General Policies

General principles

  1. Laerskool Van Dyk Primary is not a free school and school fees have to be paid before the 7th of every month. Application for exemption from school fees must be done on the relevant forms before the end of the FIRST TERM.  Forms are available at the Financial office.
  2. Learners are always expected to behave in a courteous and considerate manner towards each other, the prefects, all members of staff and visitors to the school
  3. Learners are expected to abide by the school’s rules about appearance and behaviour when representing the school both during school hours and after school hours, at school and away from school. Learners may not say or do anything that will discredit themselves or the school.
  4. No learner has the right at any time to behave in a manner that will disrupt the learning activity of other learners or will cause another learner physical or emotional harm.
  5. The school will contact parents/guardians when a learner’s behaviour becomes a cause for concern and will endeavour, in a spirit of constructive partnership, to resolve the problem.

General Rules

  1. Loitering, running, and/or playing in/on and around the corridors, stairwells and toilets are forbidden.
  2. All litter must be placed in refuse bins or wastepaper baskets.
  3. Wilful damaging, vandalising or neglect of school property and the property of others, either by writing or by physical act, is prohibited. Theft of school and private property is also prohibited.
  4. Any act of cheating in class work, homework, informal and formal tests or internal or external examination is prohibited. Furthermore, copying of another pupils’ work /or borrowing another learner’s work is forbidden.
  5. Disruptive, unruly, rude, and/or offensive behaviour will not be tolerated.
  6. It is the responsibility of each learner to hand in work on time. This include assessment tasks.
  7. Learners who fail to produce a medical certificate after absenteeism during formal examinations/tests/ assessment tasks will be given a second opportunity to do the task if he/she does not do it he/she will obtain a mark of “0” (nought) for the particular examination/test/assessment task.
  8. The learner will respect the beliefs, culture, dignity, and rights of other learners, as well as their right to privacy and confidentiality.
  9. Language, which is deemed to be pejorative, discriminatory, or racist is prohibited.
  10. Any act that belittles, demeans, or humiliates another learner’s culture, race or religion is prohibited.
  11. All learners have the right to an education free of interference, intimidation, and/or physical abuse. The learner will respect the safety of other learners. Fighting or threatening other learners is forbidden.
  12. The learner will respect those learners in positions of authority. A learner who is in a position of authority will conduct him/herself in a manner befitting someone in authority. S/he will respect the rights of other learners and will not abuse such authority bestowed upon him/her through his/her position.
  13. The carrying, copying, and/or reading of offensive material are strictly prohibited.
  14. Learners must keep clear of areas that are indicated as out of bounds. These include:

14.1 The school motor vehicles area and garage

14.2 The netball fields, stairs, school hall, auditorium etc. except while attending official sports practice and matches, assembly or during a lesson while under the supervision of the subject teacher.

14.3 Electrical mains distribution boxes, fire extinguishers and hoses

14.4 Parking lots

14.5 The school building (this exclude the toilets that may be used during break times)

Valuables and personal belongings

The school will not be held responsible for theft of or damage to personal belongings on school premises (e.g. cell phones, tablets, bags, books, and clothing)

  1. Learners should avoid bringing cell phones, large sums of money and valuables to school. Cell phones may not be switched on during a normal school day. If the learner brings a cell phone to school, the learner must carry a written request from the parent, which must provide for an indemnification against loss of or damage to the cell phone.
  2. If a parent requests a learner to pay school fees on his/her behalf, such school fees should be paid before the start of the school day. The parent/learner must pay the money in at the financial office. No staff member will take responsibility for school fees or may receive school fees.
  3. Arrangements should be made with the teacher in charge for safekeeping of valuables, etc. during sports practices.
  4. Learners may not bring computer games, iPods, earphones, or similar electronic devices to school.
  5. The school have lockers available that can be hired from the school by learners. The learners must abide by the policy regarding “Hiring of a locker”

Rules Governing Public Places

The school is a place of safety where laws pertaining to public spaces are applicable.

  1. No dangerous objects or illegal drugs as defined in the SA schools act or the Safety Regulations will be brought onto and/or used on the school property unless authorised by the principal for educational purposes. Dangerous objects include knives, firearms or any item that could harm a person.
  2. The carrying and/or smoking of cigarettes or e-cigarettes are prohibited.
  3. Alcohol is not permitted on school premises or during any school activity.
  4. The carrying of and/or consumption of illegal chemical substances and drugs is prohibited.
  5. If a learner is in possession of prescription medication a copy of the doctor’s script should always be kept by the learner.

Transport

  1. The Code of Conduct is applicable when making use of public transport to and from school.
  2. Learners may not hitchhike while in school uniform, whether formal or sports dress.
  3. Public transport drivers can only park in the allocated parking areas

School Enrichment Programme

Involvement in activities making up the School Enrichment Programme forms a valuable and integral part of the holistic education of every learner. All learners are therefore expected to become actively involved in at least one sport or cultural and/or service activity.

  1. The learner is expected to adopt the correct etiquette pertaining to the specific activity at all times.
  2. Once a learner has committed him/herself to an activity, s/he will be bound by the rules and obligations related to that activity.
  3. Involvement in a specific activity will span the entire season/duration in which that activity takes place.
  4. Attendance of all practices is compulsory. Missing a practice without a valid excuse from the learner’s parents may result in the learner being suspended from participation in one (1) inter-school league fixture.
  5. Appropriate kit/uniform will be worn to practices.
  6. The correct match kit/uniform will be worn to inter-school league fixtures.
  7. Learners travelling to away fixtures will travel in full school uniform unless other arrangements have been made.
  8. Sports and other kit must be carried in an appropriate bag.
  9. Learners playing in home league fixtures must arrive at the venue in their appropriate sports kit/uniform.
  10. It is the parent’s responsibility to fetch learners on time after a sport/culture event

 

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