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Code of Conduct

2.2.1 
General School Policy:

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

PREAMBLE
Under the terms of the South African Schools Act, 84 of 1996, a School Governing Body must adopt a Code of Conduct aimed at establishing a disciplined and purposeful environment to facilitate effective education and learning in schools.

This Code of Conduct is subject to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act, 1996, the South African Schools Act, 1996 and also subordinate provincial legislation.

The Code of Conduct is also intended to reflect the constitutional democracy, regard for human rights and transparent communication which underpin South African society.
The main stakeholders (learners, educators and parents) must take ownership of this Code of Conduct.

FOCUS COLLEGE BASIC CODE OF CONDUCT:

  • Respect for authority
  • Respect for others
  • Respect for self
  • Respect for property
  • Regular attendance
  • Preparation for classes
  • Punctuality

                              
PHILOSOPHY:

  • In striving to achieve this mission, the school is guided by the following philosophy:
  • An awareness, knowledge, tolerance, appreciation and recognition of other religions.
  • Inculcation of sound moral values.

 

  • Acceptance - Accountability - Compassion - Forgiveness - Perseverance - Self-control - Honesty - Responsibility - Tolerance

 Development of sound social skills, emphasising:

  • the development of character, leadership qualities, physical fitness,
  • cultural enrichment and aesthetic appreciation
  • respect for and awareness of the individual and his/her culture, language and religion
  • self-discipline through the acceptance of authority
  • responsibility for the consequences of one's actions
  • adaptability to change
  • the importance of good citizenship
  • dedication to high academic standards, by encouraging the development of skills and talents, the acquisition of knowledge, creativity and inquisitiveness and positive attitudes
  • The promotion and fostering of a culture of caring and of life-long learning at the school.

The notion that every pupil must remember that he/she is a member of the school in public and private. All learners are expected to behave in a responsible, tolerant, courteous and sensible manner. Any action that is discourteous, dishonest or destructive or that may have a detrimental effect on the reputation of Focus College will be regarded as an offence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS:

The rights, obligations and expectations of learners, educators and parents are outlined over the next three pages.

LEARNERS
Any person enjoying a recognised right shall exercise or enjoy that right in a manner which will not infringe upon the rights of any other person:

LEARNERS' RIGHTS:

  • Worth and dignity
  • Protection from all forms of discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender, language or religion.
  • The opportunity to learn in an environment conducive to the learning process.
  • Freedom of speech and other forms of expression.
  • The opportunity of being heard.
  • An education that helps him/her to live his/her life to the full.
  • Conservation and protection of their environment.
  • Safety and good care.
  • Due process in disciplinary matters.

LEARNERS' OBLIGATIONS:

  • Respect the dignity of the individual and show appropriate courtesy to elders and one another.
  • Respect differences of race, colour, language, religion or gender in others.
  • Ensure that the learning process of other learners is not unduly disturbed by his/her behaviour.
  • Respect another's right to freedom of expression.
  • Hear the other side.
  • Make optimum use of the educational opportunities provided.
  • Respect the natural environment.
  • Respect another's right to safety.
  • Be proud of his/her school.
  • Obey the school rules.

 

 

 

 

EDUCATORS
An educator at the School shall have the same rights as a parent to control and discipline learners according to the Code of Conduct during the time the learner is in attendance at Pearson in any classroom thereof, school function or school excursion or school-related activity.

EDUCATORS' RIGHTS AND EXPECTATIONS:

  • Learners will behave appropriately in the classroom so as not to interfere with others' learning and the educators' responsibility to educate.
  • Learners will respect the dignity and fundamental rights of educators.
  • Learners will be courteous and respectful towards their educators.
  • Parents will be courteous and respectful towards the educators of their children.
  • Learners will be prepared to participate fully in school life.
  • Parents will co-operate with educators with regard to their child's behaviour and progress.

 

EDUCATORS' OBLIGATIONS:

  • Establish and maintain a safe and consistently disciplined learning environment in their classrooms.
  • Respect the dignity and fundamental rights of learners.
  • Treat learners fairly and courteously.
  • Treat parents with courtesy and respect.
  • Encourage each learner to achieve his/her maximum potential in all aspects of school life.
  • Communicate information, when deemed necessary, on behaviour and progress of learners to parents and administration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARENTS PARENTS' EXPECTATIONS:

  • The school will promote safety, cleanliness, fairness and respect for others.
  • Learners will be encouraged to achieve to the best of their abilities.
  • Lessons and other activities will be planned in a professional and orderly manner.
  • Parents will receive regular reports of their children's progress.
  • A healthy, balanced and constructive disciplinary code will prevail.
  • Parents will be informed of misbehaviour early enough to facilitate corrections.

