WYNBERG BOYS’ JUNIOR SCHOOL
CODE OF CONDUCT
BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION
The need for the formalisation of the school’s code of conduct arises as a result of the obligation imposed on the Governing Body in terms of Section 21(d) of the South African Schools Act No. 84 of 1996.
The Governing Body has elected to use the opportunity to record and consolidate the system of discipline and the guidelines of conduct existing at the school through history and tradition and to endeavour to record a code of conduct reflective of the various contributory components to the smooth functioning of the school together with the disciplinary code for serious offences as promulgated by the Director General of the Department of Education of the Western Cape Government in Provincial Notice PN372 dated 31 October 1997 and subsequent updates.
Where not indicated in the school’s Code of Conduct any serious offences which constitute what would be regarded as a criminal act in terms of legislation pertaining to adults, will be dealt with under the departmental guidelines and manual for dealing with serious offences.
PURPOSE. FUNCTION AND EDUCATIONAL APPROACH
Facets of policy include:
C.1 The aim of ensuring good discipline, clear and unambiguous rules of conduct, consistency and an
even-handed fairness in disciplinary matters.
C.2 A constant drive to prevent the development of negative characteristics in learners.
C.3 The school’s historical and traditional determination to allow each learner to take responsibility for
himself and for his conduct within society, is intended to be strongly reflected throughout the code of
C.4 The code of conduct is designed to identify learners with serious deviation and/or
behavioural problems, to remedy the situation and, in appropriate cases, to suspend or expel the
learner concerned to minimise his influence on other learners.
The parties involved:
D.1 Educators – The primary creators of the code of conduct are the teachers, past and present, who
have built up the school’s traditions and systems of discipline and who will continue to apply and
develop this code of conduct.
D.2 Parents – The involvement of parents in the code of conduct is essential in various respects
including their appreciation and support for their children to accept and participate in the
development process afforded by a disciplined, constructive and positive environment as envisaged
by the code of conduct.
This includes ensuring their children attend school daily, adhere to school rules in all respects and
particularly in relation to personal hygiene, appearance and participation, and generally in supporting
the school in its endeavours to develop their children personally.
D.3 Learners – The learners or pupils must obey the school rules, and uphold and develop the school’s
D.4 School Governing Body – The SGB must establish a disciplinary Committee to oversee the
application of the code of conduct and to conduct disciplinary hearings in terms of applicable
regulations and guidelines. The SGB must also involve itself in updates of the code of conduct when
However, whilst the State has the obligation to make education available and accessible in accordance with its commitment, as recorded in the said preamble, the commitment and acceptance of responsibility by the educators, parents and learners is essential to the achievements of the goals therein set out.
The school is committed to a culture of reconciliation, teaching, learning and mutual respect and the establishment of a culture of tolerance and peace and this code of conduct must be accepted and read in that respect.
VARIOUS APPLICABLE SETS OF RULES
These rules are applicable when published and are subject to change by Principal and teaching staff.
Pupils must at all times:
1.1 behave in such a way as to bring credit to themselves and the school.
1.2 show respect towards adults, greeting and assisting them where needed. The following mode of greeting is to be adhered to: Female Adults – ‘Mam’ or Surname, Male Adults: ‘Sir’ or Surname.
1.3 follow instructions of teachers, prefects and parents in charge.
1.4 report disputes or injuries on the playground to staff or teachers on duty.
1.5 display a positive attitude towards all aspects of their school life.
1.6 show respect towards fellow pupils..
1.7 when approached by an adult, all pupils are to stand up and to greet them appropriately
2.1 Pupils must show pride in their work and try their best at all times.
2.2 All incomplete class work and tasks become homework, unless otherwise specified. . , .
2.3 Work must be revised on an on-going basis.
2.4 Homework diaries must be used effectively on a daily basis.
2.5 Pupils must adhere to hand-in dates.
2.6 Pupils not collected immediately after school are to attend the Homework Class from 15:00 until 16:00
3.1 Pupils are to be proud of their school uniform as prescribed in the school prospectus and be neatly and correctly dressed at all times.
3.2 School uniforms must, at all times, be maintained in good, clean condition e.g. all buttons on, shoes polished, etc.
3.3 All clothing must be clearly marked with the owner’s name.
3.4 During winter terms blazers must be worn to and from school, to assembly, for outings and to school functions.
During summer blazers must be worn on outings and to school functions.
