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1. General

  • By enrolling a learner at the school, parents and/or guardians and learners accept and undertake to abide by these rules.

2. Applicability

The School Rules apply to the following leaner situations:

  • a. When learners are travelling to and from school or a school-sponsored activity, including bus transportation;
  • b. When learners are in or on property of the school;
  • c. When learners are in attendance at any school-sponsored activity, regardless of its location; and
  • d. Regardless of date of incident or location, where the result of a learner’s conduct would create a substantial risk of disruption to the educational process or threaten the safety of welfare of learners or staff.

3. School Hours

  • School starts at 07:00 and closes at 13:00. When the bell at 07:00 rings, learners must immediately fall into line in front of the school.

4. Late Arrival

  • Learners who arrive after the 07:00 bell are late for school. They must report to their respective register teachers. Take note, once the register has been filled in and a leaner marked absent, it cannot be changed to present as no alterations on the register are allowed.

5. Leaving the Premises

  • No learner may leave the premises during school hours without prior written permission by a member of management. A leaner will receive a pass note that he/she might need to handed to another teacher on request the next day.

6. Absence of Teachers

  • Learners will be given notice of staff members being absent every morning during the register period. It will be announced where classes should go for invigilation. If a teacher has not turned up after the bell for the start of a period has gone, a leaner in the class (class captain) must go to the office and either look for the teacher concerned or report the situation and wait for instructions.

7. Absence of Learners

  • Learners may only be absent from school due to illness or by prior arrangement with the principal. Parents/guardians must phone the school before 08:00 on the day of absence to report the whereabouts of the learner.
  • On the first day of return after a period of absence, learners must present their register teacher with a completed Letter of absence from their parents. An example of these Letters of Absence can be found at the back of this document. A medical certificate from a medical practitioner must accompany such a letter if the learner has been absent for more than two days.
  • If absent from a test or exam paper, the learner must hand in a medical certificate even if absent for just one day, otherwise a mark of 0 will be given. Parents are advised not to make medical appointments during school hours.
  • It is the responsibility of learners to find out themselves what homework was given during any period of absence. Learners are given one calendar day for each day of absence to catch up with work.
  • A learner will not leave the school building, class room, school premises, or assigned area without permission from authorized school personnel. No learner shall be absent without permission by authorized school personnel from an activity/sport team, duty station or cultural performance where ht school or part of the school is represented. O leaner may leave such activity or assigned area before being excused by the appropriate school authorities.

8. Official telephone, Fax Machine

  • The official telephones and fax machine in the Office Block are completely out of bounds for learners at all times except for very serious emergencies such as falling ill or getting hurt at school. During such an emergency a secretary, member of management or guidance teacher will make the telephone call themselves and inform the parents/guardians about the matter. No calls will therefore be made for instance textbooks, monies or tasks forgotten at home, changed traveling arrangements, or the like.

9. Initiation

  • No initiation ceremonies or abusive actions of any kind will be allowed. Such actions will be regarded as assault and the guilty parties may be suspended immediately.

10. Breaks

  • There is one daily break of 30 minutes. Learners are not allowed in classrooms, the hall or any other building during break, except the toilets, without prior permission of a teacher. At the end of break it is expected of learners to move to their next class within five minutes.

11. Smoking and Drinking / or Smelling of Cigarettes or Liquor

  • No smoking or drinking will be allowed on school premises, in uniform or Tsumeb Gimnasium sport dress or wherever the school is represented, whether as a spectator or participant. Learners who misbehave after school hours bringing the school’s good name into disrepute will be dealt with harshly. Being found guilty of smoking, drinking or smelling of cigarettes or liquor could lead to immediate suspension.

12. Guests

  • Learners may not receive any guests on the premises during school hours. Anything that is delivered for learners must be delivered at the secretary’s office and be collected from there.

13. Falling Sick at School

  • If a learner is injured or falls sick during school hours, he/she must report to the office. The parents/guardians will be called to collect the learner; sick learners will never be allowed to travel on their own. No leaner will without prior permission be allowed to go to the sick bay. No other learners will be allowed in the sick bay.

14. Banned narcotics

  • Any learner found to be in possession of any form of banned narcotic such as dagga, mandrax or crack-cocaine, will immediately be referred to the Namibian Police. A leaner will not possess, use, be under the influence, offer to buy or4 sell, or purport to buy or sell a controlled substance, dangerous drug, prescription drug, counterfeit drug, intoxicating substance, or any of the other drugs specifically mention by name. This school will give its full co-operation to the Police in their investigation but will also be more than willing to help with any rehabilitation programme prescribed by a court of law or reputable drug rehabilitation centre. Learners are advised that being found guilty in a court of law for a drug-related offence is a criminal matter, which must be referred to the Ministry of Basic Education and could lead to expulsion.

