Code of Conduct - Annexure A and B

Annexure A

Learner Commitment:

I, ……………………………………………, a learner at St Agnes Primary School, understand the rules and their implications and hereby commit to:

Abide by the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary System.

Behave in a courteous and considerate manner and respect other learners, all members of staff and visitors to the School.
Treat everyone with respect regardless of differences in culture, religion, ability, race, gender, age, sexual orientation or social class.
Take responsibility for my learning by attending regularly and punctually and completing all my assessment tasks on time.
Cooperate with my teachers and other School staff.
Assist in making the School a safe place for all.
Seek help if I need it.
Let the School know if I feel my rights have been infringed, or if I experience any other difficulty.

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Learner                                                           Parent/Guardian

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Date



Annexture B

Table 1: List of offences per grade of offence

Grade 1: Offences Grade 2: Offences Grade 3: Offences Grade 4: Offences

• littering

• excessively noisy or unruly behaviour before School, during change-overs, during breaks, and after School

• eating, drinking or chewing gum during any contact time (class and assembly)

• misconduct in an assembly

• entering an out of bounds area, classroom or passage without  permission

• loitering in the passages, at the tuck shop or vending machines, at the toilets or change rooms

• misconduct or poor  sportsmanship during an  extra-mural activity’s practice, intra- or inter-School competition or league fixture

• failure to:

– submit an absentee note or exit notes by the stipulated deadlines

– return a library book by the due date, or pay the fine for overdue book/s

– attend an extramural activity’s practice session without excusing himself

– attend duty class

– attend a compulsory activity as a spectator without submitting a written excuse letter prior to the event

– attend detention

• continual interference with another learner which causes minor physical or mental discomfort

• misconduct during detention

• minor infringements of uniform regulations:

wearing of printed Tshirts; an incorrect jersey or tracksuit top as an outer garment; incorrect colour socks or belt; wearing of jewellery

• failure to wear the correct full School uniform when in a public place, including the wearing of unauthorised items

• failure to wear the correct sports kit for a match or practice

• hitchhiking while in School  uniform, formal or sport dress

• disruptive behaviour in class

• spitting in public

• failure to: – do classwork set and submit Homework – bring the required textbooks, notes,  stationery, or equipment to a lesson

– hand work in on time

• copying another learner’s  classwork or homework

• defacing School property

• reporting late for class,

• use of offensive material to cover books or files

• possession and/or use of a cell phone, computer game, iPod and similar electronic devices, during all contact time

• arriving late for School without without an excuse note

• vandalism

• interfering with another person’s possessions/ property without the owner’s consent

• damaging another person’s  possessions/property as a result of interfering or using said possession or property without the owner’s consent

• racism: remarks/ insults

• forgery: altering of official documents such as medical certificates and qualifications and fraudulent use thereof

• intimidation by verbal or physical threat to harm the person or his property (bullying)

• swearing, lying or using obscene gestures

• verbal or non-verbal abuse

• disrespect or insolence

• insubordination – ignoring or failing to carry out a specific instruction (to include failure to do work)

• fighting, common assault or attempted assault

• public disturbance and public indecency

• failure to attend detention without prior submission of a written excuse or note

• unacceptable hair styles, including bleaching or colouring

• display of visible tattoos

• bringing a cell phone to school

• cheating, attempting to cheat, or having forbidden material or information in a test venue during controlled testing (class tests, term tests, internal exams). This includes any form of communication, verbal or non-verbal, with another learner

• copying of computer exercises, projects or any other work intended for the year mark

• truancy from any contact time

• possession or use of fire crackers

• failure to attend an extra-mural activity fixture or function as a participant or official

• any action which brings the School’s name into disrepute

• possession of offensive material, excluding pornographic material

• tampering with safety and other equipment on School premises

• unreasonable repetition of a Grade 1 offence

• playing dangerous games

• possession of weapons that can cause physical injury (knives, etc.)

