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Discipline Policy

 

1.    Policy Aim and Objective


1.1    To create and instill a sense of self – discipline and order within the school where all learners will have the opportunity to grow and develop in structured and positively controlled environment.

1.1.1    All punishment issued to learners must be:

1.1.2    Fair
1.1.3    Reasonable
1.1.4    Appropriate to the offence committed by the learner
1.1.5    Relatively immediate
1.1.6    Acceptable and humane in nature


2.    Disciplinary Methodology – Level 1 Offences


2.1    Internal disciplinary procedure within each classroom resides under the control and supervision of the class educator at the time.
2.2    Minor transgressions, misbehaviour and offences pertaining to work and task completion are handled internally and independently with the direct co-operation of the parents where necessary.
2.3    All minor transgressions must be entered onto the Learner’s Portfolio.
2.4    When punishment work is issued it is recommended to issue work academic in nature and not the completion of lines.
2.5    Learners may not be barred from attending classes for an extended period of time without the express permission of the principal.
2.6    Three Level 1 offences committed by a learner will result in that learner being placed into a grade detention.
2.7    Educators are not permitted to keep classes after school without prior notification to parents.


3.    Disciplinary Methodology – Level 2 Offences


3.1    A standardized policy for the maintenance of disciplinary structures within the grade resides under the direct control of the grade’s Head of Department.
3.2    Transgressors of major offences are referred to the Head of Department for immediate inclusion into a detention class which will be held on a specific day under the supervision of educators on a rotational basis.
3.3    The name of the learner will be entered into the grade detention book stating the offence(s) committed by the learner.
3.4    The learner’s detention will also be entered into the Learner’s Profile.
3.5    A detention notification will be sent home informing the parent(s)/guardian of the detention and the reasons for the detention class.
3.6    The notification must be sent to parents at least 3 days before the detention date.
3.7    The detention notification must be counter signed by the principal or deputy principals before going to parent(s).
3.8    On the third referral to grade detention in the same term, the learner will be sent to the principal who will arrange a meeting with the parent(s) to discuss transgressions and intervention strategies.


4.    Discipline Methodology – Level 3 Offences


4.1    Control of Level 3 offences resides with the principal, deputy principals and the Governing Body Disciplinary Committee.
4.2    Level 3 offences committed by a learner will result in immediate parental contact and intervention.
4.3    Learners guilty of misconduct of an extremely serious nature will be referred to the Governing Body Disciplinary Committee for a disciplinary hearing.
4.4    Learners found guilty of serious misconduct/defiance by the Governing Body Disciplinary Committee could face suspension from school as a disciplinary measure for a period not exceeding 7 school days.
4.5    Recommendations for expulsion of a learner from school by the Governing Body Disciplinary Committee will be forwarded to the Circuit Manager and the Head of Institution for ratification.
4.6    The hearing outcome and minutes of the hearing will be entered into the Learner’s Portfolio.
4.7    All disciplinary hearings will be conducted according to the terms and regulations as set out in the South African Schools Act (1990).

OFFENCE GRADINGS

Level One Offences

Punishable by demerits and Grade detention classes

1.  Books forgotten at home.
2.  Books not covered.
3.  Reply slip at home.
4.  Hair not cut.
5.  Homework book not signed.
6.  Books not handed in.
7.  P.E. clothes at home.
8.  Incomplete homework.
9.  Untidy work.
10. Incomplete assignments.
11. Talking in class.
12. Unprepared oral.
13. Test book not signed.
14. Busy with other things.
15. Lack writing instruments.
16. Unsatisfactory completion of work.

Level Two Offences

Punishable by demerits and Grade detention classes

1.  Copying of homework.
2.  Absence without permission.
3.  Soiled bathroom.
4.  Littering in class and on the playground.
5.  Damaging plants.
6.  Disrespect to an educator.
7.  Coming late for class.
8.  Eating in class.
9.  Incorrect book case.
10. Bullying fellow learner.
11. Playing dangerous games.
12. Throwing wet toilet paper against ceiling.
13. Running in passages.
14. Bad behaviour.
15. Chewing gum.
16. Coming late for school.
17. Writing on other learner’s property.
18.  AWOL from school.
19. Dishonesty.
20. Bad manners
21. Disobedience.
22. Riding of bicycle, skateboard or push scooter on school grounds.
23. Throwing objects at other learners.
24. Playing in passages.
25. Disruption of the class.
26. Playing with toys in class.
27. Bunking a period.
28. Damage to handbooks.
29. Dress code offence.
30. Not following hair regulations.
31. Swearing.
32. Chronic absence.
33. Don’t care attitude.

Level Three Offences

Punishable by detention classes, possible disciplinary hearing, suspension or expulsion.

1.  Assault.
2.  Fighting.
3.  Serious damage to property.
4.  Chronic absence.
5.  Possession of pornographic or erotic material.
6.  Possession of a weapon.
7.  Theft.
8.  Aggressive behaviour.
9.  Dishonesty in a test or an examination.
10. Serious disruption of class routine.
11. Disregard for authority.
12. Swearing at an educator.
13. Satanism.
14. Smoking.
15. Rape
16. Use of alcohol or habit forming substances.
17. Regular bunking of school.
18. Vandalism.
19. Destructive behaviour.
20. Writing obscene letters containing swearwords or unacceptable drawings.
21.  Sexual molestation.
22. Insolent behaviour.
23. Reject ethos of school.
24. Entering out of bounds areas stipulated in our Code of Conduct.