Code of Conduct - Secondary School
The rules and punishments set out in this Code of Conduct have been formulated in corroboration with the Secondary school Students, Staff, Executive and Board of Governors.
The aim of these rules is to create an environment in which students can work in safety and with pride, to achieve their goals and leave behind them a school with a sound reputation and solid values.
The rules are divided into three groups depending on their severity and the type of punishment meted out for their contravention. In addition, general organizational regulations have been included which apply only to Secondary School students.
CLASS A RULES
The breaking of these rules is seen to be a minor offence and as such, punishment may include De-merits being issued, detention being imposed, parents being called in for an interview, or appropriate measures being taken subject to the offence.
These rules are all contained in the Academy Prospectus and apply to all students enrolled at the Academy.
They include the following:
- All students must wear complete Academy uniform:
- At the Academy
- To and from the Academy.
- At Academy functions, excursions, visits to other schools.
- At evening functions boys and girls must wear winter uniform – girls are to wear skirts.
- Only specified jewellery: watches, medic alert bracelets and chains. For the girls – if ears are pierced – only studs or sleepers and only one per ear in the lobe, and one signet ring only may be worn. All forms of body piercing are not permitted. No neck jewellery of any sort may be worn, unless for religious purposes, and then it may not be visible.
No unusual hairstyles will be permitted for either boys or girls.
- Hair which touches a girl's shoulders should be tied up, even if it is layered.
- Flicks and fringes must be clipped up, so that the hair does not fall in front of the eyes.
- A maximum of two ponytails is permitted, and not of the kind which are tied loosely toward the end of the hair.
- No bouffant styles.
- Ribbons may be only royal blue or white.
- No coloured clips, combs, hair bands or other accessories are permitted.
- Dyeing and / or tinting (including streaks, highlights & lowlights) of hair is forbidden.
- If hair is worn in a bun, it must be at the back of the head, not on top or at the sides. There may only be one bun.
- No wigs – unless for medical reasons – doctor`s note submitted.
- No dreadlocks.
- Braiding may only be black, maximum thickness of a pencil, if long – all other hair rules apply.
- Afro styles may not be deeper than 6cm on the top of the head, preferably tapered to the sides. If it is not tapered, then an alice-band must be worn.
- Weaves: These need to look natural and must comply with all other hair rules.
- No shaved sides with longer hair on top.
- Boys' hair shall be clear of the ears, 2cm clear of the collar and the fringe is to be at least one finger width above the eyebrows.
- Hair on top of the head may not exceed 5cm in length and not longer than 1cm on the sides.
- Step or crew cuts, Mohawks, mullets or punk styles are not permitted.
- Dyeing and / or tinting (including streaks, highlights & lowlights) of hair is forbidden.
- No shaved sides less than a number 2, longer hair on top not exceeding 5 cm. Infringement of these rules will result in a verbal / written warning. Thereafter, the Academy will send boys for a haircut or employ a professional hairdresser on your behalf, in order to cut the hair. Your account will be invoiced accordingly.
- No wig may be worn unless for medical reasons, and then a doctor's note should be submitted.
- No dreadlocks are permitted for boys.
- Boys' beards should be shaved clean every day. "Sideburns" may not be longer than to the middle of the earlobe. Boys, who are not cleanly shaven, will be required to do so at school.
- Gel may be worn for control purposes only, not for style. Boys who arrive at school and who do not abide by the hair regulations give implied permission for the Academy or an approved barber to cut their hair and acknowledge that this is not assault.
- No nail varnish may be worn, and nails should be short and clean. Only Grade 12 girls are permitted to have long nails – with a French manicure if so desired.
- Skirts must not be rolled and socks must not be worn in a 'concertina' fashion.
- No make-up of any description may be worn.
- Only black closed shoes are allowed. Laces must be tied. Shoes should be clean and polished every day. No tackies are allowed. Only prescribed school socks may be worn. Grade 12 girls wear pencil skirts and matt black court shoes with a heel not exceeding 5cm in height.
- Boys should wear a plain black or grey belt with long grey pants at all times. No brand-named buckles are permitted..
- Top buttons of shirts must be fastened and ties should be pushed up to the collar and properly tied. Ties must be of an appropriate length.
- Matric jackets may NOT replace the blazer at all. The Matric jacket may be worn during the school day, but when travelling to and from school, the blazer must replace the jacket, or worn over the jacket.
