Policies

Michael Mount Waldorf School’s policies and procedures are ratified by the College of Teachers.
Financial policies are ratified by the Council of Management.

Policies & Procedures

Admissions procedures & requirements

1. Prospective parents must attend an Introductory Talk and complete a Preliminary Application.

2. If no places are available, prospective parents will be notified in the week following the Introductory Talk attended by the parent/s. Children’s names may be placed on the school’s waiting list.

3. If a place is available an interview will be arranged and, if appropriate, an academic assessment will be conducted.

4. The prospective parent will be required to complete a financial information form. A consumer profile and bank code enquiry will be conducted, as required by the National Credit Act.

5. Following the Bursar’s approval of the financial information and acceptance by the Class Teacher / Guardian, the registrar will issue a registration pack.

 

6. Age and other requirements

a. Playgroup

  • The child must have turned two by 31 December of the year prior to enrolment.

b. Nursery School

  • The child must have turned four by 31 December of the year prior to enrolment.

c. Class 1 to 2

  • The child must have turned six by mid-October to enter Class 1 in mid-January of the following year.
  • Relevant prior reports and assessments are required.

d. Class 3 to 7

  • Past reports and previous assessments are required.
  • An academic assessment will be conducted.
  • Acceptance is determined by the outcome of the academic assessment and an interview with the Class Teacher.

e. Class 8 to 10

  • As for Class 3 to 7, except that acceptance is determined by the outcome of the academic assessment and an interview with the Class Guardian – not the Class Teacher.

f. Class 11 and 12 (matric)

  • We do not encourage admittance of new students in Class 11 and invariably do not accept new students into Class 12. Exceptions, such as moves from other Waldorf schools, are considered with care.

7. Language Requirements

The language of instruction at Michael Mount is English. All students are required to study one additional language. The school offers Afrikaans and isiZulu as additional languages.

8. Enrolment fees

  • When a student is accepted into the school, a non-refundable enrolment fee is payable within four weeks.
  • This enrolment fee must be paid in full to secure the place that has been offered. See Fees & financial matters

Date of last update of this policy: June 2016

Questions?

Should you have any questions regarding these procedures and requirements, please Contact Us and let us know.

Policy for Absenteeism in the High School

1. Students who are absent are required to bring a letter from parents or a doctor’s certificate on their return to school. Parents are required to phone the office and inform the school every time their child is absent from school.

2. Should a student be absent for a test or exam, no marks will be allocated. In the event of illness, a doctor’s certificate must be presented when the student returns to school. The Administrator will consider if the test / exam may be taken at a later date.

3. The school cannot give permission for students to go away on holiday during school time.

4. Students who do not attend a sufficient number of days at school per year may not necessarily proceed to the next class. The College of Teachers will make the final decision in such cases.

The College of Teachers

Policy for dealing with Bullying

Is it Bullying?

When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful
And they do it once, that’s rude!
When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful
And they do it once, that’s mean!
When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful
And they keep doing it –
Even when told to stop and the person is upset,
That’s bullying!

STEPS / PROCESS

a) Introduction

Michael Mount subscribes to a code of rights and responsibilities. We have a zero tolerance policy with bullying.

b) School response

1. Incidents or observations of bullying incidents are relayed to the Class Teacher / Class Guardian from teachers, parents or other children.
2. The Class Teacher / Class Guardian will have a discussion with the child / children to establish facts. If possible, a resolution is found and the situation dealt with immediately. Feedback would then be provided to the person who reported the incident. Parents of all parties involved must be informed of this meeting.
3. A follow-up meeting between relevant parties will be held to attempt to resolve the situation.
4. If the situation is not resolved, a further meeting with parents and / or teachers will be called to discuss the matter further. Relevant steps (agreed upon by the Class Teacher / Class Guardian and involved parties) will be put in place. This could include outside intervention or community service. In the High School, that meeting will include the Class Guardian of the children involved as well as the Administrator / Deputy Administrator. This meeting must be recorded / documented.
5. If there is still no resolution the matter will be escalated to the Executive Mandate. Along with the Executive Mandate members, the Class Teacher / Class Guardian and all relevant parties will be required to attend. During this meeting help for the child / children will be discussed, as well as any possible therapies which might be deemed necessary, this includes the bully as well as the victim. All parties are accountable for the processes agreed on in Step 4 and Step 5.
6. Where necessary, a follow-up meeting will be held to see if the situation has been resolved.
7. The steps agreed upon will be put in writing and signed by all relevant parties, therefore binding their commitment.
8. In most serious cases where resolution is not achieved (following interventions, therapy etc.), the child’s behaviour could result in expulsion.

Tools of intervention could include: storytelling (stories from the curriculum / healing stories can be used in classes), external intervention, therapy and community service.

Date of last update of this policy: November 2016.

Screen & Electronic Media

Overview:

For purposes of this policy, “Screen and Electronic Media” includes television, movies, computers, and all other video and audio devices, including cell phones, video games, and music/MP3 players.  The scope of this definition changes as media technology and its applications evolve. While Michael Mount’s media policy specifically governs interaction with certain media, care and judgment also should be applied to permitting exposure to media that is not expressly covered by the media policy, including print media (newspapers, magazines, and catalogs) and radio (news and recorded music).

 

The Michael Mount screen and electronic media policy is designed to support the objectives of Waldorf Education, and to be workable in the homes and lives of school families. Parents have consistently found that reducing the influence of media on their family life has encouraged family members to develop a keener interest in one another, enlivened and deepened their communication, and fostered a deeper connection to the world around them.

 

The College of Teachers expects, as School policy, that parents appropriately support our screen and electronic media policy, and that it should be followed throughout the year, even when school is not in session.

 

ELECTRONIC MEDIA IN EARLY CHILDHOOD – CLASS 1 TO 8

 

Children enrolled in the Early Childhood programs at Michael Mount should be given the gift of a media-free childhood. Teachers are available and willing to assist with transitions to a media-free environment. Consistent with Waldorf Education’s emphasis on learning through direct experience, children in the lower grades (1-5) should be allowed to develop new ideas and attitudes based on real personal interactions, without the distortion of mediation through technology.

Children in the lower grades should not be exposed to electronic media in their daily lives. They should not watch television, movies, or videos, play video games, or use computers. Additionally, exposure to radio and recorded music should be limited and age appropriate.

 

When looking at the wealth of reports from many countries which have had television operating for many years, certain factors make it clear that discretion is required in its application for children:

  • The small child experiences the world around it with all its senses. This experiencing is the basis of productive imagination in play and forms the substance for later creative activity in life.
  • In television, information is acquired through the eye and ear only; the other senses are not activated.
  • The field of experience is different from area life situation, the sequence of pictures is continuous whether the child has absorbed or understood the content or not. The connection between sequences of pictures has to be made by the viewer. The pre-school child is not able to do this and the school child only to a limited degree.
  • There are many reports of emotional disturbances, notably excitability, tenseness, lack of concentration, inability to carry out tasks systematically, and it has been proven that the pattern of sleep may be disturbed.

 

GRADES 6-8

During Grades 6, 7, and 8, it is appropriate for students to have a gradual and guided introduction to the applications and use of electronic media.  During these transition years, use and exposure to media should be very moderate, under clear parental guidance and participation, and not work to the detriment of the social and educational climate of the class. We recommend that children should not be exposed to electronic media during the school week and should have, at most, limited exposure on weekends and vacations.  Media exposure can be a socially divisive influence in these years and often works directly against what is brought in the classroom.

 

Any exposure in Grades 6-8 should be in keeping with the following:

 

Television and Movies: It is important that parents carefully select and monitor any visual and audio media to which their children are exposed, and children should never have a television in their room.   Movies rated R and many PG-13 movies are clearly inappropriate at this age; parents are urged to preview movies to make their own informed judgments. As a courtesy to other families and to nurture a positive social climate, parents should not allow children who are guests in their homes to be exposed to visual and audio media that has not been cleared with the visitor’s parents.

 

Cyber Games: Children of this age should not have access to video games, including online gaming sites. Video games can be addictive and can adversely impact students’ work, as well as the social life of the class.

