Behaviour Bank Policy

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POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR/ CREDITS POSITIVE DEPOSITS: -

CREDITS will be awarded to learners as a reward for exemplary behaviour and helpfulness such as:

Active participation in class or school Homework regularly done Good behaviour in line and on trips, etc.
Helpful in class Physical Education uniform regularly at school Polite behaviour / good manners
Books neatly covered Continuous high achievement Help offered to fellow learner
Books regularly handed in Always obedient Honest deed (money, etc. handed in)
Neat and well-presented work in books Good co-operation Class monitor duties well executed
Often helps clean the classroom On time for all appointments or extra-murals. Often supports sports teams

BEHAVIOUR OFFENCES

  1. When a learner breaks any rule or commits an offence such a learner must also accept the consequence of his/her misbehaviour. For every offence or transgression the learner will have to face the consequence stipulated for that offence. After three infringements in the same category or after 10 debits, parents will be notified in writing. Three written notifications will result in a meeting with the parents and a first warning letter will be issued.
  2. Should a further written notification be issued, this will result in a disciplinary hearing.
  3. Following this, should there be three more written notifications for the same pupil, a second meeting will be held and the parents will receive a second, final warning. 
  4. Any corrective measures or disciplinary action must be commensurate with the offence/infraction. Corrective measures may become more severe with subsequent repeated infractions. Suspension or expulsion may follow. Learners should not think that they cannot be suspended or expelled simply because it is their first offence or infraction of a rule or policy, but such a decision should be taken by the right authority.
  5. In cases where a learner cannot adjust to the school and where his/her behaviour is objectionable in that it violates the rights of others, he/she will be referred to the principal.
  6. Through consultation with his/her educators, and the school discipline committee, and in consultation with the parents or guardians every effort should be made to assist him/her to adjust. This will include referral to the necessary education support services for treatment. If all these efforts fail, the principal will refer the matter to the stakeholders (AFHCO) which may make a decision in the best interest of the learner and the other learners at the school.
  7. Offences will be recorded in the Behaviour Bank. The Behaviour Bank will be reviewed every term, and parents, learners, staff and HOD’s will have the opportunity to make contributions and recommendations regarding the content of the Behaviour Bank. Disciplinary procedures will be followed as stipulated in the policy which will be discussed if requested with learners and parents. Parents will regularly receive disciplinary reports from the school.
  8. Detentions, notes in diaries, Sms's etc. can be issued at any time, depending on the infringement. Pupils may be removed from outings/tours at the school’s discretion.

PROCEDURES TO MODIFY BEHAVIOUR

  • Warnings will be given to learners either verbally or in writing.
  • Discussion with parents.
  • Detention.
  • Referral to School Based Support Team
  • Suspension from school activities/functions.
  • Written final warning to parents.
  • Referral to relevant outside agency.
  • Reports to the Department.
  • Disciplinary hearing.
  • Expulsion.
  • Daily report.
  • Small menial tasks, e.g. cleaning the classroom.
  • Extra (constructive) work:
  • A learner may be given time out, made to write out work, by any teacher, or the Principal.

DETENTION:

  1. A learner may be placed in detention by any teacher acting in consultation with the principal or HOD, or by the Principal.
  2. A learner who is to be placed in detention must be given a detention form. The detention form must state the reason for the detention. It must be signed by the learner’s teacher, HOD or the principal. It must be placed in the learner’s homework book.
  3. A learner who is to be placed in detention must be reminded thereof by having his or her name read out at the end of the school day.
  4. If a parent of a learner who has been placed in detention feels that it is an inappropriate punishment, he or she may make an appointment to discuss the matter with the principal.
  5. The only person who may excuse a learner from detention is the Principal.

ON DAILY REPORT:

  1. A learner may be placed on report by the HOD or the Principal.
  2. Before a learner is placed on report, the HOD or Principal should attempt to contact the learner’s parent(s) in order to explain why the learner is being put on report.
  3. Removal from class and school service:
  4. A learner may only be removed from class or required to do school service by the HOD Guidance or Principal. The Principal must be informed by the HOD Guidance.
CATEGORY ONE - MINOR OFFENCES CONSEQUENCES AND APPROPRIATE ACTION CATEGORY TWO OFFENCES CONSEQUENCES AND APPROPRIATE ACTION
Throwing litter on the school grounds Warning / pick up litter in respective venue, pick up litter after break/

Behaviour Bank Demerit. A written record kept of such offences and the disciplinary.

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct.

 

 

Bullying a fellow learner Interventions by Guidance HOD

Meeting with parents

Principal Break Detention

Daily Behaviour Report

Counselling

Disciplinary Hearing

A signed copy of acknowledgement will be kept on record by the HOD and communicated to the parent/guardian

Absent from class for a short while without permission Warning

Behaviour Bank Demerit – A written record kept  of such offences and the disciplinary measure taken- phone & contact parents

Make up time at break and contact parents.

 

Playing dangerous games Referred to Principal

Removed from class

Counselling HOD Guidance

A signed copy of acknowledgement will be kept on record by the HOD and communicated to the parent/guardian.

