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Code of Conduct - Learners

[LEGAL FRAMEWORK / MEANING OF THE WORDS]

Code: A set of rules to prevent inconsistency
Behaviour: How you conduct yourself and (re)act towards others
Code of conduct: General code of conduct for learners as stipulated in the SA Schools Act of 1996, Section 8
Learner: Any person who receives education in terms of the Schools Act

Educator: The person who educates as defined in the Educators Employment Act of 1994

Parent: As defined in the SA Schools Act of 1996
Suspension: The temporary ending of a learner’s right to attend a particular school
Expulsion: The permanent ending of a learner’s right to attend a particular school


1. Vision
The vision of the Staff and Governing body for Goodwood Park Primary is to provide service of excellence, the pride of every learner and the community. Hence our mission statement:  EXCELLENCE OUR PRIDE
Mission
Goodwood Park Primary School endeavours to make available in both the official languages, English and Afrikaans, education to stimulate the complete development of every learner. This includes the following:

* instruction of the highest standard by professional educators;
* balance between the spiritual, scholastic, cultural and physical development;
* a policy based on Christian principles;
* a healthy and active parent-educator partnership;
* a relaxed, though orderly, learning environment;
* maintaining the rights of learners, educators and parents.

2. Code of Conduct

For the above mission to be successful, all role players involved, in this case the learner, must adopt a code of conduct which promotes positive discipline, teaches self-discipline and establishes exemplary behaviour.

The SA Schools Act (Act 84 of 1996) compels the introduction of a code of conduct for learners. It has to be accepted by the learners, educators and parents. The code of conduct becomes enforceable after acceptance by the Governing Body. The learners, parents and educators must receive a copy and study the contents. Parents must acknowledge receipt in writing.

3. Principles which must be endorsed by the learner

3.1 Human rights

Although the learner, as an individual, has certain rights according to the Constitution, the equal rights of others must be acknowledged. The human dignity and equality of all people must be respected, regardless of gender, race, language or culture.

3.2 Respect for educators

Learners should respect educators as adults who, through their training, are empowered to guide them and learners should give their co-operation in all reasonable instructions.

3.3 Respect for all non-educators and visitors to the school

Learners should acknowledge the roles played by administrative and other staff in the school organisation and be courteous towards them, as well as to visitors to the school.

3.4 Respect for property of the school and others

The school buildings, facilities and equipment are valuable and should be used responsibly and with great care. Respect for the possessions of others is a non- negotiable and vital principle.

3.5 Obeying of rules for order and behaviour

A large and complex organisation such as a school cannot function successfully without rules for behaviour and good order. Learners should thus obey these rules, acknowledge the authority of persons in charge and subject themselves to the relevant punishment when they transgress.

3.6 Image of the school

Each learner should strive to reflect a positive image of the school through their conduct, use of language, general appearance and neatness of their school and sports uniform.

3.7 School programme

All academic and cultural activities of the school are aimed at developing the child in totality. Therefore it is expected of learners to take part dutifully and enthusiastically and to reject all disruptive behaviour.

3.8 Safety

The safety of each learner and all other stakeholders is of the utmost importance. It is thus expected of learners to refrain from endangering their own safety and that of others by disregarding safety and security measures.

4. School Rules and the Execution of Discipline

4.1 The purpose of school rules and the execution of discipline is to enhance the following:

- the happiness of the learners;
- the safety of the learners;
- positive development of character;
- to cultivate good order and discipline;
- the acknowledgement of meaningful authority; and
- to carry forth the good name of GOODWOOD PARK PRIMARY.

4.2 Appearance of Learners

The personal appearance and dress of a learner must comply with the norms accepted by the majority of the community served by the school. No jewellery, except a wristwatch or Medic Alert disc, may be worn. Girls are allowed to wear one set of gold or silver earrings (sleepers or studs only). Girls may wear clear nail varnish only. No other form of make-up is allowed.

5. Uniform

THIS IS COMPULSORY. Only black shoes are allowed. PLEASE MARK ALL ITEMS OF CLOTHING CLEARLY. The school cannot accept responsibility for lost articles of clothing.

