GENERAL SCHOOL RULES (FROM THE LEARNER’S DIARY)
1. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
1.1. School starts at 07:50 in the morning and closes at 14:30 in the afternoon. Learners must be punctual. Being late is regarded as a serious offence. If a learner is late, he/
1.2. she must report to the grade head immediately. No person (including parents) may give permission for a child to stay away from school or in any other way prevent a
1.3. learner from attending school. That is a transgression of the Education Act and is punishable with a fine or prison sentence. No learner may:
1.3.1. leave the school grounds during school hours without permission.
1.3.2. incite or order another learner to leave the school grounds.
1.3.3. stay out of class without permission.
1.3.4. enter the school building after being absent unless he/she has reported to the grade head with an absentee letter or a doctor’s certificate. If the learner cannot
1.3.5. present an absentee letter or doctor’s certificate, the absenteeism will be seen as illegal and the learner will be punished with -24 demerits. The letter must
1.3.6. contain the following information: date / name and surname of learner/ reason for absentee / signature of parent / contact number.
1.3.7. miss one or more examinations without a doctor’s certificate.
1.3.8. make an appointment of any description during school hours unless all other possibilities have been investigated. See the introduction to paragraph 1.
It is every learner’s democratic right to receive an education in fitting surroundings and under optimum conditions. No learner may, therefore, disrupt the class or undermine order and authority in any way.
3. CLASSROOM INTERCHANGE
Learners must react to bells promptly and in an orderly manner. Movement in the passages during interchanges must always be along the shortest allocated route and in the shortest possible time.
4. TEXTBOOKS AND STATIONERY
Books must be neat and covered at all times. Only relevant pictures, summaries, sketches, etc., may be done in the books. Books must, under all circumstances, be clean and neat.
5. PROHIBITED AREAS
Each grade group must remain within its defined limits during breaks. No learner may be between the cars of staff or visitors. Only pedestrian areas may be used.
Each grade group must use the toilet facilities reserved for that group only.
6. The following areas inside the building:
6.1. The foyer.
6.2. The staff room.
6.3. The general office as well as all other offices.
6.4. Toilets and cloakrooms reserved for staff members and general workers.
6.5. The copying room.
6.6. The passages, except during interchanges and those which may be used on rainy days.
6.7. Any classroom or workroom except under the supervision of a staff member.
All learners should be in front of the school and not on the tarmac.
8. BEHAVIOUR OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL
Learners must at all times behave in a dignified manner when in contact with members of the public. Behaviour on the street, bus, station and train as well as in shops and taxis must be irreproachable and must not in any way discredit the school.
Behaviour on and off the sports fields must be irreproachable and always in the best interest of the school.
All rules and regulations regarding dress, practice times, match times and any other instruction given by the coach or person in charge must be complied with in every detail.
Learners must respect teachers and fellow-learners at all times. No negative behaviour that mentally or physically affects others will be tolerated. No learner may swear, use abusive or obscene language, neglect his duties or behave in an unacceptable way towards other learners, the Student Council or staff. If being found guilty of any of the above may result in expulsion.
Except for parents and in serious cases: No messages will be received or passed on. No keys, personal belongings, etc., will be made available to strangers.
12. SCHOOL PROPERTY: DAMAGE AND DEFACEMENT
Any damage to school property is the responsibility of the parents/guardians of the guilty child. Costs will be recovered from the parent/guardian.
Letters to parents, notices and reports may be posted or sent to parents via their children. If any of the above-mentioned is sent via the learners, it is the learners’ responsibility to give them to their parents.
14. PROHIBITED ARTICLES
The following articles are prohibited and may not be brought to school:
14.1. Radios, cell phones and other electronic equipment.
14.2. Pornographic magazines, pictures and articles.
14.3. Guns, catapults, crackers, knives or any article that threatens the safety of any person.
14.4. Chewing gum, cigarettes, matches, fire lighters, drugs of any description.
14.5. Any articles not primarily concerned with the reason for our being here, namely, education.
15. PERSONAL BELONGINGS
Learners are, under all circumstances, responsible for the safety of their possessions and money. The school does not accept any responsibility for any loss, regardless of circumstances. Where possible, all personal belongings should be clearly marked.
16.1. Motor Cars: Cars are not, under any circumstances, allowed in the school grounds. Cars may be parked on the pavement in Toner Street.
