Code of Conduct.
Purpose :
To encourage everyone at St James to reach a point where:
● The pupils of St James are proud of their high disciplinary standards.
● The pupils have developed a clear idea of right and wrong and uphold these standards with responsibility.
● The pupils have a keen sense of justice and fair play and acknowledge that those guilty of misconduct should own
up and be disciplined accordingly.
● All take responsibility for their actions as honest citizens.
● St James is a happy, tolerant and disciplined School.
This is not a set of rules and measures for punishment, but is the school’s framework of the creation of a culture of
positive behaviour within which pupils should conduct themselves. A code of conduct gives expression to the norms and
values that are prescriptive for and applicable to pupils, teachers and parent’s behaviour, actions and functioning within St
James School. This Code of Conduct embraces the following:
● The tenets of the Bill of Rights in Chapter two of the Constitution.
● The philosophy and principles of the Preamble to the South African Schools Act number 84/1996.
● Section four of the South African Schools Act number 84/1996 which states that: “Nothing contained in this Act
exempts a pupil from the obligation to comply with the Code of Conduct of the school attended by such a
● The collective agreement on a balance between love and discipline.
Our view of the child:
St James Junior School for Girls and Boys is a multi-cultural, co-educational, non-denominational independent day school
that is affiliated to the worldwide family of schools, catering for pupils from Grade 1 to Grade 7. ST JAMES IS A
VEGETARIAN SCHOOL. All food that is sent in for lunch and snack must be vegetarian. Voluntary meditation is
offered to children from Grade 6, with parental consent.
We believe that every child is pure, perfect and complete. Every child has talents and a sound education can unfold these
talents. St James pupils become young people who serve others wholeheartedly and become responsible citizens.
Our approach is philosophical and our students are encouraged to enquire into the Great Questions of human existence
and to penetrate the deeper meanings of the teachings of the Great Traditions in the light of their own experience.
Emphasis is placed upon applying this Wisdom to the challenges of daily life.
Vision Statement
Our School Motto, Let Truth Light the Way , is underpinned by our Guiding Principles:
● Be Truthful
● Never Careless
● Do No Harm
● Be of Good Cheer

Mission Statement
Our mission is of a primary education which nourishes the whole child: body, mind and spirit.
Our pupils:
● Acquire the principles of each subject, providing a systematic and aesthetic, educational foundation.
● Learn to think creatively, critically and have space to discover and express their talents.
● Are introduced to techniques of self-awareness, stillness and focused attention (“mindfulness”), leading to inner
strength and steadiness.
● Aspire to develop a good character through a moral and ethical framework, based on words of the wise.
● SERVE their communities in a spirit of Oneness.
Guiding Principles
Our school community embraces a shared belief in a greater consciousness and the connectedness of all humanity as key
to unity and harmony.
We acknowledge the great spiritual teachings of both the East and the West. Families of various faiths come together to
share an education that acknowledges God and the innate and divine intelligence of the natural world. Within this rich
tapestry, our children learn to value truth, integrity, clarity of mind, justice, courage, responsibility, patience, resilience,
kindness, forgiveness and service to others. Pupils are provided with the simple principles of spiritual knowledge,
knowledge of the universe and man. They are reminded of the threefold human duty: to remember the Creator, to live
according to finer laws of the universe and to find the way back to God. Pupils are given disciplined practice in spiritual,
mental and physical fields, including training in appropriate skills.
The core beliefs of our School are that:
a. The Creator is one and universal.
b. The real nature of each child is pure and divine.
Teachers and children practice paying attention through the use of the pause exercise. The pause exercise is used
regularly throughout the School Day. Teachers, parents and children practice speaking the truth in their daily activities;
cultivating a genuine regard for lawful conduct and respectful relationships.
Teachers, parents and children become united in the common purpose of education, striving for high standards in
teaching, learning and application. Teachers, pupils and parents must demonstrate compatibility to the basic vision and
ethos of a St James education. The development of St James children is harmoniously regulated with love and discipline.
Love gives the student support for expansion to conform to the requirements of human nature, the family and society.