• entering the School premises while under the influence of alcohol/drugs

• possession, copying, distribution, use or displaying of pornographic material

• assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm

• truancy from School or leaving School grounds without the necessary permission

• taking part in any form of illegal strike action/meeting/campaign on School premises

• any learner who, in or outside of the buildings, or on or off the premises of the School, whilst under the control of the School authorities, intentionally conducts himself in a manner which is or could be seriously detrimental to the maintenance of order or discipline at the School

• violating the rights of other learners to receive education by disrupting classes, preventing other learners from attending classes, preventing teachers from providing teaching, or in any other manner

• violating the rights of the teacher to carry out his/her tasks, to the detriment of the School, the staff, the teacher, or fellow learners

• unreasonable repetition of a Grade 2 offence

• use of weapons that cause physical injury (knives, etc.)

• possession and/or use of a firearm, firearm magazine, ammunition, dangerous or lethal weapon

• possession, using and/or dealing in drugs, or alcohol, or any other intoxicating substance

• poisoning, or attempting to poison another person

• theft, robbery, breaking and entering

• malicious damage/injury to property of the School, staff members, fellow learners or any other person or body

• rape, attempted rape, or indecent assault

• physical assault that results in bodily harm

• sedition or inciting any form of illegal strike action/meeting/ campaign on School premises

• Any offence punishable under Common Law

 

Table 2: List of the possible disciplinary sanctions to be applied for Grade 1, 2, 3 and 4 offences, respectively

Each case must be evaluated on its own merits and must be provided with a sanction justified for that specific case. The recommended sanctions provided in this table are guidelines for the Disciplinary Committee.

 

 

Grade 1: Offences

 

Recommended Corrective Sanctions

1. Academic: Books/work materials left at home; homework -not done on time/copied

2. Extra-mutual activity: Non-attendance at practices and matches (without a valid excuse to teachers/ coach)

3. Personal conduct in classroom/on playground: Inappropriate displays of affection between learners; late arrival for class; uncooperative behaviour; discourteous behaviour/insolence/temper tantrum; foul language; defacing desks/walls/books/cases with graffiti; eating/chewing in class and littering

4. Dress code: Untidiness/unkempt appearance; School dress code not followed

Corrective actions/sanctions are carried out by the individual teacher and may include the following:

• Verbal reprimand;

• Written punishment;

• Detention at break;

• Subtracting marks (homework);

• Temporary confiscation until the end of School term (e.g. uniform, jewellery, cell phones, bags and cases);

• Removing graffiti from bags and cases at break; and

• Written notification

 

Grade 2: Offences

 

Recommended Corrective Sanctions

1. Plagiarism of any work or cheating/attempted cheating in class test/assignment

Nought for test and warning letter

2. Damage to property/possession of other learners’ property

Repair/replacement, warning letter and Principal’s detention

3. Defiance/disregarding of an authority figure’s instructions

Suspension from class, warning letter and Principal’s detention

4. Detention – non-attendance

Making up missed detention, warning letter and an information hearing

5. Disregarding test/examination procedures

Warning letter and Principal’s detention

6. Disruptive/uncooperative in class

Identification of culprit/s and grade teacher to organise corrective measures

7. Disruptive behaviour frustrating teaching and learning in the classroom

Warning letter and detention

8. Repeated dress code infringements (including hair and personal grooming)

After three (3) warnings, Principal’s detention

9. Fighting

Warning letter and detention

10. Fire-crackers

Warning letter and detention

11. Forgery, e.g. parent/guardian’s signature

Warning letter and detention

12. Gambling on or off School property

1st offence: Special detention

2nd offence: Special Detention

3rd offence: Information disciplinary hearing, special detention and professional counselling

(All money to be confiscated)

13. Graffiti: books, case, desks, walls, etc.

Removal, warning letter and Principal’s detention

14. Late for School – for 3 consecutive days

Phone call to parents and detention

15. Late arrival at School after 08:00

Phone call to parents and Principal’s detention

16. Lying

Warning letter and detention

17. Offensive material

Warning letter and detention

18. Smoking – possession of cigarette/holding cigarette/caught in the act on/off School property

1st offence: Special detention

2nd offence: Special detention

3rd offence: Formal disciplinary hearing, special

detention and professional counselling

(All cigarettes and lighters to be confiscated)

19. Smoking – selling cigarettes on/off School property

1st offence: Information disciplinary hearing, warning letter and special detention

