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The Purpose of these rules is to ensure a high standard of discipline and morals, necessary for an orderly, smooth and happy running of the school, as well as the maintenance of the atmosphere necessary for maximum academic performance. All pupils, as well as their Parents and Guardians, are requested to study the rules carefully and to do all they can to co-operate with the school authorities. …………………………….. 1. WITHDRAWAL A term’s notice in WRITING is required if a child is to be taken away from school. 2. BOOK & EQUIPMENT Every pupil MUST possess each of the prescribed textbooks. Your Daughter will be sent home failing this request. In addition, each pupil must possess an English Language dictionary, French/English and Spanish/English Dictionary, 2 blue-ink ball point pens, 2 pencils, 2 writing pads, coloured pencils, ruler and Geometry set. *Parents are asked to note particularly that pupils cannot make progress if they do not have the necessary books. 3. ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL 3.1 ALL CASES OF ABSENCE MUST BE EXPLAINED IN WRITING by the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the students and SIGNED by him/her. *No written explanation signed by students, and no verbal explanation of student will be accepted. Therefore, students any student who has been absent from school for any reason, and for any length of time, must ensure that BEFORE RESUMING ATTENDANCE SHE HAS OBTAINED A WRITTEN EXPLANATION from parent(s)/ guardians(s). Any absence without explanation will be regarded as a serious breach of the school discipline.
3.2 ALL ABSENCES WILL BE RECORDED in an appropriate register, and all EXPLANATION OF ABSENCE KEPT IN THE STUDENT’S FILE. 3.3 Any student who has been absent from school for any reason and for any length of time, must on RESUMING ATTENDANCE, REPORT DIRECTLY TO THE PRINCIPAL AND SUBMIT HER EXPLANATION BEFORE JOINING THE FORM. 4. LEAVING SCHOOL DURING SCHOOL HOURS 4.1 No student will be allowed to leave the school premises during school hours, including break periods, except in cases of illness or emergency. 4.2 No student must be on the street during school hours except while engaging in some school activity, or purpose authorized by the Principal, or someone authorized by the principal. 4.3 Parents must ask students to transact business for them ONLY AFTER SCHOOL HOURS, for this WILL NOT BE ALLOWED during school hours. 4.4 Students will not be allowed to go on personal errands during school hours. Breaking this rule results in automatic suspension from school. 4.5 Teachers will not send students on errands during school hours. 4.6 All requests to leave school during school hours in cases of illness or emergency must be with the full knowledge and permission of the Principal, or someone authorized by the Principal. 4.7 Only the Principal or his/her nominee or someone authorized to do so, has authority to grant students permission to leave the school during school hours. 5. VISTORS TO STUDENTS 5.1 Any person wishing to see a student during school hours must first see the Principal, the Secretary or a Teacher and obtain permission. Therefore no person may enter the school compound and approach any student directly, without first obtaining permission.
5.2 Visitors will be allowed to see students during the BREAK PERIOD ONLY except in cases of emergency. 6. CONDUCT 6.1 All of the following are regarded as totally unacceptable forms of behaviour, and any student engaging in any of them will be disciplined accordingly. a. b. c. d. loud talking, shouting, brawling and quarrelling. fighting cursing, swearing, using indecent language. lying, making false complaints or accusations, defaming or discrediting any student or teacher. e. stealing, cheating. f. defying the authority of the Principal and Staff of the school. g. participating in activities deemed to be immoral, indecent, or will bring disrepute to the school’s name. e.g. exposure, cheerleading, (pom pom) flagwavers, queen shows, and the like. 6.2 Any students guilty of persistently breaching the discipline of the school will be EXPELLED. 6.3 Courtesy and respect must be shown at all times to all members of the Teaching and the Ancillary staff. 6.4 No eating is allowed in school except during breaks. Ices, tamarind balls etc. must not be taken in the classroom. Girls should not be seen eating & drinking on the street, either in or out of uniform. 7. CHEWING GUM IS FORBIDDEN AT ALL TIMES The possession of chewing gum and the chewing of gum on the school compound is forbidden AT ALL TIMES. 8. UNIFORM (Appendix 1) a. b. c. d. Girls must be in proper uniform at all times Plain black shoes only are accepted Knee-high length navy-blue socks The crest or in-sign be worn at all times.