At St James these two forces must be balanced and need strong parent/teacher collaboration. As a guideline, too much
love leads children to wilful behaviour and too much discipline makes them resent from the inside. A St James teacher
watches over this development of the child with care. The support, respect and cooperation of parents/guardians are
crucial for this transformation.
The St James Pupil
Children are naturally expected to respond to the teacher with love and trust and must learn to respect authority. All
lessons begin with the ‘pause’ exercise, which is a moment of stillness before an activity begins and after an activity is

The pause exercise, when joined with sincerity of practice and liveliness of spirit, serves to connect the activity to God.
All activities are hence dedicated in this way to God. The words spoken in the dedication are in Sanskrit and have the
literal translation of ‘to the Supreme Self, a bow’.
St James pupils are expected to present themselves neatly and tidily. Service by children of their friends, younger
children, other staff or family is strongly encouraged. Thereby it is hoped that this service can grow and develop into
unlimited service to society and humanity.
1. Pupils shall respect one another’s convictions and cultural traditions.
2. Pupils shall respect the inherent dignity of others.
3. All pupils shall enjoy equal treatment before the law and shall receive equal protection and benefits of the law.
4. Pupils must be treated with courtesy, tolerance and consideration and treat one another accordingly.
5. Any form of aggressive and abusive behaviour, intimidation, bullying, victimisation, physical or verbal abuse is
6. Pupils have the right to be treated with respect and have a responsibility to show respect to those in authority.
Rules cannot be written to cover every aspect of school life and above all, pupils are expected to use common sense and to
conduct themselves, in school and out, in a manner which will bring honour to the School.
The St James Parent / Guardian
Parents / Guardians place faith and trust at the heart of the relationship with t he School so that all that is good has the best
chance to flourish. St James parents are seeking the best education for their child in a respectable environment within a
curriculum that opens the heart and mind of their child to humanity.
To enable this development, St James expects its parents/guardians to:
1. Get involved with school fundraising.
2. Actively and maturely seek resolution of obstacles and conflicts with the intent of common purpose and aim.
3. Comply with the cordiality of conduct.
4. Advertise the School to friends and family.
5. Work with earnestness and purpose on homework and extracurricular needs of children.
6. Act in an ethical manner at all times.
7. Provide ‘daily doses’ of quality, individual attention to their children.
8. Build a positive link between home and school.
9. Ensure that the pupil adheres to the School’s Code of Conduct.
10. Ensure that the pupil is punctual in his/her attendance of school in the morning with regard to sport, cultural or
academic functions, and in handing in homework, classwork, correction and self-study tasks.
11. Ensure that the pupil does not miss school unless GENUINELY ill.
12. Ensure that the school is made aware of any situation or problem which will affect their child or any other student,
or members of the St James family.
13. Provide a daily lunch and snack in keeping with the vegetarian ethos of the school.
14. Unethical behaviour is personality-based and there are no School Rules to dissuade parents/guardians from
unethical conduct. However, ongoing unethical conduct minimises the effect of hard work, discipline and real
achievements, rendering the values of character development and morality weak. It is better that such tendencies
are minimised for the general welfare of all and are properly resolved at the level of the Headmistress and the
School Board. Parents/guardians do not enter into discussions in formal or informal meetings or raise their voices
at staff outside classrooms or on the telephone, in the car park or any part of the school premises considered
public and inappropriate.

Unethical behaviour is further constituted when: parents/guardians express negative feelings about the School and
express this indirectly; making it formally unmanageable as no discussion or meeting is pursued or taken up with
the Headmistress; parents/guardians do not support or comply with the guidelines for completion of homework on
a regular basis; parents/guardians do not comply with the guidelines for After-care.
School Conduct
Children are evolving and developing beings. Whilst St James strongly holds to its view that all children are pure, perfect
and complete, it is also acknowledged that their behaviour may not always be so. To develop real strength of character,
children need the ongoing presentation of good examples in the form of members of their family, their teachers and
friends. Good examples are people who value justice and peace, who speak and act in the same manner, who demonstrate
honesty, who are intelligent about their choices in life, who communicate well and are ready to be lifelong learners. A
child needs to know what is wrong or right.
