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Prospectus 2016

1. Aims of Benoni High School

  • To develop independent, self-disciplined, self-controlled, responsible, determined, reasoning young adults.
  • To strive to produce soundly educated pupils who are equipped to enjoy a full and satisfying life.
  • To provide our pupils with the best quality educational equipment and to employ the most modern teaching methods available.
  • To help those in academic, moral or physical need in our general field of duty.
  • To engender in our pupils a deep respect and love of our Creator.

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2. School History

Benoni High was established in August, 1922 with Standard 7 and 8 classes forming a Secondary department of the old Benoni Central School in Howard Avenue. Mr. F.O. Quirke was appointed Headmaster. In January, 1923, the school moved to the new wood and iron building adjacent to Benoni Station which alters became known affectionately as the "Tin Temple".

On 11 December, 1926, J.H. Hofmeyer, the then Administrator of the Transvaal, laid the foundation stone of a more impressive permanent building, located to the south of Willowmoore Park Sports Grounds. After only four classrooms had been completed the effect of the onset of the Great Depression led to delays in construction which resulted in the official opening of the School not taking place until April, 1937.

With the passage of time, the suburbs of Benoni spread to the north of the town which necessitated a re-location of the school premises. New buildings were therefore planned and constructed on a site known as Beckett’s Farm in the heart of the northern suburbs. These buildings were occupied by the School in January, 1974.

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3. School Oath

"I promise to honour God,
to be loyal to my country
and respect my family,
to uphold the traditions of this school,
and to make a positive contribution so that
this school will be made richer by my presence."

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4. School Song

In the corner of the grandstand
Where the gold and silver flow,
Raise the anthems loud and cheerful
Of a school that fears no foe.

Now we're singing as true sportsmen,
Though we may not win today
Still we sing and show we're cheerful,
Losing in a sportsman's way.

Alma Mater, Alma Mater
Alma Mater, Benoni High
We will sing of you forever
Always proud, Benoni High.

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5. School Motto

“Quam Optime" - meaning “Better than the Best".

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6. School Prayer

GOD BLESS BENONI HIGH

Coat of Arms

Dear God, please bless Benoni High
And all the scholars here.

Bless all the teachers too, dear Lord,
And all that we hold dear.
Please grant us thy protection Lord
That we may one day be
Good citizens in our dear land
Forever, Lord, for thee.

Please help us in our work today
And also on the field
That we may grow from strength to strength
And also good things yield.

We're proud to be BENONI HIGH
For we're QUAM OPTIME.

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The School Flag

7. The Badges and Emblems of Benoni High School

7.1. THE SCHOOL FLAG

Designed in 1979 and made up of white, black and gold/yellow stripes.

The School Badge

 

7.2. THE SCHOOL BADGE

The three colours on the badge represent the "Wit" of Witwatersrand (white), the gold of the Reef (yellow) and the night sky (black). The motif of the Southern Cross was adopted. The relative positioning of the stars forming the cross is that confirmed by the National Observatory to have existed at the date of the foundation of the school in August, 1922.

 

7.3. QUAM OPTIME

 

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8. Philosophy of Education at Benoni High School

Our motto, "Quam Optime" or "Better than the Best", tells what our school is all about. We are committed to strive for excellence, not only in the academic and sports fields, but also morally and spiritually. We believe that honesty, integrity and self-discipline are indispensable facets of character and together with a sound academic and physical foundation, will form the cornerstone of our pupils’ future.

The objective of the School is to educate the child through:

  • The development of a positive attitude to life.
  • The development of the full academic potential of each child through the development of skills, the ability to think, the acquisition of knowledge and the encouragement of creativity.
  • The development of character, leadership qualities, physical fitness and cultural enrichment through involvement in class and extra-mural programmes. BHS Prospectus 2016 3 JCV
  • The development of spiritual and moral values incorporating the respect of other persons, awareness of ethical values and principles and a responsibility for the consequences of personal conduct.
  • The development of an awareness of responsibility to family, school, other race groups, the community in which we live, or country, and the world at large.
  • The commitment of a dedicated Staff whose goal and desire it is to contribute to the child’s global education.

To maintain an environment which makes the realisation of these ideals possible, pupils have to abide by a set of standards and rules. The understanding and support of parents in this regard is essential to contribute to the development of the balanced, well-rounded pupils we aim to create. We believe that the fruits of this approach will be young adults who will be assets to their families, the school and society as a whole.

The code of behaviour has been drawn up jointly by the Headmaster, the Governing Body and Staff of the School. Ignorance of this code of behaviour will be addressed by the School authority.

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9. General Rules, Regulations and Code of Behaviour