2nd offence: Formal disciplinary hearing, warning letter and special detention

20. Spitting

Principal’s detention

21. Sticking a sharp object, e.g. pin, pen, nib, etc. into a fellow learner

Warning letter and detention

22. Substance abuse – possession/sniffing of unauthorised substance, e.g. meths, benzene, thinners, etc.

Information hearing, warning letter and detention

23. Threatening assault/intimidation of a fellow learner

Phone call to parents and warning letter and detention

24. Truancy – bunking a lesson

Principal’s detention

25. Truancy – bunking a day or part of a day

Phone call to parents, warning letter and detention

26. Vandalism – defacing/damaging/breaking School property

Phone call to parents, warning letter and detention

27. Verbal abuse of a fellow learner

Phone call to parents, repairs/payment of damages, warning letter and detention

 

Grade 3: Offences

 

Recommended Corrective Sanctions

1. Alcohol – possession at School or on a School outing/smelling of liquor/under the influence at School or on School outing

Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention

2. Assault on a fellow learner (causing bodily harm)

Suspension from class/School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention

3. Bullying/Intimidation

Warning letter and community service and detention

4. Cheating/attempted cheating in examination / cycle test / portfolio work

Nought and warning letter

5. Cheating/attempted cheating in final examination

Implementation of official provincial procedures

6. Possession/distribution of test or examination material prior to test or examination being written

Disciplinary hearing, nought for test/ examination, warning letter, community service, detention

7. Ongoing disruptive behaviour in classroom (frustrating School’s educational programme)

Suspension from class/School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention

8. Disruptive behaviour on School property or on School sponsored fixture/outing/trip/tour (frustrating School’s educational/extracurricular programme)

Suspension from class/School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention

9. Engaging in a conspiracy to disrupt the proper functioning of School through collective action

Suspension from class/School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention

10. Drugs – consumption not associated with School

Interview with parents, professional intervention

11. Gangs – promoting formation forming of/associating with/furthering activities of School gangs/‘social groups’

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter and detention

12. Involving/attempting to involve outsiders in disputes between learners

Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, communityservice and detention

13. Pornography – distribution at School

Warning letter, community service and detention

14. Public indecency

Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention

15. Racist conduct that defames a learner/teacher

Suspension from class/School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention

16. Improper suggestions of a sexual nature

Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention

17. Sexual harassment of teacher/learner

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention

18. Threatening to assault/intimidating a teacher

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention

19. Verbal abuse of a teacher

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention or expulsion

 

Grade 4: Offences

 

Recommended Corrective Sanctions

1. Alcohol – drinking/drunk at School or on School or on School outing

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention/expulsion

2. Alcohol – drinking in public

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention/expulsion

3. Assault on a learner causing serious bodily harm

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing and expulsion

4. Assault on a teacher

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing and expulsion

5. Bribery/attempted bribery of any person respect of any test/examination material

Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention/expulsion

6 Dangerous weapon or object, e.g. knife – possession at School

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing, appropriate punishment, e.g. community service, detention/expulsion

7. Dangerous weapon or object, e.g. firearm – possession at School/on School outing

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing, appropriate punishment, e.g. expulsion

8. Drugs/illegal substances – possession at School/on School outing

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention

9. Drugs/illegal substances – consumption/under the influence at School/on School property

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service, detention and professional counselling

10. Drugs/illegal substances – dealing (‘pushing’) at School/on School outing

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing and expulsion

11. Forgery of any document or signature to the potential/actual prejudice of the School

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service and detention/expulsion

12. Fraud (financial)

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing, compensation, warning letter, community service and detention/expulsion

13. Satanic practices that damage property or cause harm to people or any other living creatures.

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service, detention and professional counselling/expulsion

14. Sexual assault/rape

Suspension from School. Disciplinary hearing and expulsion

15. Theft/dishonest conduct to the prejudice of another person

Disciplinary hearing, replacement of stolen articles, warning letter, community service and detention/expulsion

16. Trading in test/examination material for personal monetary gain

Disciplinary hearing, warning letter, community service, detention/expulsion

17. Vandalism – malicious damage to School/teacher’s property

Disciplinary hearing, repair damage, warning letter, community service and detention/expulsion