The School will contact parents/guardians when a learner’s behaviour becomes a cause for concern and will endeavour, in
the spirit of constructive partnership, to resolve the problem.
● Learners are expected at all times to behave in a courteous and considerate manner towards each other, all
members of staff and visitors to the school.
● Learners are expected to abide by the school rules with regard to appearance and behaviour when representing the
school both during school hours and after school hours, at school and away from school. Learners may not say or
do anything that will discredit themselves or the school.
● No learner has the right at any time to behave in a manner that will disrupt the learning activity of other learners,
or will cause another learner physical or emotional harm.
St James does not practise corporal punishment in any form .
Learner infringements with reference to support mechanisms.
Level 1
Learner Infringement Response and Support Implemented by
1. Not following reasonable
2. Littering
3. Leaving school/classroom
without permission
4. Deliberate disruption of class
5. Flouting of school rules
6. Misconduct on busses to and
from school
7. Playing in the toilet
8. Not adhering to lunchtime
9. Regularly not doing
10. Teasing another pupil
Corrective behaviour will be
discussed with the pupil.
Time out in the classroom /
playground. Foundation Phase pupils:
5 min. Intermediate / Senior Phase: 8
Class Teacher or Teacher on duty

Level 2
*Three of the same Level 1 infringements constitutes a Level 2 Infringement.
1. Copying of homework
2. Inciting fighting, bullying
behaviour (needling)
3. Using foul language
4. Using any equipment that
might result in injury without
5. Disrespect of the private
parts of the body of self and
6. Damage to the school
7. Ongoing disruptive, harmful,
deliberate and careless
8. Poor conduct during School
events, including outings and
School sports and concerts.
9. Cheating (assessments)
10. Forging of parent / guardian’s
Corrective behaviour will be
discussed with the pupil.
A yellow card may be issued.
Time out.
Foundation Phase pupils: 5 min.
Intermediate / Senior Phase: 8 min
Class Teacher or Teacher on duty in
consultation with Head / Deputy
Level 3
*Three of the same Level 2 infringements constitutes a Level 3 Infringement.
1. Vandalism
2. Misuse and unauthorised use
of school equipment (fire
extinguishers, taps, alarm
system, etc)
3. Use of humiliating and
suggestive language and
4. Disrespectful action towards
5. Truancy
6. Continued non-compliance to
dress code on and off of the
7. Hurting another child/ren
physically and deliberately
(this includes spitting or
8. Petty theft
Corrective behaviour will be
discussed with the pupil.
A red card may be issued.
Parents will be contacted either via
email / telephone on the day the card
was issued.
Certain privileges will be revoked
(e.g cake sale, play time during
break, outings).
The course of action will be
discussed with the parents.
Possible half-day exclusion.
Deputy Headmistress / Headmistress

Level 4
*Three of the same Level 3 infringements constitutes a Level 4 Infringement.
1. Smoking
2. Victimisation
3. Under the influence of
alcohol and drugs
4. Theft of a serious nature /
5. Arson
6. Sexual abuse (harassment of
peer learners)
7. Sexual misconduct (such as
8. Serious physical assault
9. Threatening of peer learners
or educators
10. Disruption of school through
rebellion and demonstrating
without permission
11. Making bomb threats
12. Bringing weapons onto
school grounds, threatening
people with a weapon,
deliberate assault of persons
with weapon
13. Possession of drugs on
school grounds
Possible suspension / expulsion Disciplinary Hearing
Deputy Head / Headmistress / Board
The school is a place of safety where laws pertaining to public places are applicable.
● No dangerous objects or illegal drugs as defined in the SA Schools Act or the Safety regulations will be
brought onto and/or used on the school property unless authorised by the principal for educational purposes.
Dangerous objects include knives, firearms or any item that could harm a person.
● The carrying and/or smoking of cigarettes / e cigarettes is prohibited.
