Code of Conduct

Preamble
Constitutionally, children have the right to education. Recognising that effective, skills-based,
holistic education depends on a school environment in which there is a culture of learning and
teaching, this right to education cannot be seperated from the responsibilities of learners towards
their own education, and the rights and responsibilities of educators, parents and the wider school
community.

MISSION STATEMENT
Scottburgh High School seeks to educate its scholars in the academic, cultural and
moral spheres of life, thus ensuring their development as responsible and mature
citizens of our country.

1. Introduction and Definition
Section 8 of the South African Schools Act provides that the Governing Body of a public school
must adopt a Code of Conduct. It also empowers the Governing Body of the school to maintain
discipline in the school. This Code of Conduct includes the rules that govern the conduct and
relations between learners, educators and parents of Scottburgh High School and the wider
Scottburgh, Umkomaas, Pennington community. It is subject to the Constitution of South Africa,
the South African Schools Act and provincial legislation.

2. Aim
The aim of the Code of Conduct is to maintain a disciplined and purposeful school environment at
Scottburgh High School. It is dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of the quality of the
learning process through the refinement of the culture of effective learning and teaching as
espoused by our Mission Statement.

3. The Rights And Responsibilities Of Learners.
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa states that all learners have the right to
education. These rights are not without limitations and carry responsibilities. At Scottburgh
High we believe:

3.1 Each learner has the right
to be educated in an orderly and disciplined environment and the responsibility to be co-
operative and attentive and not disrupt lessons or distract fellow learners. He/she should
exercise self-discipline and be committed to academic progress for all.
3.2 Each learner has the right
to be treated fairly,  and has the responsibility to refrain from any form of aggressive or abusive
behaviour towards others. Respect should be shown to all those who hold positions of authority,
e.g. Principal, educators, learners, administration and other support staff.
3.3 Each learner has the right
to be treated with respect by other members of the school community, regardless of personal,
cultural, racial and religious differences and the responsibility to display understanding of,
and consideration towards others. He/she should not intimidate or ridicule others, nor attempt
to convert, through coercion, others to his/her own beliefs.
3.4 Each learner has the right
to have school activities and lessons commence punctually and the responsibility to arrive at
school and at lessons on time.
3.5 Each learner has the right
to voice his or her opinions in a polite and respectful manner and the responsibility to listen to
and consider the opinions of others.
3.6 Each learner has the right
to benefit from the good reputation of the school and the variety of facilities it offers and the
responsibility to respect and maintain these facilities, to uphold the values of the school and to
behave in such a way that no discredit will be brought to the school. This applies in any situation
where a learner is wearing the school uniform or can in any way be identified as being a learner of
the school.
3.7 Each learner has the right
to enjoy the support of the school in his or her participation in cultural, sporting and academic
matters and the responsibility to abide by the norms of good sportsmanship on the sports field and
in his/her interaction with other schools or general public, and to show loyalty and commitment
towards teams, clubs, societies and committees to which she/he has pledged support.
3.8 Each learner has the right
to be secure in person and property and the responsibility to uphold honest behaviour and security
in the school, to show respect for others’property and not damage, deface, steal or in any way
interfere with any property, which is not his/her own.
3.9 Each learner has the right
to work in a healthy and litter-free environment and the responsibility to ensure that the school
premises are kept clean and hygienic, and that no littering, graffiti or deliberate despoiling of
any areas occurs.
3.10 Each learner has the right
to have his or her work marked and returned within a reasonable period and the responsibility to
ensure that homework and assignments are completed and handed in on time.
3.11 Each learner has the right
to academic progress reports and other relevant communication, and the responsibility to pass on
printed reports and other forms of communication timeously to their parents/legal guardians.

3.12 PREGNANCY AT SCHOOL/MIDWIVES
All female learners have the right to attend school if they are pregnant, up until six months into
their pregnancy. After this, the pregnant learner will have the responsibility of ensuring that she is
accompanied to school by an adult and/ or midwife. Failing this, the learner will forfeit the right of
attending school and both the pregnant learner and parent/s or guardian/s will have the responsibility
of ensuring that all schoolwork/ assignments and/ or assessments must be completed at home.

4.The Responsibilities of Educators With regard to Learners
Educators must ensure that they:

4.1 report regularly for duty and are punctual.
4.2 are well prepared on a daily basis to perform their educative task both within and outside the
classroom situation and are in possession of appropriate working materials.
4.3 respect all persons and property.
4.4 refrain from abusive language or actions.
4.5 conduct themselves in a responsible and professional manner.
4.6 conform to normal/ acceptable standards of personal cleanliness and neatness.
4.7 abide by the rules, regulations and procedures set out by the school and the KZN Department
of Education and Culture.
4.8 adhere to the Code of Conduct set out by the South African Council for Educators.
4.9 seek changes in an orderly and approved manner.
4.10 endeavour to maintain a classroom and school atmosphere, which promotes good behaviour and
effective learning and teaching.
4.11 endeavour to plan a flexible work programme that will address the different needs, interests
and abilities of the learners.
4.12 help develop good and sound working and inter-personal relations with colleagues and learners.
4.13 promote open and regular channels of communication between home and school and encourage
parental participation in the affairs of the school.
4.14 encourage and endeavour to maintain learner involvement in the activities of the school.
4.15 encourage community involvement in the school in order to enhance the quality of education
offered by the school to learners.
4.16 regularly keep parents informed of a learner’s academic progress.

