HOPE HIGH SCHOOL 2019
SCHOOL RULES REGARDING UNIFORM AND GENERAL BEHAVIOUR
1. DESCRIPTION OF UNIFORM:
School uniform consists of the following:
o Grey tunic (not shorter than 6 cm above the floor when kneeling).
o Open neck shirt with school badge. If the shirt does not have a badge the learner must wear a tie.
o White ankle socks (not rolled or secret socks)
o Black lace-up or buckle school shoes (not suede). Ensure shoes are laced up.
o No scarves of beanies.
WINTER (MAY, JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST)
o Grey tunic or grey flannel trousers.
o Grey school socks or black stockings, whilst Grade 12 girls may wear grey stockings.
o White shirt
o Black lace-up or buckle school shoes (not suede). Ensure shoes are laced up.
o Ties must be worn during winter months.
o Only school blazers are permitted and not wind breakers.
o Jerseys and pull-overs must be maroon. No white stripe is allowed.
o School uniform consists of grey long pants (no alterations) worn with a white shirt .
o In summer, high school learners may wear an open neck shirt with a school badge.
o In summer, only primary school boys may wear grey shorts with an open neck white shirt.
o Grey school socks must be worn with black school shoes. A maroon school blazer or jersey may be worn with the school uniform. Jerseys and pull-overs must be maroon. No white stripes are allowed.
o Only school blazers are permitted, no wind breakers.
NB: The following rules apply:
o No make-up is to be worn to school.
o No earrings may be worn other than a single plain thin “sleeper”/small gold/silver stud in each ear in the ear-lobe.
o No jewellery may be worn other than a Medic-alert bracelet or Medic-alert necklace or goat skin.
o Nails must be short and clean. Only colourless nail varnish is allowed.
2. HAIRSTYLES (no exceptions will be made)
Hair must be clean, neat and tidy at all times – including occasions when participating in sport
2.1.1 There must be no hair on the forehead. If fringe is worn it must be clipped back neatly.
2.1.2 No wispy strands of hair are allowed.
2.1.3 If hair hangs below the collar it must all be tied up neatly in a ponytail or 2 ponytails.
2.1.4 Scrunches, Alice-bands, combs, clips, if worn, must be black/white or maroon.
2.1.5 Bleached hair is not permitted.
2.1.6 Exotic hair styles are not permitted. No dread locks or perms are permitted.
2.1.7 Hair must be plaited backwards and all hair must be plaited to the end.
2.1.8 Only one style is allowed e.g. plaiting or tying hair.
2.1.9 S curl is only allowed if hair is even. No “BOB” cuts.
2.2.1 Hair must follow the shape of the head – no afro, bleached hair or dread locks.
2.2.2 Hair may not touch the collar at the back when head is held normally.
2.2.3 Sideburns may not extend below the middle of the ear.
2.2.4 Beards/moustaches are not allowed – boys must be clean shaven.
2.2.5 No “BOB” cuts allowed.
3. REGISTRATION PERIOD
3.1 All learners must be on the school premises by 07:50.
3.2 Learners must report to register class at 08:00 every day.
3.3 Learners not reporting for registration are to be marked absent.
3.3.1 Learners may not leave registration prior to the sounding of the bell which signals the end of the registration period.
3.3.2 Learners late for registration for any reason must report first to the register educator and then to the class educator.
3.4 Uniform checks are to take place regularly during registration.
3.4.1 Wherever possible, parents should inform the school of the reason for absence as it occurs. If a learner is absent, he/she must provide the register teacher with a written excuse that has been signed by the parent/guardian.
3.4.2 In the event of a learner being absent for 3 or more consecutive school days a medical certificate must be provided.
4.1 Learners are to attend all the lessons time-tabled for them. Unauthorised absence from a lesson (i.e. bunking) is a serious offence.
4.2 Learners are to have completed all the necessary homework, preparation, projects etc. by the next lesson or the specified deadline.
4.3 Homework may not be copied from other learners.
4.4 Behaviour during the lesson is to be such that neither the lesson in progress nor any other is disrupted in any way whatsoever.
4.5 Disruptive behaviour inside the classroom during lessons impacts upon the effectiveness of the teaching and learning of other learners and will not be tolerated.
4.6 Learners will only be released from a lesson in order to go to the toilet in the case of dire emergency. Learners may use the toilets before and after school or at breaks.
4.8 No learner will be called from class without permission of the Principal or Deputy Principal.
4.9 Learners found outside the class during lesson time must be in possession of a signed exit card.
5. BETWEEN LESSONS
5.1 All class changes between lessons should be completed within 5 minutes of the bell sounding, in an orderly manner without disruptions.
5.2 No learner will be allowed to go to the toilet between lessons.
5.3 Learners may not run on passages, corridors or staircases.
6. MANNERS AND GENERAL BEHAVIOUR
6.1 When learners encounter adults, whether visitors, parents or staff they must greet the adult pleasantly.
6.2 Learners must offer help to adults who may be in need of assistance e.g. with the carrying of items or with directions.
