CODE OF CONDUCT
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
I have the responsibility to uphold this Code of Conduct.
Our model allows us to:
- I have the right to be educated in a controlled and structured academic environment as expressed in the Classroom Code of Conduct
I have the responsibility to create the opportunity for others to work without hindrance and to pay full attention.
- I have the rights to be respected by other members of the school community, regardless of personal, religious or cultural differences
I have the responsibility to respect the individuality of others.
- I have the right to freedom of speech and to voice my opinion in a mature, tactful and appropriate manner
I have the responsibility to listen to and respect the opinions of others.
- I have the right to treated with fairness
I have the responsibility to treat others in a fair and just manner.
- I have the right to the security of my person and my property
I have the responsibility to uphold honest behaviour and security in the school.
- I have the right to make use of available school facilities and property
I have the responsibility to respect and maintain these facilities and property.
- I have the right to the support of the school in my participation in cultural, sporting or academic activities
I have the responsibility to uphold school spirit by participation in and support of cultural, sporting and academic activities.
- I have the right, where possible and when appropriate, to be involved in and informed about decisions taken in the school
I have the responsibility to respect the decisions made and react to them in a mature fashion.
- I have the right to work in a clean and litter-free environment
I have the responsibility to maintain a clean and litter free environment.
- I have the right to ask for help and advice
I have the responsibility to do so at an appropriate time and in an appropriate manner, and to give advice and help myself.
- I have the right to have school activities begin punctually
I have the responsibility to be punctual in every part of my school life.
- I have the right to be given books and appropriate texts which are in a serviceable, usable condition
I have the responsibility to care for my books and return them as I receive them.
- I have the right to participate in the life of the community
I have the responsibility to uphold the values of the school when out of school uniform.
SCHOOL RULES AND POLICIES
Although there are a number of regulations which help in the smooth running of the school, there is really only one guiding principle:
‘At all times use your common sense and do not do anything that will bring you or your school into disrepute’.
School Uniform and Appearance
- The written permission of the Headmaster or his Deputy is required in the event of any deviation from these norms.
- Show pride in your school by ensuring that your uniform is always neat.
- Full uniform must be worn at all times between School and home, at all functions and on excursions. Blazer buttons to be in place and buttoned at all appropriate times, particularly in public and when representing the school at events.
- The details of the correct uniform and special sports kits are to be found in the Prospectus and must be adhered to.
- All items of clothing must be marked with the owner’s name.
- Full uniform or a school tracksuit must be worn after sports practices.
- Medical identification tags and wristwatches may be worn, but no jewellery or lapel badges unrelated to school may be worn.
- Hair must be reasonably short, and must be kept neat and well-groomed. It must be clear of the ears and off the collar and forehead. Sideburns must be short and unobtrusive. No unnatural colouring of hair or ‘steps’ are permitted. Boys must be clean-shaven at all times.
- No tattoos are permissible.
Attitude, Manners and Respect for Others
- Develop a positive attitude towards your School, your studies and your involvement in co-curricular activities.
- Develop self-discipline and responsibility for your own academic progress.
- Identify with the traditions of the school.
- Good manners and respect for others are expected of a Westville boy at all times, therefore, be respectful to adults at all times, and courteous to visitors to the School.
- Bullying is forbidden.
- Do not use offensive or foul language. This will include racist, sexist or other inappropriate language.
Punctuality and Bounds
- Be punctual to school and to all classes.
- No boy may leave school at any time except with the permission of the Headmaster or Form Controller. A signed exeat form is to be obtained from the Headmaster’s Secretary.
- Observe all regulations which specify areas that are out of bounds, or where access is restricted to certain times.
- Boys must not swim unless the swimming supervisor in charge is present. At all other times the swimming pool area is out of bounds.
Respect for Property
- Take care of your own belongings, and show respect for the property of others.
- Do not bring valuables to school unnecessarily. Any large sums of money or valuables should be handed to the Secretary for safekeeping. The use of cell phones on the school premises is prohibited except in the case of emergencies. Cellphones must remain secured in personal lockers during the school day.
- Take pride in the school grounds and buildings by assisting to keep them neat and free of litter.
- Any breakage or damage to property must be reported immediately.
- All pupils must rent a locker. Due care must be taken to ensure that the locker is maintained in neat condition.
- Discipline and self-control must be observed on public and private transport to and from school.
- Cars, motorbikes and cycles must be parked and locked in the areas set aside.
- Where such permission is granted, vehicles must be driven in a cautious and responsible manner along the allocated routes through the school grounds.
- Every boy is expected to participate in the cultural and sporting life of the school.
- Correct kit must be worn for all activities.
- Display the kind of sportsmanship and teamwork which the school values and strives to promote.
Classroom Code of Conduct
- Everyone has the right to learn without interference from others.
- Be punctual and prepared for the lesson (books/files/equipment).
- Use appropriate language – encourage communication.
- Show politeness and consideration – exercise self-discipline.
- Take care of furniture and equipment.
- Respect the property of others.
The list of offensive behaviour which follows will result in disciplinary action which could include suspension or expulsion. This list is not necessarily all-inclusive. Offensive behaviour includes all misconduct considered to be in conflict with the School Rules and Policies and the Code of Conduct.
- Academic dishonesty
- Actions and/or conduct of a racist nature, whether provocative or not
- Aiding and/or abetting others to flaunt and/or break the School Rules
- Any action which may bring the school’s name into disrepute
- Assault, bullying, harassment, intimidation or initiation practices
- Breaking a law of the land
- Guilt proven in a court of law
- Intimidation or threats to educators and fellow learners
- Lying and or dishonesty
- Persistent disobedience
- Possession of any weapon, pornographic material, or anything which endangers the physical or moral wellbeing of the school and its pupils
- Sexual harassment or assault
- Smoking or the possession of cigarettes
- Substance/drug abuse, or possession, distribution and/or sale of illegal substances
- Undermining or defiance of authority of educators
- Use or possession of alcohol at school
- Vandalism or graffiti
- Vulgar or offensive language
The school follows procedures in terms of the SA and KZN Schools Acts, and Regulation 285 pertaining to the KZN Schools Act.