 

Music Players: Any use of music players should be limited and through docking stations rather than headphones. The use of music players with headphones both isolates the listener and has real potential to damage children’s hearing.

 

Internet Access: Children of this age should not have unrestricted or regular access to the Internet. If they do access the Internet or use the computer, such access and use should be carefully monitored, for limited time periods, and never on school nights. Please protect computers in the home with passwords to control access. Do not allow computer use when a parent is not at home. Please locate computers in open areas of the home and never in children’s bedrooms.

 

Social Networks: No grade school student should have access to any social networking site. These sites (examples of which are Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) limit their ability to interact in socially healthy ways.

 

Email, Instant Messaging (IM), and Chat Rooms: Students should not make use of these technologies as forms of communication between classmates, as experience shows that such use creates serious social problems in the culture of the classroom.

 

SCREEN AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA IN THE HIGH SCHOOL – CLASS 9 TO 12

 

The school recognizes the importance of media literacy, including educating students to understand the technological principles underlying (and the social transformations resulting from) screen and electronic media, and seeks to meet this need through a curriculum that includes Internet research skills, computer programming, the science behind new technologies, and the social consequences of the ongoing media revolution.

 

However, because inappropriate or excessive use of electronic media undermines teenagers’ living relationships to other people, the world around them, and themselves, parents should continue to monitor and limit their teenagers’ exposure to electronic media and maintain an open dialogue with their teenage children about the role of media in their lives.

 

Internet and video game use can become addictive, consuming time that could otherwise be spent in more productive pursuits, and can give rise to increasing emotional and intellectual detachment. Social networking sites (current examples of which are Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) pose a significant and well-documented threat, not only to students’ safety, but also to their ability to interact in socially healthy ways. Email, instant messaging, chat rooms, and text messaging can create serious social problems in the culture of any school, workplace, or community.

 

It is important to maintain a space of media-free quiet for the challenging and creative schoolwork of the High School, particularly during the school week.

 


 

THE USE OF CELLPHONES WHILST AT SCHOOL

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL

No learner may bring a cell phone to school. If a learner is caught with a cell phone at school it will be confiscated for the TERM. Should a cell phone be misplaced, no assistance will be given in recovering the phone. This is a non-negotiable policy and will be strictly enforced.

 

***Please avoid the inconvenience of having your child’s phone confiscated by not allowing her/him to bring it to school***

 

HIGH SCHOOL

High School students may not use cell phones or other electronic equipment during school hours.   Any student seen using a cell phone and/or other electronic equipment during these hours will have such items confiscated for a calendar month, i.e. four weeks, whether this time extends into the holidays or not.   Cell phones must be turned off during school hours – this includes during break time.

 

In recognition of the age of the students and also, because students often have extramural activities and/or jobs after school, the High School cell phone policy is not a complete ban.   Students may use cell phones after 2.50pm only for the purpose of making phone calls.   Cell phones are not to be used for gaming, playing music, or any other application other than making phone calls.

 

The School will take no responsibility for a cell phone which is stolen or lost and no assistance will be given in recovering the phone.   This is a non-negotiable policy and will be strictly enforced.

 

There are a number of reasons for these strong decisions in both the Primary and High School:-

 

  • There is an ongoing problem with theft, not only at School, but children carrying phones become easy targets. Children see their cell phones as an accessory and so they are visible and fashionably displayed which can lead to a host of problems.
  • When children have a cell phone they have access to the world and the world has access to them. The phones today are not just a mere phone; they have everything a home PC does. When the children leave home with a cell phone, the parental supervision that he/she experiences at home, no longer applies. The ability to access the world means that children are at great risk of sexual exploitation and attacks from pedophiles. The innocent act of a child taking a photo, as a joke, of a friend doing something that would not normally be done in public and sending it to others is classified as child pornography by the authorities. That photo, once it is transmitted, is accessible to the “world”.
  • Abuse is not only physical or verbal. Research has shown that cell phones are being used by learners to bully, intimidate and harass others. Threats, discriminating pictures or messages are being sent to schools, which means that once overt behavior of bullying, can now happen right under the Teacher’s nose and he/she would not even know.
  • Cell activity in the human body is directed by electromagnetic impulses. Cell phone emissions interfere with these impulses and disturb normal cell activity in the body.

 

 

 

Acknowledgement of the Screen and Electronic Media Policy

 

We have read and acknowledge the contents of the above policy.

 

Parent’s / Guardian Name                                                 Learner’s Name

 

 

………………………………. (Print)                                              ……………………………….. (Print)

 

 

………………………………. (Signature)                                     ……………………………….. (Date)

Data Protection & Privacy

Web-related Data Protection and Privacy Policy

Web-related Data Protection and Privacy Policy

This policy sets out how Michael Mount Waldorf School treats information that is received and / or collected through your use of our site.

The information we collect

  • Every time you browse/use our site we may record the following information: transactional information based on activities on the website, Internet Protocol address, browser information and application numbers, Cookies; and Geographical location.
  • Should you wish to subscribe to receive certain information on offer on our site, we may request that you provide certain additional information. You may choose to ‘unsubscribe’ from receiving these at any time.
  • When you sign up, subscribe, fill out a form, comment, send us an e-mail or ask us to respond to you or when you communicate with us in any other way, we retain the information that you have included in the respective Communication as well as our responses to such Communication. We may associate such information with information received from other channels such as your site usage information.
  • We will never sell your information.
  • We will never share your information unless we are required by law to do so. 

Your consent

  • If you do not agree to the terms of this Data Protection and Privacy Policy, please do not use our site.

Security

  • We respect your right to privacy and are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect.
  • Although we take reasonable steps to safeguard information, we cannot be responsible for the acts of those who gain unauthorized access and we make no warranty, express, implied or otherwise, that we can prevent such access.

Cookies 

  • We may use cookies and Google analytics when you visit our site. A cookie is a small file that asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. A cookie does not give us access to your computer or any information about you.
  • Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer.
  • We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used and how users interact with these pages. We may use the information collected to optimize performance, improve usability, provide additional or customized offerings and to make sure things are working properly.
  • By using this website, you consent to our use of cookies.

Links

  • This site includes links to and from other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information and such inclusion does not imply affiliation, endorsement or adoption by us.
  • We are not responsible for the content of any linked site/s or information. You are knowingly and voluntarily assuming all risks of using third party sites and we shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to such third party sites and your usage of them.

Questions?

  • Should you have any questions or concerns about this Data and Privacy and Policy, please see the ‘Contact Us’ tab on this site and let us know.

 

Date of last update to this document: March 2016

School Related Privacy and Protection Policy

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Dress Code

Primary School Dress Code

POLICY: DRESS CODE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS

  1. All clothes must be appropriate for school; clean, neat, preferably natural fibre – no holes or tears.

 

  1. Dresses, skirts, shorts – just above the knee.

 

  1. Pants, leggings, jeans – comfortable fit.

 

  1. Shirts – shoulders must be covered, no bare midriffs.

 

  1. All clothes – plain or patterned, no writing, cartoons or questionable motifs and images.

 

  1. Shoes – secure to feet, appropriate for weather.

 

  1. Hair – tied up; out of the face. No unnatural hair colour or styles/cuts.

 

  1. Jewellery – one small stud in each ear only.

 

  1. No nail varnish or makeup.

 

  1. Hats to be worn outside only.

 

 If a student arrives at school, and is in breach of the dress code, parents will be contacted and asked to bring a change of clothes or the student will be sent home.

 Lost property is kept in the wooden cupboard outside the administration offices. Please label your child’s clothing for easy identification.