e. Uniforms are for school purpose ONLY. No girls must be on The street in uniform after school hours except for school related activities e.g. detention. f. Any student appearing in school not properly dressed must present a written excuse from her parent or guardian and if not she will be sent home. g. Girls who break these rules will be severely punished 9. SPORT UNIFORM All students must be dressed in proper sports uniform which is Tee-shirts the colour of the house, white sports shoes, white socks. Sport uniform should be worn during Physical Education and Sports Days. 10. MAKE-UP The use of eye-shadow, mascara, eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, lipstick, and nail polish is forbidden. 11. JEWELRY A wristwatch and SMALL gold or silver earrings may be worn. No other colours are allowed. NO DANGLING EARRINGS. No bracelets or rings are allowed. Any forbidden item taken from students will be returned at the end of the school year. 12. HAIR STYLES Hair must be neatly combed every day. Afros and reasonable sized plaits are permitted. Hair extensions, elaborate hairstyles, excessively small plaits are forbidden except in cases of extremely short hair. Modest, black, brown and navy-blue combs or clips are allowed with the School uniform. Colours of the house with the sports uniform. NO OTHER COLOURS ARE ALLOWED. 13. PROPERTY All personal belongings brought to school must be marked with the Pupil’s name. All books must have the pupil’s name written in ink. The school cannot be responsible for money brought on the school premises unless it is handed in for safe keeping.
14. PUNCTUALITY AND PROMPTNESS 14.1 All students must be at school at 7.45 am. each day. The first bell rings at 7.50 a.m. and all students should immediately proceed to their classes at that time to await the register. On Monday, however, all students should be at the Main School and line up by forms at the ringing of the bell and proceed to the Methodist Church for assembly. On Tuesdays and Fridays general assembly will be held at both sections of the school, conducted by members of different forms. Anyone arriving after 7.50 a.m. will be considered to have arrived late. Anyone found to be talking unnecessarily after the bell shall be disciplined. 14.2 Registration and assembly must be completed by 8.05 a.m. On Mondays, the assembly period may go up to 8.40 a.m. 14.3 Any student arriving after 8.05 a.m. when classes begin, or who has been absent for more than one day must report her arrival and submit her written explanation to the Principal, or in his/her absence to the Secretary. 15. ASSEMBLY 15.1 The second bell will be rung at 7.55 a.m. in the morning and will call students to readiness for assembly and devotions. 15.2 There must be no talking during prayers. The Spirit of reverence must prevail throughout. This is a Methodist Church School, and the aim is to instill reverence for God and Spirit of Unity through the love of Jesus Christ and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. 15.3 All students, irrespective of denominational loyalty, are expected to be present at, and to participate in morning devotions. 16. USE OF FURNITURE Girls must not sit on tables or desks. Chairs must be used properly at all times. Lockers and desks must be kept tidy. Classroom floors must be clean at all times. Defacement and/or destruction of school property will result in their being repaired or replaced by the parents of that
17. REPEATING CLASSES Students whose academic performance has been poor during the school year, will be required to repeat the class once. No student may spend more than six (6) years in the school hence a second chance at repeating any other class will not be allowed. Students cannot repeat the 5th form. 18. GRADUATION Upon completion of 5th form, students who have completed the educational and behavioural requirements laid down by the school will receive a Graduation Certificate at the Annual Graduation and Prize Giving Ceremony. All 5th formers will receive a school leaving Certificate of attendance prior to Graduation. 19. SCHOOL DISCIPLINE (see Appendix 2 and 3) 19.1 Demerits are given for minor offences (see Merits & Demerits code) 19.2 Detentions, (Friday 2.30 – 3.30 p.m.) Any student arriving late or incorrectly dressed will be required to serve a new detention on the following Friday. 19.3 Three (3) or more detentions in any one term will result in one week suspension. 19.4 Absence from detention for two consecutive weeks without a valid excuse means automatic suspension from school for a minimum of three (3) days. 19.5 Students are allowed a minimum of three (3) suspensions during their time at school. Another suspension will result in the parent or guardian being asked to find another school for the student. 19.6 Corporal punishment shall only be administered for serious offences and by the Principal or someone authorized by the Principal.
