Code of Discipline

ST  NICHOLAS  COLLEGE

MTARFA  PRIMARY

A Draft of a Code of Behaviour and Discipline

(based on the National Discipline Policy 2000)

Aims:

  • To define clear parameters which are easily understood by parents, staff and students;
  • A spirit of mutual understanding, co-operation and the practice of humanistic values is fostered;
  • High standards of behaviour are developed and maintained;
  • A school environment is created without the minimum of conflict;
  • To encourage a sense of collective responsibility among staff;
  • To encourage a sense of commitment to the school among students and their parents.

 

The Code of Behaviour and Discipline includes rules, ways of encouraging and affirming students’ efforts, rewards, sanctions and implementation procedures.  It is administered in a manner which is consistent and fair to all.

 

STUDENTS:

 

  • Have to respect their own selves and others;
  • Cannot disrupt the class or shout;
  • Are prohibited to leave the class without authorisation;
  • Cannot linger around;
  • Have to be supervised at all times;
  • Are prohibited to run in corridors or classes, including break time;
  • Have to do work to their best of their abilities;
  • Must use appropriate language AT  ALL  TIMES;
  • Cannot play rough;
  • Have to be punctual; latecomers will be asked to go to the Head/Assistant Head’s office to sign.
  • Are expected to wear the full school uniform;
  • Are to refrain from wearing jewellery, except a watch and ear studs for girls;
  • Girls are to pull up their hair with ribbons or braids that match the school uniform (black, grey, white, maroon);
  • Cannot throw objects at others;
  • Are to make sure that they have all the necessary materials and equipment at hand before or after school (children will not be permitted to call home for any forgotten items or to come to school to collect any forgotten items)
  • Cannot indulge in acts of vandalism.
  • Have to pay for any damages incurred due to carelessness or otherwise.
  • Must behave and adhere to the Code of Discipline while travelling on the school bus;
  • Who have completed their work shabbily, will have to have their work signed by their parents.  Any Homework which is not the child’s work will not be corrected.
  • Have to present their Homework on time.  If for a valid reason such work is not presented on time, students are expected to produce a note from their parents.  Thus the necessary arrangements with the teachers are done for extra time or extra help.  Failing to produce the note with a valid reason, a note is sent home to inform the parents about this neglect.  If such a problem persists, parents are called to come over to school to discuss the matter.  If parents fail to turn up, late work will not be corrected.  In case of absenteeism, homework assigned can be collected at the teacher’s discretion.  It can either be collected from school or from classmates.  A special copybook is to be set aside for work done during the child’s absenteeism.  The copybook will be returned when the child returns to school.
  • Can only leave the premises when the parent/guardian calls for them, presenting the identity card and obtaining permission from the SMT.
  • Cannot miss school for more than three days a month, covered by a note (including date) from the parents each time they fail to come to school.  After three days, students have to produce a medical certificate.
  • Have to take care of their textbooks.  Any damage done has to be paid for.
  • Are expected to move to other classes for lessons like PSD in a quickly and quiet manner.  They should be accompanied by their class teacher.
  • Should make sure that they get their lunch with them.  When the same children forget their lunch home repeatedly, parents should give an explanation.
  • Have to be accompanied by their class teacher while they are in the library or the English Centre.
  • Are prohibited to get mobile phones to school.
  • Are to use good manners when visiting the offices, classes or when someone visits their class.
  • Are to be encouraged to be active participants in keeping order at school by being part of councils, committees or teams.  Other students will have to respect the students in charge.

 

 

 

 

PARENTS:

  • have to provide the school with all the personal details, including the child’s medical history, of their children.  If any changes occur, like a change in telephone number, parents are to inform the school immediately.
  • should present their identity card whenever they call for their children.
  • must show respect towards teaching staff, administration and other staff working at school.
  • should refrain from speaking to teachers before or after school hours, in school or outside school, over the phone or otherwise without the permission of the Head of School.
  • should discuss specific complaints with the Head of School strictly not in the presence of students.
  • have to be decently dressed when visiting the school.  No shorts, very short miniskirts or short tops are allowed to be worn on the school premises.
  • cannot refrain from sending their children to school, except on medical grounds.  Parents are to send a note, dated, to the teacher whenever the child is sick.  After three days during the same month, parents have to provide a medical certificate.  Even if covered by a medical certificate, when absenteeism is long-term, the Head of School reserves the right to get into the matter and inform the Social Workers.
  • cannot remain inside the school premises once the teachers would have taken over the students’ responsibility.  This is especially true for parents accompanying kids at Kindergarten Level.
  • are not to enter the school premises before Assembly, except for Kindergarten children parents.
  • of Kindergarten children are to wait for their children during dismissal next to the school gate.
  • who would need to speak to the Head of school in the morning, have to obtain an appointment ticket from the caretaker at the door and wait for his/her turn in the Waiting Room. 
  • are not allowed to stay in the corridors during Assembly.
  • should use a respectable tone when addressing teaching staff, administrative or other personnel.
  • should make sure that they get their children to school on time for Assembly. The school door closes at 8:30 sharp.
  • are expected to co-operate with the school policies regarding Discipline and Behaviour, Healthy Eating and English Language.
  • cannot use threatening behaviour, whether verbal or otherwise.  Police protection can be sought in circumstances requiring intervention.
  • who do not have the custody of their children should not press the school for visitation access at the school.
  • should be active participants in the social, educational and curricular planning activities that support, promote and nurture the school ethos.  These include being participants in the election of the School Council, helping in fundraising activities and others
  • are expected to be involved in such initiatives at least once in a year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEACHERS:

  • should consider themselves responsible at all times for the behaviour of students within sight or sound of them and should respond promptly and firmly to unacceptable behaviour.
  • should record and celebrate good behaviour, not only through the issuing of merits but through sensible use of language in one’s everyday interaction with students.
  • must send names of well-behaved children every month to the clerk’s office to be written down on the notice board next to the Head’s office.
  • have to be consistent in what they say and promise.
  • need to keep a Diary of efforts and achievements where good behaviour or otherwise is recorded and this will eventually be recognised during Prize Day.
  • should distinguish between minor and serious acts of behaviour.
  • should supervise their students at all times during the day.  Under no circumstances should teachers leave the class unattended. Photocopies, binding, discussing a matter with the Head or another teacher and any other needs, have to be seen to during Peripatetic Teachers’ Lessons or ask the help of the Assistant Head.
  • should abide by a decent dress code.  Teachers are role models for their students and they have to carry this responsibility.
  • should be punctual.  All teachers, LSAs and kindergarten assistants have to be present for the Assembly and briefing sessions held twice a week.
  • should ask students to keep a special copybook for work done during the children’s absence.
  • are to report any absences in their class to the clerk and are to ask students to provide a note from parents giving reason for their absence.  Notes are to be collected each time a child is away from school.  When the days of absenteeism exceed three in a month, then a medical certificate is to be provided.
  • should not speak to parents about matters concerning the school if before permission has not been granted by the SMT.
  • have to accompany their students on their way to lessons by Peripatetic Staff and pick them after the time with the Peripatetic Staff elapses.
  • forming part of the Peripatetic Staff have to be at school on time and must attend the Assembly. 
  • are to note down the time when a child under their care leaves the school premises because of some valid reason.  Teachers are not to allow students under their care to leave the classroom if not asked to by a member of the SMT.
  • have to use more positive reinforcement, by creating a Star Chart.

 

  • Can use the following sanctions for minor offences:

ü      A quiet word aside from other students;

ü      A verbal rebuke;

ü      Keeping students back at the end of the lesson, break or lunch time to do some additional work;

ü      Extra work – no copies are allowed to be given.  Extra work should have an educational value.

  • Can use the following sanctions for serious offences:

ü      Time-out – students removed from class for a cooling-off period should not be left unsupervised.  Provide such students with a meaningful task, such as cleaning up one’s own mess;

ü      Written note to parents which has to be signed;

ü      Sending students to the Assistant Head/Head of School;

ü      Suspension from the rest of the day’s lessons;

ü      Temporary change of class.

  • When such offences of misbehaviour become very serious, the Head of School is informed and immediate action is taken.