Code of Conduct

CODE OF CONDUCT

The staff and learners at York High School are committed to upholding the name of the school by showing respect and tolerance for all and by standing up for what is right, both at school and in the community. The following Code of Conduct was drawn up by senior learners.

CLASSROOM CODE OF CONDUCT

Because we are here at York High to learn, we believe that in each classroom, during every lesson, it is essential that an atmosphere conducive to optimum learning should be created. We must respect one another’s RIGHT TO LEARN in order to achieve this.

We as learners will strive:

  • to exhibit a positive attitude towards our studies and towards those who teach us
  • to participate enthusiastically in class activities
  • to respect the values, ideas and property of our fellow learners
  • to be friendly and supportive towards our peers
  • to respect our teachers and act with appropriate courtesy
  • to tolerate one another’s differences and avoid any form of discrimination
  • to do nothing that will in any way hinder a fellow learner’s ability to achieve
  • to be honest and at all times, whether doing homework, preparing projects or writing tests, to do our own work and not copy from others.

Further, we the learners:

  • will be punctual in arriving at class
  • will enter and leave the classroom in an orderly fashion
  • will be quiet during intercom announcements
  • will be fully prepared for each class session, which means
    • work up to date
    • correct books and equipment at hand
  • will have the courage to own up when we have misbehaved and not let others pay the penalty for our misdemeanour.

Finally, we would expect of our teachers:

  • the creation of a positive atmosphere – relaxed yet controlled
  • fair warning of tests and deadlines
  • fair issuing of homework and assignments
  • a variety of teaching methods with a view to a pleasurable and effective learning experience
  • firm action against individual offenders and a genuine attempt to avoid punishing the group for the offences of individual learners
  • recognition and praise for achievement, while making sure that non-achievers are never humiliated
  • the realisation that respect and courtesy must be mutual.

SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT

The staff and learners at York High School are committed to upholding the name of the school by showing respect and tolerance for all and by standing up for what is right, both at school and in the community. For this reason, the following rules shall apply:

  • The personal appearance and dress of students must fit in with the norms generally accepted by the community served by school, and as set out in the printed uniform prescriptions.
  • Students must attend school for the full academic day. They may not leave the school site without the permission of the principal.
  • If a student is absent, his or her parents must furnish the principal with an acceptable reason for the absence.
  • Students are required to obey the reasonable instructions of the staff.
  • While under the supervision of the school, a student may not damage or endanger the physical welfare of another person.
  • No weapons, implements or materials which can cause bodily harm may be in the possession of a student at school or while under the supervision of the school.
  • Students may not have in their possession, nor use, cigarettes or any tobacco products, other drugs, alcoholic beverages or objectionable printed or recorded material or objects, when on the school premises, when in school uniform or when under the supervision of the school.
  • School property, or the property of others, may not be taken, damaged, defaced or polluted.
  • Students must participate in the educational programme prescribed by the education department, unless exemption has been granted by the department.
  • Students may not use any facilities or equipment of the school, including those for sport, nor be on the school grounds, outside school hours without the principal’s permission.
  • Students may not bring discredit to the name of the school in any way.
  • Students may not sexually harass, bully, fight with, or tease other students or members of the school community.