Discipline 

An Appeal to our Parents

As you are the primary educator of your child, we are very conscious of your interest in the development and well-being of your daughter in the Riebeek environment.   We trust that you will  support us in our continuous effort to strive for academic excellence in a disciplined and respectful environment, in which your daughter can only learn, grow and develop to her full potential.

 

The following is an extract from the South African Schools Act 84 of 1996:

“6.1    The ultimate responsibility for learners’ behaviour rests with their parents or  guardians.   It is expected that parents will

(a)         support the school, and require learners to observe all school rules and regulations and accept responsibility for any misbehaviour on their part;  and

(b)        take an active interest in their children’s schoolwork and make it possible for the children to complete assigned homework”

 

In the South African Schools Act 84 of 1996 in Chapter 2 it also states:

“(4)    Nothing contained in this Act exempts a learner from the obligation to comply with the code of conduct of the school attended by such learner.”

 

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE:

  • Demerits are given for many varied offences in the following 3 categories clearly explained in the Code of Conduct:

 

    1. Academic Offence
    2. Behaviour
    3. Uniform and Appearance

 

  • They are weighted according to the level of infringement
  • After an accumulation of 5 demerits, the learner will have DT.   (Parents will receive notification of this DT)
  • DT will be held on FRIDAY afternoons from 14:00 to 16:00 in a venue to be announced.   Teachers will do duty.
  • If a learner has been in DT on 3 occasions, the 4th time will be Principal’s Detention. (This day will be determined by the Principal.   It is often held on breaking up day.)
  • If your daughter qualifies for Principal’s Detention, she will have her demerit record from the Grade Head given to her with the notification letter.   These reply slips MUST be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the school.
  • All demerits are recorded.
  • After attending 3 Principal’s Detentions, a Disciplinary Hearing will be arranged.   This panel will consist of the Principal, Deputy Principal, Heads of Department, a Governing Body Member, the Learner’s parents and the learner.
  • PUNCTUALITY:  Learners who arrive late on more than five occasions in one month will qualify for a detention.   This will also be recorded on the computer system.

  To all the “Demerit Free” learners ”“ we thank you for your continual good, mature and responsible behaviour and attitude to your work and school.   We thank you for your diligence and dedication.   You make such a difference in our school.

 

We are truly committed to uphold the values and traditions of our school and to instill a sense of pride in the Riebeek colours and our motto “Ora et Labora”.(Pray and Work)   This is only possible with the interest, love and support of all our learners, staff and parents!   We need your help and encouragement, always!

 

Yours in discipline

Annual subject fair

Our Grade 10s present talks and man information centres to allow the Grade 9s an opportunity to find out more about the subjects on offer at Riebeek.

Subject-fair

Pocket Code Of Conduct

BY Riebeek College

ACADEMICS

We try our best, despite difficulties

We do our school work diligently, conscientiously and with dedication

We strive to be the best we can be

We respect our personal academic efforts and respect those helping us
“The more I see, the less I know for sure.” John Lennon

SCHOLARSHIP

We strive to lay a solid foundation on which learning in a safe and loved environment is conducive to the development of the individual in totality

We are involved and concentrate on work in the classroom

We are always prompt in attending lessons
“Knowledge talks, wisdom listens.” Jimi Hendrix

ENCOURAGEMENT

We uphold our motto, “Ora et Labora” (Pray and Work)

We “seek the good in others” and “always do our best”

We lay emphasis on good sportsmanship on and off the sports fields

We see how you play the game as of paramount importance, rather than just celebrating a win. This means we can accept a loss gracefully

We encourage each other to be generous with smiles to spread happiness in the world
“If you meet someone who does not have a smile, you should give him or her one of yours.”
“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.” Anatole France

UNIFORM AND APPEARANCE

The official school uniform (clearly marked) is worn appropriately according to the occasion and season

Correct deportment and register should apply at all times, even when wearing civvies

Good grooming (including clean manicured nails and shiny hair that is appropriately coiffeured) is considered a mark of self-respect

Learners may submit a written application to the School Governing Body for total or partial exemption from one or more of the items contained in the code of conduct based on cultural, religious or medical grounds

Only a plain wrist watch is allowed. No jewellery accessories of any kind are permissible. 