 

Last reviewed: January 2016

High School Dress Code

POLICY:  DRESS CODE FOR HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS – CLASSES 8 TO 12

The High School Teachers have noted that there are more and more deviations from the Dress Code as drawn up in 2008.   Attention is drawn to the amended Dress Code hereunder:-

  1. All clothes are to be clean, neat, of appropriate size, suitable for school and conducive to learning.
  2. All clothing must be of a comfortable fit, not too tight or excessively baggy. No torn clothing may be worn.
  3. Dresses, skirts and shorts must not be shorter than 8cm above the knee, slits in long skirts must not reach higher than 8cm above the knee. Ski pants/leggings/excessively tight fitting pants are not acceptable except when worn under a dress or long shirt.
  4. Tops may have sleeves/straps of at least 5cm in width. Bra straps may not be visible.   Tops must not be low cut.   Racer backs and spaghetti straps are not acceptable.   Boys may not wear vests.   Neither boys nor girls may expose the midriff.
  5. No underwear should be visible.
  6. T-Shirts displaying brand names and logos are permitted. Cartoons or offensive images are not permitted.  Slogans are allowed provided that they are not discriminatory or rude.
  7. Footwear must be worn at School at all times (except during sports lessons at the discretion of the Teacher). Shoes must allow for freedom of movement and must be properly secured to the foot.   Therefore none of the following are acceptable:-  excessively thick soles, platforms and high heels.   Sandals, slip slops and mules are allowed provided they fit properly and are neat and clean.
  1. Hair should be neat and should not obscure vision. Dreadlocks will only be permitted if they are clean and neat.   Coloured hair is permitted, provided this is one natural colour.
  1. Matric boys are permitted to wear facial hair.
  1. Students may not wear more than one necklace. They also may not wear bangles, bracelets, sweatbands, and wristwatches, the collective widths of which exceed 6cms.
  1. Students may have no piercings, with the exception of one stud or small ring in the lobe of each ear.
  1. Students may not wear make-up. A thin layer of base or foundation is allowed. Students may not wear coloured nail varnish; clear or see-through nail varnish is permitted.
  1. Caps, hats and beanies may be worn outdoors. Beanies may be worn in the classroom in winter only.

If a student arrives at School, and is in breach of the dress code, parents will be contacted and asked to bring a change of clothes, or the student will be sent home.

Dropping Off & Picking Up

Policy: Care of Children after school – Classes 1 to 4

  • When school ends at 12.20 pm children will be kept in their classrooms until 12.45 pm. Parents must please collect their child from the class.
  • Any child not collected by 12.45 pm will be taken to Aftercare and parents will be billed accordingly.
  • If your child does any extra mural or sporting activities after school please inform the Class Teacher who will ensure your child arrives at the activity as planned.

We are taking a strong line on this issue because it is unsafe for children hang around at school unsupervised when school ends.  As a school we are legally responsible for the children on this property and in terms of the school’s liability and insurance policy we must ensure their safety at all times.

Thank you for taking this issue as seriously as we do.

 

Dropping off and  picking up

Pupils are welcomed into the classroom at the start of the day and should arrive at the school 10 minutes before the first bell.  The first bell indicates that pupils should move towards their classrooms.  Lessons start with the second bell.  Any pupil not in the classroom at that time is considered late.  Please ensure that your child arrives on time, as it supports the rhythm and form of the school day.

Parents must drop children off at their respective classrooms and then leave.  No parent is permitted to linger outside class once lessons have started.

What Happens Before School?

Teachers are on duty from 7.00am.  The school is not responsible for pupils who arrive on the premises before this time.

Parents of children in the Play Group who arrive at school at 7.00am are requested to take their children to the teacher on duty at the Play Group where they will be cared for until school starts.

Parents of children in the Nursery School who arrive at school at 7.00am are requested to take their children to the teacher on duty at the Nursery School where they will be cared for until school starts.

Parents of children in Classes 1, 2 or 3 who arrive at school at 7.00am are requested to take their children to the teacher on duty in the playground outside Class 1 where they will be cared for until school starts.

Supervision at the shelter is provided between 7.00am and 7.50am for children from classes 4 and up.

Security, Health and Safety

The school premises are fully enclosed.  The main gate on Culross Road is guarded and access is continuously controlled.

Parents receive two complimentary car stickers with the Michael Mount logo in the enrolment package.  They are required to display the sticker to the guard at the gate.  Drivers of vehicles entering the school without displaying a sticker will be required to sign in before entering.

The school management requests all parents to display their sticker so as to avoid queues and delays at the gate.  Additional stickers may be purchased from the office at a cost of R5.00 each.

The Car Park and Drop-off Zone

  • To ensure the safety of everyone in the car park, the speed of vehicles must not exceed 10kph.
  • If you are only dropping your children off, please use the demarcated drop-off zone and then move on as quickly as possible.
  • Parents are responsible for the pupils who are with them whilst in the car park. Please park with consideration for others.
  • Pupils waiting to be picked up must stay at the shelter or inside the fenced area around the car park. They must not wait in the car park.
  • Dogs must be kept in the car (or on a lead for short periods only where absolutely necessary). They are not allowed to run around the car park or school grounds.

Financial Matters

Enrollment Fees

Policy:  enrollment fees with effect from 2017

  • When a student is accepted into the school a non-refundable enrollment fee is payable within six (6) weeks.
  • This enrollment fee must be paid in full to secure the place that has been offered.
  • The student may join the class once the enrollment fee has been paid.
  • Enrollment fees are allocated to the Capital Development Fund and used to enhance and upgrade school facilities.

Play Group, Nursery School and Classes 1 – 12

Enrollment Fee :                               R 12 000.00*

Important note:

* No enrollment fee is charged for Baby Care. However, when the child moves up to Play Group the enrollment fee becomes due and payable.

Pupil Insurance

PUPIL INSURANCE COVER – 2016/17

In case of a medical emergency involving your child, you would insist that the school authorities act decisively and immediately.  In order for us to do this, we have again arranged compulsory insurance facilities for our pupils for 2016/17.

The cover comprises the following:

SECTION 1 – MEDICAL EXPENSES, ACCIDENTAL DEATH AND PERMANENT DISABILITY COVER

SECTION 1.1             MEDICAL EXPENSES COVER (LIMIT – R20 000)

All our pupils will be covered up to a maximum of R20 000 against medical expenses incurred in school-related incidents due to violent, physical, external and accidental bodily injury whilst:-

  • At school
  • Travelling to/from school
  • Partaking in school organized events during term time, including educational, cultural or sporting tours and activities.

This gives us, as the school authority, peace of mind that in case of any emergency we can act without hesitation and our pupils can be attended to whether or not they are covered by medical aid and without the need to reach you to confirm medical aid cover.

A benefit to you, our parents/guardians, is that funds thus saved and accumulated in your medical savings account can be preserved for other members of your family.

                                SOME IMPORTANT POINTS

  1. The benefit will be paid to the school (in cases where the school has settled the account) or to the parent/guardian. NO BENEFIT WILL BE PAID DIRECTLY TO ANY SERVICE PROVIDER.   Please note that there is an excess of R650 on any non-sport related claim. There is an excess of R750 for any sport related claim.
  2. Notification of a claim must be made within thirty (30) days from date of injury.
  3. Cover for medical expenses is limited to costs incurred within one calendar year of the date of initial injury but limited to R20 000.
  4. Exclusions applicable to this insurance are summarized further on in this letter.

PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED IN CASE OF A CLAIM

  1. It is essential that the school office ( waldorf@michaelmount.co.za ) be informed immediately in writing of the nature and extent of any injury or accident befalling a pupil at Michael Mount.
  2. A claim form must be obtained from the school.
  3. Detailed accounts/tax invoices to be obtained from the service provider.
  4. The attending doctor to complete the relevant section of the claim form.
  5. The school to complete their relevant section.
  6. The completed claim form and accounts to be submitted to insurers by the school.
  7. The claim will be processed and paid to the school who will then forward the payment to the parents/guardian concerned.

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SECTION 1.2            ACCIDENTAL DEATH COVER LIMITS

  • Learners, 6 years and under R10 000
  • Learners 7 years to 14 years R30 000
  • Learners over 14 years of age R40 000

Accidental death cover is provided for our pupils with limits per pupil as stated above, whilst:

  • At school
  • Travelling to/from school
  • Partaking in school organized events during term time, including educational, cultural or sporting tours and activities.

In case of death, the benefit will be paid to you, the parent/guardian, upon submission of the required documentation.   Exclusions applicable to this insurance are summarized below.

SECTION 1.3            PERMANENT DISABILITY COVER LIMITS

  • Learners 6 years and under – such percentage of R10 000 as specified for the particular disability.
  • Learners 7 years to 14 years – such percentage of R30 000 as specified for the particular disability.
  • Learners over 14 years – such percentage of R40 000 as specified for the particular disability.

