GENERAL SCHOOL ORGANISATION, CODE OF CONDUCT AND SCHOOL RULES:
1. Personal appearance
It is expected that learners will always be neatly dressed. Untidy appearance will not be tolerated and will be considered a transgression of the school rules.
1. Hair must always be tidy or combed.
2. No hair may be over any part of the ear.
3. Hair must be neat and short at the back of the head.
4. Square cut is allowed.
5. The hair must be at least 2cm above the collar.
6. Length of hair may never exceed 3cm.
7. Hair may not hang in the face.
8. No steps, gel, mousse and other styling products are allowed.
9. No outrageous styles are allowed.
1. Shoulder length and longer must be tied back and away from the face.
2. Dyed hair, gel, styling mousse, highlights and outrageous styles are not allowed.
3. Hair fasteners without decorations are allowed; colours are silver, gold, brown, green, yellow, white or black.
4. Alice bands: Yellow, green, black, white or brown. No decorations are allowed.
5. Hair fasteners or rubber bands with artificial hair are allowed only if it is the same colour as the natural hair.
6. Hair extensions:
a) Must be the same colour as the colour of the natural hair.
b) Extensions longer than shoulder length must be tied up.
c) No “dread” styles or “rasta” styles are allowed.
d) Braided hair extensions must be braided the whole length of the extensions.
7. No outrageous styles or hairpieces are allowed.
NB: Learners who colour or peroxide their hair during holidays will not be allowed to attend school until his/her hair is in accordance with the school rules
1.2. Fingernails must be short, clean and neat. Nails may not be painted.
1.3. Jewellery: Girls may wear a signet ring and neat earrings i.e. sleepers or studs. No gemstones, or studs with decorations e.g. Hearts, stars, crosses etc.
1.4. Belly rings are prohibited.
1.5. Shirts must be tucked in and socks pulled up. Girls white socks turned over only once, not rolled up.
1.6. No make-up is allowed.
1.7. Regular inspection will be held regarding above mentioned.
1.8. Shoe laces must always be tied properly.
1.9 On "casual wear" days all other school rules regarding hair, nails, make-up, jewellery applies. Casual wear must be neat and all rules regarding appearance applies.
2. Personal behaviour
2.1. No smoking either at the school, (including “Hubbly Bubblies"), public places or at organized parties.
2.2. Behaviour in public places, buses etc. must be impeccable.
2.3. None of the following will be allowed: Theft, vandalism, dishonesty, swearing, bullying or any other unacceptable behaviour.
2.4. The use of alcohol or other illegal drugs at school, in public, or at other organized parties is strictly prohibited.
2.5. During organized school dances (sokkie) all general school rules must still be adhered to, including acceptable dress, no make up and rules regarding hair styles.
3.1. According to the National Policy on learner attendance parents are expected to:
a) ensure that the learner attends school daily, on time and for the whole day unless there is a valid season for absence,
b) ensure that the learner is not taken out of school without a valid reason (family holidays are not a valid reason),
c) inform the principal or class teacher if the learner is absent or expected to be absent or to be late for school with valid reasons,
d) encourage and if possible assist the learner to make up for time lost, catching up on work lost due to absence from school.
3.2. It is the learner’s responsibility to find out which work was lost and catch up on any work missed.
3.3 Learners who miss tests or any other assessment tasks due to absenteeism will forfeit those marks if a written letter or medical certificate is not presented.
3.4. Learners who have been absent must hand in a letter or a medical certificate to the class teacher, on their return to school.
3.5. Learners may not leave the school grounds during school times or sport periods without permission from the principal, head of department or class teacher.
3.6. Only learners who walk home or ride by bicycle may leave the school grounds on their own after school.
3.7. Learners who are unable to participate in physical activities and/or training must have a letter signed by their parent or doctor.
3.8. School closes early on the last day of the school term. Holiday plans should be made accordingly.
4. APPOINTMENTS WITH THE DOCTOR OR DENTIST
4.1. If it is necessary to make an appointment during school hours, the parent must arrange it with the headmaster ahead of time.
4.2. It would be appreciated if parents do not collect their children directly from the classroom. Kindly report to the admin office so that we may call your child to the office and sign him/her out.
4.3. Learners are not allowed to wait for their parents at the parking area during school time.
5. BEFORE SCHOOL
5.1. School commences at 07:15
5.2. Learners who arrive at the school early must place their school bags neatly in rows at their classroom after which they must go to the playgrounds until the bell rings.