  1. Late arrival at school is not acceptable. All pupils should be inside the school grounds by 07H30.
  2. Waste paper must be placed in bins provided. The school grounds must be kept clean and litter must be picked up daily.
  3. Bicycles are not to be ridden in the school grounds. Motorcycles are not permitted entrance by the main gate.
  4. Medical certificates are required for exemption from extra-mural activities and physical education. Dates must be clearly indicated.
  5. The school grounds are out of bounds during holidays and weekends, unless functions or approved organised activities are attended.
  6. All pupils are subject to the disciplinary rules of the school as issued.
  7. A pupil of the school shall at all times and places conduct him/herself with due decorum and propriety.
  8. A pupil may NOT drive or park a motorcar on the school grounds without the Principal’s permission. Possession of a valid licence is required before bringing a motorcycle onto the school grounds.
  9. A pupil under the supervision of the school may not harm or endanger the physical or mental well-being of a fellow pupil.
  10. Pupils may not be in possession of any object whatsoever which, in the opinion of the School Executive, could be considered dangerous or could cause injury.
  11. The school is a cell phone free zone!
    The school, however, grants leeway with regards to the cell phone rule with the following conditions:-
    • The use of cell phones is strictly forbidden during school hours (7h30 - 14h00).
    • All cellular phones must be switched off during school hours and kept under the bearer’s personal supervision; theft thereof will not be investigated.
    • Phones seen will be confiscated for the rest of the term as well as sim, memory cards and battery and placed in the safe. This includes break times and between classes.
    • If pupils have an emergency they are to go to Student Affairs at the office for assistance.
  12. Pupils shall at all times safeguard their personal effects, including purses, money, calculators, electronic equipment and other belongings, as the school may not be held liable for any theft or damage thereof.
  13. Whether in or out of school uniform, pupils shall conduct themselves in such a manner so as to bring credit to the school. The practice of "milkshaking" or "egging" for birthdays is forbidden according to Code of Conduct.
  14. When uniform is worn outside the school, it shall be complete. Wearing a blazer is compulsory unless a special concession is made by the Principal. It is also compulsory to wear a blazer when the pupil is out of class.
  15. Friends and acquaintances that do not form part of the student body of Benoni High may not visit or be in contact with a pupil at all during school hours without permission from the Principal.
  16. No pupil may:
    • Smoke, or be in possession of tobacco or hubbly.
    • be in possession of, use or distribute or in any way be responsible for bringing any drugs, alcoholic and/or narcotic substances whatsoever onto the school premises or influence any other pupil to be involved with such substances in contravention with any relevant aspect of the Education Ordinance and the laws of our country.
    • attend school or any school function or be on the school premises under the influence of alcohol or any drug or other narcotic substance for any reason whatsoever.
    • be in possession of, or bring any form of pornography whatsoever on to school premises at any time.
    • commit any form of vandalism at the school, or to the property of the staff or any other pupils.
    • deface the property of the school or of anyone else.
    • intimidate or in any way threaten any other pupil, member of staff or their families whatsoever.
    • dress or behave in a promiscuous manner.
    • steal.
    • swear.
    • cheat when completing any form of test or assessment.
    • refrain from attending classes, assemblies or homeroom periods unless permission is granted by the Principal.
    • by word or action display insolence or insubordination to staff or RCL.
    • show disrespect towards the national symbols of the Republic of South Africa or the Codes of Benoni High School.
    • use any audio or video media for entertainment etc, during school hours (7h30 - 14h00) unless for specific educational purposes.
  17. The uniform and sportswear regulations are strictly enforced as they are laid down in the interest of the school and therefore in the interest of the child. Acceptance thereof and adherence thereto are prerequisites for admission or re-admission.
  18. Only the formal school metal badges may be worn on the left lapel of the school blazer.
  19. General applications of uniform and sportswear regulations:
    • No make-up of any kind may be worn, that includes mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, base, eye-lash blush.
    • No polo-neck or multi-coloured jerseys, tracksuit tops may be worn with any school uniform.
    • Jewellery - One wristwatch is allowed and Medic Alert bracelets are acceptable.
    • No other necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets or brooches are allowed. Girls with pierced ear lobes are allowed to wear one pair of plain silver or gold studs in the single hole per ear in the bottom hole only. [Boys are not allowed any earrings]. No other visible body piercing of any nature and/or affixtures are permitted. No tongue rings or tattoos are allowed.
    • All nails are to be cut short and no nail polish is allowed.
    • Tracksuit tops are not considered part of daily school wear, except under the blazer with winter uniform, and then zipped down to the point where the tie is visible. No other sport jackets are allowed unless sanctioned by the Principal.
    • Scrolls are worn 1 cm apart below the badge of the blazer only.
    • Honours blazers: A black blazer worn by pupils who excel in certain activities, after meeting the criteria and being presented with a letter of authorisation.
    • Pupils wearing the school uniform do not indicate to motorists that they require lifts, and they do not sit on pavements or walk in groups which obstruct free movement of other pedestrians.
    • After school hours, pupils wear the school uniform on the following occasions: When they enter or re-enter the school grounds in the afternoon during the week to attend matches either as spectators or participants or when they enter the school grounds of other schools as participants or spectators on officially organised visits when they represent the school.
    • Only the official school uniform or sportswear is worn during inter-school competitions. Tracksuits, other than the official school tracksuits, may not be worn with the school blazer.
    • A first team representing the school in any activity will arrive at any competition in full school uniform.
    • House activities: Athletes wear only house T-shirts and colours according to their house allocations.
    • If one item of clothing which is part of the school uniform is worn, all other clothing worn at the same time must also be regulation articles.
    • Ties are not to be removed while the blazer is worn.
    • Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
    • All clothing must be properly marked and proper care thereof is the sole responsibility of the pupil.
  20. A drug test may be performed on any learner at any time by a designated member of staff duly sanctioned by the Senior Management of the school and without prior correspondence to the parent.
  21. Searching of a learner’s personal bags and any containers may be performed at any time by a relevant member of staff duly sanctioned by the Senior Management of the school and without prior correspondence to the parent.
  22. A school diary will be issued to all pupils. The diary must be carried by all pupils at ALL times. This diary will act as a student card and allow access to the school premises. A diary is only valid if the personal information and photo of the learner is in the relevant space provided on the front cover of the diary. If the diary is lost, it must be replaced at own cost from the Admin office. The learner must place the diary on the right hand top corner of the desk before a test or exam may be written. The learner may only use the back cover of the diary for the timetable.

Any pupil who fails to observe the Code of Conduct of Benoni High School shall be dealt with by the School Authorities. Parents are advised that, should they become aware of any circumstances which may indicate transgressions on the part of their own children or other pupils against the Code of Conduct, they should immediately bring it to the attention of the School Authorities.

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10. Behaviour of Pupils

Good behaviour in and outside the school is strictly enforced and of the utmost importance.

The re-admission of pupils who discredit the school is reviewed regularly. The image of the school is in a way more important than the individual because the benefits received by attending a school with a good image are of inestimable value.

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11. Manners

A high standard of behaviour is expected of pupils at all times. Respect should be shown in the following ways:

  1. If sitting, rise to greet a passing adult.
  2. Rising when in a classroom at the entrance of an adult, teacher or RCL member.
  3. Displaying a helpful attitude toward visitors to the school.
  4. Co-operate fully with relief teachers and student teachers.
  5. Being silent during school assembly proceedings, especially when being addressed by a speaker.
  6. Greeting ground staff and cleaners.

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12. School Uniform

General Information:

The school appreciates the co-operation of parents who realise the importance of a neat and tidy appearance at all times, and who regard adherence to the stipulated requirements as essential.

The official suppliers have been appointed after careful investigation of quality, availability of prescribed articles, etc. The suppliers agree to offer articles in accordance with basic stipulations. Parents are advised, however, to retain invoices and receipts, and also to place orders in advance.

The basic uniform requirements must be read together with the general regulations.

The school reserves the right to purchase articles in large quantities when such purchases are considered to be in the interest of the school and the child.

The school operates a swop shop where clothes can be donated once a pupil leaves the school.

Parents and pupils are requested to make a careful study of all regulations in order to avoid any misunderstanding, unnecessary correspondence and expense.

Boys: - Summer and Winter Uniform

  1. Trousers: Long grey flannels. Severely tapered, flared or Dickie style longs may not be worn.
  2. Belt: Black, with plain buckle. No ornate buckles or clasps are permitted.
  3. Shirt: White only. Optional: short-sleeved shirt. No T-shirts are to be visible under the shirt.
  4. Blazer: Striped school blazer with badge as part of pocket.
  5. Shoes: Black plain round toe leather lace-ups (not raised heels or boots). No suede, patent leather or material shoes are allowed.
    Grade 12s: Square pointed shoes may be worn provided that they are not overly exaggerated and not soft soled such as moccasins.
  6. Tie: Striped school tie for Grades 8-10. Plain black matric school tie with badge for Grade 12 boys and a special Grade 11 tie.
  7. Socks: Regulation grey or black school socks all year round.
  8. Pullover: A black V-neck pullover or long-sleeved school jersey. Polo or crew neck jerseys are not allowed. Grade 12 boys are allowed a white V-neck pullover or long-sleeved jersey.