Cover is also provided for your child against permanent disability sustained whilst:

  • At school
  • Travelling to/from school
  • Partaking in school organized events during term time, including educational, cultural or sporting tours and activities.

The sum insured will be paid following the loss of one or more limbs, complete loss of sight or hearing or permanent and total loss of speech.   Where a lesser injury occurs, but nevertheless of a permanent and serious nature (for example, a permanent limp or facial disfigurement), insurers will pay a lesser percentage which reflects the severity of the disability.  Exclusions applicable to this insurance are summarized below.

EXCLUSIONS

Standard exclusions include war, civil war, invasion, military service and operations or whilst participating in any riot, strike or civil commotion, winter sports involving snow or ice, motor cycling, hunting, riding or driving in any kind of race, hang-gliding, micro lighting, parachuting and scuba diving.   Also excluded is air travel (except as a passenger on a licensed airline), suicide, attempted suicide, intentional self-injury, deliberate exposure to exceptional danger, injury sustained in a state of insanity or from a pupil’s own criminal act, disease or natural causes or injury whilst under the influence of drugs or narcotics unless such drugs or narcotics were unknowingly taken or administered or prescribed by a member of the medical professional (other than by the insured person or any family member). In addition, medical or surgical treatment, except for treatment necessitated through accidental bodily injury within the scope of this insurance is excluded as is bodily injury directly caused by any pre-existing physical defect, condition or infirmity.  Pupils insured must not be older than 21 years.

This cover is compulsory.  The annual cost is R160,00 per pupil

and this has been included in your school account.

We trust that you will agree that the cover negotiated is valuable and necessary to protect our pupils.

Payment of School Fees

POLICY: PAYMENT OF SCHOOL FEES

In terms of the STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES, which has been accepted, fees are payable in advance. In order to facilitate the smooth administration of school fees the following options for payment are offered:

All payment options, regardless of method of payment must be accompanied by a completed debit order form. This is to cover the school in the event of default on payment. If the parent elects to pay by post dated cheque (in the case of monthly or termly payments), or by cheque, credit card or electronic transfer, (in the case of annual payments); the debit order will not be used unless there is a default on payment.

  1. Annually in advance

The only acceptable form of payment under this option will be by cheque, credit card, electronic transfer. Fees must reflect on the school’s bank statement on or before the first day of the term 1. If this date falls on a weekend or public holiday payment must be received on the first business day thereafter. Only if payment is reflected in the schools account by this date will an 8% discount be given. No exceptions will be made. This discount will be reduced to 4% if paid by credit card.

  1. Term in advance

The only acceptable form of payment under this option will be by debit order or post-dated cheques.

Debit order forms must be in possession of the school by the end of November. Post-dated cheques must be in the possession of the school on or before the first day of term.

Those parents who have not previously provided a debit order in favour of the school should date the first payment the 2nd January. Post-dated cheques should be dated the 2nd Jan, 2nd April, 2nd July and 2nd October. Provided the school is in possession of the debit orders or post-dated cheques on or before the due date a discount of 4% will be allowed on each of the term’s fees.

  1. Monthly

The only acceptable form of payment under this option will be by debit order or post-dated cheques. Debit order forms and post-dated cheques must be in the possession of the school on or before the first day of term. Those parents who have not previously provided a debit order in favour of the school should date the first payment the 2nd January. Post-dated cheques should be dated the 2nd of each month from January to November. No discounts are allowed on monthly payments.

  1. Admission of learner

Once the interviews have been completed payment arrangements need to be made with the Registrar including the payment of the non-refundable enrolment fee. Learners will only be accepted into the school once the enrolment and registration fees have been paid in full.

  1. Withdrawal of a learner from Michael Mount

Should a child withdraw from Michael Mount for any reason whatsoever, the parent has undertaken to give one (1) full term’s notice of such a withdrawal in writing to the school office or alternatively, to pay one term’s fees in lieu of notice. If the parent is not certain regarding withdrawal of child due to a transfer etc., please give the school a provisional letter of notice. This enables the school to plan the intake of new pupils.

  1. Responsibility of parent/s

The onus is on the parent to monitor her/his accounts. If the parent is unable to honour payments for whatever reason it is the responsibility of the parent to contact the Bursar so that the situation can be reviewed.

Summary of Expenses

Summary of Expenses excluding school fees

  1. Enrolment and registration fees:

A once-off non-refundable, registration fee of R550 per child is payable.

A once-off non-refundable enrolment fee of R12 000 per child is payable on acceptance of registration.

  1. Sundry charges will appear on individual accounts for the following:

Pupil Insurance: R160 (payable annually)

Annual Class Fund:

R150 for Play Group and Nursery School

R350 for Classes 1 to 7

R550 for Classes 8 – 12

Relevant examination fees for classes 9 to 12

  1. Other expenses: outings, camps, photographs, text books. (Not charged to school account, payable by eft or cash.)

Please note: these items are attached as “Notes” to the fee schedule.

 

 

Grievance Procedure

The school has adopted a grievance procedure which should be followed in the event of parents or pupils experiencing any problems.

The procedure is set out below:

1. Parents deal one on one with the Class Teacher or Class Guardian. This is an important step.  The process also applies the other way around, where the teacher must approach the parent before speaking to Executive*.

2. After the parent/teacher meeting, the teacher confirms the conversation, and keeps a record of the meeting in his/her diary.

3. If no satisfactory resolution is reached, either party may now refer the problem to the Administrator or Executive*.

* Executive is the working arm of the College of Teachers.  This body is composed of representatives from all sections of the school (Nursery, Primary and High Schools) and the Administrator.

Indemnity

MICHAEL MOUNT WALDORF SCHOOL (“the School”) GENERAL INDEMNITY/LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

 

 

 

 

  1. I,  ____________________________________________________________            (full name and surname)

 

wish my following child/children:-

Name                                                     Class                                       Teacher

______________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________           full name(s) and surname(s)

 

______________________________________________________________

 

To participate in the following activity/excursion:-

 

  1.   I accept that all reasonable precautions will be taken to ensure the safety and welfare of my aforesaid child/children, however, I understand that participation therein is at the sole risk of the participants and/or their legal guardians.  Accordingly, I confirm and agree that the School shall not be liable for any loss, mishap, injury or damage of whatever nature which may be suffered by those participating in the abovementioned activity, their families and/or invitees, whether or not same is suffered on or near the route/site of such activity and irrespective of whether such loss, mishap, injury or damage is caused by fire, storm, flood, riot, civil commotion, theft, robbery, accident or any other cause whatsoever, and further irrespective of whether such loss, mishap, injury or damage is caused by any act, omission or default on the part of the School, its employees and/or its agents.  In furtherance of this, I indemnify the School in respect of any such loss, mishap, injury or damage and hold the School harmless in respect thereof.

 

  1. I further agree that I shall be responsible for the payment of any medical and/or hospital accounts, where applicable, should an injury be sustained by my said child/children and, in this regard, I cede my powers as parent/guardian to an authorised representative of the School should medical treatment of any nature whatsoever be deemed necessary for my child/children by such duly authorised representative.

 

PARENT/GUARDIAN’S SIGNATURE _____________________________________________________________

 

IDENTITY NUMBER___________________________________________________________________________

 

FULL NAMES OF PARENT/GUARDIAN _____________________________________________________________
DATE   __________________________________________________________________________________________

Statement of Principles

Waldorf Pedagogy is based on the needs of the child at the various stages of its physical and psychological development.   In this sense it is child-centered, hence the core curriculum as outlined by Rudolf Steiner and enlarged upon by other educationists is, in content and method, designed to promote the growth of the child and young person as a free and creative personality.

Michael Mount Waldorf School has a non-discriminatory policy towards pupils infected with HIV/AIDS, provided such infection is disclosed to the Class Teacher upon registration of the pupil.   Such information will be held in the strictest confidence.

When Rudolf Steiner formulated the principles of Waldorf Education he placed emphasis on the fact that education, rooted as it is in the free spiritual life, should be allowed to develop on its own ground, untrammeled by economic and political considerations.   Consequently, Waldorf Schools all over the world avoid active participation in controversial social and political issues which would hinder them in their true task, namely the development of the free individual.   It is a requirement that parents who wish to have their children educated at Michael Mount Waldorf School recognize and support these principles as a condition of entry.