PARENTS' OBLIGATIONS:

  • Ensure that their children attend school regularly and punctually.
  • Encourage their children to achieve to the best of their abilities.
  • Co-operate with the school in fostering self-discipline and respect for the school in the child's mind.
  • Inform the school of any special circumstances which may affect the learner's progress and behaviour.
  • Make themselves available for necessary discussions.
  • Support the school and ensure as far as possible that learners observe all school rules and regulations.
  • Honour their financial commitments to the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIFFERETN TYPES OF SCHOOL POLICIES:

 

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

Focus College seeks to provide a safe, secure learning environment for all and does not tolerate bullying.  All members of the school community are expected to base their behaviour on respect for others, regardless of differences in age, status, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
DEFINITION OF BULLYING
Bullying is a deliberate attempt to hurt, ridicule, torment, threaten, frighten or intimidate someone.  Bullying is the misuse of power by an individual or a group.  Bullying can be mental, physical, verbal and/or psychological in nature.
IMPORTANT:

  • The contents of this policy must be addressed in the Grade 8 Life Orientation programme by June of each year.  Learners joining the school in any other grade are expected to acquaint themselves with the contents of this policy and to ask their Life Orientation teacher, class teacher should they need clarity on any issue contained in it.
  • All forms of bullying should be reported.  A learner may report a case of bullying to the principal, educator, and school counsellor.  All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
  • Life Orientation Teachers, Principal and the school counsellor will be available to assist both the victim/s and perpetrator/s
  • Records of bullying will be kept on the learner’s personal file.
  • Consequences for bullying are listed in the “Discipline system” section of this Code of conduct.

PROTOCOL TO DEAL WITH BULLYING

  • Once the incident of bullying has been reported, the Grade head and/or Principal will meet with the victim and establish what has been taking place.  This meeting should ideally include the parents of victim, however if the parents have granted permission, the Grade Head and/or Principal may meet with victim on his/her own.
  • This meeting to clarify the events and also to ensure that the victim understands and is comfortable with the action that the school will take in dealing with the matter and to ensure that the victim will not be placed at further risk.
  • The Grade Head and/or Principal will then meet with the perpetrator to hear his/her side of the story, to address the matter at hand and to ensure that the bullying behaviour stops immediately. 
  • Should the incident warrant a Disciplinary hearing with the School Management Team (SMT), the matter will be escalated to that level.
  • The parents of the perpetrator will be informed of the allegation and be offered the opportunity to be present at the meeting with the perpetrator.
  • In the event of the allegations of the victim and the explanation of the perpetrator being at odds, the investigating Management Team member will mediate a meeting of the two parties concerned.
  • The parents of the victim and the perpetrator will be kept appraised of the school’s actions and approach at all times, without contravening the confidentiality of personal information regarding either child or family.
  • Principal and Management Team reserves the right to call conference of the victim’s and perpetrator’s parents

EXAMPLES OF ANTI-BULLYING BEHAVIOUR
(Bullying includes but is not limited to):

PHYISICAL BULLYING

  • Minor assault which includes prodding, poking, tripping.
  • Offensive physical gestures
  • Deliberate damage to property of others.
  • Major assault such as hitting, kicking, pulling hair, scratching, punching, using a weapon of an y nature, acting either as a group against an individual or another group.

VERBAL AND WRITTEN BULLYING

  • Name-calling, taunting aimed at ridiculing, humiliating or belittling someone, including remarks which can be construed as mocking of or offensive to race, disability. Sexual orientation, age, status, appearance, religion or gender.
  • Teasing which can be construed as humiliating and/or embarrassing.
  • Spreading or malicious rumours and false information and rumours which are designed to mock, humiliate, ridicule and /or belittle.
  • Sending o bullying text messages, notes and/or letters.
  • Threatening behaviour and intimidation of others.

PSYCHOLOGICAL (SILENT) BULLING:

  • Isolation/ostracizing a learner in any way, rejection by a group of a learner, threatening looks refusal to work with any learner/s in a group activity.
  • Intentional placing a learner /s in an uncomfortable position
  • Being a bystander who, in any way, encourages or supports the actions of the bully, without intervening
  • Intimidating or threatening another learner in any way to use or borrow their possessions or money.

 

CYBER BULLYING

  • Circulating material which humiliates or embarrasses another via electronic  format, posters, photographs, graffiti or other means (e.g. blogging, facebook, twitter or any other social media site)
  • Posting insulting and / or derogated comments on another’s wall, photos, etc. on facebook, tweeter or any other social media website.
  • Stealing passwords from another  learner or from  a staff member and then impersonating that individual or group in communication with others
  • Sending degrading, threatening, pornographic, pictures via internet, email or cellular telephones
  • Signing another individual up for email, IM marketing Lists, pornographic sites, etc. without that persons permission
  • Internet polling
  • Creating websites specifically aimed at socially isolating, maligning, embarrassing, intimidation or threatening someone else.

CELLPHONE POLICY

The cellphone has no educational value at school and, as such, it is not permitted for students to bring such items to school during class and assembly.
Possession of a cell phone (or other electronic devices such as MP3 players, other music players, cameras, tablets, laptops, iPod, iPad, earphones, etc) at school during the school day is prohibited, and any cell phone will be confiscated with the SIM card, for an initial period of 5 school days, and released to the parent upon the collection of a R50 fine.
Should learner have any above electronic devices in class, learner will be issued with a letter to inform parents of a discipline hearing date.
The school does not take responsibility should the cellphone disappear.

