Code of Conduct

The Learners at Parktown Boys' High School have agreed on the following principles to guide their conduct:

  • All Learners should support the school by participating in cultural, sporting and academic activities to uphold the school spirit.
  • Learners should be educated in a controlled, academic environment to the best ability of the teacher.  Learner's responsibilities lie in the creation of a classroom situation where they respectfully co-operate with teachers and all learners can  work without hindrance.
  • Learners have the right to freedom of speech and to voice their opinion in a mature, tactful and appropriate manner.  They too have a responsibility to listen to and respect the opinions of others.
  • No form of rudeness should be displayed to anyone, inside or outside the classroom.
  • Learners are not to endanger the lives of others by carrying dangerous weapons or by acting recklessly or disobeying rules.
  • Intolerant and prejudicial attitudes should always be guarded against.  All people should be treated with reverence, respect and dignity.  There should be no derogatory remarks about others and no intimidation.
  • Learners should at all times be honest, honourable, just and fair.
  • Learners should, where possible, be involved and informed about decisions taken by the school.  These decisions should be respected and reacted to in a mature fashion.
  • Learners should at all times be self-disciplined and promote and reflect a culture of learning.
  • Equal opportunities should be allowed for everyone at school.
  • Learners should have a sense of responsibility for the world we live in and respect for the environment, especially that of the immediate school, its grounds, its equipment and its furnishings.  Sustainable development should be promoted at all times.  Learners are not to litter or waste scarce resources like water and electricity.
  • A social conscience should be developed.  The welfare of others being the Learner's first concern.
  • Learners should show moral courage and stand up for what they believe to be morally correct.
  • Respect for the property of others and that of the school should be shown by Learner's at all times.
  • Individual and group achievements in all areas of the school should be respected and supported.
  • No disputes should be settled by by hurting, bullying or intimidation.  All differences should be solved in a peaceful manner.
  • Learners should at all times be well groomed.
  • Learners should at all times display behaviour that is befitting to the school.
  • Learners should uphold the security of the school as well as have the right to the security of themselves and their property.
  • Learners have a responsibility not to embarrass the school in any way when out of school uniform.
  • Commitment to all activities and to the values of the school should always be displayed.
  • Learners should live up to the obligations of their school and community.
  • Learners should attend school regularly and at all times be punctual.
  • Learners should always aim to achieve to the best of their abilities.
  • Good sportsmanship should always be shown.  No foul play and bad language should be used.
  • Humility in victory and grace in defeat should be shown.  Arrogance should always be avoided.
  • Parktonians should always be gentlemen.

In order to give effect to the above, the following rules shall apply:

  1. SECURITY OF SCHOOL AND PROPERTY
    • No form of vandalism to the property of Learners, staff or the school will be tolerated.
    • Misuse of, and damage to, school, staff and Learner property is unacceptable and shall be regarded as a disciplinary offence.  Offenders may be subject to the due process of the courts.
    • School property may not be removed from the school premises without the permission of the headmaster.
    • School premises and classes must be kept neat and clean; litter must be put in the bins provided.
    • Except on rainy days, the classrooms are out of bounds before school starts and during break.
    • No Learner may drive or park a motor vehicle on the school premises without the necessary licence and permission of the Headmaster.
    • No Learner may remove or tamper with anything that does not belong to him.  Theft is a most serious offence.

       

  2. LEARNING AND TEACHING
    • All learners are expected to commit themselves to work. 
    • Failure without a valid reason to do homework, class work, tests or any academic tasks is unacceptable, offenders will be punished.
    • A learner's behaviour will be regarded as unacceptable if he deliberately disrupts classes, thereby hampering the learning process of fellow learners.
    • A register, roll call and period control system is maintained, so that class attendance can be checked.
    • Truancy, including missing individual classes, is unacceptable.

       

  3. RESPECT AND CONDUCT

    A Learner behaves in an unacceptable manner if he:

    • Bullies, intimidates, victimizes or in any way whatsoever threatens the physical and mental well being of any other Learner.
    • Brings, consumes or distributes drugs or alcohol on school property or at any other school related function.  This is a most serious offence.
    • Is in possession of, or brings onto school premises, at any time, any form of pornography.
    • Brings to school weapons or any other instrument that may endanger the safety of other Learners.  This is a most serious offence.
    • Acts disrespectfully or disruptively, and by word or action, displays insolence of insubordination.
    • Uses disgraceful language.
    • Smokes in school uniform or on school premises.
    • Behaves aggressively.