5.The Rights Of Parents
In terms of the Bill of Rights, Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act 108, 1997 and the
South African Schools Act, Act 84, 1996, with respect to the education of their children, parents
have the right to:

5.1 provision of quality education for their children. (SASA 84/96: Preamble)
5.2 access to education for their children from the year in which the child turns seven until the end
of the year in which the child turns fifteen or completes Grade 9 (SASA 84/96 Section 3 (1))
5.3 apply for and receive exemption/partial exemption from school fees according to the funding Norms
and Standards laid down in Government Notice No 1293 of 12 October 1998.
5.4 have such an application (refer 3 above) treated in confidence (Government Notice No.1293 of
12 October 1998 Section 5 (6))
5.5 access to the schools admission policy and school fees policy.
5.6 of appeal against a decision of the schools governing body concerning the exemption/partial
exemption from school fees (Government Notice No. 1293 of 12 October 1998 Section 7)
5.7 obtain assistance from the school in lodging an appeal against the decision of the governing
body concerning exemption from school fees (Government Notice No.1293 of 12 October 1998 Section 8)
5.8 be given a written report on the progress of their child at school.
5.9 apply to the Education Department to educate their child at home, providing it is in the best
interests of the child and permission is obtained from the Education Department (SASA 84/96
Section 4 (1) & Section 5 (1))
5.10 appeal to the Minister if their child has been refused admission to a public school (SASA 84/96
Section 5 (9))
5.11 religious tolerance at a public school in that their child may not be forced to attend religious
ceremonies that is contrary to their own beliefs (SASA 84/96 Section 7)
5.12 be supplied with a copy of the schools code of conduct for learners and to have an input into
the drawing up of such a code through their representatives on the schools governing body (SASA
84/96 Section 8 (1))
5.13 be heard and to have legal representation at any disciplinary tribunal that involves their child
at the school (Government Gazette No 18900 of 15 May 1998)
5.14 of appeal against the expulsion of a learner by the Superintendent-General (SASA84/96 Section
9 (4))
5.15 stand for election as a member of a school governing body providing they fulfil the requirements
as laid down in the Regulations Relating to Governing Bodies of Public Schools, Section 7.
5.16 of reasonable access to the financial records of the school (SASA 84/96 Section 43 (6))
5.17 of access to the audited accounts of the school (SASA 84/96 43 (6)
5.18 approve the budget for the school and determines the school fees at a General Meeting of
parents (SASA 84/96 Section 38 (1) & Section 39 (1)
5.19 send their child to an independent school at cost to themselves.
5.20 send their child to the school nearest to their place of abode or work.

6.0 The Responsibilities Of Parents With Regard To Learner
Parents/guardians must ensure that:
6.1 they receive regular academic reports from the school regarding their child’s progress
6.2 their child attends school each day, is punctual and, in cases of absence, explain the
reason(s) for such absence to the school – written explanation.
6.3 they protect and ensure the rights of their child to learn as far as is possible.
6.4 their child attends school in good health and conforms to generally accepted norms of personal
cleanliness and neatness
6.5 they provide for the proper immunization of the child as required by law.
6.6 they provide their child with the resources, basic equipment and learning materials needed
to complete school work (both class work and homework)
6.7 they refrain from abusive language or inflammatory behaviour.
6.8 they bring to the attention of the school authorities any problem, condition or circumstance
that affects their child for other children or persons in the school community.
6.9 they seek change in an orderly and approved manner.
6.10 they keep the school informed of any changes of address and other personal details as required.
6.11 they provide the school, upon request, with the original birth certificate of the child and
original reports received at other educational institutions, particularly at the time of
initial enrolment to the school. Parents of learners who are not South African citizens must
provide the school, upon request, with original study permits or temporary residency permits.
6.12 they discuss report cards, work assignments and ensure homework is done with their children.
6.13 their children abide by the rules, regulations and procedures set forth by the school.
6.14 they endeavour to promote positive inter-personal relations between learner, educator, other
parents and wider school community in the best educational interests of their children.
6.15 they address the best educational interests of their child by becoming actively involved in
the affairs of the school, by placing their talents and expertise at the disposal of the
school, by supporting sporting and cultural activities regularly at the school.
6.16 they pay school fees as determined by the Schools Governing Body.

7.SCHOOL RULES
7.1 Dress and Appearance
We are proud of our uniform, learners are asked NOT to spoil this pride, rather to share in
it and to be properly dressed (neat and tidy) at all times.

