CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL LEARNERS

(Grade 1 – 7)

Introduction:

This document is the Code of Conduct of St Thomas Aquinas (Primary School) and is approved by the Board of Governors. The Code of Conduct has been drafted in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Republic of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996; the South African School’s Act, Act 84 of 1996 (SASA); the National Education Policy Act, Act 27 of 1996; Guidelines for a Code of Conduct for Learners (General Notice 776 in Government Gazette 18900 dated 15 May 1998); the Regulations on Devices to be used for Drug Testing and the Procedure to be followed (GN 1140 in Government Gazette 31417 dated 19 September 2008); Regulations for Safety Measures at Public Schools (GN 1040 in Government Gazette dated October 2001, as amended) and relevant provincial legislation.

Every child will be given an updated and revised Code of Conduct at the beginning of the year.  This Code of Conduct is intended to establish a disciplined and purposeful school, which is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the quality of the learning process.

An educator at school acts in loco parentis and has the same rights as a parent to control and discipline the learner according to the Code of Conduct during the time the learner is in attendance at the school i.e. in a classroom, at a school function, on a school excursion or during school related activities.

St Thomas Aquinas School is committed to the holistic development of its learners within the Gospel values of justice, truth and love. The principle of the dignity of each individual is fundamental in all areas of school life. This requires that the above values are lived out in the behaviour of each learner.

Responsibilities of parents/guardians with respect to the code:

The ultimate responsibility for learners’ behaviour rests with the parents or guardians.

To this end the parents/guardians are required to:

  • Sign a document as evidence that they have knowledge of the Learner Handbook and Code of Conduct and agree to abide by its content.
  • Support the school, require learners to comply with the document and accept responsibility for any misbehaviour by their children.
  • Replace or pay for any property or damage caused through the intentional misuse of property by their children.
  • Take an active interest in their children’s schoolwork, including online classes should the need arise.
Rights and obligations of learners:
  • All learners will enjoy equal treatment and protection and no learner may be unfairly discriminated against.
  • Every learner has the right to have his/her respected and the right not to be treated in a cruel or degrading manner.
  • Every learner has the right to privacy. However, the principal/deputy principal/HOD or educator may search a learner and seize his/her possessions, on the grounds of reasonable suspicions. All search and seizure procedures will be conducted in accordance with the School Search and Seizure Policy.
  • Learners have the right to a clean and safe environment conducive to sound education.
  • Learners are expected to know the contents of this document. Ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse.
  • Learners must at all times abide by the rules set out in the Code, whether at school or outside the school grounds.
  • Learners have a responsibility to learn and develop their full potential.

Grade 1 – 7

“Effective education today for a successful tomorrow”

CODE OF CONDUCT – PRIMARY SCHOOL LEARNERS

(Grade 1 – 7)

Behaviour goals of the school:

The following points form the school Code of Conduct:

  • Learners must attend school regularly.Absentee letters written by parents/guardians or doctor’s notes are required in the case of absence from school. If a learner misses a test/exam due to illness, a doctor’s note MUST be submitted. Parent/guardian letters are required if learners miss compulsory school days on a Saturdaye.g. The Big walk.
  • Learners must be punctual to ensure they do not lose out on work.
  • Learners are to treat educators, peers and visitors with dignity and respect and display good manners at all times.
  • Learners should greet staff and visitors in a friendly and polite manner.
  • Learners are expected to be honest and truthful in all matters.
  • Learners are expected to work diligently and conscientiously, to complete homework as required, including special projects. All work submitted must be the learner’s original work.
  • Learners are expected to participate in at least 1 extra-mural activity per term.
  • Learners should show good sportsmanship.
  • Learners are to wear the correct uniform at the correct time and in the correct place.
  • When the school uniform is worn outside of the school, it must be worn correctly. School and sport uniform may not be combined.
  • As the school has been developed for the use of all the learners attending the school, it is the privilege and obligation of every learner to protect and carefully use all the facilities and equipment so that others who come after them, can also enjoy the privilege.
  • Learners will respect the environment, by keeping the environment litter free.
  • Learners should not jump over the hedges or walk through them.
  • Inappropriate displays of affection are unacceptable (hugging, cuddling, kissing etc).
  • Learners are expected to adhere to ALL protocols that are implemented due to COVID-19. The rules and protocols are in place to ensure all staff members and learners are kept safe.
  • In the event of any safety drill, all learners must follow the rules to ensure the safety of all is maintained.
Misconduct – Categories and disciplinary measures

Discipline must be maintained in the school and in the classrooms to ensure that the education of learners proceeds without disruptive behaviour and offences.  The goal is to teach and to lead children to self-discipline.

A demerits system is used for misdemeanours.