Declaration

I, the undersigned, acknowledge that I am aware that the Council of Management of the Michael Mount Waldorf School Association has the right to make adjustments to the School fees from time to time, as it may deem fit, I hereby agree and undertake to pay such School fees NOT LATER THAN THE FIRST DAY OF EACH SCHOOL TERM.

I agree that interest may be charged on any fees due and payable calculated from the start of the term from when they are outstanding, at 2% above the current prime overdraft rate applicable on the date such fees become due.   I agree that I am liable for any legal fees that may arise on the collection of monies due by me on the scale as between attorney and client.

I agree that any dispute whatsoever which may arise will not give me the right to withhold School fees on any account.

Should I withdraw my child from the School for any reason whatsoever, I undertake to give one full term’s notice of such withdrawal, or alternatively to pay one term’s fees in lieu of notice.

I acknowledge and agree that the Chairman of the College of Teachers will stand in loco parentis to all pupils while they are under the supervision of the School.   While I accept that every possible effort will be made to contact parents in cases of emergency, I hereby empower the Chairman of the College of Teachers to act on my behalf if necessary.

I hereby agree that neither the Michael Mount Waldorf School Association nor the School, nor any teacher of the School shall be held responsible for any loss, damage, injury or death which I or my child/children shall suffer arising directly or indirectly from any act or omission of the Michael Mount Waldorf School Association, the School or any teacher of the School, save to the extent that the above-named are indemnified against any claims arising out of any such occurrences under any policy of insurance which may be in force at the relevant time.

I understand that any queries regarding the education of my child should first be discussed with the Class Teacher or Class Guardian.   If this should prove insufficient, the Executive of the College of Teachers is the only other organ of the School that may be approached.

I understand and agree that my child has been accepted by the School for a six month trial period.   If at any time during this period, the School forms the opinion that the further attendance of my child at the School is undesirable, the trial period will come to an end and I shall be obliged to remove my child from the School forthwith.   In this event no portion of the School fees due at the commencement of the trial period or paid by me will be refundable by the School to me.

I acknowledge I have read the School’s policy statement on television and undertake to co-operate with the staff of the School in this matter.

In enrolling my child/children at the Michael Mount Waldorf School, I agree to abide by the principles of the School as set out above.

I state that I have the legal power to contract with the School.

 

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These terms, together with our Web-related Data Protection / Privacy Policy govern Michael Mount Waldorf School’s relationship with you, the site visitor, and this website – including blog pages on the site.

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Date of last update to this document: March 2016

Values & Vision

Vision

  • To work out of Anthroposophy and Rudolf Steiner’s Image of Man.
  • To enable learners to develop their full potential and meet their destiny as free and responsible individuals.
  • To nurture conscious, creative, independent thinkers.
  • To foster reverence, respect and responsibility for the community and nature.
  • To establish a strong self-sustaining school.
  • To educate and prepare students, teachers and parents to meet the needs and challenges of the 21st century.
  • To deepen our understanding of the Waldorf curriculum.
  • To play an active role in the ongoing development of education in our country.

Mission

“… to awaken what is
actually there
within the human being …”

“… to develop free
human beings who are able
of themselves
to impart purpose and direction to their lives.”

– Rudolf Steiner

Values

  • Ethical and moral responsibility
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Integrity
  • Respect for all of humanity and for the individual at any age
  • Independence, free thinking, self-respect and pride in achievement
  • Honouring the family
  • Empathetic social awareness
  • Service to community and society
  • Collaboration
  • Respect for all of life
  • Reverence for nature
  • Healthy bodies and minds
  • Creating a brighter future for all by instilling an appreciation for the past, driving active participation in the present and creating an understanding of the integral part each individual can play in shaping the future.

POLICY: Smoking, Alcohol & Drugs

 

 

  1. INTRODUCTION

 

1.1.     PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF THIS POLICY

 

1.1.1   The Michael Mount Waldorf School (the “School”) acknowledges that tobacco use is extremely injurious to the health of both smokers and non-smokers and warrants, in the public interest and in particular the interest of its learners, appropriate restriction.  This Policy on Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs (the “Policy”) therefore seeks to prevent the distribution, exposure and use of tobacco products by the School’s learners, to rehabilitate learners who smoke, and to comply with national legislation governing tobacco use.

 

1.1.2   The School similarly acknowledges that alcohol and/or drug abuse is also extremely injurious to health and wellbeing and warrants, in the public interest and in particular the interest of its learners, appropriate prohibition and also, where applicable, disciplining, help and support to be given to those learners who abuse alcohol and/or drugs.  This Policy therefore seeks to prevent the distribution, exposure and use of alcohol and drugs by the School’s learners, to discipline and rehabilitate learners who abuse alcohol and/or drugs and to comply with the national legislation applicable thereto.

 

1.1.3   This Policy therefore applies to the use (including being under the influence), possession and/or distribution of tobacco products, alcohol and/or drugs at or near the School and/or School activities and/or when a learner’s behaviour pertaining thereto brings the School’s name into disrepute.

 

  • Any reference to the word “parent/s” in this Policy means:

 

1.1.4.1                        the parent/s or guardian/s of a learner;

 

1.1.4.2                        the person/s legally entitled to custody of a learner; or

 

1.1.4.3                        the person/s who undertakes to fulfil obligations of a person referred in paragraphs 1.1.4.1 and 1.1.4.2 above towards the learner’s education at the School,

 

as the case may be.

 

1.2       AWARENESS AND EDUCATION PROGRAMMES

 

1.2.1   In keeping with the core values of the School and the principle that prevention is better than cure, the School strives to ensure that all learners, parents/guardians and staff are regularly educated about the problems of alcohol and drug abuse and tobacco, alcohol and drug dependency through:

 

  • talks, workshops and other informal activities, including special assemblies at the School;

 

  • lessons during appropriate subjects in the School curriculum; and

 

  • proactive involvement with other professional and community-based organisations involved in the fight against alcohol and drug abuse and tobacco, alcohol and drug dependency.

 

 

1.2.2      The School further strives to do the following on an annual basis:

 

1.2.2.1                        present prevention and information sessions to all learners on smoking, alcohol abuse and on all categories of drugs;

 

 

 

  • make appropriate information and training thereon available to educators;

 

1.2.2.3                        involve outside organisations (e.g. drug educational agencies) and individuals on a consultative basis as part of a team approach;

 

1.2.2.4                        support the founding of positive peer groups;

 

1.2.2.5                        evaluate on an ongoing basis this Policy and adapt it, if and when necessary, according to changing circumstances and conditions;

 

1.2.2.6                        support a healthy, drug-free life through word and deed; and

 

1.2.2.7                        develop and implement a Learner Support Programme.

 

1.2.3   Notwithstanding the above, it remains the responsibility of every parent/s and learner to familiarise themselves with the contents of this Policy and to ensure that the Policy is properly understood by them. Where a parent/s and/or learner does not understand the Policy and the consequences of failing to adhere to the Policy, he/she must consult with the Administrator of the School (the “Administrator”) to obtain the necessary clarification.

 

  1. POLICY ON SMOKING

 

2.1       POLICY

 

2.1.1   The School abides by all relevant legislation concerning the use of tobacco products.  In terms of this Policy, the following principles are applicable:

 

2.1.1.1                        tobacco products may not be sold or advertised on the School campus;

 

2.1.1.2                        smoking is not permitted in front of learners;

 

2.1.1.3                        smoking is not allowed in the School buildings and parents, family members, staff, contractors, suppliers and visitors at the School may only smoke in the School’s designated smoking areas on the School grounds and in the designated smoking areas in the Market on the School premises; and

 

2.1.1.4.                       while staff members are on official duty or attending School functions, whether sporting, cultural or recreational, they are permitted to smoke only in the applicable designated smoking areas and then in strict compliance with clause 2.1.1.2.