● Alcohol is not permitted on school premises or during any school activity.
● The carrying of and/or consumption of illegal chemical substances and drugs is prohibited.
● If a learner is in position of prescription medication a copy of the doctor’s script should be kept by the learner
at all times.
Disciplinary Hearings
This formal hearing is held to decide the truth of the exact nature of the transgression(s) and the extent of the
consequences to be applied (only when this is in doubt). This hearing is called by the Headmistress / Deputy
Headmistress and includes a member of the School Board, the Class Teacher and the Parents of the child affected.

School Rules
Introduction: The school rules are intended to establish a disciplined and purposeful environment. To facilitate effective
teaching and learning at the school. Nothing shall exempt a learner from complying with the school rules.
St James seeks to create young men and women who are effective in school and society and in order to achieve this,
School Rules have been developed to enable discipline and cooperation from all concerned in this process.
Most Important Standing Order for all at St James
All persons affiliated to St James either as staff or non-staff have a responsibility to display allegiance to the rules. This
expectation is applicable to official school hours as well as whenever the children are in School uniform, such as after
hours and on School outings. All staff members and children are expected to practise truthfulness and respect towards
each other in their daily activities. Concerns and differences of opinion must be fully discussed and resolved amicably.
The School must be kept clean, orderly, purposeful and peaceful.
School rules:
School and class attendance
Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that all pupils attend School. Pupils are expected to attend school regularly
and punctually.
Absence on the Basis of Illness
If a pupil will be absent for an illness requiring hospital or dental check-ups , then a letter must be sent to school
beforehand informing the class teacher. The School office must be contacted by a parent/guardian by 08:30 if a pupil
will not be attending school due to a sudden illness. Parents/guardians not contacting the school will be considered as not
maintaining the cordiality that is imperative in all St James School relationships. The School must also be kept informed
by the parents/guardians if the illness persists for more than a day. This ensures that school work can be sent home for
completion. Children absent for more than a day must produce a doctor’s certificate on their return to school. A letter
from the parent/guardian is required should a pupil miss any form of formal assessment/test/oral presentation. The missed
assessment will be written on the day the pupil returns to school.
Please note that family holidays are not legitimate reasons to miss school and no missed assessments/projects will be
made up or rescheduled if missed due to a family holiday. Teachers are under no obligation to provide homework or
missed work to a pupil to do while they are away on a family holiday. The onus is on the pupil to catch missed work up
on their return.
Absence on the Basis of Family Commitments
Pupils are expected to be at school regularly. The School does not support absenteeism on the basis of any family
commitments unless the events are deemed urgent and unavoidable and it has been confirmed by the family that this is so.
School drop-offs and Late Arrivals
School commences at 07:45 daily. The school will receive children from 06:30 daily. Children must be dropped off
inside the School gates before 7:45 am . Please ensure, if you are using a lift system, that the driver is fully informed of
this important rule. De Mazenod Road is a busy road and young children must be supervised when dropped off every
morning and collected in the afternoon by parents or drivers.
The reasons for a firm stand on punctuality are as follows:
1. Children learn punctuality and measure through the routine of a school day.
2. Children also learn about punctuality and measure through the example of adults and will eventually learn to copy
and minimise the importance of being on time.
3. Keeping to time is one vital element in developing order and inner discipline.
4. Order and inner discipline enable a child to respond better in group situations.
Late arrival at School effectively ensures that children will miss School Assembly and School Quiet Time – an official part
of the school day. The School Assembly sets the tone for the day and is the only time when the whole school is together.
Children who arrive after the gates have closed at 7:45 am will be escorted onto the property by the security guard and
handed a late arrival slip, this will be signed by their teacher and placed in their PTC / message book.
Exit Pass
If, for any reason, a parent needs to collect a child early, a letter or phone call explaining the need and situation must be
made to the class teacher. A child must be collected from the Office at the designated time only and signed out.