16.2. Motorbikes: Motorbikes must be parked in the area reserved for them.
16.3. Bicycles: Bicycles may only be ridden on the tarred area. Speeding is not allowed. Bicycles must be parked properly in the bicycle racks.
The school does not accept any responsibility for any damage to, loss of or theft of the above-mentioned. Parents and taxis may not offload learners in the school grounds.
17. TRAFFIC SAFETY
The school is situated on the very busy and dangerous Voortrekker Road. Learners are advised to be careful at all times. Pedestrians and cyclists must cross all roads at the pedestrian crossings.
Learners may not, under any circumstances, trade in any commodity on the school grounds.
19. NOTICE BOARDS
Only notices, letters, articles, pictures, etc., signed by the principal or his representative may appear on notice-boards. These notices are the property of the school and may not, under any circumstances, be removed by learners.
20. NEATNESS RULES UNIFORM
All clothing must be marked.
It is at all times the responsibility of the learners themselves to ensure that their belongings are safe and cared for. The school accepts no responsibility, for whatever reason, for any losses.
20.1. BLAZERS: Compulsory in winter, unless the official school raincoat is worn. No raincoats or matric jackets are allowed during assembly. All buttons, badges and pockets must be sewn on neatly. Do not roll up or push up blazer sleeves.
20.2. SHIRTS AND TIES: Plain school shirts must be worn (no lapels or collar buttons). No T-shirts or vests must be visible above the neckline of a shirt. Only plain white, V-neck T-shirts or vests are allowed.
Winter: Only stiff-collared shirts are allowed. The official school tie must be worn. The top shirt button must be fastened.
Summer: All Grades: An official soft-collared shortsleeved shirt with the badge is worn without a tie.
Winter: Only stiff-collared shirts are allowed. The official school tie must be worn. The top shirt button must be fastened.
Summer: Only soft-collared short-sleeved shirts are allowed. No ties are worn. The collar must be folded neatly over the blazer collar. (NB: No long-sleeved shirts are allowed.)
20.3.1. Long Sleeved Jersey: Only the official school jersey may be worn. Jerseys may only be worn in winter as additional articles of clothing and must be worn with blazers or raincoats. (No sportswear, eg tracksuits, may be worn with school uniforms.)
Summer: May be worn in summer without the blazer.
Winter: Pull-over may only be worn in winter as an additional article of clothing and must be worn with a blazer or the official raincoat.
May not be worn with the long sleeved jersey.
20.3.3. Boys’ Trousers: Only regulation grey school trousers (not tapered) are allowed. Trousers must be fastened above the hips. The hemline must not touch the sole of the shoe. A black or grey belt is compulsory. Only a standard belt buckle will be permitted.
20.4. Girls’ Dresses: The hem must be 13 cm or less from the floor when kneeling.
20.5.1. Boys: Ordinary black lace-up school shoes must be worn. No suede shoes are allowed. Shoes must be clean and laces should be fastened properly at all times. No shoes with brandnames displayed on the shoes are allowed.
20.5.2. Girls: Ordinary black school shoes must be worn. Shoes must be clean and fastened at all times. No shoes with brandnames displayed on the shoes are allowed.
20.6.1. Boys: Only grey school socks are allowed.
20.6.2. Girls: Summer: Only white school socks are allowed (no coloured stripes). The heel and the ankle must be covered. Socks must be folded over only once.
20.7. Girls’ Stockings: In winter plain black school stockings (OPAGUE) must be worn. Socks may not be worn with stockings.
20.8. School Tracksuits: Only for extra-mural activities or PT in the winter. Not to be worn with school uniform.
20.9.1. Only the official black rain jackets, with the school badge, may be worn in the building during winter. The school blazer is compulsory on Wednesdays for assembly during the winter (see also 1.1).
20.9.2. Non-official Raincoats – Anoraks: These may not be worn in the school building. Only black raincoats may be worn and only when it rains.
20.9.3. No T-shirts/jackets allowed to be worn underneath official Parow jacket or blazer.
20.10. Scarves: Only the official school scarf may be worn inside the school building. Ties should be visible at all times. During school hours the scarf must hang straight down or wrapped once around the neck.
20.11. “Beanies”: In winter only official school beanies are allowed. It may only be worn outside the school building before and after school as well as during breaks. Wrong beanies will be confiscated and donated to welfare.
20.12. Gloves: Only ordinary black knitted gloves are allowed. These may be worn in winter.
20.13. Badges: Only badges issued by the school may be worn. No other badges are allowed. A maximum of 4 badges, two on each side, may be worn.
21. OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL HOURS
21.1. All neatness rules apply when dressed in school uniform or the official sport gear.
21.2. School uniform may not be mixed with other clothes (sport and other uniforms).
21.3. Learners may not work in school uniform.
22. JEWELLERY AND ACCESSORIES
22.1. Boys: Only watches and Medic Alert bracelets may be worn.
Watches should be plain (no elaborate accessories, bright colours or attachments).
22.2. Only the official school colours namely white, black, brown, silver and gold. No earrings or reeds are allowed.
22.3. No tongue rings are allowed.
22.4. No teeth fashion accessories are allowed.
22.5. No coloured contact lenses are allowed.
22.6. No non- prescription spectacles are allowed.
22.7. No bright coloured spectacle frames are allowed.
22.8. No tattoos may be visible.
22.9. Girls: Only watches and Medic Alert bracelets may be worn.
22.9.1. Watches should be plain (no elaborate accessories, bright colours or attachments). Only the official school colours namely white, black, brown, silver and gold. Only plain gold or silver ear studs are allowed. (Size: ± 3mm). (NB No sleepers.)
22.9.2. Only plain studs may be worn, one in each ear and only in the bottom hole. (Size: ± 3mm).
22.10. No one may wear studs in second and third holes. No sleepers are allowed.
22.11. No reeds are allowed.
22.12. No tongue rings are allowed.
22.13. No teeth fashion accessories are allowed.
22.14. No coloured contact lenses are allowed.
22.15. No non- prescription spectacles are allowed.
22.16. No bright coloured spectacle frames are allowed.
22.17. No tattoos may be visible.
23. SCHOOL BAGS
24. The official Parow school bag is compulsory for all Gr 8 and Gr 9 learners from January 2018. (Gr 8 – 10 / 2020 Gr 8 – 11 / 2021 Gr 8 – 12)
24.1.1. Bags may only be black with only one logo that does not exceed a 3 cm width and 10 cm length.
24.1.2. Only the name of the pupil may be written once neatly in bold letters (no fancy writing) on the back of the school bag. The writing may not exceed 3cm in height.
24.1.3. Nothing may be attached to the bag.• No graffiti will be allowed.
24.1.4. No fashionable handbags are allowed. Only the official Parow sports bag may be carried as an additional bag.
25. PERSONAL APPEARANCE
25.1.1. Nails must be short and clean.
25.1.2. Boys must be neatly and clean-shaven at all times.
25.1.3. Clothing must be clean and neat. Torn clothing and missing buttons must be attended to immediately.
25.1.4. Hair must be neat, clean and cut according to the school rules.
188.8.131.52. Hair may not be dyed.
184.108.40.206. The hair must be styled according to the shape of the head.
220.127.116.11. Hair may not be gelled or contain any other hair remedies. (No wet look!)
18.104.22.168. Hair may not be curled.
22.214.171.124. The hair must be layered gradually – no step.
126.96.36.199. Sideburns may not be lower than the ear hole.
188.8.131.52. Fringe must be at least 2cm above eyebrows.
184.108.40.206. Hair in the neck must be at least 1cm above the collar.
220.127.116.11. If hair is combed straight down, it may not touch the ears.
18.104.22.168. The general impression must be one of neatness.
22.214.171.124. No patterns (side-parting) may be shaved on the head or eyebrows.
126.96.36.199. No AFRO hair styles will be allowed. Hair may not bush out excessively. No Foreign hairstules allowed.
25.2.1. Clothing must be clean and neat. Torn clothing and missing buttons must be attended to immediately.
188.8.131.52. May not be longer than the finger-tips and only colourless nailpolish (no pink or blue tinge) may be used.
184.108.40.206. The Grade Head must give permission in advance to wear henna for religious beliefs on the nails. Learners may not henna the whole nail – it must be done tastefully.
25.2.3. Make-up: NO make-up, lip gloss, coloured lipgloss or base allowed.
25.2.4. Hair: N.B. Hair must be NEAT.
220.127.116.11. Hair must be tied up if it hangs over the bottom of the blazer or blouse collar.
18.104.22.168. The fringe must not hang in the eyes. If a fringe is worn it may not touch the top part of the eyebrow. No fringe may hang partly over the brow and then be clipped back.