5.3. Learners must walk in an orderly fashion back to the classroom immediately after the bell has rung. On Mondays (Praise and worship) and Tuesdays (assembly) learners go to the hall.
5.4. Learners who are late for school must join their class immediately upon arrival.
6. CHANGING CLASSES
6.1. Learners must only pack their books away and leave the class after the teacher has given them permission to do so.
6.2. All exchange class teachers will proceed outside once the bell has rung, to ensure order and discipline among the pupils. The teacher will leave the classroom first and ensure that the learners follow the correct route to the next classroom.
6.3. Classes must be vacated promptly to ensure no delays for the next period. Cleaning and washing of hands must be done before the bell rings.
6.4. The class must walk in single file on the left side of the cemented corridors, and not over the lawn.
6.5. During these class changes, there will be no excessive noise or visits to the cloakrooms or tuck shop.
6.6. After any physical activities or training learners must change into their uniforms and report for the next period in an orderly fashion.
6.7. Foundation Phase Learners (Gr. 1 – 3) will be allowed to go to the tuck shop ten minutes before breaks. This must be conducted in an orderly fashion and must not disturb other classes.
7. IN THE CLASSROOM
7.1. Learners must enter the class silently and in an orderly fashion. Girls walk first followed by the boys.
7.2. Learners must remain standing at their desks until they are told to sit by the relevant teacher.
7.3. Learners are not allowed to swop seats without permission.
7.4. School bags must be placed under the learners’ chairs – the pathways between the rows must be free for movement. No schoolbags are allowed to be placed on unused chairs.
7.5. No eating or drinking in the classrooms or hall.
7.6. The classroom must be an example of our learners’ pride and neatness.
7.7. Trolleys are not allowed in classes or on the veranda.
7.8. To run out of classes during class changes is strictly forbidden.
8. SCHOOL BAGS
No “Back Pack” type school bags are allowed. Only school bags that stand upright and have divisions for books are allowed.
9.1. The cloakroom must be the cleanest part of the school.
9.2. No food is allowed in the cloakrooms.
9.3. No playing in the cloakrooms is allowed.
9.4. Only Seniors in senior cloakroom and only Juniors in junior cloakroom.
9.5. The cloakrooms in the hall are out of bounds to learners.
9.6. The Prefects on duty must report any breakages or problems in the cloakrooms to the staff member on duty.
9.7. No sports bags, clothes and shoes may be left in the cloakrooms.
9.8. Taps must be closed properly after use. Please save water!
10. PLAYGROUND AND BREAKS
10.1. No rough games will be allowed.
10.2 No swearing of fighting is allowed.
10.3. Learners are not allowed to play near the buses or motor cars.
10.4. Learners must play in the designated areas.
10.5. Learners may not play in the flower beds, or on lawns which are not designated play areas.
10.6. Only Learners under the supervision of a teacher may be in a classroom during break. Classes must be locked during break.
10.7. No running or playing in the corridors.
10.8. Bags must be left neatly at the next classroom before going out to play.
10.9. The cloakrooms must be used before the bell rings at the end of playtime. A whistle will blow five minutes before the end of break to warn learners.
10.10. Stones and Marulas or any other dangerous objects may not be thrown around.
10.11. Learners may not climb into trees or onto roofs.
10.12. No learners will be allowed on the tennis courts without correct shoes (e.g. runners or bare feet). Only tennis or netball shoes are allowed on the tennis courts. No refreshments (e.g. Cold drinks or food) are allowed on the tennis courts.
10.13. No learners are permitted inside the fenced area around the school hall, or in the school hall, except when escorted or under the supervision of a teacher.
10.14. The school grounds must always be a reflection of the quality of our learners and must always be kept clean and tidy with no papers, tins or rubbish lying around.
10.15. Hand tennis: May only be played in demarcated areas, not on corridors/paths.
11.1. The prefects are there for learner's safety, and must be obeyed.
11.2. A prefect must take learners who don’t observe rules, to their class teacher.
11.3. Prefects must see to it that classes clean their designated areas.
12. SCHOOL UNIFORM
A school uniform does not only identify learners, but also promotes self discipline.
12.1 All garments must be marked clearly.
12.2. Tracksuit pants may only be worn during the winter (1 May – 31 August) Exceptions will be made on abnormally cold days during summer.