 

5.1 Girls

Summer

Winter

Blue uniform

Blue uniform

White short-sleeved shirt

White long-sleeved shirt and blue tie

Blue cotton panties

Blue cotton panties

Short grey school socks with school colours

Long grey socks or pantyhose - Colours - Black or School Grey

Navy jersey with school colours around neck and waist

Long grey pants are also allowed instead of blue uniform

 

5.2 Boys

Summer

Winter

Grey pants (short or long)

Grey pants (long or short)

White short-sleeved shirt

White long-sleeved shirt

Long grey school socks with school colours

Long grey school socks

Blue tie

Navy jersey with school colours around neck and waist

 

PT clothes are compulsory for Grades 1 - 7 (available at Sport and Leisure)

- sports shirt and black shorts [blue skirt for girls for netball/hockey]
- sports shirt and black shorts for boys
- GWP sports shirt for PT, tennis, cricket, netball and hockey
- Sports track suit (may also be worn with acceptable sports shoes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the 2nd and 3rd terms)
- GWP sports bag for all kinds of sport, camps, etc. [available at the school]

Only royal blue windbreakers with royal blue or black trimmings (ribbing) may be worn over school clothes. Acceptable sturdy school bags must be used. No stickers, graffiti, etc. are allowed on the bags.

GWP 7 sleeveless pullover for Gr 7 learners.

THE SCHOOL UNIFORM IS AVAILABLE AT: Rothmans Goodwood, 80 Surrey Street, Goodwood. Tel. no.: 021 591 3124.
SCHOOL TRACK SUITES, SPORTS SHIRTS AND SKIRTS ARE AVAILABLE AT: School & Leisure, Willowbridge North (opposite Checkers), Tyger Valley. Tel.: no. 021 914 0495

5.3 Guidelines for learners’ hair

- The learners’ hair should at all times be neat and clean.
- Modern hair-styles should apply to the school rules and be worn with the permission of the school.

5.4 Boys

- When standing in an upright position, the hair should not touch the collar.
- From the neck upwards the hair should gradually get thicker; thick hair just above the collar or hair that curls away from the collar, is not permitted.
- The hair on top of the head should not be too thick, and has to follow the natural curve of the head. Dyeing of hair is strictly forbidden.
- When the hair is combed down it must not cover the top of the ear.
- The sideburns should not be longer than the half of the ear.
- The fringe on the forehead should not touch the eyebrows.
- The hair-styles of the pupils should at all times create a neat impression.

5.5 Girls

- The general appearance must be neat at all times.
- When the head and shoulders are held straight and the hair touches the collar, it is considered long and should be tied
- Long hair must be tied in one or two ponytails or plaits. Only blue or white ribbons, bobbles or Alice Bands or “scrunchies” are allowed.
- Fringes are not allowed to touch eyebrows.
- Long fringes must be combed away from the face and tied.
- For safety during practices/matches it is recommended that long hair be tied twice, once against the head and again at the ends.
- Dyeing of hair is strictly forbidden.
- No ornamental hairpins or combs are allowed. Only hairpins made of steel, transparent- or blue plastic, without decorations, are allowed.

5.6 Behaviour and conduct of learners

5.6.1 Learners must attend school during the determined school hours. A learner may not leave the school grounds or be absent from a class without permission from the principal. Parents must notify the principal in writing of the reasons for his absence. During school hours no learner may be absent from a class or leave the school grounds.

NB: Any learner who must leave school earlier for whichever reason, must be fetched from the foyer at the main entrance, as organised with the school in advance. No learner may leave the school grounds on his/her own during school hours. Learners who arrive late, must report to the office before they go to class.

5.6.2. While a learner is under the supervision of the school, the bodily well-being of another learner may not be harmed or injured. No dangerous weapons, toys or material which may cause bodily harm, may be in the possession of any learner.

5.6.3 No learner may smoke on the school grounds or in the school building.

5.6.4 Whilst under the supervision of the school, a learner may not be in possession of drugs, tobacco in any form, alcoholic beverages, offensive reading matter or -material or give or sell it to anybody.

5.6.5 School property including textbooks, or anything at school which is the property of someone else, may not be taken, damaged, marred or soiled. Should a learner damage school property, either purposefully or through careless behaviour, the parent will be held responsible for covering the costs.

5.6.6 Learners may not ride their bicycles, roller-blades or skateboards on the school grounds.

5.6.7 Learners may only play in designated areas during breaks. No learner may move or play within 10 m of parked vehicles or near bicycle racks.

