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Positive Discipline

What is Positive Discipline?

Introduction

Positive discipline (PD) is an approach to teach the young to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of communities. It teaches important social and life skills in the manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults.

Recent research tells us that children are “hardwired” from birth to connect with others and children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches. 

( Adapted from www. positivediscipline.com)

  

In Evergreen Secondary, we strongly believe in the tools and concepts of Positive Discipline and as a result, we have made it an integral part of the school.
 

PD Vision

Every EVGian is an intrinsically motivated, self-disciplined individual of character.

 

PD Mission

We develop self-disciplined EVGians with a strong sense of responsibility for their own behaviour and the community.

 

The 5 “C”s of Positive Discipline approach are:  

    • Cooperating with staff and peers to create a conducive learning environment for all.
    • Caring and thinking about how our decisions and actions can affect others and ourselves.
    • Consequences which are known, fair and carried out.
    • Contribute positively to others and the community.
    • Character Development - To be an individual of character and sound moral values.

 

SCHOOL RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. Introduction

As EVGians, all pupils pledge to be thinking and caring.  Thinking EVGians understand that school rules are necessary for a disciplined school. Rules are also needed for effective teaching and learning both inside and outside the classrooms.

Caring EVGians will meet the expectations contained in the school rules as they:

    • care for the dignity, needs and feelings of pupils and staff
    • care for school property
    • care so much for Evergreen that they want all pupils, staff and the community to regard it as a quality school

Thinking and caring EVGians understand that:

    • they are responsible for their own behaviour
    • good behaviour is expected of them both inside and outside the school
    • good behaviour leads to positive, life-long habits
    • there would be disciplinary consequences if they do not uphold the school rules

2. Attendance

    • All pupils are to attend school, lessons, assembly, CCA and other school­organised activities punctually. Attendance is compulsory for all tests and examinations. Pupils have to be in school by 7.20a.m for the flag-raising ceremony. A pupil who is late for the flagraising ceremony will be considered late for school. The consequences of late-coming are found in Table I - Late-Coming. After arrival in school, no pupil may leave the school without permission before the end of curriculum time. Students are not allowed to leave the school before remedials or enrichment programmes. They are to have their lunch in the school canteen.
       
    • Written permission must be obtained from the Form Teacher and the Principal/ Vice Principal if a pupil wishes to leave the school during school hours. The pupil must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who will sign him/her out at the Administrative Office.

 

    • Pupils who leave their classes during curriculum time must display their permission passes prominently.
       
    • In case of absence, a valid medical certificate or excuse note from a clinic, polyclinic, certified General Practitioner or Specialist must be produced upon the pupil’s return to school. Pupils who are absent without valid reasons are considered to have played truant.
       
    • Pupils are not allowed to apply for leave for leisure/holidays during school term.

 

Table I - Late-Coming

No. of times late in a year

Consequences

1-3

  • Parents informed
  • Detention class/service to school (2hrs) after school on the day of late-coming

4

  • Parents informed
  • Detention class/service to school (2hrs) after school on the day of late-coming
  • 1st meeting with parents

5

  • Parents informed
  • Detention class/service to school (2hrs) after school on the day of late-coming
  • 2nd meeting with parents

6-7

  • Parents informed
  • 3 days of suspension outside General Office after school on day of late coming
  • Possible “ Fair” conduct grade.

8 or more

  • Suspension from school
  • Meeting with Principal
  • Possible “ Poor” conduct grade.
* Detention must be served on the day of late-coming. Pupils are to approach discipline level coordinators to arrange for an alternate date if they are unable to serve their detention on the same day. If pupil is found deliberately skipping detention class, he/she will be suspended outside General Office for the day and also serve detention in the afternoon.

3. Flag-raising Ceremony  

    • School uniform must be worn during flag raising ceremony. Pupils are allowed to wear EVG PE attire for flag-raising ceremony if they have PE in the morning.
    • Classes are to assemble at the designated area at the parade square by 7.20am.
    • Pupils are to do their silent reading at the parade square while waiting for the flag raising ceremony to begin.
    • All pupils must stand at attention during flag-raising, pledge taking and when singing the National Anthem and the school song.
    • All pupils ( except foreign pupils) are to sing the National Anthem and take the pledge. Pupils will take the pledge with their right fist over the heart.
    • All pupils are required to sing the school song and recite the school pledge. Pupils will take the pledge with their right fist over the heart.