Girls: - Summer Uniform

  1. School Dress: Regulation pattern and yellow material. All dresses are to touch the knee when standing. No belts or clothing of any sort may be worn over the dress to alter the length.
  2. Socks: White ankle-length regulation school socks must be worn at equal height both front and back folded once to the ankle. No sports socks are allowed.
  3. Shoes: Black low-heeled lace-up or one bar strap. (Not ‘baby doll’ shoes).
  4. Blazer: Striped school blazer with badge as part of pocket.
  5. Pullover: A black V-neck pullover may be worn.
  6. Grade 12's: White open-neck shirt with collar and short sleeves. Regulation black matric skirts to touch the knee when standing and is worn throughout the year. Regulation colour nylon pantyhose with plain black leather medium-heel court shoes.

Girls: - Winter Uniform

  1. Gym tunic: Black, rounded neckline tunics without belts.
  2. Shirt: White only. No T-shirts are to be visible under the shirt.
  3. Tie: Striped school tie.
  4. Stockings: Black, knee-high school bobby socks or black opaque tights.
  5. Shoes: Black, low-heeled lace-up or one bar strap. (Not ‘baby doll" shoes).
  6. Blazer: Striped blazer with badge as part of the pocket.
  7. Pullover: A black V-neck pullover or long-sleeved school jersey must be worn. Polo or crew-neck jerseys are not allowed.
  8. Grade 12's: Long-sleeved white shirt with collar and plain black matric school tie with badge. White jerseys are for Gr. 12 learners only.

Additional winter gear

Plain black (Grades 8-11) or white (Grade 12 and First Team) scarves, gloves, mittens may be worn when necessary. It is acceptable if a regulation school tracksuit top, zipped down to the point where the tie is visible, is worn under the blazer. This arrangement is ONLY allowed during winter. No beanies or earmuffs may be worn with school uniform.

NO OTHER TRACKSUIT TOPS, JERSEYS OR HOODIES WILL BE TOLERATED AND WILL BE CONFISCATED!

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13. Hair Regulations

General Remarks:

Parents will no doubt agree that some control must be exercised. Many parents are satisfied with the good image created by neat appearance and hair styles, and just as there are people who accept long hair for boys, there are others who are of the opinion that it has no place in schools. In laying down certain stipulations, the opinions of both groups have been taken in consideration.

The image of the school is more important than the fashion consciousness of the individual. Neat, tidy hair creates a good impression and the benefits the school derives as a result of a good image, are of inestimable value.

Parents are expected to co-operate with the school in this regard and, in so doing, ensure that more attention is paid to our basic tasks. The school cannot enter into arguments in connection with hair, nor can correspondence be entered into. The school has no desire to win arguments in this connection.

Hair inspections are carried out from time to time and especially when complaints are received. Pupils who do not comply with the regulations are sent for a haircut, but each contravention of the hair regulations is permanently recorded. The cost of the hair cut will be debited against the learner’s school fees account. Further action for continuous infringement will be taken if necessary.

Stipulations for all pupils:

Neatness is paramount in judging whether hair styles conform to requirements. Exaggerated - especially outlandish or "cult" hairstyles (Mohican, Afro, Mullets, Steps, Rastafarian, weaves, etc.) - are NOT acceptable and no extensions, clean shaven styles or braids are allowed.

Pupils participating in extra-mural activities may not wear head bands - this is an indication that hair is too long. Hair in front of the head must not cover the face or part of it, especially the eyes when the pupil sits in a writing position at a desk. Fringes must be off the eyebrows.

Hair may not be permanently waved, coloured, extended, highlighted or treated with any chemical substances.

  1. The school cannot enter into arguments about hair and no correspondence will be entered into.
  2. Action against pupils who do not comply with the regulations is taken without notice to parents.
  3. The overall appearance of hair MUST be natural.
  4. NO substance (Gel, Hairspray, Wax, Sugar water, Conditioner, Cream, Colouring and Highlights, etc.) may be worn to school.

Example of Girls hair:

Side

French Plait

Cornrow Plait

Front

Front

Herringbone Plait

Stipulation for girls:

  1. Pupils who do not comply with regulations will be suspended until the hair has been fixed.
  2. Banana clips are not allowed.
  3. Grips, slides, combs and hair bands must be of one colour: Grade 8 - 11: black; Grade 12: white
  4. Hair bands must be worn behind the ears.
  5. Shoulder length hair must be plaited. Layered hair must be worn in either a French plait or herringbone plait. There may be only ONE plait worn at the back of the head.
  6. No ribbons or pieces of material may be worn in the hair.
  7. No hair accessories or shiny clips are permitted. Fringes must be above the eyebrows. If the fringe is any longer, it must be clipped back or held back by a hair band. Loose hair on the sides must also be clipped back.
  8. Weaves, extensions or braids are not allowed. Ethnic hair may be worn in straight corn rows, or natural. If the hair is long, it must be plaited. Afro-type AND clean shaven hair-styles are not allowed.

Stipulations for boys:

   

  1. Pupils who do not comply with regulations are sent for a haircut.
  2. Hair in the front must be one finger from the eyebrows.
  3. Sideburns may not extend below the centre of the ear.
  4. Hair at the back may not be visible from the front.
  5. Ears must be visible at all times.
  6. Hair is not to touch the ear.
  7. Hair must be at least two fingers from the shirt collar without extending the neck.
  8. A number 5 hair razor comb for the back and sides must be used with a number 7 razor comb for the top.
  9. The difference between the back, sides and the top may only be 2 razor comb lengths, e.g. No 1 on the back and/or side must have a No 3 on the top. Length of the back and sides MUST be the same.
  10. A number 4 razor comb for the back and sides and a number 6 razor comb for the top will be used should the learner fail an inspection.
  11. No beards or moustaches are allowed.

The Principal and deputies reserves the right of judgement as to the acceptability of any person’s hairstyle.

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14. Learning Areas and Promotion Requirements

According to the National Curriculum requirements for CAPS training in Grade 8 and 9, the following compulsory learning areas are offered:

GRADE 8 & 9

LEARNING AREAS

PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS PER LEARNING AREA

English Home Language

50%

Mathematics

40%

Afrikaans First Additional Language

Natural Sciences

Life Orientation

Technology

Economics Management Sciences

Human Social Studies

Arts and Culture

 

Any 3 other subjects 40%

 

2 subjects 30%

 

According to the National Curriculum for Further Education and Training (FET), Benoni High School has been allocated the following fields of study:

SUBJECTS FOR GRADE 10 - 12

COMPULSORY

ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS – CHOOSE THREE

TWO LANGUAGES:

English Home Language
AND
Afrikaans First Additional Language

ARTS AND CULTURE:
Design or Art

BUSINESS, COMMERCE AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES:
Accounting, Business Studies, Economics

Mathematics
OR
Mathematical Literacy

SERVICES:
Consumer Studies

HUMAN AND SOCIAL STUDIES:
Geography, History

Life Orientation

PHYSICAL, COMPUTER AND LIFE SCIENCES:
Physical Sciences, Life sciences, Information Technology or Computer Application Technology

MANUFACTURING, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
Engineering Graphics and Design

Promotion requirements for FET is as follows:

English : 40%
Any 2 other subjects : 40%
Any 3 other subjects : 30%

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15. Extra-Mural Activities

The school offers Eisteddfod and a wide variety of extra-mural activities for boys and girls, all active and catering for a wide range of interests.

