The aim of our Code of Conduct is to establish guidelines of the school’s
expectations of the behaviour and commitment of learners towards the school’s
philosophy and ethos.
We encourage each learner and parent to become familiar with the content of
our Code. We will ask each learner to renew their pledge, during the first term
of each year.
We endeavour to promote the unique individuality of each learner by ensuring their safety through these guidelines and encouraging a healthy self esteem in each child. We endeavour to ensure that each learner feels an integral part of Usutu Forest School and that their particular needs are met.
We have developed this Code as a ‘tool’ for all our learners to identify with and to use in order to develop self-discipline, independence, responsibility and respect for all. It will help to develop a caring attitude and empathy towards others in our school and the wider community, in this ever-changing society.
We encourage each learner and parent to become familiar with the content of this Code. As a parent, we would encourage you to read through the Code with your child/children and to discuss all the guidelines which will help us to inculcate the values and traditions at Usutu, as a caring school.
The guidelines are set out for all our learners, without exception, thereby ensuring consistency and fairness in the system. Should your child neglect to follow the guidelines we would ask you to support the sanctions imposed for his/her inappropriate behavior by accepting the consequences and speaking to your child. The support of your child’s education and choice of school is vitally important to you and we in turn will do our utmost to ensure enjoyable and rewarding years at our school.
In relation to general behaviour
In relation to scholastic behaviour
In relation to school uniform
In relation to property
In relation to sport and extramural activities
In relation to out of bounds areas
The following areas are considered ‘out of bounds’ unless supervised by a teacher or authorized adult:
The majority of disciplining that takes place in school is informal, and happens in the classroom on a daily basis. This informal discipline is the foundation of a well-disciplined school, and, when it is effective, the need to use more formal disciplinary structures is reduced.
Each learner receives an A5 Discipline and Reward Book. This book continues on to the next Grade and as the pupil receives positive and negative cards they are pasted into the book. The positive cards include the Bronze, Silver and Gold Cards and they will continue from Grade to Grade. The negative cards include the Blue, Yellow and Red Cards. They are only valid per year and each learner begins with a clean slate at the beginning of each Grade. Both Positive and Offence Cards are applicable to circumstances related to the classroom, sportsfield and travelling on the buses and all school functions and events.
Level 1 Positive Card: (Bronze)
Level 2 Positive Card: (Silver)
Level 3 Positive Card: (Gold)
Level 1 Offence: (Blue Card)
Level 2 Offence: (Yellow Card)
Level 3 Offence (Red Card)
We, the teachers, pupils and parents of Usutu Forest School:
Should your child need to leave school early for any reason, it is necessary for the parent to contact the school office and/or class teacher. Telephonic arrangements can be made through the School office or parents may send a note with their child informing the School of early departure. Pupils leaving school early must be collected from the Reception area by a parent/guardian.
Homework in our school follows an alternate model and children are asked to
be responsible, self-disciplined and show effective time management up to Grade 7. No written
homework in content subjects is sent home however research and projects are
expected to be worked on at home. Grade 5, 6 and 7 will be given a mathematics
worksheet from Monday to Thursday in order to consolidate a section done in
the classroom. Spelling lists are sent home every Monday in preparation of the
Friday spelling tests. Reading is a vital component of our homework policy and all
reading cards must be meticulously recorded and checked by parent’s everyday.
High School homework is sent home daily and a roster is issued to the learners at the start of each cycle.
Heads of schools, matrons and school administrative staff are not health professionals and therefore are not in a position to determine what medication a sick child requires. We are therefore prohibited from dispensing any medication to a pupil. In cases where a pupil reports to the office ill, the parents will be contacted. At the discretion of the Head, pupils will be referred to the doctor indicated on the Enrolment Form.
A Medical Clinic is situated in Mhlambanyatsi which can be consulted in cases of emergency.
The medical information document forms part of the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. Please ensure that this document is completed and returned to the office.
Keeping the aforementioned paragraph in mind, should your child require any medication during the school day as prescribed by a medical doctor, the medication, with the dosage, must be clearly labeled and handed in at the office from where it will be dispensed. Medication will only be dispensed with the written permission of the parents.
Parents are encouraged to communicate with the teacher via the ‘Everyday Book’. Should further communication be necessary the parent may request a consultation with the teacher via the office. The parent may at any time phone the office to make an appointment with the Headmaster. Parents are requested to phone all teachers during office hours and not after hours.