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Code of Conduct for Learners


VORENTOE HIGH SCHOOL

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CODE OF CONDUCT: LEARNERS

1. GENERAL

1.1 A code of conduct is essential for a school community to reach its educational goals.

1.2 The keystone of a healthy and happy school community is formed by every individual’s willingness to maintain order, discipline and mutual respect.

1.3 This code of conduct acknowledges the following:

* contract laws

* the law on basic human rights

* a code of conduct for staff members

 

2. AIMS

2.1 To provide learners with the opportunity to the optimum realisation of their talents and abilities regarding the different education activities.

2.2 To provide learners with the opportunity to prepare themselves properly for the adult world.

2.3 To provide learners with a sense of belonging and security.

2.4 To guide learners in accepting the principle of caring for each other and being sensitive to each other’s needs and interests.

2.5 To provide a safe environment for learners where physical injuries can be prevented as far as (reasonably) possible.

2.6 To forge a partnership between school and parents where

effective communication will ensure the best possible learning environment for all learners.

 

3. EMPOWERMENT OF HEADMASTER AND TEACHERS

Every teacher will be empowered to act accordingly towards any learner guilty of disruptive behaviour:

 

4. SCHOOL RULES

Every learner must receive a complete set of school rules (in writing).

 

4.1 EDUCATION

The following principles and basic rules of conduct will be expected from each and every learner:

* Respect, discipline and productivity.

* The maintenance of orderly behaviour.

* Conscientious completion of all assignments and the punctual attendance of classes.

* Attendance of courses and diverse school activities

(where specifically required).

 

 

4.2 DRESS CODE AND APPEARANCE

4.2.1 GENERAL

4.2.1.1 The prescribed school uniform should be worn in its entirety.

4.2.1.2 Only the prescribed black school jersey may be worn.

4.2.1.3 The school jersey should fit properly – jerseys which are excessively large or baggy will not be allowed.

4.2.1.4 No wind breakers, anoraks or any other type of hooded jacket will be allowed.

4.2.1.5 School shoes should be black with leather uppers. NO tekkies or boots. Shoelaces should be BLACK and properly fastened. Proper school socks should be worn.

4.2.1.6 When a learner wears his/her school uniform after school hours, he/she should always appear neat, wearing the full school uniform.

4.2.1.7 A learner wearing the school’s uniform, always represents the school and should therefore act in an exemplary fashion, either at school or anywhere else.

4.2.1.8 Blazers representing provincial colours may be worn at official functions and during school hours on Fridays.

4.2.1.9 Learners have to wear school uniform when they are on the school premises – even during examinations when they are not writing.

 

4.2.2 GIRLS

4.2.2.1 The hem of the skirt should not be higher than 7 cm above the knee.

4.2.2.2 Girls should not roll up or hitch up their skirts.

4.2.2.3 Socks may not be folded inwards or rolled down onto the shoes. Bobby socks and pantyhose should not be worn together.

4.2.2.4 Nails should be tended to properly and clipped short. Nails should never protrude past the tips of the fingers. No nail polish will be allowed.

4.2.2.5 No make-up will be allowed.

4.2.2.6 No jewellery will be allowed, with the exception of a wrist watch. Girls are allowed to wear one earring in each ear and (then) specifically in the lower hole of each earlobe. Only a small stud, or small thin ear rings (only gold or silver in appearance) may be worn.

4.2.2.7 The length of the fringe must be in proportion with the rest of the hair. This implies that an excessively long fringe with short hair at the back will be unacceptable.

4.2.2.8 The fringe may not touch or exceed the eyebrows. When a girl bends forward and then re-assumes the upright position, her hair should not hang in front of her eyes, without her having to adjust them in any way. The fringe should not be combed backwards or upwards to exceed a height of 3cm. No Afro, dread locks, Mohawk, Rasta hair styles. No patterns or steps in hair or eyebrows.

Braids is allowed.

4.2.2.9 Hair touching the collar should be cut or tied.

4.2.2.10 All hair should be tied properly in the neck or on the head.

4.2.2.11 Hair accessories must be black, white or maroon. Hair-clips should be small.

4.2.2.12 Ski-pants may be worn underneath the skirts.

4.2.2.13 Braided hair extensions will be allowed.

SUMMER WEAR

1. White short-sleeved shirt with open collar. No T-shirt may be worn underneath school shirt.

2. Maroon skirt. Only grade 12 girls will be allowed to wear the prescribed black skirts.

3. Black school shoes. Black shoe laces should be fastened properly. NO tekkies or boots.

4. School shirts which are shaped may hang out.

 

WINTER WEAR

1. White long-sleeved shirt and school tie.

2. Maroon skirt or grey trousers – as prescribed. Matrics are allowed to wear black skirts.

3. Only the prescribed black stockings or maroon socks may be worn. Matrics may wear prescribed black socks. Socks should be worn (just) below the knees.

