Rules

ST CHRISTOPHER’S PRIVATE SCHOOL
CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY REGULATIONS

1. BEHAVIOUR
a. Learners will at all times behave courteously and respectfully.
b. The code of honour will be respected at all times.
c. All learners will stand and greet politely if members of staff or visitors enter a classroom or pass them outside.
d. The national emblems (the national anthem, national flag and coat of arms) will be treated with respect. All learners must stand with
their arms next to their sides while singing the national anthem.
e. The school emblems (school song, badge and uniform) will be respected.

2. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
a. The school commences at 07:45 (students should be at school by 07:30) and closes at the time arranged for different phases.
b. It is compulsory for learners to attend school daily.
c. Should learners be absent due to unforeseen circumstances, parents must notify the school (in writing or telephonically – 043 555 0345) without any delay before the school day commences.
d. No learners may leave the school grounds during school hours or during break time without permission from the H.O.D.
e. Learners who arrive late will be taken to the office and will have to pay a fine of R10.00.

3. SCHOOL AND PRIVATE PROPERTY
a. All buildings, apparatus and equipment must be treated with care and should not be damaged in any way.
b. Should a learner accidentally damage school property (e.g. breaks a windowpane) it should be reported immediately to the office and to the concerned educator in whose class the damage has taken place or to the teacher on duty.
c. All classrooms must be locked during break and before school, except when raining and in extreme heat. All classrooms must be opened in time for the learners to enter and for the next teacher to enter.
d. Notes given to learners have to be kept clean and neat. Should these notes be damaged or lost, the learner will be responsible for replacing it.
e. It is the duty of each learner to keep the classrooms, bathrooms and other rooms clean as well as to keep the grounds neat by placing all refuse in the refuse bins.
f. No learner should enter the school premises while the gates are locked.
g. No learner should sit or play near the office or staffroom.
h. Learners from Grade 3-12 should not play on the outdoor apparatus of the pre-school.
i. Each learner is responsible for his/her personal possessions (schoolbags and clothing). Should lost articles be found on the school premises, it must be handed in at the office.
j. Learners must leave the school premises in full uniform. This includes shoes and socks.
k. No learners should leave the school on outings in civvies but in sport uniform and in school uniform or school tracksuit.

4. THE FOLLOWING ARE STRICTLY FORBIDDEN
a. Smoking on the premises or during extramural activities or in public while dressed in school uniform. No learner may be in possession of cigarettes or tobacco.
b. The use of alcohol substances or drugs, theft or vandalism at all times will be considered a serious offence.
c. Satanism, occult or any activity not within the Christian norm may not be practised at any time. This would lead to the immediate expulsion of a learner.
d. Any sexual act between male/female or male/male or female/female while at school or where it can be seen.

5. EXTRAMURAL ACTIVITIES
a. For the well-balanced development of all learners, they all should participate in ex-curriculum activities. This is compulsory. Learners will only be exempt if they have a doctor’s certificate.
b. If the learner is not able to participate in sport, he/she must participate in a cultural activity.

6. SCHOOL UNIFORM
a. Summer uniform is worn from the first day of the fourth term to the last school day of April every year. Winter uniform is worn from the first day in May to the last day of the third term. These times are compulsory. Warm clothing (e.g. jerseys) is permissible on cold days during summer.
b. Only the prescribed school uniform may be worn.
c. The top button of shirts must not be fastened. Learners in Senior Phase, who wear ties, must fasten the top button and the knot of the tie must be pulled up against the collar.
d. During summer, white short-sleeved shirts should be worn.
e. Navy / red school ankle length socks. (Girls – summer)
f. Short sleeve white shirt, pants, ankle length socks navy, red, grey (boys – summer). Junior students, up to Grade 7 may wear shorts with school socks.
g. School neck scarf (winter).
h. Only white vests may be worn under school shirts. These may not show in any way. No T-Shirts.
i. Learners should wear proper pullovers. Ties should be worn with blazers at all times.
j. Learners may not push the sleeves of jerseys up or pull it down over the palms of their hands.
k. Jerseys may not be draped loosely around the shoulder or hips.
l. The school tracksuit may only be worn for after school sport events. Full tracksuits, golf shirt with a badge.
m. School “accessories” (i.e. hats, scarves, jackets) may not be worn in summer.
n. Girls may only wear school socks and black leather shoes (Bata type).
o. Boys in the Junior Phases must wear school socks folded under the knee. Only black leather lace up school shoes will be permitted. Laces have to be fastened at all times.
p. Should a learner not be wearing the prescribed school uniform, they will be sent home.
q. Prescribed school uniform particulars are available at the office.
r. Only a navy drimax without a blazer is allowed on rainy days.
s. Blazers are compulsory when a tie is worn.

