CODE OF CONDUCT

1. PREAMBLE
The Code of Conduct is designed to help create a well organised and good school so that effective learning and leaching can take place, self-discipline be promoted, and good conduct be encouraged and regulated.

In the application of disciplinary measures, the school will at all times adopt a flexible approach and act with the best interest of the school and individual learner in mind.

Notwithstanding the fact that a certain act or omission is not specifically covered by this code of conduct, any act or omission which in the opinion of the principal and/or the Governing Body constitutes behaviour unbecoming or not befitting a learner of Uitenhage High shall be deemed to be a contravention of this Code of Conduct.

2. THE RIGHTS OF LEARNERS AT UITENHAGE HIGH SCHOOL
2.1 Every learner at the school shall be accorded the rights entrenched in the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act No 108 of 1996).
Uitenhage High School shall protect, promote and respect these rights at all times.
2.2 Every learner shall enjoy equal treatment before the law and shall receive equal protection and benefit from the law.
2.3 Every learner shall have the right to be treated courteously and with respect.
2.4 Every learner shall have the right to work in a clean, safe and orderly environment.

3. THE SCHOOL RULES:
3.1 LEARNING AND SCHOOL WORK
3.1.1 Learners shall exert themselves in pursuit of the academic goals of the school. They shall prepare themselves for tests, examinations and complete all tasks, work and homework assignments in accordance with the instructions of the relevant educator(s).
3.1.2 No learner shall be guilty of behaviour which causes the disruption of a lesson or infringes upon the right of other learners to work and receive instruction in an ordered environment.

3.2 SHOOL ATTENDANCE
3.2.1 Learners shall attend school for the whole period of the prescribed hours.
3.2.2 In the case of absence, a learner shall on returning to school, furnish the principal or delegated educator with a reason in writing under the signature of a parent or guardian. The discretion of the principal shall apply in determining whether the reasons so given are acceptable.
3.2.3 A learner may not absent him/herself from a class or leave the school premises during school hours (including break times) without the permission of the principal or of such a person to whom responsibility for such permission has been delegated.

3.3 PUNCTUALITY
3.3.1 School starts at 08h00. A learner shall not be late for school.
3.3.2 A learner shall not be late at classes or at the lines after intervals.
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3.4 COURTESY AND RESPECT OF AUTHORITY
3.4.1 A learner shall obey all reasonable orders or instructions given to him/her (in the furtherance of all aspects of the day to day running of the school) by the principal or any educator or person to whom authority has been delegated.
3.4.2 No learner shall be rude, insulting or discourteous toward any member of the school staff or persons to whom authority has been delegated.
3.4.3 No learner shall swear or use blasphemous language either at school or in public.

3.5 RESPECT FOR FELLOW LEARNERS:
3.5.1 No learner shall physically, verbally or psychologically assault or abuse a fellow learner.
3.5.2 No learner shall bring to school, or be in possession of any article which, in the opinion of the principal, is likely to pose a threat to any person at the school
3.5.3 No learner shall bring to school or be in possession of any article which, in the opinion of the principal, is likely to endanger the maintenance of a proper standard of moral conduct at the school. This includes pornographic material or items of an “adult” nature which might disturb or offend others.
3.5.4 No learner shall steal any item or article or property belonging to another learner nor shall any learner be in possession of any article or property belonging to another learner without the express permission of the owner.
3.5.5 No learner shall willfully (or through negligence) damage or deface any property belonging to another learner or cause such property to be damaged or defaced.
3.5.6 No learner shall indulge in petting or make sexual advances to another learner on the school premises or in the area in front of the school.
3.5.7 No learner shall do anything (or conduct himself/herself in a manner) that compromises the constitutional rights of any other learner. This includes any behaviour which demonstrates intolerance of cultural, religious or language diversity of Uitenhage High School and bring the school in disrepute.
3.5.8 No learner is allowed to bring a cell phone to school.

