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Code of Conduct at Sir Pierre Van Ryneveld High School

PREAMBLE  

This code of conduct has been drawn up in the context of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the South African Schools Act, and reflects their principles and mission statement. This code of conduct applies to learners on the school premises, and also to those off the school premises who are in school uniform or who are associated with the school in any way.  

CODE OF CONDUCT
 

As a member of the Sir Pierre van Ryneveld community, I acknowledge that I need to show RESPECT toward all with whom I come into contact.  This implies that I will

  • Be helpful †       
  • Treat others in the way that I would like to be treated †       
  • Greet others †       
  • Make way for others on staircases and corridors †       
  • Be considerate of others †       
  • Not use offensive language and vulgarity against others or in their presence †       
  • Avoid loudness †       
  • Be punctual †       
  • Be polite †       
  • Not be insolent, eg: back chatting †       
  • Take pride in my work †       
  • Show respect for the national symbols, school uniform, school name †       
  • Show respect for each other’s property 

CODE OF BEHAVIOUR GOVERNING MOVEMENT ON THE CORRIDORS 

LEARNERS
1.  Keep left, allowing room for traffic coming in the opposite direction, and those who need to pass from behind.
2.  No loitering.
3.  No loudness, whistling or disruption of classes in progress.
4.  No littering on corridors or grounds.
5.  Do not use cell phones during change of periods.

CODE OF BEHAVIOUR IN CLASSROOMS

LEARNEREDUCATOR’S ACTION
1.  No eating or drinking.Record ž 3 offences = a detention
2.  If you want to speak in class, raise your hand and wait for the educator to give you permission.Record ž 3 offences = a detention
3.  No disruption of a lesson in any way. Record ž 3 offences = a detention
4.  No walking around the classroom without permission from the educator.Record ž 3 offences = a detention
5.  Do not write on or damage desks, chairs, walls, books or any other items in the classroom.Immediate detention
6.  No littering.Record ž 3 offences = a detention
7.  When the intercom comes on, there must be silence.Not group punishment Record ž 3 offences = a detention
8.  It is the responsibility of the learner to catch up work they missedthrough absence.Record ž 3 offences = a detention
9.  Only one copy of printed notes / worksheet per learner.Learner to pay R5,00 if a note is lost.
10. All relevant books and stationery must be at school.Record ž 3 offences = a detention
11. Should a learner need to leave a class, it will be with a permission file and at the educator’s discretion. 
12. Learners must be in time for class, ie within the 4 minute period.Record ž 3 offences = a detention
13. Learners must be actively involved in the learning process.Record ž 3 offences = a detention
14. Homework must be done.Record ž 3 offences = a detention
15. Verbal and non-verbal insolence is prohibited.Depending on the severity, will vary from referral to Headmaster for Disciplinary hearing.
16. Bunking substitution, registration or lessons is prohibited.Immediate detention.
17. Learners may not leave the class until the bell has gone, and then only at the educator’s instruction.Record ž 3 offences = a detention
18. Do not indulge in argument’s with educators or other learners in class.Record ž 3 offences = a detention
19. Cell phones must be switched off and may not be visible during class time. No learner may be in possession of a cell phone during a test or exam.Confiscate.  Hand it in at enquiries office.   Parents to collect confiscated phone from the Headmaster.  If a pupil has a second cell phone confiscated, it will be retained by the school until the pupil leaves the school.
20. No water containers may be brought into classrooms.Bottle will be confiscated.
LEARNERSEDUCATOR’S ACTION
21. Earphones and head sets are not allowed.They will be confiscated and not returned.
22. A learner must have his / her timetable with him / her at all times.Record ž 3 offences = a detention
23. School bags must be big enough to contain all books, strong enough to protect them, and free from graffiti.Give warning, if not heeded, confiscate bag.
 