 

2.1.2   Smoking and/or being in possession of tobacco in any form whatsoever is strictly forbidden by leaners. Learners who are found to be smoking at or in the vicinity of the School, or on any School outing or tour, or in any other situation where they may be identifiable as learners of the School, will be liable for corrective and, if appropriate, disciplinary action. Any learner found in the company of a group of learners who are smoking will also be liable for corrective and, if deemed appropriate, disciplinary action. Learners found in possession of cigarettes or other tobacco products, or holding a cigarette or other tobacco product, lit or not, will also be liable for corrective and, if deemed appropriate, disciplinary action.

 

2.2       CORRECTIVE AND DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

 

Any learner found smoking and/or in the possession of cigarettes or tobacco in any form whatsoever on or in the vicinity of the School property, and/or during any School-related event, activity, outing or tour, or in any other situation where the learner may be identified as a learner of the School, will be dealt with in the following manner:

 

2.2.1                New learners on the stipulated initial 6 months’ probationary period may be expelled from the School with immediate effect following a disciplinary hearing as outlined in paragraph 4 below.

 

2.2.2                A learner who has previously been placed or is currently on probation for behavioural or pedagogic misconduct, may also be expelled from the School with immediate effect following a disciplinary hearing as outlined in paragraph 4 below.

 

2.2.3                In the event of the learner not falling within either of the above two categories specified in paragraphs 2.2.1 and 2.2.2 above, the following programme will be implemented, at the discretion of the College of Teachers (“College”):

 

In Respect of First Offenders

 

2.2.3.1                        A learner found to have transgressed any aspect of the above Policy on smoking will immediately be suspended and a meeting will be arranged between the Executive Committee of the School (“Executive”), or any of their members selected by them for this meeting (with the School recording that its Administrator and/or the Deputy Administrator are two such members selected for this purpose), the learner, his/her parent/s and the learner’s class guardian, regarding this first transgression.

 

2.2.3.2                        Such first offender will receive a written warning from the School, warning him/her not to commit the same and/or similar transgression/s again.

 

2.2.3.3                        In addition, such first offender will be required to do a total of 20 hours of work within the School, as stipulated by Executive or its selected member/s (as the case may be), which work will take place outside of School hours, usually over weekends.  In the event of the learner failing to carry out any such work as and when specified by Executive or its selected member/s (as the case may be), this will render the learner liable to disciplinary action being taken against him/her by the School, which may include (but is not restricted to) the School suspending the learner and convening a disciplinary hearing into the matter as outlined in paragraph 4 below, which could result in his/her explusion from the School.

 

In Respect of Second Time Offenders

 

2.2.3.4                        A learner transgressing any aspect of the above Policy on smoking for a second time will immediately be suspended and a meeting will be convened between Executive, or any of their members selected by them for this meeting (with the School recording that its Administrator and/or Deputy Administrator are two such members selected for this purpose), the learner, his/her parent/s and the learner’s class guardian, regarding this second transgression/s.

 

2.2.3.5                        The learner will further be required immediately to enlist in and successfully complete a formal “Smoke Enders” programme at an appropriate “Smoke Ending” institution selected by Executive for this purpose, during which programme the learner is to obtain and provide to the School regular progress reports from the counsellors/therapists working with the learner, and at the end of this programme a certificate is to be issued by that institution concerned to the effect that the learner has successfully completed the programme and is no longer addicted to tobacco. The parent/s will be liable for, and will timeously pay, all of the relevant institutions’ charges for the learner’s attendance at such institution and completion of its “Smoke Enders” programme.

 

2.2.3.6                        The learner is also to serve 20 hours of formal community service stipulated by Executive at the times and within the period/s specified by Executive, which may include weekends.

 

2.2.3.7                        Such second offender will further receive a final written warning from the School, warning him/her not to commit the same and/or similar such transgression again, failing which he/she will be liable for disciplinary action which could result in his/her expulsion from the School.

 

2.2.3.9                        In the event of the learner failing to successfully complete the formal “Smoke Enders” programme and/or failing to carry out any of the community work, as and when specified by Executive, the learner will become liable to disciplinary action being taken against him/her by the School, which may include (but is not restricted to) the School suspending the learner and convening a disciplinary hearing into the matter as outlined in paragraph 4 below, which could result in his/her expulsion from the School.

 

In Respect of Third Time Offenders

 

2.2.3.10                      In all cases of a third time offender, the learner concerned will immediately be suspended and a disciplinary hearing will be convened into the matter as outlined in paragraph 4 below, which could result in the expulsion of the learner from the School.  In this regard, it is the firm policy of the School always to expel third time offenders unless compelling mitigating circumstances exist which justify disciplinary action short of expulsion.

 

  1. POLICY ON ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

 

3.1       DEFINITION OF DRUGS

 

For the purposes of this Policy reference to the words “drug”, “drugs”, “illegal drug” or “illegal drugs” means any unlawful intoxicating or stupefying substance and includes (but is not restricted to) any drug/drugs or substance/ substances which:

 

  • is/are not legally obtainable (such as cocaine, dagga, ecstasy, Tik or Khat); or

 

  • is/are legally obtainable but was/were not legally obtained (such as prescription drugs); or

 

  • was/were legally obtained but is/are used improperly or unlawfully (such as inhalants like petrol, thinners, acetone or alcohol).

 

3.2       POLICY

 

3.2.1   The key thrust of this Policy in respect of alcohol and drugs is to help and support not only those learners who abuse alcohol and/or drugs (or who are tempted to do so by peer pressure) in circumstances where they are prepared to cooperate and work with the School’s educators and/or other professionals involved in the treatment and rehabilitation process, but also to help and support those learners and staff who do not use illegal substances but who may be effected by the usage thereof by others.

 

3.2.2   It is a cornerstone of this Policy that the School will work as closely as possible with parent/s of learners in implementing this Policy, with the School therefore requiring and expecting full cooperation from the parent/s in this regard.

 

3.2.3   It is therefore the School’s policy, as part of its general ethos, not to condemn, but rather to support learners who do need and want assistance in this area, without necessarily endangering their school careers.  However and in cases where the learner and/or his/her parent/s do not wish to make use of such assistance offered to them, the School will have no choice but to take appropriate disciplinary steps, including (but not restricted to) the convening of a disciplinary hearing into the matter as outlined in paragraph 4, which could result in the learner being expelled from the School.

 

3.2.4   Notwithstanding the above, the use (including, but not restricted to, being under the influence) and/or possession of alcohol and/or any drug is strictly forbidden on or in the vicinity of the School property, and/or during any School related event, activity, outing or tour, and/or in any other situation where the learner may be identified as a learner of the School.

 

3.2.5   Unless authorised by Executive for legitimate educational purposes, no person may bring any alcohol and/or drugs onto School property and/or have any such substance in his/her possession on or in the vicinity of the School property and/or during any School event, activity, outing or tour and/or in any other situation where the learner may be identified as a learner of the School.

 

3.2.6   Any form of distribution and/or supply of any alcohol and/or drugs to any other person is strictly forbidden, and it is in the School’s Policy not to tolerate any dealing in and/or supplying of alcohol and/or drugs, with the parent/s and the learner agreeing that expulsion is, in most cases, the only appropriate sanction for this.

 

3.7       In light of the School’s strict Policy regarding drugs, the School is to be notified in writing by parent/s if learners are taking prescription drugs.

 

3.3       SEARCH, SEIZURE AND TESTING

 

In terms of Section 8A of the South African Schools Act, No. 84 of 1996 (“the Act”):

 

  • Unless authorised byExecutive for legitimate educational purposes, no person may bring a dangerous object or illegal drug onto School premises or have such object or drug in his/her possession on School premises or during any School activity.  Any reference in this clause 3.3 to “dangerous object” or “dangerous objects” means:

 

3.3.2.1                   any explosive material or device;

 

3.3.2.2                   any firearm or gas weapon;

 

3.3.2.3                   any article, object or instrument which may be employed to cause bodily harm to a person, or to render a person temporarily paralysed or unconscious, or to cause damage to property; or

 

3.3.2.4                   any object which the Minister of Education may by notice in the Government Gazette declare to be a dangerous object for the purposes of the regulations promulgated in terms of the Act,

 

unless such objects are used for educational purposes with the full knowledge and authority of the School.

