Code of Conduct

PCSS is a secure and safe school that fosters a positive climate to enable pupils to learn and develop to their greatest potential. Students have a responsibility, however, to behave in an appropriate manner conducive to learning and to take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour management. Pupils must recognise that all behaviour has consequences, but in return the school promises to respect every student as an individual.

The Students Rights and Responsibilities

Students have the right to:

  • - Learn
  • - Hear and also to be heard
  • - To be supported and respected
  • - To be secure and safe at school
  • - To have personal belongings of their own and also their own space
  • - To expect to receive fair and honest behaviour from other pupils and teachers
  • - In return, students have the responsibility to:
  • - Attend the school on a regular basis and to bring all of the essential equipment to class
  • - To never interfere with the process of learning and teaching
  • - To listen without interrupting and to speak appropriately
  • - To support and respect other people
  • - To treat others appropriately without frightening, hurting or harassing them
  • - To respect others' property and privacy
  • - To behave in an honest and fair manner.

Unacceptable and Acceptable Standards of Pupil Behaviour

The acceptable and unacceptable standards of pupil behaviour apply at all times whether pupils are off or on the school property, are travelling to or from the school or at any school function in any location.

  1. - Children must be on time and ready to learn
  2. - Pupils must bring all essential equipment to class
  3. - Attending all classes is essential as is completing all homework set
  4. - Dressing in an appropriate manner
  5. - Turning off all electronic equipment and putting it away during class
  6. - Meeting all deadlines and taking responsibility for personal learning
  7. - Accepting full responsibility for all actions
  8. - Being a good listener and having a positive attitude
  9. - Encouraging others and accepting differences
  10. - Accepting decisions and being courteous
  11. - Being thoughtful and kind
  12. - Behaviour that must be avoided:
  13. - Lateness and absence
  14. - Being unprepared
  15. - Being uncooperative and disruptive
  16. - Leaving class without permission
  17. - Being rude or defiant or using inappropriate language
  18. - Wearing inappropriate clothing that does not comply with the dress code including jewellery, clothing with inappropriate logos
  19. - Smoking, drinking alcohol or having a weapon on school property
  20. - Using electronic devices during lesson time
  21. - Taking images or videos of other students to infringe their privacy rights

Consequences Of Poor Behaviour

For students who fail to meet the expected behaviour standards, disciplinary action is taken, and where appropriate counselling is offered. All discriminatory behaviours are treated very seriously. Sanctions will range from simply discussing the issue with the student to a structured disciplinary process which progresses through lunch time and after school detentions, school service, in-class suspensions, meetings with parents, behaviour contracts, short term suspensions, referral to the board and eventually expulsion in the most serious cases.