4. School Attire / Personal Appearance

    • All pupils are to be neatly and smartly dressed in the prescribed school uniform in school and during all school functions whether within or outside the school. Modification to the uniform is strictly not allowed.
    • Blouse/shirt is to be appropriately tucked in and buttoned at all times, whether in or out of school. Sleeves are not to be folded or rolled up.
    • The skirt length should not be more than 2 finger lengths above the knees. When the pupil kneels on the ground, the skirt must touch the ground.
    • Long pants are not to be tapered or shortened beyond pupils’ ankles.
    • The use of cosmetics is not allowed. This includes hair gel, mousse, foundation, eyeliner, lip gloss or any other cosmetic product.
    • Jewellery ( including ear sticks) is not permitted, except for small , plain ear studs for girls. There should only be one ear stud for each ear lobe.
    • Fingernails must be kept short and clean at all times. Polished and varnished nails are not allowed.
    • Tattoos are strictly not allowed.
    • The wearing of religious articles in school is strictly not allowed as the school is a secular public space for all pupils.
    • Male students must be neat in appearance, clean-shaven and no facial hair is allowed. The school can require the male students to shave in school immediately using shavers which students will need to purchase from the Administration Office.
    • Coloured contact lenses are not permitted.
    • Fanciful spectacle frames are not encouraged.

5. Hair

Hairstyle must be neat and simple. Fanciful hairstyles and colouring of hair are not allowed. Refer to diagram for acceptable hairstyles.

Acceptable Hairstyles 

Boys

 

Girls

 

6. Footwear

All pupils are to wear all-black shoes with the Evergreen Secondary School shoe laces and plain white socks. The socks must be worn properly to extend above ankles at all times. ( Refer to diagram) No brand names or labels should be displayed. Students found with inappropriate socks will be asked to purchase approved socks from the bookshop immediately. The wearing of slippers is strictly prohibited. Sandals will be permitted based on medical grounds, and a medical certificate or parent’s letter is required.


7. Undesirable Items

Pupils must not possess the following items when in school uniform or in school: Walkman, Discman, MP3/MP4 players, gambling cards, tobacco products and pornographic materials ( print and non-print) or any other items that may distract or make the school an unsafe place. Should any of these items be found in the pupil’s possession, it will be confiscated and follow-up meetings with parents/guardians will be arranged.


8. Use of mobile phones

    • All mobile phones must be switched off once the students enter the school compound in the morning for the flag-raising ceremony
    • All mobile phones must be switched off during lessons unless the use of mobile phones is authorised by teachers to facilitate classroom learning.
    • Mobile phones will remain switched off for the duration of curriculum time, including remedials, enrichment programmes, workshops and CCAs.
    • Mobile phones are also not to be used during recess. Students who urgently need to contact parents can proceed to the general office to use the phones at the front desk. Parents who need to contact their children can call the school’s general office at 63656392 during office hours.
    • Mobile phones can only be used in the school canteen after curriculum time. Mobile phones are not to be used in any other part of the school compound at all times.
    • After curriculum time, mobile phones when switched on must be kept on silent mode.
    • Mobile phones are not to be used as MP3 devices. All headphones, earphones and earpieces must not be used in school for the safety of all students and staff.
    • All mobile phones used in an unauthorised manner or location will be confiscated and placed in the custody of the school’s OM ( Operations Manager). Only parents or legal guardians can claim the phone from the OM or other authorised staff. Repeated offenders may face a ban on the use of mobile phone.

 

9. Food and Drinks

    • Pupils should queue for food and drinks in the canteen.
    • All utensils should be returned to the respective receptacles provided.
    • The canteen must be kept clean at all times.
    • Food and drinks should only be consumed in the canteen. 

10. Serious Offences

Serious offences are destructive behaviour which affects the well-being of the school community. The Disciplinary Committee may take one or more of the following actions when students commit a serious offence. These consequences include:

    • detention
    • service to school
    • suspension from class or school
    • caning
    • public apology
    • referral to police 
 
Serious offences (both in school and out of school) refer to the following:
    • Truancy
    • Repeated defiance of instruction from staff (including persistent disruption of lessons)
    • Making staff / pupils feel physically unsafe
    • Bullying/ Threatening behaviour/ Extortion
    • Theft / Shoplifting
    • Fighting
    • Possession / Consumption / Sale of Cigarettes / Narcotics
    • Gambling, betting or abetting others to gamble
    • Forging of documents and signature
    • Vandalism
    • Serious misconduct towards staff and other pupils -including molest and outrage of modesty
    • Abuse of info-communication technology including disrespectful behaviour in cyberworld.
    • Cheating in tests / examination
    • Use of vulgar / offensive language in school (Any student who uses such language in school will be detained for 3 days in school. There may be more serious consequences if such disrespectful language is used in communication with school staff, vendors or partners.)

Other Offences and Misconduct

Pupils who commit any other acts of misconduct not specified above will be managed in a manner deemed appropriate by the Principal / Vice-Principal / Disciplinary Committee.