Disciplinary Board

Introduction

WE BELIEVE THAT:
  • Our school must provide a safe, orderly, and caring environment where the rights of all students to learn and all teachers to teach are supported and protected.
  • All persons are individuals with specific needs and varied responses and behaviour patterns.
  • We must help students to take responsibility for their own actions and to develop skills of self discipline, self-control, a sense of self-worth and skills of conflict resolution, problem solving and decision making.
  • Our programme must be success orientated so that all students have the support and opportunity to experience academic, social and physical success and hence enhance their self-esteem together with positive values, behaviour, social, and academic attitudes.
  • Responsible behaviour can be encouraged by recognition, praise, and rewarding consequences.
  • Corporal punishment has some value within the local cultural context but is to be used sparingly and to be strictly controlled according to the Government regulations and administered only by those especially empowered to do so. Public caning is banned as it is contrary to the dignity of the person and is believed to encourage inhuman attitudes on the part of the viewers, especially children.
  • All punishment likely to damage the dignity of the person are to be avoided.
  • Students must learn that all behaviour results in consequences. Rules together with the consequences of choosing to break them must be clearly established and accepted so that the expected standards of behaviour are understood by all.
  • All behaviour has a purpose. On-going inappropriate behaviour is symptomatic of deeper problems for which the students needs additional support.
  • Effective behaviour management requires a shared understanding of policy within the school but it also requires co-operation and understanding between the school and the parents. Parents have a responsibility to encourage their children to develop the expected responsible behaviour patterns and attitudes.
  • School rules should be clear, enforceable and kept to a minimum. The consequences of inappropriate behaviour and hierarchy of authority for punishment should be clearly understood.
  • Teachers, parents and all persons dealing with the children are models of behaviour patterns and should act accordingly.

RULES & REGULATIONS

SCHOOL RULES

  1. There is to be no fighting, bullying (physical or verbal) or any form of behaviour which causes harm to another person either physically or emotionally.
  2. Children should speak politely and avoid offensive language or unnecessary shouting. Show good manners.
  3. Children must move within the classroom and around the school in a controlled and oredrly manner.
  4. Children are expected to show respect to their teachers in their speech and general manners.
  5. Children must not distract others from their work during lesson time.
  6. All homework tasks and duties set by any member of staff must be done.
  7. Lying is regarded as a serious offence.
  8. No food or drink to be consumed in the classroom or specialist rooms without permission from a teacher.
  9. Students may drink water only between lessons, not during a lesson.
  10. Children may only purchase items from the canteen during recess or before and after school unless a teacher allows otherwise.
  11. Students are to line up at the canteen.
  12. The following areas are out of bounds unless accompanied by a parent or teacher or specific permission is given by a member of staff.
    1. The road between the primary and secondary school.
    2. The kindergarten.
    3. The secondary school (including the canteen)
    4. The canteen kitchen.
    5. All specialist rooms.
  13. Children are expected not to cheat during tests or examinations.
  14. Students must not sell items in school unless the activity is organised by the school.
  15. Students must not lend or borrow money unless approved by a teacher.
  16. There must be no form of gambling or trading of items such as cards or computer game items in school.
  17. Children are expected to keep their written work, books, desk and locker neat and tidy.
  18. Children are expected to obey the rules for specific areas:
    • Classrooms
    • Specialist rooms
    • Hall and outside
    • Canteen
    • Office
    • School library
    • Staff room
  1. Correct school uniform to be worn during school hours and on official occasions as required. (See “School Uniform” list). A reasonable standard of neatness is to be maintained.
  2. Ouside school, students must wear full or no school uniform – not part of the uniform.
  3. Hair is to be neat and tidy. It should be kept clear of the eyes. Minimum hair cream/gel only as required for neatness. Boys hair should be above the collar. Girls with long hair (below the shoulder) should have it tied back neatly. No hair dye allowed.
  4. Jewellery is not permitted except if there is a religious significance.
  5. Punctuality – Students must arrive at assembly and class on time.
  6. Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds during school hours without permission of a teacher & they must record this in the office.
  7. Note about absence from school.
    A student who is absent from school must give a medical certificate or letter from the parents or guardian to his/her class teacher when he/she returns too school.
  8. Students are not permitted to bring the following items to school (unless specifically granted permission by a teacher):
    • Video games
    • Chewing gum
    • Drugs (other than required for medical purposes)
    • Roller blades
    • Skateboards/skates/ hoverboards
    • Weapons (including toy guns, swords)
    • Knives or other sharp implements (small scissors allowed)
    • Cards or other games
    • Radio/ camera/ walkman/ i-pod or other electronic devices
    • Cigarettes
    • Pornographic literature
    • Handphones – if regarded as necessary by a parent, it must be handed to the office until school is over.
    • Mechanical pencil
    • Toys
  9. All items to be clearly named
  1. School and personal property is to be treated with respect and used with care. There must be no wilful damage of property whether belonging to the school or individual person.
  2. Special care to be taken with library books, Oxford Readers and other books lent by the school.
  3. Students must respect and not disturb the property of others when changing classrooms.
  4. No playing with brooms, mops or other cleaning equipment.
  5. No kicking of balls in corridors, the hall, the classrooms or any area other than the playing fields.
  6. Stealing is a major offence.
  7. All litter is to be disposed of in the appropriate manner with regard to the general cleanliness of the school premises.
  8. Children should not enter classes other than their own without the permission of a member of staff.
  9. All electrical appliances and facilities are to be turned off when not in use.
  10. There must be no wilful damage of plants or other aspect of the school grounds.
  11. No authorised writing or drawing on school walls or property.
  12. All children to help keep classrooms and special rooms attractive, tidy and clean