6.3 No swearing is permissible.
6.4 Insolence or rudeness will not be tolerated towards any member of staff at the school or towards any RCL put in authority over learners.
6.5 Insubordination towards any member of the school staff or any RCL put in authority over learners will be punished.
6.6 Disruptive behaviour inside the classroom during lessons impacts upon the effectiveness of the teaching and learning of other learners and will not be tolerated.
6.7 Disruptive behaviour outside of the classroom impacts upon the ethos of the school and the welfare of its learners and will be punished.
6.8 Noise is considered a pollutant which impacts upon the well being of all who hear it and therefore making of noise of any description will not be tolerated.
6.9 The announcements made over the Intercom – particularly those before break are important and should be heard, disturbance during such announcements is punishable.
6.10 Learners are expected to respond immediately to announcements and instructions. Failure to respond to proper instructions is punishable.
6.11 Learners are to use the rubbish bins provided for the discarding of litter and may not throw down papers, packets, tins, crusts etc. anywhere else in or around the school grounds.
6.12 There must be no wastage of water or electricity at all. Taps must not be left with water running, lights must not be left on unnecessarily.
6.13 Radios / CD’s / speakers may not be played around the grounds other than with the express permission of a member of staff and then only such that they do not disturb any one else.
6.14 Learners may not have in their possession any cell phones, speakers or any other recording or transmitting or data storage devices. If the learner has the devices in a visible position, it will be confiscated and will not be released within 24 hours. The learner must pay R80 to get it back or leave it in the office for 45 days. No responsibility will be taken by the school, should this equipment be damaged or stolen. 6.15 Electronic devices may only be used in the classroom under the instruction of the educator.
6.16 The chewing of gum is not permitted whilst wearing school uniform or on the school premises.
6.17 Learners must use concrete paths and walkways before school, between lessons and after. Learners walking across lawns, cutting corners etc. will be punished.
7. VANDALISM AND DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY
7.1 Any school property which is broken, defaced, damaged or lost by a learner will be made good or replaced at the expense of the parent or guardian of that learner.
7.2 The learner responsible will be punished accordingly.
Is a criminal offense and will be dealt with as such. Interfering with the property of others would lead to suspension. Any proven case of theft could lead to a recommendation for expulsion.
9. THREATENING BEHAVIOUR AND FIGHTING – BULLYING
9.1 No fighting whatsoever is permissible amongst learners.
9.2 Threatening behaviour is considered a serious offense with verbal abuse being regarded as such.
9.3 Bullying will not be tolerated in any form and will receive severe punishment including expulsion.
9.4 Assault is a criminal offense and will be treated as such.
9.5 Intimidation of any person is not permissible.
10.1 No smoking whatsoever is permissible by learners.
10.2 Possession of cigarettes or tobacco or matches will be treated as smoking and punished as such.
10.3 Persons in the company of smokers will be punished.
11. CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL
Drinking is considered a very serious offense and will be treated as such whether learners have reached the legal age limit or not. When discovered, every effort will be made to identify the source of the liquor and where possible, charges will be laid for the provision of alcohol to minors.
11.1 Learners will be punished for being in possession of alcohol or in the company of drinkers on the school grounds.
11.2 Drunkenness could lead to immediate suspension from the school.
12.1 The possession or use of any drugs will lead to immediate suspension and a recommendation for expulsion.
12.1.2 Persons in the company of others in possession of any kind of drugs will be punished as such.
12.1.3 The buying or selling of drugs is a criminal offence and will be dealt as such.
13.OFFENCES THAT MAY LEAD TO SUSPENSION
o In terms of the Government Gazette of 15th May 1998 offences that may lead to suspension include, but are not limited to the following:
13.1 Conduct which endangers the safety and violates the rights of others.
13.2 Possession, threat or use of a dangerous weapon.
13.3 Possession, use, transmission or visible evidence of narcotic or unauthorised drugs, alcohol or intoxicants of any kind.
13.4 Fighting, assault or battery.
13.5 Immoral behaviour or profanity.
13.6 Falsely identifying one.
13.7 Harmful graffiti, hate speech, sexism, racism.
13.8 Theft or possession of stolen property including test or examination papers prior to the writing of tests or examinations.
13.9 Unlawful action, vandalism, or destroying or defacing of school property.
13.10 Disrespect, objectionable behaviour and verbal abuse directed at educators or other school employees or learners.
13.11 Repeated violations of school rules or the Code of Conduct.
13.12 Criminal and oppressive behaviour such as rape and gender based harassment.
13.13 Victimisation, bullying and intimidation of other learners.
13.14 Infringement of examination rules.
13.15 Knowingly and wilfully supplying false information or falsifying documentation to gain an unfair advantage at school.
By its very nature punishment is negative and disturbing. Our aim therefore should be that there is no need for the issue of any punishment. Learners who behave sensibly, responsibly, with consideration to others and with the reputation of themselves and their school in mind will seldom be in any need of admonishment.
It is hoped that these rules will be seen as a guide to achieving that aim.