• High School Students - Code Of Conduct

CODE OF CONDUCT – STUDENTS

Adherence to the Code of Conduct is solely the students’ responsibility, even if the student is excused by the Parent/Guardian.

ATTENDANCE

Regular attendance at school is essential for all students. Erratic attendance often leads to important concepts being missed, incomplete notes and the resultant pressure of the student having to catch up work. Linked to attendance is the important life skill of being punctual which communicates respect for others and for school organisation.

  1. School begins at 07:45. All students are to be punctual each day. Punctuality at school functions is essential.
  2. Students are required to attend school on all official schooldays. Appointments for dental, medical and other treatments should be made outside of school hours, taking into account extra-mural activities.
  3. The practice of adding extra days to school holidays, weekends or long weekends is unacceptable.
  4. As Marist Brothers Linmeyer is a Catholic school and focus is placed on a Christian Catholic ethos, it is expected that all students attend religious classes, celebrations and masses.
  5. Students who miss work through absence or illness are required to make arrangements with the educator concerned to catch up the work within 24 hours of returning to school. Work cannot be collected from each educator and sent down to the office for collection.

LATECOMERS

Students who arrive at school after 07h45 must report to Reception for a late stamp. It is compulsory to show the late stamp to their class educator. Students will receive a demerit for every three times that they arrive late for school.

ABSENTEES

  1. Parents must inform the school telephonically or via email, if their child is absent from school. Students who are absent are requested to bring a letter of explanation from their parents/guardian and hand it to their class educator on the day of their return. An absence of 3(three) days or more due to illness does require a Medical Certificate.
  2. All students who miss an exam or cycle test through illness are required to produce a Medical Certificate and will be expected to write the paper on the day of their return
  3. If a student needs to leave school early for any reason, a letter from the parents/guardian requesting permission is required. In this case the student must be met at reception by the authorised person and signed out. No student will be permitted to leave school unattended.
  4. Taking days off school during term time is strongly discouraged, as this places unnecessary stress on the students when they need to catch up on work missed while away.

SICK CHILDREN DURING SCHOOL HOURS

If a student falls ill during the day, a member of the office staff will contact the parents/guardian to collect the student. The student must be signed out at reception. Please note that by law, no staff member at Marist Brothers Linmeyer is permitted to administer any form of medication to a child who is not feeling well. Students who need asthma pumps must have these with them at all times. Students needing to take prescribed medication at school must report to reception with written authorisation from their parents/guardian. This written permission must indicate dosage and type of prescribed medication to be administered at school and students must hand their medication in to the receptionist for safe keeping. Medication must not be left in lockers or school bags.

Please keep the school informed of any change of physical address, telephone numbers, cell phone numbers and email address. We always require updated contact details in case of an EMERGENCY.

COURTESY AND MANNERS

The pride and dignity we have as individuals should be reflected in the way in which we speak to and treat others. The everyday acts of greeting people, apologising for lateness, speaking to others in a respectful way, standing back at doorways and so on, communicate a great deal to others about our regard for them.

  1. Students are required to greet any adult (staff, visitors or parents) whom they see at school.
  2. Students are not to swear, use foul or crude language on the school property, when either wearing uniform or when representing the school in any activity or on any outing.
  3. Students are expected to treat others in the respectful manner that they would like to be treated.

SCHOOL UNIFORM, DRESS AND PRESENTATION

Marist Brothers Linmeyer has a proud tradition going back to 1889 and the school uniform should be worn with pride. Each student who wears the uniform is an ambassador for the school at all times. Poor presentation or sloppy dress communicates a lack of pride in the school and will not be tolerated. Taking pride in our appearance is an important way of communicating to others our sense of self-worth and dignity.

