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Section 1 – Introduction
Our Code of Conduct promotes the Mission Statement of Kingfisher Lake Children’s College and works towards a well-balanced, broad education for pupils, a professional environment for teachers and an atmosphere for the extension of generally accepted family principles. It applies to all aspects of school life and incorporates both behavioural goals and disciplinary codes. Our Code of Conduct defines the standard behaviour expected of and required from all stakeholders.
It is accepted that the code is a dynamic document, requiring frequent deliberation, and possible revision, in order to always satisfy the needs of Kingfisher Lake International Children’s College community. To this end, you are invited to submit any suggestions that may be reviewed from time to time.
If all parties adhere to both the spirit and the letter of the code, healthy working relationships will be created between parents, teachers and pupils, these relationships being the essential foundation for the creation of a constructive teaching, learning and growing environment. The disciplinary codes are intended to promote the maintenance of discipline and order at Kingfisher Lake International Children’s College (hereafter referred to as “Kingfisher Lake”).
The Code of Conduct is to be presented to all parties concerned on first acceptance to Kingfisher Lake. Signature by parents/guardians of the Contract of Enrolment indicates an acceptance of the Code, as does the employment contract for teachers.
Section 2 : Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct applies to all within the ambit of Kingfisher Lake. It promotes the good of pupils, teachers and parents. Regardless of specific age or role, all associated with Kingfisher Lake will conduct themselves appropriately at all times to ensure optimum accomplishment.
2.1 Code of Conduct – Pupils
By attending Kingfisher Lake pupils will endeavour to:
• mature through their childhood years;
• develop their intellectual, emotional, sporting, cultural abilities;
• develop thinking and problem solving skills;
• gain knowledge about the world in which they live;
• improve social and friendship skills;
• explore career opportunities and follow related educational programmes;
• Enhance their awareness of conscious living and sustainability
• care for all other beings and persons especially those less fortunate than themselves.
Pupils are to understand that they each, through their own response to the Code of Conduct and subsequent daily behaviour, either encourage or prevent the attainment of the College’s objectives. The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to ensure that the opportunities presented at Kingfisher Lake are fully utilised. The code thus identifies what behaviour is required and expected. This follows from 2.1.1 – 2.1.3 and in the associated discipline codes in Sections 3, 4, 6.
2.1.1 As regards teachers:
Pupils will respect the right of teachers to teach, to co-ordinate learning activities and to facilitate the full school programme. Pupils will show respect to teachers by:
• being punctual to class;
• following all teacher instructions;
• being attentive in class;
• applying themselves to the work set;
• not being disruptive in any way;
• not talking in class until invited to do so;
• not moving from desks without permission;
• acquiring permission to participate in lessons;
• doing tasks, as set by teachers, to the best of their abilities.
2.1.2 As regards other pupils:
Pupils will respect the rights of others to learn. This will be shown by:
• not distracting other pupils from their tasks;
• giving others opportunities to make contributions in class and in tasks;
• not interrupting others while they contribute;
• respecting others’ points of view;
• not ridiculing others.
2.1.3 As regards personal application
Each pupil will make the most of every opportunity to achieve well in College. This will be accomplished by:
• attending school every term day, unless incapacitated and authorised to stay away by a parent or guardian;
• devoting time and effort to academic studies, as per the timetable and the demands of self-study;
• taking part willingly and enthusiastically in class activities;
• working independently and doing more than the minimum required;
• doing homework and project work as set;
• presenting assignments well and on time;
• preparing well for tests and examinations;
• working neatly;
• showing commitment to academic achievement;
• participation in the extramural programme.
2.2 Code of Conduct – Teachers
Through their acceptance of employment at Kingfisher Lake teachers will commit to:
• provide service to Kingfisher Lake;
• utilise their professional skills for the purpose of educating the pupils;
• contribute holistically to the programme of the College;
• advance their own career opportunities and those of others;
• maintain contact with parents as individuals and as a body;
• provide care in whatever circumstances and for whomever requires it within the College.
