Rules & Information
General School Rules
All shemford students are expected to maintain a high standard of conduct and to comply with rules ,regulations, accepted behaviours and attitudes. To help the students meet these expectations, a set of rules and regulations are clearly outlined in the student planner.
Shemford Futuristic School has zero tolerance for any form of bullying or intimidation. All students are to be treated fairly and respectfully. School values are manifested in the students’ daily interactions with their peers and teachers. Rules related to attendance, accepted academic performance, conduct and uniform regulations are summarized in the following sections.
- Rules of Discipline
1) Students are urged to contribute to the high tone of the school by their manners and general behaviour.
2) Pupils should realize that they are responsible to the college Authorities not only for their conduct in the college but for their general behaviour outside. Any reported or observed objectionable conduct outside college on the part of the pupils should make them liable for disciplinary action.
3) They should be polite, friendly and well behaved in and outside the school. They should be respectful to their elders and teachers and truthful at all times.
4) They should be orderly, clean in their person and neatly dressed and should also co-operate to maintain cleanliness in school. As far as posture, cleanliness, silence, attention to work and respect to teachers and companions are concerned, a class room should be looked upon as place of reverence and discipline.
5) They should maintain absolute silence during the General Assembly and while moving into the class room from General Assembly. Silence should also be observed on the way to and while returning from P.T. and library.
6) The General Assembly is the most important part of the school day. Every student should be present so to begin the day with prayer, to listen to the announcement and the advice of the Principal.
7) All must come to school, with lessons well prepared and home-work done. Text and Exercise books and material for drawing should be brought to school according to the day’s routine.
8) Students repeatedly coming late or forgetting to bring books or coming without the proper uniform may be punished/send back home. When the students move along the corridors as when changing classes, going for games or experiments, they must walk in silence and in line. The teacher in the class should be the last to leave.
9) Respect to one’s property as well as to that of the school and the things belonging to others is a mark of well bred and responsible student. When furniture is removed from a place it should be returned to its original place after use. Any kind of damage done in the school premises must be made good. Fine may be imposed by the Principal.
10) Pupils should keep their own class rooms and the school compound spotlessly clean, using the bins provided for waste paper and rubbish. Students should always strive to speak in English in the school premises, and acquire the ability of conversation in English. They should maintain a high standard in their conversation.
11) Students should at all costs, avoid writing, carving and scratching on the walls and furniture. Such habits are an indication of low taste. No magazine, newspapers or periodicals should be brought to school without the class teacher’s or principal’s permission. If detected or found to have bad influence on others these will be confiscated.
12) No Cell phones or Mobile phones should be brought to school. If detected they will be confiscated and serious action will be taken. In the absence of the teacher, the monitor/monitress take charge of the class and is responsible for order and discipline in the class. He/She should fulfil the duty without partiality.
13) The school does not accept responsibility for the loss of books, money, stationery etc. Each student is responsible for his or her own things. It is not advisable to bring valuables to the school. No collections or fine for any purpose, whatever may be made without the prior sanction of the Principal, so also, presentation of gifts to staff members as such require approval from the Principal.
14) No collective petition or complaint will be entertained but reasonable and individual ones will be sympathetically attended to. Parents are strictly forbidden to interview their children in class or the teachers without the permission of the Principal.
15)Any pupil who is persistently insubordinate or repeatedly and wilfully mischievous or guilty of malpractices in connection with examinations or has committed an offence of serious indiscipline, misbehaviour or who in the opinion of the Principal has, an unwholesome influence on the fellow pupils, may be suspended for a specified period or expelled permanently from the school. The Principal may punish a student in a manner suited to the offence by detention after school hours or other minor punishment or by removal from the institution.
16) A student may also be removed permanently from the school for assaulting a teacher, seriously attacking a fellow student, persistent rude behaviour towards teachers and in the opinion of the Principal has a demoralizing influence on fellow students.
17) The school authorities are not responsible for the safety of any pupil before or after school hours. Necessary arrangement, therefore should be made to bring the children just in time and take them home immediately after school hours.
18) Students who are given some responsibility should cany it out dutifully and impartially and in accordance with the direction of the Principal or the teachers deputed by him. They should consider it a pride to render.
