School Rules

School Rules

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Students are under the authority of the School while:

1. Present at School during an official school day;
2. Representing the School at any time whether it be in sport, cultural pursuits or any other activity;
3. On a School trip whether or not a parent or guardian is also present;
4. On the way to and from School;
5. At any time they are wearing School uniform.

FUNDAMENTAL RULES

General Conduct and Commitment

(a) Students are expected to display a high standard of behaviour, courtesy and manners.
(b) Loud or offensive behaviour and loitering in public places is not permitted.
(c) Students are expected to display respect towards all staff and toward each other at all times.

Behaviour in Class
(a) Students are expected to behave in a courteous manner at all times.
(b) No mobile phones are allowed in class unless permission is given by the teacher

Addressing Staff Members

1. Students will address male staff members as Mr or Sir or by their correct name.
2. Students will address female staff members as Miss or by their correct name.
Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

1.1 No student shall consume, sell, purchase, supply, have in his possession or be under the influence of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, R18 legal drugs or party pills, whether or not lawful under the law of The Cook Islands, while under the authority of the School.

1.2 No student is permitted to have in their possession any drug or alcohol paraphernalia while under the authority of the School.

Theft, Bullying and Assault

2.1 No student shall steal.
2.2 No student shall bully, assault, fight with or intimidate another student or staff member.
2.3 No student shall be in possession or use knives or other weapons.

Breaches:

3.1 Repeated truancy and continual disobedience or deliberate non-adherence to School Rules will not be tolerated and will be treated seriously by the Principal and the Senior Management Team

Any breach of the Fundamental Rules will be referred to the Principal as it is School policy to treat any breach of the Rules seriously. The Principal will review all the circumstances and where appropriate consider a stand down period and/or suspension as disciplinary options.

Serious breaches of discipline and/or of these rules will be referred to the Discipline Committee of the College. The committee will consider the principal’s report on the matter and the parents/guardians of the student and any representative (if required) will be invited to a hearing. The committee’s options in such cases include lifting or extending the suspension (with or without conditions) or to exclude (if student under 16 years) or expel (if student 16 or older).

RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE SCHOOL

Araura College School expects the Rules and Regulations to be followed by students while under the authority of the School:

1.UNIFORM

(a) The following is the school uniform of Araura College School.

Girls:

A clean, short sleeve white shirt, with all buttons and a pocket.

A red A-line skirt. It should be no shorter than a five centimetres above the knee, and no longer than fifteen centimetres below the knee.

If shorts are to be worn under skirt ensure they cannot be seen

Jackets
Around the School and to and from School students may wear the official School jacket.
Jackets should be removed upon entering the Main Hall and classrooms.

Physical Education Uniform

Sport is a pair of black or navy shorts and a house coloured T-shirt.

PE is a pair of black or navy shorts and a sky blue polo shirt (available for purchase from the office) or white t-shirt if sizes are large.

Red school hat for outside wear

Boys:

A clean, short sleeve white shirt, with all buttons and a pocket.

Clean, grey drill shorts.  Five centimetres (5 cm) above knee.

Jackets
Around the School and to and from School students may wear the official School jacket.
Jackets should be removed upon entering the Main Hall and classrooms.

Physical Education Uniform

Sport is a pair of black or navy shorts and a house coloured T-shirt.

PE is a pair of black or navy shorts and a sky blue polo shirt (available for purchase from the office) or white t-shirt if sizes are large.

Red school hat for outside wear

2. GROOMING

All such uniform shall be kept clean, tidy and in good repair and worn correctly at all times.

Tee-shirts, skivvies or similar singlets are not to be worn if they show above the shirt front.
All students are to be clean shaven.
Hair needs to be clean and haircuts must be neat and appropriate to the School. This includes no obviously dyed hair or extreme hairstyles. If long, it should be plaited in two plaits and tied up with a red ribbon or a hemmed red cloth ribbon.  If hair is short then tie with a black rubber band in pony tail.
Jewellery such as rings, ear studs, bracelets and necklaces must not be worn. Visible body piercing is not acceptable at this School.