22.214.171.124. No loose hair may hang in the face – it must be clipped back neatly with clips.
126.96.36.199. Hair that hangs down in front of the ears, after being tied back, may not hang below the ears.
188.8.131.52. No ponytails or buns are allowed on top of the head.
184.108.40.206. Hair that falls in the face when looking down must be clipped back.
220.127.116.11. Bob hairstyles must be clipped away from the face.
18.104.22.168. Hair may not be shaved off i.e. you may not be bald.
22.214.171.124. No colouring which gives the hair a maroon, red, blue or unnatural tint may be used. No high- or low lights are allowed.
26. Offenders will be placed on community service until the hair colour is corrected according to the school rules.
126.96.36.199. Gel or any other styling products may not be used. (No wet look!)
188.8.131.52. No fancy hair accesories. eg. Banana clips
184.108.40.206. Braids are allowed on condition that they are not more than 0.5 cm thick; plaits using three strands to a maximum of approximately 35 cm long and all braids must end at the same length.
220.127.116.11. Corn-rows allowed in a linear pattern only.
18.104.22.168. Hair may not bush out excessively. No foreign hairstyles allowed.
26.1.2. No hair decorations will be allowed.
26.1.3. Clips and /or elastics : Metal, black, white or transparent. No combination of above is allowed.
26.1.4. Head bands must not be more than 5cm wide and may not be worn over the ears. Headbands must be plain without holes.
26.1.5. Only the standard white or black alice band, 1 – 2cm wide, may be worn.
26.1.6. Alice bands and head bands may only be worn as functional hair accessories and not as fashion statements.
26.2. In the event of any deviation from the rules, a letter from the parents must be given through to the Grade Head for a permission slip. This permission slip must be obtained in advance from the Grade Head.
27. Learners who do not meet the requirements of the rules, will be punished accordingly.
29. No graffiti allowed on the school uniform and shoes AND no graffiti on the school bag.
31. If you experience any problem in complying with school uniform or neatness rules on a specific day, a letter from your parents must be presented to the Grade Head for you to
32. obtain written permission to be excused.
33. DETENTION POLICY
34. School Council detention for transgression of above rules is on Wednesdays, directly after school for 60 minutes.
35. The Grade Head can place regular transgressors on grade head detention that will be held on Mondays directly after school till 16:30.
36. General detention is on Fridays directly after school till 15:00.
37. If a learner is absent without a suitable excuse an extra day will be added to the punishment.
38. CELLULAR PHONE POLICY
39. No learner may be in possession of a cell phone on the school premises.
40. If a learner is caught in possession of a cell phone, it will be confiscated. The phone,
41. with the sim card, will be placed in a sealed envelope for safe keeping.
42. The cell phone will be handed back upon payment of a R100,00 admin fee at the end
43. of the following month.
44. There will be no further correspondence, negotiations or interviews regarding
45. confiscated cell phones.
46. If learners need to make urgent phone calls, there are many facilities available at the
47. school’s general office and also from Grade Heads. Important messages to learners
48. are also conveyed via the general office.
49. PHYSICAL TRAINING (PT) POLICY
50. Clothing: Boys – Black PT shorts and blue PT shirt, no shoes.
51. Girls – Black PT shorts or black tracksuit pants, blue shirt, and sport shoes or barefoot.
52. NO LEARNER WILL BE ALLOWED TO WEAR SCHOOL SHOES OR WALK ON SOCKS AT ANY TIME.
54. If a learner does not have his or her PT clothes for class, he or she must take off his or her shoes and socks and participate as is for that period.
55. Learners will only be excused from PT with a doctor’s letter, or a letter from their grade head. If parents request learners not to do PT, the learner should still bring PT clothes, as
56. it will be at the discretion of the grade head whether the learner should participate or not.
57. If a learner cannot participate in PT activities due to a medical condition, a doctor’s letter must be presented. In such a case the learner’s Life Orientation mark will be converted.
58. TIME OUT
59. Learners who persevere with transgression against school and classroom rules, will be withdrawn from class by the grade head or school management team and taken
60. to the “Time Out” class for the day of a specific period. They will be under supervision of a teacher and will have to keep themselves busy with school work.
61. CHOICE OF SUBJECTS
62. As subject choice is a decision, which affects a learner’s entire future, the learner is thoroughly prepared for this choice during his/her Grade 9 year.
63. The school has bought a software package to help learners with their subject choices. The “Career Manager” is a user-friendly computer program, which was
64. written in such a way as to enable the learner to select a suitable career for future success. The program not only introduces an interest profile but it also predicts the
65. learner’s ability to master a certain subject field. The program is linked to a database that ensures that learners are made aware of the demands of a chosen career. In
66. order to ensure that learners will make the right decision, this program is compulsory.
