Wilgehof Primary School

Code of Conduct for Learners at Wilgehof Primary School

1. Preamble

Wilgehof Primary School’s code of conduct is based on the following principles:

  1. Disciplined behaviour is essential for the well being of the school.

  2. Disciplined behaviour is essential for the successful achievement of the school’s objectives.

  3. Christian principles that aim to establish a safe and secure environment to allow the school to function as a harmonious community.

  4. The code of conduct is aimed at promoting a climate of mutual self-respect, self-discipline and responsible behaviour.

  5. The code of conduct endorses the following basic rights:
    1. The rights of learners to learn in a secure, non-threatening environment.
    2. The rights of educators to teach and maintain orderly learning environments.
  6. The code of conduct is subject to all relevant provincial and national laws.

2. General School Rules

  1. School attendance
    1. Learners will attend school every school day of the year.
    2. When children are absent, their parents must phone the school or the parents must send a letter to school, explaining the reason for the child being absent.
  2. Appearance
    1. Learners will dress according to the school's official dress code (Appendix A).
    2. Learners will at all times appear neat and clean.
  3. General classroom discipline
    1. Learners will respect the property of other learners in class.
    2. Learners will carry out all tasks as given by the class teacher.
    3. Learners will pay attention in class and not disturb the discipline.
    4. Learners will withhold from eating and drinking in class.
  4. Outside the classroom
    1. Learners will respect the property of others, including that of the school and the teachers.
    2. Learners will withhold from any harmful behaviour towards any other person.
  5. Examinations and tests
    1. Learners will prepare thoroughly for examinations and tests.
    2. Learners will not copy another person's work during a test or examination.
    3. Learners will report any irregularities or cheating during examinations and tests to the class teacher.
  6. Leaving the schoolgrounds
    1. No learner will leave the schoolgrounds during school hours without specific permission from the office (the principal).
    2. Learners will bring written requests from their parents if they want to leave early during the school day.
  7. Prohibited objects and substances
    1. Learners will not bring any dangerous weapons to school (Appendix B).
    2. Learners will not be in possession, under the influence or dealing with any illegal drugs on the schoolgrounds.
    3. Learners will not be in possession, under the influence or dealing with any alcohol on the schoolgrounds.
    4. Learners will not be in possession, under the influence or dealing with any tobacco on the schoolgrounds.

3. Categories of Offences

Level 1 (Minor violations of general classroom discipline)
Some examples of this kind of behaviour are:
Books are not covered or are damaged.
Books not at school.
Dishonesty with negligible consequences.
Eating or drinking in class.
Failing to be in class on time.
Homework not done.
Leaving class without permission.
Minor cheating in class tests.
Playing with toys in class.
Standing up or walking around without permission.
Talking unnecessary in class.
Using a cell phone in class.

Level 2 (Minor violations of school rules)
Some examples of this kind of behaviour are:
Frequent repetition of level 1 misconduct, where disciplinary action by the educator is considered ineffective.
Cheating during examinations.
Climbing over any school fence.
Minor disruptive behaviour.
Repeated truancy.
Using abusive or profane language.
Verbally threatening the safety of another person.
Wearing incorrect school uniform.

Level 3 (Serious violations of school rules)
Some examples of this kind of behaviour are:
Frequent repetition of level 2 misconduct, where disciplinary action by the educator is considered ineffective.
Bullying.
Discriminatory behaviour, including racial intolerance and sexist behaviour.
Minor injury to another person.
Possession, use or dealing with alcohol or tobacco.
Possession (without use) of a dangerous weapon.
Refusal to sign a conduct form.
Severely disruptive behaviour.
Theft.
Vandalism.

Level 4 (Very serious violations of school rules)
Some examples of this kind of behaviour are:
Frequent repetition of level 2 and 3 misconduct, where disciplinary action is considered ineffective.
Extortion of another person's property.
Intentionally causing physical injury to another person.Limited sexual abuse, e.g. groping.
Possession of any kind of pornographically material.
Selling narcotic substances (first offence).
Threatening behavior with a dangerous weapon.

Level 5 (Criminal violations of school rules and also of civil law)
Some examples of this kind of behaviour are:
Frequent repetition of level 4 misconduct, where disciplinary action is considered ineffective.
Assault.
Intentionally using a dangerous weapon.
Murder.
Robbery, major theft.
Sexual harassment, sexual abuse, rape.