 

 

Late for class at the beginning of the day or after breaks Warning – late

Behaviour Bank Demerit – phone & contact parents

Make up time at break and contact parents.

Vandalism – Destructive behaviour and /or Serious damage to any property Referred to Principal / Removed from class

Parents informed

5 day community service

Chewing gum in class Warning

Behaviour Bank Demerit

a second written warning followed by a final written warning, then

a disciplinary hearing.

Dishonesty / Theft – stealing other’s belongings Meeting with parents

Principal Break Detention

Daily Behaviour Report

Counselling

Disciplinary Hearing

Unsatisfactory execution of instructions Teacher talk /Behaviour Bank Demerit

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct

a second written warning followed by a final written warning, then

a disciplinary hearing

 

Disrespectful to an teacher / adult Refer to HOD Guidance Personal action plan

Principal Detention

Apology letter

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct.

 

Playing instead of working Teacher talk / Behaviour Bank Demerit

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct.

Time out during a playtime to contemplate behaviour.

 

Writing on another learner’s property 5 day community service

Apology letter

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct.

Noisy on entering/leaving class Teacher talk /

Behaviour Bank Demerit

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct.

Time out during a playtime to contemplate behaviour.

 

Seriously threatens, disrupts or frustrates teaching or learning in a class Refer to HOD Guidance Personal action plan. Time out during a playtime to contemplate behaviour.

Apology letters where applicable and pledges / promises not to repeat.

Continuous talking in class Teacher talk / Behaviour Bank demerit

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct.

Time out during a playtime to contemplate behaviour.

 

Truancy – bunking a period or bunking school Meeting with parents

Principal Break Detention

Make up time missed at school after hours

A signed copy of acknowledgement will be kept on record by the HOD and communicated to the parent/guardian.

 

Playing with toys /games in class Teacher talk /

Behaviour Bank demerit

Swearing at a fellow learner Apology letters where applicable and pledges / promises not to repeat. Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct.
Makes peculiar noises in class Teacher talk a stern word to show displeasure, disappointment and explain why behaviour is unacceptable /

Behaviour Bank Demerit/Learner moved away from peers in classroom

Intimidation of other learners Teacher talk / demerit HOD Guidance counselling.

A signed copy of acknowledgement will be kept on record by the HOD and communicated to the parent/guardian.

Wearing of incorrect uniform-

-hair violation

-wrong shoes

-no shoelaces

- wrong uniform

-jewellery violation

-Physical Education uniform left at  home

-incorrect season uniform

 

Warning

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct

Behaviour Bank Demerit

Detention

Undermines the authority of a teacher Warning

Demerit

Teacher talk / Demerit

HOD Guidance counselling.

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct

 

 

Eating or drinking in class without permission

 

 

Warning / Teacher talk a stern word to show displeasure, disappointment and explain why behaviour is unacceptable.

Behaviour Bank Demerit

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct

 

 

 

Tells lies

 

 

Warning

Demerit

Teacher talk / Demerit

HOD Guidance counselling.

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct

No playing on the corridors during break, before or after school Warning / Teacher talk a stern word to show displeasure, disappointment and explain why behaviour is unacceptable. Behaviour Bank Demerit

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct. Time out during a playtime to contemplate behaviour.

Do not touch or in any way tamper with the cars parked on the grounds Warning

Demerit

Time out during a playtime to contemplate behaviour

Minor teasing Teacher talk a stern word to show displeasure, disappointment and explain why behaviour is unacceptable / Behaviour Bank Demerit /Learner moved away from peers in classroom. Cheating in tests, exams or tasks Warning

Demerit

Teacher talk / demerit HOD Guidance counselling.
 

Mild disruption of others during learning activities Teacher talk a stern word to show displeasure, disappointment and explain why behaviour is unacceptable / Behaviour Bank Demerit /Learner moved away from peers in classroom. Time out during a playtime to contemplate behaviour. Indecent language/behaviour Warning

Demerit

Time out during a playtime to contemplate behaviour

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct

Drifting off task during learning activities Teacher talk / Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct

Behaviour Bank Demerit

 

Leaves school grounds without permission Warning

Demerit

A signed copy of acknowledgement will be kept on record by the HOD and communicated to the parent/guardian.

 

Inconsiderate use of language Teacher talk- a stern word to show displeasure, disappointment and explain why behaviour is unacceptable / Behaviour Bank Demerit

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct.

Time out during a playtime to contemplate behaviour.

Challenging the principal’s or a teacher’s authority. Apology letters where applicable and pledges / promises not to repeat .A signed copy of acknowledgement will be kept on record by the HOD and communicated to the parent/guardian.
Minor rudeness and discourtesy Teacher talk a stern word to show displeasure, disappointment and explain why behaviour is unacceptable / Behaviour Bank Demerit

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct. Time out during a playtime to contemplate behaviour.

Engage in any form of cyber-bullying Teacher talk / demerit HOD Guidance counselling.

A signed copy of acknowledgement will be kept on record by the HOD and communicated to the parent/guardian

    Cheeky and argumentative HOD Guidance counselling.