3.5 During cold weather the following clothing combinations are permitted:
3.5.1 Jerseys may only be worn under blazers.
3.5.2 However, a jersey may be worn without a blazer during class and break (NOT to and from school).
3.5.3 Tracksuit tops may not be worn with the school uniform.
3.6 The wearing of “beanies” with the school uniform is not permitted.
3.7 In summer the official school peak cap may be worn for protection during breaks.
3.8 With the exception of wrist watches and medic alert bracelets, no jewellery may be worn.
3.9 Only plain white T-shirts or vests may be worn under school shirts.
3.10 Haircuts/styles must be acceptable – viz. hair must not cover eyes or ears or reach lower than the top of the
3.11 Pupils attending school sports events as spectators are to be dressed in school uniform or WBJS tracksuit.
3.12 The raincoat worn by pupils must either be :
3.13 A raincoat may only be worn to and from school and not during the school day.
3.14. The type of school bags used must be navy blue and may either be box-style or a satchel.
3.15 No graffiti or stickers may appear on school bags.
4.1 Participation in an ‘A’ category summer and winter team sport is compulsory.
4.2 Attendance of all official practices and matches of a chosen sport is compulsory.
4.3 Pupils must be punctual for practices and matches.
4.4 An advance letter of explanation is required for non-attendance at practices and matches.
4.5 Pupils must be neatly dressed in the correct clothing for each sport.
4.6 If a tracksuit is worn, it must be a Wynberg school tracksuit.
4.7 Once a pupil has chosen an extra-mural activity he must remain committed to that group/ team for the entire season /year.
4.8 After sports practices and matches, the FULL school uniform is to be worn if public transport is used or if pupils walk home .
4.9 School bags and tog bags are to be left in the designated, locked areas during official sport practices.
5.1 Pupils may not be in the school building during break or after school without permission. Before school pupils may only enter the building to place their bags outside their classrooms – bags in – pupils out!
5.2 Wet Weather:
5.3 Before school and during breaks pupils may only enter the building through the blue slatted doors to use the toilet.
5.4 No running or ball games may be played inside the building.
5.5 The staffroom is out of bounds to pupils.
5.6 Eating inside the building is not allowed unless under supervision.
5.7 No running/shouting is permitted in the school building.
5.8 When moving between classes or to and from break, pupils must do so in silence, walking in single file and keeping to the left.
5.9 Unless under teacher supervision, the following are out of bounds: the hall, gymnasium, recycling area, music block, library, astroturf , swimming pool, sick bay , Technology room , photocopying room , computer room, Smart Board rooms, Astro area and the upstairs section of the Pavilion.
5.10 Buildings in general and especially classrooms are to be kept tidy.
5.11 Pupils will be responsible for repairing/replacing breakages resulting from their own negligence.
5.12 Pupils will be responsible for the tidying of their own classrooms at the end/beginning of the day (all litter, books and stationery to be picked up off the floor)
6.1 Hard ball and rough games are not permitted.
6.2 Socks and shoes must be worn during break (running shoes are allowed).
6.3 Pupils may not play in the vicinity of cars, school gardens or other demarcated areas.
6.4 No running is permitted on any paved or tarred areas.
6.5 Pupils may not purchase tuck from outside vendors selling on or near the school grounds. Purchases may only be made from the school tuck shop.
6.6 Before school:
7.1 All belongings must be clearly marked with the pupil’s full name and must be free of graffiti.
7.2 No littering is allowed.
7.3 The property of others must be treated with respect.
7.4 Pupils are to arrive at school on time.
7.5 Pupils may not leave the school grounds during school hours unless permission has been given by a staff member. Pupils may not leave the grounds after they have arrived or been dropped of at school, even if the morning bell has not yet gone.
7.6 The following areas are out of bounds:
7.7 The following items may not be brought to school.
7.8 The following behaviours are not permitted:
7.9 The following are not permitted:
7.11 Eating and drinking will be confined to break times unless special permission is given.
7.12 Computers: See separate policy on computer, internet and e-mail use.
7.13 Cell Phones: Pupils are encouraged to leave cellphones at home. If, however, it is necessary to have one at school, then the following rules apply:
step cuts , mushroom cuts, long hair, shaved heads (shorter than a 4), patterns shaved into the hair, coloured/ dyed hair, highlighted hair, braids, dreadlocks, gelled or moussed hair, spikes.
The following disciplinary procedures may be implemented at the discretion of teachers, and/or school management
and/or school governing body:
First offenders will be treated more leniently than repeat offenders, unless the offence is serious or a danger to others. Regular repetition of an apparently minor offence may be treated as a serious offence.
– improvement in academic work
Pupils who receive no order marks in a term, will be awarded a Yellow Certificate at that term’s final assembly.
House points are awarded for good behaviour, general helpfulness and for other special achievements, at the discretion of teachers, and for achievement in specific sports events, recycling competitions etc.
(Addendum to the Code of Conduct)
Wynberg Boys’ Junior School condemns bullying in all of its forms. The following measures are to be read in conjunction with the School’s Code of Conduct, the WCED Manual on suspension and expulsion of Learners, the South African School’s Act and regulations promulgated therefrom.
The following actions are regarded as bullying:
The following action will be taken against a learner found guilty of bullying:
First offence: a De-Merit signed by the Headmaster and a Saturday Detention.
Counseling regarding the undesirability of bullying.
Second or subsequent offence: Governing Body hearing and punishment decided upon
at the hearing.
Repeat offenders will, in addition to being dealt with as detailed above, be referred to the Wynberg Boys’ Junior School Teacher Support Team for evaluation and for the teams recommendation of remedial action, which may be applied in conjunction with any disciplinary action.