Failure to adhere to the school rules could result in demerits issued by teachers, coaches and/or managers (HOD, deputy principal, principal)

There are 4 possible categories for receiving demerits.

1 point (Incident Slip) = 1 demerit

5 points (Incident Slips) = 5 demerits(detention)

25 points = 25 demerits/community service/suspension 

  • A learner who has received 5 detentions (25 points) for category 1 offences will be suspended from school for 1 day. The learners may not attend school on this day. Should the suspension fall on a standardised test/exam day, the learner will be required to see the relevant HOD on his/her return to schedule the missed test/exam.
  • In some cases, however, a straight detention (5 demerits) will be given (depending on the specific incident).
  • Should a learner receive 1 additional detention after the 1st suspension based on category 1 offences, he or she will be suspended a 2nd time and will be issued with a principal’s warning.
  • Further Category 1 offences after the 2nd suspension and a principal’s warning, a learner will receive notice for further disciplinary measures (See details for disciplinary hearing protocol and procedure).
  • Learners and parents will be informed in writing, should a learner be required to appear at a disciplinary hearing which could form part of on an investigation and may lead to a learner being found guilty.
  • Detentions take place after school, on a given date. This is usually a Friday afternoon.
  • Should the last detention of the term already have taken place, the learner will do their detention the following term.
  • Should a learner fail to attend a detention without a valid reason, an immediate additional detention is given. This means the learner must sit 2 detentions instead of 1.
  • Learners found guilty at a disciplinary hearing will receive punishment which could be as severe as expulsion.
Category 1: 1 demerit/1 point per offence

Category 1 offences include but are not limited to:

  • Bad manners/impolite behaviourtowards teachers, maintenance staff,peers, and visitors
  • Inappropriate behaviour in the class
  • Using offensive language
  • Late arrival to the class without a valid excuse
  • Negligent behaviour (not completing homework/incomplete classwork/ formative assessments, tests and exams not signed/not returning reply slips/ forgetting work at home/ forgetting diary at home)
  • Eating/drinking in classrooms (except plain water)
  • Disrespect to others (hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching, pushing, name calling, intimidation, spreading rumours, humiliating, fighting)
  • School uniform infringement (too short, frayed or torn, visible embroidery of names on school uniform)
  • Uniform incorrect for PT
  • Uniform incorrect for matches
  • Not participating in PTwithout a valid reason (e.g., doctor’s letter, letter from parent/guardian)
  • Misconduct or poor sportsmanship during an extra-mural activity practice, intra- or inter-school competition or league fixture
  • Failure to attend an extra-mural/academic extra lesson without excusing oneself
  • Disobeying uniform rules (including hair/nails/jewellery/watches/shaving)
  • Failure to wear a mask when required.
  • Failure to adhere to social distancing rules when required to
  • Littering
  • Spitting on the ground or on an object
  • Chewing gum in uniform
  • Library book overdue
  • Talking when silence is requirede.g., ringing of the bells, tests, exams
  • Inappropriate displays of affection (holding hands, cuddling, hugging, kissing)
  • Disobeying teacher’s instructions
  • Going to the Tuck Shop during lesson time or between periods
  • Misconduct on school premises/in school uniform/during assembly
  • Absence from compulsory school events, e.g. The Big Walk
  • Interfering with another person’s possessions/property/locker without the owner’s consent.
Category 1 offences will result in the disciplinary measures listed below. The educator will take care of these misbehaviours and may apply one or a combination of the following corrective measures:
  1. Verbal Counselling:

The learner will be verbally counselled and corrected by any designated authority.

  1. Written Assignments – A learner can be given a work assignment in line with his/her studies.
  2. Detention:

A learner who has accumulated 5 category 1 offences/demerits, will be given detention.Detention will be one and a half hours for Category 1 offences.

  1. Loss of privileges:

A learner may have privileges removed such as school outings/school functions/tuck shop/sports

Repetition of category 1 offences may lead to categorisation of a Category 2 offence. The Grade Head will keep records of all punishment meted out.

Category 2: 2 demerits / 2 points per offence
  • Truancy/bunking (leaving the classroom/school premises without permission)
  • Disruption of learning
  • Misuse of cell phone and other electronic devices as per cell phone policy. Cell phones need to be handed in to the class teacher before school begins.
  • Lying and deceitfulness
  • Dishonesty (including cheating in tests and examinations)
  • Offensive language used
  • On-going harassment of fellow learnerse.g., aggressive pressure, intimidation, pushing, damaging otherlearners’ belongings
  • Inappropriate dress on civvies day/not following the specified dress code
  • Urinatingoutside in public; outside the classroom/school property
  • Minor vandalism – misuse/abuse of school property e.g., school desks
  • Deliberate disrespect towards a teacher/staff member/visitor
The following disciplinary measures may be enforced at the discretion of the HOD/Deputy Principal/Principal, who may refer the matter back to the educator to be dealt with as a Category 1 offence, ensuring fairness and that the punishment fits the offence.

