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Section G:  DISCIPLINARY STRUCTURES AT THE SETTLERS HIGH SCHOOL

Every teacher is responsible for discipline and has the full authority and responsibility to correct the behaviour of learners whenever such correction is necessary. Any corrective measure or disciplinary action will correspond with and be appropriate to the offence.
All learners will abide by the discipline system that has been developed to assist
and guide learner behaviour in the School.ry procedure to follow. An offence not listed may be classified according to the educators discretion.

FIRST "LEVEL" OF PUNISHMENT
VS
Staff Prefect
a. General Comments:
  • Staff are responsible and accountable for the first "level" of punishment
  • Punishment administered by the staff member closest to the offence is most effective.
  • Staff must be seen to take action first.... and then only
    • pass on to the existing structures/grade head/heads of discipline.
a. General Comments:
  • Prefects are responsible and accountable for the first "level" of punishment.
  • Punishment administered by the prefect closest to the offence is most effective.
  • Prefects must be seen to take action first... and then only...
    • pass on to the existing structures/grade head/heads of discipline.
    • ...use discretion...
Examples of suitable punishment:
  • Reprimand
  • Standard method of writing out
    • e.g.
    • Code of Conduct two page system
  • Keep small groups after school, during breaks
  • Sticker system
    - obtain sticker from secretary's office
  • Communicate with parents
    - by means of homework book
    - telephonically
Examples of suitable punishment:
  • Reprimand
  • Standard method of writing out
    • e.g.
    • Code of Conduct
  • Keep small groups after school, during breaks
  • other?

  • Prefects to organize spot checks/inspections of uniform, assembly books, school bags etc.



b. Latecomers
  • Offence: Learners who are late for the stert of the school day.
  • Procedure: Learners must get a late note from the front office
  • Demerits: 1 demerit point

 

SECOND "LEVEL" OF PUNISHMENT
VS
Staff Prefect
Discipline Structures: Discipline Structures:
a. Detention (MIC = Staff member)

Offence:           Learners who have defaulted with regard to the first "level" of disciplined as outlined above.

Procedure:       Staff member to complete Detention slip obtainable from staffroom - place in DT envelope in staffroom.

Demerits:         5 demerit points
Default
With Regard
To DT:               Saterday detention


 
a. Work Squad (MIC = Prefect)

Offence:               Learners who have defaulted with regard to the first "level" of discipline as outlined above

                AND

other non-academic offences

Procedure:             Prefect to complete Work Squad slip obtainable from prefect's room.
Demerits:               5 demerit points
Default
With regard
To Work Squad:   Detention

 

THIRD "LEVEL" OF PUNISHMENT

1.    Grade Heads must be prominent in the disciplinary process.  Educators who feel that the normal "Levels of Discipline" -  i.e. first and second level, have been exhausted on the specific learner without success OR that the offence is of such a nature that a senior person must deal with it then such a learner must first be sent to the Grade Head.  Grade Heads should pursue one or more of the following measures in dealing with such learners:
 

  • Counselling
  • Daily report
  • In School Suspension
  • Interviews with learners and parents
  • Refer learner to Heads of Discipline or Headmaster


2.     The function of Head of Discipline will be distributed between the two deputy headmasters.  Grade Heads must refer disciplinary problems as follows:
Very serious matters, e.g. smoking, bunking etc., must be referred to the Heads of Discipline immediately.
3.      All records are to be filed.
4.    The Headmaster is to be used in an overall capacity as required.

Also including

5.    Saturday Detention and/or community service (MIC = Head Pastoral)

Offence:    Learners who have defaulted with regard to the second "level" of discipline as outlined above and serious offences at the discretion of the Headmaster and Heads of Discipline.
Procedure:    HM and Heads of Discipline counsels learners and places learner in Saturday DT and or community service.  Parents are informed by letter sent by HM and Heads of Discipline.  Copy of letter given to grade head and grade head files in learner's personal file.
Default wrt Sat DT: Parents interviewed and possible Gov Body intervention.

Demerits:  15 demerit points for Saturday detention and 10 demerit points for every 10 hours of community service

Prefects are to make use of this third " level" of punishment in the same way as educators.


 FOURTH "LEVEL" OF PUNISHMENT

1.    Saturday detention(s) and/or community service in consultation with the Governing Body at the discretion of the HM

2.    Suspension of a Learner by the Principal or Deputy Principal as a Precautionary Measure in consultation with the Governing Body . Principal or Deputy Principals may suspend a learner, as a precautionary measure, with regard to a learner who is charged with a serious misconduct offence as contemplated in section 8 of the SA Schools Act.

3.    Disciplinary hearing.


Prefects role in level 4 is the same as level 3
 

Asummary of Discipline Structures and Policys at TSHS

  Late-comers Work Squad Detension Sat. Detension Community Service
Days   Wednesday Tuesday + Friday Saturday During school holidays OR after school if circumstances dictate
Time and Value   3/4 hours Called over intercom to report to front office Meet at Deputy office at end of day for 1 hour Commences 15 min after end of day Meet manco member in school foyer 9.00am – 12.00am From 8:00- 15:00 in the holidays to the educator on duty Or immediately after school to head of discipline
Punishment for... One mark is deducted from the Pastoral mark in Life Orientation for each time that al earner is late non-academic offence 5 marks are deducted from the Pastoral mark in Life Orientation Serious offences 5 marks are deducted from the Pastoral mark in Life Orientation 1. Default with regard to Detention 2. Serious offence (Level3 and 4 misdemeanours) at HM/Head of Discipline's Discretion 15 marks are deducted from the Pastoral mark in Life Orientation Serious offences (level 3 and 4) 10 marks per 10 hours are deducted from the Pastoral mark in Life Orientation
Activity during   School maintenance No talking and no work to be done. No talking and no work to be done. Do physical labour in and around the school
Procedure for placement of pupil in...   "Note System" 1. Notes in prefects room 2. Prefects fills out form in duplicate and correctly 3. Learner signs and keeps copy 4. Prefects keep other copy for own record and compiles list for notice board "Note System" 1. Notes in staff room 2. Staff fills out form and counterfoil correctly 3. Learner signs and keeps the counterfoil 4. Staff places other copy in DT envelope DT defaulters: Head of Discipline will inform pupils Other: Headmaster/Head of discipline to inform learners and give names to staff member on duty (Parents informed by letter.) Headmaster/Head of discipline to inform learners and give names to staff member on duty (Parents informed by letter.)
Default + Follow up   “Learners absent from school on day: - Work Squad transferred *Learners absent without acceptable excuse: - DT *Learners absent from school on day: - Detention transferred *Learners absent without acceptable excuse: - Sat DT Defaulter to be phoned on Saturday morning and/or HM/Head of Discipline to take appropriate action and/or matter referred to Governing Body Defaulter to be phoned and/or HM/Head of Discipline to take appropriate action and/or matter referred to Governing Body