Meetings at Drop-off Times
Pupil drop-off time or pick-up time is not the most convenient time for teacher-parent meetings. The teacher needs to
keep constant attention on all pupils in the classroom, start the teaching day and meet administrative requirements. Please
communicate via the PTC / message book so that appointments can be properly set up. As our parking area is restricted,
parents who remain longer than necessary in the car park restrict the movements of other parents.
Parents have NO access to classrooms or teaching staff once school has commenced . Parents dropping off items may
do so at the School Office once school has commenced.
School Uniform
Basic uniform:
Short sleeve shirt rounded collar, navy,skirt, navy ankle
socks, black school shoes.
Basic uniform:
Navy shorts, short sleeve shirt, navy knee high socks and
black school shoes.
Girls (1 June – 31 August ONLY) WINTER UNIFORM Boys (1 June – 31 August ONLY) WINTER UNIFORM
Long or short sleeve shirt, navy skirt, navy ankle socks or
navy stockings, black school shoes. Navy school jersey
or school fleece. Navy scarf, gloves and beanie are
Navy shorts or long grey pants, short or long sleeve
school shirt, navy school tie, navy socks and black school
shoes. Navy school jersey or school fleece. Navy scarf,
gloves and beanie are optional.
*Grades 4 to 7 do not wear shorts. Long grey pants are
worn throughout the year
Sports days:
Summer uniform:
Navy Skort, golf shirt, white socks and white takkies.
Navy floppy hat/peak cap
Winter uniform:
Track-suit, white socks and white takkies.
* House shirts to be worn on annual Sports Day only
Sports days:
Summer uniform:
Navy sports shorts, golf shirt, white socks and white
takkies. Navy floppy hat/peak cap
Winter uniform:
Track-suit, white socks and white takkies.
*House shirts to be worn on annual Sports Day only
Plain navy or black full costume, sunscreen lotion,
swimming cap and a towel.
Plain navy or black swimming trunks, sunscreen lotion,
swimming cap and a towel.
School bag:
Regular school bag.
School bag:
Regular school bag.
Sports bag:
Regular kit bag.
Sports bag:
Regular kit bag.
If for any reason a pupil cannot adhere to the dress code, he/she must report to the class teacher with a note from his/her
parent to obtain permission.
Accommodation of religious or cultural rights
Religious practices, conduct or obligation that relate to the core values and beliefs of a recognised religion and that
are in conflict with any rule contained in this code of conduct will be accommodated by a deviation from this Code of
Conduct by the School Board
1. The learner, assisted by the parent, must apply for a deviation from the standard school rules if such rules are
in conflict with or infringe on any religious right of the learner.
2. This application must be in writing and must identify the specific rule/s that is/are offensive to the learner’s
religious rights as contained in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
3. This application must include a reasonable interpretation of the religious rights that the learner feels are
offensive and a suggestion on how the rules may be supplemented by the Governing body/school board to
accommodate such religious rights.
4. The learner must provide proof that she/he belongs to that specific religion and that the religious practices,
rules and obligations that are in conflict with the school’s Code of Conduct are his/her true beliefs and
5. The religious conduct or practice must be lawful.
6. The School Board must consider the application and, if it is satisfied that the application is justified in terms
of Constitutional principles, the application will be granted in writing within 14 days.
7. When the School Board allows for deviations from the standard rules, such deviations must be based on core
religious beliefs inherent to the religion, and it must be compulsory for the learner to comply with such beliefs.
8. The deviation must specify of the exemption from the normal rules and must clearly identify the conduct that
will be allowed – e.g. the wearing of a head scarf, including colours and details of design; the growing of a beard;
or the wearing of a specific hairstyle or jewellery – and the conditions under which such deviation will be
applicable to the learner.
9. Cultural rights will be considered in the event that they do not relate to a religion, is such cultural rights
manifest in conduct of a permanent nature that is compulsory for the cultural group. This refers to cases where
the removal of the cultural jewellery or mark will cause considerable pain to the learner. Normally, cultural rights
are exercised through marks and expressions of a temporary nature that are justified for a specific cultural
gathering. The learner must convince the Governing body that his/her cultural rights can be exercised only
through a permanent intervention.
