Administration  |  Disciplinary System


Disciplinary System

There are two streams of carding – one for behavioural misconduct and the other for incomplete homework and work related offences.


Behavioural Carding

Yellow Card

3 Red cards

This is a warning card and may be issued for various offences as listed.

 

Once a yellow card has been issued for an offence, a green card can be issued thereafter for repeat offences.

 

3 Yellow cards

THREE Yellow cards =

Green Card

ONE Green card

(One hour detention)


Green Card

3 Red cards

A green card will result in an hour of detention on Friday afternoon per green card.

 

A green card may be issued without a yellow card having first been issued depending on the offence. 

 

The Principal may convert a green card to writing out, or even may convert it to a red card, depending on the seriousness of the offence. 

 

A green card may not be cancelled without full investigation into extenuating circumstances and in agreement with the person who issued the card.

 

3 Green cards

THREE Green cards =

Green Card

ONE Red card

 

Detention will not apply if a learner receives a red card for accumulated green cards, but parents/guardians will be informed.


Should a learner be issued directly with a red card for a serious offence, a three hour detention will apply.


Red Card

Red card

A red card is issued for extremely serious offences. Any learner receiving a red card MUST be sent to the Principal’s office. The Principal may suspend a learner from class whilst consulting with witnesses and will notify that learner’s parents or guardians that a red card has been issued.

 

2 Red cards

Should a learner receive 2 (two) red cards in one term, the Principal will meet with the learner’s parents or guardians to discuss corrective measures and issue a serious warning for disregard of school rules.

 

3 Red cards

If a learner receives a third red card (3) in the term, the Principal will meet with the learner before suspending the learner from classes. Parents and guardians will be informed.

 

A meeting will then be called with the Disciplinary Committee, followed by a meeting with the parents / guardians and the learner.

 

Receiving three red cards in one term constitutes a breach of contract and the school will take serious action to protect the school and other learners from serious misconduct and disregard for the rules.

 

Parents and learners must familiarise themselves with the school rules and list of offences that will result in a red card being issued.


Incomplete Homework and Poor Work-Ethic Cards

Blue Card

3 Red cards

A blue card is issued for incomplete homework.

 

Learners must always attempt to do their homework, even if it is not all correct. Learners may not use the excuse that they didn’t understand the work and therefore they did not do anything.

 

Blue cards will accumulate. Should learners continue to receive blue cards, this will indicate that they are not applying themselves, are not trying to complete work given and this will ultimately show their lack of organisational skills and interest in doing their work. Support is available but if learners do not ask for help and guidance, this will show in their carding record.


Turquoise Card

High School

 

In the High School, three (3) blue cards will convert to a turquoise Card that will result in a one-hour detention and a letter explaining why work was incomplete must be submitted by the learner.

 

Tasks and projects not handed in on their due date will result in a turquoise card (detention) being issued immediately, and will not be classified as incomplete homework.

 

3 Blue cards

THREE Blue cards =

Turquoise Card

ONE turquoise card

(One hour detention)

 

Primary School

 

In the Primary School, six (6) blue cards will convert to a Turquoise Card that will result in a one-hour detention and a letter explaining why work was incomplete must be submitted by the learner.

 

Tasks and projects not handed in on their due date will result in a Turquoise card (detention) being issued immediately, and will not be classified as incomplete homework.

 

3 Blue cards

SIX Blue cards =

Turquoise Card

ONE turquoise card

(One hour detention)


Navy Card

In both the Primary and High School, should a learner receive three (3) turquoise Cards, this will result in a navy card being issued and a meeting with the learner’s parents or guardians. No detention will apply but corrective measures will be mandatory for the benefit of the learner.

 

3 Turquoise cards

THREE Turquoise cards =

Navy Card

ONE Navy card

 

3 Navy cards

If a learner accumulates three (3) navy cards in one term, it indicates that there is little or no effort on the part of the learner to do their homework and engage with the requirements. The school will meet with the parents / guardian again and recommend alternative options for the learner.


Detention

Detention letters to parents will reflect all cards issued to learners, including accumulated information of cards received over the term.

 

Detention MAY NOT be carried over to another week unless for extremely serious reasons. If parents do not send their children to detention, a meeting will be called with the Principal and School Director as this constitutes a breach of contract. This is the school’s form of discipline and parents/guardians are strongly encouraged not to override it.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Disciplinary cards are not accumulative over the year so learners may begin each term with a clean slate. However, the learners file will record their disciplinary cards for the whole year, and in the event of a serious offence, cards may be carried over to a new term or year at the discretion of the Principal, if the learner is on behavioral probation. Any cards issued in the last week of a term will result in the learner sitting detention in the new term.

 

Learners in Grade 6 and 11 will have all cards kept on record for the entire year as this will be taken into consideration for Prefect / Monitor selection at the end of the year.


Yellow Card

Yellow Card Offences

Late arrival for class
Untidy appearance
Thoughtless/unkind statements
Riding bicycles or skateboards on school grounds 
Phys. Ed. clothes left at home 
Forgetting books at home
Untidy presentation of work
Not having stationery
Not covering workbooks/textbooks
Items for class tasks left at home
Graffiti in workbooks

Talking without permission
Trespassing in “out of bound” areas
Breaking 30cm rule (hugging, holding hands, etc.)
Irresponsibility: losing circulars, notes, etc.
Bad behaviour in change rooms
Damage to own property
Leaving class without permission
Absent without consent (sport)
Damage to trees, plants, garden
Disruptive behaviour in classroom
Aggressive behaviour (verbal)


Green Card

Green Card Offences

(No warning necessary)

Damage to other’s property
Dishonesty and  telling lies (minor consequences)
Damage to school property
Cheating in class test (copying)
Disrespect for authority
Bad attitude, arrogance, defiance
Inciting peers, causing disharmony intentionally
Not reporting an incident to the teacher / office
Copying work from someone else 
Aggressive behaviour (contact or non-contact offences)

Tasks or projects incomplete or left at home on due date
Damage to textbooks (plus replacement cost)
Littering (plus R10 fine)
Verbally threatening another person (minor threats)
Throwing stones (dangerous play)
Inappropriate language usage
Invasion of privacy
Incorrect uniform
Chewing gum on the premises
 


Red Card

Red Card Offences

(No warning necessary)

Fraudulent signatures
Dishonesty and  telling lies (serious consequences)
Leaving school grounds without permission
Bad language/swearing/vulgarity
Bunking class / school

Plagiarism in tasks/projects
Graffiti on desks, walls or school property
Bringing disrepute to school name
Extortion of another person’s property
Spitting, in any form


Red Card

Red Card Offences

(No warning, immediate Suspension)

Cheating in class test/exam (crib notes)
Verbally threatening another person (serious threats)
Unacceptable sexual innuendos / behaviour / harassment 

Possession of prohibited items:

  • Cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, knives, BB guns, pornographic material, fire crackers, etc.

Disrespect for authority (serious)

Racist remarks
Aggressive behaviour / fighting 
Seriously disruptive behaviour 
Serious damage to school property
Theft