       

  4. PUNCTUALITY
    • All Learners are expected to arrive at school well in time for the school day and to be punctual at all times.  Learners who are late shall not be allowed to disrupt the first period.  The school gates will be locked at 08h00.
    • Lateness is unacceptable and shall be considered a violation of the Code of Conduct.  The repetition of the offence will result in the Learner appearing before the school disciplinary committee.
    • The Headmaster's permission is required before a Learner may leave the school premised during school hours.

       

  5. POSSESSIONS
    • All possessions, (for example, blazers, articles of clothing, school books and sports equipment) must be clearly marked with the Learner's name.
    • Money and valuables should on no account be left in pockets of blazers (that are not being worn) in school bags or in classrooms.  The school cannot be held responsible for any losses.  Lockers are available for hire from the school.
    • Only briefcases or cases with hard sides may be used.  These must be clearly marked with the Learner's name.  No haversacks, college bags or graffiti bags are permitted.
    • Cellular telephones are banned at Parktown Boys' High School and the school does not take responsibility for the loss of any cellular telephones.  Learnes will only be allowed to have cellular telephones at school under exceptional circumstances.  In such instances learners need to be in possession of a letter of explanation from their parents and ALL CELLULAR TELEPHONES must be left with the school secretaries office for safe keeping during the day.

       

  6. HAIR AND JEWELLERY REGULATIONS
    • A boy's haircut must meet the required standard.  Parents are expected to see to it that their sons abide by these regulations.
    • Fringe must not touch the eyebrows.
    • Sideburns should not be below the middle of the ear.
    • Hair in the back of the neck must not touch the collar.
    • Hair must take the form of the head.
    • Hair must not go over the ear.
    • Hair must not be too long.  It must be combed flat and not be blow-dried to stand up.  No gel or similar substance may be used.
    • Not fancy hairstyles (highlights, perms, steps, shaved areas or brush cuts shorter than number 2) are allowed.
    • The Headmaster and Form Tutors reserve the right to decide on what is an acceptable hairstyle and may insist that learners who do not conform are to be fetched from school.
    • No jewellery other than a watch or medical disc is allowed.
    • All learners must be clean shaven at all times
    • Any deviation from the above will only be tolerated if the Headmaster is consulted beforehand.
    • Tattoos are unacceptable and must not be visible.
    • Body piercings are unacceptable.

       

  7. AREAS OUT OF BOUNDS

    Before school and at breaks - classrooms (unless permission is obtained from a teacher), the car park, the cycle sheds, the obstacle course, the swimming pool area, the shooting range, corridors (except for movement), the top field (Form 5's only), area around the Biology Lab, areas next to the school gates, the Staff room (at all times).

    Learners are asked to co-operate in the following:

    • Movement on the corridors and on stairways; move quietly and in an orderly fashion, keeping on the left.
  8. Blazers are to be worn when out of classrooms (except in the grounds at break).
  9. School bags may not be left in the central downstairs corridor between the old and the new buildings.
  10. Congregating in the cloakroom areas is not allowed.
  11. Ball games of any kind are not permitted in school buildings - only on the fields.
  12. Horseplay or fooling about in classrooms, tuck shop or corridors is not acceptable.  It can lead to damage to furniture and to injury.  Please do not run in the corridors.

     

  13. ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS

    Teachers complete the register during the first lesson every day.  Learners who arrive late must report to the Secretaries' office before proceeding to class.
    During the first period each day the Class Captain will check the absentees, fill in the form provided, obtain the Teacher's signature and take the form to the Secretaries' office.
    Learners who feel ill during school hours and are unable to continue normal periods must report to the Secretaries' office.
    Absence from school requires a note from a Parent or a doctor's certificate to be handed in at the Secretaries' office on the day of return before 07h45 and clearly makred on the outside with the Learner's name and form.
    A Learner who has to leave for a doctor or dentist appointment - or any other reason - must produce a note from a Parent the day before.  This is to be handed to the Headmaster personally.  Where possible the Learner is expected to return to school (Parents are urged not to make such appointments if possible).
    No Learner may leave the school grounds during school hours, for any reason, without the permission of the Headmaster or his Deputies.
    Once permission is granted, learners must be signed out from the Secretaries' office.

