Introduction

This Code of Conduct has been developed in accordance with the South African Schools Act, 1996.

It promotes the Mission Statement of Archers College and works towards a well-balanced, broad education for pupils, a professional environment for teachers and an atmosphere for the extension of generally accepted family principles. It applies to all aspects of school life and incorporates both behavioural goals and disciplinary codes. The code defines the standard behaviour expected of and required from all stakeholders.

It is accepted that this code is a dynamic document, requiring frequent deliberation, and possible revision, in order to always satisfy the needs of the Archers College community. To this end, you are invited to submit any suggestions that may be reviewed from time to time.

If all parties adhere to both the spirit and the letter of the code, healthy working relationships will be created between parents, teachers and pupils, these relationships being the essential foundation for the creation of a constructive teaching, learning and growing environment. The disciplinary codes are intended to promote the maintenance of discipline and order at Archers College (hereafter referred to as “The College”).

The Code of Conduct is to be presented to all parties concerned on first acceptance to Archers College. Signature by parents/guardians of the Contract of Enrolment indicates an acceptance of the Code, as does the employment contract for teachers.

Code of conduct

The Code of Conduct applies to all within the ambit of Archers College. It promotes the good of pupils, teachers and parents.

Regardless of specific age or role, all associated with The College will conduct themselves appropriately at all times to ensure optimum accomplishment.

Code of Conduct – Pupils

Objectives:

By attending The College pupils will endeavour to:

Mature through their developing years
Develop their different abilities
Develop thinking and problem solving skills
Gain knowledge about the world in which they live
Improve social and friendship skills
Care for others less fortunate than themselves

Code:

Pupils are to understand that they each, through their own response to the Code of Conduct and subsequent daily behaviour, either encourage or prevent the attainment of The College’s objectives. The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to ensure that the opportunities presented at Archers College are fully utilised. The code thus identifies what behaviour is required and expected. This follows from 2.1.1 – 2.1.3 and in the associated discipline codes in Sections 3, 4, 6.

As regards teachers:

Pupils will respect the right of teachers to teach, to co-ordinate learning activities and to facilitate the full school programme.

Pupils will show respect to teachers by:

Being punctual to class
Following all teacher instructions
Being attentive in class
Applying themselves to the work set
Not being disruptive in any way
Not talking in class until invited to do so
Not moving from desks without permission
Acquiring permission to participate in lessons
Doing tasks, as set by teachers, to the best of their abilities

As regards other pupils:

Pupils will respect the rights of others to learn. This will be shown by:

Not distracting other pupils from their tasks
Giving others opportunities to make contributions in class and in tasks
Not interrupting others while they contribute
Respecting others’ points of view
Not ridiculing others

As regards personal application:

Each pupil will make the most of every opportunity to achieve well at Archers College. This will be accomplished by:

Attending school every term day, unless incapacitated and authorised to stay away by a parent or guardian
Devoting time and effort to academic studies, as per the timetable and the demands of self-study
Taking part willingly and enthusiastically in class activities
Working independently and doing more than the minimum required
Doing homework and project work as set
Presenting assignments well and on time
Preparing well for tests and examinations
Working neatly
Showing commitment to academic achievement

Code of Conduct – Teachers

Objectives:

Through their acceptance of employment at Archers College teachers will commit to:

Provide service to Archers College
Utilise their professional skills for the purpose of educating the pupils
Contribute holistically to the programme of The College
Advance their own career opportunities and those of others
Maintain contact with parents as individuals and as a body
Provide care in whatever circumstances and for whomever requires it within The College

Code:

While every teacher can expect the respect, support and co-operation of The College, parents and pupils in his or her efforts to create a healthy learning environment inside and outside the classroom, it is important that teachers acknowledge their responsibilities. Teachers at Archers College thus undertake to:

Maintain a professional bearing and manner and by so doing set a positive example to the pupils
Be well prepared
Be fully conversant with the demands of the syllabi taught
Be punctual
Mark and return assignments, tests and examinations within a reasonable period of time
Praise, encourage and motivate pupils
Help create a concept of team work or partnership with pupils in the education process
Help establish and communicate realistic, clear and meaningful goals each year
Confront pupils who transgress the accepted code, administering punishments when necessary
Discipline with dignity and follow the principles outlined in the discipline code
Report serious misconduct to senior executive staff
Be sensitive to the individual needs and problems of pupils

Parents of pupils who think a teacher has failed to conform to this code should approach the Head. The College undertakes to treat such approaches sensitively and confidentially in an effort to improve the situation.