OUT OF BOUND AREAS (applicable before and after school and during breaks)

  • All upper corridors and staircases except for pupils en route to and from the toilets.
  • All classrooms, including the gymnasium, change rooms and foyer.
  • Lawns to the south of the technology block, cookery centre and laboratory block.
  • The main parking area adjoining Commissioner Street.
  • Bicycle sheds.
  • Within 10 meters of the boundary fence.
  • All sports fields.
  • Other areas may be indicated from time to time.
  • Matric garden, except for matrics.
  • Prefabs

Infringement will result in record of offence (3 offences = 1 detention)

CODE GOVERNING ABSENCE FROM CLASS AND FROM SCHOOL

LEARNER
1.  Learner should not go to the toilet during teaching time.  However, if an educator deems it necessary, learners may be allowed to go to the toilet, one at a time, with the educator’s permission.
2.  If a learner is sick, he/she must report to the relevant subject educator.  This educator will send a letter to the front office.  The Secretary will keep a sick room register and call parents if necessary. 
3.  Early leaving.  If a learner needs to leave school early, a letter from the parents/guardian, containing the reason and a contact telephone number must be given to the Standard Head during the early morning registration period. Learners are to be collected from the front office by the parents/guardian.

Doctor and dentist appointments are to be made in the afternoon where possible. If a learner is leaving school early in order to do his/her learner’s or drivers license, then the booking slip must be must be produced in addition to the letter. Bookings must not be made for days on which cycle tests or exams are written.
LEARNEREDUCATOR
4. Parents/guardians must please provide a written explanation for a learner’s absence from school. This    letter should be dated, signed and have a contact telephone number. It should be submitted to the     registration teacher on the day that the learner returns to school.Deviation: record of offences 3 =1 detention
5.  No learner may leave the school grounds, or enter the school in any other way than through the gate,     without the Headmaster’s written permission. 1st time: Detention plus Std Head calls parents/ guardian
2nd time: School Support Team
3rd time: School Governing Body Disciplinary Hearing 
6.  Absences from examinations requires a Doctor’s certificate.  This is to be brought to school on the day the learner returns.Deviation: Learner will get 0 for exam
7.  Absences from cycle tests or class tests will require an absentee note. The onus is on the learner to show     this note to the relevant educators.Deviation: Learner will get 0 for test
8.  No learner may bunk school1st time: Detention plus Std Head calls parents/ guardian
2nd time: School Support Team
3rd time: School Governing Body Disciplinary Hearing 
9.  If pupils are late for school, theywill be excluded from school on that day, unless they are signed in bytheir parents or transport provideror there has been a general problem of which the school is aware.  This is a decision to be made by the Headmaster. 
 
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR AT ASSEMBLIES

  • Assemblies are compulsory.
  • Learners are to line up in an orderly fashion.
  • Learners are to be punctual for assembly, ie they are to obey the 4 minute rule.
  • Learners are to remain silent throughout the duration of the assembly until the assembly is dismissed
  • Learners may leave their bags in the classroom where they were in the period before assembly.

UNIFORM RULES – REFER TO APPENDIX A

GENERAL


LEARNEREDUCATOR
1.  Theft: Incidents of theft are to be reported to the educator in whose class the offence took place, without delay. Learners are however responsible for their own property and for school equipment and books issued to them.According to SASA, theft could result in expulsion.
2.  Valuable items may not be brought to school.  If, however, they are brought to school, they must be      handed in at the office for safe keeping.  
3.  Good manners will apply at all times.  
4.  Vandalism is entirely forbidden.Minimum: detention Maximum: expulsion
5.  Pupils must uphold the school’s name at all times, and in all ways. 
6.  Smoking is entirely forbidden as is the consumption of alcohol or the use of any narcotic substance. No tobacco, alcohol, narcotic substance or any aids may be brought onto the school grounds at any time.  Being in possession of any of the above constitutes an offence.Smoking:1st time: Detention plus Std Head calls parents/ guardian
2nd time: School Support Team
3rd time: School Governing Body Disciplinary Hearing
Drinking: SASA
Drugs:See drug policy