Learners will wear their own name badge at all times and under no circumstances try to be deceptive by assuming another’s identity.
“Your appearance, attitude and confidence define you as a person.”  Lori Myers

RESPONSIBILITY

We endorse the Code of Conduct in its entirety

We are good ambassadors for the school in the courtesy and respect for others that we show

Our strength comes through our responsibility to collaborate and unite

We learn to interact with a broad spectrum of people of different ages, cultures and stages of development and to treat them accordingly, developing a mutual respect

We accept responsibility for ourselves, our conduct and our actions

We expect our learners to follow procedures and instruction
“The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”  Anne Frank


ACHIEVEMENT

We compete with our own best efforts

We always aim high

We never take our abilities for granted. We try to live balanced lives spiritually, physically and intellectually

We give due thanks to those who have helped us achieve: our families, teachers and peers
“No bees, no honey; no work, no money.” Leila

VALUES

We acknowledge the value of:

Goodness

Kindness

Joy

Patience

Self-control

Peace

Faithfulness

Gentleness

Love

We honour the earth and Mother Nature with our efforts to support the environment by picking up litter and contributing towards a cleaner planet and survival of the species.
“The best things in life aren’t things.” Art Buchwald

COMMUNICATION

We shall communicate in English as the school is the practice ground for improving the standard of the language in which we have chosen to study (The exception being in the Afrikaans and isiXhosa classes)

We voice our opinions with dignity and consideration for diversity

We respect the opinions and thoughts of others whose opinions may enhance our own
Proverbs Chp 15 vs 1: “A gentle answer quietens anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.”

GRATITUDE AND BELONGING

We are grateful for the progress made towards personal goals

We are grateful for the opportunities to exercise and show off sporting, cultural and academic skills

We are grateful because we belong, feel safe, cared for and loved

We are grateful for the enthusiasm and applause of others

We encourage ourselves and others to practice an attitude of gratitude and to foster feelings of belonging and success
“Victory is gained by resolution and determination.” Prophet Mohammed

RUDE & ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR

We do not tolerate bullying or any threat to the sense of safety and sense of belonging of others, by providing the means for every girl to be able to protect herself by using the correct channels (peers, prefects, teacher, grade heads, heads of department, deputy principal and principal)

We do not tolerate disrespectful or offensive behaviour, nor do we tolerate verbal abuse aimed at teachers, non-teaching staff and fellow learners

 “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Rooseveld

 

PUNCTUALITY AND ATTENDANCE

We consider the attendance registers for both class and extra-mural activities central to good conduct

We insist on always being on time

We expect projects, homework and tasks with deadlines to be handed in on time

“Time is free but it’s priceless.”  Harvey MacKay

NEGATIVITY

We never put anyone down (make anyone feel less valued)

We avoid negative attitudes because negative thinking leads to negative actions

“The critic is one who knows who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” Oscar Wilde

HARMFUL & ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES OR WEAPONS

It is illegal to possess, threaten or use dangerous weapons

It is illegal to possess, use or trade any narcotic or unauthorized drugs, alcohol and intoxicating substances of any nature

“Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and self-respect.” 

Kurt Cobain

PHYSICAL CONTACT

Physical fighting, assault or abuse is prohibited. It is not only breaking the Code of Conduct, it is breaking the law of the land

Indecent behaviour, swearing or verbal abuse is seen in the same light as the above

Victimisation and intimidation of other learners are not tolerated

Girls are strongly advised not to retaliate, but to report cases immediately

“He who angers you, controls you.”

Anonymous

THEFT

Theft, or the possession of stolen goods, including the theft or possession of test or examination papers before such test or examination has been conducted, is illegal and will be dealt with accordingly

Borrowing without the owner’s permission or knowledge is considered as theft
“Be grateful for what you have and have the grace to ask for permission to use anyone else’s belongings”
“Take what someone gives you, but leave what is not yours.”  Anonymous

PLAGIARISM

We are expected to produce work which is our own

We do not copy homework or projects

We do not allow others to copy our homework

We do not provide false information or forged documents

We do not sign on behalf of anybody else

We accept that there are serious consequences for all of the above
“There is no substitute for hard work.”  Thomas A. Edison

VANDALISM

We abhor unlawful and destructive conduct

We bring action against perpetrators of any graffiti, vandalism or destruction of school property

We encourage the reporting of incidents of vandalism as the parents of the culprits have to be notified

We believe that there are consequences for every action
Behaviour is a mirror in which everyone displays his own image.”  Goethe

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 March 25, 2015
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