CODE OF CONDUCT
The Code of Conduct is a set of rules that govern the Body of Students at Happy Primary School.
Teacher will take time within each term to explain the rule and regulations that govern students
conduct.
Responsibility for the overall discipline rests with the School Management comprising the Principal
and management.
The School endeavors to provide with Christian values and believes in discipline that is firm, fair
and just. It looks to the parents’ body for support in its effort to provide an environment in which
students are secure and safe. In this regard all parties involved will be considered whenever issues
involving discipline are being discussed.
The purpose of The Code of Conduct is
1. To ensure fair and equal treatment of all students
2. To ensure that corrective action is done timeously should there be an act of indiscipline or
unsatisfactory performance
Principles of the Code
a. The Code shall be applicable to all students including the Prefects’ Body.
b. It is the responsibility of all the Staff members, Prefects body and students’ body at large
to uphold the Code of Conduct at all times.
Expectations from Happy Primary School students:
Attendance
All pupils must:
1. attend on every occasion that the school is in session, unless ill, or unless prior permission has
been given. The head will use discretion on discipline for student absence. Students who miss 30 or
more unapproved days will automatically be deregistered with no further discussion.
2. arrive in school no later than 07:25am, unless involved in a supervised School activity. If a student
is late more that 3 times, disciplinary action will be taken.
3. a note, signed by either a parent or a medical practitioner must be submitted to the
Principal/Deputy Headmaster/Form Teacher to explain each and every absence from school.
4. attend all classes, games and activities as shown on individual timetables;
5. remain on the school premises until the end of each school day;
6. if feeling ill during the course of the school day, go to the Administration (going home
without permission from the Principal or Deputy Head is not permitted);
7. if present in school but unable to take part in school Games or Physical Education classes, bring a
letter of explanation from parents/guardian to the Deputy Head
8. request permission from teachers prior to being absent from class;
9. wear uniform in line with School Uniform Regulations at all times when uniform is worn.
Attitude and behavior
All pupils must:
1. set high standards of behavior for themselves, whether outside school or inside school and on
the journey to and from school, or when involved in school activities;
2. take responsibility for their behavior, attitude and appearance at all times;
3. show courtesy and consideration for all other pupils, teaching and ancillary staff, students senior
to them and visitors to the school at all times.
4. observe and adhere to all safety instructions given to them;
5. arrive in each class on time, with the correct materials and resources and with all necessary
preparatory work and homework completed on time to the best of their ability;
6. follow instructions given by all teachers, ancillary staff and School Prefects at all times;
7. take responsibility for their own possessions and belongings, ensuring that where possible, all
are clearly marked with their name;
8. report any accident or breakage immediately to a member of staff;
9. Dress and haircut regulations as set out will at all times be adhered to.
11. Not engage in any anti-social behavior outside the school premises that may bring the School
into disrepute.
12. Not engage or found in inappropriate or compromising situations that involve touching or
physical contact with students of the same or opposite sex which may be construed as
indecent conduct.
13. Littering is strictly not allowed. All litter is to be placed in the dustbin provided.
14. Pupils are to refrain from any form of bullying. The school has a zero tolerance to bullying and
any form of bullying will be treated with the severity it deserves.
15. Pupils are not to accompany parents for refreshments provided for visitors. Pupils much go to
the designated areas.
16. The school has a zero tolerance to vandalism. Student must keep school property walls and
property clean and undamaged.
17. Students must use toilets with respect and they must always leave the toilet as clean as they
would have found. Student must wash their hands, flush toilets after each use.
18. Students must always wear clean uniform in line with the school’s uniform policy document.
19. Students must observe and follow rules regarding demarcation of the school.
14. Follow the covid-19 and any other healthy protocols as stipulated by the health authorities.
Respect
1. In all cases there should be an ethos of “respect for the individual” no matter who they may be
or where they are.
2. Employees of the school are part of the community. They deserve our full respect at all times.
3. At all times it is essential to respect other people and their property or belongings, particularly the
property of the school.
4. Any adult or visitor must at all times be accorded the same respect as that to a staff member.
This applies as fully to any Happy Primary School parent who may in the course of the year be
offering their services at the school or any of its functions.
5. Greet staff and visitors cheerfully and confidently. If you are sitting, stand up to greet someone.
6. Offer assistance to any adult or other visitor to the school in a cheerful and confident manner.
7. Stand up to speak to people, especially staff and other visitors.
8. Do not have your hands in pockets when addressing people
9. If you are wearing a hat, lift it to greet someone or remove it when talking to a member of staff
or a prefect.
10. Causing a disturbance when someone else is trying to concentrate, study or work is a selfish act.
Respect other people’s space and right to work.
11. Arriving late for registration, class, meetings, fixtures, games and practices shows a selfish lack
of regard for others’ time and effort.