 

 

 

 

 

Focus College Drug and Alcohol policy and procedures POSITION STATEMENT ON ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS

In the aim of the schools policy on drugs and alcohol that all members of the school community           (students, parents and staff) convey by their actions and teachers that they do not condone the inappropriate use of alcohol or other drugs.
School policy opposes both the inappropriate use of legal drugs and the possession or use of prohibited substances. This policy is applicable:

  • On school premises,  coming to school intoxicated
  • At or during school functions, excursions or any other activity organised by the school
  • When members of the school community are representing the school
  • Whenever the school community can be identified by the general public
  • When the effects of use or abuse are noticeable at school or school functions or when representing the school or identifiable as a member of the school community or affect in any way the performance or school life of a member of the school

The school does not permit learners to indulge in:

  • The use of prohibited substances
  • The inappropriate use of either prescribed or non-prescribed medicines
  • The inappropriate use of either solvents, inhalants, and/or other chemical agents
  • The consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • The smoking of tobacco and other drugs
  • The possession of drug related paraphernalia such as cigarette papers, pipes, etc
  • Any form of behaviour resulting in their being under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs
  • Possession of alcoholic beverages or other drugs

 

 

 

The consequences of breaching these requirements will include the following:

  1. The learner will be suspended until a disciplinary hearing is held.
  2. A learner and he’s/her parents must attend a disciplinary hearing at s set date.
  3. The outcome/punishment will be decided by the management panel at the hearing.
  4. A contract/outcome will be documented for parents to sign.

POLICY:
FC adopts an approach to drug/alcohol related issues which is restorative and supportive rather than purely punitive. While the school accepts the view that chemical dependency is primary, chronic and progressive illness, it holds that substance abuse is an unacceptable practice and that the concept of a healthy, drug-free life should at all times be propagated and encouraged.
Realism nevertheless requires that it should be our policy not to condemn but to support those who need help in these areas, and should in the first instance attempt to do it in such a way that it will not necessarily endanger their school careers. Within this context we accept:

  • That we are part of a greater community
  • That we are in partnership with parents/guardians to ensure the best for their children
  • That a wide variety of addictive or habit-forming substances, both legal and illegal, are available within our community
  • That substance abuse is detrimental to humans on various levels
  • That our children are exposed to such substances through various channels
  • That we have to equip our young people to be less vulnerable to substance abuse and better able to deal with life and its challenges
  • That our children, parents and teachers are not always equipped with sufficient information to combat the ills of substance abuse

In cases where the leaner are parents do not wish the make use of help offered to them, the school will have no choice but to make use of help offered to them, the school will have no choice but whatever action it feels necessary, not excluding expulsion or the pressing of criminal charges.
Acceptance of the content of this document is a prerequisite for acceptance into the school.

 

 

PREVENTION:
The school undertakes to:

  • Present prevention and information sessions to learners and parents/guardians as deemed necessary
  • Make information and training available to teachers
  • Involve outside organisations and individuals as part of a team approach
  • Support the founding of positive peer groups
  • Evaluate this policy and adapt it, if and when necessary, in accordance with changing circumstances and conditions
  • Support a healthy, drug-free life through word and deed

Parents/guardians will of necessity be expected to participate in and to contribute financially towards these initiatives.

SUBSTANCE USE:
The use of any mood-altering or habit forming substance, without a doctor’s certificate, is strictly forbidden:

  • On school premises
  • At or during school functions, excursions or any other activity organised by the school
  • When members of the school community are representing the school
  • Whenever the school community can be identified by the general public
  • When the effects of use or abuse are noticeable at school or school functions or when representing the school or identifiable as a member of the school community or affect in any way the performance or school life of a member of the school

NOTE: The school reserves the right to take action according to policy and procedure if a learner’s substance abuse outside school influences their academic achievements, behaviour, attendance, etc.

 

 

 

DEALING IN ALCOHOL AND ANY OTHER ILLEGAL DRUGS:
Dealing in alcohol and any other illegal drugs is a criminal offence and is strictly forbidden.
NOTE: If any learner is suspected of using or possessing, or is caught dealing in, illegal drugs, the school will investigate further and reserves the right to refer the matter to the authorities (The South African Narcotics Abuse Bureau, the South African Police, etc) after which the normal legal process will take its course.
Each case will be assessed on merit and considered individually within the framework of the policy and procedures. Every case will be dealt with confidentiality but parents/guardians will be informed and involved.
Isolated individual symptoms and unsubstantiated rumours will not be considered as reliable indicators of substance abuse, but a pattern of indicators (a decrease in school achievements, lack of willingness to participate in school activities, changes in attitude and behaviour, etc) will be investigated and handled in accordance with the school’s code of conduct. Rumours with supporting evidence will also be investigated.
Note: This is not a process of victimisation but an honest attempt to identify at an early stage a learner in crisis.
Selected staff will undertake investigations and call in other experts and professionals, whenever necessary.
Parents/guardians will need to accept responsibility for any expenses incurred during a drug/alcohol-related incident (assessment, screening, treatment, therapy, outside programmes, medical attention, etc) unless alternative arrangements have been made with the school.
If a learner is caught dealing in alcohol or any illegal drugs the following consequences will result:

  1. The learner will be suspended until a disciplinary hearing is held.
  2. A learner and he’s/her parents must attend a disciplinary hearing at s set date.
  3. The outcome/punishment will be decided by the management panel at the hearing.
  4. A contract/outcome will be documented for parents to sign.

RANDOM SEARCHES AND SEIZURES:
Where a staff member in authority reasonably suspects that a learner has a prohibited substance in his or her possession, an appointed nominee (which may include the police or staff member) may search that learner’s possessions. Should such a search be necessary, it will occur in the presence of the learner concerned.

