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Preparatory

Homework is written up in the classroom. Homework is also loaded on to the D6 Communicator. It is the duty of each pupil to ensure that homework is written down correctly. No homework is issued over the weekends; however, pupils may need to catch up unfinished work or prepare for tests during this time. Please assist your child in developing an organised and disciplined approach to this vital part of their school career. It is our commitment, as a School, to ensure that all pupils complete given work tasks assigned to them by the end of each academic week. Pupils having not completed or handed work in on time will have to avail themselves to complete said work during a Homework Hall – no exceptions will be made. They may use the Library to complete the work or complete it at home. If the work is not handed in the next day students will be expected to attend a Compulsory Homework Hall where they will remain until said work has been completed.
Lists are published in advance of the new academic year. Most subjects from Grade 4 to Grade 6 have digital books that will load automatically to your child’s device. Some Preparatory grades are supplied with stationary for which parents are charged.
While the Preparatory Phase is not a “mini-College Phase,” it is necessary to develop in pupils an understanding of formal assessments that form the backbone of their College careers. By their Matric year, fully 75% of their Matric Certificate result will be derived from their formal IEB Final Exams. All pupils from Grade 4 – 6 write tests every day for a week. These take place in July and November. We do not weight these tests heavily, preferring that pupils become used to the process rather than fearful of the concept.
A report is issued per Term. It is the stance of the school that no parent should be surprised at a poor result because teachers will have kept them informed throughout the report’s assessment period. The reports are deliberately simple in design, reporting on percent / mark attainment and our BAW’s – behaviour / attitude / work ethic.

College

In the College each grade register class has a homework book where the pupils are to write in all the homework for every subject class during the day. This is then handed in at the end of the day and is posted on the D6 Communicator for parents’ information. However, there will be an inevitable technical glitch that precludes homework being posted, but it remains the responsibility of pupils to have recorded or remembered their homework anyway. The school does not believe in homework for its own sake – all work is to have specific merit to its setting and is to be checked.
1. Desks are to be separated and pupils are to sit in stipulated order.  2. Paper for answers will be supplied – double-folio paper is not to be separated and no pages should be removed from answer booklets.  3. A see-through plastic holder is to be used as a pencil bag.  4. Only materials necessary for that examination will be allowed into the examination room. All bags are to be left outside.  5. No borrowing of equipment is allowed. Should pupils need stationery they do not have they need to let the invigilator know.  6. Pupils may not do other learning or work or reading when finished.  7. An exam script may not be handed in early.  8. No pupils are to walk around during the examination.  9. No talking or any other form of communication is permissible – err on the side of caution.  10. Pupils requiring assistance are to raise their hand and wait quietly for the invigilator to come to their table.  11. Examiners may be called if a query arises, but they are available for the first . hour only, so read through the whole paper first.  12. Pupils are not allowed to leave the exam venue during the exam.  13. Time extensions may be granted by the Principal only, and should be for instances in general compliance with the IEB regulations. They have to have been organised before the exams time. Where IEB extensions are already granted officially, pupils will be automatically granted them per exam, and need not apply.  14. All rules pertaining to behaviour, dress and appearance are to be enforced, including aspects such as shaving, hair colouring and so forth. No catch-up time will be granted to transgressors who miss time due to non-compliance. Pupils who fall foul of the code and are only ready to enter the exam room over 30 minutes later than the starting time will be disqualified and score “0”.  15. Pupils are to remain silent and seated until all answer sheets have been collected by the invigilator.  16. No eating or drinking is allowed.  17. No blankets or non-uniform covering may be used.  18. Pupils are to set out their answer sheet correctly  * Pupils must write on both sides of the paper.  * They must write clearly and legibly.  * They must number their answers clearly and correctly.  * Except in the art practical (and at that teacher’s discretion), no music is allowed.  19. Invigilators will be in class before the commencement of the exam to:  * Settle pupils on both sides of the paper.  * Do a Bible reading and prayer  * Hand out question papers, allowing 10 minutes to read through quietly  * Pupils >15 minutes late will not be allowed into the exam room. Late-comers permitted to enter will not be given any time to make up.  20. If any irregularities arise the College Head will convene a Disciplinary Hearing to be attended by the pupil[s] concerned, parents, invigilator and any witnesses.  Attendance and Absenteeism:    21. Except as indicated on the exam timetable, no study leave is granted for any grade, and pupils are expected at school on all days preceding the exams.  22. Pupils are only required at school for the exam session being written.  They may arrive later in the day if they write only for Session 2.  23. Pupils writing in Session 2 who arrive early will be expected to sit and to study in the venue arranged until their session starts.  24. It is expected that pupils leave the premises a.s.a.p. after writing.  Pupils should not be left at school.  25. A classroom for silent learning will be made available for pupils who are unavoidably forced to remain at school.  26. Absenteeism requires a medical certificate stating that a pupil has been physically examined by that practitioner.  27. Any pupil who arrives more than 15 minutes into the session will be denied access, and may only gain access through their HOD or through the High School Deputy.  A note from a parent is mandatory in these situations.  Please note that no extra time will be given in these situations.
A report is issued per Term. It is the stance of the school that no parent should be surprised at a poor result because teachers will have kept them informed throughout the report’s assessment period. The reports are deliberately simple in design, reporting on percent / mark attainment and our BAW’s – behaviour / attitude / work ethic.