7.1.1 Uniforms are to be worn at ALL school functions and by pupils in organised parties and at
excursions, unless otherwise specified.
7.1.2 Blazers will be worn to and from school, except in the first and fourth term.
7.1.3 Learners may only wear the regulation black (or white Matric/Honours) jerseys. Jerseys are
to fit neatly. They are not to be baggy or stretched. To prevent stretching, sleeves are not
to be pushed up over the elbows, and hands are not to be tucked inside the opposite sleeves
on the front. Jerseys are also not to be tucked inside skirts for trousers.
7.1.4 Blazers are to be clean and are not to have any missing buttons.
7.1.5 After sports practices and matches, learners may leave in the sports kit if they are being
collected by parents inside the school grounds.
7.1.6 School uniform is as follows and should be purchased from approved school wear stockists,
preferably our Thrift shop at school or The Little Shop in town.
7.1.7 Tattoos must not be visible while a learner is engaged in any school activity or in school
uniform.
7.1.8 Defacing and destruction of I.D. Cards is unacceptable. These are the property of the
school and will have to be replaced at the cost to the parent/child. Pupils will be sent home
immediately should their I.D. Cards be defaced/ destroyed in any manner.
NB: PLEASE MARK ALL ITEMS WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME SO THAT THE NAME IS CLEARLY VISIBLE.

7.2 UNIFORM & EXTRA MURAL DRESS REQUIREMENTS

7.2.1 BOYS UNIFORM
Summer: Black school shoes
Grey school socks
Official white school shirt with badge on pocket
Black belt wit plain buckle must be worn
Grey slacks or grey shorts
(No tie is necessary)

Winter: Plain white shirt with button-up collar
Long grey flannels
Black belt with plain buckle
School Tie
Grey school socks
Black school shoes
School blazer – black with school badge

7.2.2 GIRLS UNIFORM
SUMMER: All girls’ skirts must be on the knee, both at the front and at the back.
Official school short-sleeved white blouse, with braiding, open collar and school
badge on the pocket
White ankle length socks
Black school shoes

WINTER: School blue panelled shirt as above
Plain white shirt with button-up collar
School tie
White ankle length socks, black school shoes
School blazer-black with school badge.

7.2.3 NOTE:
Girls may wear grey slacks provided these are tailored slacks and not just boys’ trousers.
Grey socks must be worn with grey slacks. This option is an alternative to the official winter
uniform on cold days. Please note: that grey slacks may not be worn for any formal function.
It is a privilege which may be withdrawn if not worn neatly and correctly. The uniform for formal
occasions remains the blue skirt.
All girls’ skirts must be on the knee, both at the front and at the back.
7.2.4 On cold days plain white T-shirts or vests may be worn under the white shirt of the school
uniform but no coloured vests etc may be worn.
7.2.5 T-shirts are not to be worn with the summer uniform.

7.3 BLAZER:
It is compulsory for all learners to wear their blazers every morning to school in winter.
Blazers may be removed at 1st Registration, but must be worn again in the afternoon to go home.
Blazers must be worn to assembly in the winter.

7.4 SHOES:
Plain black lace-up for boys or regulation school shoes for girls – no suede or slip-ons, no
Doc Martin type shoes nor sport or running shoes may be worn.

7.5 TIE:
When correctly done, the school ties should show a minimum of 7 stripes from the knot down. On the
matric tie, the Strelitzia should be just below the knot.

7.6 JERSEYS:
Black jerseys may be worn under the blazer outside the school but can be worn without the blazer
at school in winter. Black sleeveless or long sleeved v-neck jerseys are permitted but must be plain
stocking stitch and no other pattern. White jerseys may only be worn by learners who wear the honours
blazer. 1st team white jerseys may only be worn by learners who represented the first team of any sport
discipline. (Confirmation from the 1st team coach is required). Prefects may wear the official white
Prefect jersey.

7.7 ANORAKS & RAINCOATS:
There is no longer an official school anorak. However, on rainy days pupils are permitted to wear
black or dark grey anoraks or raincoats.

7.8 MATRIC TOPS:
Depending on the style these may only be worn under the blazer out of school or, at school, with
or without the blazer. It may be worn out of school as a top with civvies. It may not be worn as a
tracksuit top at interschool sports meetings.

7.9 TRACKSUITS
Tracksuit tops may be used during school as a jersey and may NOT be worn under the blazer in winter.
With the summer uniform it may be worn as an outer garment. The full tracksuit should be worn to and
from extramural activities.

7.10 INFORMAL SCHOOL UNIFORM
On such days the official school golf shirt may be worn with blue denim jeans. The jeans may not have
‘holes’ or patches. To be worn with neutral coloured closed shoes or takkies.

7.11 APPEARANCE
Girls may wear once plain pair of gold or silver studs or sleepers, in each ear lobe. No jewellery,
no other adornments other than a plain watch and the earrings above may be worn. No bright coloured or
oversized watches. Learners with allergies are encouraged to wear Medic Alert bracelets.
No make-up is permitted, including lip gloss.
Hair regulations are published in an addendum to the Code of Conduct and may be amended from time to time
(see Annexure A below). Girls MUST wear appropriate underwear, of white or ecru colour.
No coloured contact lenses permitted. No hair extensions, wigs or hairpieces are permissible.

