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Code of Conduct

Every SJCian matters and the school aims to nurture a caring culture and positive climate. Students learn well when there is order and discipline. At the same time, they need care, encouragement and space to learn from mistakes and improve. Discipline is an educative process, and the goal is to instill self-discipline and good character in SJCians, equipping them with the necessary social and emotional skills to behave thoughtfully and be responsible and respectful individuals.

Every SJCian is expected to be an individual with exemplary character and positive attitude towards school and the community. The following Code of Conduct should guide SJCians’ behaviour and actions at all times. 

1. Morning Assembly

a. SJCians who are Singapore Citizens must sing the National Anthem and take the Pledge. 
    SJCians will take the Pledge with their right fist over their heart. 
b. All SJCians should stand at attention and face the flags when the National Anthem is being 
    sung and the National Pledge recited. 

2. Attendance and Punctuality 

a. Daily attendance during term time is compulsory. The same is expected for CCA and any 
    activity organised by the school. 
b. SJCians should submit to their Form Teacher, upon return to school, a valid Medical 
    Certificate or Letter of Excuse (not more than 4 per term) from parents or guardians. 
    Absence from school without valid reason is considered as truancy.
c. SJCians should be punctual for school, CCA and other school activities. 
d. SJCians should be in their classrooms for morning assembly by 7.30 a.m.
e. SJCians are not allowed to leave the school premises before their scheduled dismissal time 
    without permission.
f. SJCians who need to leave before the scheduled dismissal time should complete the ‘Early 
   Release Form’.
g. A parent or close relative must sign the ‘Early Release Form’ for students to leave the school 
    premises during school hours or activities.
h. Students will not be allowed to leave school without being accompanied by a parent or close 
    relative. 

3. General Behaviour

In school:

a. SJCians should show kindness and consideration to others at all times, to promote a positive 
    and safe environment for teaching and learning. 
b. SJCians are also expected to be responsible for the safekeeping of their personal belongings
    and considerate in the use of all school equipment and facilities.
c. Every SJCian is responsible for the locker assigned to her. The lockers are school property 
    and may be searched by school authorities. 
d. All food and drinks should only be consumed in the canteen.
e. Electronic devices, including mobile phones and any other communication devices should 
    be switched off and kept away during school hours and CCA time, unless otherwise 
    instructed by the teacher. 
f. The school reserves the right to confiscate any electronic device if they are not used 
    responsibly and appropriately. Once confiscated, the school may require the presence of a 
    parent or guardian before the confiscated device is returned to the student. 
g. SJCians should not charge their personal electronic devices in school, including their mobile 
    phones and Personal Learning Devices (PLDs). 
h. SJCians are not allowed to have in their possession any weapons. They are also not allowed 
    to bring any weapon-like item which is used or intended to be used to cause harm to others.

In the classroom: 

i. SJCians should observe the GROW protocol, as every lesson is an opportunity to grow in 
   character and learning.


 

Classroom Protocol

Examples of Actions SJCians Should Exhibit

School Value

G

Greet each other

  • Respect one another
  • Greet the teacher(s) at the start and end of each lesson

Love

R

Have Readiness

  • Be properly attired
  • Have the learning materials ready
  • Check Google Classroom/Student Learning Space for instructions on Home-Based Learning days
  • Ensure that classroom environment is ready for learning

Integrity

O

Be Organized







Have an Open mind for learning

  • Manage assignment timelines
  • Manage revision schedule
  • Check in with form teachers and subject teachers when you are not in school
  • Submission of MC/Letters
  • Follow up on homework and missed lessons

  • Participate in class discussions
  • Be open to feedback
  • Embrace different viewpoints
  • Seek help from teachers and friends

Humility




 



Tenacity

 W Create a Welcoming classroom
  •  Contribute to a positive classroom culture
  • Be kind in our words and deeds
Gratitude and Love

In public: 

j. SJCians will be good ambassadors of the school and uphold the image of SJC. They should 
observe rules and regulations within the areas they are patronising or visiting at all times. 
k. SJCians should also show respect for public space and the community. 

4. Attire and Grooming

a. Uniform
SJCians are to wear the prescribed uniform within and outside of school. Modification to the 
uniform is not allowed.