As a general rule, pupils are required to participate in all house competitions and in at least one winter and one summer sport. This is compulsory for all grade 8 to 11 learners.

The following extra-mural activities are offered for boys:
Athletics, Chess, Choir, Christian Fellowship, Cricket, Cross-Country, Debating, Debutantes, Drama, Equestrian, First Aid, Hockey, House Plays, Interact, Pipe Band, Public Speaking, R.A.P.S. Rugby, Sailing, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Water Polo, Eisteddfod, Golf and Wild Force.

The following extra-mural activities are offered for girls:
Athletics, Chess, Choir, Christian Fellowship, Cricket, Cross-Country, Debating, Debutantes, Drama, Equestrian, First Aid, Hockey, House Plays, Interact, Netball, Pipe Band, Public Speaking, R.A.P.S., Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Water Polo, Eisteddfod, Golf and Wild Force.

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16. Sports Wear

All Grades 8 - 12 will be required to do Physical Education; the uniform consists of black shorts with a gold binding, and a white golf shirt with badge or house shirt. If a pupil is not allowed to do Phys Ed, a letter from the parent and a doctor’s note (dated for the period under review) is required. Pupils may not arrive at school in LO uniform.

House Colours

Pupils are divided into the different houses according to homeroom classes.

  • Carthage   –   Blue
  • Athens   –   Green
  • Rome   –   Red
  • Sparta   –   Orange
  • Troy   –   Yellow

Athletics

  • Black running shorts with two yellow stripes down the outside of both legs.
  • Black running vest with an X in the middle and two yellow stripes down the outside of the torso on both sides.
  • Black school shorts.
  • White athletics T-shirt.

Cricket (Boys and Girls)

  • White shirt with collar and badge / first team shirt for first team players.
  • White jersey optional
  • Long white trousers.
  • Cricket caps (black with badge).

Cross-country

  • Black running shorts with two yellow stripes down the outside of both legs.
  • Black running vest with an X in the middle and two yellow stripes down the outside of the torso on both sides.
  • Yellow and black long-sleeved T-shirts.
  • Black shorts.

Debating/Public Speaking

  • School uniform.

Drama

  • Jeans
  • Long-sleeved black T-shirt / Technical shirt

First Aid

Summer :

  • High visibility orange T-shirt
  • Black school shorts

Winter :

  • High visibility orange T-shirt
  • School track suit

Hockey

Girls

  • First team :
    • Black skirt.
    • White/yellow/black sleeveless top.
    • Black/white/yellow hooped socks.
  • Other teams :
    • Black skirt.
    • Black sleeveless top with yellow piping.
    • Yellow socks.

Boys

  • First team :
    • Black shorts.
    • Black/white/yellow tops.
    • Black/white/yellow hooped socks.
  • Other teams :
    • Black shorts.
    • Black shirts with yellow piping.
    • Yellow socks.

Netball

  • First team :
    • Black / White/ Yellow dress.
    • White socks.
  • Other teams :
    • Black skirt.
    • White/yellow/black sleeveless top.
    • White socks.

Rugby

  • First team :
    • Black shorts.
    • White tops with yellow.
    • Black rugby socks.
  • Other teams :
    • Black shorts.
    • Black tops.
    • Black rugby socks.

Soccer

  • First team :
    • White shorts.
    • White shirt.
    • White socks.
  • Other teams :
    • Black shorts.
    • Black top with yellow piping.
    • Black socks.

Softball

  • First team
    • Girls :
      • Seniors: Black softball pants
      • Juniors: School Athletic shorts
      • Team shirts
      • Hooped socks – 1st team
      • Black socks – U14 to 2nd team
      • Softball cap
    • Boys :
      • White baseball pants
      • Team shirts
      • Black socks
      • Softball cap

Swimming / Water Polo

  • Black Benoni High Skins or Jammers costume.
  • Black Benoni High towel.
  • Black shorts.
  • White golf shirt.
  • Yellow swimming Cap.
  • Takkies/socks/black slops.

Tennis

  • Boys :
    • Black shorts.
    • White top with yellow/black.
  • Girls :
    • White skirts.
    • White/black/yellow sleeveless tops.

Optional

  • Approved school tracksuit.
  • First team jackets (ordered per sport).
  • Kit bags (ordered per sport).

Suppliers:

Rynfield Drapers; Ekspa; School & Leisure.

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17. Admissions

NEW ADMISSIONS: Placements are done by the Department of Education after the application forms have been completed and submitted by the parent/guardian. A certified copy of the birth certificates must accompany the form. All new pupils are divided into classes according to information received prior to their arrival.

Parents are required to notify the school immediately of any change of address and telephone numbers.

Receipt of the prospectus and uniform and hair regulations must be acknowledged when the admission form is completed.

RE-ADMISSION: Parents of pupils are currently attending Benoni High School also complete an admission form at the beginning of each year. The re-admission of pupils after completing a grade will depend upon whether the relevant requirements and the code of conduct have been adhered to. Acceptance of the school rules as stipulated in the official documents of the school is a pre-requisite for admission or re-admission.

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18. Absence from School

Regular school attendance, which is enforced, is in the first and last instance the responsibility of the parent. No pupil may leave the school premises during school hours without the permission of the Principal. Permission for pupils to leave school early can be given in exceptional circumstances only on receipt of a letter addressed to the Principal in which full details are given for the reason of absence.

This letter must be handed in at Student Affairs before 8:00 am. The pupil must be signed out by the responsible person and the secretary of Student affairs before the pupil will be allowed to leave the school. Parents are allowed to collect only their children.

Phone calls to parents of pupils who fall ill during school hours may only be made from the Admin Office. Cell phones or the public phones may not be used for this purpose without permission.

Medical appointments should be made after school hours.

In event of any absence from school, the parent shall provide a written explanation of such absence in the pupil’s diary at the appropriate section provided. A medical certificate is required for a period of absence of two days or more. Absence from tests or exams shall only be excused due to illness, and only when an original doctor’s note is submitted. Failure to produce the doctor’s note will result in a zero mark. The pupil will be required to write the test or exam paper that was missed on the first day of his/her return. Cases of suspected truancy are viewed in a serious light and reported to the Disciplinary Committee for investigation and necessary action.

It is illegal for the parent to extend the school holidays. Attendance of pupils on the first school day is compulsory and failure to comply is regarded as cancellation of the application for admission.

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19. Homework

All pupils are given an average of two hours’ homework per day by various learning area teachers collectively. It must be stressed, however, that where homework is not set according to the time allocated for the day, the pupil is still required to devote time to school work. Homework does not necessarily mean ‘written work’ nor, in fact, specifically set reading or study tasks.

When homework set by a particular teacher is not done, or falls short of what is required, action will be taken and notification to this effect is sent to the parent concerned. De-merits may also be imposed.

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20. Examinations and Tests

A cycle test and examination system operates for all grades throughout the year. The test and exam time tables appear on the year planner. All learners write examinations at the end of the First and Second Term, up to and including the final day. This includes the end of year exam. The learner must place his/her diary on the right hand top corner of the desk before a test or exam may be written.

Report cards are issued at the completion of a term. The allocated symbols indicate achievement during the course of the relevant period.

