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Code of Conduct
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STRIVE TO ACHIEVE
The purpose of a Code of Conduct is to promote positive discipline, self-discipline and exemplary conduct, as learners learn by observation and experience.

The ultimate responsibility for learners’ behaviour rests with their parents or guardians.

It is expected that parents will:

1. Support the school, and require learners to observe all school rules and regulations and accept responsibility for any misbehavior on their part;

And

2. Take an active interest in their children’s schoolwork and make it possible for the children to complete assigned homework.

Strubenvale Primary School has implemented a “Merit and Demerit” system in an attempt to teach pupils self-discipline, and so doing maintain discipline within the school, whereby all children are given the opportunity to learn without unpleasant distraction caused by undisciplined children.

This system cannot work without the co-operation and support of ALL parents of the school.

- After 200 merits a learner will receive a merit certificate
- After 500 merits the parents will receive a congratulatory letter in this regard. The parents will be invited to an assembly when the learner will receive a MERIT BADGE FOUNDATION PHASE.

THE SYSTEM WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AS FOLLOWS:

1. Parents, teachers and pupils will be supplied with a list of offences not acceptable to the school as well as a list of activities which are most acceptable to the school.
2. Each register teacher manages a CODE OF CONDUCT BOOK, wherein bad marks and good marks are recorded.
3. Merits are added up at the end of each year and passed on to the next grade teacher. These merits accumulate until the learner achieves 500 merits.
4. The amount of bad marks accompanying offences vary according to the severity of the offence.
After one bad mark the pupil will receive a demerit.
After five demerits the parents will be requested to visit the school to discuss their child’s attitude and behavior at school.
5. The amount of good marks accompanying an activity will also vary according to the importance thereof.
6. It is important to note that in cases of severe misconduct, parents will be notified immediately.

MERITS

The list of activities which will result in merits being awarded.

Academic

Classwork – Senior Primary
1  x Merit for every five stars / good work exercises
1  x Merit for exceptional projects / assignments

Classwork – Junior Primary
1  x Merit for every three stars (According to Junior Policy)
2  x Merits for every 5 stars / good work (according to Policy)
2  x Merits for exceptional projects / assignments
3  x Merits for pupils chosen as Class Captain – Excellent at duties
2  x Merits if pupil is chosen as leader – Excellent at duties
2  x Merits if pupil is chosen as Monitor

Positive attitude and behavior/helpfulness etc.
1  x Merit for every five positive comments in Code of Conduct Book

Reports
3  x Merits for each Level 7 on report card.

General

School/Media Prefects and Scholar Patrol
15  x Merits for one terms diligent work and extra work awarded by teacher in charge
15  x Merits if scholar patrol win the trophy
7  x Merits if scholar patrol comes second

Pupil of the week
3  x Merits for being chosen as Pupil of the Week

Most books read
3  x Merits for winning the trophy

Carols by Candlelight
3  x Merits for participation

Attendance
3  x Merits per term for perfect attendance

Fire Fighting Team
3  x Merits for one weeks diligent work and extra work awarded by teacher in charge

Enviro Club
3  x Merits per term awarded by teacher in charge

Paper Collection
3  x Merits per term for the child who bring most paper in his/her class

Class Captain
5  x Merits per term for diligent work and assistance to teacher

Cultural

Singing: Choir/individuals in music festival
1  x Merit for participation in choir and regular attendance each term
2  x Merits for representing Strubenvale at Music Festival
2  x Merits for participation in Music Festival or any other competition
4  x Merits for trophy winner
3  x Merits for A++
2  x Merits for A+
1  x Merit for A and A-

Speech
Any Music Festival/Kunswedstryd/Carpe Diem
1  x Merit for participation in Internal Speech Evening
2  x Merits for representing Strubenvale at the Inter-School
1  x Merit for Participation in any of the above
4  x Merits for trophy winner
3  x Merits for A++
2  x Merits for A+
1  x Merit for A and A-

Chess
1  x Merit for participation in the Inter-School competition
1  x Merit for participation and regular attendance
2  x Merits for winning a match
3  x Merits for winning the League

Operetta Plays
5  x Merits for leading roles
2  x Merits for participation in any way and regular attendance

