to music (e.g.: CD players (portable or otherwise), cellphones, Juke boxes, iPods etc.)

Norman Henshilwood High School seeks to provide a safe, secure learning environment for all and does not tolerate bullying.  All members of the school community are expected to base their behaviour on respect for others, regardless of difference in age, status, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

DEFINITION OF BULLYING:

Bullying is a deliberate attempt to hurt, ridicule, torment, threaten, frighten or intimidate someone.  Bullying is the misuse of power by an individual or a group.  Bullying can be mental, physical, verbal and/or psychological in nature.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:

  1. The contents of this policy must be addressed in the Grade 8 Life Orientation programme by June of each year.  Learners joining the school in any other grade are expected to acquaint themselves with the contents of this policy and to ask their Life Orientation teacher, Grade Head or the School Counsellor should they need clarity on any issue contained in it.
  1. All forms of bullying should be reported. A learner may report a case of bullying to the Principal, Deputy Principal, Grade Head, Educator, School Councillor, Peer Educator or School Counsellor.  A learner may also report bullying on the school’s Anonymous App.  All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
  1. Life Orientation Teachers and the School Counsellor will be available to assist both the victim/s and perpetrator/s.
  1. Records of bullying will be kept on the learner’s personal file.
  1. Consequences for bullying are listed in the “Discipline System” section of this Code of Conduct.
  1. An Anti-Bullying Campaign will be held annually.

PROTOCOL TO DEAL WITH BULLYING:

  1. Once the incident of bullying has been reported, the Grade Head or school counsellor and/or Deputy Principal will meet with the victim to establish what has been taking place.  This meeting should ideally include the parents of the victim, however if the parents have granted permission, the Grade Head or School Counsellor and/or Deputy Principal may meet with victim on his/her own.
  2. This meeting to clarify the events and also to ensure that the victim understands and is comfortable with the action that the school will take in dealing with the matter and to ensure that the victim will not be placed at further risk.
  3. The Grade Head/School Counsellor/or Deputy Principal will then meet with the perpetrator to hear his/her side of the story, to address the matter at hand and to ensure that the bullying behaviour stops immediately.  Sanction will be meted out according to NHHS Code of Conduct.
  4. Should the incident warrant a Disciplinary Hearing with the School Governing Body, the matter will be escalated to that level.
  5. The parents of the perpetrator will be informed of the allegation and be offered the opportunity to be present at the meeting with the perpetrator.
  6. In the event of the allegations of the victim and the explanation of the perpetrator being at odds, the investigating Management Team Member will mediate a meeting of the two parties concerned.
  7. The parents of the victim and the perpetrator will be kept appraised of the school’s actions and approach at all times, without contravening the confidentiality of personal information regarding either child or family.
  8. NHHS reserves the right to call a conference with the victim and perpetrator parents.
  9. The same principles and procedures apply when bullying is reported in the anonymous app.
  10. To maintain a peaceful environment and prevent any further altercation, a no contact agreement will be signed between both parties.

EXAMPLES OF TYPICAL BULLYING BEHAVIOUR (Bullying includes, but is not limited to):

PHYSICAL BULLYING:

  • Minor assault which includes prodding, poking, tripping.
  • Offensive physical gestures.
  • Deliberate damage to property of others.
  • Major assault such as hitting, kicking, pulling hair, scratching, punching, using a weapon of any nature; acting either as a one-on-one or as a group against an individual or another group.

VERBAL AND WRITTEN BULLYING:

  • Name-calling, taunting aimed at ridiculing, humiliating or belittling someone, including remarks which can be construed as mocking of or offensive to race, disability, sexual orientation, age, status, appearance, religion or gender.
  • Teasing which can be construed as humiliating and/or embarrassing.
  • Spreading or malicious rumours and false information and rumours which are designed to mock, humiliate, ridicule and/or belittle.
  • Sending of bullying text messages, notes and/or letters.
  • Threatening behaviour and intimidation of others.

PSYCHOLOGICAL (SILENT) BULLYING:

  • Isolating/ostracizing a learner in any way, rejection by a group of a learner, threatening looks, refusal to work with any learner/s in a group activity.
  • Intentionally placing a learner in an uncomfortable position.
  • Being a bystander who, in any way, encourages or supports the actions of the bully, without intervening.
  • Intimidating or threatening another learner in any way to use or borrow their possessions or money.

CYBER BULLYING:

  • Circulating material which humiliates or embarrasses another via electronic format, posters, photographs, graffiti or other means (e.g. blogging, FaceBook, Twitter or any other Social Media Site).
  • Posting insulting and/or derogatory comments on another’s wall, photos, etc. On FaceBook, Twitter or any other social media web-site.
  • Stealing passwords from another learner or from a staff member and then impersonating that individual or group in communication with others.
  • Sending degrading, threatening, pornographic, pictures via the Internet, e-mail or cellular telephone.
  • Signing another individual up for e-mail, IM Marketing Lists, pornographic sites, etc. without that person’s permission.
  • Creating hate groups and/or bogus profile pages on behalf of another person, without that person’s permission.
  • Internet polling.
  • Creating websites specifically aimed at socially isolating, maligning, embarrassing, intimidating or threatening someone else.