These may include (and are not listed in sequential order): 

  1. Counselling:

The learner can be verbally counselled and corrected by any

designated authority.

  1. Work Assignments:

A learner can be given a work assignment in line with his/her studies.

  1. Parental/guardian intervention:

Requested by the school authorities

  1. Detention

Learners and parents/guardians will be informed of the date and time. The school will NOT be responsible for transport home. Detention will be one and a half hours for Category 2 offences.

 

Demerits will be carried over from term to term.

Detention takes preference over all other activities.

Category 3: (5 demerits)

MINIMUM POSSIBLE PUNISHMENT FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFENCES IS STRAIGHT DETENTION. 

  • Dishonesty (cheating in tests and examinations/fraud/plagiarism)

Any learner who copies work from another learner (or any other source), will receive 0 and an immediate detention.  A learner aware that their work is being copied and permits it, will receive the same punishment.

  • Persistent bullying/harassment (verbal, virtual, physical, Cyberbullying)
  • Intimidation/threatening behaviour.
  • Major vandalism – misuse / abuse of school property.
  • Intentionally conducting oneself in a manner which is or could be seriously detrimental to the maintenance of order or discipline at the school.
  • Violating the rights of other learners to receive education by disrupting classes, preventing other learners from attending classes or preventing teachers from teaching adequately, or in any other manner.
  • Fighting (physical/verbal)
  • Using a cell phone to make a recording of other learners’ behaviour, and sharing of recordings.
  • Persistent, repeated inappropriate behaviour(including offensive language/swearing/racism/urinating on school property).
Category 3 offences will result in the disciplinary measures listed below.
  1. Detention may take the form of written work and/or manual labour e.g., picking up litter or community servicegiven by the HOD/Deputy Principal/Principal. Detention takes place after school. For Category 3 offences detention will be 2 hours long.

Learners and parents/guardians will be informed of the date and time. The school will NOT be responsible for transport home.

Category 4: 25 demerits – Suspension/Potential disciplinary hearing
  • Smoking or possession of cigarettes (or nicotine-containing devices, including opium pipes/hubbly bubbly) on school premises or in school uniform(including school trip or outings)
  • Possession of/dealing in/taking of drugs
  • Possession of/drinking alcohol (including on school trips or outings)
  • Possession or use of weapons or items that can cause physical injury
  • Arson/burglary/theft
  • Immoral behaviour/possession/copying/distributing/displaying of pornographic material
  • Assault and intention to cause grievous bodily harm
  • Rape, attempted rape, physical or sexual abuse, indecent assault, indecent exposure
  • Altering plagiarism report
Discipline may be meted out as follows:

The Disciplinary Team, at its discretion and depending on the severity of the misconduct, may proceed as follows:

  1. Refer back to the principal for punishment as a Category 3 offence.
  2. Detention or community service hours
  3. Conduct a Disciplinary Hearing (suspension, issue final written warning, expulsion, police intervention):
  1. Suspension

A learner can be suspended from school for a period of up to 5 school days.The learner must catch up work on his own accord within two days of returning back to school.Although the suspension can be a penalty in itself, it can also be appropriate under the following circumstances:

* Protection of learner (s).

* Protection of school property.

* Isolation pending further enquiry.

* Protection of witness.

  1. Issue Final Written Warning

A Final Written Warning will be on school stationery and kept on the learner’s file. A copy will

be sent to the parents. The warning will include the following:

* personal details,

* misconduct details,

* reason (s) why behaviour is unacceptable,

* possible consequences of any further unacceptable behaviour. 

  1. Call a Board of Governors Disciplinary Hearing which could result in: 

               3.1 Expulsion

                           A learner can be expelled from the school for the following reasons:

*        Any behaviour where the continued presence of the learner becomes unacceptable.

*        Any repeated and unacceptable behaviours, although of a less serious nature, if it has become clear that a lesser penalty will not prevent further negative behaviour.           

  1. Police Intervention

Report the matter to the SAPS in case of an unlawful act.

DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS

Any learner, who has committed an extremely serious offence, has to appear before the disciplinary committee.

The Chairperson of the disciplinary hearing is appointed by the principal.

The role of the Chairperson is to ensure the disciplinary hearing is conducted in good order.

The committee will hear the evidence and then decide on the action to be taken.