A signed copy of acknowledgement will be kept on record by the HOD and communicated to the parent/guardian

 

 

HOMEWORK OFFENCES

Diary not signed twice in a week

Teacher talk /Behaviour Bank Demerit

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct

Spit at or verbally abuse another Teacher talk / demerit HOD Guidance counselling. A signed copy of acknowledgement will be kept on record by the HOD and communicated to the parent/guardian
Exercise books left at home / not covered /not labelled Teacher talk /Behaviour Bank Demerit

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct

Cell phones on/used during school hours Demerit Confiscated for one week

Confiscated and parents informed

Books not handed in on time/worksheets not pasted in Teacher talk /Behaviour Bank Demerit

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct

   
Reply slips not returned on time Teacher talk /Behaviour Bank Demerit

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct

   
Text books left at home Teacher talk /Behaviour Bank Demerit

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct

   
Did not learn for WOW WORDS Spelling Test Teacher talk /Behaviour Bank Demerit

Time out during a playtime to learn words.

   
Not prepared for the presentation of oral work Teacher talk /Behaviour Bank Demerit

Time out during a playtime to catch up work.

   
Homework assignments, tasks and projects not done or incomplete Teacher talk /Behaviour Bank Demerit

Time out during a playtime to catch up work

   
Does not have the required stationery Teacher talk /Behaviour Bank Demerit    
Not copying down homework correctly.

 

Teacher talk /Behaviour Bank Demerit    
HOMEWORK OFFENCES

Homework not caught up

Teacher talk /Behaviour Bank Demerit

Time out during a playtime to catch up work

   
Using tippex Teacher talk /Behaviour Bank Demerit

Reflective use of the School’s Code of Conduct

   
Did not complete Reading Diary exercises Teacher talk /Behaviour Bank Demerit

Time out during a playtime to catch up work

   

SERIOUS INFRINGEMENTS (CATEGORY THREE OFFENCES)

Serious infringements (category three offences) may lead to automatic meetings with parents/warning letters. These offences are viewed in a very serious light and warrants immediate disciplinary action. In the case of criminal offences as set out by the law, the proper authorities will be notified.

Disciplinary hearings being conducted by The Disciplinary Committee will notify parents in writing at least five working days prior to the learner’s disciplinary hearing .The notice must state the date of the hearing, and list the reason(s) for it, in particular the misconduct that the learner is alleged to have committed. In addition, the notice must inform the learner and his or her parent(s) of their right to make representations at the hearing as to why the learner should not be suspended.

A decision of the Disciplinary Committee and stakeholders (AFHCO) to recommend the expulsion of a learner will be conveyed to the learner’s parents within 48 hours of the Disciplinary Hearing.

A learner whose expulsion has been recommended by the Disciplinary Committee will be suspended, pending the final decision by the stakeholders (AFHCO).

After receiving a recommendation from the stakeholders (AFHCO) that a learner be expelled, the Disciplinary Committee will make a decision within fourteen days, and will notify the parents of the decision as soon as possible thereafter.

CATEGORY THREE OFFENCES CONSEQUENCES AND APPROPRIATE ACTION CATEGORY THREE OFFENCES CONSEQUENCES AND APPROPRIATE ACTION
Smoking on school property. Parents informed

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary

 

Sexually harasses another person/learner Parents informed

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Possession of any dangerous weapon at school. Parents informed

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Immediately reported to the South African Police

Service (SAPS)

Engages in any act of public indecency Parents informed

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Severe and repeated intimidation of other learners. Parents informed

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Rape Parents informed

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Immediately reported to the South African Police

Service (SAPS) and a tribunal hearing

Forges any document or signature to the potential or actual prejudice of the school. Parents informed

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Murder Parents informed

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Immediately reported to the South African Police.

Bringing our school's name into disrepute Parents informed

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Racism Parents informed

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Engages in theft or acts dishonestly to the prejudice of another person. Parents informed

Recorded in the incident book

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Gangsterism Parents informed

Recorded in the incident book

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Immediately reported to the South African Police

Service (SAPS)

Maliciously damages another person’s property Parents informed

Recorded in the incident book

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Truancy Parents informed

Recorded in the incident book

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Possession of Pornography at school. Parents informed

Recorded in the incident book

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Immediately reported to the South African Police

Service (SAPS) and a tribunal hearing

Aggressive behaviour – assault and fighting 

Assaulting a teacher

Parents informed

Recorded in the incident book

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other illegal substance on school property. Parents informed

Recorded in the incident book

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Insults or violates the dignity of any learner, educator, staff member or parent Parents informed

Recorded in the incident book

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

 

Infringement of internet policy Parents informed

Recorded in the incident book

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Abusing fellow learners physically or sexually Parents informed

Recorded in the incident book

Disciplinary Hearing

Disciplinary Committee

Immediately reported to the South African Police

Possession of, consumes or deals in alcohol, drugs or any illegal substance on school property, when representing the school or in school uniform. Parents informed

Disciplinary Hearing

Recorded in the incident book

Disciplinary Committee

Immediately reported to the SAP

Continuous disruption of teaching and learning Parents informed

Disciplinary Hearing

Recorded in the incident book

Disciplinary Committee