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The Victoria Grammar School believes that a school uniform is a form of identity; enhances security; gives students a sense of belonging; fosters a feeling of pride and reduces ‘fashion competition’ among students.

All students must wear the prescribed uniform and will be taught to maintain an acceptable standard of cleanliness and tidiness.

All uniforms must be purchased through the school and should be clearly labeled with the child’s name.

We expect smartness and high standards of appearance at all times.

The Victoria Grammar School believes that a school uniform is a form of identity; enhances security; gives students a sense of belonging; fosters a feeling of pride and reduces ‘fashion competition’ among students.

All students must wear the prescribed uniform and will be taught to maintain an acceptable standard of cleanliness and tidiness.

All uniforms must be purchased through the school and should be clearly labeled with the child’s name.

We expect smartness and high standards of appearance at all times.

 

UNIFORM FOR GIRLS

Our primary girls wear a white puffed-sleeve blouse (NOT SHIRTS) under a navy blue V.G.S. embroidered pinafore. This is worn with flat and comfortable black school shoes and white socks.

Our secondary girls wear a white puffed-sleeve V.G.S. embroidered blouse (NOT SHIRTS) with a navy blue skirt.

Hair must be simply braided – cane row or single braids. Hair must be held off the face to prevent distractions during teaching and learning and to allow for secure participation in discussions and practical activities. Hair beads are not allowed.

 

UNIFORM FOR BOYS

Our primary boys wear white short sleeved V.G.S. embroidered shirts with a turned back collar and navy blue shorts. This is worn with black shoes and black or navy blue socks.

Our secondary boys wear white short sleeved V.G.S. embroidered shirts with a turned back collar and navy blue trousers. This is worn with black shoes and black or navy blue socks.

Grey shoes or socks, trainers or sandals are not to be worn with the uniform. Hair must be cut short and should be neat and tidy at all times (no Mohawks or braids will be allowed).

  1. E. UNIFORMS

For health and safety reasons, it is essential that children are dressed appropriately for any physical activity. P. E. uniforms will be in the team colours. Appropriate footwear is essential: trainers / sneakers or plimsolls must be worn with the P.E. uniforms.

P.E. Uniforms MUST be worn during each session. Students should always remember to bring their P. E. kit and change into them during the periods. Please include a small face towel in the P. E. kits.

 

Other

For health and safety reasons, fashion accessories such as make-up, nail polish, jewelry other than stud earrings and watches, must not be worn.

 

Non-Compliance with the School Uniform Policy

The Sectional Coordinator will verbally inform parents of students who may be in breach of the Uniform/Appearance Policy.

If the situation persists, it will further be addressed in writing. During such periods, the student will be repeatedly reminded to dress appropriately.

Exclusion from activities or loss of points may be considered where breaches of the Uniform Policy are ‘persistent and defiant’. In such a case, parents will be notified to pick the child up.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

Consideration, courtesy and respect should be shown at all times. Students must try to understand each other’s views.

  • Listen carefully and hold healthy discussions in problem solving situations. 

Students are expected to make it as easy as possible for everyone to learn and for the teacher to teach in or out of the classroom 

  • Arrive to school on time with everything you need for each day
  • Be courteous and orderly
  • Listen carefully and following instructions
  • Help each other when appropriate

Students must make every effort to attend school daily and be punctual

  • Be at school by 7.45 a.m., unless special permission has been granted by the Head teacher following an oral or written request.
  • Go straight to the classroom on arrival and stay no later than 3.30 pm after school unless for an organized event or with the prior permission of both teacher and parents.
  • Wait in the Library if parents or guardians are late.

Friendship, kindness and care towards others are paramount. Avoid

  • Physical bullying or assault i.e.: fighting, pushing or pulling others; hitting; pinching; punching, slapping, kicking or throwing objects at others.
  • Verbal or emotional bullying.
  • Discrimination in regards to race, gender, size, disability or any other forms of harassment. 

Students are well behaved and stay safe when school is in session. They

  • Walk up and down the stairs or around the building except in designated play areas.
  • Leave the school premises only with a parent, guardian or on a supervised trip.
  • Respect on-going lessons or other classes in session.
  • Remain under supervised care at all times.