15. Fighting and Assault

  • No form of fighting or assault will be tolerated on the school premises or wherever the school is represented. No learner may encourage any other learner to fight or to assault another leaner. Learners are advised to immediately report any form of assault upon their person to the office. Learners are also advised to never hit back when attached as they will then also be seen as assault. In effect, this means that whether you hit first or second, you will be found guilty of fighting. Being found guilty of fighting or assault could lead to immediate suspension.

16. School Bags

  • To protect schoolbooks sufficiently, school bags must be reinforced. Ordinary canvas bags or rucksacks are not permitted. Only the learner’s name may appear on a school bag and no slogans, other writings or drawings will be allowed.

17. Serious Criminal Offences

  • A learner may not commit a serious criminal offence in or outside school. In school a leaner will not take or attempt to take from another person any property, by force or threat of force, expressed or implied. A leaner may not intentionally, by means of starting a fire, cause harm to any property or person, or participate in the burning of any property or person at school. A leaner will not in school make another person do any act against his or her will by force or threat of force, expressed or implied.

18. Personal Property

  • Every leaner is responsible for his/her personal property which in effect means that they must keep it safe themselves. The school undertakes to maintain reasonable security measures. Expensive articles such as cameras, “walkmans” and large sums of cash must rather be left at home and not brought to school. Theft of personal belongings, including bicycles and calculators, will not be handled by the school. Learners will have to contact the Namibian Police themselves.
  • The bringing onto the terrain of any substance or article deemed by management to be illegal, not within school rules or which may cause disruption or harm, may result in a warning or the leaner may be sent home immediately in order to remove such article from the terrain. Examples of such articles may include radios, walkmans, cameras and jewellery. Articles such as banned narcotics and suspected illegal firearms will be handed to the Namibian Police. Substances such as alcohol and cigarettes, and articles such as knifes will be destroyed by management if not claimed by the parents themselves within 7 days after the incident.

19. Assignments, Tasks and Projects

  • The academic endeavors of learners are the singularly most important reason for being a learner at this school. It is for this reason that it is expected of learners to pay proper attention to their schoolwork.
  • It is expected of Junior learners (Grade 8 – 10) to spend approximately 20 – 30 minutes per subject per day for assignments, tasks and projects. Senior learners must spend no less than 45 minutes per subject per day. Matrics, especially those with Higher Level subjects will need to spend even more time.
  • Assignments, tasks and projects not handed in on the due date will receive a zero mark or ungraded unless a letter of absence or medical certificate is handed in to the subject teacher concerned.

20. Tests and Exams

  • Learners may not have any books or notes in their possession during tests and exams. Prior to any test or exam, learner’s desks must be clean with not even books or other material to press on.
  • Learners may not talk or communicate or event try to talk or communicate to any leaner during a test or exam. Dishonesty during a test or exam is a very serious offence and my result in usually confiscate learners’ papers making themselves guilty of this offence.
  • No borrowing between learners will be tolerated during tests and exams. Learners must see to it that they have enough of their own stationery such as staplers, calculators and protractors. Only the necessary stationery and other appropriate aids may be kept on the desk during a test or exam. This excludes pencil cases and boxes.
  • Bookcases will be placed in front/back of the class. Learners are advised to bring as little as possible to school during exam times. It is expected of learners to properly prepare themselves when they are not writing exams during exam times. Playing games, listening to “walkmans” or reading will not be permitted. Learners who do not behave themselves in the exam room may be suspended from the examination.
  • If absent from a test or exam, even on a day during the exam when the learner does not have to write an exam paper, the learner must hand in a medical certificate even if absent for just one day, otherwise a mark of 0 will be given. Parents are requested not to make medical appointments during school hours. No changes will be made on the exam timetable to accommodate medical appointments neither will such learners be allowed to write such papers at a later stage than stipulated on the examination timetable.

21. Pornographic material

  • No learners may possess, distribute, sell or handle pornographic, obscene or offending material.

22. Fire crackers, explosives or laser devices

  • No leaner may possess, distribute, sell or handle fire crackers or any explosive or laser device.

23. Weapons and dangerous instruments

  • A leaner will not conceal, possess, handle, transmit or use a firearm or dangerous instrument capable of harming another person. A “dangerous instrument” means any device intended to cause injury or bodily harm, any device used in a threatening manner that could cause injury or bodily harm, including a legitimate tool, instrument, used as a weapon including, but not limited to pens, pencils letter openers, scissors, combs, etc. or any device that is primarily used for self-protection. Dangerous instruments further include, but is not limited to, chemical mace, pepper gas or like substances; stun guns; BB guns; pellet guns; razors; box cutters, a firearm, dagger, dirk, stiletto, knife, pocket-knife opened by a mechanical device, iron bar, brass knuckles or any item which resembles or can reasonably be mistaken or a real firearm. A firearm includes a gas pistol or revolver, an air pistol or revolver, an alarm pistol or revolver, gas or air rifle, and the barrel of a firearm.