  14. PUNISHMENT

    The school does have the right to exercise punishment where it is deemed necessary.
    The Headmaster, staff and SEC have the right to give suitable detention.  If possible an option of two successive afternoons should be given in the case of conflicting arrangements.
    Other appropriate punishment such as gardening, ground cleaning, sanding desks, painting, etc. may be given by the Headmaster, staff and SEC.
    Boys guilty of serious offences such as violence, possession or distribution of drugs, theft, truancy and defiance will be subject to suspension and / or expulsion.
    Repeated offences that interfere with the effective running of the school would also be subject to being sent home.
    Refusal or avoidance of punishment will also be subject to suspension and / or expulsion.

  15. DISHONESTY DURING EVALUATION

    Cheating during tests and exams is considered to be a very serious offence.  Offenders will be given 0 and appropriate punishment.

  16. ABSENTEEISM FROM TESTS AND EXAMS

    If a Learner is seriously ill or injured such that he is unable to write a test/exam, he will be given an estimate mark based on his previous performance provided that a medical certificate is handed in to the school Secretary no later than 24 hours after the test/exam.
    Any other reason for absenteeism must be discussed with the Headmaster before the test/exam.
    Learners absent from tests/exams without legitimate reason and who have not done either 1 or 2 above will get a failing mark of between 0 and 25.

     

  17. PARTICIPATION IN EXTRA MURALS

    It is required that all Learners participate in at least one extra mural per term.  Should a Learner gain selection for a team and be committed to a fixture, it is essential that his commitment be followed through.  Any Learner letting a team down by not presenting himself for that fixture will be subject to disciplinary action.

  18. UNIFORM

    All Learners must wear the prescribed school uniform at all times.  This rule applies not only to uniform worn from day to day, but also to uniform worn during extracurricular activities. 
    This rule applies not only to uniform worn from day to day, but also to uniform worn during extracurricular activities.  Only black leather shoes of conventional lace-up design (no boots, track shoes or takkies and no studs or designs) are permitted.
    Learners are also to wear a conventional black belt at all times.  Learners found wearing partial or incorrect uniform whether, at school or not, will have irregular items confiscated.

OFFENCES THAT MAY LEAD TO SUSPENSION (Schedule 1)

Offences that may lead to suspension include, but are not limited to the following:

A Learner will be guilty of serious misconduct if he or she, intentionally and without just excuse -

(a) seriously threatens, disrupts or frustrates teaching or learning in class;

(b) engages in a conspiracy to disrupt proper functioning of the school through collective action;

(c) insults the dignity of or defames any Learner or any other person which includes racist remarks;

(d) distributes, or is in possession of any test or examination material that may enable another person to gain an unfair advantage in a test or examination;

(e) cheats in a test or examination or any other form of assessment such as assignments;

(f) engages in any act of public indecency;

(g) sexually harasses another person;

(h) is found in possession of or distributes pornographic material; or

(i) is under the influence or in the possession of alcohol.

(Schedule 2)

A Learner will be guilty of serious misconduct if he or she -

(a) is found guilty of misconduct as contemplated in Schedule 1 after having been found guilty of the same misconduct on two previous occasions;

(b) fails to comply with a punishment of suspension as a correctional measure; or

(c) regularly disrupts the learning environment;

(d) intentionally and without just excuse -

(i) forges any document or signature to the potential or actual prejudice of the school;

(ii) trades in any test or examination question paper or in any test examination material:

(iii) attempts to bribe or bribes any person in respect of test or examination to enable himself or herself or another person to gain an
unfair advantage therein;

(iv) engages in fraud;

(v) engages in theft, or otherwise acts dishonestly to the prejudice of another person;

(vi) is in possession of, consumes or deals in any illegal substance or other harmful substance including non-prescribed performance enhancing drugs;

(vii) is in possession of, uses or transmits narcotic or non-prescribed performance enhancing drugs or on visible evidence of such possession, use or transmission;

(viii) is in possession of any dangerous weapon;

(ix) assaults or threatens another person;

(x) hold any person hostage;

(xi) murders any person;

(xii) rapes any person, or engages in any sexual activity which amount to an offence in law; or

(xiii) maliciously damages property.

SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION

The governing body may, after a fair hearing, suspend any Learner who has been found guilty of contravening stipulations of the Code of Conduct -

 

(a) for a period of one week; or

(b) for a reasonable period not exceeding one week, pending a decision by the Head of Department on the recommendation of the Governing Body as to whether or not the Learner is to be expelled from the school.

A Learner who has been expelled, or his Parent, may appeal against the decision of the Head of Department to the Member of the Executive Council, within seven days of the decision to expel him.