12.3. No tackies, windbreakers or tracksuits which are not part of the school uniform may be worn.
12.4. School tracksuit tops and dri-macs must be zipped up. Sleeves are not allowed to be pulled or rolled up.
12.5. Learners who wear different shoes for medical reasons must hand in a letter from their parents/doctor.
12.6. Learners attending school or sport functions either as participant, or as spectators, must be dressed in correct sport clothes/school uniform.
12.7. Dr. Annecke caps may be worn to sport functions. No other hats or caps are allowed. Caps are sold at the school office.
12.8. No wrist bands (with or without any logos) are allowed.
12.9. Learners who have attained provincial colours are allowed to wear the official provincial tracksuit or dri-mac on Fridays. All other rules regarding shoes etc, will still be applicable. Parents should contact the school to confirm whether the provincial clothes are acceptable to wear to school.
12.10. No beanies or balaclavas are allowed. No ear warmers.
12.11. Boys and girls watches: Neat, flat, practical watches that are not very big. Avoid very big- and brightly coloured watches (black, gold, silver, white, green are acceptable colours). No charms may be attached to watches – only SOS wrist-bands may be worn.
THE SCHOOL UNIFORM OF DR. ANNECKE PRIMARY SCHOOL IS AS FOLLOWS:
All school clothes must be purchased at the School’s Clothes shop.
Girls wear the following:
SUMMER: (School shirts must be tucked in)
a.Green check shirt with bottle-green school short–skirt (Tetrex). - or
b.Green check shirt with bottle green A-line skirt (Tetrex) - only a few of the larger sizes (size 80+) available.
c.Short, white socks without frills (plain)
d.Black shoes (laced or buckled) are allowed. (Heels not higher than 3cm)
e.Shoe laces must be tied.
f.Learners may come to school barefoot if they prefer.
WINTER: (School shirts must be tucked in)
a.Green check shirt with bottle-green short-skirt (Tetrex) – or
b.Green check shirt with bottle-green A-Line skirt (Tetrex) – only a few of the larger sizes (size 80+) available.(SKIRT MAY NOT BE WORN OVER TRACKSUIT PANTS)
c.Short white socks without frills (plain) – or long grey socks with green and yellow stripes - (from 2 May)
d.School tracksuit or bottle green Dry Mac.
e.Black shoes (laced or buckled) are allowed. (Heels not higher than 3cm).
f.Shoe laces must be tied.
g.Bottle-green pull-over and bottle-green jersey.
h.Bottle-green scarf and bottle-green gloves.
NB: NO CLOTHING (EXCEPT TRACKSUIT AND DRY MAC TOPS) MAY HANG OVER THE TRACKSUIT PANTS.
NETBALL, HOCKEY AND TENNIS:
The school Tetrex short-skirt with a sport shirt, which is available at the School’s clothes shop, must be worn during sport matches.
Socks: Netball and Tennis wear white socks. Hockey socks can be bought at the School’s clothes shop.
Please put your child’s name very clearly on all his/her belongings: uniform, suitcase, pencil case, shoes, etc. The School does not accept responsibility for lost property. You must teach your child at home to look after his possessions. We are, however, always prepared to help search for “marked” articles.
Boys may wear the following:
SUMMER: (School shirts must be tucked in)
a. Green check shirt with bottle-green school shorts (Tetrex)
b. Long grey socks with green and yellow stripes. (Also available at school)
c. Black laced shoes – NO BUCKLE ALLOWED, (heels not higher than 3cm).
d. Shoe laces must always be tied.
WINTER: (School shirts must be tucked in)
a. Green check shirt with bottle-green School shorts (Tetrex).
b. Long grey socks with green and yellow stripes.
c. School tracksuit or bottle-green Dry Mac.
d. Black laced shoes – NO BUCKLE ALLOWED, (heels not higher than 3cm)
e. Bottle-green pull-over and bottle-green jersey.
f. Bottle-green scarf and bottle-green gloves.
The School Tetrex school shorts with a sport shirt and grey school socks, which is available at the School’s clothes shop, must be worn for cricket matches.
The school Tetrex school shorts with a sport shirt and hockey socks, which is available at the School’s clothes shop, must be worn for hockey matches.
The school Tetrex school shorts with a sport shirt and white socks, which is available at the School’ clothes shop, must be worn for tennis matches.
The school will provide rugby jerseys for rugby matches. The green Tetrex school short can be worn. Alternatively, parents can buy green rugby shorts at any shop.
NB. Boys sport shirts must always be tucked in. This rule applies to all sport codes.
Boxer shorts may not be worn, either as underwear or as swimming costumes.