Procedure for convening and conducting a disciplinary hearing:

  • The parents/guardians will be informed in writing of the disciplinary hearing with a minimum 48 hours’ notice.
  • A Disciplinary Committee will be formed; the offender will receive a fair hearing.
  • The disciplinary hearing will be conducted on the school property.
  • Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the hearing. Since the hearing forms part of an internal process no legal representation is allowed.
  • The parents/guardians will be informed of the outcome (in writing) within 48 hours (2 school days). The document must be collected by the parent/guardian.
  • Failure to collect the outcome from the school does not negate the outcome.

Learners’ rights with regard to a disciplinary hearing:

  • The right to a formal hearing.
  • The right to be present at the hearing
  • The right to be given time to prepare for the case.
  • The right to be given advance notice of charges.
  • The right to be assisted at the hearing by parents/guardians if underage.
  • The right to ask questions on any evidence produced, or on statements of witnesses.
  • The right to an interpreter (to be requested in writing by the learner, 24 hours prior to the hearing).
  • The right to appeal within five school days against any outcome.
  • Should the learner and/or his/her parents/guardians not attend the hearing, the hearing will be conducted in their absence.
  • Be informed in writing of the hearing outcome and sanction.

Should a learner be found guilty in a disciplinary hearing (judgement), the learner could receive any one of the following sanctions (punishment):

  • Principal’s warning
  • Final Principal’s warning
  • Suspension
  • Suspension and Principal’s warning
  • Suspension and Final Principal’s warning
  • Expulsion
  • Police Intervention (in the case of an unlawful act)
  • Any of the above in combination

A Category 4 offence is given 25 demerits immediately = 25 points

The above disciplinary procedure will be followed in all cases where there has been unacceptable conduct by a learner or group of learners.  Any behaviour off school property that can be associated with the school or has the potential to harm the school image will also be covered by the Code of Conduct.

APPEALS AGAINST DISCIPLINE The appeals process for any sanction given to a learner is outlined below:

Demerits/Detention:

  • In all cases where a learner feels that a punishment has been unjust, the learner has the right to query the sanction and to put forward his/her side of the story. This must be done with the person applying the discipline, but the final decision of the authority figure is binding and must be complied with by the learner. The learner may, however, if still aggrieved, seek an appointment with the principal to discuss his/her point of view.

Written Warning, Suspension and Expulsion

  • Learners, with the aid of their parents/guardians, may formally lodge an appeal against any disciplinary action of this nature. This appeal must be in writing and signed by the parent/guardian and be received by the chairperson of the board within 5 days after the sanction was issued. It must include a clear reason for the appeal. The appeal could be against judgement and/or the sanction. Any appeal will result in a full hearing presided over by a member of the school Governing Body and will include the following people:
  • The chairperson
  • The appellant (learner)
  • The principal
  • The parent/guardian
  • The complainant

No legal representation will be permitted.

The chairperson, together with the principal, will make the final decision in this matter. All parties will abide by this decision.

Note:The process of an appeal, the leading of witnesses and the rights and duties of the various parties must be spelled out at the beginning of a hearing.

LOCKERS
  • Lockers are made available for hire(Grade 4-7) at a cost of R100 per year. A locker number will be allocated to a learner by the Grade Head. Learners must use a combination lock and the teacher will record the number in case a learner forgets the number.
  • The amount payable for the year will be debited to the school account after the permission slip has been signed by parents/guardians. NO CASH will be accepted by the teacher.
  • No vandalism of lockers is allowed.
  • If a lock must be removed, the Grade Head in charge will notify the maintenance department. No learner may request any of the ground staff to remove a lock from their locker.
  • Lockers must be kept neat and tidy.No learner may tamper with the lock on another learner’s locker.
  • Each learner must have his/her own locker. No sharing is allowed.
  • Learners may not keep food or any perishable items in their lockers.
USE OF BALLS/SPORTS EQUIPMENT ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
    • At NO time may learners play with a ball or use sports equipment on the school grounds (tennis balls, tennis racket, cricket balls or bat, soccer balls, rugby balls, golf balls, hockey balls/hockey sticks). Sports activities take place on the school fields and courts.
    • Any learner found with a ball in their possession will have it confiscated until the end of the term. Should a ball or sports equipmentbe brought to school for sport practice, it should be kept in a bag or locker during lesson times.
MANNERS/GREETING
  • Boys must allow girls to enter a building/classroom first.
  • Learners should step aside to allow staff to enter a building or classroom first.
  • No hands in pockets.
  • Visitors/Parents/Staff members SHOULD be greeted politely (Good morning/afternoon/evening Mr/Mrs …. Sir/Ma’am).
  • The library and computer rooms are places of work. Silence must always be maintained in these areas.  The library is not a place for socialising.
  • Learners should be quiet when the bells are rung at 12h00 each day.
CELL PHONE/ELECTRONIC DEVICES POLICY