Students always speak politely to each other and all adults. They

  • Use the appropriate voice level when indoors or outdoors at all times.
  • Address all adults in the proper manner
  • Never use bad language, ‘answer back rudely’, call people names or engage in any other form of verbal abuse

The school should be kept clean and tidy so as to make it a warm and welcome place of which we can all be proud of. This means

  • Putting litter in bins
  • Keeping walls, floors and furniture clean and unmarked
  • Taking care of the displays of work
  • Keeping the corridor area clear
  • Making sure you tidy up after yourselves after snack/lunch is eaten
  • Keeping lunch boxes tidy and in the right place

Students should take pride in their appearance and possessions and have respect for other people.

  • The correct uniform and P.E. Kit is worn at all times
  • Wear stud earrings and watches and no other fancy jewelry
  • Wear no make-up, nail polish, hair gel or fancy haircuts (boys) to school
  • Hold hair or braids tied back tidily away from the face
  • Keep away valuables. Money, iPods / pads, mobile phones cannot be brought to school
  • Take other people’s possessions only with their prior consent

Students should remember that the school’s reputation depends on the way they behave

  • Behave responsibly and respectfully at all times; eg: at home; on a school trip, in public, coming to and going home from school.

Playground Rules require that we

  • Use equipment in a fair and safe way.
  • Play where we can be seen at all times.
  • Play responsibly so as to protect others and ourselves.
  • Borrow and return equipment from the teachers on duty and student leaders.
  • Play ball games away from the buildings and undercover area.
  • Only kick a football during soccer – not anyone’s body part.

Rewards

Good behaviour as indicated in the ‘Code of Conduct’ is expected from all and is encouraged in a number of ways throughout the school.

We will acknowledge each pupil’s sense of responsibility to the school community. The school will most especially help boost student self-esteem by:

  • Regularly recognizing positive acts of consideration
  • Encouraging pupils to take on duties and responsibilities
  • Encouraging pupils to be fully involved in school activities
  • Encouraging pupils to accept responsibility for their actions and inactions
  • Involving pupils in decisions that affect their progress and continuous stay in the school
  • Rewarding attitude, conduct and effort appropriately (eg: during special outings)
  • Informing parents in writing of all good behavior exhibited
  • Highlighting achievements publicly with the Head teacher awarding stickers or certificates during special assemblies 

Class Rules

Each class is responsible for discussing and developing a set of rules at the beginning of each school year. These will enable each member of the class learn in an environment which is free from disruption.

The pupils will discuss and draw up their own list of class rules which will be agreed upon and displayed. The class rules will be supported by a set of consequences to be implemented by the class teacher after consideration of the behaviour. The rules and consequences will be displayed in each classroom. 

Further Strategies to help form acceptable behaviour:

  • All pupils will be given academic and behaviour record cards at the beginning of each term. Each card will have 100 points to help them take responsibility for and be accountable for their behaviour.

Based on the gravity of the action or inaction, a number of points agreed upon by the class teacher and the students will be added to or deducted from the points.

  • The removal of privileges such as participation in school trips or special events will be given when you have below 80 points.
  • Placing a pupil on ‘daily report’ where teachers will make daily verbal comments on behavior.
  • Implementing a Pastoral Support Plan highlighting the proposed strategies to support and improve the pupil’s behaviour, agreed by staff, the pupil (if possible) and the parents.

If the behaviour does not improve, the ‘contract’ is broken or a serious misdemeanor occurs, the pupils will be referred to the Head teacher and exclusion will be seriously considered as a last resort.

Disciplinary Measures   

Such measures will not be humiliating or degrading.

When a behaviour which contradicts the ‘Code of Conduct’ is displayed, certain measures will be applied through a series of procedures which are clearly understood by all.

These will be in proportion to the offence after the reason for the “said behavior” has been thoroughly investigated. 

Class teachers will keep a log book of all inappropriate behaviour exhibited during school hours.

A Playtime Incident book -‘The Red Book’ – kept by the Primary Coordinator or Head Teacher, is used to record inappropriate incidents that occur during playtime or in class. Students whose names are placed in the Red book may be penalized as per the school or class rules and Code of Conduct.

Continuously breaking the rules and expectations will demand verbal reprimands. In extreme cases, letters may be sent out or invitations extended to parents for further deliberations after which any of the following sanctions will be applied. 

Certain sanctions will be considered as short-term solutions and will be constantly reviewed from time to time. They are:

  1. A verbal reprimand
  2. Moving a pupil’s position in class
  3. Isolation from the peer group sessions
  4. Detaining a pupil at playtime or after school (written work or menial tasks may be given)
  5. The class teacher consulting with the parents of the child informally. The Head teacher is notified and relevant information is recorded.
  6. The Class Teacher and the Sectional Head implementing strategies to improve and monitor the child’s behaviour and keep the parents informed. 

Detention

A pupil will be automatically excluded from playtime or detained after school for:

  • Constant disobedience
  • Hurting others/physical violence
  • Disruptive behaviour
  • The use of bad language, including references to race, gender, size or disability
  • Answering adults back in an inappropriate manner

Supervised detentions will be held in the reception area or in a classroom. Students should take with them everything they need to complete the punishment. Students may be sent outside the room for some minutes during lesson time for persistent disruptive behaviour which may prevent others from working or concentrating, but they will work in view of a member of staff. 

Snack / Lunchtime

Assistants will be on duty during snack/lunch time and will record notable incidents appropriately.

Class teachers are kept informed of all such incidents during lunchtime. These are then followed up, as required, by the Sectional Head.

However, if a child’s behaviour continues to be inappropriate and intolerable, parents may be called in for a discussion. 

Home Work Policy

At Victoria Grammar School, students come to school primarily to learn and to acquire all the related skills that come with it. It is therefore expected that they make good use of their time at school. We believe that homework is an integral part of the three way partnership between pupils, parents and the school.

Homework gives parents an insight to what is being taught. It also reinforces and develops independent learning skills which are so important in our ever-changing world and goes a long way to:

  • Encourage learning outside the normal school environment.
  • Help students learn problem-solving skills, develop confidence, self- discipline and the responsibility that comes with independent study.
  • Develop an appreciation that learning can be enjoyed.
  • Consolidate, reinforce and extend skills and understanding.
  • Assist in the development of children’s reading skills and to develop in them a love of books.
  • Enhance children’s skills of enquiry.

Homework comes in the form of literacy or numeracy assignments, a piece of research work related to one of their projects or a piece of cross-curricular or problem solving task. Where possible and appropriate, children may be given ICT related tasks as homework.

Work given to our students support and complement the pupil’s class work and is always an extension or an additional pupil development work. The amount of homework students receive is age appropriate and is a reflection of their personal and academic development.

Homework Journals must be signed by parents after the student completes his/her homework. The journals are used to keep records of each homework task and may be used to record all relevant comments such as praise for excellent work or a note of difficulties encountered for effective liaison between parents and teachers.

Learning to read must not be rushed; reading for meaning is an essential skill for lifelong learning.

As such, The Victoria Grammar School is proud of the high standards of student achievement through its Guided Reading and Writing Programme and wishes to continuously encourage at all times the genuine love our students have for reading. We will greatly value the time spent on developing their reading at home. Students are encouraged to make reading a daily ritual so parents can support the school to develop their children’s reading skills for maximum use.

Pastoral Care and Pupil Support

The Victoria Grammar School encourages all students to feel happy and secure in whatever activity they take part in.

We place great emphasis on the welfare and well-being of the children in our care; as such, they are supervised at all times. Full supervision continues during all extra-curricular activities. No student remains in the classrooms, toilet or other areas within and around the building without permission or adult supervision during play and lunchtimes. Students have been taught to make their whereabouts always known to the teacher on duty when out of class.

Students are encouraged to speak freely and openly to members of staff about any worries or problems, be it class work or on a more personal level.

Staff members will respond to children in an appropriate manner, offering advice, support, guidance and reassurance in conjunction with laid down policies.

The class teacher or the member of staff on duty resolves minor difficulties, worries or upsets that may arise within the classroom or the playground. The students concerned participate in a discussion about such incidents.

More serious incidents that have to do with behaviour, health or welfare, will be referred to the Head Teacher or the Sectional Head. Parents or guardians are contacted if there is a need to. This contact is made in person when the child is collected from school or by a telephone call and followed up in writing with a letter. This will be logged and the letter filed.

Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s class teacher initially about concerns and may follow it up with a meeting with the Sectional Coordinator or the Principal, if not fully satisfied. Parents must be able to share concerns about situations or medical matters that might affect their child’s work, activities or behaviour in school. All discussions are treated as confidential. 

Support for Individual Pupils

At Victoria Grammar School we acknowledge that certain groups of children may need specialized attention. These include those:

♦ Children with special educational needs*

♦ Children from families experiencing stress, e.g. bereavement

♦ Children with school phobia

♦ Children who have been away from school for a long time due to medical reasons.

The school shapes a support programme for such students to make them fit into day to day class activities.

The process for students with Special Educational Needs begins with a report from a certified Educational Psychologist. Recommendations given in the report will then be followed through.

Suitable targets are set and plans made to offer the best possible support.

Parents of such students are required to partner the school in following through with the recommendations for an effective programme.

All these children receive support from the school staff, including the Head Teacher, the class teacher and non-teaching staff. A member of staff who may be a teacher or an assistant is assigned to act as their mentor and friend.

If appropriate, time is allocated for the child to talk to the mentor/friend on an individual basis. The mentor/friend oversees the general welfare of the child in school, informing the Head Teacher if there are any concerns.

The school will not accept a child if she/he is sick or unwell.

Parents are encouraged to keep children at home or be taken to the hospital for treatment if they have a cold or a cough. This is to enable the child receive the needed attention and also to avoid a spread in the school.

With the exception of emergency drugs, the school will not be responsible for administering medication of any kind to a child. As such we will not allow any medication in the school.

We count on parents to help us make the classrooms a safe and healthy place.

In cases of accidents or any health problems whilst your child is in our care:

  • We will notify you via a phone call and get the child ready to be picked up. If need be, with your consent the child will be taken to the hospital by ambulance.

 

  • The school has a well-equipped Sick Bay and will give the needed first aid when necessary. In such cases, it will reserve the right to administer or apply any medication without prior approval of parents.

In cases of bruises, cuts and scrapes, the affected area shall be cleaned and an antibiotic cream or pain relieving ointment applied.

The school shall however, not be held responsible for any further developments when these injuries are not attended to once the child is out of our care.

Security Policy

The school has a strict Security Policy. We therefore ask every Parent/Guardian to work with us to make sure the policy is an effective one.

Please take Note:

  • We do not receive visitors during school hours, unless by appointment.
  • All parents/carers must either walk their child into their classrooms or reception area. Always hand over your child to an authorized staff member. 
  • A Security personnel is always available at the gate to ensure that each child enters the main hall and is safe. 
  • Parents must ensure that children do not exit their cars on the side of on-coming traffic. 
  • Our procedure for pick-up is to release the child only to his or her parents or an adult authorized by the child’s parents/carers. 
  • Where the child will be picked up on a regular basis by an adult other than his own parents, the parents must fill and return a pick-up form to the school, providing details and photographs of the authorized person.
  • For temporary changes in pick-up for the child, it is required of the parents to notify the school of the details of the authorized person. This should be done in advance to avoid delay in pick-up.
  • No child will be released without a parent or authorized adult present.
  • Children may only be released to hitch a ride with children of other parents if prior notifications and arrangements have been made with the school.
  • Pick- up should not take place in the middle of the school day*.
  • Parents should not double-park in order to drop off or pick up a child.
  • Parents must sign a website consent form, which gives the school permission to use pictures of the children for the schools media.
  • Telephone calls asking us to allow a child to be picked up by someone not on our list will be accepted in an emergency and only if the person has an authorized note signed by parents.