 

 

 

 

DRUG TESTING:
Where a staff member reasonably suspects that a learner is under the influence of a prohibited substance the learner will be referred to the office for drug testing.
Note: The learner suspected will be tested under the supervision of any staff member that the learner is comfortable with. If a learner is tested positive for any illegal substance, the parent/guardian will be held liable to pay R200 for the drug test.
Circular 23/2009 will be followed. This circular can be perused on the following website: http://wced.school.za/circulars/circulars09/e23_09.html
Note: This should not be seen as a process of victimisation but an honest attempt to identify a young person who may be moving into addiction, which in a primary, chronic and progressive illness.

DEFINTIONS:
Drugs:                        
A drug is commonly defined as any substance which changes the normal way in which the body or mind functions.
Readily available drugs include:

  • Tranquilisers, prescribed and over-the-counter medicines;
  • Tobacco and alcohol;
  • Solvents, petrol, adhesives, chemical agents, etc;
  • Illegal drugs such as cannabis, LSD, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, ecstacy, mandrax, “tik” etc

Dealing:
Selling, exchanging, swapping, supplying, distributing, trading etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXAMINATION PROCEDURES
BEFORE THE EXAMINATION:
All student/s personal belongings must be sorted in the front of the class during the examination
Learners need to be seated according to a seating plan or class list by the invigilator / educator.
Ensure that learners are faced to the front at all times, from the time students enter the room. Learners are not allowed to communicate to each other at all, not even nodding, winking, etc. If an invigilator see learners turning around then ask them politely to face to the front. If they persist to carry on turning around after several warnings inform the Principal.
 Food and Drinks is not allowed in the examination room. In exceptional circumstances e.g. a diabetic candidate, must get written permission from the Principal. Water bottles are not allowed in the exam room unless the student has medical proof. These should be clear bottles with a spill-proof cap. There should be no label on the bottle. It is prohibited for invigilators to consume any beverages or food whilst invigilating in the examination room.
DURING THE EXAMINATION:
Silence: All students have to be silent during the examination and also invigilators. If any conversations have to take place during the exam by invigilators then it must be about exam related issues only. Invigilators will respect the examination environment and will assist in creating a silent and calm atmosphere for our learners.

 

 

 

 

Stationery: All learners are to have their own stationery. No borrowing of stationery will be allowed. Invigilators will reset calculators and inspect learners pencil bags.
Toilets: If a student requests to go the toilet then please try and discourage them from doing so as it disturbs the other candidates. Usually toilet requests are an exercise of killing time and once one starts they all want to follow. Students that do have genuine problems will have a note from the principal who will inform the Lead Invigilator of any student with the problems and only these students will be allowed to go. We appreciate that during a 3hour exam this can be difficult and if necessary then escort them to the toilet but again try and discourage them.  Any toilet breaks must be escorted by opposite sex or with whom learner is comfortable with.
Monitoring: You must be seen to be active but not intrusive (ie. You should not look over students shoulders). Be aware of any unusual behavior. For example, when an invigilator is walking and watching student’s reaction after you have passed. Be aware of any unauthorized pieces of paper. It is prohibited for invigilators to have their mobile phones visible in examination room. Invigilators are also not allowed to sit nor lean against desk whilst invigilating.
Cheating in Exams: Be extra vigilant during exams. The favorite way of cheating at the moment is MP3 players, which only requires an ear piece in the ear so anyone with long hair could easily hide one. MP3 players can hold up to 30 music albums on so imagine how much text they could hold too.
Be aware of usual items such as notes or if you see them acting suspiciously. If you suspect a candidate of cheating please do not approach the pupil yourself but report it to the Principal / Lead Invigilator who will deal with the situation. Complete the Incident Report and hand to the Lead Invigilator. Re-issue the student a fresh paper and record the time of starting and the student can start from where they left off as the other script would have been confiscated.
Exam Register: Thirty minutes into the exam and the Lead Invigilator has to fill in the exam register whether candidates are present or absent. This is a legal requirement and must be done whilst all students are still in the room.

 

After the Exam               
Collection of Papers
Dismissal of candidates
Students will only leave the exam room once they have handed in their script. Once the student has left they are not allowed back in the room to continue with the exam. Learners must be seated and can only dismiss examination room at 75% of question paper duration and not 15 minutes before the time.
Exam register and scripts
The invigilator will then check the register that they have already filled in against the scripts returned at the end of the exam. Exam papers can only be removed from the exam venue should a problem arise and needs to be resolved. This ensures that any scripts do not go astray. After the examination the invigilator will handover scripts to Mr. I.Bhayat, both parties will sign the script control.
Setting the room for next exam
Once all students have gone, the room can then be laid out for the next set of exams. The Lead Invigilator will have all the details and will inform you regarding layout. The room is laid out exactly as specified on the seating plan/class list. Students will be seated according the class list / seating plan.
School Policy
School policy always encompasses exam regulations.

  • Late arrivals
    • When learners arrive late at exam room, please ensure that learners report to office first before commencing with exam.
    • The incident sheet must be completed recording how late the students arrived.

 

 

 

UNIFORM

We are committed to ensure that uniform is worn neatly and proudly.
The appearance of learners in uniform must promote the good public image of our school.