St Thomas Aquinas School is not prepared to tolerate the misuse of the phones/devices by some learners at the expense of the moral values upheld by the school, therefore the following policy has been implemented: 

  • Learners may bring their cell phones to school (Grade 4-7)
  • The cell phone will be collected during the register period and locked in the teacher’s cupboard/safe place till the end of the school day (7h00 – 13h30)
  • The cell phone must be switched off (not on silent) during school hours.
  • If a learner is caught breaking this rule, teachers have the right and the duty to confiscate the cell phone and to take it to the office (deputy principal or principal’s office). The phone will be sealed in an envelope and locked away safely and parents will be contacted.
  • The sim card and memory card may not be removed or exchanged before handing over to a teacher.
  • The confiscated cell phone can only be collected after three weeks.
  • Under no circumstances will the confiscated cell phone be exchanged for another cell phone.
  • Should other electronic equipment/devices be brought to school, it should be for the purposes of education only. Learners are NOT permitted to bring speakers/headphones, earbuds etc to school for the purpose of playing loud music on school grounds/school trips/outings.
  • The school will not take responsibility for a lost or stolen cell phone or other electronic devices e.g. I-pods, MP3 players, tablets, hand held gaming devices, boom boxes.
PRIMARY SCHOOL TEST AND EXAM POLICY (GRADE 4 – 7)
  • Learners will receive 2 weeks’ notice before cycle tests/ exams are written.
  • During the term learners will write dictation tests and spelling tests for English and Afrikaans.  Learners will also write Mental Maths tests.
  • Formal test timetables are provided by the HOD.
  • Exam timetable for term 2 and 4 will be provided by the HOD.
  • Gr 4 – 7 learners will write their tests/ exams at specified times depending on the length of the test/ exam.
  • There must be absolute silence when the test/ exam is written.
  • Bags to be left at the front of the classroom.
  • Pencil cases used during tests/ exams must be clear (see-through).
  • Teachers are free to do random checks of pencil cases & calculators.Calculators may be used for tests/ exams other than Mathematics if required by the subject teacher.
  • No calculators may be used during Mathematics tests/ exams.
  • Learners may not have any notes/books/incriminating evidence in their possession.
  • A doctor’s letter must be provided if a test/ exam is missed.
  • Cell phones and smart watches must be handed in before learners write assessments, tests, or exams.
  • It is the learner’s responsibility to see the teacher early in the morning on the day that he/she returns to school to arrange to write the test/ exam missed.
  • The test/ exam will be written on the day the learner returns to school.
  • In the case of planned absenteeism, the learner will write the test/ exam the following day after school.
  • Corrections will be done verbally by the teacher and learners must record the correct answers in pencil.
  • Learners are required to have tests/ exams signed.
  • The following procedure will be followed when cheating is suspected:
  • The test will be taken from the learner & the time recorded.
  • The learner must start again (either from the beginning or continue where they left off).
  • No additional time is given.
  • The HOD together with the Deputy Principal will investigate the matter.
WORK NOT HANDED IN ON TIME

If the learner fails to submit work on time (for reasons other than absenteeism), marks will be deducted.

Appearance of Primary School learners

The appearance of the learners must be in line with the guidelines set out in the school uniform policy.

The school reserves the right to contact parents/guardians in the event of any infringements. The parents/guardians of any learner whose appearance is totally unacceptable may be required to collect the learner from school immediately. In such cases, the learner may only return once their appearance is in accordance with the requirements. Catching up on any work missed will be the learner’s responsibility. 

Blazers

All Grade 4 to 7 learners must wear blazers to assemblies, during church services and all formal school functions, as well as in Winter. 

HAIR 

Girls:

 

  • Hair should be clean, neatly styled and out of her eyes.
  • Hair must not be in the face.
  • Long hair must be tied up using an appropriate hair band (even hair hanging to the side).Once a girl’s hair touched the bottom edge of the collar, it must be tied up.Hair extensions may not be longer than 30cm (a ruler length).
  • Hair must be natural colours (not bleached, coloured or high-lighted).
  • Only navy, black or white round bobbles, hair ties and clips may be worn. No fancy, beads, clips or hair accessories may be worn. Plain “alice” bands without bows may be worn (black/navy/white).
  • Gel/wax may not be used.
  • Durags and doeks are NOT allowed. This includes wearing a durag under a beanie.
  • Grade RRR-3 learners may NOThave HAIR EXTENSIONS as this is a safety risk, when playing on the jungle gyms.Natural hair must be neatly tied up and plaited.
  • No Tracks may be shaven into the hair or eye-brows.