GIRLS HAIR

BRADING
1. Straight back/ straight up (thin)
2. Singles/ ultra (No longer than shoulder length when tied up as a pony tail – no bun allowed)
3. Yankee (must be tied up neatly and be tidy)

NOT ALLOWED
1. PelePele
2. Weaves
3. Wigs

NATURAL HAIR
1. Afro hair must be pushed back and tied up/ with a hair band.
2. Relaxed hair has to be pushed back, no fringes or lines.

NB: 1. All extensions must be black
2. Hair bands must be black
3. No beads/ coloured hair clips
4. Girls may not FADE their hair.

ANNEXURE A
At all times hair must be clean and tidy.

GIRLS: Long hair must be tied up in one or two tails and kept off the face. Bleaching, highlighting and
dyeing of hair as well as exotic styles are not permitted, e.g. ‘step’ or shaven heads.
Hair extensions, including wool, wigs or hair pieces are not permitted. Afros must be tied back.
Dreadlocks are not allowed. All hair clasps and ties must be plain black, blue or white only.

7.12 MAKE-UP
No make-up is allowed

7.13 FINGERNAILS
These are to be kept short
No nail polish or fake nails is permitted
An exception is made for the girls in Grade 12. They may use colourless nail polish.

BOYS: Hair must be kept short and off the forehead. Suave cuts, steps, sideburns and exotic styles
and dyeing of hair is not permitted. NO GEL, WAX or MOUSSE IS PERMITTED. Bleaching, highlighting
and exotic styles are not permitted, e.g. ‘step’ or shaven heads.

7.14 BELTS
must be grey or black with a simple buckle.

7.15 FACIAL HAIR
Be clean shaven at all times.
Deviations from these regulations may be permitted for certain events, e.g. the Matric Dance. However,
this will be for a limited period only and conditions under which these deviations are permitted will
be made very clear to parents and learners.
Disputes relating to hairstyles will be referred to a sub-committee consisting of the HOD’s in charge
of boys’ and girls hair and two members of the RCL (one male and one female).

7.16 DRESS CODE – CIVVIES/ REQUIREMENTS
7.16.1 GIRLS:

Must be conservatively dressed:
– Skirts must be of an appropriate length – (3cm above the knee or longer)
– No plunging necklines
– No exposed stomachs
– No very tight tops
– No exessively tight clothing
– No spaghetti straps with visible bra straps
– No make-up / Jewellery
– One earring per ear only (sleepers/ studs)
– No pyjamas or slippers
– No fishnet stockings
– No wife-beaters (i.e. vests, tank tops)
– No Beach slops
– No hats, caps, beanies, no gel and exotic hairstyles
– No beanies, caps, hats
– Hair must be held back neatly off the face
– No stilettoes (high heels)
– No shorts / hot pants.

7.16.2 BOYS:

Must be conservatively dressed:
– Pants pulled up so underpants are not showing
– No jewellery (earrings etc.)
– No make-up
– No excessively tight clothing (skinny jeans)
– No wife-beaters (i.e. vests, tank tops)
– No beanies, caps, hats
– No gel & exotic hair styles
– No slops

7.17 LIFE ORIENTATION: PHYSICAL EDUCATION
– learners must wear black boxer or running shorts, or the official school baggies, with an
official school sports top. If swimming, learners must wear the official school swimming
costume or black costume.

7.18 EXTRA MURALS IN THE AFTERNOONS
– Learners must practise their games in school blue top and black shorts, school baggies or
full team kit.
– NO “baggies” or “jammies” or coloured T-shirs may be worn.
– Learners may travel home in full tracksuit with shoes, full sports-team kit with a blazer
(girls) or they must change back into full uniform.
– Costumes may ONLY be worn in the pool area.

7.19 MATCH DAYS
– BOYS must arrive dressed in full uniform or tracksuit with shoes. After their matches they
must shower and change back into uniform or tracksuit. Only school team kit or official
shirt may be worn under the tracksuit (no ther coloured T-shirt is allowed).
– GIRLS may travel in full match kit with a blazer or tracksuit with shoes.
– Other than swimming and waterpolo, no slops/ sandals allowed.

8. SPORTS UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS
8.1 Cricket: Practice : White boxer shorts. Official sport shirt and grey socks.
Match: Senior : White or cream shirt and white or cream longs – preferably
Junior : White boxer shorts, white shirt and grey socks-school sport shirt.

8.2 Girls’ Hockey: School sports shirt, Black skirt, Team socks,Black cycle shorts-short
8.3 Netball: School sports shirt, Black skirt, White ankle socks,Black hot pants/cycle shorts.
8.4 Waterpolo: School costume
8.5 Athletics: Black boxer or running shorts and school official top or running shorts and blue
athletics vest.
8.6 Swimming: School costume (blue)
8.7 Golf: School sports shirt. Sky blue shorts/ slacks.

9. CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
– Co-curricular activities, both sporting and cultural, play an integral part in the life of the
school and in the development of the individual. It is vital for all learners to be involved in
this sphere.

– All learners are expected and encouraged to support all school functions and are asked not to
use the excuse that they stay too far away from school to attend practices or School Functions.

– We expect all learners to involve themselves in one of our major activities before they opt for
another sport of their choice. The major sports are:

BOYS : Athletics, Cricket, Cross-Country, Golf, Swimming, Rugby, Soccer and Waterpolo
GIRLS : Athletics, Cross-Country,Golf, Hockey, Indoor Hockey, Netball, Soccer, Swimming, Waterpolo.
OTHER : Chess, Public Speaking, Interact, S.C.A., Drama, choir…

It is important that learners who opt for a particular activity are aware that they have a commitment.
It is expected that they will honour that commitment for the whole year. They will not be excused because
of poor academic results or for reasons other than medical. Part of their education is to learn to
allocate their time properly and to learn loyalty. Through participation they will broaden their contact
with others, both in this school and with other schools and develop a sense of sportsmanship for which the
school is well known. Attendance as spectators at home fixtures is positively encouraged.
Any Scottburgh High school learner who is absent from school on a Friday will not be permitted to play
any sport for their respective Scottburgh High School team on the following day (Saturday).

10. SCHOOL HOURS & RULES

All learners are required to be at school by at least 7:30am to report for Morning Registration at 7:40am.
The first lesson commences immediately after Registration. Learners who arrive late will have their names
recorded by the prefects on gate duty. They will remain at the gates with the duty prefects until 08h00.
Learners who arrive after registration are to report to the front office. Assemblies are held at 09h45 on
Monday and 10h20 on Friday mornings, and are followed by a Tea break.

10.1 THE STARTING AND CLOSING TIMES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Monday – 07h40 – 14h30
Tuesday – 07h40 – 14h40
Wednesday – 07h40 – 14h30
Thursday – 07h40 – 14h40
Friday – 07h40 – 13h40
Shortened Fridays – 07h40 – 12h00

NO LEARNER IS PERMITTED TO LEAVE THE SCHOOL GROUNDS DURING SCHOOL HOURS (INCLUDING BREAKS) UNLESS
PERMISSION HAS BEEN GRANTED BY THE PRINCIPAL, DEPUTY PRINCIPAL OR HEAD OF DEPARTMENT.

10.1.1 Casual visitors to the school are not permitted. All visitors are to report to the front office
and obtain a visitors card. Casual visitors not in possession of a visitor’s card will be asked to leave
the school premises.
10.1.2 Learners must be present in their registration classrooms for both the morning and afternoon
registrations.
10.1.3 Learners may not be late for lessons. Unavoidable delays must be covered by a note from the previous
teacher.
10.1.4 Learners are expected to make every effort to avoid medical appointments during school hours.
10.1.5 A doctor’s certificate is required if a pupil misses an examination.
10.1.6 Learners who are unwell during school hours must report to the Head of Department.
10.1.7 Learners leaving class during lesson time require written permission in their diaries from the
teacher in charge.
10.1.8 Learners have to purchase a school diary every year.

10.2 ASSEMBLY

10.2.1 Assemblies, where attendance is voluntary based on a learner’s choice of religion, are to be treated
with dignity by all pupils attending.
10.2.2 There is to be total silence once the Head boy/Head girl has called the school to order.
10.2.3 Blazers must be worn to assemblies, except during the first and fourth terms.
10.2.4 Learners wearing jerseys/ tracksuits will not be admitted to the hall.

10.3 ATTENDANCE / ABSENTEEISM

10.3.1 If a learner is absent from school then his/her parent/guardian should telephone the school
before 07h30, to inform the school of his/her absence.
10.3.2 On the first day of the learner’s return to school, he/she must bring a note signed by the
parent/guardian giving the reason for the absence. This note is required regardless of the fact
that the parent/guardian has informed the school of the learner’s absence over the telephone.
10.3.3 If a learner is away from school for more than 3 days, or if a learner absents herself/himself
from a test, Project, assignment or an examination, a medical certificate is required
explaining the absence.

SHOULD A LEARNER MISS A PROJECT, TEST OR EXAMINATION SESSION THROUGH ILLNESS OR ANY OTHER REASON, THEN
HE/ SHE MUST APPROACH THE EDUCATOR / H.O.D. TO ARRANGE WHEN TO WRITE. (NOTE IT MAY BE AFTER SCHOOL).
THIS IS PROVIDED THAT A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE HAS BEEN PRODUCED.

