Code of Conduct
Vision: The optimum realization of intellectual potential in our students, as well as their healthy, social and physical development for the benefit of self and society.
The aim of this code of conduct is to set out broad guidelines within which we as members of Edugate Academy will function. It will be within the framework of Biblical Christian values, a high level of discipline, a high standard in every endeavor we undertake and recognizing individual cultural values. Within this environment we will function and provide opportunities for learners to reach their full potential. The code of conduct will necessarily state expectations of teachers, learners and parents. It will clarify activities which are seen as a breach of the goals, rules and principles of this school and will outline disciplinary measures to be taken in order to maintain the integrity of these rules and principles.
1. Christian Values
1.1 Every teacher believes in the Holy Trinity: God, Jesus Christ his Son and the Holy Spirit, and is therefore aware of our deepest dependence on Him. Teachers will in their conduct throughout, live and teach and behave in such a way as to honour God.
1.2 Learners are given the opportunity to think about his or her own relationship with God and the surrounding creation in an environment which is non-threatening and accepting of differences. Freedom will be given to learners to make personal decisions regarding their personal spiritual life.
1.3 Parents will be aware of the teaching of Christian values.
2.1 Discipline comes from God. We therefore believe that as an organization governed by Christian values, we will adhere to strict discipline in all our endeavours. We will function within a framework where discipline will be one of the boundaries to create a safe climate for learners to develop to their full potential. Teachers are expected to be role models for learners in this regard.
2.2 Learners have the freedom to function within the boundaries set by the school, teachers and parents. We believe all actions can only be successful when governed by a strong sense of discipline and shared values.
2.3 Parents are expected to discipline children at home and to assist teachers in achieving high standards of discipline.
3.1 Every component of Edugate Academy will adhere to exceptionally high standards. Being an academic school, the teaching standard and achieving of the basic syllabus will be the minimum accepted standard expected from teachers. Teachers are expected to guide learners in setting their own goals concerning the standards, rather than achieving the goals for them.
3.2 Every child is encouraged to reach his or her full potential. Acceptance of mediocrity is therefore not acceptable. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own progress, successes and failures.
3.3 Parents will play a major role in order to create an atmosphere in which their children will be stimulated.
4. Individual Cultural values
4.1 Learners are encouraged to develop an acceptance and tolerance for those groups or individuals who represent different cultures. This calls for a willingness to learn how to compromise while showing an interest in and an understanding of individual and group needs.
4.2 The person as individual will be respected.
4.3 Teachers will have the opportunity to live their cultural and social beliefs in the society of which they are part.
These values constitute the framework wherein Edugate Academy offers children the opportunity to reach their full potential and broadly emphasize our holistic approach to education.
The responsibilities as stated in this section reflect the goals and guidelines referred to in the above series of paragraphs.
1.1 Always behave professionally in such a way as to promote high quality teaching and superior human relations towards learners, parents and colleagues.
1.2 Assure a safe environment for teaching and learning that is free from disruptions.
1.3 Serve as an appropriate role model for learners.
1.4 Maintain discipline and implement the code of conduct.
1.5 Be available for learners during study hours for clarification and guidance.
1.6 Be aware of new developments in their subject and be able to act as a resource person to learners.
1.7 Maintain an open channel of communication between teachers and the principal and between teachers and parents. Communicate progress, problems and other educational issues through the channels of communication.
2.1 Attend all classes punctually and arrive/leave school on time.
2.2 Be properly attired in school uniform.
2.3 Exhibit an attitude of respect towards others.
2.4 Conduct themselves in such a way as not to be a source of embarrassment either to the school at large or to the teachers and other students.
2.5 Be prepared for each class concerning books, assignments, tests and homework.
2.6 Seek changes in school policies and regulations through the appropriate channels.
3.1 Support school management and teachers in the application of discipline.
3.2 Confer with teachers if a problem occurs with their child.
3.3 Ensure their child complies with discipline and attendance policies.
Listing of Offences
Schedule 1 Offences
1. Minor classroom infractions, including but not limited to the following:
1.1 Refusing to participate in classroom activities
1.2 Failing to bring appropriate materials to the classroom.
1.3 Talking excessively
1.4 Presenting incomplete homework
1.5 Eating, drinking and chewing in classes.
1.6 Using profane, vulgar language or obscene gestures.
1.7 Leaving school grounds when not permitted to do so.
1.8 Violating the dress and grooming policy of the school.
1.9 Failing to comply with lawful directives issued by school personnel or policies.
1.10 Arriving late for school.
1.12 Bringing cell phones into class.
1.13 Bringing the name of the school into disrepute.
Schedule 2 Offences
2. Non-inclusive list of schedule two offences:
2.1 Repeatedly violating schedule one offences.
2.2 Cheating or copying another student’s work.
2.3 Possessing tobacco and/or smoking.
2.4 Disrupting school classes
2.5 Being reckless on school grounds.
2.6 Using abusive, aggressive behaviour or language towards teachers, other students or visitors.
2.7 Forging/committing fraud
2.8 Bringing the name of the school into disrepute.
Schedule 3 Offences
3. Non-inclusive list of schedule 3 offences:
3.1 Committing a violation of the laws of the state.
3.2 Possessing or being under the influence of dangerous drugs.
3.3 Possessing alcohol or being under the influence of alcohol.
3.4 Fighting, assault, sexual abuse, theft, vandalism
3.5 Possessing pornographic material on the school premises.
3.6 Repeatedly committing schedule 1 and/or schedule 2 offences.
3.7 Bringing the name of the school into disrepute.
1. Schedule one offences are dealt with by the subject teachers. Repeated transgressions of schedule one offences will be referred to the principal.
The principal will contact the parents if necessary and decide on a punishment.
2. Schedule two offences must be reported to the principal immediately. The learner must appear before the principal. The parents will be notified. A warning might be issued together with other punishments which might be necessary.
3. Schedule three offences must be reported to the principal immediately. The learner must appear before the principal. The parents will be notified. The school board will be notified and will decide on appropriate action. Any schedule three offences may lead to expulsion from the school.
The code of conduct recognizes that it is vital that learners are taught to monitor and control their own behaviour in order for such behaviour to be within the stated goals of Edugate Academy. A cumulative approach is therefore built into this Code.