South Africa’s youth is faced with a growing epidemic, one that will affect them all in the coming years.  Due to the increase in infection rates, learners and educators with HIV/AIDS will increasingly form part of the school population.  More and more children who acquire HIV pre-natally will, with better medical care, reach school-going age and attend primary and possibly, high school.  Also, indications that young people are sexually active, means that increasing numbers of learners attending schools might be infected (although recent evidence indicates a stabilisation in infections).  Although the possibility is remote, recipients of infected blood products may also be present at our school.

PRINCIPLE:  All people (learners, staff and general assistants) should be treated as potentially HIV+ and their blood and body fluids as such.

RIGHTS:

  • No discrimination will be tolerated.
  • Decisions must be made in the best interests of the child and the school.
  • No learner may be tested to be admitted to the school.
  • No learner may be denied admission to the school on the grounds that s/he is HIV +.
  • No educator may refuse to teach a child who is HIV +.
  • No educator may be denied the right to teach or to be promoted on account of his/her HIV/AIDS status. HIV/AIDS status may not be used as a reason to dismiss an educator, nor for refusing to conclude, or renew, an educator’s employment contract (whether they are employed by the WCED or SGB).
  • A learner who has HIV/AIDS:
  • Has the right to schooling.
  • Has the right to attend school as long as s/he is able to and there is no risk to others.
  • Has the right to be taught at home when s/he is unable to attend school anymore. It is the teacher’s duty to give work to be studied at home.

UNAUTHORISED DISCLOSURE OF HIV/AIDS-RELATED INFORMATION COULD GIVE RISE TO LEGAL LIABILITY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF LEARNERS, EDUCATORS AND PARENTS:

Ideally, all educators should be able to educate on issues relevant to HIV/AIDS.

Learners need to know:

  1. Never to touch open sores, wounds, blood or lesions.
  2. Always cover all sores, lesions, wounds and cuts with a plaster or other non-porous waterproof dressing.
  3. How the HIV/AIDS virus is transmitted and acquired, especially the role of sex, drugs and fighting (scratching and biting).
  4. First Aid principles when dealing with blood.
  5. How to behave towards people infected with HIV/AIDS.
  6. Accurate information about HIV/AIDS.
  7. That they can and should make use of health-care and support services               in their communities.

Parents need to know:

  1. What the school’s HIV/AIDS policy is.
  2. When any inoculation is scheduled at the school.
  3. What educational programmes are taught relevant to HIV/AIDS.

SAFETY ISSUES:

Precaution:  Treat all persons as potentially infected. HIV/AIDS cannot be transmitted through saliva, sweat, tears, urine, handshaking, communal bath water, toilets, food or drinking water …

BUT

if any of these are contaminated with blood, it must be treated as potentially infected. Dangerous situations involve open wounds, lesions, sores, grazes, nose bleeds, cuts and any other breaks in the skin.

UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS:

Always wear protective latex gloves when dealing with blood or suspicious substances.  Emergency treatment must continue (with utmost caution) if gloves are not available.

  • Blood on skin: use water and disinfectant immediately.
  • Blood on face: wash face with running water for three minutes.
  • Blood on wounds: use water and disinfect immediately.
  • Blood on area: wash with fresh, strong bleach – use latex gloves.
  • Blood on clothes: put in a plastic bag and incinerate or send to a disposal firm.
  • Blood on instruments: wash and place in a strong bleach solution for one hour before drying and re-using.

SPORT:

  • No learner may participate in sport with an open sore, wound, lesion or break in the skin.
  • If an injury occurs during play, the player must leave the field of play and be treated as prescribed.
  • Bloodied clothing must be changed and disposed of as prescribed.
  • All educators are to have medical kits at sports events.
  • Children who have HIV/AIDS must seek medical counselling before participating in sport.
  • Coaches have the responsibility to educate players about the connection between HIV/AIDS and sport.

EDUCATION PROGRAMMES:

  • The school will pursue and maintain an exhaustive HIV/AIDS education programme.
  • The school will align itself with National HIV/AIDS policy.
  • As far as possible, Non-Governmental Organisational assistance will be called upon to provide HIV/AIDS training to staff members and workshops for learners (in so far as the N.G.O. aligns itself with government policy).
  • HIV/AIDS education will, in Grades 8 and 9, be catered for as part of a programme organiser within the context of a curricular learning area (e.g. Human and Social Sciences, Life Orientation, etc.).
  • The “Sexual Awareness Programme” will be provided to Grade 8 and 9 pupils (an N.G.O. initiative in consultation with the school).
  • In Grades 10, 11 and 12 HIV/AIDS awareness and education will form part of the Life Orientation curriculum.