10.3.4 Regular school attendance is a prerequisite for academic progress and there is a legal
requirement in the South African bill that states a learner is required by law to attend school
until the end of the year in which he/she turns fifteen or passes the 9th Grade.
10.3.5 It is a privilege for learners who are of school leaving age to attend school. Should there be an
irregular attendance pattern, the privilege of attending school, in compliance with the Education
Act, may be withdrawn.

REQUESTS FOR LEARNERS TO BE ALLOWED TIME OFF SCHOOL WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IN A CASE OF EXTREME EMERGENCY.

10.4 EXEATS:-
10.4.1 Parents are requested to make professional appointments out of school hours wherever possible.
10.4.2 For professional appointments on school days AND during school hours a request for leave must be
submitted to the Principal/ H.O.D in writing. This will be considered by the Principal/ H.O.D
and the learner may receive an exit.

10.4.3 NO LEARNER MAY LEAVE THE SCHOOL GROUNDS, DURING SCHOOL HOURS, UNLESS AN EXEAT HAS BEEN ISSUED.

10.5 STAIRWAYS, CORRIDORS AND CLASSROOMS

10.5.1 No learners are allowed to enter their classrooms before the first bell.
10.5.2 Movement between classes should be brisk and uninterrupted. Loitering on the stairways or
corridors is forbidden. Learners and educators should always keep left when moving around the
school. Learners should stand back for staff and other learners who are senior to them.
10.5.3 Learners are to show courtesy to passers-by standing in line outside their classrooms. Leaning
over balconies an otherwise obstructing traffic is forbidden.
10.5.4 Learners may only enter classrooms during breaks or after school with the express permission of
a staff member or prefect.
10.5.5 Classrooms and all upper floor passages are to be cleared within 5 minutes of the start of each
break (indicated by the 5-minute bell)
10.5.6 Grade 8-10 learners are to report to the field during break.
10.5.7 The school buildings are out of bounds after school except to learners making official use of
specific venues.
10.5.8 Running on corridors and up and down stairways is forbidden.
10.5.9 Eating during lessons is forbidden. The chewing of gum is strictly forbidden.

10.6 TOILETS AND CHANGEROOMS

10.6.1 Loitering in the change rooms and toilets is strictly forbidden.
10.6.2 Learners should only visit toilets during lesson time in cases of emergency.

11. TUCK SHOP

11.1 Learners (junior/Senior) are to enter the tuck shop from the demarcated sides only.
11.2 Learners are to wait in line patiently for service. There is to be no pushing or shoving.
11.3 Learners must show courtesy to the people running the tuck shop.
11.4 The tuck shop area is to be vacated immediately after purchases.
11.5 Learners who behave inappropriately at the tuck shop will be banned from using the facility for an
appropriate period of time.
11.6 Learners may not ask others already in line to make their purchases for them. Learners who behave
in-appropriately at the tuck shop will be banned from using the facility for an appropriate period of time.

12. CELL PHONES & OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
12.1 Cell phones, I-Pods, MP3 Players are BANNED from the school.
12.2 Due to co-curricular programs and transport, learners who require the use of their phones AFTER 14h30,
may lock it away with the financial secretary before 07h15 in the morning and to be collected before 15h00.
12.3 ANY PHONES CIRCULATING BETWEEN 07H15 -15H00 AND DURING DETENTION, WILL BE CONFISCATED.
12.3.1 Cell phones may only be collected by the parent concerned at the end of the year. Unless a fine of
R300.00 is paid, for the 1st offence, 2nd offence R500.00, 3rd offence R1000.00 – provided school fees
are paid up to date.
12.3.2 If a learner chooses not to pay the fee, cell phones will only be returned on the last day of the
Academic year, to the PARENT / LEGAL GUARDIAN of the learner – regardless.
12.4 NO CELL PHONES ARE ALLOWED INTO ANY EXAM OR TEST VENUE, IT WILL BE DEEMED AS CHEATING.
The school and Governing Body will not be responsible for any loss or damage of cell phones or electronic
devices handed into the office for safekeeping.

13. BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

13.1 Learners are not to linger on the internal roads or on the verges outside the school.
13.2 The school buildings and grounds are out of bounds out of normal school hours. Tresspassers run the
risk of prosecution.
13.3 The swimming pool is out of bounds, unless a teacher, nominated parent or coach is in attendance.
13.4 At weekends and during holidays the Principal’s permission is required for use of the pool.

14. RESTRICTED AREAS
The following areas are out of bounds:

14.1 Staffroom, staffroom foyer, staff toilets, marking room, administration offices and passage, unless
the learner has been sent on official business by an educator to this area.
14.2 Cleaners’ quarters and the area behind these. The entire area past the Civil Tech Room towards the
Primary School.
14.3 All flower beds.
14.4 The areas adjacent to the tennis courts.
14.5 The hall, hall change-rooms and toilets, and foyer.
14.6 The area behind the hall and Consumer Studies.
14.7 Any area where examination are being written.
14.8 The area behind or in the vicinity of the cricket nets – unless with permission.
14.9 The main foyer, unless reporting with a parent.
14.10 The pay phone area – unless with permission from the secretary in the front office.
14.11 The Children’s Cottage.
14.12 The Golf Course.
14.13 Parking areas (unless arriving at or leaving school)
14.14 Lower stairwells and equipment rooms.
14.15 Area between High and Primary Schools.
14.16 The Sani2C path above the hockey field.