12. Apologies when you are in the wrong. Sincerity is the mark of good behavior.
Classroom Discipline
1. There must be quick movement between classes.
2. There must be orderly arrival and departure from laboratories – line up quietly outside the
laboratories and wait to be called in.
3. If your teacher has not arrived within five minutes of the start of the lesson, a member of the
class must inform a Deputy Headmaster.
4. Stand quietly behind the desk until greetings are over and you are given permission by the
teacher to sit.
5. Sit up straight and pay attention. Messing about in class, fighting, and any form of general
disruption will not be tolerated.
6. During class discussions, put your hand up and wait for your teacher to invite you to speak. Do
not shout out questions or answers or speak out of turn, particularly when your teacher is talking.
7. Neatness and accuracy as well as high levels of presentation must be aimed for.
8. Take pride in your work by ensuring correct dates and headings are used, accurate numbering is
followed, there is a neat layout of notes and work, orderly correction is undertaken and neat
diagrams and illustrations are drawn.
9. Bring the correct books and material to lessons. This requires forward planning and attention
to your timetable before the day starts.
10. If a member of staff or a visitor talks into the classroom, you must stand up and greet
this person.
11. The classroom must be left in a tidy state: pick up all rubbish, straighten desks and push
the chairs in behind the desks. Do not leave any graffiti on the desks
or walls. Do not open or close the blinds/curtains unless you are told to do so by your teacher.
12. Remember that the bell is a signal for the teacher and not for you. Wait to be dismissed before
packing up and leaving.
13. Thank your teacher politely for your lesson.
Cleanliness
1. It is the responsibility of students to keep the classes clean
2. Students must clean their homeroom classes before leaving school
3. All books must be tidied and desks correctly and neatly line up in straight rows and columns
4. The floors must be clean and clear of any dirt before students leave.
Dress Code
Refer to the uniform policy for the school dress code.
General Unacceptable Behavior
Students must not;
1. use offensive language or act in an offensive or violent manner towards any other person;
2. bring into school any item or substance which will contravene school regulations.
3. borrow, use or take away any item belonging to another person without clear permission;
4. intentionally damage School property or that belonging to another person;
5. eat or drink in class, assembly, corridors, the bus, laboratories or in study areas (pupils
are permitted to drink still water in class only with the permission of their teacher);
6. have mobile phones or any hand held devices brought into the school premises;
7. Use the social networking platforms to circulate any information pertaining to the school
without the consent of the school authorities.
8. record or send an image or sound without the permission of a member of staff and the
people being recorded;
9. Bring into school knives, other weapons or any dangerous items.
10. Leave the campus during school hours without a signed note from a Deputy
Headmaster.
Manuals and Detention
It must be noted that manuals, detention and any other form of punishment, takes precedence
over any other activity. In general:
o Manuals are deployed as punishment for a general disciplinary infringement.
o Detentions are deployed as punishment for poor academic performance, including not doing
work or assignments on deadline.
Serious Misconduct
The Principal will invite the parent for a hearing to discuss continued or serious misconduct
which may lead to expulsion. The hearing will be presided by the school disciplinary committee
and the Principal. The decision of the disciplinary committee after the hearing is final.
DISCIPLINARY PROCESS
1. Any misconduct will be communicated in writing by the teacher to the Principal
2. At the discretion of the Principal, demerits will be issued.
3. The number of demerits will depend on the category in which the infraction falls under,
in the code of conduct.
4. Once a student reaches 15 demerits, the parent will be called in for a hearing. A hearing
will also be held for every misconduct falling in Category 4.
5. Before a hearing is called the Principal with the assistance of staff members will at
their discretion administer punishment and or detention.
The demerit system does not in any way limit a teacher, a prefect or anyone else in authority
from giving break time or lunch time detention.
Functions
1. Attending any social function, such as dances, cocktail evenings, dinners and any other event
hosted by the school is deemed to be a privilege for a student and not an entitlement or a right.
As such attendance is by invitation by the Principal or the Deputy Headmaster and the privilege of
attendance may be withdrawn if circumstances or breaches of the Code of Conduct warrant it.
THE MERIT SYSTEM
Merits
Every pupil works more enthusiastically and effectively when the good work they do is recognized.
The most valuable form of praise and encouragement is that offered by a subject teacher. This can
be offered verbally, during or at the end of a lesson, or as part of the marking process.
Merits are issued for:
a. Voluntary community service.
b. Good conduct, helpfulness and leadership. Any reports of good conduct received from the
public in writing will earn merits.
c. Anything a pupil does which sets a new standard for them personally or for others to follow.
d. Merits are awarded at the discretion of the Principal or Deputy Head after the same referral
process as the demerit system. Net balances of merits are accumulated to earn the following
prizes at the end of each term. Merits will expire at the end of each term:
i. 10 merits = certificate
ii. 15 merits = Principal’s award
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