67. Learners register only once and can use the program repeatedly until Grade 12.
68. Choice of subject is also vitally important as it affects tertiary education such as universities and technicons.
69. The following criteria are of importance when choosing subjects:
69.1. School record
69.5. Requirements for the subject to be studied in Gr. 12 level
69.6. Parents’ and learner’s choice.
70. The course for Gr. 8 and Gr. 9
70.1.4. Natural Sciences
70.1.5. Economic Management Sciences
70.1.6. Social Sciences
70.1.8. Arts and Culture
70.1.9. Life Orientation
71. The subject choice for Gr. 10 – 12
71.1.1. English First Language
71.1.2. Afrikaans Second Language
71.1.3. Mathematics / Mathematical Literacy
71.1.4. Life Orientation (Compulsory)
71.1.5. Physical Science (Maths Compulsory)
71.1.6. Life Sciences
71.1.7. Business Studies
71.1.8. Accounting (Maths Compulsory)
71.1.9. Consumer Studies
71.1.10. Computer Applications Technology
72. NB: Certain subjects have entrance requirements, which must be met. A prerequisite for Maths Gr 10 is 60% in Maths in Gr. 9. Maths is a prerequisite for Physical Science and
75. HOMEWORK POLICY
76. What is homework?
77. It is definitely work that should be done at home. It should be encouraged to be done at home – then it becomes more meaningful. At home learners have time to reflect
78. on the day’s work, they have time to test their recollection of what was done in the class – they have time to consolidate.
79. The salient points about homework
79.1.1. It should be relevant and meaningful.
79.1.2. It should test learners’ understanding of the work done in school.
79.1.3. It should not involve too much research — but it should be thought provoking.
79.1.4. It must be application work — typical test and exam type questions.
79.1.5. It must not be laborious and boring.
79.1.6. Do not overburden learners with too much homework.
79.1.7. It should be CONSISTENT and continuous — try to avoid long lapses of not giving homework.
79.1.8. Homework should be done entirely by the learner — it must include their thoughts and thinking processes — not their father’s, brother’s or sister’s or friend’s.
80. Checking of homework
80.1.1. Teacher should spend about 5 minutes — to check if every learner has ATTEMPTED homework — there should be WRITTEN PROOF that homework
81. was attempted.
81.1.1. Reprimand or punish learners that have made no attempts at doing the
82.1.1. Reward — praise the learners that have done the homework.
82.1.2. Encourage learners to make an attempt (written) even if homework is difficult.
82.1.3. EMPHASIZE it’s not important to get every question correct but it’s important to attempt every question — their minds are working, thinking as they make the
83. attempt and that’s the idea behind giving homework.
84. Why is homework necessary?
85. Encourage, motivate learners to do homework — emphasize that when they do homework they’re actually studying the relevant work — they must not do it for the
86. sake of showing the teacher they have made an attempt.
87. When they do begin studying for a test — all the homework they have done will make their studying easier.
88. NB: Homework should include all STUDYING time for tests, exams etc. It should include reading time, doing assignments etc.
89. Subject teachers should decide days to choose for their subjects so that there is no clash and learners are not overburdened.
90. The parent’s role
91. Every parent must have:
91.1. A copy of their child’s class timetable.
91.2. A copy of the term programme pasted on the fridge at home so that it is easily visible for the parent to remind their child of their daily responsibilities. This must
92. also serve as a reminder for the parent’s role in monitoring their child.
93. The parent must also physically check every day that the relevant schoolwork for that day is done before the child goes to bed.
94. The parent must SIGN the child’s diary acknowledging that the relevant day’s homework has been done.
95. By checking the term programme the parent must also remind the child to study well in advance for an exam or test, not just speak to them about this, but must sit down
96. with them and see that they are studying schoolwork and not some kind of magazine etc.
97. Educators will be checking homework on a regular basis by putting a stamp in the learner’s book. Parents will also have a space to sign. It is expected of parents to
98. check the homework at regular intervals.
99. The learner’s role
100. The learner MUST have a homework diary that has enough space to write in relevant information about daily school activities that overlap with working at home.
101. The diary must be in the learner’s bag every day… PARENT to check this.
102. The diary must be DATED… Learner and parent have to check the diary every day before the learner goes to bed to make certain that all schoolwork for that day has
103. been done/attempted and also to pack the relevant books for the following school day.