3. ABSENCE

(a) All students are required to attend the school through all hours on all days in which the School is open.
(b) No extended holiday leave either prior to or after the official school holidays as determined by the Ministry of Education or at any other time will be granted.
(c) No student is to leave the School grounds during school hours unless:
(i) In possession of a letter or an appointment card signed by the Deputy Principal; or
(ii) For medical reasons, when she/he must have permission from the Principal or Deputy Principal. Any student sent home for medical reasons must take home with them a school pass and contact parent or guardian prior to leaving the School; or
(iii) In pursuance of authorised school activities and accompanied by a teacher

(d) Students requesting leave for dental, medical or any other reason shall bring to the Deputy Principal plus written evidence of the appointment.
(e) Following an absence from School a student must present their teacher on the day of their return a note signed by the parent or guardian stating the actual dates of absence, with full reason for absence, and student’s name and form.
(f) Where a student is likely to be absent from school for longer than three days the parent or guardian shall inform the School immediately.

5. HOMEWORK

If required all students MUST do homework regularly as an extension of class study. Every student must have and must use a student diary for the recording of all homework set.

6. SCHOOL PROPERTY

(a) Students shall at all times take reasonable care of and respect School property.
(b) Text books and library books are the property of the School and are to be well cared for.
(c) Damage, accidental or otherwise, to buildings, furniture, windows, equipment or any other School property must be reported immediately to the Assistant Deputy Principal
(d) In the event of wilful damage to School property the person or persons responsible shall make full restitution.

7. PERSONAL PROPERTY

(a) All articles of clothing, books, pens, bags, calculators, sporting equipment and other items of personal property must be clearly marked with the owner’s name and form. Every endeavour will be made to return lost property so marked. Students losing or finding property shall report immediately to the main reception office.
(b) The following must not under any circumstances whatever be brought onto the School grounds:
Substantial sums of cash, tobacco, chemicals, knives or other weapons, matches, cigarette lighters, fireworks, alcohol, narcotics or drugs in any form unless in the form of medication possessed by a student pursuant to prescription by a registered medical practitioner and brought to School solely for the purpose of necessary administration of such medication during school hours.
(c) The following are strictly forbidden on School property and when students are under School discipline or attending a School function: Smoking, use of alcohol, narcotics or other drugs except only for use strictly in medication prescribed by a registered medical practitioner, gambling or any games of chance, possession or distribution of any indecent or pornographic material, the distributing of any other form of literature or written material without the prior permission of the Principal.
(d) The following should not be brought to School and if brought to School the School will accept no responsibility for them: Cameras, valuable watches, or any other costly equipment.
(e) Cell phones are not permitted to be used at School.
(f) Personal electronic equipment may not be used within the School grounds or on School trips. This includes games and music equipment. Headphones and earpieces are not permitted to be worn. (It is the policy of the School to confiscate cell phones and personal electronic equipment should students be seen using them. In the first instance it will be returned after a meeting with parents.)

8. SOCIAL FUNCTIONS

Such functions include:

(a) Any approved social functions or activities that occur in association with a sports or cultural fixture or tour whether at Araura College or overseas.
(b) Sports Dinners.
(c) The Prefects’ Dinner.
(d) The Prefects’ Ball.
(e) Other social occasions organised in connection with the School.

At these activities all students are under the authority of the School and subject to the School Rules.

9. BICYCLES

Bicycles are to be kept only in the racks or on the hooks provided in the bicycle area.
All road traffic laws are to be obeyed and all bicycles must be maintained in road worthy condition in accordance with road traffic standards.

10. MOTOR VEHICLES

Senior students with a license and over the age of sixteen are the only students who may be permitted to bring motor cars or motor cycles into the School grounds.

11. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

(a) Students are not permitted to engage in any activity such as displaying images or sending messages that may offend or harass another person.
(b) Students are not permitted to be involved with any form of ‘Electronic Vandalism’ such as the transfer of malicious software.
(c ) IT resources cannot be used for personal amusement by engaging in activities such as playing games, using online forums not related to the prescribed curriculum or making use of social networking services such as Bebo, Facebook or MySpace.
(d ) Students may not access or make attempts to access material that is objectionable or illegal such as Pornography, or engage in activities deemed illegal by New Zealand or International law such as Fraud, Electronic Crime (Hacking, Spamming, Identity Theft) or Harassment.
(e ) All students must sign the Student ICT Acceptable Use Policy before accessing the School network or using School computers.

12. OUT OF BOUNDS

Students are to stay inside the school grounds at all times unless given a student pass.

13. GENERAL

These Rules are a guide and are not intended to be a comprehensive statement or exhaustive list. The School reserves the right to amend/replace these Rules from time to time and all students are expected to know the rules and comply with them at all times.