        • Pinafore must touch the knees
        • Collar should be buttoned
        • Only clean, predominantly white shoes and SJC socks are to be worn
        • Loose or low socks are not allowed (the SJC logo must be seen)
        • On days with Physical Education (PE) lessons, students are allowed to wear the PE Tshirt under their pinafore
        • Only the school PE/ House T-shirt and shorts should be worn for PE lessons
        • Track shoes may be worn only during PE lessons

b. Hair 
        • Short hair styles must not touch the collar of the blouse 
        • Very short, shaven or undercut hairstyles are not allowed
        • Long hair must be tied neatly with white, blue or black accessories
        • The fringe should not touch the eyebrows
        • Dyed/highlighted hair should be re-dyed to the original colour
        • Hair extensions are not allowed

c. Nails
        • Nails are to be kept short and clean, without nail polish

d. Cosmetics and Make-up
        • Cosmetics (e.g. foundation, sunblock with foundation base, powder, lipstick, tinted lip balm, eyeliner, mascara, etc.) are not to be used
        • Eyebrows should not be drawn or embroidered
        • Eyelashes should not be permed or have extensions
        • Coloured or colour-enhancing contact lenses are not allowed

e. Jewellery and Accessories
        • Only one pair of plain, simple, identical ear studs can be worn on the ear lobes 
        • Jewellery and accessories of any other kind (e.g. tongue studs, nose ring, lip piercings, bracelets, religious wristbands, ankle bands, bangles, chains, rings, friendship bands, etc.) are not allowed
f. Inappropriate body art (such as tattoos and the piercing of any part of the body except the 
ears) is not allowed.
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Guidelines on Disciplinary Measures


Minor Offences

Possible Actions Taken by School

Attendance and Punctuality

  • Late-coming to school, CCA or school activities
  • Skipping lessons, CCA or school activities

  • Reflections and drawing up a personal action plan
  • Confiscation of devices
  • Detention
  • Informing and/or meeting parents/ guardians
  • Counselling
  • Record on School Offences Module
  • Obtain a ‘Fair/Poor’ for Conduct Grade
  • Student Leader to step down from leadership position
  • Suspension from school

 

Minor offences committed persistently will be considered as a major offence.

 

Attire and Grooming

  • Modification to the school uniform
  • Breach of rules related to dress code and personal grooming

General Behaviour

  • Littering
  • Open defiance
  • Use of vulgar language
  • Not completing assignments without valid reason
  • Irresponsible and/or inappropriate use of devices

Major Offences

Possible Actions Taken by School

Truancy

  • Being absent from school without valid reason
  • Leaving school during school hours/CCA/school activities without permission from teacher

  • Reflections and drawing up a personal action plan
  • Confiscation of devices
  • Detention
  • Informing and/or meeting parents/ guardians
  • Counselling
  • Record on School Offences Module
  • Obtain a ‘Fair/Poor’ for Conduct Grade
  • Student Leader to step down from leadership position
  • Suspension from school
  • Referral to Law Enforcement Agencies

Dishonesty

  • Cheating during tests/examinations
  • Forgery

Serious Offences

  • Bullying (including cyber bullying)
  • Possession/ Consumption of alcoholic drinks and/or drugs
  • Possession / Consumption of tobacco and imitation tobacco products (e.g. cigarettes, e-vaporisers)
  • Possession of weapon and/or weapon-like item

 

Note: The school reserves all rights to add, amend or adjust the school rules and regulations, disciplinary consequences necessary to support character development and maintain a safe and positive learning environment. 

Zero Tolerance for Bullying

In our CHIJ Schools, we uphold the basic principle of respecting the dignity of each person we interact with. Everyone in our school community has the responsibility and a role to play in building a safe learning environment where we treat each other with respect and understanding. As such, our school will not tolerate any unlawful or disruptive behaviour, including any form of bullying, cyber-bullying, intimidation or retaliation.

 

Different Forms of Bullying

Types of Bullying

What it could look like

Physical Bullying

  • Being violent to a person  (e.g. hitting, punching, shoving, kicking)
  • Throwing things or destroying someone’s property or belongings
  • Extortion

Verbal Bullying

  • Using unkind, vulgar words to hurt a person (e.g. teasing, taunting)
  • Insulting and calling a person hurtful names

Social Bullying

  • Causing hurt to a person by harming her social relationships (e.g. asking others not to befriend a person, intentionally excluding a person from the group)
  • Spreading rumours
  • Humiliating a person
  • Displaying negative facial or physical gestures to a person (e.g. mocking)

Cyber Bullying

  • Any behaviour performed through electronic or digital media platforms by individuals or groups that communicate hostile or aggressive messages, intended to inflict harm or discomfort against a victim.