Could result in expulsion
7.  No selling or dealing in illegal substances is allowed.SASA Will result in expulsion
8.  Bullying is a serious offence, and is forbidden as are all fist fights.No learner may intimidate or in any way whatsoever threaten any other learner, staff member or their families. SASA Assault can result in expulsion
SASA Referral to Std Head who will use Discretion in administering punishment
9.  Tuckshop - Learners wishing to buy food from the Tuckshop, must queue in an orderly manner at the hatches. No purchases may be made outside break times. No learner may enter the Tuckshop at any time. 
10. Learners are not permitted to trade any item whilst in school uniform, and on school grounds. Immediate confiscation of goods.
Record: 3 offences = 1 detention
11. No gambling is permitted or participating or observing. Immediate detention
12. No weapons of any kind may be brought to school.Confiscation
SASA Referral to Std Head who will take action
13. It is a punishable offence to be in possession of pornographic / undesirable materialConfiscation
SASA Referral to Std Head who will take action Minimum: detention
14. Motorcycles are to be parked in the designated areaParking permission withdrawn
15. Learners who wish to drive to school in their own parents / guardian’s motor cars, or motorcycles must provide the school with a copy of their driver’s licence  (a copy will be placed on file) and their vehicle registration number in order to obtain permission to park on the school grounds. These vehicles are parked in a particular area at the owner’s risk. No learner will be allowed to be inside their vehicle during school hours.            Parking permission withdrawn
16. Motor cars / motorcycles may not be driven at more than 5km/h in the school grounds.Record: 3 offences = 1 detention
17. Bicycles may not be ridden in the school grounds.Record: 3 offences = 1 detention
18. No intimate behaviour is allowed.Record: 3 offences = 1 detention
19. No dangerous games are allowed.Record: 3 offences = 1 detention
20. No chewing gum is allowed.Record: 3 offences = 1 detention
21. If parents need to be contacted during the school day, it must be done through the front office, for the sake of good order. 
22. Lying or giving false evidence is an offence.Detention
23.  It is a punishable offence to give a false name.Minimum: Record: 3 offences= 1 detention
24. It is a punishable offence to run away when addressed by a prefect or a teacher.Detention
 
ROLE OF THE EDUCATOR  

The educator has the responsibility, authority and discretion to enforce the code of conduct in order to create an atmosphere conducive to learning.   Should a learner infringe the code of conduct, the educator will follow the set procedure in order to remediate the learner’s behaviour.    

  1. Once a learner has been placed on detention three times, there will be a referral to the SST.  Parent / guardian will be invited to attend.  
  2. A fourth detention will result in referral to the Headmaster who will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to refer to the School Governing Body for a Disciplinary Hearing.  
  3. A notification informing the parent/guardian and all relevant parties, of the hearing must be sent within five working days.  

Failure to attend detention without a valid excuse  

  1. Failure to attend detention without a valid excuse (a letter from the parent/guardian explaining the reason and a contact telephone number) will result in the learner being send home by the Std Head and may only return once they and their parents have seen the Headmaster.  
  2. Failure to attend detention for a second time without a valid excuse, will result in a Governing Body Disciplinary Hearing.
  3. A notification informing the parent/guardian and all relevant parties of the hearing, must be sent within five working days.  

SST – School Support Team  

The SST will consist of the Standard Head, the School Counsellor and the Deputy.  Parents are invited.  They will:  

  1. Investigate the problem
  2. Put a plan into place
  3. Monitor progress         

OFFENCES THAT COULD LEAD TO A DISCIPLINARY HEARING AS PER SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS ACT  

SCHEDULE 1  

  • Seriously threatens, disrupts or frustrates teaching and learning in a class.
  • Engages in a conspiracy to disrupt the proper functioning of the school through collective action.
  • Insults the dignity of or defames any learner or any other person, which includes racist remarks.
  • Distributes or is in the possession of any test or exam material that may enable another person to gain an unfair advantage in a test or an exam.
  • Cheats in a test or exam, or any other form of assessment, such as assignments.
  • Engages in any act of public indecency.
  • Sexually harasses any other person.
  • Is found in possession or distributes pornographic material.
  • Is under the influence or in possession of alcohol.
  • Repeated violations of the code of conduct.    