- Code of Conduct
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a positive manner with respect to the entire school body at all times. The school expects each student to be respectful to others, be responsible for their actions and to be honest in DEALING with peers and all adult members of Shemford School community.
It is further expected that students monitor their own verbal and physical behaviour and act within the parameters set by the school. Students who show themselves incapable of Shemford trust and who are unable to behave in a responsible manner will face appropriate consequences. In Secondary a Disciplinary Safety Net has been crafted delineating offences of students who do not meet the behavioural expectations at Shemford.
- Dress Code
Students are expected to take pride in their appearance by wearing the correct SCHOOL UNIFORM . School uniform is mandatory for all grades.
The primary uniform consists of except for medical cases. Training shoes/sneakers and open-toed or backless sandals are not allowed. In Secondary, the Grades 6-10 uniform consist of (no crocs, sandals or open toed footwear) are permitted all year except in winter when students can wear boots (boot must be black or brown).
For Primary and Secondary girls and boys, hair that is below the chin or at chin level should be tied back during school hours for health and safety reasons. For Secondary boys, beards and moustaches are not allowed.
Wearing blazer in winter is mandatory for each and every student of Shemford Futuristic School.
- Attendance Policy
The attendance policy at Shemford only recognizes documented illnesses, recognized religious HOLIDAYS or family emergencies as legitimate absences. Students are expected to maintain a 90%+ attendance record. This includes authorized and unauthorized absences.
Authorised absences are usually for illness, family emergencies (not travel) and/or other absences permitted by Head of School. Unauthorised absences include, but are not limited to, absences due to travel and lateness to school.
It is possible that a student who exceeds the allowed absent days will not receive grades on his/her report card, be asked to repeat their current grade and/or, in the case of secondary, not receive credit for that semester. Should a student be absent for more than 10% of the school days, a letter is sent home as a reminder of the attendance policy.
After an absence, the student must submit a note to the classroom teacher. In Primary, the School Nurse telephones to confirm the nature of the absence.
- Gate Policy & Campus Safety
Shemford Futuristic School believes that in order for students to learn best they should be on time and ready for school; therefore, all students must be in the school grounds prior to the morning anthem (07: 45). Shemford Futuristic School has adopted a policy and procedure for all late students and parents are advised to read the ‘Shemford Gate Policy’ (see below). Secondary students who are tardy to class two or more times a week without legitimate excuse will be given an afternoon detention.
Fire drills are carried out at least once a semester. Shemford Futuristic School is an alcohol, tobacco, narcotic and weapons free school. Any student involved in activities related to these items will face severe disciplinary action which may include expulsion.
Personal items are not permitted in school. Certain items such as mobile phones, Discmans, digital music players, computer games, are not permitted and are confiscated if found. For primary students, this includes toys (of any kind).
Jewellery should be kept to a minimum- studs are the only acceptable earrings and can only be worn by girls. Similarly, make-up should not be worn in school.
All secondary students are allocated a locker for the safekeeping of personal items. The student is fully responsible for any valuable item they may bring to school as the school cannot assume responsibility for any lost or stolen student items.
- Leaving School Premises & Campus Visitors or Guests
Leaving School Premises
Students are not allowed to leave the school premises during the school day unless accompanied by their parents or legal guardians. Students are not allowed to be picked up by anyone other than their parents/ legal guardian or authorized driver. Car sharing between parents for student pick up is permitted but only after Shemford is informed in writing of the name of parent and/or driver.
All appointments including medical appointments, dental and/or other personal appointments must be made after school. Students will not normally be given permission to leave school during the day. Should it be necessary for a student to leave school for an appointment, they are expected to show evidence of the appointment. For secondary students, if the appointment is 12:30 or before, students are expected to return to school. For primary, they are expected to return to school if the appointment is at 11:30 or before. Early leave is counted in absences.
Campus Visitors or Guests
Guests and visitors are welcome at Shemford Futuristic School. All guests and visitors are requested to first report to School Security to present their ID card and receive a visitor’s badge.
Shemford has an established Homework Policy with sanctions in place for non completion. Students are assigned with homework based on the Skill or Knowledge acquired in the School. Purpose is to recapitulate, reinforce and practice.
Every young person should grow up with self responsibility ‘My work – I have to do’!