POSITION STATEMENT ON ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS:

It is the aim of the school’s policy on drugs and alcohol that all members of the school community (students, parents, staff and the Governing Body) convey by their actions and teachings that they do not condone the inappropriate use of alcohol or other drugs.

School policy opposes both the inappropriate use of legal drugs and the possession or use of prohibited substances. This policy is applicable:

  • on school premises;
  • at or during functions, excursions or any other activity organised by the school;
  • when members of the school community are representing the school;
  • whenever members of the school community can be identified as such;
  • when the effects of use or abuse are noticeable at school or school functions or when representing the school or identifiable as a member of the school community or affect in any way the performance or school life of a member of the school.

The school does not permit learners to indulge in:

  • the use of prohibited substances;
  • the inappropriate use of either prescribed or non-prescribed medicines;
  • the inappropriate use of solvents, inhalants, and/or other chemical agents;
  • the consumption of alcoholic beverages;
  • the smoking of tobacco and other drugs;
  • the possession of drug-related paraphernalia such as cigarette papers, pipes, etc;
  • any form of behaviour resulting in their being under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs.
  • The consequences of breaching these requirements could include any or all of the following:
  • drawing up of a contract between all parties;
  • appropriate disciplinary and/or rehabilitative action relative to the breach;
  • suspension or expulsion of learner.

POLICY:

NHHS adopts an approach to drug/alcohol related issues which is restorative and supportive rather than purely punitive.  While the school accepts the view that chemical dependency is a primary, chronic and progressive illness, it holds that substance abuse is an unacceptable practice and that the concept of a healthy, drug-free life should at all times be propagated and encouraged.

Realism nevertheless requires that it should be our policy not to condemn but to support those who need help in these areas, and should in the first instance attempt to do it in such a way that it will not necessarily endanger their school careers.  Within this context we accept:

  • that we are part of a greater community;
  • that we are in partnership with parents/guardians to ensure the best for their children;
  • that a wide variety of addictive or habit-forming substances, both legal and illegal, are available within our community;
  • that substance abuse is detrimental to humans on various levels;
  • that our children are exposed to such substances through various channels;
  • that we have to equip our young people to be less vulnerable to substance abuse and better able to deal with life and its challenges;
  • that our children, parents and teachers are not always equipped with sufficient information to combat the ills of substance abuse.

In cases where the learner and parents do not wish to make use of help offered to them, the school will have no choice but to take whatever action it feels necessary, not excluding expulsion or the pressing of criminal charges.

Acceptance of the content of this document is a prerequisite for acceptance in to the school.

PREVENTION:

The school undertakes to:

  • present prevention and information sessions to learners and parents/guardians as deemed necessary;
  • make information and training available to teachers;
  • involve outside organisations and individuals as part of a team approach;
  • support the founding of positive peer groups;
  • evaluate this policy and adapt it, if and when necessary, in accordance with changing circumstances and conditions;
  • support a healthy, drug-free life through word and deed;
  • develop and implement a Learner Support Programme.

Parents/guardians will of necessity be expected to participate in and to contribute financially towards these initiatives.

SUBSTANCE USE:

The use of any mood-altering or habit-forming substance, without a doctor’s certificate, is strictly forbidden:

  • on school premises;
  • at all functions, excursions or any other activity organised by the school;
  • when members of the school community are representing the school;
  • whenever members of the school community can be identified as such;
  • when the effects of use or abuse are noticeable at school or school functions or when representing the school or when the learner is identifiable as a member of the school community.

Note:  The school reserves the right to take action according to policy and procedure if a learner’s substance abuse outside school influences their academic achievements, behaviour, attendance, etc.

DEALING IN DRUGS:

Dealing in drugs is a criminal offence and is strictly forbidden.

Note: If any learner is suspected of using or possessing, or is caught with or dealing in, illegal drugs, the school will investigate further and reserves the right to refer the matter to the authorities (The South African Narcotics Abuse Bureau, the South African Police, etc.), after which the normal legal process will take its course.

Each case will be assessed on merit and considered individually within the framework of the policy and procedures.  Every case will be dealt with confidentially but parents/guardians will be informed and involved.

Isolated individual symptoms and unsubstantiated rumours will not be considered as reliable indicators of substance abuse, but a pattern of indicators (a decrease in school achievements, lack of willingness to participate in school activities, changes in attitude and behaviour, etc.) will be investigated and handled in accordance with the school’s code of conduct.  Rumours with supporting evidence will also be investigated.

Note: This is not a process of victimisation but an honest attempt to identify at an early stage a learner in crisis.

Selected staff, who will be specifically trained in this area, will undertake the investigations and call in other experts and professionals, whenever necessary.

Parents/guardians will need to accept responsibility for any expenses incurred during a drug/alcohol-related incident (assessment, screening, treatment, therapy, outside programmes, medical attention, etc,) unless alternative arrangements have been made with the school.

