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Code of Conduct.

LENASIA MUSLIM SCHOOL

SCHOOL POLICIES

AND

CODE OF CONDUCT

LENASIA MUSLIM SCHOOL

SCHOOL POLICIES AND CODE OF CONDUCT

INTRODUCTION

The Board of Governors the Parents Committee, The Teachers and Students of Lenasia Muslim School hereby affirm its commitment to the policies and codes of conduct as presented herein.

The adopted codes of conduct and policies have been drawn up after workshops on discipline were held with the Staff, Board of Governors and the Parents Committee.

In-puts from the secondary school pupils on discipline are also included. The School management has also looked at policies and codes practiced at other schools not only in Gauteng but nationally and have drawn from the experience of some of the more established schools.

The Lenasia Muslim School is committed to creating a disciplined, supportive, constructive and meaningful learning environment for our children, embodying the principle of Islam and developing Allah consciousness.

And for such as had

Entertained the fear

Of Standing before their Lord

And had restrained (their) soul from

Lower Desires

Their abode will be Jannah “.

Al-Quraan : Surah 79: Verse 40 – 41.

The learning environment should be one where pupils feel free to express their views in a disciplined well structured and meaningful way. It should enhance their self esteem and equip them to cope with the demands made on them by the highly technocratic society in which they are living. At the same time the development of good moral values and social responsibilities should be advocated so that they can contribute to the upliftment of not only the “Ummah”, but of humanity in general. A sound academic background will ensure that they pursue vocations best suited to the need and that they are able to maintain themselves materially.

The main objectives of a Code of Conduct for Students will therefore be inter alia ;

To encourage and facilitate learning and teaching in school;

To ensure that there is order and discipline in school;

To promote and clarify roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in the creation of a proper learning environment in schools; and finally

To provide appropriate mechanism and avenues for students not only to air their grievances, but also to provide for legitimate disciplinary measures.

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Listed below are school policies in respect of issues which are related to maintaining discipline and ensuring good conduct :

  1. UNIFORMS :
    1. DRESS AND APPEARANCE :
      1. Pupils should at all times, both inside and outside school whilst in

uniform, conduct themselves in a decent, orderly and exemplary

manner

      1. Pupils must conform to the prescribed uniform for school and sports.

the uniform must be neat and clean.

      1. Cloaks and scarves which are worn to school must be worn according

to Shariah regulations.

    1. HAIR:
      1. Hair must clean and tidy. It may not be bleached, dyed, or high lighted.

Wet gel may not be used. Hair may not be outlandishly stepped or

undercut.

1.2.2 Boys hair should be of equal length and may not be over the eyebrows

when combed forward or over the ears or collar.

 

      1. Girls hair must be covered at all times
    1. JEWELLERY :
      1. No jewellery except wristwatches are permitted. Only sleepers or studs

may be worn in ears, provided they match and only one in each ear

is worn. Boys may not wear earrings.

    1. MAKE-UP:
      1. Nails must be neat and short. No make-up is allowed, this applies to

base as well.

  1. CLASSROOM CONDUCT :

The school expects a concentration on, and a commitment to academic excellence.

To achieve this end:

2.1 No disruption of classroom routine will be tolerated.

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2.2 Homework must always be timeously done and thorough preparation

Must be carried out before test and examinations.

2.3 Greet teachers both in classrooms and corridors.

2.4 Pupils must obey all instructions issued by teachers.

  1. PROHIBITIONS:

3.1 Littering is forbidden.

3.2 Chewing gum is forbidden at school.

3.3 Eating or drinking whilst standing or walking is prohibited.

3.4 No toys, radios, cell phones, roller-skates, skateboards, tape recorders or

“walkmans”, cameras and roller-blades may be brought to school.

3.5 No knives of any sort, guns or any other dangerous instruments may be brought to school or taken on any school outing.

3.6 NO smoking is allowed. The L.M.S subscribes to a strict anti-smoking policy.

3.7 No social intermingling is permitted at school.

  1. ABSENTEEISM AND EARLY LEAVE :

4.1 A Letter from parents and/or doctor’s note must be produced on return

after absence from school. Parents should telephone the school when their child/children is/are absent.

4.2 Pupils may not leave school premises during school hours without the

permission of the principal. Medical appointments must be made outside

of school hours if at all possible..

4.3 Unauthorized absence from school or lessons without a valid reason

constitutes a misdemeanor.

  1. LATE ARRIVAL :

5.1 Punctuality is an important character trait which need to be inculcated in

pupils. They must come to school on time.

5.2 Pupils must be punctual for all lessons. Class-changing must be rapid and

Orderly.

 

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  1. GENERAL :

6.1 Respect and politeness should be shown to parents and teachers,

administrative, domestic and ground staff and other pupils. Greetings

and the words “please” and “thank you” (Jazakallah) should be used.

Hands are to be kept out of pockets, whilst speaking to anybody.

6.2 Pupils should treat school property, public property, and their property,

with care and respect. Classrooms, halls, toilets and school grounds should be kept tidy.

6.3 Pupils may only use the public telephone during break and after school

hours. The telephone in the office may only be used by pupils in an

emergency.

