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Code of Conduct

1. Preamble
The Pupil’s Code of Conduct clearly specifies the expectations which the College has of its pupils.
Veritas pupils are expected to treat others the way they would like to be treated:
· Telling the truth.
· Being well-mannered.
· Being a good sport.
· Being a good friend.
· Not touching or taking what does not belong to them.
· Being kind and considerate.
· Respecting others.

Veritas pupils are expected to show respect for the College by:
· Caring for equipment.
· Keeping the grounds and buildings tidy.
· Being loyal.
· Being neat in appearance.
· Adhering to College rules.
· Doing the best they can in any activity

Veritas pupils are expected to display good citizenship by:
· Showing others respect.
· Caring for the community.

2. Expected standards of conduct and possible infringements
2.1 Pupils will comply with instructions and the College rules. In so doing, they will not;
(a) Wilfully disregard any instructions by the Headmistress or any teachers, or College rules.
(b) Show disrespect towards elders, teachers, parents, support or visitors.
(c) Dress inappropriately, or have inappropriate hair-styles.
(d) Behave in public or at events that brings the College into disrepute.
(e) Eat or drink in class or at sports activities, where this is prohibited.
(f) Trespass or enter College grounds after hours or in College holidays unless they are taking part in organised College activities. E.g. sport practices, scheduled extra lessons, winter College or any other organised activity.

2.2 Pupils will behave responsibly and will not endanger the safety and the welfare of others.
(a) Dangerous horseplay.
(b) Use of excessive force when playing games/playing games in areas where bystanders or passers-by may be injured.
(c) Bullying others or initiation of any sort.
(d) Fighting, assault or threatened assault of others.
(e) Possession of weapons or dangerous instruments at College or on College premises (including guns, knives, knuckle dusters, devices that shock).

2.3 Pupils will behave responsibly and will not endanger the safety and welfare of others.
(a) Unhygienic personal habits and improper use of College facilities and ablutions
(b) Tampering with equipment or property of others.
(c) Riding/driving of bicycles/skateboards/vehicles on College property where this is not permitted.
(d) Noisy or disruptive behaviour disturbing the activities of others.
(e) Being in possession of alcoholic, hallucinogenic or dangerous substances, or distributing, storing or consuming these at College or College events/trips.
(f) Smoking or being in possession of cigarettes on College premises or at College events/excursions.

2.4 Pupils will respect and care for the property of the College and others. Pupils will not steal others’ property.
(a) Wilful damage/vandalism or improper use of College equipment, College property and others’ property.
(b) Not caring for textbooks and teaching aids.
(c) Theft of College/staff/others’ property.

2.5 Pupils will maintain sound relations with others, be courteous and respect the dignity of other persons.
(a) Being in or distributing pornographic material.
(b) Swearing and use of bad language.
(c) Verbal or insulting abuse of others, including doing so via any electronic device.
(d) Malicious teasing of others/”dissing”.
(e) Playing of obscene or demeaning games.
(f) Being discourteous towards teachers or peers or displays of insolence or disrespect.
(g) Racist or sexist comments, insults, harassing or victimizing behaviour.
(h) Indecency, sexual harassment, or sexually explicit behaviour at College or College events / PDA (Public Display of Affection).
(i) Intimidating others or other forms of invasive behaviour.

2.6 Pupils will be punctual and will observe the timekeeping practices of the College.
(a) Unexplained absence from class and College.
(b) Leaving the College premises without permission.
(c) Persistent late coming.

2.7 Pupils will demonstrate a positive attitude towards learning and be diligent in their learning efforts.
(a) Cheating, copying or tampering in examinations, tests or assignments.
(b) Dishonesty, lying or unfair play.
(c) Possession or distribution of material that may give an unfair advantage in a test or exam.
(d) Bribery, fraud or attempted dishonesty.
(e) Forgery or the falsification of documents.
(f) Not doing the work that is set for homework, assignments, projects or portfolios and practical exams.
(g) Not doing the work by the deadline for which it is set. Although an extension to the deadline may be negotiated fairly with the teacher, this would be the exception rather than the rule, and would only happen in times of real need.
(h) Not doing work to the best of their ability. Evidence of real effort must be shown.
(i) Not revising thoroughly and preparing for assessments. Pupils are expected to do well in tests and examinations as a result of their being properly prepared.