SCHOOL UNIFORM AND DRESS

  1. The official school uniform must be worn correctly to and from school and at all school functions. Students visiting the school during school hours for academic support/extra lessons or doing practical work are expected to come to school in full school uniform. Students incorrectly attired will be dealt with and will be sent home. Neatness is essential, the blazer must have buttons, the tie must be neatly knotted and the shirt tucked into pants/skirts.
  2. Students must be correctly dressed for all PE lessons, sports’ practices and sports’ matches. All students should arrive at school in full school uniform unless prior arrangements have been made or permission granted. Track suits must be worn with the official navy T-shirt. Appropriate sport shoes are white.
  3. Matrics have full authority to insist that uniform regulations are carried out and need to set an example in this regard.
  4. All parts of the uniform must be regulation colours – socks (girls -white folded in Summer and grey or navy in Winter) (boys – grey or navy) jerseys navy and scarves (navy Gr 8 – 11, white Gr 12).
  5. Shoes:
    (a) The only permissible shoes for girls are Baby Dolls with buckles or conventional black plain lace-ups.
    (b) The only permissible shoes for boys are conventional black plain lace-ups. (No slip on shoes or pointed shoes)
    (c) No boots, wet-look, suede, multi-panel, platform thick sole (30mm) or any shoe with buckles, or metal decoration is acceptable.
    (d) Shoes should be polished daily.
    (e) Shoe laces must be tied.
  6. Undergarments may not be visible by means of contrasting colour or protrusion.
  7. Open neck short sleeve white shirts for both boys and girls must have the school badge on the pocket.
  8. Students may be sent home if their hair is not acceptable. 10.Students may not wear make-up and no permanent make-up is allowed.
  9. Nails may not protrude beyond the flesh of their fingertips and may not be painted. A clear nail varnish is acceptable (No French manicures).
  10. Tattoos may not be visible.
  11. No smart devices may be worn e.g. smart watches etc.

PRESENTATION WHEN IN SCHOOL UNIFORM

HAIR: All students should arrive at school with their hair brushed or combed.

GIRLS:

  1. Girls hair must be tied up if it is shoulder length or longer.
  2. Fringes may not extend beyond the eyebrows and hair must be clipped back if it falls over the eyebrows.
  3. Hair must be a natural human colour.
  4. Hairstyles should be conservative – radical hairstyles are not acceptable.
  5. Hair clips, ties and bands may be black or navy. Fashion accessories are not acceptable.
  6. Girls with pierced ears may wear one pair of plain small studs or a pair of thin (1mm) sleepers – one per ear to be worn in the bottom of the ear lobe.
  7. No other form of body piercing will be accepted (nose rings, tongue studs etc.). Bristles in the ear or nose are not permitted.
  8. Bracelets and other jewellery are not permitted to be worn and will be confiscated until the end of the term. The only exception to the rule is the wearing of a Medic Alert bracelet, a wristwatch or crucifix.
  9. Girls’ skirts may not be shorter than 5cm above the knee when kneeling and may not be rolled up at the waist.

BOYS:

  1. Hair must be neatly trimmed and shaped in a short conventional hairstyle.
  2. Hair may not be over the collar or ears. Fringes should be above the eyebrows.
  3. Hair may not be completely shaven off, shaven in patches or shaven at the sides with long hair on top.
  4. Boys may not have hair cut in ridges/steps/shadow lines.
  5. Hair may not be braided, plaited, gathered in a ponytail or worn in dreadlocks.
  6. No artificial extensions or decorations may be added to the student’s natural hair.
  7. Hair must be a natural human colour.
  8. Gel and mousse may be used to keep a hairstyle neat and flat, but should not be used to “create radical” styles – Mohawk, points, waves etc.
  9. Boys may not wear earrings. No other form of body piercing will be accepted (nose rings, tongue studs etc.). Bristles in the ear or nose are not permitted.
  10. Boys must wear a plain black or grey leather belt with their trousers. (No ornamental buckles).
  11. Bracelets and other jewellery are not permitted to be worn and will be confiscated until the end of the term. The only exception to the rule is the wearing of a Medic Alert bracelet, a wristwatch or crucifix.
  12. Boys are to be clean shaven at all times – sideburns should be no longer than half way down the ear. Boys will be sent to reception to shave.

ACADEMICS

A sound academic foundation is essential if we hope to succeed in the competitive, demanding post-school world. Our studies are our first priority at school and striving for excellence and self-improvement should be the norm. Each student owes it to himself/herself to take pride in his/her work and strive to achieve to the best of his/her ability.

  1. Students are required to take pride in their work. All work is to be neat, legible, well set out and presentable.
  2. All students must complete all the homework that is set and must have it at school on the day required.
  3. Students may not copy homework from classmates.
  4. Cheating in class tests or examinations is a serious offence and will be dealt with accordingly.
  5. Students that do not write a mid-year exam will receive an absent on their report. At the end of the year the November exam mark will be duplicated for the mid-year exam mark. Mid-year exams missed can be written for practice purposes. If a doctor’s note is provided, it must clearly state that the student was in poor health and not able to write the exam.
  6. Students who miss work through absence or illness are required to make arrangements with the educator concerned to catch up the work within 24 hours of returning to school.
  7. No erasable pens may be used.