20. FINES 20.1 Students who lose:a. Report books, must pay $20.00 before a new one is issued. b. Conduct Cards, must pay $4.00 before a new one is issued. c. School Crest, must pay $25.00 before a new one is issued. 20.2 No student will be allowed to graduate or receive any of the concessions given to graduates until all debts are cleared. 21. FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES All students are required to take part in all fund-raising activities organized by the school and or the Parent-Teachers Association. Appendix 1 Uniform Requirements & Other Guide Lines Regular Uniform 1 Navy blue pleated skirt – (KNEE LENGTH) pleats 1 ½ inches wide. 4 Yellow blouses 1 Navy blue tie – (same material as skirt) 1 School crest – (obtainable at school office) worn on pocket. 2 Pairs (closed) black shoes, navy blue ribbons. Physical Education/sports. 1 House Sports T-shirt 1 Pair White Sports shoes 1 pleated white skirt (not more than 3 inches above the knee) 1 Pair white shorts (plain) 1 Pair white socks – (no decorations at all !!!!) Food & Nutrition – Full length Apron. Preferably white - Head covering (cap, scarf, head tie)
STUDENT ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE ALL BOOKS AT THE OPENING OF SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER
Merits & Demerits
Section A –Merit The letter AXIS will indicate the type of Merit obtained by the student: A - Academic performance X - Extra Curricular activities I - Interest in school S - Performance in sports Merits will be awarded at the discretion of the staff. When compiling House and Form points – a merit automatically cancels a demerit. However, failure to present a Conduct Card for the award will result in a No. 1 Demerit. Student should report lost cards to their form Teacher who will issue new ones on the payment of a fine of $4.00 (Demerit No. 1 will also be issued.) Cards, report books and crest in poor condition will be considered as lost and must be replaced by a new one. Section B – Demerit This will operate on a number system from 1 – 13 in the case of General Offences and numbers ranging from M1- M11 in the case of Major Offences. In giving Demerits, teachers will write on the Conduct Card the number referring to the offence for which the student is being punished. The teacher will be required to register the Demerit after the student’s name in the appropriate Form Conduct Book and initial it. The Code Number system will operate on the following basis: Demerit No. 1. Loss of or failure to present conduct Card
No. 2. Incomplete uniform and/or wearing accessories not considered as part of the school uniform. No. 3. Lateness or absence without written excuse or permission, lateness at assembly, Failure to report to the office when late. No. 4. Unnecessary interference with another student and/or his property No. 5. Being in Laboratory, Library, Staff Room or office (during class No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. hours) and entering another classroom without permission. 6. Loitering on the corridors, school grounds, stairs, toilets etc. 7. Failure to have appropriate materials for classes. 8. Unnecessary talking in classes, on corridors, stairs, library etc. 9. Eating during class hours and possessing unnecessary distracting materials (comics, radios, etc.) 10. Incomplete or neglected assignments. 11. Littering, spitting from balcony, defacing, breaking, tampering with school property. 12. Refusing to respect instructions given by monitors; prefects, staff or disrespecting students in authority (any student appointed by a members of staff to perform duties in classroom. 13. Headmaster’s Demerit indicating the student has been caned.
Other Offence In the case of other Offences not covered by the code Number System, the student will be sent to the Headmaster. Major Offences Major Offence will result in caning (corporal punishment) suspension or expulsion at the Headmaster’s discretion. They will cover such offences as: M. M. M. M. M. M. M. M. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Obscene Language. Disrespecting members of staff in or out of school. Leaving or attempting to leave school without permission Stealing. Cheating or attempting to cheat during exams. Fighting. Smoking or drinking of alcoholic beverages in or out of school. Possession of Narcotics.
M. 9. DISCREDITING THE GOOD NAME OF THE SCHOOL (in Dress or in general deportment.)
M. 10. Indecent or scandalous behaviour in school or in any public place. M. 11. Being parent of a child.
Compilation of Demerits. Three Demerits Five Demerits Seven Demerits One detention
- One caning plus one detention - Automatic suspension – Parent or guardian to See Headmaster before student returns to school.
The teacher issuing the 5th and 7th Demerits will take the student to the Headmaster. Detentions a. Conduct Card must be presented for signature at all detentions. b. Detention will be held on Friday afternoon from 2.30 – 3.30 p.m. c. Student must enter the school premises and attend detention in full School uniform. d. Late students will not be admitted. The detention is to be repeated the next week. e. Absence from detention will result in a caning plus another detention, on the following Friday. f. The first 30 minutes will be spent silently. g. The second 30 minutes will be spent in school service, e.g. cleaning library, laboratories etc., or doing such chores as the detention supervisor may direct. Appendix 3 The Statutory Power: Corporal punishment shall be administered by Head -Teachers only. Whenever it shall be found necessary to administer corporal punishment to any child in a public elementary school the Head-Teachers shall forthwith make an entry in the Punishment book showing the date, the name, sex and age of the child, the offence committed and the punished inflicted.