While every teacher can expect the respect, support and co-operation of the College, parents and pupils in his or her efforts to create a healthy learning environment inside and outside the classroom, it is important that teachers acknowledge their responsibilities. Teachers at Kingfisher Lake thus undertake to:
• maintain a professional bearing and manner and by so doing set a positive example to the pupils;
• be well prepared;
• be fully conversant with the demands of the syllabi taught;
• be punctual;
• mark and return assignments, tests and examinations within a reasonable period of time;
• praise, encourage and motivate pupils;
• help create a concept of team work or partnership with pupils in the education process;
• help establish and communicate realistic, clear and meaningful goals each year;
• confront pupils who transgress the accepted code, administering punishments when necessary;
• discipline with dignity and follow the principles outlined in the discipline code;
• report serious misconduct to senior executive staff;
• be sensitive to the individual needs and problems of pupils.
Parents of pupils who think a teacher has failed to conform to this code should first approach the Parent Representative of the particular phase who will then raise the matter with the Principal. The College undertakes to treat such approaches sensitively and confidentially in an effort to improve the situation.
2.3 Code of Conduct – Parents
In their association with Kingfisher Lake through their children, parents will undertake to:
• provide their children with the necessities for effective school careers;
• support their children in their studies and various school activities;
• uphold the discipline structures of the College;
• serve on parent committees, as able;
• attend College functions, sport and cultural activities, parent meetings, as able;
• extend their own professional expertise to the College, when required;
• uphold and promote the good name of Kingfisher Lake
While parents can expect the College to provide their children with the best possible education according to the resources available to it, parents must also accept certain responsibilities in achieving the goals set. Parents should:
• support teachers in their efforts to teach their children, i.e. monitor homework, check test results, help set goals, regularly consult their diary for teachers’ comments;
• communicate with Parent Representative or Principal timeously regarding areas of concern before they become major issues;
• make suggestions or provide assistance to improve the educational process and environment;
• encourage their children to participate fully in the College’s programme;
• endeavour to uphold moral and legal behaviour in their children as regards alcohol, cigarettes, substance abuse and sexual activity;
• be aware at all times of the whereabouts of their children and set parameters as far as time lines, transport arrangements, dress codes and appropriate behaviour is concerned;
• communicate with the parents of their children’s friends to verify information and to hereby avoid manipulation.
Section 3 : Discipline Code
3.1 Discipline Code – primary school
• The Discipline Code is built around the Code of Conduct laid out to learners.
• Consequences for breaking the Code of Conduct are predetermined and uniform across the primary school.
• The consequences for transgressing the expected conduct are transparent to all and are presented in language that is accessible to every learner, Years 1–6.
• While there are consequences for deviant behaviour, the emphasis will always remain on positive reinforcement, building up learners and not breaking them down. Equal attention will be placed on commendations as on warnings.
3.1.2 Positive Reinforcement
• Merits can be awarded to the children for:
– right values and good attitudes;
– recycling efforts and community service;
– academic performance;
– Principal’s discretion.
• a record of merits will be kept by each class teacher
3.1.3 Consequences of actions – Building a Responsibility of Self
• This chart will be transparent to all learners. It should be mounted in each classroom, not just home rooms.
• The chart clearly outlines the reporting line when children contravene the Code of Conduct.
• It is written in age and offence appropriate language.
• It places responsibility on the teacher as first line of discipline, but clearly indicates where matters need to be referred to the Principal.
• Each class teacher will discuss the chart with the children and refer them back to it as need arises.
• All warnings will be written up in the class discipline file. • Teachers should be cautious to issue warnings for acts of commission and not omission. Children are to be disciplined for issues of defiance rather than occasional irresponsibility. Staff will consciously guard against punitive and petty policing. Discipline File • This file contains warning sheets for each individual learner. • It should remain in the home room where it may be fetched and updated by other teachers. A system will also be in place where other specialist teachers are able to comment on the children’s behaviour.
• Parents will be kept abreast of accumulated points for misdemeanours. After receiving two warning letters, parents should receive a detention notification which also enlists their help and support concerning the issues of concern. This demands the collection of a reply slip, acknowledging the receipt of our communication. Continued transgressions will be referred to the Principal who will address the matter further.
