RULES AND REGULATIONS
All students come under School Discipline from the moment they leave home in uniform in the morning and remain under School Discipline until they reach home in the afternoon.
1. (a) BEHAVIOUR OUTSIDE SCHOOL
Students should remember the importance of good behaviour in public. The good name of the school lies in the hands of each student when he is outside the school. Members of the public judge the school by the general behaviour of the students.
(b) DISCIPLINE ON BUSES
(i) Students should be seated on buses and should not shout or use abusive languages.
(ii) Students should not lean out of the window or throw anything from the bus.
(iii) Students should give assistance to the conductor when required to do so.
(iv) Student Bus Pass should be carried each day and produced on demand.
2. FORM PERIOD
Students should be in their Form Room at 8.00 hours ready for the morning attendance.
3. LATE ARRIVALS
A student reaching the classroom after the second bell is late. Only latecomers with plausible reasons will be admitted in a classroom. In such cases, the student inserts his name in the lateness book and fills in a lateness form collected from the Usher's Office. This form should be handed over to the class teacher who will record the student's lateness on the Attendance Card and update the number of presentees and the number of absentees. The form is then handed over to the Usher before the 3rd period and the Usher then registers the lateness of the student.
4. EARLY LEAVING
(a) Leaving the school premises during school hours is strictly prohibited, unless authorised by the Rector/Deputy Rector. Requests by phone for early departure will not be entertained.
(b) A request for early departure must be made in writing and signed by the Responsible Party and deposited at the Usher's Office before the end of the 1st period.
(c) Early Leaving will be granted only for the following reasons:
(ii) Collection of prizes (letter of invitation to be produced)
(iii) To attend interviews (letter of convocation to be produced)
(iv) Funeral of parent
(v) A reason deemed acceptable by the Rector/Deputy Rector.
Very Important Note
Responsible Parties are strongly advised to take appointment for their wards with doctors. dentists or any other person after school hours.
(a) No provision is made in the Education Act for absences on the ground of revision work.
(b) A letter of absence from the Responsible Party must be handed over to the Form Teacher on the day the student resumes school after an absence.
(c) Absences and latenesses will be taken into account in the School Leaving Certificate.
(d) The following extract is reproduced from the letter of the Permanent Secretary to Heads of Schools, of 16th January 1990, Ref. ME/1/15/21/7:
(i) A pupil who has been absent from school for five consecutive days should be accompanied by the Responsible Party when he resumes classes to justify the cause of his absence.
A medical certificate will have to be produced for absences exceeding three days.
(ii) The Head of School will report to the Ministry the case of every pupil who has been absent from school for more than 30 days without adequate justification. In the light of the report submitted, the Ministry will take such action as deemed appropriate.
(iii) H.S.C pupils competing for the State of Mauritius Scholarships will be informed at the beginning of each year that the maximum number of unexcused absences is 10 days per year.
(e) Students who have been absent for no plausible reason, run the risk of not being allowed to sit for internal examinations.
(f) A student who is officially absent on the school register has no right to be on the school premises or attend classes.
6. VERY SERIOUS OFFENCES/CORRECTIVE MEASURES
(a) VERY SERIOUS OFFENCES:
-Leaving school premises without permission (even during breaks or lunch time)
-Being present on school premises but officially absent
-Smoking or being in possession of cigarette/consuming or being in possession of alcoholic drinks
-Damaging property (Students will be made to pay)
-Being involved in acts of violence, hooliganism or dishonesty (inside and outside school premises)
-Using abusive language, showing disrespect
-Being in possession of harmful and dangerous objects
-Tampering with official documents, forging signatures
-Prolonged unjustified absences
-Reading, lending and selling or in possession of books or magazines of dubious morality
-Making graffiti on walls, desks, chairs, etc.
-Gambling, however minor it could seem
-Any other gross misbehavior
(b) CORRECTIVE MEASURES:
- Corrective measures (i) to (v) as per offences committed to be decided by teachers or Disciplinary Committee with the approval of the Rector.
(i) 1 hour detention after school hours.