24. Theft, possession or transfer of property of others

  • A learner may not steal property belonging to anyone else, or will not, without permission of the owner or custodian, take such property to have in his or her possession if it does not belong to him/her.

25. Indecent exposure

  • No learner may indecently expose him/her-self.

26. Sexual harassment – Physical

  • A learner will not engage in unwelcome physical conduct of a sexual nature with another person including non-consensual and intentional touching of another person’s genital area, groin, thigh, buttock or breast. The use of mirrors or other devices to look onto or under another’s clothing is also strictly forbidden.

27. Sexual harassment – verbal, written or sketched

  • No learner may intimate sexual conduct with another person, inappropriate behavior or displays of a sexual nature including, but not limited to, displays of sexual parts, mimicking sexual acts, or conveying such conduct in a verbal, written or sketched form. A learner will not use words, pictures, objects, gestures, or other actions relating to sexual activity or a person’s gender that cause embarrassment or discomfort to others.

28. Abuse of technology and other school property

  • No learner may effect unauthorized entry or attempt to gain access to, files, computers, or computers systems of the school. Damage, vandalism or destruction of technology that compromise the integrity of the files, computers or computer systems is not permitted.

29. Profanity and/or abscenity

  • A learner will not verbally, in writing, electronically or with photographs or drawings, direct profanity or insulting, obscene gestures toward any teachers, staff or other learners. No learner shall make use of hurtful language, such as degrading ethnic, religious, racial remarks or profanity directed at, or concerning others.

30. False fire alarm or bomb report; tampering with fire alarm system

  • Unless an emergency exists, a learner will not intentionally sound a fir alarm or cause a fire alarm to be sounded, nor will a leaner falsely communicate or cause to be communicated that a bomb is located in a building or on school property, or at a school-related event, or falsely suggests by whatever means that the school, any part thereof, or any property on the school premises is on fire. These acts are prohibited, irrespective of the whereabouts of the leaner. A learner will not destroy, damage, or otherwise tamper with a fire alarm system in a school building.

31. Vandalism

  • No learner may damage, break or deface property belonging to other learners or the school. Defacement includes but is not limited to writing in school textbooks or library books, writing on desks or walls. Destruction of property includes, but is not limited to defacing bulletin boards, intentionally clogging the plumbing system, breaking lights bulbs or fixtures, carving into woodwork, desks or tables, spray painting surfaces or damaging school equipment to the point where repair is necessary.

32. Forgery of signatures/falsifying telephone calls

  • No learner may forge signatures on any document or use the name of another person to, or in, falsifying telephone calls to the school. A leaner will not use another person’s identification or give false identification to any school official with intent to deceive school personnel or falsely obtain money or property.

33. Threatening, bullying, intimidation or causing deliberate injury

  • No learner will threaten, bully, intimidate or cause deliberate injury to, another learner. “Bullying or intimidation” mans any gesture or written, verbal or physical act that a reasonable person, under the circumstances, should know will have the effect of harming a learner or damaging the learner’s property, placing a learner in reasonable fear of harm to the learner’s person, stalking a person, causing damage directly, or that has the effect of insulting or demeaning any learner or group of learners in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s educational mission or the education of any learner. Bullying, harassment or intimidation includes, but is not limited to, such a gesture or written, verbal or physical act, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated by a leaner’s religion, race, colour, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, height, weight, socio-economic status, or by any other distinguishing characteristic.

34. Damage/destroying work of learners

  • No learner may damage or destroy the work of another learner.

35. Loosing or failing to hand in or hand over documents

  • No learner may fail to hand in, or hand over, documents destined for the school or parents/guardians. Such documents may include, but is not limited to sponsorship forms, notifications to the school or parents/guardians. Learners should not fail to return tear-off strips/documents/circulars.

36. Defying authority

  • No learner may display verbal or non-verbal disrespect toward the principal, teachers or other staff members. No learner may backchat after being once warned to stop. A leaner will not ignore or refuse to comply with directions or instructions given by school authorities. A learner may not willfully fail to respond or carry out a reasonable request given by an authorized school official. Insubordination would include, but not be limited to, leaving the classroom without permission and failing to report to a scheduled class or assigned school location, refusing to open a book, write an assignment, work with another learner, work in a group, take a test or do any other class or school-related activity not listed herein, refusing to leave a hallway or any other location when directed by a school staff member, or running away from school staff when told to stop. No leaner will act disrespectful or rude to a member of the LRC.

37. Interference with school authorities

  • A learner will not interfere with administrators, teachers or other school personnel by threat of force or violence. No leaner will be disrespectful/rude towards a teacher.