3.6 UNIFORM AND APPEARANCE
3.6.1 Learners shall at all times wear the official school uniform to school and when specified
at certain school functions.
3.6.2 No multi-coloured jerseys, scarves, jackets, caps, rings, earrings, tackies or various types of boots shall be worn to school.
3.6.3 In winter girls are allowed to wear the full school tracksuit (with school shoes).
This is during the second and third terms only.
3.6.4 Where and when the principal grants permission for the wearing of clothing other than the school uniform (this includes “Civvies Days”), such clothing shall not draw unnecessary attention by revealing nature. Such clothes must conform to a standard of good taste determined by the principal.
3.6.5 The following specific provisions shall apply to learner’s hair:
1. Any adornment or exotic hairstyles which draw unnecessary attention will not be allowed.
2. Girls with hair which extends beyond the shoulders must have it tied back neatly.
3. Dyeing of hair (peroxide,”highlights”, “streaks”) will not be allowed.
4. Boys hair should be short and well kept at all times.
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3.6.6 No learner shall attend school wearing any form of facial make-up.
3.6.7 No learner shall attend school with nails or hands that have been coloured or painted,
unless it is for religious purposes.
3.6.8 No graffiti shall be allowed on school uniform, school bags or any part of the learner.

3.7 DAILY ROUTINE AND BOUNDS
3.7.1 No learner shall receive visitors during the school day (unless permission has been obtained from the office.)
3.7.2 No learner shall loiter in the corridors or classrooms during break.
3.7.3 No learner shall enter the Computer room, Media Centre, Staff Room or any of the administrative offices without the express permission of an educator.
3.7.4 The quad, front stoep, rear part of the tennis courts, rear part of the power station are all out of bounds to all learners before and after school and during breaks.
3.7.5 No learner shall use, without permission, the public telephone during school hours.
3.7.6 Learners shall not talk or be disruptive during assemblies.
3.7.7 The following specific provisions shall apply to movement and behaviour in the corridors:
1. Learners shall not run or play in corridors.
2. Learners shall keep to the left and move quickly and quietly
3. The main corridor should only be used by learners if they have business at the office, Computer room or Secretary’s office. Silence must be observed in the corridor.

3.8 CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
3.8.1 No learner shall willfully or through negligence, damage or deface or soil any property belonging to or used at the school (or anything at the school which is the property of anyone other than the learner in question)
3.8.2 No learner shall remove from school or have in her/his possession without permission any property that belongs to the school. This excludes text books and learning material to which the learner is entitled.
3.8.3 Every learner shall look after and take reasonable care of school property which is entrusted to his/her care. Failure to do so will render the learner liable for the cost of replacing such property.

3.9 PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES
3.9.1 No learner shall smoke or partake in intoxicating liquor in any place to which the public
has access or on the school premises.
3.9.2 No learner shall arrive at school or any school function, or appear in public having taken in intoxicating liquor.
3.9.3 No learner shall, either on the school premises or elsewhere, use or be in possession of or deal in any dependence-producing drug.

3.10 EXAMINATIONS, TESTS AND ASSIGNMENTS
3.10.1 The following provisions shall apply to the writing of the examinations:
1. No learner who is an examination candidate shall have in his/her possession, whilst writing the exam, any notes, books, paper (other than stationery to write on) or any item which unfairly advantage him/her.
2. No learner shall assist or attempt to assist another learner during the exam.
3. No learner shall receive assistance from another learner or attempt to receive assistance.

3.10.2 No learner shall hand in or submit for evaluation any project, asignment or work that
does not reflect in its entirety the learner’s own work.

3.11 GENERAL
No circular, notice, pamphlet, banner, poster or other object shall be distributed on the school premises or placed on any of the school’s notice boards or on any other place on the school premises without the permission of the principal or such teacher to whom the principal’s authority has been delegated.

4 AUTHORITY STRUCTURE
4.1 Where the legal authority for the control and discipline of learners is vested in the School Governing Body of the school, the Governing Body of Uitenhage High has authorised the following persons to exercise the authority on its behalf :
1. The principal of the school.
2. The deputy principals
3. The members of the teaching staff.
4. Learners empowered at the discretion of the principal. (Prefects and RCL members).

4.2 The School Disciplinary Committee shall act on behalf of the Governing Body in (the implementation of discipline) when the principal is of the opinion that a learner’s conduct
falls within their jurisdiction:

5. SUSPENDABLE OFFENCES
5.1 Suspendable offences include but are not limited to the following:
1. Conduct which endanger the safety of others.
2. Possession, threat or use of dangerous weapons.
3. Possession, use or visible evidence of drugs, alcohol or other intoxicants.
4. Theft.
5. Vandalisation of school property.
6. Repealed violation of school rules.
7. Criminal behaviour.
8. Victimisation, bullying of others.
9. Examination irregularities.
10. Bringing the name of the school in disrepute.