 

Boys:

  • Hair must be clean, short and tidy.
  • No tracks may be shaved into the hair or eye-brows.
  • Hair may not be bleached, coloured or high-lighted.
  • Gel/wax may not be used.
  • NOextensions, braids mohawks, corn rows, or man bunsare allowed for Gr RRR -7 boys.
  • Boys must be clean shaven.
  • Sideburns may not grow past the half way mark of your ear.
NAILS, MAKE-UP & JEWELRY

Girls

  • Nails may not be visible from the inside of the palm. Nails must be clean at all times.No false nails are allowed. No nail polish may be worn.
  • No make-up may be worn. No lip gloss or coloured Lip Ice. Only clear Vaseline/plain Lip Ice may be used.
  • Eyelashes and eyebrows may not be tinted. False eyelashes are not permitted.
  • The only earrings permitted are either a small silver or gold stud or small gold or silver sleeper. They must be worn in the lowest hole in the ear. Only one earring per ear. No diamante/pearls/coloured stones.
  • Learners may wear the St Thomas Aquinas School white and blue earrings with their uniform. The Calaroga, Siena and Roccasecca House earrings may be worn with their sports uniform.
  • No rings are permitted.

Boys

  • Boys may not wear jewellery.
  • No nose rings or earrings are permitted.
  • Nails must be short and clean.

Boys & Girls

 

  • Watches:Only plain watches with plain gold, silver, black or navy straps may be worn. No elaborate or ornate links or straps. No diamantes, fashion watches or large face watches. Watches should not be larger than a R5 coin.NO smart watchesmay be worn during assessments, tests, and exams.
  • Only Medic Alert bracelets may be worn.
  • No armbands/bracelets/bangles are permitted.
  • No tongue rings/nose studs are permitted.
  • A religious symbol (of your own religion) may be worn that is not visible at the neckline.
  • No colour contact lenses are permitted whatsoever as these are considered cosmetic. Learners who are required to wear contact lenses must ensure that they are clear.
  • Only the house badge, merit badges, gold bars, First Holy Communion badges, Land Service badges and play badges may be worn on the blazer. All other badges issued may only be worn during the applicable term/year.

 

The school reserves the right to send the learner home if inappropriately dressed. 

Any cultural item that a learner is required to wear; the parent/guardian must send a letter requesting permission from the SGB. The letter should explain its significance. 

CONFISCATED JEWELLERY POLICY                                                                       

  • Jewellery, which is not allowed but is worn to school, will be removed without warning, and sent to the HOD/Deputy
  • Jewellery must be collected by the learner at the end of the day.
SCHOOL UNIFORM

All uniforms must be neat and clean. Garments which are too small or short may not be worn to school.Damaged or torn garments may not be worn to school.

Labels with names and surnames must be sewn on the INSIDE of the uniform and NOT on the OUTSIDE. 

Girls (Grade 1 – 7)

 

Summer:

  • School dress – the correct size (may NOT be shorter than 5 cm above the knee), white ankle socks, black leather school shoes.  School blazer and school house badge, royal blue V-neck pullover with school crest or royal blue V-neck long-sleeved jersey with school crest. Girls may wear buckle-up or lace up school shoes.
  • If navy/black ski pants are worn under the dress, they must not be visible below the dress.
  • Dresses and tunics must have a hem and must be knee length NOT SHORTER. Girls are required to wear the belt for the school summer dress at all times.
  • No vests may be visible at the neckline or sleeves.
  • Bucket hats may only be worn with the school sports uniform.

 

Winter:

  • School tunic – the correct size (may not be shorter than 5 cm above the knee), long-sleeved white school shirt, school tie, royal blue V-neck pullover with school crest or royal V-neck long-sleeved jersey with school crest. Black leather school shoes, black knee-high socks or black tights. School blazers must be worn to Assembly, mass, or special celebrations (Grade 4-7)
  • If navy/black ski pants are worn under the dress, they must not be visible below the tunic.
  • Girls may wear official grey school trousers with long-sleeved, button-up collar white school shirt (with top button). School tie must be born with the white shirt.
  • NO blankets or towels may be wrapped around their bodies in public.
  • Only the St Thomas Aquinas black branded scarf and/or beanie may be worn. No other scarves may be worn.
  • Only plain black gloves may be worn.
  • Should any learner wear incorrect beanies/scarves/gloves etc the item/s will be confiscated and handed to the Grade Head/HOD.
  • No vests may be visible at the neckline or sleeves.

