Pastoral Policies: Code of Conduct

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1 Preamble

1.1 The school recognizes the need and right of learners, teachers and all other school personnel to live, work and play in an orderly, safe and stimulating educational environment; as well as the responsibility of all in the school to work towards attaining and maintaining this ideal.

1.2 Integral to this Code of Conduct are the provisions of the Constitution, the SA Schools Act and other Laws, and the School’s Codes of Behaviour, incorporating or including the School Rules.

1.3 They also apply in public, off the school premises and/or outside of school hours, if the learner can be identified as a member of the School.

1.4 Any criminal action by a learner, whether at school or not, will be regarded as a breach of this Code of Conduct, and the school will be entitled to take action against, and impose punishments on, a learner found guilty of any criminal act.

1.5 The Code of Conduct and all School Rules apply to all school, school-related and school sponsored activities, including sport, cultural and recreational activities, tours, trips, dances, functions, meetings and on transport to or from school or school activities.

1.6 It is not possible to list the behaviour required of learners in every circumstance. However, it is required of all learners to act sensibly, decently and in accordance with the codes of behaviour generally accepted in the community served by the school. This is so, even if such actions or behaviour are not specifically required or barred in terms of the other sections of this code.

2 General Conduct

2.1 A learner is expected to treat all people with whom he has contact, with respect and dignity.

2.2 No learner may perform a criminal act.

2.3 No learner may be in possession of, or use, drugs, chemical substances, tobacco, alcohol, alcoholic drinks, weapons or other objects which could cause harm or injury, pornographic or otherwise objectionable objects, reading matter, pictures, videos or other material: nor pass them on give them to, sell them, buy them or keep them for any other person.

2.4 The use of slovenly, uncouth, foul, blasphemous, sexist or racist language is not permitted.

2.5 Lying, cheating, stealing, copying or dishonesty in any form are not permitted.

3 Conduct towards others

3.1 A learner may not hurt, harm or endanger any other person.

3.2 Anything belonging to another person may not be damaged, defaced, spoiled, used or borrowed without the express permission of the owner.

3.3 Indiscreet sexual behaviour, teasing, bullying, emotional abuse, racist or sexist remarks or actions, or any form of initiation, are not acceptable.

4 Conduct towards the school Every learner is expected to:

4.1 Attend school regularly and punctually.

4.2 Work to the best of his ability.

4.3 Behave in a way that does not disrupt learning or the functioning of the school.

4.4 Carry out lawful and reasonable instructions given by anyone in authority.

4.5 Behave in such a way that the good name of the school is not brought into disrepute.

4.6 Participate in the extra-curricular activities which give the school its special nature, as and when required to do so in terms of the rules and regulations of the school, as made known from time to time.

5 Conduct regarding school rules

A learner may not break, ignore or disobey any of the school rules as drawn up and publicized by the principal or other competent authority, and amended from time to time as circumstances require.

6 Categories of offences

6.1 Breaking of measures listed under General Conduct and/or Conduct Towards Others, is regarded as a Category 1 offence, and may be referred to the SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY, which may impose any legal and appropriate punishment up to and including recommendation for expulsion.

6.2 Repeated breaking of measures, other than those listed in 6.1, shall also be regarded as a category 1 offence.

6.3 The occasional or non-repetitive or isolated breaking of measures listed under Conduct Towards the School or Conduct Regarding School Rules, will be regarded as a category 2 offence, and corrective action/punishment will be handled by the principal or teacher or other school official duly delegated thereto by the principal, within the dictates of the relevant legislation.