Laerskool   De Vrije Zee  Primary School             

                                       

Code of Conduct

(Extracted from the Prospectus)

17. CODE OF CONDUCT FOR LEARNERS            (Quick Link back to Prospectus)

INTRODUCTION

De Vrije Zee Primary School strives to maintain a high standard of education. Therefore, this Code of Conduct has been drawn up according to the South African Schools Act, 1996  (Act 84 of 1996). This Code of Conduct should be accepted by the learners, educators and the parent community.
    
MISSION

To promote the spiritual, intellectual, social, cultural, moral and physical development of each learner according to his / her potential by means of accountable education  and school  management  and to equip them with  the  skills needed  to take their place in society as responsible citizens.  

AIMS

• To provide  learners with professional tuition in two of the country’s official languages, namely English and Afrikaans.
• To instil in learners the principles of tolerance  and respect for each other in academic, cultural and religious spheres.
• To afford learners a safe environment in which they can develop their full potential.
• To provide learners with the opportunity to develop culturally and in the field of sport and to instil good sportsmanship.   
• To expose learners to a positive discipline system in an environment where there is structure and routine. In this environment the child learns responsibility and respect for authority.
• To cultivate a set of values which will lead to pride and respect towards the learners’ own belongings and that of others.
• To promote a healthy, active parent / educator partnership.
• To promote a policy which is based on Christian principles.

PARTNERSHIPS CURRICULAR

• Register classes
• Grade co-ordinators
• Subject co-ordinators  (School)
• Subject co-ordinators   (Grade)
• Student leaders

Co-curricular

• Sport: Co-ordinators and coaches
• Culture: Co-ordinators and coaches

EMPOWERMENT OF EDUCATORS

The class educator is responsible for managing the behaviour of learners in his/her class in accordance with the Code of Conduct. Educators have an important responsibility to facilitate a climate for the development of positive learner behaviour. When learners step out of line educators apply disciplinary methods and/or positive reinforcement. This process is a challenging one and needs to be shared with parents and other educators.

The class educator encourages learners by:

• Identifying good work and sending learners to the principal for encouragement
• Celebrating successes
• Positive marking of academic work
• Communicating with parents via the homework book

SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM RULES

Every learner undertakes to conduct himself / herself as follows:    

EDUCATIONAL

1.1  To abide by the school rules.
1.2  To comply with the academic requirements of the school.
1.3  To take part in the sporting and cultural activities offered at school.
1.4  To display courtesy and respect towards educators and fellow learners.
1.5  To wear the school uniform correctly and with pride  in and out of school  
1.6  To keep the school grounds and buildings clean.
1.7  To respect their own property and that of others.
1.8  To respect and acknowledge meaningful authority.
1.9  To develop and demonstrate pride in his/her school.

CLOTHING AND APPEARANCE

All learners should wear full school uniform during school hours and when traveling to and from school.  Learners should not appear in public wearing incomplete uniform. All items of clothing are to be clearly marked. Requests for deviation from the uniform policy of the school will be dealt with on merit.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Summer:  (October to April)    

BOYS                       

Long / Short grey pants           
White shirt with school badge on pocket                     
No tie                  
Long grey socks              
Black lace-up school shoes          
V-Neck maroon jersey

Winter:  (May to September)

BOYS                       

Long grey pants              
White shirt with school badge on pocket                  
School tie              
Long grey socks              
Black lace-up school shoes          
V-Neck maroon jersey           
Maroon windbreaker (optional)

P.T. /  SPORT UNIFORM

BOYS  

White P.T. shorts              
White golf T-shirt.                                
School track suit  (optional)            
Rugby jerseys for matches will be provided at a nominal hiring fee.


GIRLS

Grey skirt and grey panties
White shirt with school badge on pocket  
No tie  
Short white socks  
Black school shoes V-Neck maroon jersey



GIRLS  

Grey skirt or grey long pants
White shirt with school badge on pocket
School tie
Long grey socks
Black school shoes
V-Neck maroon jersey
Maroon windbreaker (optional)



GIRLS

White P.T. shorts or maroon skirt
White golf T-shirt
School track suit  (optional)

SCHOOL TRACK SUIT (Only available at school)

• School track suit may be worn instead of the school uniform by all learners on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the winter months.
• Learners who play matches may wear their track suit to school on match days as well.
• Predominantly white tackies and a white T-shirt  (or white golf  T-shirt)  should be worn with the track suit.
• School track suit may also be worn to all sport functions.

CIVVY-DAY DRESS CODE

The only difference in the day is that the school uniform may be replaced by suitable casual clothes. The academic programme will proceed as normal.

DRESS CODE FOR GIRLS (Civvy-Day)

• Clothing must be suitable to wear to  school.   
• No over-revealing tops, shoulder-less tops, low cleavage or bare midriff.
• Jewellery such as bangles and necklaces to be worn in moderation.
• No visible body piercings except earrings.
• Caps may not be worn inside the school buildings.
• All underwear must be covered.

JEWELLERY POLICY
    
Boys:

• No earrings, rings, body studs, bangles, neck chains or any other form of jewellery may be worn.
• Acceptable accessories:  watches; Medic-Alert bracelet/chain.



HAIR POLICY
    
Boys:

• Hair should be washed regularly and neatly styled.  No Gel.
• Hair should not touch the shirt collar, fall over the ears or hang over the eyes.
• Hair may not be dyed or shaven.
• If lice/nits are found the learner will be sent home immediately to avoid spreading the lice.


DRESS CODE FOR BOYS (Civvy-Day)

• Suitable T-shirts / tops.
• No visible body piercings.
• No earrings.
• Caps may not be worn inside the school buildings.
• All underwear must be covered.




Girls:

• A single stud or sleeper in each ear in silver or gold may be worn.
• No dangling earrings, bangles, bracelets, neck chains or any other form of jewellery may be worn.
• Acceptable accessories:  watches; Medic-Alert bracelet/chain.


Girls:

• Hair should be washed regularly and neatly styled.  No Gel.
• Hair that touches the shirt collar must be tied up with maroon, white or black accessories. [Ribbons, elastics, plain hair-clips, Alice bands.]
• Hair should not hang over the eyes. Loose strands of hair should be pinned back.
• Hair may not be dyed or shaven.
• If lice/nits are found the learner will be sent home immediately to avoid spreading the lice.

NEATNESS INSPECTION

• Learners should be dressed in full school uniform every day.
• Sports and formal uniforms are not to be combined.
• Nails should be kept short and clean.  No nail varnish is permitted.
• Educators will conduct neatness inspections in the rows or classrooms.
• Learners who do not have the correct uniform, or item of uniform, should have a letter from the parent mentioning the deviation and also stating the date by when it will be rectified.
• Learners who do not wear the correct uniform and do not have a letter from the parent will be given a demerit on the pink detention form.

SCHOOL BAGS

• There should be no graffiti on schoolbags.
• The schoolbag should  protect school books.

CELL PHONE POLICY

We accept that cell phones are necessary in this day and age. However, we have a strict policy regarding the use of cell phones at school.

• No learner may make or receive calls during school hours.
• Cell phones should be switched off during school hours.
• Should a learner need to make an important call during school hours, this should be done with the permission of and in the presence of an educator.
• Learners may not have cell phones on their person during the writing of a test/examination.

Any transgression of above rules will result in confiscation of the cell phone, irrespective of the ownership of the cell phone. De Vrije Zee cannot accept any responsibility for the loss or theft of cell phones.

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

At De Vrije Zee we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all learners. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Bullying is behaviour by one or more persons towards another which is designed to hurt, embarrass, upset or cause discomfort. Bullying is a form of harassment. If bullying does occur, learners should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Examples of bullying:

• Emotional
• Physical
• Racist
• Sexual
• Homophobic
• Verbal
• Cyber

Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Bullies need to learn that their behaviour is unacceptable and that they should treat all people with respect. Anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to report it to staff members.

SCHOOL GROUNDS

• Learners should enter and leave the school grounds via the gates in Dingle Road or Merriman Street.
• No learner may leave the school grounds during school hours without the permission of the headmaster.
• Do not vandalise school property.
• Smoking and the use and possession of alcohol or drugs is strictly forbidden on the school grounds or during any school/sporting activity or outing.
• Chewing gum is not permitted.
• No alcohol or drugs may be brought onto the school premises, except medicine prescribed by a doctor. Learners are to inform their educator of such medication.
• Fireworks may not be brought to school.
• Learners  may not be in possession of pornographic material.
• Learners may not be in possession of dangerous objects or weapons.
• Learners may not use obscene or abusive language.
• No learner may ride a bicycle on the school grounds – bicycles must be pushed.
• Visitors must use the main entrance and report to reception. Visitors may not enter the school grounds / buildings without permission.

PLAYGROUND

• Learners should play in their designated areas.
• No littering.
• No dangerous or rough games – play ball games with a soft  ball.
• Learners should stay away from the fences and not climb over the fences.
• No skateboards or roller blades may be ridden.
• Learners may not climb trees, railings, gutters, goal posts, etc.
• Fighting and bullying will not be tolerated.

STAFF CAR PARK

• This is not a play area.
• Learners may only enter the car park area when accompanied by an educator.

INSIDE THE SCHOOL BUILDING

• No learner may enter the school building before school or during breaks unless accompanied by an educator.
• Learners may not place their schoolbags in the passages before school unless it is raining.
• No learner may be in the foyer unless accompanied by an educator.
• Learners should make use of the hall quad route when they need to go to the office. They may not walk through the administrative passage.

RAINY DAY RULES

Before school:  If the school grounds are wet, but it is not raining, learners will be permitted to place their schoolbags in the passage outside their classroom and then go outside again.  If it is raining, learners should wait quietly in the passage until the bell goes for the beginning of the school day.
            
During breaks:  Learners are restricted to their respective classrooms and orderly visits to the toilets and the tuck shop.

CLASS ROTATION

• Learners should move to their next class in an orderly fashion and wait outside the classroom for the educator.
• Girls walk in front, followed by the boys.  Walk quietly in a single file, hands behind the back, suitcases away from the wall and keep left.
• Learners should be accompanied by their educator when they go for any practical lessons.
• Learners may not talk, run, slide or play in the passages.

TUCK SHOP

• Only learners who wish to make purchases may visit the tuck shop.
• Learners should line up in neat rows according to their grade and wait to be served.
• As soon as learners have completed their purchases they should move to the playground.
• No bullying of learners will be tolerated.

PUBLIC TELEPHONE
        
• The public telephone may not be used during class time without the permission of an educator.
• The public telephone may be used at break for urgent calls.

TOILETS

• Learners are to visit the toilets before school and during break times.
• Misuse of visits to the toilets will not be tolerated.
• Learners may only use the toilets during class time with the permission of the educator.  [Student pass card to be used].
• Toilets should be kept neat and tidy at all times.
• No eating in the toilets.
• Flush the toilet after use.
• Do not litter or throw wet toilet paper around.
• The toilets on the first floor may only be used by grade 4 and 5 learners.
• The toilets  on the ground floor may only be used by learners in grades 6 and 7.
• Members of the Council of Learners should report any irregularities to the educator on playground duty.
• Learners make use of the toilets near the gallery during school functions.

SICK BAY

• Learners should report to Mrs Lauder if they are not feeling well.
• Mrs Lauder will give note to be taken to secretary and only secretary my phone parents.
• Learners are not permitted to telephone their parents to fetch them if they are not feeling well. Only the secretary may call the parents when learners need to be fetched from school.
• Only learners who have been given a sick bay pass will be allowed in sick bay.
• When learners leave sick bay, they are to return their pass to the secretary.

MEDIA CENTRE

Learners may visit the media centre at the following times: Second break - every day.
After school - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

• The media centre will be closed during 2nd break on rainy days.
• No suitcases are allowed in the media centre.
• No food may be taken into the media centre.
• Learners are not allowed to run in the media centre.
• Learners should be quiet in the media centre at all times.
• Only two books may be taken out at a time.
• Books may be borrowed for two weeks, but may be renewed for a further two weeks.
• Learners who lose library books will have to pay for the book to be replaced.

CLASSROOM AND ORGANISATIONAL RULES

Before school

• Learners are expected to be at school by 07:45 in the morning.
• The first bell will ring at 07:45 so that classes may begin punctually at 07:50.
• Learners are to place their suitcases in neat rows on the playground.
• Only Council of Learner members may place their suitcases in the passage in front of their classrooms before school.
• On rainy days learners may place their suitcases in the passage outside their classroom.
• Gates will be locked at 08:00 in the morning.
• Learners who arrive late must use the main entrance and report to the office where their names will be entered into a register.  
• Money sent to school should be placed in an envelope clearly marked with the learners’ name and classroom number and should state what the money is for.  

Rows

• Learners should move to their respective rows immediately once the first bell has rung.
• Learners should line up in neat rows.
• Learners will be taken to their classes by their educators.
• Educators should accompany the learners to their respective classrooms before school and after breaks.
• Learners who arrive late should enter the school via the main entrance  and report to the secretary before they move to their classes.

Before break

• Bells should be strictly adhered to.
• Learners eat their lunch in class before first break [eating time].
• Announcements will be made just before eating time and before the bell rings for 2nd break. Learners should be silent during announcements.
• Grade 4 learners may visit the tuck shop during eating time.
• Learners may only dismiss for break once the break bell has rung.

After break

• Bells should be strictly adhered to.
• Line up quickly, quietly and in an orderly manner once the bell has rung.
• Learners and their educators then proceed to their respective classrooms.

Classroom

• Learners are responsible for the neatness of their own desk area and the classroom.
• Learners should do their homework regularly and have all their stationery and books / equipment at school every day.
• Homework books are compulsory. Learners must copy down their homework every day and the homework book should be signed by the parent daily.
• Learners may not leave the classroom without the permission of the educator.
• No learner should leave the classroom at the end of the day until the final announcements have been made and the final bell has rung.
• Learners should not leave the classroom during announcements.
• Learners must not return to their classrooms after school or play or loiter in the passages.
• Learners who have been absent should bring an absentee note to school on the morning on which they return to school. This note should indicate the reason and dates of the absence.  Learners who have been absent for 3 or more days should also bring a medical certificate.
• Learners who have been absent should ensure that they complete all work which was done in class during the period of their absence.

GENERAL

• No loitering on pavements before and after school will be permitted.
• No circular, notice, pamphlet or poster may be circulated or displayed on the school grounds without the permission of the principal.
• School and sports facilities may not be used after hours without the permission of the principal.
• No learner may enter the hall, staff room, computer room, duplicating room, teachers’ toilets or kitchen without the permission of and accompanied by an educator.
• Any learner found guilty of damaging school property will be held financially liable for replacing or repairing such property.
• No learner shall in any manner bring the name of De Vrije Zee Primary School into disrepute.

INFRINGEMENTS: MEASURES

Our vision remains paramount – to instil a culture of teaching and learning. This cannot take place in a climate of disorder. In order to equip the principal and other role players with an instrument for effective behaviour management, our programme has 4 levels.

LEVEL 1 OFFENCES:

• Homework / tasks not completed
• Neglecting to have homework, tests, tasks or letters signed
• Unruly behaviour in class
• Disruption of class routine
• Late for school / classes / sporting and cultural events
• Forgetting books   /  P.T.  clothes at home
• Defacing or losing text books or library books
• Wearing improper school uniform /  untidy appearance
• Bad behaviour in rows / passages  /  hall
• Entering prohibited areas inside and outside the school buildings
• Littering
• Rough games on the school grounds
• Swearing / using foul language
• Dishonesty
• Arrogance / rudeness / ill-manners

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES FOR LEVEL 1 OFFENCES

All offences are to be noted by the educator on the pink detention form. After the third offence the detention form, which has been signed by the principal, as well as a yellow form stating the date and time of detention will be sent to the parents. Parents should sign both letters and return them to school.  

DETENTION

Parents will receive a PINK detention form informing them of the reasons  why their child has been given detention as well as a YELLOW [bad news] letter stating the date and time of detention. These forms should be signed and returned to school. The pink form will be kept in the learner information file and the yellow form will be kept in the detention file. Detention will last for 2 hours after school. If a learner receives 3 detentions in one term it will be treated as a level 3 offence.  Parents will be summoned to see the principal.

LEVEL 2 OFFENCES

• Rudeness and dis-respectfulness towards adults
• Undermining authority
• Unacceptable behaviour during outings / visits to other schools
• Absence from school or from sporting and cultural activities without permission
• Leaving school grounds during school hours without permission
• Fighting on school grounds
• Intimidation / extortion of fellow learners
• Falsification of signature of parent / guardian / educator
• Bad behaviour during assembly
• Vandalising property of other learners
• Dishonesty during tests / examinations
• Frequent repetition of Level 1 offences

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES FOR LEVEL 2 OFFENCES

Immediate detention:  two hours.
Detention letter as well as bad news letter to be signed by the principal and sent to parents. Parents must sign both letters and return them to school.   

LEVEL 3 OFFENCES

• Smoking on school grounds or when in school uniform
• Being in possession of or consuming alcohol or drugs on school grounds
• Being in possession of dangerous objects  / weapons on school grounds
• Possession or exhibition of pornographic material
• Serious disruption of school routine
• Absence without permission
• Theft
• Vandalism / destruction of school property
• Bomb threats  / false alarms
• Gang-related activities
• Violation of human rights / racism / sexism
• Sexual harassment by word or deed
• Immoral behaviour or blasphemy
 
DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES FOR LEVEL 3 OFFENCES

Immediate detention:  two hours.
Detention letter as well as  bad news letter will be  sent to the parents. Parents will be summoned for an interview with the principal / disciplinary committee.  

LEVEL 4  OFFENCES / SERIOUS MISCONDUCT

Serious and repeated transgressions of level 1 ,2 or 3 offences.

SERIOUS MISCONDUCT

Subject to the provisions of the Western Cape Provincial School Education Act, 1997  (Act 12 of 1997), a learner at a school shall be guilty of serious misconduct if he or she  -

• has been convicted by a court of a criminal offence and sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine; or
• is under the influence of intoxication liquor or drugs during a school activity or while he/she is on the school grounds; or
• is guilty of assault, theft or immoral conduct; or
• has been repeatedly absent without leave from school and/or classes    
• conducts himself/herself, in the opinion of the governing body, in a disgraceful, improper or unbecoming manner.

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES FOR LEVEL 4 OFFENCES

Fair hearing by the disciplinary committee in the presence of the parents.

DISCIPLINARY HEARING

Notice of the hearing is sent home via the learner / posted to the parent. Listed on the Hearing notice are the charges to be put to the parents.  This affords the parents an opportunity to prepare themselves in order to deal with the matter briskly and reduce additional stress for the learner.  Although the Hearing is viewed in a very serious light, the ultimate goal is to create an opportunity to decide on the best possible way to deal with the problem.

SUSPENSION  /  EXPULSION

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.

A learner at a school may be suspended by the principal / governing body of the school or prohibited by the Head of the WCED from attending school [expelled] if, after a fair hearing, he/she is found guilty of serious misconduct.
 
The procedures to be followed for the suspension and expulsion of learners are prescribed in the appropriate regulations promulgated in terms of section 9(3) of the South African Schools Act, 1996, (Act 84 of 1996).

SCOPE OF THIS CODE OF CONDUCT

No learner is exempt from the duty of complying with this code of conduct. This code of conduct is applicable:

• On school premises before, during and after school hours.
• During all school activities – on or off school property.
• Outside the school property when the learner is identifiable because of school clothes.

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT

Educators commit themselves to the positive motivation of learners and therefore emphasis is placed on reinforcing exemplary behaviour. Good behaviour is rewarded by means of a diploma / recognition during assembly / notice sent to parents.

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