5.6.8 No learner is allowed in the school building without permission before school or during breaks. Passages may only be used as shelter on rainy days. Learners should behave themselves quietly and may not play games or run in the passages.

5.6.9 No circular, notice, pamphlet or poster may be distributed on the school grounds or be displayed on any noticeboard or anywhere in the building without the permission of the headmaster or his proxy.

5.6.10 Learners must co-operate with the Learners’ Council and treat them with the necessary respect.

5.6.11 Learners are not allowed to use the foyer and front door at the administrative offices as a thoroughfare.

5.6.12 The school does not encourage the learners to bring cellphones to school. Cellphones are brought to school at own risk and must be switched off during school hours.

5.6.13 The public telephone may only be used for emergencies and then not during class time. When a learner is indisposed, the secretary will contact the parents.

5.6.14 In the case of illness/injury and subsequent contact with the parent, the time, type of injury/illness and the instructions of the parent is entered in the casualty register. The school should be in possession of all medical aid numbers so that no time be wasted in the case of emergency.

5.7 Participation in the school programme

5.7.1 A learner must take part in the educational programme as prescribed by the Education Department, unless exemption has been granted by the Department.

5.7.2 A learner who has voluntarily joined an extra-mural activity, must strictly meet his/her obligations and responsibilities in connection therewith, unless exemption has been granted by the principal.

5.7.3 Without the prior consent of the principal, no learner may enter the school grounds outside normal school hours, or use any facilities and equipment of the school, either for sport or otherwise.

5.7.4 Learners are expected to complete all reasonable academic tasks, including homework.

5.8 General

5.8.1 No learner may in any way discredit the name of his school.

5.8.2 No learner may show contempt for the national symbols of the Republic of South Africa or the codes of our school.

6. Transgressions : Grading and Punishment Measures

Although laws and rules make provision for punishment measures, each child should strive not to be subjected to these measures.

6.1 Positive motivation

The principal and staff commit themselves to the positive motivation of learners to stay within the acceptable norms of behaviour. The educators have different motivational techniques in the classroom. During assemblies mention is made of special awards received by learners. It is also school policy to appoint two or more learners of the week in each class. These learners receive a certificate and may wear ordinary clothes to school on the next Friday in order to be identified clearly. An award is also made to the class group in each grade which proved that their co-operation was the best. This class receives a certificate which is displayed on the door as the class group of the week.

Learners who excel or who need special motivation, may be sent to the principal. Parents are also requested to sign this work and to further motivate the learner at home.

6.2 Possible punitive measures

Should a learner be guilty of any transgression as mentioned in this policy, various disciplinary measures may be applied in a responsible manner. These measures are based on the following principles: they must be lawful, fair and reasonable and take the learner’s age and physical and mental condition into consideration. Transgressions are recorded in an incident register [a file for every class group].

*Negotiating/persuasion/conversation:

Such a disciplinary discussion may include the learner, educator, section head, other staff members involved, head of department, deputy principal, principal, parent(s). The seriousness of the matter will decide who all will be present.

*Detention:

A learner may be placed into detention after four category 1 and/or two category 2 transgressions. Each case is discussed in the weekly section meetings. The parent must sign the detention letter which he/she should receive at least 24 hours before the date of detention. The detention class varies from 1 hour for first offenders to 2 hours for repeated offenders and is supervised by an educator. A learner who disrupts a detention class, must repeat it the following week. Detention may also include physical labour in the building or on the school grounds. A category 1 transgression is cancelled after 3 months.

*Penalisation:

The continuous evaluation mark of learners who hand in tasks late or not at all, without a valid reason will be influenced negatively.

*Special tasks:

Special tasks which may include research, may be used as a corrective measure. These tasks must correlate with the curricular ability of the pupil and must be meaningful.

*Withdrawal:

This is the temporary removal of a learner who disrupts a class to another place of supervision in the school. This may only be done with permission of the principal or his proxy.

*Withdrawal from a group:

Learners who cause problems during breaks, may be removed temporarily.

*Withholding of privileges:

Certain privileges like going on camps or excursions, attending functions organised by the school or other extra-mural activities, may be withheld from a learner. The principal or his proxy must make the final decision in this regard.

*Withdrawal of honours colours and duties:

The colours and duties of learners who behave in a negative manner and therefore do not deserve these honours, may be withdrawn temporarily or permanently by the principal and his staff.