In the Academy buildings, including the hall, classrooms, passages, stairways, and corridors or in any other part of the buildings to which the students have access:
- Changing of classes must be carried out in single file.
- There is to be no running, climbing, on the rails, or furniture, or any such irregular behaviour.
- Students must vacate the building during breaks and before or after normal Academy hours unless instructed or permitted to do otherwise.
- Students must deposit their suitcases outside their classroom at breaks.
- ACADEMY FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
No student may use any item of Academy equipment without permission, though permission need not be given for the use and enjoyment of equipment put out for general use, subject to the rules below:
- No student shall wilfully misuse any item of Academy equipment, or mark or deface it.
- The Academy buildings and grounds must be kept clean and tidy at all times and treated with proper care. No litter
- No notices may be put up without permission from the Principal.
- Students shall not loiter in the toilets or on stairwells.
- Areas which are out of bounds to students:
- The immediate vicinity of the grounds staff quarters.
- All rockeries and flower / plant beds.
- The bicycle shed or motorcycle shed during school hours.
- The car park and staff car park.
- The hall unless accompanied by a member of staff.
- The Tuck shop.
- Church grounds.
- Staff room.
- Cricket Nets.
- The Kitchen unless accompanied by a member of staff.
- The use of these facilities is dependent on the strict observance of special rules applicable to them.
- All sports equipment must be handled with due care and may not be removed or handled without the express permission of the teacher in charge.
- The appropriate sports clothing shall be worn for each sport.
- No student shall fight or play unofficial games liable to cause injury to other students or damage property. No student shall behave in a rowdy manner, or in such a way as to provoke other students.
- No litter is to be dropped by any student.
- Students are not to walk over newly planted grass or any grassed areas being cultivated.
- Chewing gum is not permitted.
- Students may not sit on, climb over or handle any boundary fences, gates or railing.
- Cyclists may not ride within the Academy grounds, and should park their bicycles in the space provided.
- During Academy hours, no one may leave the Academy grounds without the Principal's permission.
- Students may not swear, or use hurtful or unkind language.
- Students may not be disrespectful or cheeky to any member of staff including cleaning staff and prefects.
- Physical contact between students of the opposite sex is forbidden.
- Truancy is strictly forbidden.
- Possession or concealment of fire-making materials such as matches and lighters is forbidden.
- Leaving the school grounds without permission is forbidden.
- Open defiance to a member of staff is forbidden.
- No boy may enter a girls' bathroom or girl a boys' bathroom.
- Behaviour that negatively influences the culture of learning in a class is forbidden.
- Sending abusive or inappropriate text messages or emails to pupils or staff is forbidden.
- Any action that endangers fellow students or school property is forbidden.
- Entering or departing any building via a window is not allowed.
- Behaviour that is inconsistent with the well-being and reputation of the Academy is not allowed at any time.
- OUTSIDE THE ACADEMY
No student shall bring discredit to the Academy by any unseemly behaviour in any public place, or at any other school. Therefore no students are permitted:
- To hitchhike in Academy uniform, or in the company of another student wearing our Academy uniform.
- Students using buses shall behave in accordance with the instructions of the driver or person officially in charge.
- Cyclists travelling to and from the Academy must know and obey traffic laws.
- Never loiter in the streets, at cafes or shopping centres while in Academy uniform.
- Never arrive at or leave the Academy wearing an incomplete uniform. This includes the wearing of shoes, socks, and blazers.
CLASS B RULES
These rules are deemed more serious and a Student breaking these rules faces suspension of not less than 5 school days and not more than 10 school days. Parents will be called in to discuss the offence and will be notified in writing of the suspension.
These rules include the following:
- Possession of cigarettes and Smoking – is strictly forbidden on School premises or while in school uniform or while on outings or events organized by the school.
- Theft – The handling or taking of property belonging to any other person or organization without express permission will be considered theft and will be dealt with as such.
- Alcohol usage – the partaking of alcohol while on school premises or while in school uniform or while on outings or events organized by the school is strictly forbidden.
- Forgery – of any correspondence is strictly forbidden.
- Cheating – the use of crib notes and any attempt to obtain work from others during tests or examinations by any means whatsoever, will be considered cheating and the applicable punishment will be meted out.
- Undesirable Literature – No pornographic or undesirable literature or pictures may be brought onto the premises of the Academy.
- Vandalism (including graffiti).
- Racial slurs or insults – the use of racial slurs or insults based on racial or cultural identity are strictly forbidden.
