Helderberg Primary School

Code of Conduct

TYPICAL OFFENCE CODE LEVEL 1

Minor; non-wilful; dealt with at educator’s discretion.

1.1 Talking in class
1.2 Running in building
1.3 In building before, after, during breaks except if raining
1.4 Ignoring announcements or reply slips
1.5 Poor attitude
1.6 Jostling
1.7 Arrogance
1.8 Homework not done
1.9 Books/work left at home
1.10 Disruptive behaviour
1.11 Gross untidiness/slovenliness
1.12 Littering
1.13 Cycling on school property
1.14 Missing sport practice/match without notice
1.15 Poor sportmanship

PROGRESSIVE ACTION TAKEN
(Always at educator’s discretion)

1. Verbal reprimand and, if necessary, a note in the homework book.
2. After 3 indiscretions, a behavioural report is sent to the parents and detention is given.
3. If this pattern continues, the parents will be called in for a meeting with the principal and educator.
4. If there is still no change in the learner’s behaviour, an entry will be made on the blue behavioural form, and parents will be informed.
5. If this situation still does not improve, the learner could be suspended and ultimately expelled.

LEVEL 2
Wilful; defiant or dishonest in nature; serious action taken

2.1 Backchatting
2.2 Insolence
2.3 Wilful disruption
2.4 Intimidation
2.5 Copying homework
2.6 Foul language or behaviour among peers
2.7 Verbal assault
2.8 Destruction of property (minor)
2.9 Fighting/physical assault
2.10 Tampering with others possessions
2.11 General dishonesty
2.12 Leaving school premises without Headmaster’s permission

1. Parents are either notified of the incident or called in for a meeting with the principal and educator. A suitable punishment is meted out for the specific incident.
2. If this type of incident recurs, the parents will be called in again and an entry will be made on the blue behavioural forms.
3. If a pattern of negative behaviour is seen, the learner could be suspended and ultimately expelled.

LEVEL 3
Very serious offence; School Board informed

3.1 Bullying/victimization
3.2 Racist or degrading remarks
3.3 Graffiti
3.4 Vandalism
3.5 Destruction of property (major)
3.6 Foul language or behaviour towards adults
3.7 Sexual harassment (verbal)

1. There is an immediate entry on the blue behavioural form and parents are called in for a meeting. Appropriate action is decided upon, and when an extremely serious offence is committed, this might even lead to expulsion.

LEVEL 4
Extremely serious offence; School Board informed

4.1 Dishonesty in tests and exams
4.2 Theft
4.3 Improper behaviour in public in school uniform
4.4 In possession of pornography
4.5 Sexual misconduct or harassment (physical)
4.6 Racism
4.7 Drug/alcohol usage or smoking
4.8 Firearms / dangerous objects brought to school

Possible remediation of the causes of the problem will also be considered e.g. approach psychological services, SAPS or others