The School Governing Body, or its representative, reserves the right to take disciplinary steps against any learner for misconduct not specified in this Code of Conduct, with the purpose to restore and maintain order and discipline in school. This also implicates that the School Governing Body, as deemed necessary, will revise the Code of Conduct.

4. Line of authority

The following line of authority will be followed during disciplinary steps taken:

Educator
(Level 1)
Senior staff (HoD, Deputy Principal)
(Level 2)
Principal
(Level 3)
Tribunal
(Level 4)
School Governing Body
(Level 5)
HOD (Education Department)
 
Provincial MEC for Education  

5. Disciplinary Procedures

All misconduct will be recorded on a conduct form in the possession of the educator. The conduct form will be signed by the appropriate educator as well as by the learner. Refusal by the learner to sign the form will be considered a level three (3) misconduct. The conduct form will serve as evidence in a possible disciplinary hearing. The information on the conduct form will be transferred to a summary sheet of each individual learner to give an overview of the learner's behaviour.

 

6. Disciplinary Steps

The steps will depend on the category of the offence, and may include the following:

Level 1 Verbal warning from the educator.
Small menial tasks e.g. cleaning the classroom.
Extra work in a subject.
Withdrawal of privileges.

Level 2 Any level 1 disciplinary actions.
Detention class.
Talk with the parents.

Level 3 Any of above disciplinary actions.
Written warning.

Level 4 Any of the above disciplinary actions.
Appearance before the tribunal.

Level 5 Disciplinary hearing with possible suspension or expulsion.

From level 5 the School Governing Body, in conjunction with the HOD (Educational Department) will handle all matters.

7. Corporal Punishment

No corporal punishment may be administered to any learner at this school. Parents may not give educators permission to use corporal punishment (s 10 of the Schools Act).

 

8. Appeal Procedures

  1. If a learner or parent is not satisfied with the disciplinary decision taken, they may appeal in writing, to the principal, within seven (7) days after the decision. This excludes a decision of expulsion by the HOD. Appeal in this regard should be made directly to the provincial MEC of education, within seven (7) days after the decision.

  2. The principal (or SGB chairman) will appoint a board of appeal to listen to the appeal by the parents or learner. This will happen within fourteen (14) days after the appeal was received.

  3. The hearing of an appeal will be conducted according to fair administrative practice.

  4. The learner will have the right to be assisted by an adult during this hearing.

  5. Persons sitting in on the original committee that found the learner guilty, will not be part of the appeal committee.

APPENDIX A

Please note: This section is currently outdated and will be updated soon.

School Clothes

Summer (Terms 1 and 4)

Girls: Green dress with golden collar.
White, short socks.
Black school shoes.
(Grades 1 to 3 - barefoot)

Boys: Grey shirt, pants and socks.
Black school shoes.
(Grades 1 to 3 - barefoot)

Winter (Terms 2 and 3)

Girls:

or  
Green tracksuit with school badge.
Grey bobby socks
Green Drimac jacket.
Black Quantec trousers.
White long-sleeve shirt.
White socks.
Black school shoes (Sport tackies on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Dark green jersey.

Boys: Green tracksuit with school badge.
Green Drimac jacket.
Black Quantec trousers.
Grey shirt.
Grey socks.
Black school shoes (Sport tackies on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Dark green jersey.

Sport Clothes

Girls: White T-shirt, black pants, white socks and sport tackies.

Boys: White T-shirt, black pants, white socks and sport tackies.

Swimming

Girls: Black swimming costume (Speedo). No two-piece costumes allowed.

Boys: Black swimming costume (Speedo).

Learners must:

  1. wear only the correct, prescribed school clothes.
  2. wear no jewelry, except small earrings and studs for the girls only.
  3. wear no dread-lock hair. Braided extensions (for girls only) must be fastened with a green ribbon if it touches the collar of the girl's dress or shirt.
  4. keep all their nails short and clean.

APPENDIX B

Dangerous weapons and objects:

  • explosives or fireworks
  • guns
  • knives
  • spears
  • sharpened objects used as a weapon
  • broken bottles used as a weapon

This list doesn’t include every possible weapon. The emphasis is on the fact that learners may not use an object to intentionally hurt someone else.