A contract will be drawn up between all affected parties. This contract will include measures such as:

  • the treatment options as determined by all relevant parties;
  • that screening (urine or any other method determined by the school) may be carried out on an ad hoc basis. (The control of such screening is the responsibility of the school;  the cost is the responsibility of the parent/guardian);
  • that the learner is expected to improve behaviour, achievements, etc;
  • that the parent/guardian authorises the treatment and also permits any institution, therapist or caregiver, if relevant, to furnish the school with progress reports;
  • that the content of the contract can be adapted after negotiation with the affected parties;
  • that if the parent/guardian and/or learner take it upon themselves to stop treatment, the school will consider the contract suspended, and the learner may be required to leave the school;
  • that the school reserves the right to recommend that, if it is in the interest of the learner and/or the school, such learner is referred elsewhere to complete his/her education.

RANDOM SEARCHES AND SEIZURES:

Where a staff member in authority reasonably suspects that a learner has a prohibited substance in his or her possession, an appointed nominee (which may include the police or a specialised security organization) may search that learner’s possessions. Should such a search be necessary, it will occur in the presence of the learner concerned, a person of his/her choice in support, and a second adult witness.  Refer to section 8(a) SASA (South African Schools Act).

DRUG TESTING:

Where a staff member reasonably suspects that a learner is under the influence of a prohibited substance the learner will be referred to the office for drug testing.  Circular 23/2009 will be followed.  This circular can be perused on the following website:  http://wced.wcape.gov.za/circulars

Note:  This should not be seen as a process of victimisation but an honest attempt to identify a young person who may be moving into addiction, which is a primary, chronic and progressive illness.

DEFINITIONS:

Drugs: A drug is commonly defined as any substance which changes the normal way in which the body or mind functions.

Readily available drugs include:

  • tranquilisers, prescribed and over-the-counter medicines;
  • tobacco and alcohol;
  • solvents, petrol, adhesives, chemical agents, etc;
  • illegal drugs such as cannabis, LSD, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines; ecstasy, mandrax, “tik” etc.

Dealing:         Selling, exchanging, swapping, supplying, distributing, trading, etc

Our School Rules and Regulations form a very important part of this Code of Conduct and are an extension of it.

PLEASE NOTE:  We do not view our School rules as absolutes, but clearly distinguish between what is negotiable and what is non-negotiable. They are reviewed annually and only those, which are necessary for the maintenance of the high standards we demand, are retained.

  1. OUT OF BOUNDS

1.1       Learners may not be found in the following areas unless specifically directed or supervised by a member of staff:

  • William J. Slater Hall, classrooms, all Laboratories, Staff Lounges (either on Main or West Campus), School Council Room.
  • Tennis courts, basketball courts, swimming pool area.
  • Driveway and car park.
  • Cricket pitch and Cricket nets.
  • Corridors, hall, laboratories and classrooms during break.
  1. MOVEMENT ABOUT THE SCHOOL

2.1       On arrival and departure learners must use the tarred pathways to prevent the destruction of grassed areas.

2.2       Learners must move quickly and in an orderly manner before school, when changing classes, before and after breaks.

2.3       Single file and keep left in the corridors and on the stairs.

2.4       Consultation with staff in the office area is via the glass-sliding window unless learners have been asked to see a Grade Head, the Deputy or the Principal.

2.5       Loitering in the toilets and corridors is not allowed.

2.6       Loitering outside the library, computer room, dance studio, drama room and toilets is not allowed.

  1. LINING UP FOR ASSEMBLY AND FOR CLASS

3.1       Before Assembly, the respective grades assemble in their allotted areas.

3.2       After the second bell silence is expected.

3.3       Nobody may talk during assemblies.

3.4       No book cases may be brought into the hall.

3.5       No learner is allowed to attend assembly without the NHHS blazer being worn.

3.6       Learners are to line up outside the relevant class before each lesson.

3.7       Only enter a classroom upon the teacher’s instruction.

  1. BOOK CASES AND BOOKS

4.1       Learners must use navy blue or black book bags (plain) only (No branded bags)

4.2       NHHS tog bags are to be used for sports kit only.

4.3        Book cases and tog bags may not be decorated nor have graffiti written on them. The learner’s name must be written clearly on the inside.

4.4       All textbooks must be covered with durable plastic.

4.5        No books may be decorated in what is considered by the staff or the School Council to be unsuitable.

  1. UNIFORM MATTERS

5.1        En route to school and en route home the school uniform must be worn correctly.

5.2        The complete school uniform must also be worn if instructed to do so when attending a function.

5.3       Learners may not wear part of the uniform with civilian dress.

5.4        School sports’ clothes are considered to be uniform and may be worn when travelling to play in a school match as per the instructions of the teacher-in-charge.

5.5        Learners must take pride in their uniform and ensure that it is neat, clean and in good repair.  No graffiti or writing of any kind, or with any substance, may appear on the school or sports’ uniform.

5.6        In the event of incorrect or lost items of uniform, a letter of explanation from a parent/guardian is to be given to the Home Room Teacher.  The Home Room Teacher will read the letter, and issue him with a uniform irregularity form and indicate the date by which the situation should be corrected. The period of exemption is reflected on the letter and each case will be evaluated on merit.

