Code of Conduct

THE SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT

Our School was founded on and is based on tradition and a proud heritage. It is worth remembering what Harry J. Hofmeyr said in his brief history of the school, published in 1934. He wrote “…Our school is a growing educational and civic force. In spite of its youth it has established a high tradition. It has become a power for good. Let us – governors, masters, parents, boys – uphold its honour and fair name and deem it unthinkable that by word or deed, now or ever, any single one of us should bring blemish or stain on its name or reputation …King Edward’s is Worth While!” To maintain this ethos, the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE), the Headmaster, the Governing Body, Staff, Parents and Pupils all need to work as a team to maintain our high standards.

Our Code of Conduct has been in place for a number of years. As different needs and situations have arisen, our various codes and policies have changed and will continue to do so. This will be done in conjunction with parties concerned. Both Schools have produced world-class leaders, upstanding members in many different societies, and most important, men who can proudly say they attended the King Edward Schools.

We uphold the Vision and Mission statements of the Gauteng Department of Education- Ensuring every learner does well at school and leaves our institutions with the knowledge, skills and qualifications that will give them the best chance of success in adult life”  and “To ensure quality learning and teaching take place in the classroom every day.”

A: GOAL

The overriding goal at our School is to encourage all our pupils to be involved in as many aspects of our School programme as possible, and to be content with their achievements. All our pupils should:

  1. Feel confident and proud about themselves at school, on the sports field, participating in any cultural activity, at home and in society.
  2. Have a feeling of self-worth, but with humility, through self-discipline.
  3. Be able to socialise with people, irrespective of age, race, religion or cultural diversity.
  4. Strive to become independent adults, who are able to accept responsibility for their actions.
  5. Build friendships and associations that will influence their lives positively, last a lifetime, and re-enforce the great traditions of our School.

B: RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PUPILS – SA CONSTITUTION 1996 BILL OF RIGHTS AND 2011 BILL OF RESPONSIBILITIES

RIGHTS

  1. The right of access to education – Education must be available for, accessible to and inclusive of all children.
  2. The right to quality education – Education needs to be child-centered, relevant and embrace a broad curriculum, and be appropriately resourced and monitored.
  3. The right to respect within the learning environment – Education must be provided in a way that is consistent with human rights, equal respect for culture, religion and language and free from all forms of violence.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. The right to education places on the PUPIL the responsibility to:
    1. attend school regularly, to learn, and to work hard;
    2. co-operate respectfully with teachers and fellow pupils; and
    3. co-operate respectfully with teachers and fellow pupils; and
  2. and places on my teachers the responsibility to:
    1. promote and reflect the culture of learning and teaching in giving effect to this right,
  3. and concurrently places on my parents and caregivers the responsibility to:
    1. ensure that I attend school and receive their support.

C: PARENT/GUARDIAN RESPONSIBILITIES

As a parent, King Edward VII Preparatory School would like to believe that the above and many other factors have motivated you to send your son to our School. It is therefore incumbent upon you to read this Code of Conduct carefully, as many of your actions, reactions, as well as those of your son, will be based on this Code of Conduct.

The School, the GDE, Headmaster and all members of Staff are here for the benefit of your son. Your support will go a very long way in setting and maintaining the standards which we wish to maintain. The teachers have your son’s best interest at heart, and if you believe and trust this, so will your son.

Parents have an obligation to teach their children values such as respect for themselves and others, good manners, a positive work ethic to name but a few. Ultimately it is your responsibility to ensure your son becomes an independent responsible adult, with our School being your partner.

Please be proactive in their formative years by listening and assisting them in a positive manner. It is your duty to supervise their requirements for school, ie: homework, all their school books and stationery, correct sporting kit etc. If your son does not do what is expected of him regarding school, he, not you, should face the consequences of his actions. This forms the foundation of his character and life so please encourage good habits.

Their bedtime and diet must be supervised by you. Teaching a pupil who has gone to bed too late is very difficult, as he is not able to concentrate. Research shows that children up to the age of 12 should have between 8 and 9 hours of sleep a night.

Worldwide statistics continually point out the bad effects and dangers of junk and fast foods. Please refrain from sending junk food and fizzy drinks to school. Healthy sandwiches, fruit and a juice are preferable.

Boys learn by example, so take care in the way you behave, speak and the language which you use at home. You need to take an active role in sex education. Be as frank and open as you possibly can. He needs to know what acceptable and unacceptable behaviour is regarding his own body.