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Descriptors for Student Conduct


Grade

Descriptors

Excellent

A SJCian who is consistently exemplary in her behaviour 

  • Is always humble, polite and respectful
  • Can always be depended upon to make decisions with integrity
  • Attends school and school activities, including CCA, regularly and punctually
  • Always submit assignments on time
  • Has not committed any offence
  • Maintains healthy relationships with classmates

Very Good

A SJCian who behaves well consistently

  • Is always humble, polite and respectful
  • Can be depended upon to make decisions with integrity most of the time
  • Attends school and school activities, including cca, regularly and punctually
  • Submit assignments on time most of the time
  • Has not committed any offence
  • Maintains healthy relationships with classmates

Good

A SJCian who behaves well most of the time

  • Is generally humble, polite and respectful
  • Can be depended upon to make decisions with integrity most of the time
  • Attends school and school activities regularly, including CCA, most of the time
  • Submit assignments on time most of the time
  • Has not committed any serious offence
  • Maintains healthy relationships with classmates most of the time

Fair

A SJCian who demonstrates unacceptable behaviour occasionally

  • Is willfully disobedient
  • Requires close guidance and counselling by teachers on her behaviour
  • Attendance for school and/or school activities including CCA is irregular with truancy and/or late-coming
  • Assignments are usually submitted late and/or tardy
  • Has committed a serious offence

Poor

A SJCian who demonstrates unacceptable behavior frequently

  • Is willfully disobedient 
  • Requires consistent close guidance and counselling by teachers on her behaviour
  • Attendance for school and/or school activities including CCA is irregular with truancy and/or late-coming
  • Assignments are usually submitted late and/or tardy
  • Has committed serious offence(s)


Note: Conduct Grade is taken into consideration for awards and programmes.

Examination Rules

The examination rules apply to all forms of formal assessment, i.e. Weighted Assessments (WA), Semestral Assessments (SA) and Preliminary Examinations. Students should read, understand and comply fully with the examination rules. They are also responsible for checking and noting the dates and times of the various assessments. 

  1. You must be properly attired in your school uniform.
  2. You should be punctual as no additional time for the paper will be allocated for late-comers. 
  3. Be seated at your assigned desk at least fifteen minutes before the commencement of the examination. (Applicable to SA and Preliminary Examination only)
  4. Place your NRIC or other identification documents on your desk for verification during the examination. (Applicable to SA and Preliminary Examination only)
  5.  You are not permitted to have in your possession, while in the examination venues, any devices or materials not authorised for use in the examination. If these are found in your possession, you will be deemed as having committed an act of dishonesty and may be awarded a zero mark for the paper.

Examples of unauthorised devices include but are not limited to:

 

Computerised devices

·     Tablet

·     Pocket PC

·     Personal Digital Assistant

·     Digital diary

 

eBook

·     Communication devices

·     Mobile phone

·     Smart Watch

·     Earphones

Smart devices

·     Smart watch

·     Smart glasses

·     Fitness tracker

 

 

Other Electronic devices

·     Camera

·     Audio recorder/player

·     Gaming device

·     Storage device

 

Examples of unauthorised materials include but are not limited to:

·     Question paper from previous examination

·     Writing paper/ Sticky Note 

·     Book/ Notes/ Reference Material

·     Conversion table/ Formulae sheet in mathematical set or calculator cover

6. No form of communication is allowed among candidates in the examination venue. 
7. Food should not be consumed in the examination venue.
8. Borrowing of stationery during the examination is not allowed. 
9. The use of correction fluid/ tape on your answer script or writing paper is not allowed.
10. You are not allowed to leave the examination venue unescorted or without permission from the invigilator. 
11. Answer scripts that are removed from the examination venue will not be accepted for grading by the examiners.
12. Disciplinary action will be taken against any student who breaches the examination rules.
Absence during an examination
13. If you are unable to sit for any examination due to illness, you must provide a Medical Certificate (MC) to cover your absence. Parent’s letter will not be accepted.
14. Inform the school or your Form Teacher of your absence. There will be no make-up examination for papers missed.
15. The MC, issued by a medical practitioner registered under the Medical Registration Act, must be submitted to your Form Teacher upon your return to school. 
16.  If you do not have a medical certificate to cover your absence, you may be given a ‘zero’ (0) for the papers missed.