 

  • Subject toparagraph 3.3.3 hereunder, the Administrator of the School or his/ her delegate may, at random, search any group of learners, or the property of a group of learners, for any dangerous object or illegal drug, if a fair and reasonable suspicion has been established –

 

  • that adangerous object or an illegal drug may be found on School premises or during a School activity; or

 

  • that one or morelearners on School premises or during a School activity are in possession of dangerous objects or illegal drugs.

 

  • A search contemplated inparagraph3.2 above may only be conducted after taking into account all relevant factors, including –

 

  • the best interests of thelearner/s in question or of any other learner at the School;

 

  • the safety and health of thelearner/s in question or of any other learner at the School;

 

  • reasonable evidence of illegal activity; and

 

  • all relevant evidence received.

 

  • When conducting a search contemplated inparagraph3.2 above, the Administrator or his/ her delegate must do so in a manner that is reasonable and proportional to the suspected illegal activity.

 

  • Where a search contemplated inparagraph3.2 above entails a body search of the learner/s in question, such search may only –

 

  • be conducted by—

 

  • theAdministrator, if he/she is of the same gender as the learner being searched; or

 

  • by theAdministrator’s delegate, who must be of the same gender as the learner being searched;

 

  • be done in a private area, and not in view of anotherlearner;

 

  • be done if one adult witness, of the same gender as the learner, is present; and

 

  • be done if it does not extend to a search of a body cavity of the learner.

 

  • Any dangerous object or illegal drug that has been seized must be—

 

  • clearly and correctly labelled with full particulars, including—

 

  • the name oflearner in whose possession it was found;

 

  • the time and date of search and seizure;

 

  • an incident reference number;

 

  • the name of person who searched thelearner;

 

  • the name of the witness; and

 

  • any other details that may be necessary to identify the item and incident;

 

3.3.6.2                 recorded in the School record book; and

3.3.6.3                        handed over to the police immediately to dispose of in terms of section 31 of the Criminal Procedure Act, No. 51 of 1977 (“the Criminal Procedure Act”).

 

  • If the police cannot collect the dangerous object or illegal drug from the School immediately, the Administrator or his/her delegate must-

 

3.3.7.1                        take the dangerous object or illegal drug to the nearest police station; and

 

3.3.7.2                        hand the dangerous object or illegal drug over to the police to dispose of in terms of section 31 of the Criminal Procedure Act.

 

  • The police officer who receives the dangerous object or illegal drug must issue an official receipt for it to the Administrator or his/her delegate, as the case may be.

 

  • TheAdministrator or his/ her delegate may at random administer a urine or other non-invasive test to any group of learners that is on fair and reasonable grounds suspected of using illegal drugs, after taking into account all relevant factors contemplated in paragraph3.3 above.

 

  • Alearner contemplated in paragraph 3.3.9 above may be subjected to a urine or other non-invasive test for illegal drugs only if –

 

  • the test is conducted by a suitably qualified person and, if appropriate, by a person of the same gender;

 

  • it is done in a private area and not in view of anotherlearner;

 

  • one adult witness, of the same gender as thelearner, is present;

 

  • the sample is clearly and correctly labelled with full particulars as contemplated inparagraph3.6 above, with the necessary changes; and

 

  • a device contemplated ins8A(11) of the Act is used.

 

  • TheAdministrator or his/ her delegate must—

 

  • within one working day, if practicable, inform theparent that a random test or search and seizure was done in respect of his/her child; and

 

  • inform thelearner and his/her parent of the result of the test immediately after it becomes available.

 

  • No criminal proceedings may be instituted by theSchool against a learner in respect of whom—

 

  • a search contemplated inparagraph3.2 above was conducted and a dangerous object or illegal drug was found; or

 

  • a test contemplated inparagraph 3.3.9 above was conducted, which proved to be positive.

 

3.4       CORRECTIVE AND DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

 

3.4.1   It is again confirmed that it is the School’s Policy not to condemn learners but to support those who need help.  Where possible, this will be managed in a way that least impacts on the learner’s school career.

 

Voluntary Request For Help

 

3.4.2   Learners who voluntarily request help from the School and/or those referred voluntarily by parents or teachers will be dealt with in a non-judgmental and non-disciplinary manner.  The School will provide assistance in recommending the best possible course of rehabilitation.  If deemed necessary by the School, an appropriate agreement for rehabilitation will be drafted by the School and signed by the learner, his/her parent/s  and the Administrator on behalf of the School.  The confidentiality of the learner and the family will be paramount throughout this process.

 

3.4.3   Further in this regard, the School will play a co-ordinating and managing role in the establishment of rehabilitation programmes and support groups for those learners and parent/s.

 

3.4.4   In this process, the School recognises that confidentiality is an important concern, and will strive to limit educator involvement in these cases.

 

3.4.5   The designated institution undertaking rehabilitation and treatment will be requested to supply the School with progress reports addressed to the Administrator or to a trained person designated by the School.  The learner and his/her parent/s hereby consent to these reports being furnished to the School.

 

3.4.6   If necessary, the rehabilitation programme can be adapted after consultation with the learner and his/her parent/s.

 

All Other Transgressions

 

3.4.7   Any learner found for the first time (i.e., a first offender) in possession of and/or under the influence of alcohol and/or any drugs on or in the vicinity of the School property, and/or during any school-related event, activity, outing or tour, and/or in any other situation where the learner may be identified as a learner of the School, will be dealt with in the following manner:

 

3.4.7.1                        A learner who is still in the stipulated initial 6 months’ probationary period or a learner who has been placed and is currently on probation for behavioural or pedagogic misconduct, will immediately be suspended and a disciplinary hearing regarding the transgressions/s will be convened, which could result in that learner being expelled from the School.

 

3.4.7.2                        In the event of the learner being a first offender but not falling within either of the categories specified in paragraph 3.4.7.1 above, the following programme will be implemented, at the discretion of College:

 

3.4.7.2.1                                 The learner will immediately be suspended from the School and a meeting will be arranged with the learner, his or her parent/s and Executive.

 

3.4.7.2.2                                 In light of the outcome of the meeting between the learner, his or her parent/s and Executive, and in light of the results of any urine/blood/breathalyzer test that may have been administered, the Executive will, in its discretion, determine whether or not a disciplinary hearing is to be convened in respect of the matter, which disciplinary hearing, if convened, may lead to the learner’s expulsion from the School.

 

3.4.7.2.3                                 If Executive determine that a disciplinary hearing is not warranted:

 

3.4.7.2.3.1                                    Executive will determine, in its discretion and after consultation with the learner and his/her parent/s, whether or not the learner is to enter a formal programme, approved of by the School, dealing specifically with substance abuse and, in this regard, it is the general policy of the School to require the learner concerned to enter such formal programme in these circumstances;

 

3.4.7.2.3.2                                    the learner will be required to carry out 20 hours of work within the School as directed by Executive or its selected member/s (as the case may be); and

 

3.4.7.2.3.3                                    a formal written warning will be issued by the School to the learner, warning him/her against committing the same or similar transgression/s again.

 

3.4.7.2.4                     The parent/s concerned will take full responsibility for all related costs of and/or associated with the learner entering into such formal programme.

 

3.4.7.2.5                     In the event of the learner concerned so entering a formal programme, the School will require a report from the counsellor of the programme after the learner has completed the programme and, in light of the contents of the report, the Executive will decide, in its sole discretion in this regard, whether or not a disciplinary hearing is, after all, to be convened in respect of the matter, which could result in the learner’s explusion from the School.

 

3.4.8   Any learner found for a second or further time in possession of and/or under the influence of alcohol and/or any drugs on or in the vicinity of the School property, and/or during any School related event, activity, outing or tour, and/or in any other situation where the learner may be identified as a learner of the School, then:

 

3.4.8.1                        the learner will immediately be suspended;

 

3.4.8.2                        the learner will be required to enter a complete rehabilitation programme with SANCA or other body approved of by the School for this purpose; and

 

3.4.8.3                        a final decision as to whether a disciplinary hearing is to be convened into the matter will be made by Executive or its selected member/s (as the case may be), in its/their/his/her (as the case may be) sole discretion in this regard, after a report feedback has been received from the counsellor concerned at either SANCA or the other approved body.

