CODE OF CONDUCT

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.

 

ISWB Expectations

 

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.

 

For Parents

 

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.

CODE OF CONDUCT

AS AGREED BY ISWB BOARD MEMBERS

This Code is based on the premise of mutual respect. All members of The International School of Walvis Bay have the right to be treated with respect. Similarly all have the responsibility to treat each other and each other’s property as well as the environment within which we operate with respect.

 

Key values:

  • Manners and respect
  • Integrity
  • Tolerance
  • Responsibility
  • Empathy and caring

Appearance and Dress

  • The correct uniform is to be worn to all school activities.
  • Hair should be cut so as not to draw attention. Hair must be kept above the eyebrows, ears and collar. There should be no ‘sculptured’ styles. Hair may not be dyed. Hair may not be braided.
  • No rings, bangles and other ornaments may be worn.
  • The correct attire should be worn at all sports events.
  • Undergarments may not show.

Manners

  • Students should act as good ambassadors for the school.
  • All members of the school are expected to greet staff and visitors, standing up to do so when appropriate.
  • Students should not talk or whisper when being addressed as a group by a speaker.
  • Students must not walk around the school with their hands in their pockets.
  • Students should not chew gum during school or at any school event.
  • Students may not eat in the classrooms, the library and the computer rooms.
  • Students may not leave the school grounds during school hours.
  • Students should not talk or play along the corridors when changing classes.
  • Students may not run in corridors or on the main staircases.

Absence

  • Students are expected to produce a letter of explanation to or e-mail the school should they be absent from or unable to fulfil any obligation which they may have had.
  • Students are expected to notify the teacher as soon as they are able should they know that they are to be absent from school for a match or similar function.

Telephone use

  • No cell phones are allowed at school.
  • Students may if necessary, and with permission, use the school telephone.

Safety

  • On all occasions, students may only cross Hage Geingob Street and 11th Road at the pedestrian crossing, observing the rules of the road and the instructions of the teachers on duty.
  • Students must wait inside the school grounds for lifts.
  • Students are not collected from their sports practices within 15 minutes of the practice finishing, will be ushered back to the school.
  • Students should not purchase anything from street vendors during the school day.
  • Students should be conscious of security and report anything out of the ordinary or suspicious to the office. If students feel threatened by an individual from outside the school environment, or feel uneasy about any last-minute change of arrangements, they should go to a teacher or the office.

General

  • Students are expected to arrive at school before 07h40 each morning and to be punctual for all lessons and school activities.
  • Students are allowed in their classrooms during break time ONLY with permission and under supervision of a teacher.
  • Students are expected not to litter.
  • Money should not be brought to school unless for a specific purpouse and the Grub Hut on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Students may not cycle in the school grounds.
  • Students may not run, wrestle or play ball games in the classrooms or passages.

Serious offences

 

The following actions are regarded as serious misdemeanours. Disciplinary action in these cases could lead to suspension or expulsion:

  • Possession, use or distribution of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
  • Bullying – verbal/physical/e-bullying
  • Continual ignoring of instructions
  • Defiance
  • Stealing
  • Vandalism
  • Cheating and plagiarism
  • Unauthorised absence from school
  • Possession or use of any dangerous object (weapon, explosive material, etc.)
  • Possession, sharing or searching for pornography in any form (see also Computer Acceptable Use Policy).

Students and or their property may be searched (subject to the procedures outlined in the Policy) if a fair and reasonable suspicion has been established that one or more pupils on school premises or during a school activity are in possession of dangerous objects or illegal drugs or alcohol.

 

REINFORCEMENT

 

The school reinforces appropriate and exemplary behaviour through many positive reinforcement measures: merits, awards, assembly and newsletter announcements, school reports and letters of commendation.

Consequences for non-observance of the Code of Conduct can include; detention, parents’ meetings, disciplinary hearings, internal or external suspension and, in extreme cases, expulsion.

ADMISSION

Welcome to The International School of Walvis Bay on-line registration process. All the information you need to achieve registration is available to you on this website. More

    

GIVING TO ISWB

Giving to ISWB is an action which contributes to the school’s future prosperity and ensures that it remains at the forefront of independent school education. More

CONTACT US

86 Hage Geingob Street, Walvis Bay, Namibia
Office Number: +264 64 204789  
Mobile Phone Number: +264 81 306 4557
Contact Us