Code of Conduct

Glenanda Primary School

Code of Conduct

Purpose

Learners shall support the Principal and members of staff in establishing and maintaining good order and an environment and conditions in which the process of teaching can take place. In particular, learners shall be required to obey and promptly carry our instructions reasonably given by the Principal, any educator, or class leader to achieve the end referred to herein.
In their dealing with one another, learners shall be required to show mutual respect and tolerance. In particular, learners shall refrain from any conduct calculated to harm the physical, mental or moral welfare of any learners, or which may have that result.
This school is a smoking free, drug free, weapon free, gun free, gambling free zone.
Legislative Framework
• South African Schools Act No 84 of 1996 (as amended)
• National Guidelines on Code of Conduct for Learners
• Gauteng Misconduct of Learners
• National Regulations for Safety Measures at Public School
• National Guideline on School Uniform

Learners are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct based on acceptable social standards and norms of behaviour.
Learners are expected to be loyal to the school at all times and do everything possible to positively enhance its reputation especially when in School Uniform.
No form of backchat or disruptive verbal comments are permitted. This also applies to slouching and sloppiness while walking or sitting.
The proper school uniform is worn each day. Non-regulation clothing will not be permitted.
Girls may wear a single silver or gold sleeper, or a silver or gold stud in each ear lobe. Boys – No form of earrings are allowed.
5.1. Boys hair must be kept short, cut to even length and no steps. Excessive gel is not permitted. No highlighted or dyed hair. No patterns may be cut into the hair and hair should be of even length, i.e. no shaved sides with hair only on top of head. No extensions or dreadlocks are permitted.
5.2. Girls are to have their hair sensibly styled and clear off the face. Only navy blue accessories are permitted. Hair must be tied back when it touches the collar. No highlighted or dyed hair. Extensions may only be used in conjunction with plaiting.
5.3. Girls are not permitted to wear make-up, this includes mascara.
Please make sure that your child arrives punctually in the correct uniform. Children are placed in a stressful situation when they are not clear to how they are to get home after school or extra murals. It is imperative that these arrangements be finalised at home.
No form of theft is acceptable and the strictest disciplinary measures will be exercised against learners who contravene this.
Vandalism will in no way be tolerated and school property, including books, shall be respected at all times.
No form of verbal, physical or mental abuse will be tolerated and there will be no intimate physical contact while in uniform or on school grounds.
Children will at all times be respectful and obedient to all members of staff, parents, visitors and peers.
No learners shall bring the school’s reputation into disrepute with unsatisfactory behaviour in any public place, whilst in uniform, or at any other school.
Behaviour on corridors, staircases and in waiting areas must be brisk and orderly, and quiet when required.
Littering is unacceptable and all learners are required to assist in keeping the buildings and grounds clean at all times.
No toys, games, pets or dangerous objects may be brought to school. Similarly, no learner may possess drugs, alcohol, tobacco or similar product whilst at school or in school uniform.
Learners in uniform making use of public transport or any other pubic amenity e.g. library, are expected to do so in an orderly and controlled manner with due respect for people and property.
Learners are expected to arrive punctually at the start of school and for each class.
All homework and school work shall be diligently attended to and teaching staff will actively monitor homework dairies and newsletter returns.
No learner may leave the school grounds during school hours without the knowledge of the front office secretaries. Failure to do so will be considered truancy.
Absenteeism will only be accepted on receipt of a note from parents and a doctor’s certificate will be required for a period exceeding 3 days. If a formal assessment of a learner is missed, a doctor’s certificate will also be required.
Use of any school facility requires permission of the school and learners will not be allowed visitors on school premises during school hours.
As part of the rainbow nation, discrimination against race, gender or religion will not be tolerated.
Waiting area after school – if learners are not participating in an extra-mural activity, the school property is out of bounds.
The chewing of gum is not permitted while in school uniform.
Bullying – The school community will not tolerate unkind remarks or actions, even when these are not intended to hurt. To stand by when someone else is being bullied is to support bullying. Learners should support each other by reporting all instances of bullying to a member of staff. This is not a matter of “splitting” on your friends – remember one should always be protecting the victim and not the perpetrator. Verbal harassment shall be defined as threats, gestures or verbal attacks on persons including attacks directed at ones racial, ethnic or religious background, physical or mental ability, appearance as well as any form of teasing. Physical harassment shall be defined as any conduct which threatens or harms a person physically, or conduct which causes extreme physical distress.
School Grounds – To preserve our grounds, learners are required to keep to the designated foot paths and corridors. Learners are required to keep the grounds free of litter by using the bins provided. No ball games may be played in the proximity of the school buildings or in the car park. In case of accidental breakages, these must be reported to a staff member.
Vandalism – Wilful destruction of property or tampering with equipment will be viewed in a most serious light. Graffiti is unacceptable.
Disciplinary Committee – The Chairperson of the School Governing Body (SGB), A member of the Executive of the School Management Team (SMT), A member of the School Management Team (SMT), The Principal may not be a member.
Disciplinary Procedure
28.1. Grade 1 – 3: For every 10 demerits, learners will be required to attend detention, which is held on a Friday afternoon for one hour. This is compulsory and parents are requested to adhere to this sanction. Parents are requested to sign demerits daily.
28.2. Grade 4 – 7: For every 10 demerits learners receive a detention, which is held on a Tuesday afternoon for 1 hour. This is compulsory and parents are requested to adhere to this sanction.
28.3. General: Parents will be contacted following 3 detentions, via a disciplinary warning letter or interview. Should the situation not improve, a notice to attend a disciplinary interview will be forwarded to you. In serious cases of misconduct, parents will be contacted by the Principal for immediate intervention in the particular action. The discipline at Glenanda Primary is controlled by the Merit/Demerit form.
Possible Sanctions
29.1. Serious misconduct in terms of the South African School Act Schedule 1 and 2 seldom occurs at Glenanda Primary.
29.2. In the event of a learner being found guilty of serious misconduct as set out in the schedules, parents will be notified immediately and disciplinary proceedings will be instituted against the learner. The proceedings are carried out in accordance with the South African Schools Act.
29.3. Day to day sanctions include break detentions, Tuesday afternoon detentions or a suitable punishment imposed by an educator on a learner that does not infringe on the constitution or national policy governing discipline. Eg. Picking up papers, cleaning areas of the school.
General: This Code of Conduct is formulated to uphold the standards of behaviour necessary for effective learning and teaching to take place. It also ensures the safety of our learners and protects the rights of learners to be educated in an orderly environment. Your support of this code assists us in our endeavours to provide quality education at Glenanda Primary School.