CAPE TOWN STUDIES PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL:

SUMMARY OF SECTIONS OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT

Introduction:

This School is committed to providing an environment for the delivery of quality teaching and learning by:

  • Promoting the rights and safety of all learners and teachers.
  • Ensuring learners’ responsibility for their own actions and behaviour.
  • Prohibiting all forms of unfair discrimination and intolerance.
  • Eliminating disruptive and offensive conduct.

The Code of Conduct spells out the rules regarding learner behaviour at the school and describes the disciplinary system to be implemented by the school concerning transgressions by learners. The Code of Conduct applies to all learners while they are on the school premises or when they are away from the school representing it or attending a school function.

Section 8(4) of the SA Schools Act provides that all learners attending a school are bound by the Code of Conduct of that school. All learners attending the school are expected to sign a statement of commitment to the Code of Conduct.

Academic:

Every learner must be afforded the opportunity to achieve his/her maximum academic potential through considering the rights of other learners and the teachers.

Behaviour:

  • Our language and gestures are always polite and respectful, and not suggestive of aggression, cynicism, sarcasm, and discrimination or bullying.
  • Physical contact between learners and between learners and teachers is forbidden by the Department of Education.
  • Weapons of any description may not be brought to school. This includes knives, firearms – or copies of – martial arts weaponry and traditional weapons.
  • We respect the property of others and do not deface or damage the property of others. We also do not waste water and electricity, and we have our own stationery.
  • Because our teachers are responsible for our well-being during school hours, we cannot leave the school grounds once we have arrived at school. Written permission is required from parents in this regard. Teachers always accompany us on school outings.
  • Dishonesty in any form cannot be tolerated. This includes cheating in examinations, copying tasks from other learners or the internet or reference books.
  • Our school is a smoke- and drug-free zone.
  • Chewing gum and eating and drinking during lessons cannot be allowed.
  • Diaries are kept on a daily basis so we always know what is expected of us. These diaries must be checked and signed by parents daily. This will help prevent assignments being lost or forgotten.
  • All our behaviour is governed by our adherence to our school motto – Fides et Unitas Vincunt. (Faith and unity succeed.)

Electronic equipment:

  • All electronic devices, including cellular phones, are to be handed in by learners each morning before school.
  • Phones and electronic devices not handed in will be removed and stored in safety until the end of that term.

Dress Code / School uniform: 

With the help of learner representatives and parents’ input, we are able to present the following guidelines from January 2018:

Uniformed look for academic outings:

Our outings uniform will consist of a white golf shirt (iron on school badges available at school reception), a navy blue jersey or navy blue wind breaker jacket for cold days and a neat black jean or black chino, black shoes/Tommies or takkies with black soles.

General:

Boys and girls:

  • Learners should be neatly dressed at all times. No revealing clothes allowed and no shirts with offensive writing or slogans.
  • Facial piercing jewellery may not be worn to school.
  • Skin coloured plugs for stretchers and see through bristles for facial piercings.
  • Life Orientation practical exercise clothing:  Boys and girls:  Plain white T-shirt, long or short, navy blue short or long track pants, black or navy blue leggings.  Running/exercise shoes for both boys and girls.

Girls:

  • Girls may wear natural make up and eye shadow, mascara and lipstick, not extreme.
  • French or natural colour nail polish on short to medium length nails.
  • 1 x pair medium to small sized earrings, loops or studs, gold or silver, may be worn by girls only.
  • Skin coloured plugs for stretchers and see through bristles for facial piercings.

Boys:

  • Every boy is expected to be clean-shaven every day.
  • Boys’ pants must be securely fastened with a well-fitting belt.
  • Skin coloured plugs for stretchers and see through bristles for facial piercings.

General

Code of Conduct

  • Learners must attend school for the full academic day. They may not leave the school premises without the permission of the school principal and parent/guardian. Learners leaving the school premises due to illness or appointments during the course of a school day must be signed out in the register at reception. If a learner is absent, his or her parents must furnish the principal with an acceptable reason for the absence.
  • Learners are required to obey the reasonable instructions of the staff.
  • While under the supervision of the school, a learner may not damage or endanger the physical and/or emotional welfare of another person.
  • No weapons, implements or materials which can cause bodily harm may be in the possession of learners at school, or in their personal lockers, or while under the supervision of the school.
  • Learners may not have in their possession (including lockers), nor use, cigarettes or any tobacco products, other drugs, alcoholic beverages or objectionable printed or recorded matter or objects, when on the school premises, when in school uniform or when under the supervision of the school.
  • School property, or the property of others, may not be taken, damaged, defaced or polluted.
  • Learners must participate in the educational programme prescribed by the education department, unless exemption has been granted by the department.
  • Learners may not use any facilities or equipment of the school, including those for sport, nor be on the school grounds, outside school hours without the principal’s permission.
  • Learners may not bring discredit to the name of their school in any way.
  • Learners may not sexually harass, bully, fight with, or tease other learners or members of the school community.


CAPE TOWN STUDIES PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL: DISCIPLINARY POLICY AND PROCEDURES

  • Cape Town Studies Private High School is an Independent school.
  • We reserve the right to summarily ask a parent/s to remove his/her child, should he/she display disruptive behaviour and/or repeatedly break the school rules.
  • A written agreement is signed with a parent of each learner.
  • Each learner signs a copy of the School Code of Conduct.
  • Every teacher is responsible for discipline and has the full authority to apply the CST disciplinary procedures in a consistent and fair manner, as not to favour any one learner.

Disciplinary Procedures

The following list of Cape Town Studies Private High School interventions and corrective measures are aimed at correcting behaviour before suspension and/or expulsion:

  • A verbal warning/reprimand to express disapproval
  • Written warning
  • Final written warning
  • Meeting with parents/guardian and learner.
  • Disciplinary enquiry/hearing

Conduct which may lead to suspension/exclusion/expulsion includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct that violates the rights or safety of others.
  • Criminal behaviour of any kind.
  • Defacing or destroying School property.
  • Disrespectful or objectionable conduct and verbal abuse directed at teachers, other school employees or fellow learners.
  • Outright defiance of lawful requests or instructions issued by persons in authority.
  • Indulging in harmful graffiti, racism or “hate speech”.
  • Sexual harassment or sexual assault.
  • Immoral behaviour or profanity.
  • Possessing, using or displaying evidence of use of any narcotics, unauthorised drugs, alcohol or any other intoxicant.
  • Possession of dangerous weapons (guns, knives and other objects which may threaten the lives of learners/teachers).
  • Repeated infringements of any one of, or combined infringements of a variety of the School rules as per the School Code of Conduct over a recent 6 month period.