SCHOOL UNIFORM

  1. Light blue and navy dress with school emblem.
  2. Plain white socks.
  3. Plain white standard school shoes.
  4. RIBBONS, HAIR CLIPS & BANDS – Light blue, navy blue, black, dark brown or white only.
  5. MUSLIM DRESS (OPTIONAL)
    • Light blue baju kurung with school emblem.
    • Navy blue long skirt.
    • White tudung.
  1. Light blue short-sleeved shirt with school emblem.
  2. Navy blue shorts or long pants.
  3. Plain white socks.
  4. Plain white standard school shoes.
  5. Belt (optional) – Black only, with a simple single buckle.
    NOTE: Shirt to be tucked in.
  1. Red, blue or yellow short pants according to house.
  2. T-shirt of matching house colours.
    NOTE:
    a) sports uniform should not be worn under the school uniform.
    b) students to change after P.E.
    c) sports uniform in COMPULSORY for P.E. lessons

STUDENT DISCIPLINE POLICY GUIDELINES

  1. The policy must reflect the principles of the school philosophy.
  2. The aim is to educate children, to modify their behaviour towards acceptable forms of behaviour and to develop in them self-esteem, self- discipline, responsibility, ethical and moral values and respect for others and the environment.
  3. It is not effective to list offences and specific consequences. There must be flexibility for staff to judge each case according to specific circumstances.
  4. Consequences will generally depend on:
    • Whether a minor or major offence
    • Whether offence is repeated
  5. There is a step-by-step order of consequences for behaviour management.
  6. Parents are notified:
    • If it is a major offense
    • On the 3rd repetition of a minor offence
    • Homework problems and certain classroom problems may be noted in the homework book.
  7. Warnings and counselling are emphasised.
  8. Procedures must be practical and enforceable with a minimum of disruption to the teaching/learning programmes of the school.
  1. Light blue short-sleeved shirt with school emblem.
  2. Navy blue shorts or long pants.
  3. Plain white socks.
  4. Plain white standard school shoes.
  5. Belt (optional) – Black only, with a simple single buckle.
    NOTE: Shirt to be tucked in.
  1. Red, blue or yellow short pants according to house.
  2. T-shirt of matching house colours.
    NOTE:
    a) sports uniform should not be worn under the school uniform.
    b) students to change after P.E.
    c) sports uniform in COMPULSORY for P.E. lessons

MISC

  • Major Offences
    • Fighting, bullying or deliberately harming any person (physically, verbally or emotionally)
    • Vandalism and deliberate damage to school property
    • Rudeness involving foul language
    • Strong disrespect of staff
    • Cheating
    • Smoking
    • Truancy
    • Stealing
    • Lying
  • Time Out (T.O.)
    The child is isolated from the group. This gives time to calm down and quietly reflect on his/her behaviour.

    • Internal T.O
      Separate but remain in class.
    • External T.O
      • – Stands outside the class in view of the teacher but not by the students and in an uninteresting place.
      • – T.O in the central administration area or allocated place under staff supervision.
      • – Child may not rejoin group until he/she agress to abide by the rules.
  • Detention
    • Child deprived of recess
      • May be given a task to do
      • A short supervised break will be given during last 5 minutes of recess.
    • Child kept back after school
      • Maximum 15 minutes by a teacher.
      • 15 – 45 minutes by Head or Discipline Committee.
      • Supervised lunch included if longer than 15 minutes.
    • Whole class detention
      • Whole class kept back after school (maximum 15 minutes).
        Note: There must be good reason.
      • Teacher must gain permission from Head/ Assistant Head or Discipline Committee for whole class detention.
  • Community Service
    • Supervised tasks of benefit to the school to be done. e.g. clean windows, clear litter, plant a tree, water plants, clean a classroom.
    • To be done in lieu of a preferred activity (e.g P.E, computer).
  • Detention Form
    • Detention Form 1 – Recess
    • Detention Form 2 – After School
    • To be filled in by the offender, including a section to encourage reflection by the student.
  • Student tutoring & counselling
    • Special guidance in standard of behaviour and assistance in personal and behaviour problems.
    • Carried out privately, at a convenient time on a one-to-one basis.
  • Self-discipline
    • Self-control by the individual
    • Behaviour is in conformity with the beliefs, values and rules of the school.
  • Student Referal
    • Case is referred to Head/ Assistant Head or Discipline Committee
    • For repeated minor offences or a major offence.
    • Two forms must be filled in:
      • Referral Form 1 – By the teacher referring the child
      • Referral Form 2 – By the student after the interview as a T.O task.
    • Parents informed on the 3rd referral for minor offences and on the 1st referral for a major offence.
  • Caning
    • No cane allowed in class.
    • Strictly in private (Head or Assistant Head’s office).
    • Carried out by Head/ member of Discipline Committee/ other teacher nominated by the Head
    • At least one witness present.
    • Recorded and signed by all witnesses.
  • Suspension
    • Internal Suspension
      • Child detained in the school administrative area.
      • May not attend class or recess.
      • Individual recess time will be arranged.
      • Meaningful work tasks given in core subjects.
    • External Suspension
      • Child not permitted to come to school.
      • Maximum time: 2 weeks.
  • Expulsion
    Child required to leave the school permanently
    Note:

    • At primary school level, it is believed that disciplinary action, including expulsion, should NOT be recorded in the Report Booklet or Student Data Card, excpet for a general comment under “conduct”
    • All children should have the opportunity to change and develop at secondary level, free of negative labels.

GENERAL PROCEDURES FOR DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES

  • Teacher makes eye contact (non-verbal).
  • Teacher redirects activity.
  • Child named, reprimanded and reminded of rules. Child advised to correct his/her behaviour and given warning.
  • If no change in behaviour, then go to T.O.
  • Teacher may inform parents via homework book/ e-mail/ directly.
  • Uniform Infringement: Child reminded of correct attire. Parents informed via homework book/ e-mail/ directly.
  • Banned items: Immediate confiscation. Item to be sent to office with full details. Parents to be informed via homework book/ e-mail/ directly. Item kept for 1 week – 1 month.
  • Repeated offence or disrupting class:
    Internal T.O.

    • Seated or standing for a short period
    • Child should not be facing the class

    External T.O.

    • Child to be placed near the door to be seen by teacher.
    • Standing only and NOT in view of other students.
    • Parents to be informed via homework book/ e-mail/ directly.
    • Pupil tutoring/counselling.

    Community Service Tasks

    • Must be supervised by a teacher.
    • To be carried out at a time involving sacrifice of a preferred activity

    Recess detention

    • To be supervised by a teacher in a location away from classmates.
    • Meaningful tasks to be given.
    • Parents to be informed via homework book/ e-mail/ directly.
    • Short 5-minutes recess to be given (under teacher supervision)
    • Student tutoring and counselling by the teacher – to be recorded in the detention book.
    • Detention Form 1 to be completed by the student.

    After School Detention

    • Maximum 15 minutes under teacher supervision
    • Meaningful task to be given.
    • Parents to be notified in advance by phone/ e-mail.
    • Student tutoring and counselling by the teacher – to be recorded in the Detention Book.
    • Detention Form 2 to be completed by the student
  • Teacher/ Yard duty teacher to record offence and action taken in ‘Green Book’.
  • Each case to be followed up by Head/ Assistant Head if necessary.
  • Head/ Assistant Head to check ‘Green Book’ daily.
  • Action to be stopped if caught in act. (e.g fighting, vandalism)
  • Immediate reprimand, reminder of rules and initial enquiry into the circumstances.
  • Student referral – Teacher to record full details in Referral Form 1
    • Name & class of child
    • Date & time of offence
    • Name of teacher
    • Location & nature of the offence
    • Initial action taken by teacher
    • Background information of the case (if any)
  • Student interview and consequences to be dealt with by:
    • Head/ Assistant Head
    • At least one other member of the Discipline Committee
  • Above staff to review & discuss the case before student enters.
  • Interview with the student.
    • Student given chance to state his/her point of view
    • Statement recorded together with basic data and referral note.
  • If more than one student involved, then each to be interviewed separately.
  • Staff present to review the statement and the case, then decide on appropriate action & consequences to be imposed.
  • Parents to be informed via phone/ e-mail. Written summary to be given to parents.
  • For difficult cases, repeated offences or more serious offences, parents are to be called in for an interview befor action is taken.
    • All staff present at the initial interviews to be present together with any other appointed by the Head/ Assistant Head
    • The student will be called in if and when it is considered appropriate.
  • In all cases, and irrespective of consequences given, the student must make a written apology for his/her conduct to all concerned, together with an oral apology.
  • This must be done in the presence of at least the Head/ Assistant Head or one other member of the Discipline Committee, and as soon as possible after the interview.
  • The student must also write a “self-reflection text” (Referral Form 2) before he/she will be allowed to return to regular class activities.
  • The student may also be asked to sign an agreement in the form of a contract with
    • the parents.
    • the school.
  • In the case of breakage or damage to school property:
    • The student needs to pay the fine.
    • Parent required to sign a statement verifying that it’s the student’s own money.
    • Details to be recorded in the Discipline File.
  • All document and written exercises to be filed in the Discipline File.
  • If external suspension longer than two days, or expulsion is considered, the case must first be referred to the Board of Governors of the complex, together with full documentation. They will have the final say following recommendation from the Head.