OTHER REGULATIONS REGARDING BOUNDARIES ARE OF A VARIABLE NATURE AND LEARNERS ARE ADVISED ACCORDINGLY.

15. SCHOOL PROPERTY AND MATERIALS

15.1 Breakage of any school property must be reported immediately to one of the teachers on duty or to the secretaries.
15.2 Any money or valuables should be handed to a secretary or teacher for safekeeping at the beginning of the day. No
electronic equipment (computer, radios, cassette players, etc.) is to be brought to school without prior permission from
a staff member. The school accepts no responsibility for loss, damage or theft.
15.3 All school property is to be treated with respect.
15.4 All text and library books issued remain the property of the school.
15.5 They must be covered and treated with care. They must be paid for or replaced if lost or damaged.
15.6 All property belonging to the school must be returned when asked for, but not later than end of year, or when signing off.
15.7 Computers: Neither flash drives nor discs to be used unless declared virus free by the school’s IT specialist.
Infesting school PCs is regarded as a major transgression and parents may be invoiced for any expenses for wilful damages.

16 TRANSPORT

16.1 Motorbikes and bicycles must be parked in the school grounds in the area set aside for this behind the tuck shop.
16.2 Learners who wish to bring cars into the school property, must register their vehicle at the administration offices
and obtain a permit to park in the school grounds.
16.3 Motorbikes and cars are to be ridden/driven with extreme caution inside the school grounds and the 20kph speed limit
is to be observed.
16.4 No vehicles are permitted on the sports fields.
16.5 Learners are not to touch, lean against or tamper with bicycles, motorcycles or cars parked anywhere on the school grounds.
16.6 Learners with their own cars are not permitted to sit in their cars and listen to car radios etc. during breaks.
16.7 Full discipline must be observed on buses to and from school.

17 COURTESY AND GENERAL BEHAVIOUR

17.1 Learners are to obey the instruction of staff and prefects at all times.
17.2 Learners must stand aside for staff and prefects and must stand up when being addressed by them.
17.3 Learners must greet staff and prefects and must stand up when being addressed by them.
17.4 Yelling, shouting, whistling, hissing, foul language and horseplay are forbidden.
17.5 Learners are to stand quietly behind their desks before and after each lesson and wait to be greeted by the teacher.
17.6 No hands to be in trouser pockets.

18. GENERAL

18.1 Smoking, or any smoking (for example Twisp, Hubbly Bubbly or drug paraphernalia, drinking alcohol or the use of drugs,
including being under the influence of these substances, on the way to or from school, on the school premises, in school
uniform or on school tours/excursions is strictly forbidden. No learner may bring matches, lighters, tobacco, alcoholic
drinks or drugs of any kind into the school premises or have them in his/her possession whilst in school uniform outside
the school grounds. Learners contravening this rule will face immediate suspension and disciplinary action.
18.2 Physical contact between learners is not permitted. This includes hugging, holding hands & kissing.
18.3 The possession of fireworks, inflammable materials, knives, firearms and any other potentially dangerous items is not
permitted on the way to or from school, on the school premises or in school uniform. Learners contravening this rule will
face immediate suspension and disciplinary action.
18.4 Material of a sexually explicit nature is banned from school. Learners found in possession of such material will face
immediate suspension and disciplinary action.
18.5 Learners may not bring any pets or captive animals to school without the prior written permission of the Biology
Department, if for that purpose.
18.6 Learners shall not litter, deface or damage the school premises/buildings/furniture or equipment in any way. Learners
guilty of these offences will face immediate disciplinary action.
18.7 Racism, Xenophobia, sexual harassment and bullying will not be tolerated under any circumstances and learners guilty
of these offences will be severely dealt with.
18.8 NO skateboards or roller skates allowed on school property.

19. HEADMASTER’S DINNER DANCE, REPRESENTATIVE SPORTS AND EXTRA-CIRRICULAR TOURS

19.1 This is not part of the school programme and WILL be self-funded.
19.2 Unless school fee payments are up to date, the pupil will not be invited to these functions.
19.3 This is not the only criteria, a history of disciplinary compliance will also apply, those who have overstepped the
boundaries based on the Code of Conduct may also find themselves on the list of those barred inclusion, as well as those
whose academic commitment is questionable and have a historical trend of poor academic application, or have chosen not to
engage with the school curriculum including extra-curricular activities.
19.4 Should a learner receive 50 demerits or more and has been absent for 15 days, their participation in any activity
based on point 19 will be left to the discretion of the relevant educator.

20. DRUG POLICY

20.1 Testing will be done at random or when suspicion arises.
20.2 If a learner refuses a drug test it will be regarded as a positive result.

