We expect PARENTS to support the BOARD OF GOVERNORS and STAFF of VERITAS COLLEGE PREPARATORY, by ensuring that their children, enrolled as pupils of the COLLEGE, abide by the SCHOOL RULES.
1. When pupils are in School uniform, whether at school or not, they are to conduct themselves in accordance with the School’s CODE OF CONDUCT and abide by the SCHOOL RULES.
2. Pupils are to adhere strictly to the correct uniform requirements. This incorporates specific uniform requirements for the various sporting codes and activities.
3. Regulation, acceptable hairstyles must be adhered to. For both girls and boys, the following of fashion trends in style, cut, and colouring is strongly discouraged and will be disallowed, if, in the opinion of the Staff, it is not in keeping with the image and ethos of the COLLEGE.
Boys’ hair may not be worn over the ears, nor touch the eyebrows or collar. No extreme hairstyles will be permitted.
If Girls’ hair is over the collar, the hair must be tied back with approved gadgets. Gadgets may be plain yellow, green, navy, or white.
No colouring of hair is permitted.
4. Personal hygiene is of paramount importance. Regular washing/shampooing of the hair and scalp will keep them clean and free from lice infestations. When a child suffers such an infestation, parents are NOT to send that child to school, but will need to wash the hair and scalp with a suitable preparation until the infestation has left the child’s scalp and hair. Only then, may they return to school.
5. Finger and toe nails must be cut short regularly, and kept clean. NO polish is permitted.
6. The appropriate use of jewellery must be adhered to:
* A Religious symbol may be worn --discretely. If worn around the neck, on a fine chain, hanging on the chest, protected by the buttoned shirt.
* Girls may wear ear adornments i.e. studs or sleepers only, in pierced ear lobes.
* Boys may NOT wear ear adornments of any kind when in school uniform, and/or when representing the School.
7. Pupils may not willfully damage, deface, or steal property which belongs to the School, fellow-pupils, and/or members of staff. Such activities could lead to the expulsion of the pupil, and/or having criminal charges laid against the alleged culprit.
8. Pupils may not litter the school grounds and/or buildings. Dustbins are provided for litter.
9. Pupils may not bring cigarettes, alcohol, weapons, inappropriate reading material, fireworks, or narcotics on to the School premises, nor be found in possession of any of the above-mentioned. Further, they may not smoke, drink alcohol, nor use narcotics while in School uniform.
10. Indecent behaviour, be it of an immodest or obscene nature, will not be tolerated.
11. It is Forbidden to blaspheme, and/or ridicule others’ religious beliefs.
12. Pupils may not enter “out of bounds” areas (e.g. laundry, carports, staff areas, Music Centre rooms, etc.) unless under specific instructions from, and/or accompanied by, a teacher.
13. In the same way that members of staff will not knowingly physically assault children while carrying out their duties, so pupils may not physically assault members of staff, or each other. Should pupils engage in fighting (physically assaulting one another), members of staff will take appropriate action, cause an inquiry to be held, and impose suitable punishment on the culprit/s.
14. Members of staff are to be addressed as “Ma’am” or “Sir”, or by using the full surname of the staff member prefixed by, “Miss”, “Mrs”, or “Mr”. Disrespect and lack of respect will not be tolerated.
15. While addressing a member of staff, a pupil is expected to stand, or to sit up respectfully, whether in class, or outside the classroom. The cultivation of customary, acceptable, good manners is part of the education process engaged in between the members of staff and the pupil/s.
16. Chewing gum and spitting, is prohibited.
17. Pupils may not eat nor drink in class time, unless under exceptional circumstances when given permission to do so by the teacher (e.g. when a pupil provides “a party” to celebrate a special event like a birthday).
18. ENGLISH is the medium of instruction, and pupils are encouraged to speak English whenever possible, most especially when the mastery of English is necessary for academic progress.
19. Pupils must walk quickly and quietly, in single file, keeping to the left when changing classes.
20. Pupils are to line up quietly outside classrooms, and to enter only when invited to do so by their teachers.
21. Pupils may not talk in Assembly nor during Hymn Practice periods. Similarly, when lining up waiting to go into Assembly, and to go to class at the end of breaks, they need to calm down, be quiet, and stand still in anticipation of the activities of the next period.
22. Homework is an integral part of a school day, and needs to be neatly/fully done, in anticipation of presentation/submission on a daily basis.
23. It is compulsory for every pupil in the School to participate in Physical Education, and in swimming lessons, which are conducted as part of the LIFE ORIENTATION PROGRAMME.
The presentation of a recent medical certificate from a medical doctor is the only reason why a pupil may be excused from this participation, and then only on medical grounds.
24. Pupils must provide a letter from a parent/guardian or a medical certificate on the day they return to school after an absence.
25. Pupils must provide a medical certificate if absent from school during formal test/exam periods.
26. Medicine/medication will not be administered by members of staff, and should not be brought to School unless prior arrangements have been made.
27. Pupils may not leave the School grounds during school hours without the consent of the Principal.
28. Pupils may not wait to be fetched after school outside the School grounds. Loitering in the streets, at cafes/shopping areas in School uniform is not permitted.
29. Attendance at COLLEGE MASS is compulsory, as is attendance at various other functions.
30. Pupils are encouraged not to bring cellular phones to school. If there is a valid reason to bring one, on occasion, they should be handed in to the teacher for safe keeping and these will be returned at the end of the day. Pupils using cellular phones during a school day, whether in class or on the playground, will have them confiscated for a certain period of time. The School will not be held responsible for any loss theft or breakage of any electronic devices brought to school by pupils.
The purpose of a CODE OF CONDUCT is to promote positive discipline, self-discipline, and exemplary conduct, because pupils learn by observation and experience.
The ultimate responsibility for children’s’ behaviour rests with their parents or guardians! It is expected that parents will:
* support the COLLEGE, by insisting that their children observe all SCHOOL RULES, and regulations which flow out of them;
* accept responsibility for any misbehaviour on their part; and,
* take an active interest in their children’s’ schoolwork, such that they make it possible for the children to complete assigned homework.
This system cannot work without the co-operation and support of ALL parents of the COLLEGE.
It is important that pupils be given clear guidelines as to the accepted norms and standards of behaviour at school, both in and out of the classroom. Thus, the SCHOOL RULES must be stressed, and owned by parents and children alike!
VERiTAS COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL has implemented a “MERIT and DEMERIT SYSTEM” in an attempt to teach pupils self-discipline which will help maintain discipline within the School.
The MERIT and DEMERIT SYSTEM will be implemented as follows:
1. Parents, pupils, and teachers will all be supplied with a list of offences NOT ACCEPTABLE in the context of the COLLEGE and the system, as well as a list of activities which ARE ACCEPTABLE to the School.
2. Each register teacher will manage and maintain a CODE OF CONDUCT file, wherein all the BAD MARKS and GOOD MARKS are recorded.
3. This entire system will focus on POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT (rather than on negative values) as the teaching staff believes that children generally respond well to praise and encouragement!