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An independent high school in Claremont, Cape Town

Student Handbook

General Information

Probation period

All learners are subject to a THREE MONTH probation period, after which their performance will be assessed. The College reserves the right to recommend that your child be removed should he/she not satisfy the ethos, work ethic, behaviour and attitude requirements of the school.


Written notice period

ONE FULL TERM’S NOTICE is required in the event of a learner leaving the College. A term’s fees will be levied in the event of non-compliance.


Homework support classes:

This is not a detention class, but a time to receive extra help in any given subject. You may be required to attend these classes for a variety of reasons; habitual late submission or failure to submit homework tasks or because you require guidance from teachers. (The times of these classes are dependent on the school programme and students will be informed.)


Detention:

Detention takes place on Friday afternoon for one hour after school. Students will be placed in detention for poor work, disrespectful behaviour and defying school rules. Attendance is NOT negotiable.


Non-negotiables:

Our vision is to create an environment based on grace and truth. Rules should be kept to the minimum. However, principles become non-negotiable.

Respect

  • Understand and accept that the school is a place of learning.
  • That the teacher is in charge of the classroom.
  • Respect the ethos of the school.
  • Respect the property and people in accordance with that ethos.

Punctuality and attendance

  1. At the beginning of the day as well as to classes. It is a mark of respect.
  2. Inform the school/teacher and provide reasonable evidence of lateness or absenteeism.

Standard of work

  • Work is to be done to the best of your ability. Tardiness of any kind will be addressed.
  • Test failure is a concern and will be investigated.
  • Late submissions of tasks is unacceptable and will be penalized.
  • A teacher reserves the right to request that work be redone if it does not meet requirements.

Honesty

Telling the truth is the basis of a good relationship. We have to be able to trust one another.

Integrity

To develop well-rounded individuals it is essential that we are true to ourselves and the identity we have inherited in Christ.

Dress Code:

All students are expected to dress modestly and respectfully as befitting our values. This means that clothing: 

  • should not be provocative or revealing
  • should be clean and mended
  • should not display offensive slogans or pictures.
  • should be appropriate for work not recreation.

Cell Phones:

  1. It is the school’s preference that students do not bring their cell phones to school. They    are the cause of unnecessary distraction   as well as being considered a high-risk item.
  2. The school takes no responsibility for cell phones lost or damaged.
  3. Cell phones used in class will be confiscated. Parents may redeem them from the office.
  4. Cell phones may not be used as calculators or diaries.

DISCIPLINE POLICIES & PROCEDURES

  • ALL issues of discipline are dealt with by directly involving the student, their parents, the relevant teacher and the principal.
  • Every effort will be made to protect the dignity and the integrity of all those involved.
  • Heritage College will also seek to reward good behaviour and acknowledge all efforts to improve or correct behaviour.
  • In serious cases the Board of Governors will be involved in a disciplinary hearing.

HERITAGE COLLEGE DRUG POLICY

  • The College promotes a drug-free environment. (This includes tobacco)
  • The College reserves the right to search anyone on the premises thought to be in    possession of or under the influence of a mind-altering substance.
  • A policy is in place for dealing with anyone found in contravention hereof.

Leaving school property

NOBODY may leave the grounds without permission.

Absenteeism

It is the responsibility of parents to notify the school in the event of their child being absent. Failure to do so will result in the absence being treated as truancy. All absentees will be followed up by the school to ensure that parents are aware of their child’s attendance.

A written request is expected when parents wish to remove their child early or keep them from school for any other purpose.


Staff-Parent-Student Agreement

The education of your children is of paramount importance. The relationship between the school and the home is a vital one and certain obligations and expectations are implied if we are going to develop thinking skills, self-discipline, confidence and social attributes that will enable them to make a meaningful contribution in society. May I urge you to support the school as we seek to inculcate the values that bind our society together.

STAFF WILL seek to:

  • Make every effort to be punctual and adequately prepared.
  • Seek to engage students at an appropriate relational level.
  • Inform students timeously of any assignments and tests that are to be completed (minimum 2 days’ notice for a test).  Monitor submissions and insist on compliance.
  • Complete the syllabus as appropriate for the grade and subject.
  • Assess and return written assignments within a five days of submission.
  • Provide extra and individualized tuition as required.
  • Work at developing an innovative learning environment and learning techniques.
  • Encourage, motivate and inspire the students.
  • Clarify their expectations as educators and for their particular subject.
  • Seek to live out a life of integrity and model appropriate behaviour.
  • Maintain a disciplined and nurturing learning environment.

PARENTS are obliged TO:

  • Ensure that their children adhere to the expected codes of conduct of the school.
  • Pay all fees due.
  • Provide a healthy, structured home environment, in relation to:
  • provision of stationery and books,
  • ensuring their child’s punctuality and regular school attendance,
  • a healthy diet and
  • ensuring that their child has enough rest, particularly during term time.
  • Encourage and motivate their children as much as possible throughout the year.
  • Be committed to attending school meetings and functions.
  • Inform the school in the event of absenteeism.

 STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO:

  • Fulfill their obligations academically, culturally and in the field of service.
  • Be in class on time, prepared to work and learn and be engaged in the learning process.
  • Contribute in a constructive, positive and meaningful manner to the life of their class and the school.
  • Complete homework tasks and assignments on time and to the best of their ability.
  • Have all the necessary books and equipment in order to make the above possible.
  • Take responsibility for their own learning process (e.g. catching up on missed work or tests when they have been absent, ensuring deadlines are met, etc.).
  • Be well-mannered and respectful of all staff and fellow students.
  • Acknowledge the authority of the teachers in the classroom and the authority of the school.
  • Be aware of the discipline procedures and code of conduct.
  • Respect the grounds and property of the school.