Principles governing the code:

En route to school and en route home, the school uniform must be worn correctly.
The complete school uniform must also be worn if instructed to do so when attending a function.
Learners may not wear part of the uniform with casual dress during week-ends or holidays.
School sports’clothes are considered to bge uniform and may be worn when travelling to play in a school match as per the instructions of the teacher-in-charge.
Learners must take pride in their uniform and ensure that it is neat, clean and in good repair. No   graffiti or writing of any kind, or with any substance, may appear on the school or sports uniform.
In the event of incorrect of lost items of uniform, a letter of explanation from a parent/guardian is to be given to the class teacher.  The class teacher will read the letter, sign it and indicate the date by which the situation should be corrected.  Each case will be evaluated on merit.
No other t-shirts (white golfer), cycling shorts or any other clothing item may be worn underneath the school uniform.
The stockists and suppliers of our school uniform is SUITS-U in Plumstead.
Address details:
GIRLS UNIFORM:                                                               BOYS UNIFORM
Beige skirts/pants                                                                    Black blazer - compulsory
Black Blazer – compulsory                                                     Black jersey
Black jersey                                                                             Beige chino pants/shorts
Black stockings/or white ankle socks                                     Black “takkies”
Black “takkies”or school shoes                                               Black beanies - winter
White golfer with school badge                     
Black beanies/scarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL APPEARANCE OF LEARNERS

HAIR AND JEWELLERY REGULATIONS

BOYS
Hair to be neat and brushed
Facial hair to be kept neat and trimmed.
Chains to not be visible or it will be confiscated.
Facial and body piercings may not carry any form of earrings, stopper, bush bristle of any kind or retainer.
No earrings to be worn- will be confiscated.
Hair must be natural in colour – learners will be sent home to change colour back should learners come to school with white/red/orange or any other colour hair.  Hair may be coloured to enhance the natural colour of learner’s hair.  However, hair may not be coloured, colour rinsed, tinted, highlighted or dyd in any way that is vastly different to the learner’s natural hair colour.  Obvious highlights are not allowed. Peroxide or any other bleaching agent is not permitted.
Nails to be well cared for and kept short.
Tattoos are prohibited and any visible tattoos must be covered up at all times.

GIRLS

Hair to be kept neat and tide up  with black hairbands only.
Jewelery to be worn to a minimum and confined to one ring, (signet ring), a wristwatch, one pair of earrings (silver/gold studs only).
Facial and body piercings may not carry any form of earrings, stopper, bush brustle of any kind or retainer.
Hair may be coloured to enhance the natural colour of learner’s hair.  However, hair may not be coloured, colour rinsed, tinted, highlighted or dyed in any way that is vastly different to the learner’s natural hair colour.  Obvious highlights are not allowed. Peroxide or any other bleaching agent is not permitted.
Nails to be kept short and well cared for.  Girls may only wear transparent, colourless nail-polish.
Tattoos are prohibited and any visible tattoos must be covered up at all times.

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL

There is to be no deviation from the above mentioned regulations during extra-curricular participation.

While the school will endeavor to safely keep confiscated items until collected by the learner, Focus College bears no responsibility for the loss thereof.

Learners are not allowed to cut any part of their school uniform unless doen by a professional dress-maker or tailor in order to alter the size of the uniform.

Girls may not use sfety pins to alter the look of the school skirts and not shorter than 4 fingers above the knees.

Unless a concession is specifically made by the principal, learners are to wear full school uniform whenever they are present at school or travelling to and from school.

Every Friday will be civvies and learners to pay R5 should they come to school dressed in civvies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of Bounds Code:
The school property is out of bounds after normal school hours, unless learners are therefore legitimate school-related activities. The perimeter fence may not be climbed over at any stage. During lesson time, learners may not be anywhere on school property except in a classroom or under the direct supervision of a staff member for a specific purpose.
Loitering in corridors at breaks or after school will not be permitted. Learners should use the above-mentioned parts of the building for the specific purpose for which they were intended, and then move out of the buildings unless it is raining.
The foyer at the front entrance to the school next to the front secretaries' office is out-of-bounds except between lessons if it is raining heavily, or in the afternoons when all other entrances have already been locked. Learners wishing to see staff members must wait outside the reception area and wait until someone comes to call the staff member. Learners wishing to see front office secretaries must queue for assistance. The staffroom and admin area are out-of-bounds at all times to learners, except on the instruction of a staff member who needs assistance from learners to fetch books, textbooks, laptops or any working materials.
No student is allowed near the out-buildings which include the Wendy house and the building on the right hand side of the school.
The area on the left hand side of the school (the corner of Hayes Rd and Belfast Rd), which is a grass patch behind the classrooms, is out of bounds.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
DEFINITION
Sexual harassment is defined as a degree of touching inappropriately, unsolicited and unreciprocated conduct of sexual nature, physical, verbal or non-verbal, implicit or explicit that makes the victim feels uncomfortable. It also includes sexual humour, remarks and innuendo, obscene gestures and comments, subtle pressure for sexual activity, any non-consensual physical contact, including aggression such as pinching, patting, unwelcome brushing or touch, and sexual assault on any sensitive part of the body.

 

 

Applicable to Learners/Staff members

  • Focus College will be proactive with regard to encouraging and promoting equal opportunities and fair for girls and boys in personal, social, academic and cultural arenas at this school. Gender issues will be addressed in all grades as part of Life Orientation curriculum.
  • We further seek to provide a consistent, sensitive, and appropriate response when sexual harassment occurs within and around the school community.
  • The school undertakes to offer unequivocal support for and protection to the victims of sexual harassment.
  • Reports of Staff involved in any incidents of sexual harassment will be dealt with immediately in accordance with the codes and practices of the SA council of Educators or other appropriate organisation.
  • Reports of learners making sexual advances/harassment either verbal or non-verbal to an Educator will be dealt with by the School disciplinary committee (SDC)

Students should respect one another by not touching others inappropriately.

