GYPS aims to provide a safe and caring community in which every pupil will feel he/she is a part of. Such an environment will provide him/her a positive space to learn and consequently maximise his/her GYPS experience.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The school places a premium on character education as it is the cornerstone of education.
As a pupil of Guangyang Primary School, I will always:
1. be courteous and polite to all staff, fellow pupils and visitors,
2. respect and look after the school property,
3. be punctual for school and all school events,
4. be exemplary in my conduct,
5. uphold the good name of the school and
6. be self-directed and responsible.
Discipline in GYPS is enforced as part of the school’s effort to mould pupils’ character and provide a safe learning environment for all. It is not merely a set of rules but an attitude and a way of life that will enhance schooling.
• All pupils are to uphold the school’s Code of Conduct.
• The school takes a serious view on pupils’ discipline and conduct. Pupils who commit any serious offence despite warning / counselling given will be severely dealt with.
• If a pupil commits more than one serious offence on a single occasion, each serious offence will be recorded.
• All actions taken by the school for serious offences will be recorded.
• If a pupil repetitively commits any minor offences, disciplinary actions will be taken against him / her and such offences and the actions taken will also be recorded
Possession of Weapons
• All students are not allowed to have in their possession any weapon. They are also not allowed to bring any weapon-like item which is used or intended to be used to cause harm to others.
• Attendance is compulsory on school days and at all school functions unless otherwise stated.
• Pupils are expected to be punctual for all activities at all times.
• Absences from all school activities must be supported by a medical certificate or an explanatory letter from a parent or the guardian of the pupil. The medical certificate or explanatory letter should be given to the form teacher upon the pupil’s return to school.
3. NATIONAL ANTHEM / ASSEMBLY / PLEDGE- TAKING
• Pupils are to be present for and take part in the daily Flag-Raising Ceremony.
• Pupils who are Singapore citizens must sing the National Anthem and take the Pledge. Pupils will take the Pledge with the right fist placed over the heart. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.
• Late-comers as well as parents / visitors, who are in the school premises, should stand at attention during the singing of the National Anthem and the taking of the Pledge.
4. LEAVING SCHOOL DURING SCHOOL HOURS
• Pupils are not allowed to leave the school premises during school hours.
• Pupils must be accompanied home by a parent/guardian if they are granted permission to leave school early.
5. SAFETY RULES
• ¬Pupils are NOT allowed to remain in the classroom without the presence of a teacher during recess or before / after curriculum hours.
• Entry into Special Rooms is allowed only with permission from a teacher.
• Pupils must observe movement discipline while moving along the corridors at all times.
6. TURNOUT and BEARING
• School Attire
o The school uniform must be worn in school for all school activities.
o Pupils are to wear the prescribed school uniform and modification to the uniform is not allowed.
o School PE attire is allowed only on days when the pupils have PE lessons, game practices or co-curricular activities.
o The name tag is part of the school attire and must be on the school uniform and PE attire.
• Hair and Appearance
o Hair must be neat and tidy at all times.
o No gel, mousse, fancy hair styling, tinting or dyeing of hair is allowed.
o Boys’ hair should be short and neatly combed. It should not grow beyond the eyebrows, collar or the tip of the ears.
o Girls’ hair must be above the base of the collar or neatly tied up. Short fringe must be above the eyebrows. Long fringe must be neatly secured.
o All ribbons, hair bands and hair clips used must be black or dark blue in colour.
o Male pupils must be neat in appearance, clean-shaven and no facial hair is allowed. Nails must be kept short and clean. No varnish is allowed.
• Shoes and Socks
o Shoes and socks are to be white in colour only and should not have any coloured logos or trimmings.
o Socks must fully cover the ankles.
o Girls may wear gold/silver ear studs which are simple and round in design.
o No chains, rings or bracelets are allowed.
o Watch should be simple and inexpensive.
o Boys are not allowed to pierce their ears or wear ear studs.
7. BEFORE-SCHOOL PROGRAMME
• Before-school programme is implemented to provide academic support for pupils as well as cater to pupils’ all-round development. As such, to maximise its benefits, all pupils are encouraged to participate actively.
• Pupils involved in specific programmes (e.g. Buddy Reading Programme) are to report to the teachers-in-charge at designated venues promptly.
• All other pupils are advised to be seated in the hall by 7.10am and are expected to be engaged in silent reading, using supplementary reading materials.
• Gate A will be opened until 7.20am daily for parents to drive their child into the school compound to alight at the school porch.
8. SUPPLEMENTARY / REMEDIAL / ENRICHMENT LESSONS
• Afternoon lessons are conducted for selected pupils, to meet their specific learning needs. Pupils identified for such lessons are expected to participate actively so as to maximise their learning.