 

Boys (Grade 1-7)

 

Summer:

  • Short-sleeved, open neck white school shirt (no top button), with school badge, grey shorts. Gr 7’s may wear long grey trousers without turn ups with their short-sleeved, open neck white school shirt (no top button). Black school shoes (lace ups, no slip ons), school blazer with house badge, royal blue V-neck pullover with school crest or royal blue V-neck long-sleeved jersey with school crest. Black belt with a plain buckle may be worn with trousers.
  • Bucket hats may ONLY be worn with the school sports uniform.

 

Winter:

  • Long-sleeved, button-up collar white school shirt, school tie, long grey trousers without turn ups(may NOT be tapered at the bottom), royal blue V-neck pullover with school crest, royal blue V-neck long-sleeved jersey with school crest, grey socks, black lace up school shoes. School blazer must be worn to Assembly, mass, and special celebrations. Black belt with a plain buckle may be worn with trousers.
  • Boys may not wear leggings, Lycra football pants or ski-pants under the school PT shorts.
  • Only the St Thomas Aquinas black branded scarf and/or beanie may be worn. No other scarves may be worn.
  • Only plain black gloves may be worn.
  • Should any learner wear incorrect beanies/scarves/gloves etc the item/s will be confiscated and handed to the Grade Head/HOD.
  • No vests may be visible at the neckline or sleeves.

 

Drimacs DO NOT replace the school blazer. They may only be worn with the school sports uniform. 

School clothing MUST be clean at all times, including blazers & jerseys.

SPORTS UNIFORM

Physical Training Boys and Girls

  • Blue St Thomas Aquinas PT practice shorts with blue short sleeve golf shirt or

St Thomas Aquinas tracksuit pants with blue long sleeve golf shirt.

  • Sports lace uptakkies (white, grey, navy, black) with white ankle socks folded over neatly. NO FASHION/CANVAS shoes or SNEAKERS may be worn with bright elaborate colours.
  • No coloured tops to be worn under the shirts. If a vest is worn it may not be visible at the neckline.
  • If the PT shirt becomes stretched, faded, or sloppy looking, a new shirt should be purchased.
  • Bucket hats may only be worn outside and with sports uniform.
  • During winter learners must come to school in their PT uniform on the days they have PT (Term 2 & 3).

 

Swimming (Term 1 & 4)

Learners come to school in school uniform and change into their swimming clothing on their PT Day.

 

Girls:

  • Standard black or navy speedo type costume with house swimming cap (deducted from levy).
  • Girls may wear a black or navyaqua cleavage cover top and black or navy aqua pants over their costumes.

Boys:

  • Standard black or navy/ speedo type costume or jammers with house swimming cap (deducted from levy)

 

Match uniforms:

Girls Match Uniforms Gr 4 – 7

Navy blue school match skirt and navy blue and white school match shirt. The approved match kit is available at Gani’s Sports World.

  • Netball and Tennis – match kit with white ankle socks and sports takkies.
  • Hockey – match kit with striped navy and white St Thomas socks with sports takkies/togs.
  • Athletics – track and field navy blue and white shirts and shorts and sports takkies with white ankle socks.

 

Boys Match Uniforms:

School navy blue and white match shorts and school navy blue and white match shirts. The approved match kit is available at Gani’s Sports World.

  • Hockey and soccer – match kit plus navy and white striped St Thomas socks.
  • Tennis – match kit plus white ankle socks and white takkies.
  • Athletics – track and field navy blue and white shirts and shorts and sports takkies with white ankle socks.
  • Cricket – White long pants and shirts.

 

School Fitted tracksuits are compulsory for all learners.

All sports uniform must be the correctly sizedfor the individual learner.

CIVVIES DAYS
  • The Civvies rules apply to trips, informal school days and civvies days.
  • Learners may wear civvies on their birthday (without requesting permission). Should the birthday fall over a weekend, civvies may be worn on the following Monday. Should the birthday fall in the school holidays, civvies may be worn on the first day back at school, except for the first term. In this instance, learners must ask the Grade Head/HOD for a date on which they may wear civvies. Should the birthday fall in the December holidays, the learners should ask the Grade Head/HOD for a suitable date during examinations to wear civvies.

Girls

  • Hair may be left loose but must be kept tidy (It may not hang in the eyes)
  • Clothing must be tasteful and NOT be revealing (No crop-tops)
  • Underwear may not show (Not even bra straps)
  • No tops with thin straps may be worn (Shoulders should be covered)
  • Necklines may not be too low (cleavage may not show).
  • Very short skirts and very short shorts are NOT permitted (No hot pants)
  • Fish net stockings are NOT permitted
  • No high heels may be worn they are impractical for a school day/school trip
  • No nose rings/tongue rings may be worn on civvies days
  • Jewellery may be worn (Excluding excessively large earrings & tongue rings or nose rings)
  • Make-up is NOT permitted
  • Jeans with rips and holes may NOT be worn

 

Boys

  • Clothing must NOT be revealing
  • Clothing must be tasteful, underwear may not stick out above pants
  • Hair gel/wax/mousse may be worn
  • Boys must be clean-shaven
  • Earrings/nose rings/tongue rings are NOT permitted.
  • Jeans with rips and holes may NOT be worn. 