CLASSROOM BEHAVIOUR

At Marist Brothers Linmeyer, the Code of Conduct is based on the Christian principle of respect for each and every person in the school. The rules are there to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity and that every individual’s right to be educated in the classroom needs to be protected. There are consequences, as well as help and remediation, for those students who violate another student’s right to be educated, as well as violate their right to be treated with dignity and respect.

  1. Students are required to change classes promptly and swiftly. All students are required to be in their classroom by the time the bell rings for the start of the lesson (5 minutes).
  2. Students are required to be silent and stand when the educator enters the classroom. The same is required when another educator or visitor enters the classroom during a lesson.
  3. No eating or drinking will be allowed during teaching time, apart from break or after school unless permission has been granted.
  4. Chewing gum is forbidden during school hours and when representing the school.
  5. Each student is responsible for the cleanliness around the desk in which he/she is sitting during a lesson.

SAFETY, SECURITY AND LOCKERS

  1. To avoid any loss of personal belongings, there are lockers available for students who wish to make use of this facility.
  2. Bags may not be left in corridors at any time.
  3. Bags must be in a locker or carried with the student at all times.
  4. Students are required to supply a good quality lock for their locker and a duplicate key is to be kept on their person.
  5. This will be the student’s responsibility. The lock may be cut off, a new lock and keys will be for the student’s account.
  6. All students who utilise iPads must ensure they make use of the iPad lockers provided.

INTERACTION WITH EDUCATORS

Considering the Christian principles on which the school is based, all interactions between students and educators need to take place in a respectful manner.

  1. Back-chatting will not be tolerated. If a student has a grievance as to the manner in which an educator has spoken to him/her or given him/her an order, he/she should discuss his/her grievance with the educator after the lesson, or at another time convenient for both the student and the educator.
  2. No talking while the educator is teaching.
  3. If the student has a question or comment, he/she should raise his/her hand and wait for the educator to ask for his/her comment.
  4. Insolent behaviour will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely.

INTERACTION WITH YOUR PEERS

  1. No fraternising (intimate contact) during school hours, at any time when in uniform, on a school outing or when representing the school.
  2. No racist or sexist comments or actions.
  3. No intimidating behaviour or aggressive, threatening language.
  4. No humiliation of others in public or at any other time.
  5. When a classmate makes a comment in class, show respect by not talking while he/she is talking.
  6. Students may be suspended if they are seen to be disrupting the education process.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

In line with the school’s Mission Statement ideal of providing a holistic, well-rounded education, we see participation in extra-curricular activities as an important part of school life. Students are also able to build team spirit, learn important skills of working together and develop pride in the school by representing the school in all areas.

  1. Every student is required to participate in at least one extra-mural activity per term.
  2. Once registered for an activity, the student is expected to attend all practices/meetings/matches correctly attired.
  3. Absence from a meeting/practice/match must be explained by a letter from the parents/guardian.
  4. A minimum of 8 hours community service per term is expected as per the Life Orientation criteria.

SCHOOL OFFENCES

Marist Brothers Linmeyer is committed to forming responsible young people. Certain behaviour or actions by a student indicate a serious lack of responsibility and need to be addressed in a way that ensures that the student involved begins to take steps towards a more responsible way of life. For this reason, the following rules are part of the Code of Conduct of Marist Brothers Linmeyer:

  1. No vandalising of school property (or property that does not belong to the individual concerned) will be tolerated.
  2. There will be no smoking, smoking paraphernalia or consumption of alcohol on the school property at any time; also no smoking or consumption of alcohol when a student is on a school outing, representing the school or in school uniform.
  3. No truancy, or leaving the school property during school hours without written permission, will be tolerated.
  4. No racist or other derogatory comments, made to any student, staff member, parent or adult at the school, will be condoned.
  5. If you are required to represent the school in a particular team or event, you are expected to honour the commitment.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

We do realise that it may be necessary for some students to carry cellular phones in order to contact parents before and after school. Should you need to contact your child urgently or in the case of an emergency, please phone reception and work through the school system. The school will not be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of cellular phones, or any other item for that matter. Students must be responsible and keep valuables on them at all times. Cellular phones must not be visible and must be switched off during school time. Ringing phones will be confiscated and kept in a safe place until the end of the day. Students encountered using or receiving any form of message during teaching time will be punished with a demerit. Please co-operate with us in this regard. iPod/MP3 players may not be used during teaching time. When using iPads the following must be noted: Inappropriate media must not be used as a screensaver or background photo. Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes. Internet games are not allowed on the iPads during school hours and whilst on the school’s network. The student’s school email address may only be used for school and educational purposes. A student may not remove themselves off of the Light speed MDM once they have registered their iPad with the school.

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