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Position Statement

We believe that every girl has personal integrity and is capable of responsible behaviour. On the occasions when a learner’s behaviour falls below expected standards, we aim to maintain a positive and supportive environment that is conducive to the learning of a rigorous school programme along with sound moral values and opportunities to exercise personal responsibility. Our aim is to enable our girls to understand that acceptable behaviour is a result of mutual respect; respect for self, respect for others and respect for property. It is our school’s values of moral integrity, a passion for learning and a culture of graciousness that are considered when creating this environment for learning. This policy is drawn up in accordance with The South African School’s Act.

Statement of Staff Expectations

To facilitate this policy staff can expect:

  • to enjoy the respect of colleagues, parents and learners and to be treated accordingly
  • to be acknowledged for ‘a job well done’
  • to enjoy the support of parents in their efforts to provide the best education for the learners
  • to enjoy the support of parents when disciplinary action related to their daughters is required
  • that parents recognise that the school is legally responsible for the implementation of health / safety and protection rules
  • that parents recognise their responsibility for the delivery of the national curriculum and can expect that this enjoys priority over ‘outdoor’ activities that occur during school hours
  • that they be allowed to perform their duties without hindrance from unnecessary interruptions
  • learners will arrive punctually at school in the mornings and for any organised afternoon activities
  • parents will set an appropriate example in dress, language and conduct when attending school functions and while supporting school activities
  • learners will be collected from school within 15 minutes of completion of the school day or afternoon activity unless prior arrangements have been made with the aftercare facility

Statement of Learner Responsibilites

Learners should:

  • Be respectful and tolerant in their relations with other people
  • Display good manners / courtesy / politeness
  • Never use foul language – written or verbal
  • Refrain from name-calling and bullying
  • Not access social media prior to the age of 13
  • Refrain from unbecoming and hurtful behaviour
  • Not send offensive or hurtful messages regardless of the medium used (cyber bullying included)
  • Respect the right to privacy
  • Be non-discriminatory with regard to race, creed, colour, beliefs, social status etc
  • Not take / use other people’s belongings without their consent
  • Avoid back-chatting and all forms of anti-social behaviour
  • Be co-operative / obedient as and when required
  • Behave with propriety at all times whether in or out of school with a quality of graciousness
  • Refrain from behaviour that could reflect negatively on the reputation and / or ethos of the school
  • Be punctual for all school activities
  • Be neat and tidy in appearance
  • Be helpful and greet all staff and visitors
  • Observe all school rules at all times

At School

  • Uphold and enhance the good reputation and ethos of the school
  • Behave in a responsible and acceptable way both in school, and when travelling to and from school, and at any other time when appearing in public in school uniform
  • Be good representatives for the school
  • Act as positive role models for younger learners
  • Wear the correct (approved) school uniform as defined, both in school and when travelling to and from school
  • When in uniform avoid eating in the street or other public places that are not designated eating areas
  • Avoid anti-social behaviour and unhealthy habits either at school or off the premises – smoking, drug-taking and consumption of alcohol are strictly forbidden
  • Weapons / dangerous objects are strictly forbidden
  • Be willing to contribute to the development of the school community


  • Take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the school
  • Work to the best of their ability and take responsibility for their learning
  • Have a positive and active approach to their learning both in and out of school
  • Prepare for lessons by bringing the necessary equipment and books
  • Complete and submit coursework and homework on time
  • Arrive at school punctually and be on time throughout the day (classes, extra-murals)
  • Be conscientious about attending school every day
  • Present notes from parents on returning after absence
  • Present a timeous written motivation from parents for absence from a compulsory function / activity
  • Return all acknowledgement slips / notices / forms on or before the due date


  • Accept responsibility for facilities / opportunities offered
  • Look after and respect possessions, equipment, books, furnishings etc of the school, staff, learners and any other person
  • Share responsibility for maintaining a clean and tidy environment; no littering
  • Return library books promptly
  • Do not deface / damage / waste school or other pupil’s property
  • Adhere to regulations regarding the use of equipment / facilities
  • Be responsible for one’s property as the school is not liable for loss


  • Obey health / safety and protection rules
  • Remain on site during school hours
  • Avoid ‘out of bounds’ areas unless accompanied by a teacher or other adult: gymnasium, swimming pool, classrooms
  • Adhere strictly to ‘rainy weather’ rules
  • No running in buildings or on the veranda
  • No unnecessary personal belongings should be brought to school
  • Personal money must be kept in a purse and this must be securely held on your own person or handed in for safe keeping
  • Report any unusual behaviour by strangers


This is the dominance of one learner by another, or a group of others. It is often premeditated and is a pattern of behaviour (not an isolated incident).

Staff must be alert to signs of bullying and act promptly (See Bullying Policy). Learners should feel able to inform a staff member in confidence and be assured that all allegations will be investigated. If true they will be taken seriously and acted upon.

Strategies/Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour

  • Educators are responsible for setting up structures in their own classes and grade. They will teach their learners what is appropriate / successful behaviour
  • If the learners do not comply there are various levels of enforcement
  • The first and most effective is instituted by the educator. The enforcement system used in the class should be understood by each learner
  • The grade leaders are also encouraged to have a whole grade system which is appropriate for their grade
  • The principal will deal with any serious offences. The principal has a range of measures at her disposal to be applied as she deems appropriate

The Governing Body reserves the right to amend the Code of Behaviour when this is deemed necessary.