Student Management and Discipline
Discipline is an integral part of character development. When we develop students’ character we also help to create their destiny. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment and hence the school wants to develop discipline in students to ensure they realize their potential as they learn and grow in the school.
The school aims to inculcate values of respect, self-discipline, social responsibility and moral integrity. We want to develop in students an internal sense of control and responsibility that lay the foundation for their success in school. This is achieved by creating a supportive and nurturing environment and by communicating clear expectations of student behaviour. We also expect every student to take ownership in ensuring exemplary conduct.
The school’s approach to discipline is in line with the Guidance Branch Discipline Framework. The school believes that discipline is more than just observing school rules. It is the development of a positive attitude that reflects integrity, responsibility and accountability which is an integral part of character development.
The guiding principles for discipline are
§ that behaviour change is possible through education and thus the focus is on learned responsibility.
§ to reinforce positive behaviour and develop positive and trusting relationships which are powerful in developing character.
The school focuses on both aspects of discipline - preventive and corrective. Preventive discipline is achieved through communicating clear expectations and rules of behaviour in school and students are expected to be aware of these expectations and rules and conduct themselves accordingly.
Corrective discipline is achieved through intervention procedures to promote acceptable behaviours and change unacceptable or undesirable behaviours. Consequences for misconduct are clearly spelt out and followed to deter further offences.
Students who misbehave will also be referred for counselling. Counselling is not a substitute to punishment but complements disciplining efforts. Counselling sessions offer students opportunities to reflect on their behaviour and take responsibility in correcting them. Students will be guided by the teachers or counsellors to focus on their real goals for being in school and plan effective future behaviours which would support them to achieve their goals.
Good student management and discipline is a key responsibility of all teachers in their roles as Class Mentors, Subject Teachers and CCA Teachers. Teachers play a key role in guiding and nurturing students to develop self-discipline. This is achieved partly through the establishment of positive and trusting relationships between teachers and Students. Teachers also constantly and consistently educate students on what is appropriate behaviour and communicate their expectations clearly.