As his parents/guardian, it is your responsibility to monitor the content of all media and communication devices used for entertainment, education or recreation. Please encourage your child to choose his friends wisely and partake in age appropriate activities. Remember that they are boys and not adults. Any unsuitable material brought to school will be confiscated to protect him and his fellow pupils.

At school, we do deal with sex education and HIV/AIDS at their grade level during Life Orientation lessons, according to GDE policy.

If you have any concerns regarding your son’s sexual behaviour, feel free to contact your son’s teacher or head of department immediately. Our therapists will also be able to assist you or your son if you feel the need for professional help in this regard.

If you need to see your son’s class teacher or any other member of staff, you are most welcome. Please make an appointment through our administrative staff. It is unprofessional and not fair to the teacher or fellow pupils to interrupt teaching time. Bear in mind that teachers are usually involved in extra-mural activities at the end of the academic day and an unscheduled visit from you then may not be convenient.

Please do not involve yourself in car park gossip. Should you have a problem that cannot be resolved at class teacher level, your next port of call is the Head of Grade or Department before contacting the Deputy Principal or Headmaster. Social Media is not the respected platform for venting of frustrations.

We appeal to you to think deeply about why you have sent your son to King Edward VII Preparatory School. Answering teachers back in an insolent manner, disrupting lessons and showing no respect for the school uniform and its rules is not “the King Edward” way. If your son is reprimanded for such behaviour by any member of our Preparatory School staff, we would like you to acknowledge our actions and chastise your son accordingly rather than condoning or ignoring the bad behaviour indicated. All infractions are recorded on the school discipline system for reference.

For security reasons, parents must enter the School via the Reception Office and report to the administrative staff. If it is imperative that you see your son during the academic day, he will be called to this office where you may see him. You may not go directly to his classroom. Should you have made an outside appointment for your child, during School hours, please notify our School receptionist and your child’s class teacher in advance so that he is ready on time. Parents may not enter the school premises before 13:45.

If teachers wish to see you, please make every effort to do so and please have the courtesy to reply to their request.

It is very selfish and dangerous to park on the yellow lines or in front of our school gates. Please be considerate. Oak Street is a DROP AND GO area only at the start and end of the school day. DROP AND GO is a 2 minute process. Should you need to walk your son into school for some reason, please park in St John’s Road.

PARENTS EVENING

Please make every effort to attend. It is in the best interest of your son. Should you wish to discuss your child’s academic progress in more detail, please make an appointment with your son’s teacher.

D: GENERAL BEHAVIOUR

Pupils are expected to:

  1. represent the School in an appropriate manner at all times.
  2. behave responsibly, without endangering the safety, welfare or rights of others.
  3. greet all staff, (teachers, administrative staff and general assistants) and other adults. They should call them by their correct names if known and doff their caps at the same time. If greeted by a pupil or member of staff, it would be appreciated if parents return the greeting.
  4. behave courteously and be well mannered at all times. Insolent and bad behaviour will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
  5. wear their blazers to the Headmaster and the administrative offices.
  6. move from classroom to classroom promptly and quietly, especially in the Quadrangle area.
  7. respect King Edward VII Preparatory School in its entirety ie: the GDE officials, the Headmaster, the Governing Body, teachers, administrative staff, sporting coaches, general assistants, parents, fellow pupils as well as visitors to our School.
  8. refrain from all ball games within the classrooms and their environs. Ball games may only be played on the sports fields.
  9. aftercare is a very well run private service on the school premises for you and your son’s convenience. All school and class rules apply while at aftercare as well as all aftercare rules.
  10. respect all school buildings and school grounds. This includes not defacing any immovable or movable property.
  11. refrain from littering the school premises, sporting facilities and the area surrounding the school.

E: GENERAL INFORMATION

PUNCTUALITY

Pupils must be at school on time. School hours are as follows:

Grade R Monday- Friday 07:30 – 12:30
Grade 1 & 2 Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 07:30 – 14:00
Grade 1 & 2 Wednesday 07:30 – 13:15
Grade 3 Monday- Thursday 07:30 – 13:45
Grade 4- 7 Monday- Thursday 07:30 – 14:10
Grade 1- 7 Friday 07:30 – 12:30

Pupils arriving late will have their names recorded. Parents of regular offenders will be contacted as time lost is Education lost. Should late arrival continue, it will be reported to the Gauteng Department of Education as per their regulations. It is the pupil’s responsibility to catch up on any work missed as a result of being late.