13. CELLPHONES / TELEPHONE CALLS
13.1. Cell phones are not allowed.
13.2. Cell phones will only be allowed when special circumstances arise e g.
1. If a learner needs a cell phone to call his/her parents after a sport activity, the phone must be handed in at the office for safe keeping
before school starts, and can then be collected after school. Parents must make a written request when such special circumstances arise. Example letter is available in the Homework Book.
2. If this rule is not adhered to, the cell phone will be confiscated and handed in at the office to be collected after school. Learners who
transgress this rule repeatedly will no longer be allowed to bring a cell phone to school.
13.3. Learners may only use the cell phone to make or receive phone calls before off after school. Under no circumstances may cell phones be used as a radio, MP3 player or any other application. The use of ear phones is strictly forbidden.
13.4. If you need to contact your child in an emergency, please call the school office.
13.5. If a learner wants to call his/her parents:
a) Use the Telkom public phone, or
b) Make a “missed call” from the school telephone, the parent can then call his/her child back, provided it is done immediately.
c) Make use of a reverse charges call from the school (Telkom line).(R5.00 per call is payable).
14. FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
Learners may not tamper with the fire-extinguishers. They are there for your safety. Parents will be held responsible for the cost of refilling fire extinguishers that have been tampered with.
15. ELECTRICAL BOARDS
Learners may not open or operate these boards.
* No trading by learners is allowed (except during organized fund raisers).
* Learners may not throw any dangerous items inside or outside the classes.
* Snakes, scorpions, spiders, birds or any other reptiles may not be picked up, handled or killed. A member of staff must be told about its whereabouts immediately.
* No pushing, bumping or rough play at the tuck shop.
* Sports bags must be left in lines at designated places before school.
* Juniors that come out of school earlier may not play in the vicinity of the senior classrooms. Those who visit the tuck shop must not make a noise or disturb the senior classes. The teacher will check that the learners leave the classrooms in an orderly manner.
* Chewing of bubblegum is strictly prohibited.
* Bicycles may only be pushed inside the school grounds.
* No motorbikes or quad bikes will be allowed on the school premises, during or after school hours.
Manners cost nothing – words such as “please” and “thank you”, “good morning” etc. show good manners and leave a good impression.
18. DROPPING-OFF, COLLECTING OF LEARNERS AND PARKING AREAS
* All buses, taxis and lift clubs must make use of the parking area in Joubert Street (opposite the Dutch Reformed church).
* No loud music is allowed when picking up or dropping off children.
* Individual parents who drop their children off at school may also use the parking area in Annecke Street (main gate).
* Parents who visit the office must also make use of the parking areas next to Jack and Jill and not use the area between Jack and Jill and the admin block.
* Learners must be collected within a half an hour after the school day ends. This also applies for sport activities which are organised by the school. There will only be teacher supervision for half an hour after school or after sport activities.
* The undercover parking in front of and next to the school hall is reserved for teaching staff (07:00 – 14:00)
Monday – Thursday : 14:15 (Supervision up to 14:45)
Friday : 13:15 (Supervision up to 13:45)
* If the school closes earlier for some or other reason, parents will be notified of such a change in the Muskiet Newsletter.
Please arrange the above-mentioned with the taxi, bus or lift-club responsible for your child's transport.
* The school gates will be locked every day 07:30 – 12:30.
19. PARENT TEACHER RELATIONSHIP
To fully benefit from a school one needs to have a good relationship with and attitude towards the School.
Take time to meet the principal and staff, and find out how your child is progressing. Should you have any queries or problems, please don’t hesitate to phone and make an appointment.
Your support, interest and motivation have a lot to do with how your child will develop in the school.
By law we are no longer allowed to punish a child physically, you will be notified if your child continues to misbehave or break school rules.
20. DISCIPLINARY CODE
The main purpose of the disciplinary system is to create an organised teaching climate; where meaningful education and training can take place and each learner can benefit optimally.
Learner behaviour that interferes with this will be regarded in a serious manner. Repeated misbehaviour may lead to expulsion. This system replaces corporal punishment and provides an opportunity to learn discipline and responsibility. It will, therefore, always be executed in an atmosphere of love, support and fairness! The system involves the monitoring of the learner’s behaviour and communication with the parents if a learner repeatedly disobeys school rules, does not participate satisfactory in the school program, or is guilty of bad behaviour. The prefect policy makes provision for the fact that learners who are guilty of repeated transgression of school rules, will not be eligible for nomination as prefects.