  • If/when it has been made clear that the behaviour is offensive and unacceptable, and/or
  • If the perpetrator should have known that the behaviour is unacceptable to the victim, and/or
  • If the alleged perpetrator’s behaviour causes the victim to be embarrassed, frightened, hurt, angry or uncomfortable.

The perpetrator’s intention does not determine whether or not their behaviour constitutes harassment. A single incident of unwanted conduct can constitute sexual harassment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSEQUENCES
Sexual harassment constitutes serious misconduct and will be dealt with in accordance with the disciplinary policy of the school. Anyone who believes him/herself to be a victim of sexual harassment has the right to seek redress without prejudice. Each case of infringement on the above will be dealt with individually and all circumstances and all information will be taken into account.
Confidentiality will be maintained unless or until such time as the complainant gives permission to the investigating body to disclose details of the case. Mechanism should be put in place to ensure that both parties adhere to the decisions taken. Rumours containing false information should be dealt with promptly and this may require some public disclosure.

The sanctions to be imposed will depend on the frequency and seriousness of the offence(s) and may include:

  • A conduct drawn up between the learner and the school, with parental consultation, outlining the actions required by the learner, and will include a written apology to the victim. This contract is to include the consequences of the learner if these actions are not carried out…
  • Withdrawal of certain rights and privileges such as participating in school sports and any other events.
  • Prescribed appropriate and compulsory community service and/or courses designed to encourage responsible behaviour.
  • The writing of an essay on an appropriate topic relating to the offence.
  • Friday night detention with close and proper supervision
  • A public statement may be made to the school, giving the nature of the charge and the findings of all disciplinary committee outcomes, and the penalties imposed.
  • Suspension in order that the appropriate counselling may be received in which the disciplinary panel will give duration of two (2) weeks suspension.
  • Intervention by an appropriate legal agency of the victim’s choice.
  • Expulsion
  • The learner must observe all community service during suspension period.

 

 

 

 

UNIFORM POLICY
School uniform promotes effective learning for all students. Students’ concentration will be focused more on their education rather than their wardrobes.  If students are allowed to wear civilian clothes, they will be more eager, concerned and excited on what clothes to wear to make them stand out at school. This will also distract their learning process for their minds will be occupied with the thought of whether their opposite sex will admire the way they dress up. Thus, school uniform is important for it creates an effective learning atmosphere.
Our school policy regarding uniform:
We are committed to ensure that uniform is worn neatly and proudly.
The appearance of learners in uniform must promote the good public image of our school.

Principles governing the code:
En route to school and en route home, the school uniform must be worn correctly.
The complete school uniform must also be worn if instructed to do so when attending a function.
Learners may not wear part of the uniform with casual dress during week-ends or holidays.
School sports ‘clothes are considered to be uniform and may be worn when travelling to play in a school match as per the instructions of the teacher-in-charge.
Learners must take pride in their uniform and ensure that it is neat, clean and in good repair. No graffiti or writing of any kind, or with any substance, may appear on the school or sports uniform.
In the event of incorrect of lost items of uniform, a letter of explanation from a parent/guardian is to be given to the class teacher.  The class teacher will read the letter, sign it and indicate the date by which the situation should be corrected.  Each case will be evaluated on merit.
No other t-shirts, cycling shorts or any other clothing item may be worn underneath the school uniform.
The stockiest and suppliers of our school uniform is SUITS-U in Plumstead.

GIRLS UNIFORM:                                                             BOYS UNIFORM
Beige skirts/pants                                                                    Black blazer - compulsory
Black Blazer – compulsory                                                     Black jersey
Black jersey                                                                             Beige chino pants/shorts
Black stockings/or white ankle socks                                     Black “takkies”
Black “takkies”or school shoes                                               Black beanies - winter
White golfer with school badge                     
Black beanies/scarf

GENERAL APPEARANCE OF LEARNERS

HAIR AND JEWELLERY REGULATIONS

BOYS

Hair to be neat and brushed
Facial hair must be kept neat and trimmed.
Chains to not be visible or it will be confiscated.
Facial and body piercings may not carry any form of earrings, stopper, bush bristle of any kind or retainer.
No earrings to be worn- will be confiscated.
Hair must be natural in colour – learners will be sent home to change colour back should learners come to school with white/red/orange or any other colour hair.  Hair may be coloured to enhance the natural colour of learner’s hair.  However, hair may not be coloured, colour rinsed, tinted, highlighted or dyed in any way that is vastly different to the learner’s natural hair colour.  Obvious highlights are not allowed. Peroxide or any other bleaching agent is not permitted.
Nails to be well cared for and kept short.
Tattoos are prohibited and any visible tattoos must be covered up at all times.

GIRLS

Hair must be kept neat and tiny using only black hair bands. Jewelry must be worn to a minimum and confined to one ring, (signet ring), a wristwatch, one pair of earrings (silver/gold studs only).
Facial and body piercings may not carry any form of earrings, stopper, bush bristle of any kind or retainer.

Hair may be coloured to enhance the natural colour of learner’s hair.  However, hair may not be coloured, colour rinsed, tinted, highlighted or dyed in any way that is vastly different to the learner’s natural hair colour.  Obvious highlights are not allowed. Peroxide or any other bleaching agent is not permitted.  Nails must be kept short and well cared for.  Girls may only wear transparent, colourless nail-polish. Tattoos are prohibited and any visible tattoos must be covered up at all times.