21. PREvENTION, PRO-ACTIVE ADVICE, COUNSELLING, PENALTIES AND CORRECTIVE MEASURES.

21.1 In the case of minor offences corrective measures may be applied.
21.1.2 These measures could include one or more of the following:

– verbal warning or written reprimand by an educator or the Principal.
– supervised school work that will contribute to the learners progress at school, the improvement of
the school environment, provided that the parents are timeously informed and the security of the child is assured
– performing tasks that would assist the offended person
– agreed affordable compensation
– replacement of damaged property
– suspension from some school activities, e.g. sport, cultural activities.

21.2 Some of these measures may be applied after school hours, i.e. in afternoon detentions and during Saturday
morning school.
21.3 In the case of more serious offences, learners will be issued with a demerit or may be suspended.
21.4 Learners who accumulate 50 or more demerits in a year may also be suspended.

21.5 OFFENCES THAT MAY LEAD TO SUSPENSION

21.5.1 conduct which endanger the safety and violates the rights of others.
21.5.2 possession, threat or use of a dangerous weapon.
21.5.3 possession, use transmission or visible evidence of narcotic or unauthorised drugs, alcohol or
intoxicants of any kind, or any smoking (for example Twisp, Hubbly Bubbly or drug paraphernalia)
21.5.4 fighting, assault or battery.
21.5.5 immoral behaviour or profanity.
21.5.6 falsely identifying oneself.
21.5.7 harmful graffiti, hate speech, sexism, racism.
21.5.8 theft or possession of stolen property including test or examination papers prior to the writing of tests
or examinations.
21.5.9 unlawful action, vandalism, or destroying or defacing school property.
21.5.10 disrepect, objectionable behavious and verbal abuse directed at educators or other school employees or learners.
21.5.11 repeated violations of School Rules or the Code of Conduct.
21.5.12 criminal and oppressive behaviours such as rape and gender based harassment.
21.5.13 victimisation, bullying and intimidation of other learners.
21.5.14 infringement of examination rules.
21.5.15 knowlingly and wilfully supplying false information or falsifying documentation to gain an unfair advantage
at school.
21.5.16 I.T. – (As per rules and regulations on agreement)
21.5.17 Too many demerits

21.6 DUE PROCESS

21.6.1 Serious desciplinary offences will be referred to the Governing Body for sanction. At Governing Body disciplinary
enquiries, learners will be granted a fair hearing. To help ensure this, the Governing Body disciplinary committee will
usually consist of:
– the Chairperson
– one other nominated parent member of the Governing Body
– the school Principal
– the investigating officer, if this is not the Principal
– the school Counsellor (if available)
– a translator if this is necessary.

21.6.2 Any learner alleged to have violated any rule that may require suspension or expulsion, must be brought to the
Principal/ Deputy Principal. The Principal/ Deputy Principal shall hear the evidence and then decide on the action to be taken.
Such action must include that the Principal/ Deputy Principal must inform the parents in writing of the proposed action and
arrange for a fair hearing by the small disciplinary committe (tribunal) consisting of members designated by the Governing Body.
21.6.3 This tribunal must not be intimidating to the learner. In the case of very young learners, special arrangements must be
made for the hearing, and the parents or guardians could represent the learners.
21.6..4 The disciplinary committee so appointed will conduct the hearing in accordance with the provincial regulations lade down
by the Member of the Executive Council.

21.6.4 For the hearing the learner will:
21.6.4.1 be informed of, and understand the charges of which written notice will be given at least five days before the time
indicating the date, time and place of the hearing, receive such particulars on the charges as he/she may be entitled to according
to law, if he/she so requests.
21.6.4.2 get the opportunity to be heard and tell his/her side of the story and to present the relevant facts
21.6.4.3 not be prohibited from being represented by legal counsel, in which case written explanation of the charges will be
given, or, in less serious cases, the learner may be represented by a member of the RCL, parent, guardian or educator
21.6.4.4 be heard by impartial person(s)
21.6.4.5 be treated with dignity during the process
21.6.4.6 be informed in writing of the decision of the Governing Body on whether or not he/she is guilty of misconduct, and the
penalty to be imposed in the case of suspension or expulsion.
21.6.7 have the right to appeal to the MEC if he/she is aggrieved by the decision of the Governing Body.
21.6.8 The Governing Body will keep a record of the proceedings of the hearing, and:
-may inform, in writing, the Head of Department of its decision to suspend a learner, or
-will inform the Head of Department within twenty-four hours of its recommendation for expulsion of the learner.
-subject to any provincial law a learner may only be expelled by the Head of Department.

22. THE JURISDICTION AND SCOPE OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT

The Code of Conduct is in force:
22.1 on school property prior to, during, and following regular school hours.
22.2 at all official school events, both within and outside regular school hours, where such school events are held under the
auspices of the school management structures.
22.3 at all official school events, which are held off the school property.
22.4 at all times when the learner is dressed in the school uniform and is recognizable as such, both on the school property
or in the public view outside the school.