• Discipline sheets will be filed to Learner Profiles at the end of the year should there be a significant record of deviant behaviour.
Principal Based Discipline
At this level, the discipline will take a formal approach with a disciplinary hearing. The hearing will follow set procedures.
TBD – Teacher Based Discipline
PBD – Principal Based Discipline
2 warning letters to parents
3rd letter (detention) – final advice to parents
• The warnings can be for any misdemeanours and may not necessarily be about the same issue.
• The Principal may issue a detention without warnings.
• It is also important to note that a disciplinary hearing could result in the ultimate removal of the child from Kingfisher Lake International Children’s College.
3.2 Discipline Code – College
It is every pupil’s right to receive an education and while the College will strive to provide the educational opportunities our community has come to expect, it is important that pupils acknowledge their responsibilities in the process.
There are many forms of recognition within the College which reward positive, sustained performance and behaviour. These may take the form of praise, favourable diary or newsletter entries, public announcements, awards made at formal assemblies, Honours Dinner and Prize-Giving. These serve as positive rewards to motivate pupils to achieve and to exhibit the behaviour expected at Kingfisher Lake.
Discipline will be exerted in all cases where behaviour is inappropriate and always with positive purpose – to define the error, correct the behaviour and prevent future infringement.
The following sections will define the kinds of behaviour that will not be tolerated. The procedures and punishments that may be expected are outlined. The discipline code applies whenever a pupil may be associated with Kingfisher Lake, not only during school hours. Please note that it is impossible to list every punishable offence that may be committed by a pupil. For this reason the Principal, or staff member delegated by him for the purpose, may take appropriate action on any behaviour deemed an infringement of the principles of the discipline code.
In all disciplinary procedures, Kingfisher Lake will endeavour to be fair, discrete, consistent, impartial and will treat the pupils with dignity. Moreover, in cases of serious misconduct (when a disciplinary hearing is necessary) parents will be invited to be present with their children.
Section 4 : Drug and Alcohol Policy
Substance abuse is defined for the purpose of this policy as:
“being under the influence of or the unauthorised, excessive or wrongful use of drugs (whether legal or illegal) or alcohol by any member of the College community whenever that person can be associated with the College; a positive identification of drug use by test of an agency recognised by the College for the purpose.”
4.2.1 The Principal will bear responsibility to ensure the property of Kingfisher Lake College remains a drug free zone.
4.2.2 Suitable education, guidance and monitoring programmes will be conducted at the College.
4.2.3 Appropriate actions will be taken in cases of infringements of this policy.
4.2.4 The best interests of the College as a whole will be considered paramount.
4.3.1 This policy will be applied consistently in all cases.
4.3.2 A distinction in culpability will be made between instances of those seeking assistance voluntarily and those discovered.
4.3.3 Anyone associated with the College will be given every assistance, should it be requested, regardless of any disciplinary actions taken.
4.3.4 All assistance given will respect the dignity of those concerned and will be according to generally accepted codes of confidentiality and dignity.
4.4.1 The executive staff will be responsible for providing suitable guidance and educational programmes regarding substance abuse on an ongoing basis.
4.4.2 Whenever possible, the Principal’s requests for assistance in these matters will be acceded to and whatever reasonable support is deemed necessary at any time will be given.
4.4.3 Parent responsibility will be recognised and emphasised throughout.
4.4.4 Outside agencies will be contacted for assistance in both educational and monitoring matters.
4.5.1 All instances of substance abuse will be investigated and actions taken consistent with this policy.
4.5.2 The Principal and staff will be responsible for all necessary investigations.
4.5.3 Kingfisher Lake College reserves the right to:
• exert control at all times, as deemed fit by the Principal;
• arrange urine and/or other drug tests by an outside agency selected by the College for any persons identified by the Principal as possibly being involved (these tests will be at the expense of the College if negative, for the parents’ account if positive);
• use agencies and/or staff teams to monitor persons, belongings, grounds at any time, to identify any possession or usage of drugs or alcohol;
• establish and insist upon adherence to contracts of behaviour to regulate future conduct.