6. CATEGOR1SAT1ON OF VIOLATIONS INTO GRADES
GRADE 1:
1. Lines : Loitering/Time wasting in corridors; use of main entrance; talking, pushing and shoving; running in corridors; talking at lines and at assemblies.
2. Class: noise; eating; interfering with others; disobedience
3. Books: forgetting books; telling lies; late for classes.
4. Uniform: wearing of unofficial clothing
5. Backchatting: arrogant (towards teachers and prefects)
6. Untidiness: terrain: clothing/hair

GRADE 2:
1. Repetition of Grade 1
2. Dishonesty
3. Foul language
4. Vandalism/ Graffitti
5. Smoking
6. Bunking/absenteeism
7. Harassment of staff and pupils
8. Misconduct in class and intimidation

GRADE 3:
1. Repetition of Grade 2
2. Irregularity in examinations
3. Theft
4. Sexual harassment and pornographic material
5. Under influence of intoxicants/alcohol
6. Planned vandalism and damage of school property
7. In possession of weapons
8. Fighting/violence

GRADE 4:
1. Repetition of Grade 3
2. Possession of drugs/alcohol
3. Assault on teacher
4. Any other very serious misconduct (criminal behaviour)

7 DISCIPLINARY MEASURES

7.1 Punishment is a corrective measure or a penalty inflicted on the offender who has to suffer the consequences of his/her misconduct to maintain the orderly society of the school. The nature of the offence and a learner’s prior record shall determine the severity of any punishment. No punishment or disciplinary action shall infringe upon a learner’s rights nor be in contravention of any Provincial or National regulation.

7.2 The following guidelines may be used to determine possible punishment:

1. Grade 1 Offence
Reprimand from teacher (or RCL or Prefect)
Repetition: Teacher metes out punishment or refer to unit leader. Various forms of
punishment: detention, work or tasks of a remedial or punitive nature, telephone or letter to parent.

2. Grade 2 Offence
Unit Leader or Office mete out punishment Referral to D/C, community service. More stern punishment than for a grade 1 offence

3. Grade 3 Offence
May be suspended by Office or DC (After learner has been given a fair hearing).
Suspended from specified school activities; Parents may be contacted; may
remove privileges like RCl/Prefect badge, participation in school tour or matric
farewell etc. Community service; counselling etc.

4. Grade 4 Offence
Referral to SGB. Possible recommendation to H.O.D ( Head Office)
for expulsion.

8. DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

8.1 Where any person referred to in 4.1 and 4.2 becomes aware of any act or omission by a
learner of Uitenhage High school which constitutes a contravention of this Code of
Conduct, he or she shall:

1. If a RCL member or prefect, refer the matter to a teacher or the principal.

2. If a teacher, at his/her discretion, apply a sanction as recommended or refer the matter to the appropriate committee or to the office.

3. If the principal, decides on appropriate action (in consultation with the Governing Body or any other person if necessary).

8.2 Persons referred to in section 4.1 and 4.2 shall afford the learner the right to make representation on her/his behalf applying any disciplinary measure. Such representation shall not be in contravention of section 3.4.

8.3 A learner has the right lo appeal lo a higher level of authority if she/he feels that she/he been unfairly treated.

9. UNDERTAKING:

I , …………………………………………………………………………..
(Name and Surname of Learner)

am proud to be associated with Uitenhage High School.

I undertake to abide by this Code of Conduct and to do everything in my power to strive to live out the motto, vision and mission of the school.

LIST OF MINOR OFFENCES
1 Homework not done or incomplete.
2 Uniform not according to specifications.
3 General untidiness (eg. Shirt hanging out, inappropriate hairstyles, etc.)
4 Jewellery (excluding wristwatch).
5 Littering
6 Disruptive behavior, (eg. Using foul or abusive language, speaking loudly, etc.)
7 Late for school.
8 Roaming the corridors during periods without permission.
9 Roaming the corridors before school or during interval.
10 Eating or drinking in lines or in class.
11 Absent without a valid reason.
12 Not obeying a reasonable instruction.
13 Not having the learner diary at school every day.
14 Using incorrect entrances or exits.
15 Missing sport practices without a valid reason.