• Pupils who have been selected to attend these afternoon lessons are to remain in school for lunch in the canteen before the commencement of the lessons.
• All pupils are to assemble in the foyer/canteen before proceeding to the classrooms with their teachers.
9. HANDPHONES AND OTHER BELONGINGS
• All pupils must learn to take personal responsibility for their own belongings. Pupils must also learn to bring only items that are essential to their learning to school.
• Handphones are NOT allowed in school.
• Parents who require their children to carry handphones under special circumstances are to submit the request form found at the page on ‘Guidelines on the Use of Handphone in School’. The school will consider the requests.
• All handphones must be switched off during curriculum hours and after-school programmes.
• Permission to bring is not a permission to use the handphones in school. Pupils cannot use their handphones in school.
• Pupils can use the public telephones or the telephones in the General Office if they need to contact their parents during curriculum hours and after-school programmes.
• The school shall NOT bear any responsibility for the loss or damage of any handphone.
• Electronic games and devices (e.g. iPod, iPad, MP3 players), toys, chewing gum, cigarettes, lighters/matches, pornographic materials, weapons, pirated materials and all other items prohibited by Singapore law are not permitted in the school.
• Pupils must not bring large sums of money or expensive items to school.
• Homework provides pupils with the opportunity to consolidate their classroom learning, pattern behaviour for lifelong learning beyond classroom and involve family members in their learning.
• Homework assignments may take the forms of practice exercises, preview/preparatory assignments, extension assignments and creative activities.
• Home-based learning days are days on which pupils are not required to be present in school as a result of the school premises being used for national examinations or the like.
• Home-based learning will take the form of IT-related activities which may include micro-lessons, online exercises and assessments, oral and listening practices, research tasks and collaborative learning through online portals.
• The school uses pupils’ work as a means to assess their learning. Hence pupils are expected to complete and submit all homework and assignments on time so that teachers can accurately assess the effectiveness of lessons conducted.
• To reflect an accurate assessment of a pupil’s learning, pupils should not copy their homework from their friends. They should take pride in their work and do their own assignments neatly.
• GYPS has put in place alternative assessments for all levels.
• For all grade levels, alternative assessments are conducted throughout the year, in addition to pen-and-paper assessments.
• Alternative assessments will feature more prominently in Term 3.
• Pupils who are absent, with no valid reason, for an assessment will not be awarded any marks for that assessment. Valid reasons include a medical certificate from a registered Singapore medical doctor.
o A pupil who is absent for 20% or more of the total marks for any assessment and/or its components will be deemed to not have sat for that assessment.
• Only essential writing and/or measurement materials are allowed on pupils’ desk when an assessment is in progress.
o All bags, files, books and water bottles will be placed outside the assessment venue.
• Pupils who are late for an assessment, by up to 30 minutes, will sit for their assessment in their allocated classrooms. No extra time will be given and they will have to stop writing at the scheduled time.
o Beyond 30 minutes, the school will make a decision, with regards to whether the pupil will sit for the examinations, on a case-by-case basis.
• Pupils must not talk, whisper, gesture or be involved in any form of verbal and/or non-verbal communication with anyone during the test or examination.
o Pupils found cheating or attempting to cheat during any assessments will be severely dealt with and/or may be given a ‘zero’ mark for the respective paper.
• Being in a rapidly changing technological landscape, pupils are faced with a myriad of choices that will ultimately impact how their time is spent in school. Pupils will be given the responsibility of making choices on how to make appropriate use of technology, while ensuring that their teachers and peers are being respected.
• Teachers will communicate with all parents/guardian regularly to provide feedback of pupils’ progress in education.
• Modes of communication include Meet-the-Parents sessions, Pupil Journal, scheduled meetings, email and telecommunications.
14. SCHOOL VISITORS
• The safety and security of the pupils and staff are our prime concern. Hence visitors will be screened before permission is given for entry to the school.
• To avoid disruptions, parents and all other visitors should make an appointment in advance with the staff at the General Office or teachers before coming to visit the school.
• Parents and all other visitors must report to the General Office when they arrive at the school to obtain a Visitor Pass.
15. COURTESY CODE
• All GYPS pupils are expected to be courteous at all times. As an act of courtesy, pupils must be helpful and greet all staff and visitors of the school. Rudeness in speech or body language towards staff of the school will result in serious consequences.
16. OTHER MATTERS
• ¬Pupils must obtain permission and the Movement Pass from the teacher if they wish to leave the classroom. It must be displayed at all times.
• Pupils must queue for food and drinks in the canteen.
• Pupils must return all crockery to the receptacles at the designated places.
• All food and drinks will be consumed only in the canteen.