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Code Of Conduct

The S.A. School’s Act places a duty on the Governing Body of every public school to adopt a Code of Conduct for its learners.

A code means a collection of a number of binding rules and principles reflecting certain moral standards and values at out school.   The word conduct refers to the behaviour, acts and omission of learners.   The code must be aimed at establishing a (i) disciplined and (ii) purposeful school environment which is dedicated to the improvement and maintenance of the quality of the learning process.

THE FOCUS ON DISCIPLINE AT MILKWOOD PRIMARY

The focus and tone of our discipline is positive and encouraging.   However, this needs to be balanced with the reality that all children blossom in an environment where there is structure and routine.    Learners need to know that there are consequences to actions and certain actions could have serious consequences.   In this environment, the child learns responsibility and respect for authority.

The process of discipline involves the learner, the educator and the parent.


1.     The Learner has the responsibility to:


-    Abide by the Value System
-    Respect and look after school and personal property.
-    Use socially acceptable language.
-    Wear the Milkwood uniform correctly and with pride.
-    Be adequately prepared for each day.
-    Fulfill commitments punctually.
-    Be organised for lessons.
-    Respect, protect and care for the environment.
-    Respect the opinion of others.
-    Conduct appropriate behaviour.


2.      The Educator’s role in the process is to encourage the class by:

-    Identifying good work and positive marking.
-    Sending learners to the Principal for Merit Awards
-    Recognising successes in and out of the class.
-    Taking learners on special outings.
-    Awarding learners with certificates at Prize Giving.
-    Private discussion with the learner.
-    Group discussion/therapy within the classroom.
-    Cultivate a community in which we all respect each other and take pride in our school.
-    Increase the awareness of advancement in technology and to provide opportunities for its use.

When the learner’s conduct is inappropriate, the role of the class teacher may need to change.  The positive focus gives way to a management plan to include one or more of the following:-

-    Individual counselling with relevant counsellor/s.
-    Verbal warning and recording in Discipline Book.
-    Written information note to parents and Behaviour Modification after demerits.
-    Forms of Community Service/Time out/Supervised extra academic work. After 9 demerits HOD phones Parents.
-    Full-on meeting with Departmental Head, Deputy Principal, Principal, School Disciplinary Committee and parents after 12 demerits.
-    Full-on meeting with Governing Body Disciplinary Committee after 18 demerits.
-    Internal Suspension.
-    Request Head of Education to expel learner.  (Guide to Governing Bodies – paragraph 17)

These levels are not necessarily consecutive.
The punishment must fit the misconduct and a due process must and will be followed in the case of disciplinary proceedings.    Accurate and detailed records of all misconduct, correspondence and interviews are kept.   This ensures that all events, actions, interviews and disciplinary measures are accurately documented should the school face legal proceedings.


3.     The Parent’s role is as follows:

-    Be concerned and interested in all aspects of your child’s education.
-    Support the school’s discipline programme.
-    Discuss matters openly with your child and the educator concerned.
-    Misconduct, especially defiant behaviour could be a loud cry for help and this requires a listening ear.
-    Sign all correspondence.
-    Inappropriate measures must be discussed with the Principal.
-    Consult and negotiate with educators and the Principal.

The Principal has the task of ensuring an atmosphere of love and respect.  He/she will ensure that each learner & Educator has the right to:

-    The best education possible in a caring, safe and secure environment.
-    Mutual respect and dignity.
-    Tolerance, both religious and cultural.
-    Freedom from emotional, physical and verbal abuse.
-    Put in motion procedures that ensure due process for all concerned and that the Code of  Conduct is updated where and when necessary by the elected committee.
-    (See guide for School Governing Bodies – 16.7)

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