DRESS CODE

All pupils are to arrive and leave school in their full school uniform, looking neat and tidy i.e. cap, blazer, long sleeved white shirt, School tie, grey shorts, School grey, long socks and black lace up shoes. A School jersey may be worn if the weather requires it. A regulation K.E.P.S. haircut forms part of the dress code. Pupils must ensure that they have the correct kit for sporting activities.

HAIR

  1. Hair must be neatly cut on the back and sides, forming a smooth, symmetrical appearance so that it does not extend beyond or cover any part of the ears or the shirt collar. The overall style must be neat, natural and balanced proportionally.
  2. A shaved head is permitted on a level 3, as well as a very short military-style cut.
  3. No pattern or line may be cut or shaved into the hairstyle.
  4. Conservative braided hairstyles for boys without beads or ornamentation are permitted for religious following only. They must be styled above the ears and cut above the collar and be neatly braided close to the scalp in straight rows. All haircuts for religious reasons must be approved by the school and a letter must be sent from the religious leader.
  5. Tucking hair behind the ears, or pinning or brushing it in a particular fashion to conceal an unacceptable hairstyle will not be permitted.
  6. Extreme or bi-level styles are not permitted.
  7. Hair products may not be used to create a soft, natural hairstyle within these guidelines.
  8. Dyeing, bleaching or colouring is not permitted. Subtle highlighting or frosting is not permitted.

EXTRAMURALS

School fixtures take precedence over any other commitments i.e. club fixtures. Only in extreme circumstances are excuses accepted.

In order to educate our boys holistically, we expect our boys to commit to the extramural timetable in its entirety. The extramural timetable for Grades 1 and 2 is designed to develop both sporting and cultural spheres of our young pupils. It is essential that they experience an all-round education at this early stage of their development. Whilst the extramurals timetable for Grades 1 and 2 is voluntary, should boys choose to participate, they will be required to do all scheduled extramurals (three afternoons a week from 13:00 to 13:45).

We have various inter house activities throughout the year. These are often held on a Friday due to availability of the sports fields. All boys are expected to attend these activities. We take pride in the ability and participation of our boys in our extramural programmes. In keeping this standard high and offering our boys the best opportunity to participate, we mainly compete in the independent schools’ extramural programme. In light of this, we obviously need to run our inter house competitions and sports seasons in conjunction with the independent schools’ programme.

The annual School galas, cross country event and sports days take place during School hours and are, hence, compulsory. Again, only in extreme circumstances are excuses accepted.

TOURS

Class tours are organised for Grades 3 to 7 pupils and range from one day to four nights away. We endeavour to select venues that accommodate all religious groups within our school as far as dietary requirements are concerned.

All boys who go on tour, be it sport or class, are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct and school rules at all times.

CELL PHONES

Smart phones are prohibited. Only simple cell phones with NO internet connectivity are allowed.
If possible, these should be left at home. However should they be brought to school, they must be handed to the class teacher for safekeeping before school starts. The use of cell phones during the academic day is strictly forbidden, either in or out of the classroom. If cell phone rules are disregarded, the cell phone will be confiscated and kept in a safe and will be returned after 14 days. Inappropriate use of a cell phone will be dealt with by the Headmaster.

PLAGIARISM

Copying notes from various references as one’s own is dishonest. Pupils will be penalised and it will affect their assessment. Bibliographies and referencing is essential to research work.

LATE SUBMISSION OF WORK

Our staff works to a strict deadline for submitting marks. Assessments are not disregarded due to absenteeism. Pupils are expected to be responsible for catching up any work they may have missed due to absenteeism.

F: SCHOOL RULES

1. Follow instructions the first time they are given.

2. Please keep your hands, feet, teeth, objects and unkind words to yourself.

3. Listen while someone else is speaking.

4. Look after all property.

5. Behave appropriately.

Pupils must take note that all rules apply to each pupil all the time while in uniform . Their behaviour must be consistent and not change from class to class or situation to situation.

G: MERITS AND DEMERITS

This system is applied throughout the School.

H. READING CERTIFICATES

Boys who read ten or more books will have their name read out at Assembly and will receive a Reading Certificate.

I. SCHOOL DIARY

Pupils are issued with a School diary at the beginning of the year. The purpose of this diary, as with any diary, is to record any information necessary for a productive day at School. Homework, sports kit, events, research and personal reminders should be written down daily.