School Rules and Regulations
Handphone Policy in School
The school allows students to bring hand phones to school. However, while students are allowed to bring their hand phones to school, they will not be allowed to use or display the hand phones during school hours and during school activities such as CCA, field trips and learning journeys.
The hand phone rules still apply should students choose to bring their hand phones to school.
- All hand phones must be switched off.
- Students are not to display their hand phones while in school or during school activities outside of school.
- If students need to contact their parents while in school, they are to call within the designated area in the foyer after school hours.
- If students need to contact their parents during a school activity out of school, they must get the teacher’s permission.
Hand phones will be confiscated if the rules above are not followed. As stated in the student hand book (page 14), the hand phone will be confiscated for four weeks on the first occurrence; 10 weeks for the second occurrence and for the rest of the year on the third occurrence.
While hand phones has become an important mode of communication for busy parents especially when students spend long hours in school, students may need to inform their parents that they are on their way home after school or after returning from a learning journey. However students are not to switch on their hand phones during curriculum time as this may distract others in class. There is also no need for students to contact their parents or vice versa while they are in school. Should it be an emergency situation, parents are to contact the school staff who in turn will relay the message to the student concerned. The school does not want a situation when the students misuse the hand phone and invade the privacy of staff or classmates.
It is also the responsibility of students to exercise proper care of their hand phones to prevent loss, damage and theft. The school may not investigate the theft of hand phones. Students must be responsible enough and should not
- leave their hand phones unattended.
- leave the hand phones in open view, for instance, in the toilet.
- bring expensive hand phones to school. This may create temptation for theft, and it is a costly lesson if the hand phone is lost or damaged. We also do not want students to view hand phones as a status symbol or use it as a fashion statement.
- bring hand phones that cannot fit into the uniform skirt/pants pockets for the purpose of easy safe keeping.
If the students choose to bring their hand phones to school, then the responsibility is on the students to take care of their property. The school cannot suspend lessons just to look for the missing hand phones. This will create unnecessary loss of valuable curriculum time.
School Policy on Smoking
Students caught smoking within and outside the school premises are liable to be caned in school. Those caught with lighters, cigarettes, tobacco etc are also subject to the same punishment. In the case of female smokers, they would be suspended from school in lieu of caning. The names of all those caught smoking would also be sent to the HSA for further action.
Smoking is bad for the health and is extremely addictive. The school wants to ensure that students do not pick up this habit during their formative years in school. Moreover smoking, under the age of 18 is against the law. When the students smoke while in uniform they are disgracing the school and giving a bad image of the school to the members of the public.
Students found in the company of smokers would also be punished despite the fact that they were not smoking
Students are encouraged not to be in the company of smokers as they would breathe in second-hand smoke which is just as harmful. Being in the company of smokers would only serve to encourage these non-smokers to pick up the habit. Moreover, supporting these smokers (by being in their company) would also give the smokers the message that it is not wrong to smoke and thus would only encourage them to smoke more.
Policy on Late-comers
All students are to be seated according to their classes by 0720. Students who report to school after the 0720 school bell are considered late. Students late on the 5th occasion must attend detention class after school, failing which the student will do CWO for the first two periods the next day. Should the students fail to report for CWO, the student may be suspended from school.
Recalcitrant students who report to school late >6 times per semester may be suspended from school. The number of days of suspension would increase accordingly.
The school regards punctuality as a very important virtue. Students must be taught to be responsible for their actions and be considerate to others. By being late for school, they not only upset normal school proceedings but also interrupt lessons Students who choose to be persistently late for school are also showing their disinterest in their studies.
Students who report to school after the first period may be sent home after parents have been informed by the CSOs (by phone). Students will be allowed to join the class under extenuating circumstances, in which case, a letter from the parents is compulsory.
The school cannot be responsible for the absence of the students from 0725 to 0800.