In cases of disciplinary transfer, the Head of Department must find a school place for a Learner until the Learner is beyond compulsory school going age, as the right of the Learner to basic education cannot be violated.

All decision leading to suspension or expulsion must take cognisance of applicable laws, e.g. a Learner whose Parent is unable to pay the school fees determined by the Governing Body, may not be suspended from classes or expelled from the school.

 

PROCEDURE FOR HEARING OF SERIOUS MISCONDUCT

  1. A Learner charged with serious misconduct is entitled to a hearing adjudicated by the Disciplinary Committee
  2. A Learner charged with serious misconduct must be given no less than 5 (five) school days written notice of the hearing into the alleged misconduct unless:
    • (a) the Governing Body directs, with good cause, that a shorter notice period shall apply, and
    • (b) there is no prejudice caused to the Learner by the shorter notice period.
  3. The notice contemplated in sub-paragraph (2) must
    • (a) contain sufficient particularity of the date, place and nature of the alleged serious misconduct to enable the Learner to identify the incident in question and respond thereto;
    • (b) inform the Learner of charges, place, date and time of hearing;
    • (c) inform the Learner of provisional suspension, if any, the reasons therefore and any other matter required in connection with the provisional suspension; and
    • (d) inform the Learner of the rights of the Learner in terms hereof.
  4. The Headmaster must give the notice contemplated in sub-paragraph (2) to the Learner and deliver a copy thereof to the Parents of the Learner at the address of the Learner as indicated in the school register.
  5. At least one of the Parents of the Learner must accompany the Learner at the hearing, unless the Learner is 21 (twenty one) years or older.
  6. If a member of the Disciplinary Committee, the Learner, his or her representative or a witness requires an interpreter, the Disciplinary Committee may not proceed with the hearing until an interpreter, competent in the relevant language, has been made available, provided that it is not necessary to make use of formally qualified interpreter.
  7. A Learner accused of serious misconduct is allowed to be represented by an Attorney.
  8. If the Learner fails to appear before the Disciplinary Committee, after due notice in terms of sub-paragraph (2), and without just cause for not attending, the hearing may continue in the absence of the Learner.
  9. The Disciplinary Committee must keep a full and accurate record of all proceedings before it.
  10. The prosecutor must commence proceedings at the hearing by setting out the charge against the Learner and thereafter presenting the case against the Learner.
  11. The Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee must ask the Learner whether the Learner pleads guilty or not guilty to the charge: The Learner must respond thereto.  Should the Learner fail to respond; the Learner will be deemed to have pleaded not guilty to the charge.
  12. If the Learner pleads guilty to the charge:-
    • (a) the Chairperson must question the Learner with reference to the alleged facts comprising the misconduct as outlined by the prosecutor in order to satisfy the Disciplinary Committee that the Learner is indeed guilty of the charge;
    • (b) if, upon questioning the Learner, it appears that the version of the Learner materially differs from the facts as outlined by the prosecutor, or if the Chairperson is not satisfied that the Learner is guilty of the charge, the Chairperson must enter a plea of not guilty in respect of the charge on behalf of the Learner;
    • (c) if the Disciplinary Committee, or the majority of its members, are satisfied that the Learner is guilty of the charge, the Disciplinary Committee must find the learner guilty of the charge.
  13. If the Learner pleads not guilty to the charge:
    • (a)  the prosecutor may call witnesses or present other evidence on oath in respect of the allegations against the Learner;
    • (b) the Learner or the representative of the Learner may question any witness and examine any evidence presented by the prosecutor:
    • (c) after all the evidence has been led against the Learner, the Learner or the representative of the Learner may call witnesses or present other evidence on oath in support of the defence;
    • (d) the prosecutor may question any witness and examine any evidence presented on behalf of the Learner;
    • (e) the Disciplinary Committee may question any witness or examine any evidence at any time;
    • (f) after all the evidence has been presented, first the prosecutor and the Learner or the representative of the Learner may address the Disciplinary Committee as to the guilt or otherwise of the Learner;
    • (g) the Disciplinary Committee must thereafter adjourn the hearing for not more than 2 (two) school days to a specified place, date and time in order to decide whether on a balance of probabilities, the Learner is guilty or not guilty of the charge, and
    • (h) at the date and time contemplated in sub-paragraph (10), the Disciplinary Committee must inform the Learner of the findings of the Disciplinary Committee.
  14. If the Learner is found guilty of the charge, the prosecutor and the Learner or the representative of the Learner, may present evidence before the Disciplinary Committee, relevant to an appropriate penalty, including but not limited to, evidence of the personal circumstances of the Learner, general record of past conduct at the school, the nature and seriousness of the misconduct in question and the interests of the school community.
  15. Immediately, after considering any evidence presented in terms of sub-paragraph (14), the Disciplinary Committee must impose on the Learner a penalty that is prescribed in terms of the code and this notice, and inform the Learner in writing thereof.
  16. If the Disciplinary Committee decides that the Learner should be expelled from the school, it must make a recommendation to that effect to the Head of Department and may suspend the Learner from the school, in consultation with the Head of Department on whether the Learner is to be expelled.