By means of the disciplinary system you will be informed as soon as possible of your child’s academic progress that has deteriorated or is below standard. (To enable positive action to be taken as soon as possible).
An educator at the school has the same rights as a parent to discipline a learner according to the Code of Conduct – during a child’s school attendance, in the classroom, school functions, outings or other school activities, including learners who make use of school buses. In cases of vandalism or defacing school property, the parents/guardian will be held responsible for the cost to replace of fix the damaged school property.
* The disciplinary code respects the following rights of all learners
b) No unfair discrimination and equity.
c) Privacy, mutual respect and dignity.
d) Non-violent school environment.
e) Freedom of expression (within school rules).
f) Clean and safe school environment that is conducive to education.
g) Instruction and education
* Responsibility of learners
a) Learners must conform to school rules.
b) Must be committed to learn, do their schoolwork during classes and complete assigned homework.
c) Realise it is the privilege and obligation of every learner to protect and carefully use all the facilities and school equipment so that others that come after them can also enjoy the privilege. This includes learning material, text books and classrooms.
d) Realise that the right to basic education places the obligation on them, to attend school regularly during school hours.
e) Have the responsibility to learn and develop to their full potential (academic, cultural and sport).
* Responsibility of parents:
a) The ultimate responsibility of learners’ behaviour rests with their parents or guardians. It is expected that parents will
(i) Support the school.
(ii) Require learners to conform to all school rules and regulations and accept responsibility for any misbehaviour on their part.
(iii) Take an interest in their children’s school work and make it possible for the children to complete assigned homework and prepare for tests / exams
b) Attend school functions.
OFFENCES THAT MAY LEAD TO SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION:
a) Repeated violation of school rules.
b) Conduct which endangers the safety and violates the rights of others.
c) Possession, threat or use of a dangerous weapon.
d) Possession, use or transmission of narcotic or unauthorised drugs, alcohol or cigarettes.
e) Fighting, assault or battering.
f) Immoral behaviour or profanity (swearing).
g) Falsely identifying oneself.
h) Harmful graffiti, hate speech, sexism, racism.
i) Theft or possession of stolen property.
j) Vandalism or destroying / defacing school property.
k) Disrespect or verbal abuse directed at learners or educators.
l) Criminal behaviour, including gender based harassment.
m) Victimisation, bullying and intimidation.
n) Infringement of examination rules.
21. COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
Important information regarding school activities will be included in a weekly Newsletter which will be handed out every Thursday. Please remind your child to give it to you.
22. EXTRAMURAL PROGRAM
Because the school strives to teach and develop learners to their full potential, the extramural program forms an important part of the school program and learners should actively participate in extramural activities. These activities develop and strengthen qualities such as sportsmanship, leadership, development of an own identity, respect for other people, respect and knowledge of other cultural groups and to strive for fitness and health.
The following sport codes and cultural activities are offered at the school.
Athletics (1st quarter) Ballet at N. G. Church
Netball (2nd quarter) Tennis lessons (private)
Rugby (2nd quarter) Action Ball (private)
Cross Country (3rd quarter) Music lessons (private)
Cricket (3rd quarter)
Tennis (3rd quarter)
Hockey (3rd quarter)
Contact the school for further information.
It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that if a learner participates in an extramural activity:
1) Learners will have the correct clothing.
2) Tear-off slips be completed and returned before or on the determined date.
3) Arrangements are made for lunch (e.g. Food parcels or money for tuck-shop)
4) Learners are collected from school at the arranged time. Times of departure and return specified.
5) Bus-fees are paid promptly.
23. A. ILLNESS
A learner who falls ill at school will be kept in the sick bay until his/her parents fetch him from school.
Parents must, under no circumstances, send learners who are already ill to school.
The sick bay is only for emergency cases and not a “hospital” where patients
must be cared for during the school day.
B. PERIOD OF EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL DUE TO CONTAGIOUS DISEASES:
Parents must please take note of the following Departmental Policy regarding contagious diseases.
1. Lice: Learners may return to school after treatment and removal of nits from head, body and clothing.
2. Measles: Seven days after eruption / rash
3. German measles: Seven days after eruption / rash.
4. Ringworm: Immediately, provided learner is under proper treatment and that the affected area is covered.
5. Mumps: Nine days after swelling started.
6. Chicken pocks: 14 days after eruption / rash or when a medical certificate is available.
G.G. VENTER W. MOSTERT
PRINCIPAL CHAIRMAN: GOVERNING BODY