Quiz
1  x Merit for participation in Inter-House Team
1  x Merit for participation in Inter-School Team
2  x Merits for each team member if they win the quiz (Inter-House and Inter-School)

Sport

Netball
1  x Merit for playing in Inter-House Team
1  x Merit for each match played each week
2  x Merits for each game won
3  x Merits for Springs Team
4  x Merits for Eastern/Central Gauteng Team

Rugby
1  x Merit for each match played
2  x Merits for each game won
3  x Merits for Springs Team
4  x Merits for Eastern Gauteng Team

Tennis
1  x Merit for participating in match each week
1  x Merit for participating and regular attendance
2  x Merits for winning a match
3  x Merits for area winners
4  x Merits for being chosen for Eastern Gauteng
3  x Merits for trophy winners
4  x Merits for winning Eastern Area

Mini-tennis
1  x Merit for beginners regular attendance
3  x Merits for team playing
3  x Merits for each player for each game won
4  x Merits for each player for winning League

Athletics
1  x Merit for participation in Inter-House Team
1  x Merit for each Inter-School Team
1  x Merit for a 2nd or 3rd position at Inter-School individual and relays
5  x Merits for Springs Team
10  x Merits for Eastern/Central Gauteng Team
5  x Merits for Victor/Victrix Laudorum

Cross Country/Mini Marathon
1  x merit for participating in the above
1  x Merit for each Inter-School event
5  x Merits for position 1 to 5
3  x Merits for position 6 to 10

Cricket
1  x Merit for playing in team each week
2  x Merits for each game won
5  x Merits for Hat-trick or half century scored
3  x Merits for Springs Team
5  x Merits for Eastern Team
10  x Merits for National Colours

Mini-Cricket
1  x Merit for regular attendance
1  x Merit for playing in team
2  x Merits for each game won
2  x merits for “Man of the Match”

Soccer




School Colours

School Colours will only be awarded to pupils who receive provincial colours for a particular sport played at school or for attending the necessary academic requirements as indicated in the School’s Prospectus. Grade 7 pupils have the opportunity of attaining their Honours Colours if they have accumulated the necessary amount of points by the end of their Grade 6 year or during the course of their Grade 7 year. This badge will not simply be awarded to the pupil. The pupil has to apply for this honour in writing.



Pupils who participate in sport outside the school e.g. Baseball, Soccer, Lifesaving etc. and who receives Easterns Colours  x  3 Merits
Any pupil receiving South African Colours, irrespective of sport  x  10 Merits
Certificates awarded for other activities e.g. Ballet, Horse-Riding, Judo, Modelling etc.  1  x Merit

A merit badge is awarded to the pupil who attains the most merits in each grade each term.

DEMERITS

List of offences which will result in the demerits being given.
N.B.  1 Bad mark will result in 1 demerit being given!

Schoolwork and related offences

A pupil will receive 1 demerit each time the following offences are committed:
Homework diary, School Notice and/or return slips not signed and/or returned.
Homework not done or is incomplete.
Classwork not done or is incomplete.
Books left at home or abused.
Stationery not at school or incomplete.

Time related offences

A pupil will receive 1 demerit each time the following offences are committed.
Arriving late at school.
Arriving late in class after breaks.
Not attending practices.
Failing to submit a letter after being absent.

Offences related to school apparatus

A pupil will receive 1 demerit each time the following offences are committed.
Personal clothing not clearly marked.
Wearing incorrect or incomplete school uniform.
Sport clothes and/or P.T clothes left at home.

Behavioral offences

A pupil will receive 2 demerits each time the following offences are committed. This could, however, deviate according to the severity.
Challenging authority.
Disobeying teachers, prefects and/or class captains.
Aggressive behavior.
Disturbing group activities.
Disrupting class activities.
Littering.
Not lining up in an orderly manner.
Being in “out of bounds” areas.
Chewing gum.
Eating and/or drinking in class.

Serious offences

A pupil will receive 3 demerits each time the following offences are committed. This could, however, deviate according to the severity.
Dishonesty.
Telling lies/fibs.
Fighting.
Threatening pupils or any staff member.
Intimidation.
Abusive language.
Being sent to the time-out desk.