38. Fraud

  • A learner will not deceive another or cause another to be deceived by false or misleading information in order to obtain anything of value.

39. Gang activity

  • A learner will not, by use of violence, force, coercion, threat of violence, or gang activity cause disruption or obstruction to the educational process. Gangs are defined as organized groups of learners and/or adults who engage in activities that threaten the safety of the general populace, compromise the general community order, and/or interfere with the school educational mission. Gang activity includes, but are not limited to wearing or displaying any clothing, jewellery, colours or insignia that intentionally identifies the learners as a member of a gang, or otherwise symbolizes support of a gang; using any word, phrases, written symbol or gesture that intentionally identifies a leaner as a member of a gang, or otherwise symbolizes support of a gang; gathering of two or more persons for purposes of engaging in activities or discussions promoting gangs; contravening school rules or the code of conduct in groups of two or more; recruiting leaner(s) for gangs.

40. Disruptive behavior – class, group, gathering

  • No learner behave disruptively in a class, group or gathering by continuously and intentionally making noise or act [by word or conduct] in any manner as to seriously interfere with the ability of the teacher or any of the other school personnel to conduct the educational function under his/her supervision or the ability to others learners to do their work. A learner will not harass others or misbehave in a manner that causes disruption or obstruction to the educational process. Disruption caused by talking, making noises, throwing objects, or otherwise distracting another constitutes disruptive behavior. Behavior is considered disruptive if a teacher is prevented from starting an activity or lesson, or has to sop instruction to address the disruption or if a staff member is prevented from carrying out responsibilities.

41. Failure to report

  • A learner must report to actions or plans of another person to a teacher or principal where those actions or plans, if carried out, could result in harm to another person or persons or damage property when the learner has information about such action or plans.

42. Disruptive behavior – exam/test room

  • No learner may continuously or intentionally make a noise or act in any manner as to seriously interfere with the ability of other learners to concentrate on such test/exam or on the ability of the teacher to conduct the educational function under his/her supervision.

43. Possession of paraphernalia

  • No learner may possess, use or provide to another person anything used or designed to be used primarily for the storage, processing, delivery or consumption of alcohol, marijuana, stimulants, intoxicants, narcotics, depressants or hallucinogens. Examples would include pipes, roach clips and/or rolling papers.

44. Plagiarism Policy

  • Cheating and/or plagiarism are regarded as a very serious offence. Copying or paraphrasing material/text from the work of another student, form published sources (ie. Internet, Books, newspapers, magazines etc) without proper documentation constitutes academic theft and may result in expulsion after the third time offence.

45. School/class

  • Learners must be in school and class on time. No leaner may leave a class without permission or walk around during classes without written permission. Learner will not eat/drink or chew gum in class or the library. Learners may not sleep in class. No learners may yell, whistle, ululate or make other unnecessary noise on the passages. Learners will do and complete all homework and bring it to school on the appropriate day. Learners may not leave the necessary textbooks, test books, file/exercise book or workbook at home. Learners may not copy homework from other learners or lend homework for copying to other learners. Learners may not do other homework in class without permission. Learners must hand in all task/projects in time;. Learners should ensure that all tests are signed by their parent(s)/guardians and that hooks are covered in the prescribed manner. Learners may not spit and litter inside or outside the terrain. Learners may not climb over/through/unto fences/walls/roofs of the school. A learner will not remain or linger on school property without a legitimate purpose and/or without proper authority after school hours.

46. Toilets

  • Cleaning staff will clean the toilets every day. Removal or wasting of toilet paper from the toilet will be seen as theft or vandalism and punished accordingly.

47. In general

Apart from the General Rules of conduct for learner at Tsumeb Gimnasium, a leaner –

  • is principled, well-balanced and has strong moral values;
  • is willing to live out and cultivate patriotism, e.g. shows a love for our country and its national symbols;
  • promote the school’s good name by being loyal towards and proud of the school, teachers, learners and community;
  • always treats his/her teachers, seniors and peers with respect and reverence, i.e. he/she hold sin high esteem the language, culture, traditions, religion and property of others;
  • is irreproachable in his/her behavior at school and outside;
  • has a very strong sense of duty, is very conscientious an is always positive towards all tasks given, therefore he/she will never become involved in fighting, swearing, shouting matches, back chatting and the like;
  • always puts his/her studies and school work first and is therefore always properly prepared for every class, e.g. the previous day’s word has been revised and all text, work books and stationery are present;
  • is always punctual;
  • is always neatly dressed for school according to school rules and tastefully dressed for every occasion;
  • appreciates, cares for and has a high regard for our buildings, equipment and furniture, therefore he/she does not participate in any form of vandalism, sabotage or littering, and reports such incidences immediately; and
  • never interrupts or disturbs a class, group or gathering, e.g. talks or walks around in class without asking permission first from the teacher, by raising his/her hand.

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