7. GIRLS

a. Hair
i. No hair is allowed to touch the collar of the shirt. Hair must be tied in not more than two ponytails.
ii. All hair must be tied away from the face. No hair may hang over the face.
iii. Only navy, red or white bands may be used. Summer – white/navy bands. Winter – red/navy bands.
iv. No “afro”, “dreadlocks”, “bonding” or other extravagant hairstyles are permitted. No hairpieces may be worn.
v. Hair may not be coloured.
vi. Hair must be clean and tidy.
vii. Matric pupils will only be allowed to wear hair fibre for a week before the matric dance and for two weeks thereafter.

b. Earrings and other Jewellery
i. Should girls have more than one hole pierced in the ear, an earring may only be worn in the bottom hole.
ii. Only small, plain studs or sleepers in gold or silver may be worn.
iii. Only similar earrings or studs must be worn in both ears.
iv. No extravagant watches may be worn.
v. No other jewellery (e.g. gold chains) or any other form of necklace may be worn. Tongue studs or belly studs are not allowed.
vi. Jewellery not allowed will be confiscated by any teacher at any time during school hours.
vii. Confiscated jewellery must be placed in a money bag with the learners name on and handed in at the office. This will be given back at the end of the year.

c. Nails and Make-Up
i. Nails must be kept short. They may not be longer than the tips of the finger.
ii. No nail polish is permissible.
iii. No lip-gloss is permitted only colourless lip-ice.
iv. Nails should at all times be kept clean and cared for.
v. No make-up is allowed.

8. BOYS

a. Hair
i. No braided hairpieces, cornrows or dreadlocks are allowed.
ii. Hair must be cut short.
iii. Hair may not be coloured.
iv. No “afro”, “dreadlocks”, “bonding” or other extravagant hairstyles are permitted. No hairpieces may be worn.
v. No shapes to be shaved or combed in the hair.
vi. Boys must shave their facial hair and are not permitted to have side burns.

b. Jewellery
i. No extravagant watches may be worn.
ii. No earrings, studs or any other jewellery may be worn.
iii. Jewellery not allowed will be confiscated by any teacher at any time during school hours.
iv. Confiscated jewellery must be placed in a money bag with the learners name on and handed in at the office. This will be
given back at the end of the year.

c. Nails
i. Nails may not be longer than the tips of the finger.
ii. Nails must at all times be neat and clean.
iii. No nail polish is permissible.

9. CELL PHONES
i. Cell phones in school at your own risk. They may only be turned on after 14:35 and off the school premises.
ii. Cell phones may not be seen or heard by the educators on the school premises.
iii. Cell phones will be confiscated and will only be returned after 6 (six) months or on paying a R100.00 fine.

A. DISCIPLINARY CODE
1. The disciplinary code deals with any violations of the school rules, academic transgressions and misconduct. The appropriate punishment will be inflicted keeping in mind factors such as the possibility that the violation might not have been on purpose, that it might be a repetition of previous violations, the number of previous violations and the number of violations during that year. The violations mentioned here and the punishment suggested for these violations are only guidelines to serve as an example of what might be expected and are not final.
2. The School Management Team still have the right to decide upon any other applicable punishment if circumstances allow it.
3. If it is the opinion of the S.M.T. that he violation implicates serious misconduct, which allows for a learner to be permanently expelled, the
matter will be referred to the Principal who may refer the matter to the Advisory Committee for a final decision.
4. Educators, parents and learners acknowledge the fact that discipline forms part of a healthy educational policy and that, as far as possible, it
should be treated as a managerial mater and in a professional way.
5. When a violation has been reported and an investigation is under way, the S.M.T. will have the right to inspect the body and or belongings of the relevant person and to seize any object said to be involved in the matter. Such objects can remain in the school’s possession until the disciplinary matter has been resolved.
6. If any misconduct occurs during extramural activities, (outside school time) the learner will still be held accountable in accordance with this code of conduct.

B. CODE OF CONDUCT

1. A learner
a. Should always behave in such a way that the character and mission of the school is reflected.
b. Must always behave in such a way that he/she does not bring the school’s good name into question or undermine the maintenance of order and discipline at the school.
c. Should always refrain from undisciplined behaviour towards member of staff.
d. Should respect the human dignity of fellow learners.
e. Should show respect towards people in authority, including the management of the school, educators, prefects, class leaders, captains of sports teams, coaches, referees, umpires, parents and members of committees.
f. Acknowledges the fact that discipline and order is a prerequisite for the enhancement and maintenance of the quality of the learning process.
g. Acknowledges the fact that self-discipline and conforming to the requirements of the school rules are the foundation of order and discipline at school.
h. This code of conduct is binding all learners during school hours on school tours or whenever the learner can be identified as a learner of St. Christopher’s Private School, whether during school hours or not.
i. Acknowledges the fact that any transgression or violation of this code of conduct will lead to some form of corrective actions.

C. ACADEMIC TRANSGRESSIONS
1. Typical Academic Transgressions
a. Incomplete homework
b. Leaving books at home
c. Not paying attention during lessons
d. Copying work from other learners
e. Not preparing for tests or examinations
f. Handing in work late without prior arrangements
g. Any violation, which, according to the sole discretion of the Principal, can be classified as an academic transgression.