CORRECTIVE AND REHABILITATIVE MEASURES

The School, in accordance with the South African Schools Act, ecognises its social responsibility when it comes to the rehabilitation of a Learner after a Disciplinary Committee has found him guilty.  As part of the Learner’s sentence, the School will impose certain rehabilitative measures as to ensure the Learner corrects his behaviour. Depending on the nature of the serious misconduct, corrective measures can include community work, e.g. working at police stations, hospitals, drug rehabilitation centres and the SPCA.  Habitual offenders, not responding to rehabilitation, will however be referred to the Head of Department for expulsion.

POLICY ON HIV/AIDS

The policy is for the benefit of all learners, teachers, school employees and parents of Parktown Boys’ High School.  It was drafted after consultation with the Student Council and the learners, the Governing Body and the parents, the School Executive, teaching staff and the administrative staff.  

Fundamental to all of this policy is the presumption that everyone involved with the school is a potential HIV-infected person.  Based on this premise, the following has been agreed to: 
The school must be fully prepared to implement whatever precautions can be taken. 

  1. To ensure that first aid kits are accessible at all times when learners are present at school.
  2. To ensure that all teaching and admin staff have access to either rubber gloves or plastic bags to protect themselves when having to handle injuries, etc.
  3. The life skills classes and form time tutorship be used at least once a year for educational programmes involving infomation on how to prevent infection and to take preventative measures with particular respect to abstaining from sexual practice outside of marriage. Learners should be instructed never to touch blood and open wounds.
  4. That all qualified first aiders be alerted to the dangers and are given the best equipment to provide protection of all times.
  5. That persons who willingly identify themselves as HIV positive be discouraged from all contact activities and carry protective equipment with them at all times.
  6. All learners and employees are to be encouraged to stop bleeding by means of bandages, etc. that they apply themselves whenever possible.  The learner involved must immediately withdraw himself from the activity involved in.
  7. Any cuts or abrasions even if not considered serious, must be covered up immediately.  All learners are encouraged to carry their own plasters, band aids at all times.
  8. Any split blood to be cleared up immediately either by the injured person or by someone wearing suitable protective clothing.
  9. All persons engaging in unprotected sex, subjected to blood transfusion, blood spills or open wounds or drug-related activities, to be encouraged to submit themselves by HIV tests (regularly) and if tested positive, to be directed to essential counselling at their own expense.
  10. That all school vehicles carry a first aid kit together with protective gloves for use in the event of an accident.
  11. First aid kits are to be checked regularly by the teacher in charge and expired or depleted items should be replaced immediately.
  12. Learnes to be advised at all times, that a policy of abstinence and avoidance of the problem areas is the safest at all times.

PARKTOWN BOYS' HIGH SCHOOL DRUG POLICY

The Parktown Boys’ High School Drug Policy complies with all requirements as laid out in the Policy framework for the management of drug abuse (Government Gazette 13.12.02).  

The learners and educators of Parktown Boys’ High School consider a safe and disciplined learning environment one of the critical elements to the successful delivery of quality education and recognise the role played by recreational and non-prescribed performance enhancing drugs in seriously undermining this.  

The key thrust of this policy is to help and support the majority of learners who do not use drugs but who may be affected by the usage of drugs by others.  PBHS draws a distinction between habitual abusers, abuse at school, dealing and experimentation.  

The use of recreational and non-prescribed performance enhancing drugs by a learner of the school, whether on school property, at a school related event or elsewhere and dealing in the above-mentioned drugs will be punished in accordance with the School’s Code of Conduct and the South African School’s Act.  In terms of what constitutes non-prescribed, illegal, performance enhancing drugs, the school will be guided by the list of such drugs from the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS).