Parent Code of Conduct

MOKOPANE ENGLISH COMBINED SCHOOL

PARENTS CODE OF CONDUCT

PREAMBLE

The Mokopane English Combined School Parents’ Code of Conduct is intended to promote a school environment based on respect for the rights of our pupils, our teachers and our parents. This Code inherently reflects the school’s vision and mission and is intended to assist in promoting sound school-home-child relationships for the benefit of the learners enrolled at our school.

Students learn best when they are free of negative and restrictive interference by others and when they know what is expected of them. Teachers are most effective when they use a consistent approach to behaviour and know that the school management and parents support them in their dealings with pupils.

THE ROLE OF PARENTS

At Mokopane English Combined School we believe that parents are a child’s primary and most important educators: the lessons that are taught in the home far outweigh those that can be taught at any school. Parents also understand – often instinctively – that they can best teach their children through setting the example in terms of reverence, responsibility, and respect. The parent is ultimately responsible for his or her child. Though the parent may obtain the help of other persons or institutions, these always remain in loco parentis, in the parents’ place.

PARENTS’ CODE OF CONDUCT

Mokopane English Combined School strives to assist parents in developing in their children an ever-increasing appreciation of his ability to think, act, play and reflect; and an ever-deepening understanding of the world around them.

Mokopane English Combined School teachers and coaches are dedicated professionals and sports enthusiasts who have our pupils’ interests at heart. The school encourages and welcomes parents’ involvement and engagement in their children’s education. Parents actively support our staff and fulfil their role when they:

  • Value the ethos of the school and demonstrate a commitment to the school’s vision and mission.
  • Do not pressurise their child/children to perform and discourage unsportsmanlike behaviour.
  • Ensure that their child/children arrive at school on time every day with the necessary school supplies and appropriate dress.
  • Inform the school promptly about their child/children’s absence or late arrival on the rare occasions when this occurs.
  • Monitor their child/children’s behaviour in cyberspace and control the television, movies and magazines he/she views or sees.
  • Do not tolerate vulgar, sarcastic, racist or disrespectful language from their child/children.
  • Actively discourage bullying, any form of violent or aggressive behaviour or speech and set a good example in their own speech and behaviour.
  • Show cordial respect for the teacher and any other adult in authority in front of their child/children at all times, regardless of what the parent may think of their actions or say to them in private.
  • Expect to be treated in a cordial fashion by teachers and other adults in the employ of the school.
  • Never lie, to the head of the school or the teachers to prevent their child/children from learning from the consequences of their behaviour.
  • Stop rumours and gossip and use the proper channels to address a concern
  • Speak respectfully and with kindness and courtesy to other parents in front of learners, especially when there is any disagreement.
  • Speak to the teacher or adult in charge before accept their child/children’s version of an incident.
  • Accept that the good of all children comes before their own child/children’s needs or wants.
  • Never discipline another parent’s child.
  • Ensure that they are familiar with school’s rules and codes of conduct, calendars and deadlines
  • Communicate regularly with the school, keep their contact details up to date and inform the Head when the family and/or their child/children is facing challenges at home.
  • Build bridges of acceptance and understanding, and expect their child/children to do the same, among the different cultures represented at Mokopane English Combined School.
  • Actively involve themselves in, and/or support the work of parents fund raising committees and parents’ representative associations.
  • Understand that their right of inquiry is respected if it falls within the framework of this document and bears in line with the sensitivities and legal implications of different family structures.

RECOMMENDED GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

  1. Parent’s Grievance Process

The school operates with an “Open Door Policy” and are welcome at all times to make appointments to discuss concerns they may have.

At Secondary School  level, issues should ideally be resolved at the Head of the Secondary School. Should this not be possible, parents are invited to contact the Head as the case may be. Contact details for all the relevant staff are available on the school’s website.

In the Preparatory School and Primary School it is preferable that issues are resolved at the Head of the school. Should this not be possible, parents are welcome to contact the Principal.

  • Cautionary Procedures for Parents

When a parent’s behaviour – in the opinion of the Principal – is of such a nature that it threatens the smooth functioning of the school; severely compromises the school-home-child relationship or is detrimental to the school’s reputation, it falls within the ambit of the Principal to institute the following escalating procedures:

Step 1: A Consultative Meeting (Parent and Principal)

Step 2: Calling to Account: A Written Caution / Warning

Step 3: A Formal Interview/ Cautionary Hearing (Parent, Head and Board of Governors)

Step 4: Communication of Outcome and Follow-Up

Step 5: Legal Interventions and Cancellation of Education Contract