Code of Conduct – Parents

Objectives:

In their association with Archers College through their children, parents will undertake to:

Provide their children with the necessities for effective school careers
Support their children in their studies and various school activities
Uphold the discipline structures of The College
Serve on parent committees, as able
Attend College functions, special events, parent meetings, as able
Extend their own professional expertise to The College, when required
Uphold and promote the good name of Archers College

Code:

Archers College prides itself on the good relations it enjoys with parents. While parents can expect The College to provide their children with the best possible education according to the resources available to it, parents must also accept certain responsibilities in achieving the goals set. Parents should:

Support teachers in their efforts to teach their children, i.e. monitor homework, check test results, help set goals, regularly consult their diary for teachers’ comments
Communicate with the teacher or Head timeously regarding areas of concern before they become major issues
Make suggestions or provide assistance to improve the educational process and environment
Encourage their children to participate fully in The College’s programme
Endeavour to uphold moral and legal behaviour in their children
Be aware at all times of the whereabouts of their children and set parameters as far as time lines, transport arrangements, dress codes and appropriate behaviour is concerned
Communicate with the parents of their children’s friends to verify information and to hereby avoid manipulation

Discipline code

Principles

The Discipline Code is built around the Code of Conduct laid out to learners.
Consequences for breaking the Code of Conduct are predetermined and uniform across the Preparatory school.
The consequences for transgressing the expected conduct are transparent to all and are presented in language that is accessible to every learner, Grade R–7.
While there are consequences for deviant behaviour, the emphasis will always remain on positive reinforcement, building up learners and not breaking them down. Equal attention will be placed on commendations as on warnings.

Positive Reinforcement

Merits

Merits can be awarded to the children for:

Right values and good attitudes
Recycling efforts and community service
Academic performance
The teacher’s discretion
Your child’s merit chart can be viewed in their classroom and for every five merits your child receives, he/she will receive a reward and a certificate

Good Work Stamps/Stickers

These should be issued as a reward for a concerted and positive work ethic.
In the Foundation Phase, the teacher should consciously seek to allow every child opportunity to get good work stamps/stickers.
Each Teacher will be at liberty to implement their own positive reward system in the classroom.
Each child who receives a certain number of good work stamps/stickers receives a special reward from the teacher.
The Head strives to award those who consistently strive to produce good work ethic by means of certificates or special events/days.

Consequences of actions – Building a Responsibility of Self

Warnings

In the Foundation and Intermediate Phase, warnings will be communicated with / to the parent regularly.
Teachers should be cautious to issue warnings for acts of commission and not omission. Children are to be disciplined for issues of defiance rather than occasional irresponsibility. Staff will consciously guard against punitive and petty policing.

Demerits

Demerit charts can be viewed in your child’s classroom.
Your child will be issued a demerit in the cases of continually ignoring what is stated in the code in all aspects. When your child has received three demerits, the parents should receive a ‘Progress Report’ enlisting their help and support concerning the issues of concern. This demands the collection of a reply slip, acknowledging the receipt of our communication.
Continued transgressions will be referred to the Head who will issue a warning of detention.
One transgression further will lead to a detention and thereafter, every second offence for the same misdemeanour.
Discipline sheets will be filed to Learner Profiles at the end of the year should there be a significant record of deviant behaviour.

Head Based Discipline

At this level, the discipline will take a formal approach with a disciplinary hearing. The hearing will follow set procedures.

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TBD – Teacher based discipline
HBD – Head based discipline

3 warnings/demerits – letter to parent
4 warnings/demerits – final advice to parents
5 warnings/demerits – detention

The warnings can be for misdemeanours and may not necessarily be about the same issue.
The Head may issue detentions without warnings.
It is also important to note that a disciplinary hearing could result in the ultimate removal of the child from Archers College.

Co-curricular code

Introduction

Each activity has its own specific code, to which all participants are expected to adhere. Nevertheless, the following hold as general principles.

Objectives:

Extramural activities are presented to:

Contribute to a balanced college programme
Foster healthy lifestyles
Develop interest in sporting and cultural activities
Develop skills
Allow children to participate freely for the fun of it, without the pressures of competition or force to participate

Code:

Enjoy extra-mural activities, without the pressures or spirit of competition.

Dress code

No variation to the uniform as specified in the uniform policy document will be permitted. Any item that is not listed may be confiscated if worn by a pupil.

Any sloppy or untidy appearance will not be tolerated.

Serious or repeated infringements of the dress/uniform code will result in removal from the class until the pupil’s appearance is satisfactory.