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL

There is to be no deviation from the above mentioned regulations during extra-curricular participation.

While the school will endeavor the safe keep of confiscated items until collected by the learner on date provided by the school, Focus College bears no responsibility for the loss thereof.

Learners are not allowed to cut any part of their school uniform unless done by a professional dress-maker or tailor in order to alter the size of the uniform.

Girls may not use safety pins to alter the look of the school skirts and not shorter than 4 fingers above the knees.

Unless a concession is specifically made by the principal, learners are to wear full school uniform whenever they are present at school or travelling to and from school.

Every Friday will be civvies and learners to pay R5 should they come to school dressed in civvies as part of the school fundraiser.

 

                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVIGILATOR’S DUTIES - POLICY

  • Set up the layout of the room in accordance with seating /class list as found in each classroom for that day. This involves telling each student where to sit. Final examination (grade 12), we will put on each candidates desk detailing their name and exam number.
  • When students enter the exam they must be reminded to switch off cell phones and MP3 players. Bags must be place at the front of the class. Invigilators will collect the cell phones and placed it in a box with learners name attached.
  • Once examination papers are handed out, learners should be seated.
  • It is imperative that each student signs the class list to ensure if they are present or absent. Notify reception of absenteeism.
  • During the exam you will be expected to walk up and down the desks so it is seen that you are active. For this reason you are not allowed to bring reading material, marking or food with you.
  • If any student put their hand up for attention during any part of the examination you will be expected to go and assist them the best you can. You are not allowed to help them answer the questions. If you are unsure how to deal with their request then please seek advice from the Lead Invigilator Mr. Van Der Merwe or Principal, they will refer you to the class teacher if necessary.
  • Once the examination has finished you will collect all the examination papers from the students. It is best to collect the examination papers in alphabetical order as this can save a lot of time. Therefore use the seating plan / class list to assist you.
  • Once you have all the examination papers please mark on the register. Once this is complete there will be a subject leaflet and place examination question papers in as well as the attendance register.
  1. Morning session: School will commence at 08H00. Registration period from 08H00 – 08H30. Learners will move to exam rooms at 08H30. At 08H45, learners will pack their belongings in front of class in preparation for examination. At 09H00, learners will commence with their exams.
  2. Afternoon session: Students will move to exam room at 12H45, learners will pack their belongings in front of class in preparation for examination. At 13H00, learners will commence with their exams.
  1. Learners are only allowed to leave examination room in 75% of the time and not in the last 15minute span of examination paper.

SUMMARY OF DISCIPLINE CODE

Students are expected to comply with school policies and directives and must be respectful, courteous, and attentive to teachers/staff. They must also be considerate of classmates. Parents may expect to be contacted by the teacher for episodes of misconduct or incomplete assignments.

In-school suspension may be imposed upon any student who deliberately and repeatedly disrupts a class making it difficult for others to learn or who is disrespectful to the teacher. This usually occurs after the family has been contacted at least twice regarding the problem. In-school suspension requires that a child be removed from his/her class to spend the day with administrative personnel. During the day there are assignments and counseling sessions with the Principal.

The school suspension lasts day until disciplinary date set by the school that will be accompanied by written notification to parents.

All class work missed during any suspension must be made up in its entirety and will become the responsibility of the student with the assistance of educator in his or her free time. Any behavior or violation of the school rules that presents a danger to the student, other students, or adult staff will result in immediate removal from class and out-of-school suspension until disciplinary date set by the school.

Our rules of discipline are based upon responsible citizenship. At times, detention may be required for misconduct, incomplete assignments, and / or refusal to take responsibility.
Disciplinary hearing may be imposed upon any student who deliberately and repeatedly disrupts a class making it difficult for others to learn, who is disrespectful to a teacher, or who harasses, bullies, or torments another student.

Honesty and integrity are two values protected within the classroom; therefore, any student who exchanges information of any kind during an exam will fail the test. Deliberate lying or slander about a faculty member or a student will result in mandatory counseling. Repeated acts will result in suspension.

Learners must wear his/her full uniform for disciplinary meeting. Should learners be expelled parents can appeal in 5 working days for another Hearing whereby Principal must chair the meeting and not subordinate.

 

DISCIPLINE SYSTEM

 

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
A. DISCIPLINE: Discipline needs to be maintained at Pearson in order to ensure that the educational process is allowed to proceed without disruptive behaviour from any of our learners. Our educators have the full authority and responsibility to correct any form of unacceptable behaviour from our learners. The purpose is to instil a sense of self-discipline so that the rights of all Pearsonites, and ultimately citizens, are protected. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken as required, bearing in mind that it:
? should be expeditious, fair, just, corrective, consistent and educative
? could include the parents, where deemed necessary, so that they may assist in the corrective and educative process
? should not violate the rights of the learner
? should be reasonably administered
? will not expose the learner to any form of abuse
? should not contravene the law of the land or the South African Schools Act of 1996.

CATEGORIES OF OFFENCES: Infringements of the school rules and/or Code of Conduct are divided into three categories: CATEGORY 1 - less serious offences CATEGORY 2 - more serious offences CATEGORY 3 - serious misconduct Guidelines are given over the next three pages.

 

The hierarchy of discipline starts with the individual educators, then moves on to the Principal, with each step becoming more severe.

