The school has high expectations of students’ respect of academic matters and individual behavior at each moment. The target of this policy is to provide an obvious statement of the students’ code of conduct.
Creating an environment leading to teaching and learning is supported and maintained by a solid, fair and flexible code of conduct. The code will be reinforced by all facilitators and staff members who are always involved in a collaborative effort with the school community, administrators, parents, and students to make sure that the citizenship in our school is a priority and that’s why 10% of all grades are based on character and traits of the students. One of our enhancement pillars to motivate our students to a self-disciplined environment as in an IBO and/or Finnish School is positive reinforcement methods and the exercise of patience and persistence in developing and modifying student behavior. Although we are strict with our students by using some conservative methods but we do not believe in negative reinforcement that has been shown to be inadequate in both maintaining self-control and allowing for a complete development of a child’s personality, character, and the school’s SCF learner profile. Instead, the school’s mission and vision are based on the facilitators’ approach to students positively and constructively, emphasizing students’ potential and positive personality/character attributes to build the appropriate behavior. Such an approach is implemented through a highly self-moderated positive reinforcement program.
Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge suggests the following rules for all schools in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi:
- Fulfill with all School rules and instructions.
- Never endanger the safety of others or self. Behavior always has to be responsible.
- Respect and care for the facilities and property of the School and of others.
- Promptly arrive at School and lessons and for any tardiness and absences a convincing justification is needed.
- Participate in promoting a positive School community image.
- Put on all effort toward learning by always revealing a positive attitude.
- Never disturb any classroom or the learning of others. Behavior always has to be responsible.
- Pledge to the heritage and culture of the UAE.
- Demonstrate respect to all school related stakeholders including community leaders , members of the School community, and Parents/Guardians .
While positive reinforcement constitutes the center of our philosophy of code of conduct, Some violations and recurrent contraventions lead to disciplinary consequences although the center our philosophy of code of conduct is the positive reinforcement. The school code of conduct is described below:
Grades 1- 12 Code of Conduct
Contraventions are tiered into four levels: Level-1, 2, 3, and 4. The disciplinary consequence depends on the level students’ disciplinary record and of the contraventions. The school categorizes contraventions of school rules and regulations largely based on the level system, and the degree of contravention determines the first intervention taken by the school. The levels are described below.
- Level-1 Contraventions: These contraventions are those that do not affect others’ safety, do not lead in demolition to school assets, do not upset or harm others, or violate official rules.Filing an incident report is the result of committing a Level-1 contravention for the first-time.
- Level-2 Contraventions: These contraventions are those that lead to damage to property, an insult to others, jeopardizes the safety of others without resulting in direct harm, and any academic dishonesty. Committing a Level-2 contravention for the first time results in an “in-school learning reinforcement limitation” (in-school oriented study day).
- Level-3 Contraventions: These contraventions are those that result in harm to another student or staff. They include verbal assault of staff members. Any unexcused exit from school grounds is also considered a Level-3 contravention. Committing a Level-3 contravention for the first time results in a “home stay learning reinforcement limitation” (out-of-school oriented study day).
- Level-4 Contraventions: These contraventions are severe. They include physical assault of staff members and the possession or use of dangerous items with or without harm being inflicted. Committing a Level-4 contravention for the first-time results in a request from the school administration to ADEK for the expulsion of the student.
Kindergarten’s Exclusivity Factor
Even though the Kindergarten follows the school’s code of conduct, there are some particular limitations as cited in our parents students handbook posted on the web site.
Grades KG to 12
Positive Reinforcement Programs
There are four positive reinforcement layers in our self-disciplined school :
- Beads for Deeds.
- Good News Report (GNR).
- Senior and Junior Prefects (Grades 7–12).
- Self-Discipline Approach and Benchmark.
Beads for Deeds
Any voluntary behavior that shows respectful habitat of personality and straight citizenship is a rewardable deed. Examples of such behaviors comprise: Showing initiative, presenting community service, serving others and peers , shielding the integrity of others, picking up litter, teaching lower grades, etc.…
Good News Report
Students who have achieved reliably well or have shown a significant improvement in behavior and character based on the school’s personality assessment standards are given a Good News Report (GNR).
A great number of GNR results in the redemption of incident report level 1.
Senior and Junior Prefects or Senior Discipline Code Regulators
Senior and Junior Prefects are accountable at all times to reinforce the school’s code of conduct. Those Prefects are students assigned by the school’s administration at the beginning of the year, based on a certain range of academic and citizenship criterion, in order to reach in the near future to the self-governed and self-
disciplined school. They play an important role in maintaining discipline during morning assembly, recess time, leaving time and all school events.
Self-Discipline Approach and Benchmark
The students who reach this level based on a severe and tight criterion will receive the “SELF – DISCIPLINED LEADER” medal award and his/her name will be displayed during 1 year on the wall of fame at the school’s entrance.
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