*Suspension:

This means that a learner is excluded from and may not return to school for a period of not more than one week. The learner’s academic work must stay up to date. He/she may not take part in any extra-mural activity.

If the learner is suspended whilst waiting for a decision on whether he or she is to be expelled from the school, the parent must be immediately notified in writing of the nature of the transgression. The parent must be given the opportunity to appeal against the decision.

*Expulsion:
This means the permanent ending of a learner’s right to attend a particular school, in other words, the learner is removed from the school permanently. Expulsion is preceded by suspension. This will only happen when the offence is such a nature that the further presence of the learner is not in the best interest of the school and the other learners.

It is the policy of the school that punitive measures are applied to be correctional and should not be seen to be in retribution. It is to the benefit of the transgressor and the other learners. The co-operation of the parents are of the utmost importance.

6.3 Categories of transgressions:

Unacceptable behaviour is defined as category 1-, 2- and 3 transgressions and require fast and effective disciplinary actions.

6.3.1 Category 1 : Transgression and/or Offences:

Forgetfulness (books, notes, PT clothes etc)
Neglecting of homework
Handing in tasks late
Late arrival at school and classes
Wearing improper/incomplete school uniform
Neglecting to have tests, notices, letters, reply slips signed by parent/guardian
Untidy appearance
Entering prohibited areas
Littering
Swearing/using foul language (may in serious cases also be a cat.2 offence)
Disregarding good order rules as stated in the school rules or explained orally on an ad hoc basis.

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES: as explained in 6.2, except suspension and expulsion - the seriousness and frequency of the misconduct will determine the punishment.

6.3.2 Category 2 : Transgressions and/or Offences

Arrogance/rudeness/dis-respectfulness towards adults
Disrupting class routine
Insubordination (refusal to perform reasonable instructions)
Absent from school or extra-mural activities without permission or a valid reason
Absent from class or leaving school grounds during school hours
Vandalism - school- and the property of others
Smoking on school grounds or in public places when in school uniform
Unacceptable behaviour in public or in buses when in school uniform or sports uniform
Fighting with or bullying other learners
Intimidation/threatening/extortion of other learners
Dishonesty/lies/signing of tests, reply slips, detention letters, etc. on behalf of parents
Sexual harassment by word or deed
Extreme use of foul language
Possession or exhibition of pornographic material
Repetition of category 1 offences despite disciplinary actions

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES: as explained in 6.2, including suspension/suspension awaiting expulsion decision (this can only be recommended by the disciplinary committee after thorough investigation and a fair hearing). The seriousness and frequency of the misconduct will determine the punishment.

6.3.3 Category 3 : Transgressions and/or Offences

Assault: an offensive attack, physically or with a weapon with the intention of injury (not confined to school grounds)
Alcohol and drugs: The possession, distribution, hiding away of, use of, exhibition of these substances (including dagga) during school hours, when a learner represents the school or when a learner is recognised as a learner of this school.
Theft: Theft of school property/staff property/property of other learners
Gang-related activity: Any action in terms of threats, recruiting, incorporation or intimidation which may be connected to gang activities. This includes the disruption of the school day or school activities.
Unlawful action: This includes criminal offences which have to be reported to the police and to be found guilty of an offence by a court of law.
Bomb threats/False alarms: The possession of any explosive device. The raising of false alarms with regard to bombs on the premises or on buses, or false alarms in connection with fires.
Disruption of school routine: Any other disorderly behaviour which disrupts the school routine.
Violation of human rights: This includes intolerance towards others on the grounds of differences in race, language, culture and religion.
Possession of dangerous weapons: Knives, fire-arms and any other articles which may be classed as dangerous.
Dishonesty: During examinations/tests
Sexual harassment and misdeeds: This includes indecent assault.
Grave misconduct: Any other behaviour which may be classed as such by the guidelines of the MEC.
Behaviour and practices...which are contrary to the accepted norms and moral convictions of the society and may prove to be detrimental to the learner and the image of the school i.e. satanistic rituals, graffiti etc.

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES: A learner who is found guilty of category 3 offences may be requested by the disciplinary committee to leave the school immediately for a maximum period of 1 week. Recommendation for expulsion will be the only alternative in most cases, provided it has been classed as serious misconduct according to the guidelines set by the MEC.

ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNING BODY ON 8 JUNE 1998 [Revised 10 June 2003, 3 June 2006 and 1 March 2010]

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