 

3.4.9    Should the learner be found dealing in and/or supplying alcohol and/or any drugs to any other person whomsoever on or in the vicinity of the School property, and/or during any School related event, activity, outing or tour, or in any other situation where the learner may be identified as a learner of the School, the learner will immediately be suspended and a disciplinary hearing in respect of the learner will be convened, whereat the School will seek the expulsion of the learner, with it being the firm policy of the School always to expel learners guilty of this transgression, unless compelling mitigating circumstances exist which compel disciplinary action short of expulsion.

 

3.4.10  Any learner who is in the company of either another learner or a group of learners who are carrying out any transgressions of this Policy on alcohol and drugs as set out in this paragraph 3, will be liable for corrective and/or disciplinary action as may be appropriate in the circumstances.

 

3.4.11 In the event of it being decided, in any of the circumstances described above in this paragraph 3.4, or in any other circumstances, to convene a disciplinary hearing into the matter, then the provisions of paragraph 4 will apply thereto.

 

  1. PROCEDURE AT DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS

 

4.1       Learner’s Rights

 

4.1.1    A learner must:

 

4.1.1.1                        receive written notification of the date, time and venue of any disciplinary hearing;

 

4.1.1.2                        be informed in writing of the alleged transgression/s he/she has been charged with;

 

4.1.1.3                        receive such particulars of the alleged transgression/s as he/she may reasonably request;

 

4.1.1.4                        be given the opportunity to be heard and to present his/her side of the matter, to present relevant facts, to call relevant witnesses and to question any witnesses called by the School.

 

4.1.1.5                        be heard by an impartial person/s;

 

4.1.1.6                        be treated with dignity during the process; and

 

4.1.1.7                        be informed of the decision on whether or not he/she is guilty of the transgression/s and the penalty to be imposed.

 

4.1.2    The chairperson of the disciplinary hearing (the “Chairperson”) must cause a record of the proceedings of the hearing to be kept.

 

4.2       Procedure during Hearings

 

4.2.1   When all the evidence has been heard, the Chairperson must then weigh-up the evidence and come to a decision as to whether the learner is guilty or not of the transgression/s concerned.

 

4.2.2   Once this decision is reached, the Chairperson must reconvene all parties and communicate the decision reached to the learner.

 

4.2.3   If the decision is that the learner is not guilty of the transgression/s, that is the end of the matter.

 

4.2.4   If the decision is that the learner is guilty of the transgression/s, the Chairperson must then allow the School and the learner to present aggravating and/or mitigating circumstances pertaining to what penalty or penalties are appropriate.

 

4.2.5   The Chairperson is then to consider all aggravating and mitigating circumstances together with the provisions of this Policy, and is to come to a decision on an appropriate disciplinary sanction or sanctions.

 

4.2.6   The Chairperson must then inform, and explain to, the parties to the hearing this decision and the reasons for the sanction or sanctions (if any) that are being imposed.

 

4.2.7   Finally, the Chairperson must advise the learner of his/her right to appeal.

 

4.3       Appeal

 

4.3.1   The learner then has 5 working days from the date that the Chairperson handed down the penalty or penalties, in which to appeal against the decision taken at the hearing.

 

4.3.2   The appeal is to be in writing and is to state precisely what is being appealed against and the grounds for the appeal.

 

4.3.3   The appeal hearing will be chaired by the Chairperson of Council (or any other person either from Council or outside of the School selected by the Chairperson of Council for that purpose), provided that no person who acted as Chairperson of the disciplinary hearing will be entitled to chair the appeal hearing.  A representative of the School must be present at the appeal hearing.

 

4.3.4   At the appeal hearing the learner will have the same rights as at the disciplinary hearing.

 

4.3.5   The proceedings and the result of the appeal are to be minuted.

 

  1. REVISION OF POLICY

 

  • The School reserves the right to revise this Policy from time to time. Learners and their parent/s will be notified by the School of any such changes, which changes will come into effect 3 weeks after such notification. Copies of the revised Policy will be available at the School on request.

 

  • Nothing in this Policy is to derogate from the right of the School to act in applicable situations according to the Regulations Relating to Safety Measures at Independent Schools as published in the Government Gazette No: 26663 on 20 August 2004. These regulations, amongst other things, deal with violence, drugs and trespassing on Independent School premises.

 

 

 

 

  1. PARENTS/LEARNERS CONSENT AND SIGNATURES

 

CONSENT FORM: PARENT/S

 

Name of learner:          __________________________________

 

  1. I have read and understand the contents of the School’s Policy on Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs (“the Policy”) and hereby agree that my child whose name appears above and I will abide by the contents of the Policy, having explained in detail to my child the meaning and consequences of the Policy.

 

  1. I further authorise the School to conduct a urine or other non-invasive test on my child to test for alcohol and/or drug use, and to search my child’s body and property on reasonable suspicion of drug or alcohol use or possession, in accordance with the Policy.

 

  1. I understand why these searches and tests are necessary, and I fully appreciate what the procedure involved will be and what the consequences of either a positive test or a search and seizure are, and do hereby freely give my consent thereto.

 

  1. I agree I am liable for the costs of the test, and I consent to this amount being debited to my School account.

 

  1. I acknowledge that it is my duty to disclose to the School any medicine that my child has taken that may affect the outcome of the test. I will provide the School with a doctor’s certificate as soon as is reasonably possible after any such test, which will state precisely what the nature of such medication is.

 

  1. I understand that this form remains in effect until my child matriculates or leaves the School, whichever occurs the earlier.

 

 

Mother / Guardian / Care Giver Full Names:                 __________________________________

 

Mother / Guardian / Care Giver Signature:                    __________________________________

 

Date:                                                                            __________________________________

 

Father / Guardian / Care Give Full names:                    __________________________________

 

Father / Guardian / Care Giver Signature:                     __________________________________

 

Date:                                                                            __________________________________

 

 

 

 

CONSENT FORM: LEARNER

 

  1. I hereby declare that I am over 12 years of age and have consulted with my parent/s on the School’s Policy on Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs (“the Policy”) prior to me signing this document.

 

  1. I have read and understand the contents of the Policy and hereby agree to be bound by the contents of the Policy.

 

  1. I further authorise the School to conduct on me a urine or other non-invasive test to test for alcohol and/or drug use, and to search my body and property on reasonable suspicion of drug or alcohol use or possession, in accordance with the Policy.

 

  1. I understand why these searches and tests are necessary, and I fully appreciate what the procedure involved will be and what the consequences of either a positive test or a search and seizure are, and do hereby freely give my consent thereto.

 

  1. I acknowledge that it is my duty to disclose to the School any medicine that I may have taken that may affect the outcome of the test. I will provide the School with a doctor’s certificate as soon as is reasonably possible after any such test, which will state precisely what the nature of such medication is.

 

  1. I understand that this form remains in effect until my matriculation or leaving the School, whichever occurs the earlier.

 

 

 

Learner’s Full Name:                            _________________________________________

 

Learner’s Signature:                            _________________________________________

 

Duly Assisted By My Parent/s:              _________________________________________

Signature/s

 

Date:                                                    _________________________________________

 

 

January 2014

Rights and Responsibilities

 

Teachers have a right to teach and children have a right to learn

 

Rights

 

Responsibilities

 

§  I have the right to feel safe

 

§  I have the responsibility to allow others to feel safe

 

§  I have the right to be spoken to and treated with respect

 

§  I have the responsibility to speak to and treat others with respect

 

§  I have the right to be touched only in a respectful way

 

§  I have the responsibility to touch others only in a respectful way

 

§  I have the right to my personal space

 

§  I have the responsibility to respect the personal space of others

 

§  I have the right to expect others to hear and respect my feelings

 

§  I have the responsibility to hear and respect the feelings of others

 

§  I have the right for my gender culture and differences to be appreciated and valued

 

§  I have the responsibility to respect the gender, culture and feelings of others

 

§  I have the right to co-operative participation in School activities

 

§  I have the responsibility to participate co-operatively in School activities

 

§  I have the right to a safe and clean environment

 

§  I have the responsibility to help maintain a safe and clean environment

 

§  I have the right to have my property treated with care §  I have the responsibility to treat my, and other people’s, property with care.