● Any request for a deviation from the Code of Conduct based on cultural rights must be in writing and must be
based on a process similar to that contained in subparagraphs 1 to 8 above.

During events that allow the wearing of casual wear, pupils should wear neat, presentable clothes. Tight-fitting clothes,
clothes that are see-through and/or revealing are not allowed. Hair, shoes and accessories should be neat at all times. Only
pupils that have applied and submitted relevant supporting documents, received the necessary permission from the School
Board may deviate from official school uniform for religious and cultural reasons.
Girls at St James
● No make-up is permitted except in school plays.
● Hair must be tidy, clean, in natural colour and tied back. NO sophisticated hair
● Plain studs may be worn in the lower portion of the earlobe and one per ear, no sleepers are allowed.
● Nails must be kept short and clean.
● No nail polish is permitted.
● Shoes must be clean and polished
● Only navy hair accessories are allowed.
● From 1 September to 30 April NO long sleeve school shirts or fleeces may be worn.
● Hair extensions – maximum length is shoulder length
● Braids – only braid from front to back, 5 mm in thickness, no beads at the end of the braids
● No Rasta extensions
● No hair dyes
● Own hair – not buffed up, only black narrow alice bands allowed
● Hair must not fall on face (only fringe)
Boys at St James
● Shirts must be tucked into shorts.
● Shirts must be free of damage and missing buttons.
● Hair must be kept neat and short. This must be above the ears/nape of the neck. NO sophisticated hair-styles.
● Ties must be worn with full winter uniform.
● Nails must be kept short and clean.
● Shoes must be clean and polished.
● From 1 September to 30 April NO long sleeve school shirts or fleeces may be worn.
Both Boys and Girls
● Sports shoes must be clean.
● All uniforms must be properly pressed.
● Hair must be kept clean at all times.
● Routine nits & lice checks should be done.
The school will not be held responsible for theft of or damage to personal belongings on school premises (e.g. cell phones,
bags, books, watches and clothing). Pupils may not bring computer games, iPods or similar electronic devices to school /
school outings or overnight excursions.
General rules
● Loitering and/or playing in and around the corridors, stairwells and toilets is forbidden.
● All litter must be placed in refuse bins or wastepaper baskets.
● Wilful damaging, vandalising or neglect of school property and the property of others, either by writing or by
physical act, is prohibited.
● Theft of school and private property is prohibited.
● Any act of cheating in class work, homework, informal and formal tests or internal or external examinations is
prohibited. Furthermore, copying of and/or borrowing another learner’s work is forbidden.
● Disruptive, unruly, rude and/or offensive behaviour will not be tolerated.
● The timeous handing in of work is the responsibility of each pupil.
● The pupil will respect the beliefs, culture, dignity and rights of other pupils, as well as their right to privacy and
● Language that is seen to be pejorative, discriminatory or racist is prohibited.
● Any act that belittles, demeans or humiliates another learner’s culture, race or religion is prohibited. · All pupils
have the right to an education free of interference, intimidation and/or physical abuse. The pupil will respect the
property and safety of other pupils. Fighting or threatening of other pupils is forbidden.
● The pupil will respect those in positions of authority. A pupil who is in a position of authority will conduct
him/herself in a manner befitting someone in authority. She/he will respect the rights of other pupils and will not
abuse such authority bestowed upon him/her through his/her position.
● The carrying, copying and/or reading of offensive material is prohibited.
This Code of Conduct is the property of St James School for Girls and Boys Durban and will be amended/updated
regularly should the need arise. This Code of Conduct nullifies any previous Codes of Conduct and comes into effect on 1
January 2017.
I ______________________________________ parent/guardian of __________________________________
have read The Code of Conduct of St James School for Girls and Boys and do hereby agree to abide by this code of
conduct with respects to myself and my child during their time at St James School.
I understand that the Code of Conduct may be updated/amended when necessary and that a new Code of Conduct will
then be given to me.
Signed on this the ____________________ day of ________________________ 20______ in _____________________
South Africa.
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