The disciplinary structure of the school is designed:
- To coordinate efforts to maintain discipline at the school
- To assist teachers to detect problematic learners at an early stage
- To take the necessary remedial steps in terms of tutorial guidance
- To instigate punitive measures to curb the learners’ misbehaviour
- To involve the parents when necessary
- Where unavoidable, to suspend and / or expel those learners who do not react positively to remedial and punitive measures taken
2. Team Effort
- Discipline at the school can only be maintained through coordinated effort involving teachers, parents and the LRC.
- It is essential that all members of staff feel themselves personally responsible not only for their particular disciplinary sphere, but also for those general aspects, the “grey” areas for which no one in particular is responsible, e.g. how learners behave in the corridors.
- It is crucial that all staff members apply the rules of discipline in a unitary fashion.
3. Identification of learners with disciplinary problems
At the staff meetings on Fridays, but also at other meetings, problematic learners are identified and discussed, and the necessary measures decided on.
Academic and Behaviour Record Card
On application by a parent or a teacher, an academic and behaviour record card is completed for a learner by each of his / her subject teachers.
4. Remedial Measures
The tutor system
The aim of the tutor system is to deal with difficult learners in an effort to solve their problems causing their disturbing behaviour at the school.
When it is deemed necessary, a learner will be assigned to a tutor, who will continuously monitor the learner’s behaviour, and have regular supportive discussions with him / her.
Where necessary, the tutor will also contact the learner’s parents and discuss the learner with them in an effort to improve the learner’s behaviour.
The tutor will coordinate all disciplinary matters of the learner, and when necessary, will consult with the school psychologist, teachers and management.
The special report will monitor the learner’s behaviour and progress on a daily and lesson to lesson basis with the aim of breaking the habit of continuous misbehaviour.
The learner receives a form, which he / she submits to the subject teacher at the beginning of each lesson. The subject teacher fills in a comment at the end of each lesson. At the end of the school day, the learner submits this form to the responsible HOD for signature. At the end of a time-table cycle, this form is copied and sent to the parents for information.
The learner will remain on special report until the subject teachers decide that the desired effect has been achieved
Where learners are emotionally disturbed or might have learning disabilities, the learners should be referred to the Life Skills teacher for counseling or advice should be sought from her.
5. Punitive Measures
Punitive measures should teach learners the consequences of their choices or misbehaviors. If a learner chooses to transgress or disregard rules or misbehave, certain consequences have to follow. Learners should be taught that they are responsible for their own actions and the results of their actions and choices.
Consequences should be appropriate to the learner’s transgression, and should teach the learner to cope successfully with similar situations in the future.
It is absolutely essential that each teacher personally takes action when misbehavior occurs in his / her classroom or area of responsibility. These actions must be recorded on the Individual Record Card.
6. The Teacher’s Role in the Disciplinary Process
- Teachers are responsible for the discipline in their classrooms and the corridors. Appropriate actions must be taken when learners disobey the classroom code of conduct or the school rules.
- Subject teachers use the Individual Record Cards to record transgressions and actions taken. Learners have to sign each entry into the Individual Record Card.
- Learners are sent to the office only when the teacher’s own actions did not have the desired effect.
- Teachers should contact parents directly when they experience repeated problems with a learner – the principal should always be informed when parents are contacted.
- Only a HOD, the principal or a teacher delegated to deal with general disciplinary issues may put a learner on Saturday detention or compulsory attendance of afternoon homework classes.