Absence from any examination requires production of an original doctor’s certificate. Failure to produce the doctor’s note will result in a zero mark being allocated.

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21. Reports and Parents Evenings

Reports are issued at the completion of every term as determined by the year planner and will reflect examination results, levels and general pupil performance during the term. Report cards must be collected by parents on the parents evening scheduled by the school where parents are invited to discuss the progress of their child with the subject teachers.

A final report is available to parents on the last school day of the year.

Behaviour and progress reports are also issued when necessary.

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22. Books and Stationary

Books and stationery requirements must be purchased by every learner as required per learning area. It is of utmost importance that books are carried to school every day. Second hand books may be purchased, when available, at the school during the first five days of the first term.

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23. School Diary

The school diary is issued by the school and should be on the pupil’s person at all times. The diary constitutes a student card and allows access to the school premises. Entrance to the school may be refused on failure to produce the diary. A diary is only valid if the personal information and photo of the learner is in the relevant space provided on the front cover of the diary. If the diary is lost, it must be replaced at own cost from the admin office. The learner must place the diary on the right hand top corner of the desk before a test or exam may be written. The learner may only use the back cover of the diary for the timetable.

The diary shows a record of very important information:

  • A current school identification photo.
  • Absentee notes from parents/guardians.
  • Permission granted to leave the classroom.
  • Proof of functions and activities attended in order to get recognition for the Quam Optime Badges.
  • Record of when a pupil was late for school.
  • Record of weekly detention to be done.
  • Time table

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24. Correspondance to Parents

Circulars, notices and newsletters are an important means of communication between the school and parent. Once issued to pupils, posted or circulars sent home, they will be regarded as having been read by parents. The effectiveness of the communication system is reliant on correctness of detail contained on the school’s database. Please ensure that changes are reported to the admin office timeously.

The school issues the following means of communication:

  1. Weekly newsletter. These circulars may be destroyed after they have served their purpose.
  2. Information and special circulars - these circulars contain information of a permanent nature.
  3. Short message system (sms) for short reminders on important events. These are reliant on the current network and the school has no control over the time of delivery.
  4. Website facilities.
  5. A year planner with all the major events calendared.

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25. Interviews

Parents may request interviews with the Principal, Deputy Principals or Heads of Department by appointment only.

References/Testimonials

These are issued by the Principal, on request, to pupils whose behaviour, attendance and academic work has been satisfactory during their school career. The school is under no obligation to issue testimonials or references.

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26. School Leavers

No pupil is allowed by law to leave school until the end of the year in which Grade 9 is completed or the pupil reaches the age of 15 years.

When a pupil requires a transfer to another school, the school must be notified in writing, and the necessary transfer card will be provided once all school-issued text books have been returned.

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27. School Times:

07:30 - 14:00. Gates will be locked after 7:30.

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28. Toilet Regulations

Toilets will be locked during class time. Pupils are to obtain permission from their class teacher by getting a written note in their diary to leave the room. Toilet custodians are appointed and should be respected as they are complying with the rules as stipulated by the Principal.

Toilets will be open before school and after school, and all toilets will be open during break.

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29. Statements of Attainment (certificates)

Statements of attainment are issued on request to pupils who leave school when age requirements have been met.

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30. Tuck Shop - The Lunch Box

A school tuck shop, incorporated as part of the school building, is run by parents on a non-profit basis for the benefit of the pupils. Mothers who can assist are always needed and their services are much appreciated. Kindly contact the school to offer assistance. The tuck shop will be closed during class times and will not be accessible between periods.

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31. Policies

EXTRA-MURAL ACTIVITIES

Participation in extra-mural activities is considered a very important aspect in the education of the child. Pupils must participate in at least the minimum of stipulated activities: one summer and one winter activity. It is wrong to assume that all school teams should excel every time they participate. In most cases teams consist mainly of beginners or pupils who are being coached for the first time. If for instance, feeder schools do not offer cricket, then it is reasonable to assume that the junior teams will not attain a high standard at the beginning. Therefore the school will continue by entering into various leagues to improve our standards.

It is not the policy of the school to ‘specialise’ in one or two activities to force pupils to participate in such sports. In our opinion, a high school should offer the widest possible choice of activities, thereby catering for as many pupils as possible.

Enjoyment, behaviour, attendance, appearance and sportsmanship are sometimes of more value than victory.

It is unforgivable if a pupil is selected for a match and then fails to turn up without timeously notifying the teacher in charge. Apart from punishment, such a pupil may also be deprived of all privileges or participation for the remainder of his/her school career.

Very few people remember a team winning a particular match, but good manners, appearance and behaviour are things that are not easily forgotten. We are proud of our pupils’ appearance on sports fields regardless of the result of the competition. We protect our good image at all times.

It is true that pupils who work hard academically and who take part in extra-mural activities are our most successful pupils once they leave school. A well-balanced school life is of inestimable value. Active pupils as mentioned above usually do not have time to indulge in the meaningless and detrimental activities which have become the main interest of many children.

A sound mind in a healthy body is surely something that is worthwhile. Parents can do much to help the school in this regard.

ANY school sport receives preference over club participation even if the club has its foundation in the school.

Our priorities:

  1. Participation and enjoyment.
  2. Sportsmanship and team/school spirit.
  3. Immaculate appearance and behaviour.
  4. Physical benefits.
  5. Winning.

32 Academic Work

The directive principles of the national education policy are directed toward enabling the school to contribute to the full personal development of each student and to the moral, social, cultural, political and economic development of the nation at large, including the advancement of democracy, human rights and the peaceful resolution of disputes. This implies meaningful guidance and assistance, positive influence, purposeful education, meaningful discipline, correct relationship with the Creator, one’s fellowman, environment and responsibilities. Particular emphasis is placed upon the realisation of the abilities and potential of each child. Education must therefore be provided in accordance with the abilities, talents and interests of the pupil and the needs of the country.

The above, inter alia, forms the foundation of differentiated education. All systems, procedures, rules, regulations, actions, advice and disciplinary measures are therefore aimed at fulfilling the policy.

The questions that are repeatedly asked:" What is this child capable of?", "What must or ought the child be, do and become?" are of vital importance in regard to the placing of the child in the correct course or field of study where continued progress is ensured.

 

32.1 PERFORMANCE AND RECOGNITION SYSTEM

  1. Awards are only given if a learner’s behaviour demonstrates a high level of sportsmanship, respect, integrity, faithfulness, loyalty and compliance with the school rules as well as the code of conduct. Awards may be forfeited as a result of serious or repeated misconduct. A learner with a record of punishments may forfeit awards previously earned.
  2. Badges are awarded as soon as a learner complies with the requirements, or at the end of a season. A survey of all achievements would be held at the end of each term. Recognition is given at the colours assembly as indicated on the year planner.
  3. Awards are only given if a learner or a team represented the school in an activity which takes place at school level.
  4. Exceptional extra-curricular achievements are to be mentioned. School colours will not be awarded in recognition for non-school related activities.
  5. Awards are only given if a learner has participated fully in all practices, games or competitions over the period in question, unless a doctor’s note or valid written excuse has been submitted.
  6. Awards which may be worn on school uniforms must be purchased by learners from the official suppliers thereof on submission of official authorization by the school. All awards are to be displayed on the blazer - i.e. badges, re-awards and honorary badges.
  7. The awards committee will consist of appointed members of staff plus deputy principals and the resolutions of this committee will be applicable after due consideration of recommendations by coaches, organisers and personnel. The Principal has a final vote in the event of a division.
  8. All floating trophies remain the property of the school.
  9. It is the learner’s personal responsibility to confirm activities with educators/coaches.
  10. ‘Quam Optime’ badges are awarded with a certificate of recognition during October/November of each year.
  11. Academic, Sporting and Cultural awards are only awarded at the prestige prize-giving ceremony: Grade 12 at the Valedictory evening in the Fourth Term; Grade 8 to 11 in the next academic year.