General Questions

Kids WILL lose things! The best solution is to please label EVERYTHING. King’s Clothing can supply name tags and laundry markers. When we are able, we try to return labelled items to their rightful owner, but unlabelled items are sent to the Lost Property room. Make it your child’s responsibility to look in the room.
The school has a comprehensive Discipline Policy that forms part of the terms of enrolment. It is our belief that discipline is core to success, but that people should not conflate discipline and retributive action. Discipline is not a negative action, albeit that that a child may experience it that way. Titus 2 says that we should “… encourage and rebuke in all authority….” Encouragement is essential, if it is based in truth and love, and the same should be understood regarding a rebuke or correction. Unfortunately, even the best intentions will be misconstrued or misunderstood at times. Staff members are always willing to engage about a matter, and while it is our instinct to protect our children it is vital to show them how to speak about and to approach a matter with an authority figure. Please read our Discipline Policy closely; it places contracted obligation between parents and the school, not just an expectation of rule-following by a child. The most important rule is that every student should be thoughtful and considerate of others and use their own common sense.
* Clothing should not be baggy, marked and unsightly.  * School badges (Leadership, House Captain, Sport Captain) may only be worn with the school uniform.  * Non-school badges may only be worn with the Headmaster’s agreement.  * Jewellery  * A silver or gold cross on a chain (cross to be maximum size of 30mm).  * Silver or gold MEDIC ALERT bracelets or necklaces may be worn.  * Boys may not wear earrings.  * Girls with pierced ears:  * May only wear silver or gold studs or sleepers in their ear lobes.  * Only plain studs may be worn, no diamonds or “character” studs may be worn.  * With multiple piercings they may only wear one stud or sleeper in the lowest lobe piercing only.  * No material or rubber adornments including cultural or religious items or, jewellery may be worn.  * No body piercing, including tongues, or tattoos may be visible, including during water sports.  * Siblings are to wear uniforms when supporting brothers/sisters at sport, concerts and award functions and events.  * Although on most occasions full uniform will be required, pupils will be informed about dress expectations per event. 
A digital environment such as available at the school requires clear understanding as to the “do’s and don’ts” expected. While the intention is to educate and to guide and to prepare pupils for ethical use both in the present and the future, it is good to make clear the existence of levels of consequence in cases of transgression.
Please note the following requirements for school attendance: School starts for all pupils at 07:30. Pupils must be at their registration venues/line-up by 07:25. If students arrive after registration, they must report to Reception for a late slip. Without this they will not be allowed into class. If a student is absent, he/she MUST hand in a note from a parent to the Class Teacher ON THE DAY YOU RETURN alternatively an email may be sent to the register teacher. If a student is absent from School on a Friday, they may not participate in any school events on the Friday evening or Saturday.
* The responsibility to catch up work missed during absence falls on the pupils and the parent.  * A pupil will, generally, be expected to write a test or examination that has been missed due to absence, on the day he/she returns to school, or by a date set by the teacher.  * Pupils who miss more than 12 school days, other than for verified medical reasons (doctor’s certificate), may possibly not be considered for promotion. 
* A pupil who is ill at school will be placed in the Sick Bay and the parent will be notified. Parents must report to the Reception to sign the pupil out and collect a Gate Pass.  * Pupils are not allowed to contact parents personally if they are sick and need to be collected. The Receptionist will assist in this process. 
* Pupils may not contact their parents via their cell phones to collect them should they be feeling ill or if they wish to leave early for any other reason. The pupil must obtain a note from the teacher and report to Reception where the Receptionist will contact the parents.  * Pupils are not to be collected from classrooms. They will come to Reception with an Early Departure form which must be signed by the parent.   Unless a Gate Pass, which is issued by Reception, is produced, the guards at the gate will prevent early departure.  * Pupils who do not adhere to the early departure procedure will be considered truant.  * If a student has an appointment during school hours or wishes to leave school early (both of which should be avoided), a note from the parents must be signed by the child’s Class Teacher and then handed in to Reception and an early departure slip will be issued. 
Parents must request permission in writing from the Headmaster for leave from school for family responsibilities/vacations. The Headmaster cannot ordinarily grant permission without sound and valid reason.  Parents are requested to refrain from asking for additional days of holiday and early departures. 

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