Learners that do not adhere to the civvies rules will be sent home, to change. The HOD will alert the deputy principal/principal who will contact the relevant parents.

PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism (in any form) will not be tolerated.

Zero will be given. No opportunity will be given to resubmit work.

According to the Code for learners, plagiarism is a category 3 offence

Altering a plagiarism report is a category 4 offence

 

Identifying Types of Plagiarism

According to Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary the following can be considered plagiarism:

  • To steal or borrow another person’s work.
  • To pay another person to do your assignment.
  • To copy directly from a source and simply reference it in a bibliography.
  • To use another person’s ideas and build on them without giving credit to the original idea.
  • To paraphrase another person’s work word for word.
  • To present false data (fabricated, altered or borrowed without permission).

 

How to avoid Plagiarism

  • Learners must use source document/s for reading up on a topic and make notes.
  • Once thorough reading has taken place, the learner writes the piece of work in his /her own words.
  • Learners must also provide a complete reference list of all source documents that

have been used. The Shorter Harvard Method of referencing is to be used. (See

“How to compile a bibliography/reference list” below)

  • Learners can submit the work to a plagiarism website for checking. The following websites may be used:

<http://www.plagiarism-detect.com>

<http://www.duplichecker.com>

<http://www.plagiarismchecker.com/help-teachers.php>

<http://searchenginereports.net/articlecheck.aspx>

  • An acceptable percentage for plagiarism is between 6% and 8%. (Based on IEB practice).

 

SCHOOL SONG

Learners are expected to know the school song:

 

St Thomas School are we and proud we’re of it, too

Whate’er our lot may be, our motto is “be true”.

No school in all the world we know that’s half so

dear to us;

With joyful face and hearts aglow we greet

Our dear school thus:

 

Friend of our childhood, guide of our youth,

Firmly we’ll hold to your motto of truth,

Wher e’er we wander, what e’er we do

“St Thomas Aquinas”, to you we will be true.

 

We’re sporty, blithe and free in all we may befall,

Come loss come victory, we’ll smile and take it all.

And when through life our way we fight,

‘twill always be our aim:

To seek the truth, to do the right,

And uphold our dear school’s name.

Primary School Learner’s Contractual Agreement 2023
  1. I will not disrupt any teaching or learning activities, or distract others while they are engaged in these activities.
  2. I will be punctual for all activities and classes and in completing assignments and homework.
  3. I willimprove my personal organisation and time management skills e.g. having the correct books and equipment for classes and activities, in respect of academic and sporting activities.
  4. I will make new members of the community and visitors welcome by being polite and helpful towards them.
  5. I will display good manners towards all members of the school community.
  6. I will avoid uncouth and rowdy behaviour and in particular avoid foul language.
  7. I understand that graffiti of any kind will not be tolerated.
  8. I understand that different areas and rooms within the school are governed by their own sets of rules and I will familiarise myself with these and comply with them.
  9. I understand that smoking, the use of alcohol, possession and/or use of illegal drugs, bullying, obscenity, theft, dishonestly and vandalism are all serious, punishable offences which could result in expulsion from the school.
  10. I will adhere to the dress code at all times
  11. I will follow the COVID-19 procedures and protocol (wear a mask, stick to social distancing and sanitising)
  12. I will not chew gum
  13. I will remain within bounds at all times unless I have special permission to break bounds.
  14. I will not have any weapons or dangerous objects in my possession at any time.
  15. I will recognise the authority of the Educators and the prefect body.
  16. I will recognise the authority of the Disciplinary Committee and ultimately the Head to hear and judge cases of serous misconduct (those which may lead to expulsion) and to assign punishments to offenders.
  17. I will not engage in any physical contact which others might regard offensive or sexually in nature.
  18. I will not make myself guilty of racial discrimination.
  19. I will not make myself guilty of plagiarism or forgery.
  20. I will report any contravention of school rules to an educator.

 

Acceptance

 

  • The “Primary School Code of Conduct” must be read and signed by the learner and both parents to indicate that you have read and understood the School’s Code of Conduct and rules.
  • In signing the form, learners and parents indicate their willingness to abide by the rules laid out in this document. The completed form must be returned to the register teacher within ONE week.

 

  • Should there be any points that require clarification, parents/guardians and learners are welcome to contact the Deputy principal or Principal.