6.4 Bicycles, Motor-cycles and Motor-vehicles must be driven with caution

and parked in demarcated areas. Drivers of motorcycles and motorcars

must submit full valid licences to the Head before they may drive on school

property. Motor-cyclists must wear helmets and not carry passengers.


6.5 Pupils may not communicate with ‘’outsiders’’ unless permission is obtained

from the office.

 

6.6 Pupils must obey traffic rules pertaining to the areas outside the school

entrances.

6.7 Disrespectful behavior or impertinence is totally unacceptable. Do unto

others as you would have them do unto you.

6.8 Remember that you are regarded at all times by the general public as being

a representative of the Lenasia Muslim School.

Disciplinary Committee

A Disciplinary Committee comprising of School Management, members from the Parents Committee as well as Board of Governors will deal with all serious cases of misconduct.

Its functions are inter alia to determine the severity of an offence and the corresponding demerit. (The Committee’s decision concerning demerits for a particular offence will be influenced by the guidelines provided in this document)

The Lenasia Muslim School also draws a distinction between serious misconduct and

minor misdemeanours. The demerits in respect of serious misdemeanours committed by

a student in any academic year will appear in front of the Disciplinary Committee for possible suspension from school, pending further disciplinary measures. An accumulation

of 20 demerits may lead to expulsion. The student will be informed in writing by the Principal of the nature of charge/s against him/her, and the date, venue and time of the

disciplinary hearing. The Principal at his discretion may suspend a pupil until the

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Disciplinary hearing takes place. The student is entitled to attend the disciplinary hearing

of the Disciplinary Committee with his/her parents/guardians. If a student fails to attend a scheduled disciplinary hearing without a valid reason, the committee reserves the right to institute disciplinary procedures against the students.

Listed below are suggested Demerits for misdemeanours

NO:

OFFENCE:

SUGGESTED

DEMERITS:

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* disrupting class

1 – 3

2

* vulgar language (swearing)

2 – 5

3

* cell phones are strictly prohibited ( Will lead to confiscation)

1 -3

4

* found with cigarettes on premises

2

5

* smoking on premises

5

6

* inappropriate behavior at school functions and excursions

3 – 5

7

* regular truancy

2 -5

8

* cheating and / or cribbing (tests/exams) (paper confiscated)

1 – 5

50% to be subtracted

9

* theft of property from school. teachers or fellow students

2 – 10

10

* willful damage to school property (vandalism)

2 – 10

11

* abusive and aggressive attitude towards teaching staff or

defaming staff member

2 – 10

12

* carrying and possession of dangerous weapons such as knives,

 

pangas, baseball bats, firearms, dangerous fireworks and any

other lethal weapons

2 – 10

 

13

* violant assault on fellow students with or without help of

 

outsiders”

3 – 10

14

* intermingling: holding hands / embracing and any other

 

behavior which is construed as intermingling

10 – 15

15

* holding any person hostage in school

10 – 15

16

* violent assault on teacher/s and administrative and clerical

 

staff

10 – 20

17

* rape and/or sexual harassment of staff members and fellow

 

students

15 – 20

18

* theft or distribution of examination papers which may enable

 

another person to gain an unfair advantage in an examination

15 – 20

19

* found in possession of or distributing of pornographic material

2 – 10

20

* substance possession or use (drugs, alcohol, etc.). The student

 

will be required to leave the school and criminal charges will be laid

20

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* any other student conduct, which in the opinion of the School

 

Governing Body, results in severe disruption of the teaching and

learning process

15-20

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* to defiantly violate and reject Shariah ruling

20

 

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MINOR MISDEMEANORS:

Such as late-coming, neglect of homework, quarrelling with peers, etc will if deemed

necessary also earn demerits.

Some of the corrective measures for minor misdemeanours inter alia will be the

following :

Detention during school breaks or after school, positive service to the school such as

library assistance, cleaning of school premises, helping the school gardener, etc

Public reprimand at school assemblies, provided that it is not reduced to emotional

abuse, Parental interview – reprimand in the presence of parents or guardian, etc

As a rule no teacher has the authority to expel a student or send him/her home without

the permission of the Principal.

A student who has earned a number of demerits can redeem himself by offering

volunteer” service to the school or community. This may take the form of cleaning windows, planting shrubs, gardening, cleaning the school, assisting the aged,

Johannesburg Council of the Disabled, etc. The Disciplinary Committee will determine and assess the value of his service. The demerits accumulated in any academic year if not redeemed will be carried forward to the next academic year.

CONCLUSION

The primary intention of the code is not to punish students but to instill in students the need for order and discipline and to facilitate constructive learning. It is hoped that this code will inform the students the way in which they should conduct themselves at school.

It will set a standard of moral behaviour, promote self discipline and exemplary conduct.

Parents must support the school and ensure that their children observe all school rules and regulations and accept responsibility for any misbehaviour on their part.

On the part of the School Management every effort will be made to minimize disciplinary problems by embarking on pro-active advice and counseling.

Finally we wish to emphasis that in all matters the Quraan and the Sunnah will be the

final authority.

I have read and understood the Code of Conduct as set out by the Board of Governors.

I _______________________________(students name) who is in grade _____ hereby

agree to abide by the School Policies, Code of Conduct and any instructions given

 

by the Principal or Headmaster.

 

Signature of Student :____________________

Date :____________________

Signature of Parent :____________________

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