With the code of Conduct for learners we aim to promote orderly and effective teaching and also guide the learner towards the development / acquisition of self-discipline.
All learners are bound and will adhere to the code of conduct as set out below:
All learners are expected to be in full uniform as from the first day of school. School identity and school loyalty is vital. Parents are asked to assist the school to achieve these qualities by seeing to it that learners observe these regulations.
Note: Winter uniform starts from the 2nd term until the end of August. No winter uniform after the end of August. Navy tights for girls will be permitted on very cold days.
Only grade 12 learners may wear the following:
NOTE: Any transgressions of these rules may lead to the learner being sent home.
It should be pointed out that the parents are not obliged to buy from a particular shop. However the school cannot accept as an excuse the purchase of incorrect uniform items on the grounds that they were the more suitable items available from the supplier.
Note: If a learner is constantly late, the parents will be requested to enroll their child in a school closer to home.
Note: Where it does happen that learners are allowed to stay away during sessions when they are not writing an examination, it should be borne in mind that this is a concession – privilege – not a right.
THE SCHOOL TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ITEMS BEING LOST OR STOLEN. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE LEARNER TO LOOK AFTER HIS/HER OWN PROPERTY.
The school has an enviable reputation for the good behaviour of its learners. It is a reputation of which we are justly proud and one that we seek to guard jealously.
Although we do not impose regimentation on our learners, preferring that they should accept responsibility for their own behaviour, we do take action against those who clearly demonstrate that they are unwilling or unable to conduct themselves in a seemly or proper fashion.
The following transgressions can lead to immediate suspension/expulsion if they are committed during the Grade 10 – 12 year. (This also applies to the councillor body)
Parents and learners are to take cognisance of the Policy on the Code of conduct of learners and the Policy for dealing with substance abuse.
Punishment lies with the discretion of the Principal. It may be written punishment, detention or in the case of a reprehensible single occurrence, suspension and ultimately expulsion, once the Governing Body has considered the matter.
Revised: DATE: 29 OCTOBER 2012
The code of conduct shall be enforced by the disciplinary committee following due process.
It must be borne in mind that the parent has the primary responsibility for the education of their child and assumes responsibility for the child’s behaviour at all times.
Children who transgress the code will be treated with due process and it must be acknowledge that the teacher has the right to refuse to teach the child who does not adhere to the code until such time as the child modifies his/her behaviour and fulfills the articles of the code.
Every educator is responsible for discipline and has the full authority and responsibility to correct behaviour of learners whenever such a correction is necessary. Any corrective measure of disciplinary action will correspond with and be appropriate to the offence.
The following issues will be outlined in the discipline policy:
The policy was compiled in accordance with the following legislation, circulars and guidelines:
3. PURPOSE OF THE POLICY
To create a school environment that will promote the academic development and performance of every learner in and organized structure.
The discipline system will emphasize that the self-discipline of every learner in not only the responsibility of the school but it is a partnership between the school, the parent and the community.
The demerit/and merit system and the procedures put in place to take disciplinary measures is a fair system to take action towards learners that transgress the Code of Conduct for Learners of Alberton High and to make sure that learners that want to learn, receive quality education.
The policy is also to make sure that the learner and the parent, that has to provide guidance to the learner, support the system to ensure that the learners’ right will be respected and protected. Every learner and parent will sign a Learner Commitment in the beginning of the year and this will be kept in a file in the office of the Discipline Officer. (Annexure A)
4. POLICY REGULATIONS
4.1 Grading of offences
4.2 List of offences per grade of offence
4.3 Assistance to Educators
5. DISCIPLINE INTERVENTIONS
5.1 Interventions and corrective measures aimed at correcting the behavior before suspension and expulsion
5.2 Failure to comply with interventions and corrective measures
5.3 Conduct that may lead to suspension/expulsion
5.4 List of possible disciplinary sanctions to be applied for Grade 1 – Grade 4 offences respectively.
5.5 Daily Report
5.6 Demerit System
5.8 Late comers to school/class
5.10 Detention Procedures to be followed:
5.11 Merit System
6. SUSPENSION OF A LEARNER BY THE PRINCIPAL OR DEPUTY PRINCIPAL AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE
The Governing Body authorises the Principal or Deputy Principal to institute suspension, as a precautionary measure, with regard to a learner who is charged with serious misconduct offence as contemplated in section 8 of the Schools Act.
7. DISCIPLINARY AND TRIBUNAL HEARINGS
7.1 Composition of different Hearing Commissions
7.2 The following official forms will be used for misconduct and disciplinary hearings
7.3 Written notice of disciplinary hearing
7.4 Disciplinary measures that a Disciplinary hearing Committee may impose
7.5 Procedure during hearings
7.5.1 The Chairperson of the Committee must lead the proceedings and:
Introduce those present and state their function ? Ensure that the witnesses are present only while giving evidence
7.5.2 The Chairperson must inform the learner of his/her rights:
7.5.3 The Chairperson is to explain the nature of the alleged breach or misconduct to those present at the hearing
7.5.4 The procedure of enquiry is that the complainant and his/her witnesses will be heard first. The learner and panel may ask questions to them. The learner and his/her witnesses may then give evidence and the complainant and Committee may ask them questions.
7.5.5 When all evidence has been heard, the Chairperson must close the enquiry, dismiss the complainant, the learner, their representatives, the parent(s)/guardians and all the witnesses
7.5.6 The Disciplinary / Tribunal Committee must discuss and weigh the evidence and come to a decision
7.5.7 The Chairperson must reconvene all interested parties
7.5.8 The Chairperson is to communicate the decision to all the interested parties
7.5.9 The Chairperson must explain the decision of the Committee and the reasons for the penalty (if any) that has been imposed
7.5.10 The learner must be advised to his right to appeal (Annexure F)
7.5.11 The complainant and learner must sign the disciplinary form and a copy must be handed to the learner. (If the learner refuses, a witness must sign in the presence of the learner)
Social Networking has become an intricate part of children’s lives. Educators should be using the internet as an effective tool. There are many benefits of social media, the danger however often outweighs the benefits.
The following issues will be outlined in the policy:
The policy was compiled in accordance with the following legislation:
Relevant GDE circulars ? Sexual Offences Act 32 of 2007 ? Protocols and Procedures by The Proactive Education Group
Cell phones may NOT be brought to school. Should a learner need to have his/her cell phone, the phones must be handed in at the office in the morning for safekeeping and collected at the end of the day.
Transgression of the rule regarding use of cell phones will lead to the confiscation of the cell phones with the SIM card.
Cell phones may only be collected from the office at 14:00 after one week at a fine of R100.
If a cell phone is collected the same afternoon, the fine will be R200.
All monies collected will be allocated to our Welfare fund.
The disciplinary measures are incorporated in the Code of Conduct for Learners and acknowledgment thereof is signed by both the parents and the learner.
The learners are asked to switch the phone off in the presence of the educator and must then hand it to the educator.
The Educator will hand the phone to one of the ladies in the finance office that will enter it in a register and place it in a sealed envelope with the name of the learner, date and the name of the educator that confiscated the phone.
The phone will be kept in the strong room until fine is paid and phone collected.
Both the cinema and Publications Act and the Sexual Offences Act make it an offence for a person under the age of 18 to:
It is a criminal offence to expose a minor under the age of 18 to pornography
Distribution of pornography at school is a grade 3 offence and such material will be confiscated, a warning letter issued community service and/or detention given.
If material shows minor under the age of 18 – the police have to be notified.
Should learner have intercourse on the school premises and one or both is under age of 18, it will be classified as statutory rape. Should they also record the act, it will be seen as manufacturing and distribution of child pornography.
There is an obligation to report the incident to the police. Failure to report this matter, is an offence under the sexual offences act.
Intercourse on school premises is a grade 4 offence that will lead to criminal charges, suspension from school, disciplinary hearing and possible expulsion.