This is the framework which guides the learners of our school to behave in a positive manner. It creates a culture of learning and teaching through a discipline system that protects every students’ right to effective education, their right to human dignity and their right to security.
MCS has compiled this code in co-operation with the students, teachers and parents. It will be updated regularly. The Code of Conduct is based on Section 8 of the SA Schools Act (84) of 1996. School discipline has two main goals: (1) ensure the safety of staff and students, and (2) create an environment conducive to learning.
An MCS student is expected to uphold the values of the school and to represent our school in the most responsible way possible.
The ethos of The Mountain Cambridge School is one of nurturing and support so that each child can be the best that he/she can be. MCS aims to guide and develop children so that they are ready to contribute effectively to their world in the future. Education is not only the responsibility of the teachers, but also of the students and parents.
The values taught and upheld by MCS are many, but the following are focussed on: Our school motto, “Real world ready” is based upon 6 core values: hard work, honesty, respect, discipline, trust and enthusiasm. These values serve as a compass pointing out what it means to be true to oneself. Honouring these values will guide our students in fulfilling their goals.
The following are focused on tolerance, independence, friendliness, helpfulness, responsibility, self-discipline and promptness. Each child is expected to complete his/her work to the best of his/her ability and to complete all work with enthusiasm and pride.
The Code of Conduct is a key step in fulfilling our Board of Director’s commitment to make our school safe by promoting respect, responsibility and civility. Students, teachers, staff and parents have the right to be safe, and feel safe, in their school community.
With this Code we are setting clear, consistent standards of behaviour that will help accomplish this goal. Our school’s behaviour policy is based on our school’s values and our aim is to promote behaviour improvement as a means of improving learning and teaching.
Our aim with these rules is to help our students learn self-control, respect themselves and have respect for others, and to learn this very important lesson: “Self-discipline controls my consequences”. We want our students to take pride in themselves, their behaviour and their school by always setting a good example. We want to create a disciplined but relaxed environment which is conducive to learning.
The school uniform is compulsory and the proper school uniform must be worn at all times and to school functions (unless stated otherwise). All students participating in approved school activities are expected to comply with the required dress code and personal appearance regulations of the activity in which they are participating.
No variation from the uniform specified in the admission document will be permitted. Any item that is not listed may be confiscated if worn by a learner. Any sloppy or untidy appearance will not be tolerated. Infringements of the dress/uniform code will result in removal from the class until the learner’s appearance is satisfactory.
- The formal school uniform is compulsory during assemblies every Friday.
- Track-suit tops and windbreakers may not be worn with the school uniform.
- The school drimac will be allowed during winter.
- Students’ uniforms should look neat and students should be groomed and well-presented at all times. Boys need to be clean shaven, no facial hair is allowed.
- Boys’ pants shall be worn securely at the waist, no abdomen skin or underwear is to be exposed.
- Boys’ shirts are to be kept tucked in at all times.
- Girls’ skorts are not to be shorter than 10 cm above the knee.
- All students participating in approved school activities are expected to comply with the required dress code and personal appearance regulations of the activity in which they are participating.
Hair and appearance:
- No make-up will be allowed.
- Nails are to be clean, short and neat at all times, clear nail polish may be worn.
- Girls only: Visible pierced jewellery shall be limited to one piercing per ear, only small sleepers or stud earrings may be worn.
- No jewellery including, rings, may be worn except watches.
- Students’ hair has to be neat, clean and well groomed.
- Fringes must be neat and kept out of the face line.
- No hair gel, highlighting or colouring of hair will be allowed.
- No Mohawks or patterns or definite step or any uneven proportioned hair cut will be allowed. (Short back & sides – only for the boys).
- Decorations, symbols, mottos, or designs imprinted or attached to the body or clothing, which are offensive to good taste or the maintenance of decorum, or which advertise tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or which identify the students as members of secret anti-social groups or gangs, shall not be worn to school or school functions.
- Ethnic hair styles must meet school’s approval.
- A strong, partitioned suitcase, clearly marked with name
- No wheely bags allowed, our school embraces a “wheely-free” environment.
- No graffiti is allowed on bags
- Lockers are assigned to all Grade 4 – 7 learners.
Learners are placed in house teams, namely Loeries and Fish Eagles.
Points are awarded to the house teams for acts of individual and group goodwill deeds including community work and school service. A competition is generated each term to inspire the children and increase house spirit.
Good work certificates
- These should be issued as a reward for a concerted and positive work ethic.
- Good work certificates will be issued at the educator’s discretion.
- The educator shall consciously seek to allow every child an opportunity to earn good work certificates at the end of each exam series.