 

The system is applied in order to be fair and equitable to those receiving discipline to encourage them to correct their ways.                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Focus College our discipline system is rooted and monitored via a detention system. Set out below are the guidelines used in the application of this system.

Level

Offence

Consequences

 

 

 

1

Being out of class without permission

 

  • 1 Hour  detention on a Monday    afternoon if one offence for the week 
  • 1 Hour detention on a Monday afternoon if two or more offences for the week and 30min clean-up duty with support staff.

 

 

 

 
Cell phone with SIM card is confiscated for  5  school days or pay penalty of R50

Late-coming for school or class

No absentee note

Being out of bounds area without permission of Principal

Loitering outside classroom and in Corridors or avoiding punishment

Not carrying out or out or avoiding punishment

Use of foul language

Defiance or insolence

Talking during Assembly or Line up

Littering

Not attending a sport practice of match

Inappropriate use of a Cellular Telephone

Forging signatures or writing own letters

Uniform Offence (Not dress in full uniform)

Bunking a lesson

congregating inside toilets

Spitting

Any offence of similar severity

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level

Offences

Consequences

 

 

 

2

Earning Three Detentions in 1 Term

 

  • Notification to parents via sms, letter or any other telecommunication
  • Immediate suspension until Internal Discipline Hearing
  • SMT / Principal will decide on punishment depending on the Discipline Hearing outcome.

SMT – School Management Team

Arriving late for school 3Times within 1 school week.

1st smoking offence at school

Vandalism- internal and external

Tagging or graffiti on school property

Caught in the presence of a smoker

Abuse (swearing / disrespect of adults)

Being in Possession of Tobacco Products

Cheating in a test or examination

Bullying (Including Cyber Bullying)

Is disruptive and is referred to the office for Academic Intervention

Spontaneous Fighting

Bunking a School Day

Leaving school without permission

Any offence of similar severity

 

Level

Offence

Consequences

 

3

Theft or shoplifting

 

  • Minimum 3day suspension until disciplinary hearing.
  • SMT / Principal will decide on punishment depending on the Discipline Hearing outcome
  • It may be a - Written or Final warning

Smoking in Public in School / Sport Uniform

2nd Smoking offence at school

1st offence: Possession and / or use of any drugs

Possession, Production and / or Distribution of Pornographic Material

Failure to comply with Terms and Conditions of Behavioral Management

Compromising the Focus College (Verbally or Electronically)

 Any offence of similar severity

 

Level

 Offence

Consequences

 

 

 

4

Sexual, verbal or physical harassment

 

1.Suspension until Disciplinary hearing date
3. SMT / Principal will decide on punishment depending on the Discipline Hearing outcome
Possible outcome:
2. Final writing warning
3.Community service
4. Report back on community      service.
5. Other

Any act of a Sexual Nature

Intimidation  (Verbal or Physical; incl. Threatening a learner or adult )

Discrimination (e.g.: Xenophobia, racism, sexism, on religious ground, on grounds of sexual orientation)

Ignoring a Final Written Warning after having had an Internal Disciplinary Hearing

2nd offence: Possession and /or use of any drugs

2nd offence: Possession and/or use of alcohol

Any offence of similar severity

          


Level

Offence

Consequences

 

5

Premeditated assault and/ or fighting

 

  • Expulsion based on discretion of Principal

Possession of drugs with the intent to deal

Dealing in / selling alcohol and / or drugs

Possession of stolen

Bomb threats

Any offence of similar severity

 

I acknowledge the above information and hereby agree with everything said.                                
Name of Learner:  ________________________                  Grade: _____________
Parent signature: ______________________                                    Date: ________________
Regards:  Principal – Mr.C.Petersen

 

 

NON-ACADEMIC POLICIES:

FEES POLICY
ANNUAL FEES – 2017

 

 Annual Fee & Levies

Admission fee

Monthly Payment

Grade 8 – 11

R18 000

R1 500

R1 500

Grade 12

R21 600

R1 500

R1 800

Payments of School Fees are compulsory.

BANK DETAILS


First National Bank (FNB)
Focus  College
Cheque Account No. 62408351881
REF. Learner  Name and Grade
Branch Code: 202409
Universal Code: 250655
Swift No. FIRNZJJ

Fees are payable via EFT or debit order on the parents account.
A discount of 5% will be deducted if full fees are paid for the year.

Please note:

  • Admission fees are payable when handing in Registration Forms.
  • Monthly fees are payable in advance.
  • January fees – payable before the commencement of school.
  • February – December fees are due promptly on the first day of each month.
  • A debit order must be signed at your bank with Focus College as a beneficiary. Confirmation by the bank submitted to the office.
  • A late payment penalty of R200 is charged if fees are paid after the 7th of each month.
  • Learners will be sent home if fees are not paid by the 8th.
  • Learners whose fees are one month in arrears will not be allowed in class unless arrears are paid.
  • During a test cycle or examination, learners will not be allowed to write until arrears are recovered.
  • Reports will not be issued if fees are not up to date and no arrangements will be accepted at this point.
  • In the event of action having to be taken to recover unpaid fees, please be aware that all collection costs and interest charges will be borne by the responsible parent/guardian.

 

I acknowledge the above information and hereby agree with the above criteria.

 

Name of Learner:                                                 Grade:
Date:

Parent signature:

 

REGARDS
PRINCIPAL

MR. C. PETERSEN

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