- Continuous contravention of Class A rules – Students who continually contravene Class A rules will be considered guilty of this offence.
CLASS C RULES
The breaking of these rules is considered to be very serious and as such, students found guilty of contravening them face immediate expulsion. Parents will be called in to acknowledge the expulsion. The following rules apply to this category:
- Drugs – Any student found in possession of or under the influence of drugs while on school premises, in school uniform or on any outing or event organized by the school will be considered guilty of this offence.
- Dangerous weapons – Any student found in possession of a dangerous weapon at school or on any outing or event organized by the school will be considered guilty of this offence.
- Assault – Any student who assaults any other person with the intent to commit bodily harm while on school premises or on any outing or event organized by the school will be considered guilty of this offence.
- Malicious damage to property - Any student who maliciously causes damage to the property of any other person or organization will be considered guilty of this offence.
- Continuous contravention of class B rules – Students who continually contravene Class B Rules will be considered guilty of this offence.
GENERAL ORGANIZATIONAL REGULATIONS
The following regulations apply only to Secondary School Students at Shangri-La Academy:
- Cell Phones – Students in the Secondary school section are allowed to bring Cell Phones to school under the following conditions:
- These devices are switched off during school hours and handed to the relevant teacher.
- The Academy accepts absolutely no responsibility for damage to, or theft of, these devices.
- Cell phones found in a student's possession will be confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the term. Use of mobile phones during lesson time is strictly forbidden
- These devices are to be handed in before any test or examination. Failure to do so by the student will be seen as cheating on the part of the student and the applicable punishment will be meted out.
- Urgent phone calls to parents must be made from the school office
- Motor cycles and Motor Vehicles – Students may use these forms of transport to and from school subject to the following condition;
- The student is in possession of a valid licence applicable to the relevant vehicle. A copy of this licence must be given to the Principal.
- Students are to park such vehicles only in the space designated by the Principal.
- Students are not allowed to drive the vehicle on school premises other than to reach or leave the designated parking area.
- Reckless driving by the student while on school premises will result in his / her vehicle privileges being revoked.
- The Academy accepts no responsibility for any damage to or theft of the vehicle while on school premises.
- Permission to use these forms of transport must be obtained from the Principal prior to their use at the Academy.
- The posted speed limit in the Academy must be adhered to.
- Right of admission to the Academy and car park is reserved, so students who play excessively loud music in their vehicles will be asked to leave the premises.
- All accidents should be reported immediately to the school office.
- Computer use
- Pupils may only use the computer facilities with the permission of a member of staff.
- Pupils are not permitted to enter chat rooms or use games or programs with chat facilities.
- Eating or drinking is not permitted in the computer facilities.
- Pupils must not attempt to change PC settings.
- Classroom rules
- Arrive on time, with the necessary books and equipment.
- Enter the classroom quietly and prepare to start work immediately.
- The classroom is a place of learning. Concentrate hard on your own work and allow others to learn.
- Show respect to everyone.
- Treat others, their work and equipment with respect.
- Listen to the views or comments of others, even if different from your own.
- Eat only at break and lunchtimes, never in class.
- Use appropriate language at all times.
- Always acknowledge visitors to the class and stand if an adult enters the room.
- Follow all instructions given. If in doubt, ask!!
- Complete all work to the best of your ability. Present work neatly and accurately.
- All pieces of written work should have a date, whether the piece is class work or prep and the title neatly underlined with a ruler.
- Expect to repeat or complete the work again if it is unsatisfactory.
- Punctuation, spelling and the good use of grammar is very important in all lessons.
- Keep books and your homework diary free from graffiti.
- Complete all work and return on time.
- Some parts of a lesson will include times of quiet, individual work. Some parts will require group work or class discussion (hands up). Pupils should only talk at appropriate times. Discussing non-subject related matters is a distraction and is not tolerated. Never shout out. Raise your hand before speaking.
- Stay seated at all times unless you are asked to move by the teacher.
- Do not rock on the chairs or sit on tables as this will cause damage.
- Pupils will not be allowed to interrupt lessons to collect forgotten books or equipment. Only in an emergency will pupils be allowed out of lessons.
- No running in any part of the school. Pupils should move about the school in a quiet and orderly way.
- Homework must be done timeously and handed in promptly.
- Any property not belonging to the finder, found in the school buildings and grounds must be handed in to the office. Pupils are not encouraged to swap property.