5.7        T-Shirts, cycling shorts or any other clothing item may not be visible underneath the school uniform.

5.8        Raincoats Navy blue branded windbreaker or Plain navy or Black rain Jacket (Only on rainy days)

GIRLS’ SUMMER UNIFORM

Blazer – Cherry Red

Dress – Blue Check

Socks – White ankle

Shoes – Black Baby-Doll Style

Jersey – Worn with NHHS logo

*** Blazer is compulsory

*** Jersey may not be worn

GIRLS’ WINTER UNIFORM

Blazer – Cherry Red with NHHS badge

Jersey – Maroon with NHHS logo

Tie – School

Skirt – Grey

Shirt – White (long sleeved, no button

down collar)

Shoes – Black Baby-Doll Style

Stockings – Black nylon or woollen

Gloves – Navy Blue Fleece (School issue)

Scarf – Navy Blue Fleece (School issue)

Beanie – Navy Blue Fleece (School issue)

Raincoat – Navy Blue Windbreaker or

black school issued windbreaker.

*** Tie and Blazer is compulsory

BOYS’ SUMMER UNIFORM

Shirt – White with embroidered school badge

(short-sleeved, no button-down collar)

Blazer – Cherry Red

Socks – Grey

Trousers – Grey (check colour at stockists,

black belt, no ornate buckles)

Shoes – Black Lace-Up Leather Bata Toughees

or Grasshoppers (No suede shoes)

*** Blazer is compulsory

*** Jersey may not be worn

BOYS’ WINTER UNIFORM

Blazer – Cherry Red with NHHS badge

Jersey – Maroon with NHHS logo

Tie – School

Shirt – White (long-sleeved, no button

down collar)

Socks – Grey

Trousers – Grey (check colour at

stockists, black belt, no ornate buckles)

Shoes – Black Lace-Up Leather Bata

Toughees  or Grasshoppers (No

suede shoes)

Gloves – Navy Blue Fleece (School issue)

Raincoat – Navy Blue or black school

issued  windbreaker(branded or Plain navy

or black raincoat)

Scarf – Navy Blue Fleece (School issue)

Beanie – Navy Blue Fleece (School issue)

*** Tie and blazer is compulsory

  • Only Matric boys may wear the “Matric” tie in Summer. All other boys are to wear the official NHHS Summer shirt without a tie.
  • The Matric Badge, Matric Jersey/Jacket and Matric Tie are allowed to be worn by matric learners only and only for the duration of their matric year. (All these items of school wear are optional)
  • The braided cherry red Honours blazer or silver braided navy blue Honours blazer or gold braided navy blue Honours blazer may be worn only by learners on whom Honours have been officially conferred
  1. GENERAL APPEARANCE OF LEARNERS:

6.1       Hair and Jewellery Regulations

6.1.1    Boys

6.1.1.1 Hair not to extend beyond the back collar or over ears. Hair must always be neat and tidy. Long hair must be tied up. Braids are allowed but must be tied up if long.

6.1.1.2 No sideburns beyond the middle of the ear.

6.1.1.3 Clean-shaven at all times

6.1.1.4 Jewellery confined to a single wristwatch, a Medic-Alert disc and official school badges.

6.1.1.5             Facial and body piercings may not carry any form of earring, stopper, brush bristle or any kind of retainer.

  • Stretching of the ear lobe is prohibited.

6.1.2    Girls

6.1.2.1             Hair to be tied up firmly if at shoulder length with navy blue or black elastics, navy blue or black scrunchies, navy blue or black hair pins only, as soon as it reaches the shoulder. Braids are allowed but must be tied up if at shoulder length.

6.1.2.2             Girls are allowed to wear navy blue or black, plastic alice bands.  No other hair bands are allowed to be worn around the head.

6.1.2.3             Wearing of jewellery is confined to a single wristwatch, a Medic-Alert disc, official school badges and one pair of small plain silver or gold earrings (studs or sleepers only) in the bottom hole.

6.1.2.4             Facial and body piercings may not carry any form of earring, stopper, brush bristle or any kind of retainer.

6.1.2.5             Stretching of the ear lobe is prohibited.

6.1.3    General (Boys and Girls)

6.1.3.1             Steps and undercuts are not permitted.

6.1.3.2             Fading with moderation is permitted.

6.1.3.3             Hair may be coloured to enhance the natural colour of the learner’s hair.  However, hair may not be coloured, colour rinsed, tinted, highlighted or dyed in any way that is vastly different to the learner’s natural hair colour.  Obvious highlights are not allowed; peroxide or any other bleaching agent is not permitted.

6.1.3.4             Use of any artificial substances (e.g. gel, mousse, conditioner, or any such items) is permitted within reason and is to be done with discretion.

6.1.3.5             Facial and body piercings may not carry any form of earring, stopper, brush bristle or any kind of retainer.