2. Action by class-/Learning Area Educator, H.O.D., Deputy Principal on Academic Transgressions
a. Each H.O.D. has the right to telephonically or in writing contact the parents / guardian concerning a learner’s work at any time. It is strongly recommended that such communication takes place with the acknowledgement of the Principal and other educators.
b. The Class-/Learning Area Educator can:
i. He/she has the right to issue a warning to a learner, informing him/her that such warning will be recorded on his/her record (the learner must sign the punishment form)
ii. Reprimand a learner.
iii. Require a learner to perform a specified task or provide a specified service.
iv. Instruct a learner to apologise to an appointed person.
v. Refer a learner to the Principal and the S.M.T.

3. Action by the Principal
a. The Principal has all the rights mentioned in Paragraph 2, with the following additions to that.
b. The Principal can:
i. Issue a final warning to a learner.
ii. Suspend a learner.
iii. Refer the matter to the disciplinary committee.
c. The principal may expel any learner that transgresses strictly forbidden offences.

4. Procedure
a. Any educator or other member of staff who becomes aware of any transgression by a learner has the responsibility to record the incident and the take action against perpetrator or refer rather to the H.O.D. The secretary will record this information on computer and file the form in the learner’s file. In severe cases, or whenever necessary, a letter will be sent to the parents/guardians requesting them to visit the school to discuss the matter with the Principal.
b. If the Principal is convinced that a disciplinary committee should hear the matter he will refer it to such a committee.
c. The number of disciplinary actions, which a learner has accumulated due to previous violations, can influence or determine the action of the Principal and / or disciplinary committee.
d. Disciplinary actions / transgression may remain in effect for one whole calendar year from the date the transgression took place.

D. COMPOSITION OF DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
a. External Disciplinary Committee
i. Members
ii. The Owner
iii. Principal
iv. Deputy Principal – initiator / H.O.D. – investigator
v. Senior Teacher
vi. SAC Chairperson
vii. SAC Member

E. PROCEDURE
a. An independent person or H.O.D. will first investigate a complaint against a learner before the matter is referred to the disciplinary committee. This investigation should result in information about the complaint, the learner’s personal circumstances and also information that might be in favour of the learner.
b. The Deputy Principal compiles a report and a charge sheet is formulated, mentioning the relevant violation.
c. The learner and his/her parents have to receive a written notification about the hearing (7 day period to hearing). The learner may be suspended during this time. The notification should include details about the accusation against the learner, the date, time and venue of the hearing as well as a notification of the compulsory presence of the learner’s parent/guardian.
d. The accused may:
i. Address the disciplinary committee to state his/her case
ii. Put questions to any witnesses
iii. Inspect any document relevant to the hearing
iv. Testify in defence of his/her case or as commutation of the punishment
v. Call his/her own witnesses, whose names have to be submitted to the deputy principal, put before the committee documentary or any other  evidence in defence of his/her case or that might be serve as commutation of the punishment.
vi. Once all the evidence has been given and before a ruling and punishment is considered, address the disciplinary committee in defence of his/her case or as commutation of the punishment.
e. If a learner does not appear at the hearing in accordance with the written notice, he/she can be tried in absentia.
f. The disciplinary committee can inflict one or more of the following punishments
i. Suspend the learners from attending school for a maximum period of time of one week,
ii. Nullify the result of a test, examination or assignment,
iii. Claim the appropriate amount of money to compensate for any damages looses or imposed costs caused by the learner, on purpose or through negligence, to the school or any other person,
iv. Lift any privileges which the learner may enjoy as a member of the school for an appointed period of time,
v. Impose a certain task,
vi. Any other punishment not mentioned here regarded by the committee as being suitable given the circumstances,
vii. Request the learner to permanently leave the school (expelled)

F. THE S.M.T. AND PRINCIPAL
a. If the H.O.D. and class teacher are unable to prevent transgressions by any learner it should be referred to the S.M.T.
b. The S.M.T. will investigate transgressions and after consultation with parents will punish or support the learner if needed.
c. Serious transgressions under section 4 will not be allowed and the S.M.T. may make a decision without taking the matter to the
Disciplinary Committee.

G. LEARNER REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
a. Any punishment through the L.R.C. must be reported to the H.O.D. of that phase.
b. The H.O.D. must approve such punishment.
c. The L.R.C. has the right to place a learner in detention. However, they must monitor such detention after given written notice to the
parents of the time and place.

H. SUPPORT STRUCTURE
a. Peer helper system
i. System in which learners receive support from fellow learners
ii. Creates a school culture of caring and support
iii. Makes counselling accessible to learners
iv. Puts learners with needs in touch with relevant aids
v. Offers opportunity for early identification
b. Education support team (EST)
i. Assist with the identification and assessment of the strong points and development areas of learners with behaviours problems
ii. Assist with the compilation of an individual education development plan (IEDP) for each learner that is experiencing behavioural barriers and amend the IEDP where necessary
iii. Assist with the referral of the learner to other appropriate service providers where necessary

Although this code of conduct is carefully designed for the needs of our school, changes and adjustments may occur in the future. The school will
appreciate inputs from learners, parents and the community at large but the final decision still lies with the owner who is, at the end of the day, the
responsible person for the running and control of the school. If there are any changes you would like to see, please write down the page number and the relevant paragraph number with inputs or comments.