GAHS CODE OF CONDUCT
The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to establish a disciplined, safe and purposeful school environment, dedicated to the improvement and maintenance of the quality of the learning process.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
For quality learning to take place, certain rights and responsibilities need to be recognised, including the right to:
- personal safety and security of property
- a clean and functional environment
- listen and be heard
- undisturbed access to knowledge, skills and resources
- to have progress assessed and fair treatment
With every right there is a matching responsibility. To protect the rights of individuals, it is the responsibility of each learner not only to refrain from infringing such rights but to prevent others from doing so.
In order to maintain a disciplined and effective learning environment, learners are expected to be mature and responsible.
Learners can make a positive contribution by being honest, diligent, friendly, punctual, neat and courteous. They must behave in a manner which is respectful to all cultures and to the rights of all. In addition, it is the duty of all learners to protect the rights of others.
Commitments must be honoured.
Homework and daily review should be routine and deadlines must be met.
These rules are to be applicable where a learner is on the school premises, at a school function or school activity, or in a public place where he or she is identifiable, or likely to be identified, as a learner of the Glen Austin High School.
- A learner shall not use foul, abusive, racist, sexist or blasphemous language.
- A learner shall not assault, threaten, bully, harass, abuse, intimidate, victimise or endanger the life or safety of anyone.
- A learner shall not possess any weapon, knife or dangerous object.
- A learner shall not smoke, use drugs or consume intoxicating liquor, nor may a learner associate himself or herself with any learner smoking, using drugs or consuming liquor as aforesaid.
- A learner shall not attend a school function or activity whilst under the influence of drugs or intoxicating liquor.
- A learner shall attend school for the whole of the prescribed school hours. In the case of absence a learner shall, on returning to school, furnish the Principal with a written note, signed by his/her parent or guardian, explaining the reason for his/her absence. A medical certificate is required for any absence during examinations and for absence from control tests, orals and other continuous assessment (CASS) work.
- A learner may not be absent from a class or leave the school premises during school hours without the permission of the Principal or his or her nominee.
- A learner shall not damage, vandalise, deface or soil school property or the property of another.
- The personal appearance and dress of a learner whenever travelling to or from any place as a learner of Glen Austin High School (whether or not that learner is wearing the official school uniform) shall conform to such standards of decency and propriety as are considered adequate and appropriate by the Principal or his or her nominee in charge of the learner at the time.
- Learners shall at all times wear the full official school uniform as specified by the Board of Governors unless permitted otherwise by the Principal or his or her nominee.
- A learner shall not hitchhike on a public road in School uniform.
- No notice, banner or communication may be displayed on the premises without the permission of the Principal or his or her nominee.
- A learner may not possess or view pornographic or undesirable material.
- A learner may not use a cell phone or other electronic device during school hours, including breaks.
- A learner shall not by way of any conduct or utterance bring the good name of the School into disrepute.
- A learner shall obey, observe and carry out all regulations made and issued by the Principal or his or her nominee, and any instructions or directives given to the learner by an educator.
The Principal may from time to time issue directives, instructions and rulings, collectively called regulations, to ensure the efficient running of the School. These regulations deal with matters such as procedures for dealing with latecomers, delimiting the bounds of the learners' movements, maintaining the school uniform, and facilitating the flow of traffic in the buildings and grounds. These regulations include the basic standards of behaviour expected in passages and classrooms, as set out in the Glen Austin High School/ Rules of the Room displayed in all classrooms .
Failure to abide by the school rules and regulations and infringing the rights of others constitutes misconduct.
PENALTIES FOR MISCONDUCT
Penalties for misconduct range from verbal warnings and extra work to suspension and suspension pending a decision on expulsion. All punishment must be seen to be fair, reasonable and consistent. Misconduct can be categorised as follows:
Minor misdemeanours may incur detention, or suspended detention, and confiscation. Examples are uniform faults such as shirts hanging out and wearing jewellery or non-uniform items.
Serious offences may lead to multiple detentions (up to two hours per day, every week day, Saturday (afternoon) detention, removal from a class, Daily Report, loss of privileges, being debarred from standing for the SRC, letters to parents, interviews with parents, counselling etc). Examples of serious offences are not doing homework, disobedience (such as repeated misdemeanours), insolence, abusive behaviour, and absence from school without permission.
