Code of conduct

THE SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT

The principles of the Code of Conduct , adopted and implemented by the School Governing Body is based on the
Mission and our School motto, “Strenue”, which requires that our Educators and learners commit themselves to the
School with all their energy.

As gentlemen, learners should at all times:

  • guard against intolerant and prejudicial attitudes, and respect the rights and dignity of others. In particular, there
    should be no derogatory remarks passed about others, no intimidation (verbal or physical);
  • have a sense of responsibility for the world we live in, respect for the environment, especially that of the
    immediate School, its grounds, its equipment, its furnishings;
  • develop a social conscience; be concerned for the welfare of others, especially at School;
  • develop a political awareness, as this is basic to the understanding and appreciation of others at School;
    be self-disciplined;
  • allow equal opportunity for every one in the School;
  • be honourable and honest, just and fair;
  • show moral courage.

Learners should:

  • show respect for the property of themselves, of others, and of the School;
  • not display rudeness in any form to anyone, inside or outside the classroom;
  • not settle disputes by physical violence, but go to arbitration;
  • respect and support individual and group achievements in all areas of the School;
  • take advantage of all the School has to offer;
  • be well-groomed at all times;
  • take pride in the School, their behaviour always befitting the uniform;
  • be punctual in arrival at School and class, and in work due;
  • aim to achieve to the best of their ability;
  • at all times show sportsmanship : avoid foul play, foul language, gamesmanship;
  • show grace in defeat, humility in victory; avoid arrogance;
  • at all times be committed to all they undertake, and to the values of the School, in particular to academic achievement;
  • live up to their obligations to the School and community.

SANCTIONS

In principle, if “rules” are broken that have criminal implications, this may be dealt with at that level, e.g. thieving, taking/selling of drugs, physical violence, racism, crimen iniuria. This may well involve the police and the juvenile court.

The “rules” referred to above are obviously far more serious than the “ordinary” ones, e.g. leaving bags around, breaking windows, coming late. These latter infringements should be dealt with by the normal system of impositions, detentions and daily report.

It is not our aim to punish learners. However, where necessary, corrective measures will be administered.

  • Vocabulary exercise for being late for School or class.
  • Writing out the appropriate section(s) of the School Rules where these have been broken.
  • Headmaster’s detention (given by the Headmaster and Grade Tutors) for not responding to other forms of punishment or not attending School functions when required to do so.
  • Educator’s detention.
    – for continued lack of punctuality
    – for, as example, failing to do work, to bring books to School, to prepare adequately for tests
    – for failing to produce an absentee note
  • A two hour Headmaster’s detention on a Friday afternoon taken by a senior member of staff.
  • A two hour Headmaster’s detention on a Saturday afternoon for learners who do not respond positively to other punishments.
  • At least 24 hours notice will be given for detentions.
  • The removal of the right to wear the School blazer for offences relating to uniform and hair styles.
  • The revoking of privileges, cultural and sporting, of using the Media Centre, computer centre and other facilities.
  • The revoking of awards.
  • Temporary suspension from School, pending a decision on expulsion pursuant to the Code of Conduct.

Prefects are appointed to assist with the running of the School. These young men are selected for their values, their maturity and their willingness to uphold School rules and the School’s traditions of courtesy, loyalty and commitment. The functions performed by prefects are separate and distinct from the responsibilities and obligations of the Representative Council of Learners.

Major transgressions will be referred to higher authority pursuant to the Code of Conduct adopted and implemented by the School Governing Body.

Smoking, Drinking and the use of Drugs are unacceptable and are obviously not allowed in School uniform, at School or at any function organised by or in the name of the School. It is a punishable offence for a boy to be in possession of cigarettes, lighters, matches or drink or to be in the company of learners who are smoking or drinking.

All learners will be given copies of the School Rules which have evolved over the years and are designed to enable our large family of over 1000 people to live and work together in harmony.