6.1.3.6             No make-up of any kind is allowed.

6.1.3.7             Nails must be short and well cared for.   Girls may only wear transparent, colourless nail-polish.

6.1.3.8             Tattoos must be covered at all times and must not be visible when school uniform is worn.

6.2        There is to be no deviation from the afore-mentioned regulations during extra-curricular participation.

6.3       Boys must wear their black, leather belt with their school pants.

6.4        While the school will endeavour to safely keep confiscated items until collected by the learner, NHHS bears no responsibility for the loss thereof.

6.5        Learners are not allowed to cut any part of their school uniform unless done by a professional dress-maker or tailor in order to alter the size of the uniform.

6.6       Girls may not use safety pins to alter the look of the school skirts and dresses.

6.7        Unless a concession is specifically made by the Principal, learners are to wear full school uniform whenever they are present at school, (during and after normal school hours) or travelling to and from school.

  1. CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOUR OF LEARNERS

7.1        Learners may not have in their possession, use or sell cigarettes (or allied products), other harmful drugs, amongst others, prescription drugs, dagga and hard drugs, alcoholic beverages or objectionable (pornographic) reading matter or objects, in any context in which the learner can be identified as a learner of the school.

7.2        Any form of initiation ceremony, pranks and practical jokes which may harm others is banned at NHHS (this includes during excursions, sporting activities, in school uniform, etc.)

7.3       Theft at school and shoplifting will not be tolerated.

7.4       Vandalism:

7.4.1    The defacing of school property is considered an extremely serious offence.

7.4.2    Any books, including library books, damaged through negligence or loss, will have to be replaced by the learner.

7.4.3    No property belonging to other learners or staff, may be tampered with or taken without the owner’s permission.

  • Littering is an offence and all papers and rubbish must be placed in the bins provided.

7.5        No physical contact of a courting nature is allowed in school uniform, on or off the School premises or at School functions.

7.6        Learners must attend school during the prescribed hours.  A learner may not leave the school grounds without the permission of their Grade Head.  In case of absence, parents must furnish written explanation to the homeroom educator. A medical certificate is required if a test or exam has been missed by the learner.

7.7        No learner may injure or endanger the physical welfare of another learner, educator or general staff.

7.8        A learner may not drive or park a motorised vehicle on the school grounds without the permission of the Principal, and then only with proof of a valid driver’s licence.

7.9       No fighting anywhere on school property or even outside the school is allowed

7.10      Satanism, witchcraft and related practices are banned at the school and therefore will not be tolerated.

7.11      Dangerous games are not allowed. Contact sports are only permissible under an Educator’s supervision.

7.12      The riding of bicycles and skateboards in the school grounds is not allowed.  Bicycles must be kept in the quadrangle outside the Administration Block during School hours and it is recommended that learners lock them securely.

7.13     Confiscated goods cannot be bought back.

7.14      In the event of our receiving a bomb scare, which is a serious criminal offence and will be treated as such, the school’s official policy is to make up the time lost after school.

  1. CLASSROOM CODE OF CONDUCT

8.1        Learners are to collect what they need from their locker and/or use the ablution facilities before school in the morning, during breaks and after school only.

8.2        Learners will line up outside the educator’s classroom and wait for the educator’s instruction to enter.

8.3       earners will wait to be greeted by the teacher and will then return the greeting.

8.4        Learners have the right to be listened to but the responsibility to listen to others.

8.5        Learners have the right to be respected but responsibility to show respect to the teacher and other learners at all times.

8.6        Learners have the right to learn but the responsibility to create a place where others can learn as well.

8.7       Learners must not interrupt a teacher or fellow-learner while they are speaking.

8.8       Learners must not disrupt the lesson.

8.9        Learners must not walk around the classroom or talk out of turn during the lesson.

8.10      Learners must only ask questions at appropriate times and in an appropriate and polite way.

8.11     Learners must talk politely at all times and not argue or shout rudely.

8.12      Learners may disagree with a teacher or learner but I must always do so politely and never argue rudely.

8.13      If a learner’s question or problem cannot be dealt with in class, that learner must see the relevant teacher during break or after school.

  1. SPORTS’ CODE OF CONDUCT

9.1        It is compulsory for each learner to purchase the NHHS White Golf Shirt and a NHHS Golf Shirt in the colour of his/her house.  Both are exclusively available from our School Uniform Supplier.

9.2       Only the official NHHS peak cap is allowed to be worn at any sporting event.

9.3        Honour visiting teams, officials and spectators as Henshilwood guests and treat them as such.

9.4        Henshilwood sports-men and sports-women may question but must not criticise the decision of any official/referee/umpire.

9.5        We value and encourage enthusiastic and positive spectator support at NHHS Sport events. We never criticise or direct negative comments to opposing players.

9.6        Through teamwork, fair play and emotional control Henshilwood learners reflect strong moral character and pride at Norman Henshilwood High School.

9.7        After extra-mural practices and/or matches, all learners who are not collected inside the school’s grounds, must change back into school uniform.  No learner may leave the school to commute or walk home unless dressed in full school uniform.

