This Code of Conduct is based on the premise of MUTUAL RESPECT. Everyone associated with ISWB have the right to be treated with respect. Similarly all have the responsibly to treat each other’s property, the school’s property as well as the environment within which we operate with respect.
Schools will act best when there is a shared purpose and understanding between parents, staff and pupils regarding the role and functions of the school. In order to arrive at that situation, the following \ Code of Conduct and Expectations is held as a guide for achieving that shared understanding. Parents sign the Application Form to secure their child’s place in the school, and in signing that document, parents are also committing themselves to the substance of this document.
It is expected that all school parents will:
- Accept that by taking up a place at ISWB, they have considered and have agreed that there will be an optimal match between the needs of their child, their own expectations and the philosophy and programmes of the school.
- Share with the school any cultural, medical, or personal information that the school may need to best serve their child and the school community.
- Help and encourage their children to develop strong moral values.
- Recognize that effective partnerships are characterized by clearly defined responsibilities, a shared commitment to collaboration, open lines of communication, mutual respect, and a common vision of the goals to be achieved.
- Provide a home environment that supports the development of positive learning attitudes and habits that are consistent with those of the school.
- Take an active interest in their children’s work and progress.
- Involve themselves in the life of the school, through volunteerism and other means, to promote the best interest of their children.
- Respect the school’s responsibility to do what is best for the entire community, while recognizing the needs of each individual child.
- Familiarize themselves with and support the school’s policies and procedures.
- Ensure that the children abide by the school rules.
- Avoid gossip and rumours, and if in doubt, consult with the school for definite information.
- Seek to resolve problems and secure information through appropriate channels.
- Treat everyone with respect and maintain an educational, rather that adversarial tone, in the face of the inevitable conflicts and challenges.
- Utilize the support of the Parent School Board when appropriate.
- Acknowledge that their payment of tuition is not an investment of ownership in the school, but rather an investment tin the educational process of their child.
With respect to alcohol:
- Educate their children about alcohol wit respect to its dangers, social responsibility and parental expectations.
- If providing alcohol to their children, do so in small quantities in a social context and under their supervision.
- Not provide alcohol to anyone else’s children unless having the express permission of the children’s parents, clearly indicating quantities, types and controls.
- Take responsibility for any gathering of their children and friends at their home or one organized by the parent at another venue.
- Report any unauthorized use of alcohol or drugs which may occur to the parents of all the children involved.
The school believes that an appositive and constructive partnership between the School and a pupil’s parents or guardian is essential to the fulfilment of the School’s mission. Thus, the School reserves the right not to continue enrolment or not to re-enrol a pupil if the School reasonably concludes that the actions of the parent or guardian make such a positive, constructive relationship impossible, or otherwise seriously interfere without accomplishment of our educational purposes. By signing the Application Form, parents are indicating their acceptance of these expectations as well.
Professional conduct for teaching staff
- Acknowledge, uphold and promote basic human rights as embodied in the Constitution.
- Take pride in their work and show respect for themselves, other people and the school.
- Establish positive, professional relationships with pupils, characterized by mutual respect, warmth, and good will. They will take special care to maintain confidentiality when privileged information is shared.
- Know and support the mission and policies of the school and as they arise, raise questions or concerns with appropriate colleagues and supervisors.
- Participate in the establishment and maintenance of an atmosphere of collegial support and adherence to professional standards.
- Refrain from undermining the status and authority of their colleagues.
- Respect the various responsibilities assigned to colleagues with the same degree of respect that the school expects pupils to demonstrate for their teachers and peers.
- Develop and sustain relationships with colleagues that benefit their pupils, and further their own professional growth.
- Strive to be mentors and friends to each other, treating colleagues with the same degree of respect that the school expects pupils to demonstrate for their teachers and peers.
- Avoid gossiping, spreading rumours, or making judgments about colleagues, pupils, or parents.
- Model an appreciation for diversity of race, religion, culture, gender and learning style.
- Be teachers to all pupils at all times; be committed to teaching ethics and character formation.
- Initiate growth in their own intellectual and professional development, seeking out opportunities to learn.
- Maintain a high degree of subject knowledge and keep abreast of educational trends and developments.
- Develop a curriculum of excellence.
- Always be properly prepared for classes, meet deadlines and observe punctuality at all times.
- Use proper procedures to address issues of professional incompetence and misbehaviour.
- Conduct themselves in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct of the Namibian Council for Educators.
- Refrain from discussing confidential and official matters with unauthorized persons.
- Develop and sustain appropriate partnerships with parents that support each pupil’s well-being and increasing autonomy.
- Enforce standards of pupil behaviour in a fair, firm, compassionate and educationally sound manner.
- Realise and adhere to the rule that any form of humiliation and/or child abuse, whether physical or psychological, is strictly prohibited and shall result in the strictest action being taken.
- Know and understand that under no circumstances may they enter into any form of sexual relationship with pupils, or engage in any form of sexual harassment of pupils, and their conduct shall reflect this rule at all times.
- Be accountable for their actions and take responsibility for their actions or lack of action.
- Make the school’s philosophy implicit in their teaching and other work with young people, and also interpret this philosophy to parents as necessary.
- Do what is practically possible to keep parents adequately informed about the well-being and progress of the pupil without breaching any confidential information relayed by the pupil to the teacher.
- Accept that staff behaviour should be fair, honourable and ethical; that honesty should be valued; and that the staff should have integrity and consistency.
- Encourage the development of strong moral values in the pupils, and display these values themselves.
Code of conduct for the pupils
It is expected that pupils will:
- Have high expectations of themselves and of the school.
- Conduct themselves at all times to give substance to the values of the school as outlined in this document.
- Strive to achieve the highest standards they can in everything they do.
- Share in and maintain the ethos of commitment to academic work, and willing engagement in the full co-curricular life of the school.
- Familiarise themselves with the school rules as outline in the Policies or the Orientation Brochure, especially with regard behaviour, uniform and appearance.
- Observe the School Rules in all aspects of life at school and where applicable, at home, so that their behaviour maintains the tone of the school.
- Own up to, and accept the consequences of breaches of school rules and conduct.
- Accept the general tone of manners as evidenced by such behaviour as; no hands in pockets, standing up when adults pass by, and removing any hat / cap, greeting everyone with direct eye contact and a greeting, offering to help others if they are carrying things.
- Show respect for others, starting with basic civility and courtesy, and extending through to acts of kindness.
- Consider the safety, feeling, and general needs of others at all times.
- Tell the truth and act truthfully.
- Avoid gossiping, spreading rumours, or making judgments about staff, students, or parents.
- Respect the property of others and of the school; keep our buildings and grounds clean; do nothing to bring the school into disrepute.
- Develop strong moral values.