32.2 AWARDS

32.2.1 INVICTUS BADGES (Participation and encouragement)

  1. The Invictus badge is awarded annually solely by virtue of a learner’s participation for that year and performance is not considered.
  2. Awarding of the Invictus badge emphasizes the extent of a learner’s involvement, and the rendering of voluntary service through utilisation of talents or loyalty.
  3. Points for activities are accrued. A learner qualifies for the award as soon as the determined number of points has been earned. Points are carried forward to the next year in order to qualify for the next category.
  4. Awards are made in the following categories and a corresponding coloured badge is worn:
    • Green : 400 - 699 points
    • Orange : 700 - 999 points
    • Black : 1000 - 1999 points
    • White : 2000 - 2999 points
    • Silver : 3000 - 3999 points
    • Gold : 4000 - above
  5. Rules:
    • Coaches and /or Educators award points and initial opposite the entry in learner’s diary.
    • No erasures, tippex or other amendments are allowed.
    • No changes in marks are allowed.
    • Any appeal may be heard by the Deputy Principals or Principal.
    • Points may only be awarded along the proposed guidelines, and may not exceed the maximum points allowed per activity.
    • The Invictus badge may be withheld on grounds of negative behaviour.
    • The points scorecard/form:
      • is not transferable.
      • may be signed by any member of staff.
      • is signed after the conclusion of an activity.
  6. Learners are to collect signatures personally and only for themselves when attending any function or activity in support. These signatures are recorded in the diary.
  7. Names may not be changed or corrected in any way whatsoever.
  8. Invictus badges will be awarded at the end of the year and issued with the report.

Points System

Points are awarded according to the following table:

Athletics

100

Chess

100

Top 20 (3 terms)

100

Golf

100

Public Speaking / Debating

100

Eisteddfod (school entered items - 3 minimum)

100

Hockey

100

Drama

100

RCL

200

Water Polo

100

Softball

100

Class Captain

100

Cricket

100

Equestrian

100

Sports Captain

100

Cross Country

100

Swimming

100

Cultural Activities Captain

100

Pipe Band

100

First Aid - 32 activities attended

100

School Functions – 10 points per day attended

Choir

100

Interact/Debutants

100

Spectator – 10 points per day

Rugby

100

Netball

100

Wild force

100

Soccer

100

Tennis

100

Sailing

100

32.2.2 SCHOOL AWARDS CRITERIA

  1. All awards are given at the discretion of the Principal and the awards committee, subject to the attainment of the conditions and requirements for each individual activity being met according to the points system.
  2. Pupils must show school spirit, dedication and willingness to serve the school; this will affect the final decision to award colours.
  3. No pupil will be awarded colours if they did not attend 100% of practices, matches or competition, unless a doctor’s certificate or valid excuse is provided in writing. The captain of each team/ activity will have a register and will be responsible for recording attendance of practices and matches, and match results. This register will be submitted every week.
  4. No player will be awarded colours if they have not met the criteria per activity.
  5. If a player qualifies for an award, but his conduct is not acceptable, the colours will remain pending until such time as the behavioural conduct of the pupil is according to Benoni High School’s code of conduct.
  6. A player failing to continue to participate in the activity, in which the colours was attained after being given an award, will forfeit the right to wear the colours blazer.

Awards:

  1. Participation certificate 1st year of participation without meritorious achievement or where the criteria listed above have not been met.
  2. Merit Certificate 1st year of participation with meritorious achievement fulfilling all criteria.
  3. Merit Award 2nd year of participation with meritorious achievement fulfilling all criteria or 3rd year of participation without meritorious achievement.
  4. Half Colours 3rd year of participation with meritorious achievement fulfilling all criteria or 4th year of participation without meritorious achievement. This award will be awarded in Gr. 10 at the earliest.
  5. Half Colours Re-award 4th or 5th year of participation whilst maintaining the standard of previous years’ performances.
  6. Full Colours 4th or 5th year of participation with meritorious achievement fulfilling all criteria.
  7. Senior Merit Awarded in Grade 12 on achieving the required points for Academics.
  8. Full Colours Re-award 5th year of participation with meritorious achievement fulfilling all criteria.

Points System:

Each learner will have a form which will be filled in each year, per activity. This form will begin in Grade 8 and will be used until Grade 12. Points are allocated according to criteria pertaining to the relevant activity.

Criteria for points are as follows:

Sporting Activities are based on skill, seasons played, conduct, League Winners (must be A League) games played (minimum of 8) and won, School, Provincial and National achievements, Tournaments played and won.

Athletics also includes times and distances based on the ASA Table. In Swimming, times are also according to a predetermined time criteria.

Cultural Activities are based on Eisteddfods participated in and the results of these. Cultural events are Public Speaking, Debating, Drama and Choir. (Participation in at least eight competitions is required). First Aid is based on Qualifications, hours in service and the results from the First Aid Inter-High Competition.

Wearing of awards:

Learners achieving Half Colours or Full Colours are entitled to wear a Black blazer with the appropriate braiding.

Half colours consist of a gold chord on the border and a single cord worn on the sleeve of a black blazer.

Full colours consist of a single gold chord on the border and a double cord worn on the sleeve of a black blazer.

A Senior Merit Award entitles a Grade 12 learner to wear a Black blazer with no braiding.

A learner who wishes to appeal must collect a form from the student affairs office and submit it no later than one week after the colours were awarded.

The criteria for obtaining colours and awards are shown in the table below.

 

The criteria for obtaining colours and awards are shown in the tables below.

ATTENDANCE REGISTER FOR MATCHES

attendance register for matches

POINTS FOR COLOURS

points for colours

CRITERIA FOR AWARDING COLOURS

 

32.2.3 ACADEMIC COLOURS

GRADE

TOP 10/TOP 20 BADGE

ACADEMIC SENIOR MERIT AWARD

HALF COLOURS

FULL COLOURS

8

Badge and certificate awarded on promotion mark in January of following year

Not awarded in grade 8.

Not awarded in grade 8.

Not awarded in grade 8.

9

Badge and certificate awarded on promotion mark in January of the following year

Not awarded in grade 9. Awarded in January of Grade 10: 80% plus on promotion mark - Merit Certificate.

Not awarded in grade 9. Awarded in January of Grade 10: 80% plus on promotion mark - Merit Certificate.