(ii) Saturday detention 08.00 - 11.00.
Parents will be informed about any detention given to students by the detention sheet which they will have to sign.
(iii) On Special Report - reporting to teacher during each period, and to the Rector morning and afternoon.
(iv) Rustication. This will apply to students who have committed very serious offences.
Temporary Suspension (also called 'Rustication') is not only a regulation of the school but a constituted law of Mauritius. Regulation 13-(1) of the Education Ordinance 1957 reads as follows:
"Whenever it shall appear to the Principal of government -- secondary school --- that the conduct, work or progress of any pupil, is unsatisfactory, he may temporarily suspend a pupil, or require the responsible party of the pupil, by notice in writing, to withdraw him from the school within such a period as may be specified in the notice. If the responsible party fails to withdraw the pupil within that period, the pupil shall, with the approval of the Director, be expelled from the school.”
- A second Temporary Suspension / Rustication of one week is the last step before expulsion and it will be applied in the case of very serious offences (please refer to the list which is not exhaustive). The whole school will be informed about cases of suspension.
- A student who is suspended from school runs the risk of being expelled from the school if he is seen on school premises during the period of suspension.
- A student who comes back to school after a period of suspension must first contact the Rector in person before joining the class.
(v) Expulsion - Case referred to Ministry.
7. THE SCHOOL UNIFORM
Wearing the school uniform is compulsory for all students.
- It consists of Plain Grey Trousers (not of Jean Style) and a White Shirt.
- T-shirts and Shirts with ornamental designs are not allowed.
- Students should wear the school badge.
- A student not wearing the proper uniform shall be sent back home after contacting the Responsible Party ( no excuse will be accepted)
- A student must have a sufficient number of school uniforms so as to be clean and neat at school whatever the weather conditions.
- Wearing of Jeans is strictly prohibited.
8. PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES
Compulsory for all students unless deemed unfit by a medical practioner.
9. PREFECTS, CLASS CAPTAINS AND MEMBERS OF STUDENT COUNCIL
To be eligible to fulfill one of the above responsibilities, a student must have a clean record as regards academic performance, regularity and punctuality in attendance and conduct in general.
10. OTHER RULES AND REGULATIONS AND GENERAL INFORMATION
(a) If a teacher is absent, the class must not assume that it is free. Class Captain / Vice Class Captain should contact Ushers immediately for a replacement. All students must remain in the classroom for replacement period.
(b) No student is authorised to leave the classroom at any time to contact Staff or Rector/Deputy Rector.
Students should do so during the break except in matters of urgency or unexpected contingencies.
(c) No student should go to an untimetabled classroom without a written note from the Rector/Deputy Rector.
(d)No student shall change a subject without the Rector's written authorization.
(e) In any correspondence, the name and form section of the student should be written on top of the letter.
(f) Students taking part in activities, including sports activities, should have their names recorded with the Rector/Deputy Rector, and inform him of the end-result.
This information is necessary for school records, prize-giving and School Leaving Certificates.
(g) Request for leaving certificate should be made during the third term. It will be issued two weeks after necessary documents have been submitted to the Assistant School Superintendent.
(h) No student, staff or any other person shall sell anything on school premises without a written authorisation from the Rector.
(i) Earing, piercing and other jewellery are not allowed.
(j) Students should have a neat short hair cut.
(k) It is viewed with great concern that students make an abuse of cellular phone at school and even during classes. Parents are warned that if students are caught using their cellular phone during classes (including P.E classes and in Library) severe sanctions will be taken.
(l) Students should not bring to school gameboy, walkman, Discman, MP3/MP4 Player or any other gadget. They run the risk of having these items confiscated.
(m) The college disclaims any responsibility for lost property
(n) The Staff Room is out of bounds to students.
11. The Rector is appointed officially to ensure the proper running of a State¬Secondary School, and he is authorized to issue Rules and Regulations not covered by the above school rules. He is not bound by a majority decision of the Prefect's Body/Student Council.
12. Any of these rules may be changed if the Ministry of Education so directs.