TENNIS

Golf shirt with NH emblem

Skirt – white (Girls)

Shorts – white (Boys)

Socks – white ankle

Takkies – no black soles

SWIMMING/WATER POLO

One piece black bather (Girls)

Black Speedo      or

Black Board Shorts

Swimming Cap

CRICKET  –  JUNIORS

Golf shirt with NH emblem

Shorts – white

Socks – Royal Blue, Plain

Takkies – white

Hat – white NHHS issue

CRICKET  –  SENIORS

Shirt – white

Pants – white

Socks – white

Cricket boots

Hat – white NHHS issue

GIRLS’  CRICKET

Golf Shirt with NH emblem

NH Track Pants

Socks

Cricket boots

SOCCER/HOCKEY (BOYS)

Golf shirt with NH emblem

Shorts – Royal Blue

Socks – Royal Blue, Plain

Boots

HOCKEY/NETBALL (GIRLS)

Golf shirt with NH emblem

Shorts – Royal Blue

Socks – Royal Blue (Hockey)

Socks – White ankle (Netball)

Boots or Takkies

GIRLS’ FOOTBALL AND SOFTBALL

Golf shirt with NH emblem

Shorts – Royal Blue

Socks – Royal Blue, Plain

Boots

CROSS COUNTRY/ATHLETICS

Quantec Top with NH emblem

Shorts – Royal Blue

Socks – Royal Blue

Takkies

 

RUGBY

Rugby Jersey (Own)

Shorts – Royal Blue

Socks – Royal Blue, Plain

Boots

 
** School Tracksuit and 2 Golf Shirts (1 White and 1 in the colour of learner’s house) are compulsory
 

10.     PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAMME OF THE SCHOOL

 

10.1     A learner must participate in the educational programme prescribed by the

School Governing Body, unless exemption has been granted by the SGB.

10.2    When a learner has signed up for an extra-mural activity, that learner must fulfill his/her obligations towards that activity.

10.3     One extra-mural activity per term is compulsory for Grade 8 and 9 learners.

10.4      All senior learners are encouraged to participate in the annual inter-house athletics meeting; however it is compulsory for Grade 8 and Grade 9 learners to participate and represent their house in at least one event.

10.5      Learners may not use the facilities or equipment of the school, including those used for sport, without the permission of the Principal/Deputy Principal/Teacher In Charge of Sport.  The school will not be held liable for any injury or loss arising from any incident or accident during unauthorised activities.

10.6      Learners may not be on the school grounds outside school hours without permission.

The hierarchy of discipline starts with the individual educators, then moves on to the Grade Head, the Deputy Principal and finally the Principal, with each step becoming more severe. The system is applied in order to be fair and equitable to those receiving discipline to encourage them to correct their ways.

At Norman Henshilwood High School our discipline system is implanted and monitored via a detention system.  Set out below are the guidelines used in the application of this system.  Order Marks may be issued by members of the School Council and by staff for the following transgressions

LEVEL OFFENCES CONSEQUENCE
1 Being out of class without permission ●               1 hour detention on a
Late-coming for school or class     Friday afternoon if one
No absentee note     offence for the week
Being in an out of bounds area ●               2 hour detention on a
Loitering outside the Library and in Corridors     Friday afternoon if two or
Not carrying out or avoiding punishment     more offences for the week
Use of foul language  
Defiance or insolence  
Talking during Assembly or Line Up  
Littering  
Not Attending a Sport Practice or Match  
Inappropriate physical contact  
Habitual lying  
Inappropriate use of a Cellular Telephone ***  
Forging signatures/writing own letters  
Work-Squad (Uniform) Offence  
Bunking a Lesson  
Congregating inside or outside toilets *** Cell phone with SIM card
Spitting is confiscated for 5 school days
Being at a locker outside of the designated times/ without permission After recorded reasonable
Any offence of similar severity Intervention supported by
  Evidence.
LEVEL OFFENCES CONSEQUENCE
2 Earning Three Detentions in 1 Term ●      Grade Head and Deputy
Arriving Late for School 3 Times within 1 school week ●      Principal’s interview with          parents
1st Smoking Offence at School

●      A 3-Hour Grade-Heads’

Saturday Detention

(8.00 – 11.00)

Vandalism – internal and external
Tagging or graffiti on school property
Caught in the presence of a smoker For School Council:
Abuse (swearing/disrespect of adults) In addition to the above
Being in Possession of Tobacco Products ●      Internal disciplinary with
Cheating in a test or examination           SC Executive
Bullying (Including Cyber Bullying)

●      SC Exec may recommend

suspension from SC to SLT

and/or to SGB

Is disruptive and is referred to the office for Academic Intervention
Spontaneous Fighting ●      Will be required to perform
Bunking a School Day  additional duties for Grade Head
Leaving school without permission
Any offence of similar severity ●      Counselling Optional
3 3 Saturday Detentions in 1 School Term ●      Internal Disciplinary
             Hearing
Smoking in Public in School/Sport Uniform ●      Any level 3 offence can be
2nd Smoking Offence at school     escalated to a Level 4 at the
1st offence:  Possession and/or use of alcohol     discretion of the Principal,
1st offence:  Possession and/or use of any drugs     Deputy Principal and / or
 