Very serious offences may lead to community service, corrective action as envisaged under the Drugs Policy, suspension, or suspension with a view to expulsion.
Criminal activities may be reported to the SAPS. Defiance of the Code of Conduct, threatening the physical safety of anyone, any behaviour which disrupts the effective functioning of the School, the possession, use or distribution of unauthorised drugs or alcohol, vandalism, theft, fraud and plagiarism are all examples of very serious offences. A more detailed schedule of very serious offences may be found in Addendum 3.
CIRCUMSTANCES COVERED BY THIS CODE
This Code applies while a learner is in school uniform, participating in an activity sanctioned by the School, or when he/she is in any public place where he/she is likely - by reason of any utterance or conduct on his/her part - to be identified by the public as a learner of the Glen Austin High School.
In all cases of misconduct, learners must be clearly informed of the specific offence committed and the punishment they face.
For all but the very serious offences, learners may appeal promptly against perceived unfair punishment. Appeals to the teacher and Grade Head / Assistant Grade Head should be made within 24 hours. If these appeals are unsuccessful, learners may appeal to the Deputy Principal or Principal within 48 hours.
In the event of learners being charged with a very serious offence, both the learners and the parents / guardians must be informed separately in writing of the charges, the possible consequences of those charges, the date, time and place of a hearing and of the learner's right to representation at the hearing. The hearing must take place at least 5 days after receipt of the letter unless the learner and parents request it to be brought forward
Any amendments, excluding minor additions, to this Code shall become operative after publication by the Board of Governors after due consultation with the SRC, Forum, parents and staff. Minor additions to this code, as visualised in the paragraph "REGULATIONS" above, shall be made by the Principal.
Addendum 1. Glen Austin High Courtesy Regulations:
The following are intended to have an organised school and to teach valuable life skills. Manners have to be so well-learned that courteous behaviour is automatic. Courtesy then becomes an effortless aid to friendly relationships.
- Keep left.
- Move in single file.
- Move briskly. Do not loiter.
- Do not run.
- Greet everyone, especially adults, at least with a smile.
- Do not shout indoors.
- When waiting outside a classroom, line up in (single file) on the same side as the room, not against the railings.
- Order of precedence through doors and at intersections: Women, girls, men, boys.
- NEVER sit down until invited to do so, once you enter an office or classroom.
- ALWAYS stand up when an adult who is standing or walking by addresses you, unless they expressly excuse you from the courtesy.
- Use "Please" whenever you want assistance and "Thank you" at least as often, including when you leave a classroom at the end of a lesson.
- Acknowledge instructions and advice with an appropriate response: "Yes, ma'am", "No, sir" or "Thank you".
- Respect the personal space of others. Getting up close to a person suggests intimacy that is inappropriate at school or work.
Addendum 2. Regulations for classroom behaviour: The Rules of the Room.
TO BE PUT UP IN ALL CLASSROOMS
|Greet the teacher
||Arrive late for school or class
|Have all necessary equipment and stationary in class
|Keep record of homework and assignments
||Use a cell phone or any device that is not allowed in a classroom
|Wait to be dismissed
||Deface furniture and walls
|Use register class time constructively
||Indulge in horseplay
|Speak one at a time
||Eat / Drink in class
|Let the teacher have the last say
||Expect to go to the toilet during a lesson
Addendum 3. Very Serious Offences of the Code of Conduct
lists some of the actions that may lead to community service, corrective action as envisaged under the Drugs & Alcohol Policy, suspension, or suspension with a view to expulsion. The list is not exhaustive - other actions could also be considered very serious.
In addition to the actions named in the School Rules:
- Immoral behaviour and profanity.
- Possession, use, transmission or visible evidence of narcotic or unauthorised drugs, alcohol or intoxicants of any kind.
- Theft or possession of stolen property.
- Disrespect, objectionable or threatening behaviour, verbal or physical abuse directed at anyone and including insolence directed at teachers or school employees.
- Oppressive behaviour such as rape and gender-based harassment.
- Possession or transmission of pornography.
- Repeated violation of the Code of Conduct.
- Falsely identifying oneself
- Conviction for a criminal offence in a court of law.
- Dishonesty in tests or examinations.
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