SCHOOL RULES & REGULATIONS

PROCEDURES

Apart from these rules stated below, students are expected to live up to high and well spelt out moral standards of the school, which indicate the type of punishment/sanctions to be meted out to offenders.

DAILY TIME SCHEDULE
Weekday

  • By 7:30 am students should be ready for morning worship.
  • At 7:55 am students must be in their classrooms to get themselves ready for lessons to begin. No student should be absent from classes without specific permission from either the Headmaster or any Assistant Head.
  • Classes are held from 8:00 am until 2:50 pm with two breaks.
  • Classes officially end at 2:50 pm but the school library remains open for students who wish to study on their own till 8:00 pm.

VISITORS

  • Visitors are not expected to be seen around classrooms or interacting with students during class hours without the permission of the Headmaster or the Assistants.
  • All visitors to the school should first report at the school's General Office for instructions.
  • Visitors without official school business are not permitted on the school premises unless specifically invited for a school event.
  • The school does not permit reckless driving and unruly behaviour on its grounds and it reserves the right to bar visitors it considers undesirable.

PHONE CALLS AND PARCELS

  • Students may use the public phone on campus.
  • If a Parent or Guardian needs to leave a parcel for their ward they must- leave the parcel at the school's General office. Parcels must not be left at the security check point.

POLICIES

HEALTH

  • Students with any unusual or serious health problems (e.g. asthma, allergies, diabetes, and   sickle cell anaemia) must inform the school immediately upon arrival and a medical report should be sent to the Headmaster by the Parents or Guardians.
  • Students must inform the form Master/Mistress or Classroom Teacher of illness and seek permission to see a Doctor.
  • The School's Guidance and Counseling Department is available to help students overcome any social, academic or other problems and students are urged to seek guidance and support on a routine basis.

SECURITY

  • All students must carry their school ID cards. They must show these on demand to any security personnel or member of the teaching staff.
  • Between the hours of 7:45 am and 2:55 pm Security Guards may check authorizations before a student is allowed to leave the compound.
  • Security Guards may detain unknown visitors, or visitors who have special permission outside of normal visiting hours, while they verify their permission to enter campus.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND CLASSROOM BLOCK GUIDELINES

  • Students must attend all lessons punctually and be in school uniform
  • All students must be present for all classes unless specific permission has been granted by either the Headmaster or any of his Assistants.
  • Students are permitted to move about campus only during breaks between classes or with express permission form a teacher.
  • At no time during classes or between classes is a student allowed to leave the classroom blocks unless specific permission is granted by a teacher. No student should therefore be seen loitering around during class hours. If a student has no official class or when the teacher is not in or absent, students must remain in their classrooms or be in the Library and study in silence.
  • Between the hours of 7:30 am and 2:50 pm no student should be found outside the school walls except permitted with written notes by only the Headmaster or an Assistant Head.
  • All classroom assessments, particularly tests and examination, are compulsory for all students. Students refusing to write or pretending illness in order to avoid tests or examinations will receive a zero (0) for that test or examination. Students who legitimately miss a test or examination are responsible for making arrangements for a make-up test or examination. Students failing that responsibility will receive a zero (0) for the test or examination.
  • · Clubs and sports: There is a wide range of programmes available and students are expected to participate in as many as their enthusiasms and schedules will allow.
  • · Students should read notices on the various student notice boards in the school daily.
  • · All students must follow the procedures and policies laid out in this document.

RESPECT FOR SELF AND OTHERS

  • Courtesy: A smile and greeting cost nothing, but they contribute to a pleasant and cordial atmosphere, so use them liberally. Punctuality is the essence of good manners and the school places great emphasis on this attribute.
  • Respect: Everyone at St Thomas Aquinas Senior High School deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Verbal abuse, profanity and rude gestures are unacceptable behaviours and will be dealt with severely.
  • Students should not display signs of rudeness, disrespects, bad manners or indiscipline towards any staff member (s). Any student who feels aggrieved by a staff should report to the Assistant Heads or the Headmaster.
  • No student should shout down any other student who may appear to be slow in comprehending any point during classes.
  • No student should call another student with a nick-name or any funny name he does not approve of.

SCHOOL UNIFORM AND APPEARANCE

Uniform

  • School uniforms must be worn at all times to classes and to all official school functions.
  • School uniforms must be worn on all official school excursions and when leaving and returning to school.
  • Students are expected to wear a white shirt with short sleeves, brown (cafe'eu lait) shorts: buckled sandals or low cut shoes.
  • It is the students' responsibility to keep their school uniform clean, in good repair and looking neat. The way in which a student wear's his uniform should demonstrate pride in St. Thomas Aquinas School and be a reflection of the quality and discipline of our students.
  • Watches may be worn by students
  • Wearing of dark glasses in classrooms or at assembly is prohibited unless with permission from the Headmaster or an Assistant Head.
  • No jewellery (necklaces, beads, rings) or any other decorations are permitted.
  • See also Kit List Guidelines and Rules, Uniforms, topic number 13 of this document.

Appearance

  • Moustaches and sideburns will not be tolerated, beards are definitely not allowed.
  • Boys must keep their hair neatly trimmed but heads should not be shaved.
  • Students should not allow their fingernails to grow long.
  • The school reserves the right to determine what is appropriate.

EATING HOURS

The Official eating hours are:

  • Before classes begin, During the break periods and After school hours.
  • No food should be taken into the classrooms.

DISCIPLINE POLICY

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Discipline is that part of education process that helps individuals to develop self-control, respect for others and the ability to co-operate.
  • Discipline should encourage students to understand that fundamental values are essential to the well-being of both the individual and society, and to accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions. In this way young people can develop the ability to recognized socially acceptable behaviours. The school operates on the assumption that students are reasonable, responsible people who will respond to good sense and logical reasoning. Rather than a system of punishment, discipline is an integral part of every student's education; that part of the curriculum that establishes expectations, consequences, and remedies for the partners in the educational process. Beyond   that,   there   are   serious   offences   which   are   intolerable or unacceptable. As such, discuss the guidelines in Section 11. Infractions carry severe sanctions which can disrupt a student's entire, educational future.

SERIOUS OFFENCES

Cheating

  • Cheating of any kind is regarded with absolute abhorrence. A cheating student is a disgrace not only to himself but to the entire school.
  • Students must not ask for special favours of the non-teaching staff. In particular they must not ask to see confidential material (e.g. reports, examination questions).

Vandalism

  • Students are expected to take good care of school property and to refrain from doing deliberate damage to furniture, equipment or the physical structure of the school. There should be no writing, graffiti or defacing of the walls, desks, table tops, books, common room furniture, etc.
  • Committing or inciting others to commit malicious damage to the personal property of a member of the school of the school community or to property   owned   or  operated   by   the   School   will   not  be   tolerated. Parents/Guardians will be contacted and the student will be held responsible for the cost of repairing or replacing the damaged property.
  • All lost or damaged books will be charged to the student's account. Students should never break the spine of a book or bent it backwards or turn the edges down use a bookmark or a slip of paper.
  • The school will bill students or their Parents or Guardian for any damage which has been willfully caused, such as broken locks, louvers, furniture.

   Non - Smoking Policy

  • The School is committed to the promotion of good health and believes that it has a responsibility to provide a healthy working environment for all its staff and students by preventing smoking.
  • The entire school is a smoke-free zone. All school employees, students and visitors will refrain from smoking at all times while on the school premises.
  • Students who caught smoking will, at a minimum, be suspended for two days for a first offence.
  • Smoking will not be permitted on school buses at anytime.
  • School employees, visitors and volunteers shall not smoke in the presence of students during any school function, including field trips and other such staff/students activities.
  • Organisations and persons using School property shall not be permitted at any time to smoke inside the building or on the school premises.

Alcohol and Drug Policy

  • Students are not allowed to consume alcohol or any illegal drugs or be under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs while on school premises or while involved in a school sponsored activity.
  • Any student who contravenes the school's alcohol and drug policy will be referred to the Administration immediately. This behaviour will not be tolerated and the disciplinary action will notification to Parent/Guardian. Depending on the seriousness of the situation the student may also be referred to the Disciplinary Committee for further disciplinary action, such as withdrawal for the remainder of the school year.
  • The abuse of prescription and/or over-the -counter drugs is also prohibited. The use of all such substances should be under the close supervision of the School Nurse. Parents and Guardians the Nurse or the Administration of such drugs. Ultimately, it is the students' responsibility to submit their medicines to the Nurse and see the Nurse for Proper administration. Students failing to do this will face disciplinary action.

Other Serious Offences

  • Fighting, bullying and harassing of any kind is strictly prohibited. Any student attempting physically or emotionally to violate another individual will be suspended - a second offence will result in expulsion.
  • Theft, including pilfering and petty theft, is a serious offence and a criminal action. Culprits may face both legal and school authorised sanctions. No student may remove or borrow any item from another's desk or bag without the express permission of the owner. No student may borrow any personal item of another student without the express permission of the owner.
    No student may borrow, or remove from the school premises, any property that belongs to the school without express permission of a member of staff. No student may remove any or part of a magazine or newspaper from its designated place. The library may be requested to photocopy some items but tearing out or cutting out articles is an act of vandalism.
  • Dropping of Litter on the campus is an offence. Litter must be put into waste baskets provided.

Refusal to obey the rules or adults in authority constitutes a grave offence. Any student disobeying such rules or authority will face consequences.

CODE OF DISCIPLINE -SPECIFIED BY THE GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE

  • Parents are advised to go over this general Unified Code of Discipline from the Ghana Education service.
  • Parents and students should note that the code of discipline from the Ghana Education service and the code of conduct internally drawn by the school will run concurrently and students can be disciplined when they break any of them.

OFFENCE

ACTION

Cheating in internal examinations

Cancel paper and for the first offence-suspension

Drunkenness

1st offence- Suspension  2nd offence-Dismissal

Incitement to riot and rioting

Suspension for those pressurizes into rioting, Dismissal for ring leaders Parents should pay for cost of damages

Sexual misconduct

Dismissal

Writing anonymous letters

1st offence-warning, 2nd offence-suspension, 3rd offence-dismissal

Deliberates distortion of fact/ character assassination

1st offence-suspension, 2nd offence-dismissal

Flouting the authority of the Head and other members of staff

1st offence-suspension, 2nd offence-dismissal

Assault on group of students

1st offence-suspension, 2nd offence-dismissal

Wee possession, smoking and drug abuse

1st offence-suspension, 2nd offence-dismissal (recommendation for psychiatric treatment if necessary )

Breaking bounds/truancy, including refusal to attend classes or official school functions

1st offence- manual work with counseling, 2nd offence- suspension, 3rd offence- dismissal

Leaving school under false pretences

1st offence- warning

Fighting

1st offence-manual work, 2nd offence suspension, 3rd offence-dismissal

Petty theft/pilfering

1st offence- suspension

Stealing/ Gambling

1st offence- suspension, 2nd offence dismissal

Failure to write examination

1st offence-warning (in addition, be made to write the exam paper), 2nd offence withdrawal.

Flouting the authority of the school prefect or Seniors

1st offence-warning, 2nd offence- manual work, 3rd offence- withdrawal.

Note the following

These rules are not exhaustive for they do not include regulation which the headmaster, Housemaster or other authorities may issue from time to time. Commonsense, cleanliness, tidiness, punctuality and good manners are at all times necessary. Any beach of commonsense is a breach of school discipline.