    Grade Head based on the

nature and extent of the

Failure to comply with Terms and Conditions of Behavioural Management Contract     offence
Compromising the NHHS Brand (Verbally or Electronically)  
Any offence of similar severity  
4 Theft ●      Governing Body
Any act of a Sexual Nature     Disciplinary Hearing
Intimidation (Verbal or Physical; incl. Threatening a learner or adult) For School Council:
Discrimination (e.g.:  Xenophobia, racism, sexism, on religious grounds, on grounds of sexual orientation)

In addition to the above

●      Internal disciplinary hearing with SC Exec

Ignoring a Final Written Warning after having had an Internal Disciplinary Hearing  
2nd offence: Possession and/or use of any drugs ●      Compulsory Community Service
2nd offence:  Possession and/or use of alcohol ●      Report on Community
Any offence of similar severity     Service to Grade Head
5 Premeditated assault and/or Fighting ●      Governing Body Disciplinary Hearing
Sexual, verbal or physical harassment ●      School Council:
Possession of drugs with the intent to deal Internal disciplinary hearing
Dealing in/selling alcohol and/or drugs With SC Exec
Possession, Production and/or Distribution of Pornographic Material ●      Compulsory Community Service
Possession and/or use of a weapon ●      Report on Community Service to Grade Head
Possession of stolen property ●      Governing Body Disciplinary Hearing
Bomb threats ●      We reserve the right tocall the SAPS
Any serious offence of similar severity ●      Consequences as for Level  3 above will apply
 
 

Academic Detention

This method of discipline is applied for:    a) neglect to do homework,

  1. b) poor test performance,
  2. c) failure to have prescribed equipment.
  3. d) not having necessary books or

worksheets.

Staff members will implement their own system of demerits (made known to learners in each class) within the classroom first.  Once that process has been exhausted a learner will be placed in Academic Detention, with a motivation from the staff member concerned.  Teachers supervise their own Academic Detention classes.

Consequence is:      1 Hour Detention for the first entry.

2 Hour Detention for the second entry.

3 Hour Grade Head’s Saturday detention for the third entry which                                           is coupled with a meeting between Grade Head and parents.

PLEASE NOTE:

  1. All detentions are conducted in full school uniform.
  2. A detention slip is issued by a teacher to the learner immediately when the transgression is committed or noticed. Detention is served in the week following the issuance of the detention slip.  It is the responsibility of the learner to ensure that his/her parents are informed about the detention and shows the slip to his/her parents.
  3. It is the responsibility of the learner to contact the Head of Discipline by first break on the day of the detention should there be any queries regarding the detention.
  4. Any severe acts of defiance or anti-social behaviour will be dealt with by the Head of Discipline.

A learner whose work and/or behaviour is unsatisfactory may, at the discretion of the relevant Grade Head, be placed on Report.  Through parental and/or teacher request a learner may also be placed on report.

This requires the learner to have a form signed at the end of each lesson by the teacher.  When the educator signs the form s/he will comment on the behaviour, work ethic and attitude of the learner during that lesson.  At the end of the day the learner is to present the Daily Report Form to his/her Grade Head, who will then also write a comment, assign detention if necessary and then sign the form.  Finally, the learner is to have the form signed by his/her parents and then to return the form to the Grade Head on the following school day.

This enables all parties to keep a close eye on the day-to-day activities of the learner on report.

School Management reserves the right to escalate the intervention to a “Behaviour Management Contract”.  This is solely in cases where Discipline Protocol has been followed and where the learner’s behaviour / attitude and/or work ethic has not improved.

If this intervention is deemed to be ineffective the Board of Governors’ Disciplinary Portfolio Committee will be informed with a view to a referral for a formal hearing.

  1. Homework is to be recorded for every subject, every day in the prescribed diary or on the learner’s personal technology device.
  2. Homework will be checked regularly or randomly depending on format of the lesson.
  3. Homework not completed satisfactorily will be dealt with by individual educators who will record any transgressions on the learner’s personal profile on Staffroom and also in the teacher’s profile book.
  4. Parents are expected to sign the learner’s diary and check their personal e-mail account on a daily basis. Educators will use e-mail and sms facilities to communicate with parents/guardians concerning homework.
  1. ALL visitors to the School must announce themselves at the Reception desk. Only under exceptional circumstances will learners be allowed to receive visitors during school hours.
  2. No learner may sell goods for personal gain at School or do any fundraising without Governing Body approval.
  3. The Administrative staff, the Estate Manager and assistant workers have the right to report a learner who vandalises, litters, etc and may confiscate items which are used destructively, e.g. soccer balls, koki pens, etc.
  4. No learner or parent may bring discredit to the name of his/her school in any way.
  5. All parents and learners sign an undertaking to abide by this Code of Conduct.