SCHEDULE 2  

  • Is found guilty of misconduct as contemplated in schedule 1 after having been found guilty of the same or similar misconduct on 2 previous occasions
  • Fails to comply with a punishment of suspension as a correctional measure
  • Intentionally and without just excuse:
    • forges any document or signature to the potential or actual prejudice of the school.
    • Trades in any test or exam question paper or in any test or exam material.
    • Attempts to bribe or bribes any person in respect of any test or exam to enable himself or herself or another person to gain an unfair advantage therein
    • Engages in fraud.
    • Engages in theft, or otherwise acts dishonestly to the prejudice of another person.
    • Is in possession of, consumes or deals in any illegal substance other harmful substance.
    • Uses or transmits narcotic or unauthorised drugs or on visible evidence of such possession, use or transmission.
    • Is in possession of any dangerous weapons.
    • Assaults or threatens to assault another person.
    • Holds any person hostage.
    • Murders any person.
    • Rapes any person or engages in any sexual activity which amounts to an offence in law.
    • Maliciously damages property.                      

SIR PIERRE VAN RYNEVELD HIGH SCHOOL
SCHOOL UNIFORM AND STANDARDS OF APPEARANCE

ALL learners are expected to wear the official School Uniform within ONE week of being enrolled at this school.  Please note that where a learner is unable, for any valid reason whatsoever, to wear correct uniform, a note of explanation, addressed to the Standard Head is required.  This letter must contain a date by which the problem must be fixed.  It must be carried by the pupil and presented to teachers and prefects on request.  Please remember we are judged by our appearance.  

The choice of uniform worn is discretionary and based upon climatic conditions.  Therefore, a learner can choose to wear either winter OR summer uniform on any given day.  Formal winter uniform (blazer & tie) must be worn on all formal occasions; this applies to boys and girls.   Uniform must be kept clean, neat and in good repair at all times.  Worn and frayed item of uniform must be replaced.  Please note that where buttons are replaced on garments, these must be similar size and colour to the originals.  Shoes must be polished regularly.  

BOYS – WINTER UNIFORM

  • Grey flannel trousers Long sleeved white school shirt
  • Striped school tie – Matric may purchase and wear a special Matric tie
  • Black lace – up school shoes (eg: Grasshoppers/ Bata; but not Winklepickers, boots etc) (must have shoe laces) Blue school blazer with the school badge on the pocket
  • Grey socks
  • Plain royal blue jersey
  • School dri – mac with badge  

BOYS – SUMMER UNIFORM

  • White open-necked, short sleeved shirt with the school badge on the pocket
  • Grey flannel trousers
  • Black lace – up school shoes (eg: Grasshoppers/ Bata; but not Winklepickers, boots, tackies, etc - must have shoe laces)
  • Grey socks
  • Blue school blazer with the school badge on the pocket
  • Plain royal blue jersey
  • School dri – mac with badge

NB: No tie with a short sleeved shirt
              

Boys may not wear tapered trousers.  These must be worn as they are purchased off-the-peg; The widths which will apply to all learners are those stipulated by the SABS: Sizes 64-70 cm waist; 21,6 cm width; Sizes 76-82 cm waist; 24 cm width; Sizes 84 adult waist; 25 cm width                                  

GIRLS – WINTER UNIFORM

  • Grey skirt with inverted pleats at the back and front, which will be no shorter that 4 adult finger width above the knee OR grey flannel trousers
  • White school shirt Striped school tie – Matrics may purchase and wear the special Matric tie
  • Plain black hose or ribbed tights
  • Black school shoes (only BabyDoll, T-bar shoes or lace-up shoes).  If lace up shoes are worn, they must have laces.  No tackies.
  • Blue school blazer with badge on the pocket
  • Plain Royal blue jersey
  • Grey socks
  • School dri – mac with badge  

GIRLS – SUMMER UNIFORM

  • White open-necked, short sleeved shirt with badge on pocket
  • Grey skirt with inverted pleats at the back and front, which will be no shorter that 4 adult fingers widths above the knee OR grey flannel trousers
  • White ankle socks if a skirt is worn OR Grey socks if trousers are worn
  • Black school shoes (only BabyDoll, T-bar shoes or lace-up shoes). If lace up shoes are worn, they must have laces. No tackies.
  • Plain royal blue jersey
  • Blue school blazer with the school badge on the pocket
  • School dri – mac with badge  

PREFECT’S UNIFORM

Prefects both boys and girls, wear blue ties as part of the winter uniform, and blue short sleeved shirts as part of the summer uniform.  