4. Prescribed black school jersey and (or maroon blazer). No anoraks/windbreakers or other jackets will be allowed.

5. When a girl wears trousers the wearing of a school blazer becomes COMPULSORY.

6. Black school shoes. If shoes have laces it should be black and properly tied.

 

4.2.3 BOYS

4.2.3.1 A tie must be worn with long-sleeved white shirt.

4.2.3.2 Only prescribed shirts may be worn.

4.2.3.3 Hair should be cut short at all times: in the neck and around the ears.

4.2.3.4 Long fringes will not be tolerated.

4.2.3.5 The maximum length of hair on top of the head should not exceed 40mm.

4.2.3.6 Hair may not be coloured/dyed. Only braids are allowed.

. No Afro, dread locks, Mohawk, Rasta hair styles. No patterns or steps in hair or eyebrows.

4.2.3.7 No jewellery – with the exception of a wristwatch – will be allowed.

4.2.3.8 No learner will be allowed to have a moustache, beard or side-whiskers.

4.2.3.9 Only a plain black belt with an ordinary buckle is

allowed. No big belt buckles are allowed.

 

SUMMER WEAR

1. White short-sleeved shirt with open collar or long-sleeved shirt with school tie. Only a plain white T-shirt may be worn under the school shirt.

2. Grey trousers. Only a plain black belt with an ordinary buckle is allowed. No big belt buckles are allowed.

3. Prescribed black school socks, reaching up to (just) below the knee.

4. Whenever a learner wears a jersey or blazer, it should be accompanied by a school tie.

5. Black school shoes with black laces. Laces should be tied properly. NO tekkies or boots.

 

WINTER WEAR

1. White long-sleeved shirt and school tie.

2. Grey trousers. Only a plain black belt with an ordinary buckle is allowed .

3. Prescribed black school jersey and/or maroon blazer.

4. Black school shoes with black laces. Laces should be tied properly. NO tekkies or boots.

 

4.2.4 NEATNESS CONTROL

4.2.4.1 One day per week

4.2.4.2 The first day of each term

4.2.4.3 Every register class

 

4.3 SCHOOL GROUNDS

4.3.1 Learners are not allowed to leave the school grounds during school hours without the written permission of the principal or vice-principals and only when being fetched by parents. Only the parent/guardian will be allowed to accompany the pupil from the school grounds.

4.3.2 Learners are not allowed in classes or on porches during breaks. However, if it rains, learners may seek shelter on porches during breaks.

4.3.3 The only designated areas for learners during break include:

• Tarmac (in front of the tuck shop) for those buying from the tuck shop;

• grass arena

No learners are allowed on the netball courts or anywhere near the school buildings during breaks.

4.3.4 The following activities are not allowed on the school grounds:

* fighting

* dangerous games or games that are unnecessarily rough, leading to possible injury.

* stone-throwing

* splashing each other with water.

* Gambling

* Playing / tampering with safety equipment eg. fire hoses

* Tampering with dustbins.

* Graffiti

 

4.3.5 Smoking of any kind, including hooker pipes (hubbly bubbly), alcohol, use of addictive substances and sexual misconduct are prohibited at all times.

4.3.6 Littering is prohibited.

4.3.7 Vandalism will be punished severely.

4.3.8 Learners who drive (themselves) to school by car or motor bike should:

* be able to produce a legitimate driver’s licence AND

* make the necessary arrangements in writing, prior

to arriving at school by vehicle.

4.3.9 All learners have to leave the school premises

(immediately) at the end of the school day if they

are not participating in extra-mural activities.

 

4.4 CEREMONIES IN THE SCHOOL HALL

4.4.1 Learners should stand or sit (whichever is applicable) in register classes within their specific Grades.

4.4.2 Learners should enter the school hall silently and orderly.

4.4.3 An atmosphere of reverence should be maintained

throughout the proceedings.

 

4.5 SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY

4.5.1 Learners are expected to attend school every day

for the duration of the school day.

4.5.2 Should a learner stay absent from school it is the

parent’s responsibility to notify the school.

4.5.3 School commences at 07:10 every morning from

Monday to Friday.

4.5.4 No late coming of learners will NOT be tolerated.

4.5.4.1 It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure

that their children are at school on time.

4.5.4.2 Parents will be notified when a learner is

late for school THREE times.

4.5.4.3 If the learner continues to come to school

late disciplinary measures will be taken and the Department of Education will be informed.

 

4.6 GENERAL

4.6.1 All textbooks must be returned when a learner leaves the school.

4.6.2 NO CELL PHONES, must be heard or seen. Teachers will confiscate it and a fine of R50, payable by parents, is applicable before it will be returned (to parents/guardians).

I-PODS, EARPHONES OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES should NOT

be brought to school.

 

4.7 PARENT RESPONSIBILITY:

Please note that parents are primarily responsible for the behaviour of the child. The school reserves the right to take further steps in collaboration with the parents, if and when necessary. (Guidelines for the Governing Body with the implementation of a Code of Conduct for learners-S.A. 1998.)