Not awarded in grade 9. Awarded in January of Grade 10: 80% plus on promotion mark - Merit Certificate.

10

Badge and certificate awarded on promotion mark in January of the following year.

 

Awarded in January of Grade 11: 80 - 84.9% on promotion mark.

Awarded in January of Grade 11: 85% and above on promotion mark.

11

Badge and certificate awarded on promotion mark in January of the following year.

Awarded in January of Grade 12: 75 - 79.9% on promotion mark.

Awarded in January of Grade 12: 80 - 84.9% on promotion mark.

Awarded in January of Grade 12: 85% plus on promotion mark.

12

Badge and certificate awarded on year mark i.e. included Prelim - at final matric assembly.

Awarded at Honours assembly: 70 - 74.9% on year mark.

Awarded at Honours assembly: 75 - 79.9% on promotion mark.

Awarded at Honours assembly: 80% plus on promotion mark.

  1. Grade 8-12: The awards are based on the pupils promotion mark and will be calculated according to the raw marks.
  2. A pupil will only qualify for an award if s/he has written the mid-year and final examinations.
  3. Averages are determined using English and the first additional language, Mathematics/Mathematical Literacy, Life Orientation plus the best three other subjects.

32.2.4 PRESTIGE AWARD ‘QUAM OPTIME’ (SCHOOL BADGE WITH LAUREL LEAVES)

This is awarded for prestigious achievements:

  1. Member of a National Team (School related sport/activity).   
  2. Three full colours awards.
  3. Grade 8 UNISA summa cum laude.
  4. National Colours.
  5. Olympiads - 1st Place.
  6. Special Awards by committee resolution.
  7. Academics - Placed in top 3 for 4 years.

32.2.5 CUM LAUDE AWARD (White Blazer)

This is awarded for the following achievements:

  1. Full colours in Academics.
  2. Full colours in 3 other activities – These must come from two different fields - sporting or cultural. (e.g. 2 cultural and 1 sporting or 2 sporting and 1 cultural).
  3. NO OTHER SCROLLS OTHER THAN THE CUM LAUDE SCROLL ARE PERMITTED ON THIS BLAZER.

32.2.6 CUM LAUDE RE-AWARD

This award is obtained on the continued level of excellence displayed in meeting the criteria of the initial award and will be recognised by a golden laurel wreath around the school badge.

 

32.2.7 POLICY ON SUBJECT CHANGES

For changing subjects, follow the procedure:

  1. Request to be submitted in writing to the Deputy Principal Academics.
  2. Learner to complete a Change of Subject Form.
  3. ttach a letter of motivation. Only valid reasons will be considered.
  4. Parents to sign the form.
  5. Both subject teachers (current and new) to complete and sign the form
  6. Form to be signed by Heads of Department of current and new subject.
  7. Form to be signed by Head of Department - Life Orientation.
  8. Learner to catch up work of new subject. On proof of completed work, form to be signed by Deputy Principal Academics. (Proof of work to H.O.D. - L.O.) Applicable to changes during a year.
  9. Timetable office to effect change.
  10. Computer office to complete change.
  11. Changes only permitted until end of first term.
  12. Dates:
    Grade 12: 31 January
    Grade 10 & 11: End of term 2

NO subject changes will be permitted thereafter.

 

32.2.8 RELIGION POLICY

Benoni High School is a school with a clear Christian vision, but pupils of all faiths are enrolled and accepted in a spirit of tolerance and understanding.

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33. Representative Counsel of Learners (RCL)

The RCL is elected from the ranks of the Grade 11 pupils towards the end of the academic year. RCL members are regarded as the official pupil leaders of BHS, and as such, their appearance, behaviour and attitude must be above reproach. RCL members represent the school at all functions and will be expected to do various duties as required.

Pupils nominate themselves, or get nominated by others, and will be required to acknowledge and motivate the acceptance of the nomination. A short list is then drawn up according to the criteria set below:

  1. Participation in sporting and cultural activities over 4 years to be eligible for nomination.
  2. An academic average of at least 50% must be held in Grade 11.
  3. Positive attitude and good behaviour

At a special assembly at the end of the year, the RCL is announced and presented with distinctive blazers and badges. Parents are welcome to attend the ceremony. The top eight pupils on the RCL are announced at a special assembly at the end of the year, and these pupils will be the executive body of the RCL consisting of:

2 Chairpersons (Boy and Girl) / 2 Deputy Chairpersons (Boy and Girl) / 1 Head Boy and 1 Head Girl (Discipline) / 1 Deputy Head Boy and 1 Deputy Head Girl (Discipline) / 1 Secretary.

Voting procedure:

All pupils Grade 8-12 are eligible to vote.

The RCL members are given the opportunity to develop leadership; they set the required tone for the pupil body. The number chosen on the RCL depends on the school enrolment and the potential available.

RCL members wear a black RCL blazer with gold piping and straw bashers. The top eight RCL members wear a single gold braid on the sleeve.

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34. Parent Bodies

34.1. School Governing Body

A School Governing Body shall consist of the Principal, a teacher elected by the teachers, eight members who shall be elected by and represent the parents of which four must be parents of pupils at the school and three members of the RCL.

The School Governing Body holds office for three years, elections are arranged by the School Governing Body and all parents are eligible to vote.

The SGB is inter alia responsible for the recommendation for appointment of teachers on contractual basis as well as in permanent and temporary capacity, the buildings on the school site, and for recommendations concerning the welfare of the school. The chairman represents the school in all non-professional matters.

 

34.2 Parents' Association

All parents of pupils are, according to the Constitution, members of the Parents’ Teachers Association. The Committee of the Association is elected at the Annual General Meeting in January of each year. Meetings are held on a regular basis. The co-operation and support of parents are appreciated.

The goals are to promote the welfare of pupils, to further the cause of education and culture, to acquire equipment not provided by the Gauteng Department of Education, to assist the Principal and to render general benevolent services. The Association confines its activities to its objectives and the respective body has a supportive and fundraising role.

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35. Financial Matters

35.1 School Funds

Amounts paid are utilized for the effective administration, upkeep and maintenance of the school. Payments in respect of the following are usually made from school funds: Sports equipment, medicine, chemicals, petrol and transport, telephones, advertisements, printing of report cards, repairs, books, general equipment and insurance. The amount payable may be paid in instalments.

The amount charged per family per annum is decided upon by the Governing Body and endorsed by the parent body at an Annual Budget Meeting.

Financial matters and funds are controlled by the Finance Committee on which the School Governing Body, Parents’ Association, parents and staff are represented. As no school can operate effectively without the necessary funds, the importance of prompt and regular payments is stressed from time to time. The assistance and co-operation of parents, who make contributions in the interest of their children, will always be appreciated by the school and education authorities.

As a general rule the school has accepted the policy that parents contribute in the interest of their own children. They do not make payments which are used years after their children have left the school.

Parents are therefore urged to fulfil their financial commitments in this regard, as all funds are utilized to the benefit of their children.

 

35.2 Functions

Income from functions, e.g. film shows and concerts, is utilized for projects which take more than one year to complete.

 

35.3 Benefactors and sponsors

Recognition is given on permanent display boards.
Press releases are also utilised to satisfy the sponsors’ requests.

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36. Tutor System

Every grade has three assigned tutors. The tutors are responsible for the general care and well-being of the pupils. General inquiries are directed to the tutors first.

Grade 8: Ms Greyling, Ms Annandale, Mr Engles
Grade 9: Ms C Engles, Mr vd Linde, Mr M Fourie
Grade 10: Mrs T Swart, Mr H Knoetze, Mrs S Sutton
Grade 11: Mrs A Knoop, Mr H Alberts, Mrs H Naude
Grade 12: Mrs R Spencer, Mr v Heerden, Mrs C Morkot

The line function is as follows:

tutor system

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36.1 Merit and Demerit System

All steps taken are intended to assist in remediation. Behaviour problems and substance abuse are to be interviewed by the Head of Life Orientation as per Tutor discretion.

Merits/Demerits will be awarded for meritorious/unacceptable behaviour according to the table below. If any learner accumulates 300 demerits s/he has to attend an Internal Intervention hearing and 500 or more demerits, s/he automatically becomes liable to appear in front of a Disciplinary Committee. Any Matric learner who accumulates 500 or more demerits will not be allowed to attend the Matric Farewell function.

MERITS DO NOT CANCEL DEMERITS

CODE

DESCRIPTION

POINTS

ACTION TAKEN:

M 01

International Achievement

200

ABBREVIATIONS:

DC - Disciplinary Committee

INTI - Internal Intervention with Tutor and SMT

SUS - Suspension

DET - Detention

TO - Time-Out Room Attendance

CS - Community Service

CONF - Confiscation

TI - Tutor / Teacher Intervention

M 02

Academic Award - Top 20

150

M 03

Provincial Achievement

150

M 04

75% or more in cycle test/exam Gr. 10 - 12

150

M 05

80% or more in cycle test/exam - Gr. 8 - 9

150

M 06

Information supplied of misconduct

150

M 07

Positive contribution to BHS

100

M 08

Extra Mural merit award for terms participation

100

M 09

60% or more in exam

100

M 10

10% per subject improvement in cycle test/exam

50

M 11

Service at school events (helpfulness, etc.)

50

M 12

Good manners, leadership, captain of team/class

50

M 13

Participation in events stipulated by Headmaster

50

M 14

Spectator in events stipulated by Headmaster

50

M 15

Positive contribution to the community

50

S2- Serious misconduct that can lead to expulsion

001

Third transgression of S1 offence after intervention / DC

DC

Disciplinary Committee

002

Failure to comply with suspension

DC

Disciplinary Committee

003

Forgery / Trading or supplying any test, profile or exam

-100

Disciplinary Committee

004

Bribery

DC

Disciplinary Committee

005

Theft

DC

Disciplinary Committee

006

Possession, use or dealing in any illegal substance or weapons

DC

Disciplinary Committee

007

Fighting/Assault/Conduct that violates the rights of others

-200

Disciplinary Committee

008

Victimization, Intimidation or Bullying

-100

Disciplinary Committee

009

Any sexual activity amounting to a lawful offence

-100

Disciplinary Committee

010

Malicious damage to property, Vandalism or Graffiti

-200+

Disciplinary Committee

S1 - Serious misconduct that may lead to suspension

011

Seriously threatens, disrupts or frustrates learning & teaching

-100+

Internal Intervention

012

Conspiracy to disrupt the functioning of the school

-100+

Internal Intervention

013

Insults the dignity of any person (including racial remarks)

-100+

Internal Intervention

014

Possession of any assessment material before assessment

-100+

Internal Intervention

015

Cheating in any form of assessment

-100+

Internal Intervention

016

Public indecency

-100+

Internal Intervention

017

Sexual harassment

-100+

Internal Intervention

018

Possession and distribution of pornography

-200+

Internal Intervention

019

Under the influence or possession of alcohol

-200+

Internal Intervention

020

Smoking

-100+

Internal Intervention

P1 - Misconduct that may lead to disciplinary intervention

021

Fourth Time-Out room attendance

- 100DC

- 100 & Disciplinary Committee

022

Third Time-Out room attendance

- 100SUS

- 100 & Suspension

023

Second Time-Out room attendance

- 100INTI

- 100 & Internal Intervention

024

First Time-Out room attendance

- 100DET

- 100 & Detention

025

Insolence

- 100DET

- 100 & Detention

026

Attitude

- 100DET

- 100 & Detention

027

Undermining authority including RCL

- 100DET

- 100 & Detention

028

Profanity / Bad language

- 100DET

- 100 & Detention

029

Bunking

- 100DET

- 100 & Detention

030

Lying

- 100DET

- 100 & Detention

031

Use or possession of Fireworks or crackers

- 100DET

- 100 & Detention

032

Failure to attend detention

- 100DET

- 100 & Detention

033

Possession, displaying & distribution of nudity

- 100DET

- 100 & Detention

034

Late for school (3X)

- 50DET

- 100 & Detention

035

No diary (acts as a student card for admission to school)

- 50DET

- 100 & Detention

036

Bringing the name of BHS in disrepute

- 50DET

- 100 & Detention

037

Visiting the tuck shop during class time

- 50DET

- 100 & Detention

038

Late for class (3X)

- 50TO

- 50 & Time-Out room attendance

039

Graffiti on desks

- 50CS

- 50 & Community Service

040

Possession of cigarettes / lighter / matches

- 50CS

- 50 & Community Service

041

PDA - Public Display of Affection

- 50CS

- 50 & Community Service

042

Littering

- 50CS

- 50 & Community Service

043

Gambling

- 50

 

044

Spectator Smoking

- 50

 

045

Spitting or leaching

- 50

 

046

Not Greeting / Hands in pockets

- 50

 

047

Talking during assembly

- 50

- 50 & Tutor / Teacher Intervention

048

Homework not done / Failure to return tear-off slips

- 50

- 50 & Tutor / Teacher Intervention

049

No appropriate/protective clothing

-50

Community Service

050

Dress offence / Missing Blazer Button

-100

Tutor / Teacher Intervention

051

Hair/Shaving offence

-50

Tutor / Teacher Intervention

052

Make-up offence

-50

Tutor / Teacher Intervention

 

Use of Cell phone during school

-100

Confiscation

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37. General

The school welcomes constructive criticism from loyal parents and pupils. This must be addressed to the Principal in writing. Complaints are directed to the Principal in the same way before the matter is discussed with anybody else. It may, however, be borne in mind that it is easier to be critical than correct (Disraeli) and that nothing is easier than fault-finding - no talent is required for this. The opinion of the loyal parent and pupil will always be of value.

The content of all printed documents forms the base of communication between the parent and the school. These documents must be consulted also before enquiries are made.

All pupils do not have the same academic ability but, as far as behaviour is concerned, all pupils can be equal. In this respect, all pupils can excel. Every child is an advertisement for the school. She/he has no right to discredit the school through irresponsible actions as it is generally accepted that a school which is respected attracts good teachers and has the full support of parents and education authorities. Such a school is therefore an asset to the community.

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38. Ground Layout

ground layout

ground layout

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