JERSEYS, JACKETS, TEAM TOPS, TRACKSUITS

No jersey, nor a jacket of any kind, other than the official school jersey, blazer or dri - mac may be worn. Dri – mac hoods not to be worn in class. The official Team Top may be worn only with sporting kit and may not be worn in place of the royal blue jersey, blazer or dri – mac. School teams must wear either full school uniform to matches prior to changing into correct kit or the Team Top with the correct kit or the optional school tracksuit. If a learner is unable to dress correctly, a note from the parent must be produced.

No learner is to leave the grounds incorrectly dressed. After school hours, learners must not mix school uniform and sports gear or casual clothes; they should change out of uniform when they reach home. Royal blue scarves, gloves and school beanies (bought from the school stocklist only!) may be worn. Beanies are not be worn in class.  Beanies are only to be worn in winter. Matrics may wear the white sleeveless pullover, available from the stockists.  

WHETHER UNIFORM IS WORN IN OR OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL, IT SHALL BE COMPLETE. NO LEARNER MAY PLAY PINBALL OR SIMILAR GAMES IN PUBLIC, OR WORK IN A SHOP OR BUSINESS IN SCHOOL UNIFORM. BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS SHOULD ALWAYS APPEAR WELL GROOMED AND NO TRENDY HAIR STYLES OF ANY SORT ARE PERMISSABLE.  

HAIR – GIRLS

  1. Hair must be neatly dressed at all times.
  2. Shoulder length hair must be tied neatly and no hair may hang loose.  Only ribbons in the school colours (ie: royal blue, white or maroon) are permitted.  No other shades of ribbon may be worn. White or tortoise-shell combs, slides, banana clips, or Alice bands may be worn, but not in combination. Black ribbons and alice bands may also worn.
  3. Fringes must be cut to above eyebrows level or clipped back; unruly hair must be plaited.
  4. Hair which has been tease/ frizzed is not permitted.
  5. Dyed, bleached or coloured / highlighted hair is not permitted.
  6. Bobbed hair must be clipped back and asymmetrical styles are forbidden.
  7. Girls are allowed to wear braids, provided these are not coloured and are professionally done.
  8. No wigs are allowed.  

HAIR – BOYS

  1. Hair must be neatly dressed at all times.
  2. Hair must be clear of the collar and ears and must be shaped to the shape of the head.  Stepped hairstyles are,  therefore, forbidden.  Hair must taper gradually and uniformly.
  3. The fringe must be above the eyebrow level and brushed back.
  4. Sideburns are not permitted.
  5. Dyed, bleached or coloured/highlighted hair is not permitted.
  6. Boys must shave daily.  Any visible stubble irrespective of its length is unacceptable.
  7. Dreadlocks, plaits and bobbed hair are not permissible.  

NB:  LEARNERS ARE WARNED THAT WHERE THEY ARE IN BREACH OF THESE RULES THEY ARE LIABLE FOR THE COST OF RECTIFYING THE PROBLEM.  DYED HAIR FOR EXAMPLE, WILL HAVE TO BE COLOURED TO THE NATURAL COLOUR.    

MAKE – UP

  1. No make – up may be worn.
  2. No nail polish may be worn.
  3. No lip gloss may be worn.  

JEWELLERY

  1. Only one pair of plain studs or sleepers may be worn in the lobe of the ear.  (sleepers may not be larger than a new 20c piece)
  2. Boys may not wear earrings.
  3. Only “Medic – Alert” bracelets may be worn.
  4. NO rings are permitted.
  5. No piercing.
  6. No tongue studs.  

NAILS

  1. Nails must be worn so that they cannot be seen over the fingers when hands are held palms up.