4.5.4 In cases of possession, usage, abuse or distribution, discipline will be meted out, as seen fit by the Principal or disciplinary hearing at the time. Discipline may take the form of:
• withdrawals from College activities;
• community service;
• written or verbal warnings;
• final warnings;
• regular monitoring;
• contracts regulating behaviour;
• referral to the police
• or any other action deemed suitable at the time.
4.5.5 Serious and second infractions will be considered expellable offences.
4.5.6 In every case, parents must be informed of their children’s involvement and of what actions have been and will be taken.
4.5.7 Expulsions and suspensions will be according to the relevant legislation.
4.6.1 In every instance, regardless of whether or not the pupil/s concerned are removed from Kingfisher Lake, Teacher-student counselling will be offered and the College’s facilities or advice made available.
4.6.2 To ensure that Kingfisher Lake’s property is maintained as a drug free zone, the strictest measures must be taken in cases where inappropriate substances are:
• transported to school or to any activity associated with the College;
• passed on to others at school or at any activity associated with the College.
4.6.3 The degree of involvement of any pupil must be assessed thoroughly and actions taken must be commensurate with the severity of the case, the past disciplinary record of the individual concerned, any coercion or intimidation which may have taken place, as well as the reaction of the individual to being involved.
4.6.4 Pupils may be guilty by association: those in company of others at the time they are guilty of infringements to this policy can be deemed similarly culpable and may be subjected to the same or other disciplinary action.
4.6.5 The Principal has the right to search any pupil under suspicion in the presence of another staff member
4.7 Police action
4.7.1 In cases of possession or of the distribution of illegal substances at school, or in activities associated with the College, referral will be made to the police for further investigation.
4.7.2 The College will render to the police whatever assistance is required.
4.7.3 Referral to the police will in no way delay or prevent the implementation of the College’s drug policy.
4.8.1 Parent/Guardian acceptance of the Admission Policy of the College provides prior permission to the Principal to arrange tests at his/her discretion, but only if there is due cause or sufficient evidence to warrant this.
4.8.2 Liaison will take place with parents prior to testing, unless it can be shown that contact was not possible.
Section 5 : Extra Curricular Code
Each activity has its own specific code, to which all participants are expected to adhere. Nevertheless, the following hold as general principles.
Extra- curricular activities are presented to:
• contribute to a balanced College programme;
• foster healthy lifestyles;
• develop interest in sporting and cultural activities;
• develop skills;
• teach respect for the rules of sport;
• teach respect for coaches and officials;
• teach good attitudes towards winning and losing;
• enhance school spirit;
• develop camaraderie and team spirit.
Participants are expected to:
• behave appropriately on and off the sports field;
• play in the spirit of the game always;
• respect opponents;
• show due courtesy;
• attend scheduled practices and matches;
• adhere to the dress code.
Section 6 : Dress Code
No variation to the uniform as specified in the uniform policy document will be permitted. Any item that is not listed may be confiscated if worn by a pupil.
Any sloppy or untidy appearance will not be tolerated.
Serious or repeated infringements of the dress/uniform code will result in removal from the class until the pupil’s appearance is satisfactory.
THE SECURITY OF BOUNDARIES (Dr James Dobson)
Children feel more secure, and therefore tend to flourish, when they know where the boundaries are. Let me illustrate that principle.
Imagine you’re driving a car over the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado, which is suspended hundreds of feet above the canyon floor. As a first-time traveller, you’re pretty tense as you drive across. It is a scary experience. I know one little fellow who was so awed by the view over the side of the bridge that he said, “Wow Daddy! If you fell off of here, it’d kill you constantly!”
Now suppose there were no guardrails on the side of the bridge. Where would you steer the car? Right down the middle of the road. Even though you don’t plan to hit those protective railings along the side, you just feel more secure knowing that they’re there.
It’s the same way with children. There is security in defined limits. They need to know precisely what the rules are and who’s available to enforce them. When these clear boundaries exist at home, the child lives in utter safety. He never gets in trouble unless he deliberately asks for it. And as long as he stays within those reasonable, well-marked guardrails, there’s mirth and freedom and acceptance.
Your children need the security of defined limits, too. They may not admit that they want you to be the boss, but they breathe easier when you lead the way.