THE POWER TO PUNISH PUPILS
No pupil shall be expelled from any school except by the direction or with the express concurrence of the Manager; but any pupil may for gross insolence, persistent disobedience or immoral conduct be temporarily suspended from attendance by the Head-Teacher until the case has been submitted to the Manager to be immediately reported to the Board for confirmation or otherwise. “Manager” means – a. in the case of government school the education officer: b. in the case of an assisted school the person appointed by the head of the government body of a religious denomination or association to have charge thereof. “Board” means THE EDUCATION BOARD Common Law Rights and Duties When a parent sends his child to a school he/she delegates to the Head Teacher his/her own authority as far as is necessary for the child’s welfare and so far as is necessary to maintain discipline with regard to the child in the child’s interest and those of the school as a whole. The Head Teacher’s right to punish a child extends to a responsible assistant teacher. As delegate of the parental authority, a Head Teacher or a responsible assistant teacher has the right to inflict moderate and reasonable corporal punishment, using a proper instrument. The exercise is unlawful if punishment is excessive considered in relation to its nature, motive, repetition, and the age, health and sex of the pupil. The punishment must be moderate, not dictated by any base motive, such as was usual in the school; and such as the parent might expect the child to receive if it did wrong. If the punishment is not reasonable and moderate the teacher is liable to criminal proceeding and he/his employers are liable to civil action. The power to punish is not confined to punishing for acts done within the precincts of the school. The power may be delegated.
A teacher’s power extends to reasonable detention and restraint in the interests of school order and discipline. When detention is imposed a variety of factors should be borne in mind, for example, the age of the pupil and the problem of his traveling home alone at an unusual hour. It is advisable that the offences for which it is a punishment should be included in the school rules which have been made known to parents and pupil – prior warning should be given to the parents and child whom it is proposed to detain. A registered pupil of compulsory school age may be expelled by the manager of the school; but where in the result of an appeal by his parents, the minister on the recommendation of the Board determines that the pupil has been excluded on other than reasonable grounds, he must be readmitted to the school.
MOBILE PHONES: HARMFUL SUBSTANCES: LETHAL WEAPONS:
MOBILE PHONES 1. A Mobile Phone found in the possession of any student on school premises shall be confiscated and handed over immediately to the Principal who will release it to at least one of the parents/guardian of the student with a letter of warning to the student after it has first been read in the presence of the parent(s)/Guardian(s) 2. Should the same student be found in possession of a mobile phone on school premises a second time, whether it is his/her property or not, that student will be suspended for a period not less than ten (10) school days. 3. For any further similar offence the student will become liable to expulsion.
THE USE OF ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND OTHER HARMFUL SUBSTANCES.
1. Any student found, during school hours, to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other harmful substances will be sent home for a period of at least two (2) days and will not be allowed to return unless
accompanied by at least one of his/her parents/guardian in whose presence the students, will be warned by the Principal. 2. For a second similar offence, whether the harmful substance is the same or any other, the student will be suspended for a period of not less than ten (10) school days, and will not be allowed to return unless accompanied by the same parent/guardian, in whose presence the student will be advised by the Principal to seek professional help. 3. If the condition afterwards recurs the student will become liable to expulsion. 4. Any student who is found using alcohol, drugs or any other harmful substances, whether on the school premises or not, and is reported to the Principal, will become liable to suspension for a period of not less than ten (10) school days and will not be allowed to return unless accompanied by one of his/her parents/guardian in whose presence the student will be warned by the Principal. 5. For any further similar offence, whether on the School premises or not the student will become liable to expulsion. LETHAL WEAPONS 1. Any instrument, found in the possession of a student, which a teacher deems to be offensive, shall be confiscated and brought immediately to the Principal who will then warn the student. 2. Any student who has inflicted or who has been found intending to inflict bodily harm on another person, whether provoked or not, with an instrument which the Principal has deemed to be offensive, shall be suspended for a period of not less than ten (10) school days and will not be allowed to return unless accompanied by one or both of his/her parents/guardian in whose presence the student will be warned by the Principal. 3. For any other similar or related offence involving that student, whether singly or in collusion, whether in the attempt or as a threat, whether on school premises or not, the student will become liable to expulsion.