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The code of conduct for Laerskool Generaal Beyers is protected by die Schools’ Act (Act 84 of 1996 and any amendments thereof), the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Circular 108 of 1996 and various other provincial laws for education.

The code of conduct endorses and respects the democratic principles of freedom, equality and humanity as contained in the Constitution.  It also promotes reconciliation, teaching, learning, mutual respect and establishing a culture of tolerance and peace in the school.

The school’s rules are a clear direction and guideline and should any form of misconduct happen the school reserve the right to deal with it in an appropriate manner.

Although the State is obliged to provide education and training, it must be enhanced by the dedication and acceptance of responsibility by other role players in education – learners, educators and parents.  This code of conduct stands supportive of this great task.



Willpower for a better future.

Wilskrag vir ‘n beter toekoms.


  • Strive to be the top Parallel medium primary school serving the Pretoria West Community.
  • Ensure that all our pupils will be doing their best and reach their full potential in all areas.
  • Develop proud citizens of South Africa
  • Provide a foundation for success in all our pupils.
  • Strive to be financially secure.
  • Generate “GENERALS”

“GENERALS” are people who are upholding and living by our values which will establish happiness.


We will work towards obtaining all the values as agreed by all stakeholders of Laerskool Generaal Beyers follows:

We at Generaal Beyers Primary are:

  • Respectful                              
  • Disciplined
  • Acting with Integrity
  • Responsible


The code of conduct endorses the mission statement of the school.

The code of conduct serves as a guideline for learner behaviour.  The behaviour of a General can be measured by the way that he respects and honours this code of conduct.

It is expected of an enrolled learner of this school to make sure that he/she knows and understands the terms and conditions of this code of conduct.  Furthermore an enrolment at this school implies that the learner and his/her parents/guardians accept the code of conduct and will follow it conscientiously.  Should a learner treat this code with disdain, the necessary actions will be taken against him/her.


                By this code of conduct we want to:

  • Encourage positive discipline.
  • Cultivate self-discipline.
  • Establish exemplary behaviour.

To succeed in our objectives a true General is expected to submit to the following:

3.1          Human rights

A General knows that he/she has human rights within the Constitution, but must acknowledge that fellow learners and educators have the same rights and that as such, they must be respected. With these rights come responsibilities.

3.2         Being equipped/prepared

A responsible General is well-equipped when he/she comes to school with:

  • The necessary stationery.
  • Books and textbooks.
  • Timetable.
  • A school bag to protect the books.

A General respects property. Don’t bring valuable items, toys, I-pods, cameras or skateboards to school.  Never leave a schoolbag outside the class (except where so specified) as it is your responsibility to look after it.

3.3          Respect for teachers, non-teaching personnel and visitors

Generals respect teachers as their educators and promise their full co-operation in all reasonable assignments that they may receive.  Learners must respect the educators as adults and acknowledge that their training and experience are to the advantage of the learners.  Learners should at all times give full co-operation and be polite towards their educators.

Administrative personnel and groundsmen contribute greatly to the efficiency of school organisation.  As such a General is expected to hold these members of staff in esteem and treat them with respect.  Visitors to the school like superintendents, businessmen and parents, care about our well-being and they too will be respected and treated courteously at all times.

3.4          Appearance – Addendum A

A loyal General wears the school colours and uniform with pride.  Each General is an advertisement.  Respect yourself and fellow Generals.

  • Adhere strictly to the rules for school wear and appearance.
  • Be dressed correctly when he/she participates in sport or when he/she attends school activities to support the school and your friends.
  • See Addendum A for Rules and Regulations for Appearance.

3.5         Absenteeism

Integrity requires that:

  • A General is only absent for illness or for a serious matter.
  • He/she present a letter, clearly stating the reason for absence, to the register teacher on the first day back at school.
  • He/she submit a medical certificate for an absence of two or more days.
  • He/she submit a valid medical certificate where absence occurred on a scheduled test day or examination, to ensure that no marks are lost.
  • He/she take care of lost work of your own accord.
  • Reason for absenteeism may be inquired.
  • Should a learner be absent for 10 consecutive days, without a medical certificate, he/she would be de-registered immediately and will have to re-apply for admission at this school.

A learner who is absent without plausible reason is guilty of playing truant.

3.6         Being late for school/assembly/class

  • When the bell rings at 07:25, learners move to their register classes.
  • A General respects his/her own time and that of others and therefore he/she is punctual.
  • A General who arrives late, must ensure that a letter has been written by his/her parent/guardian, which indicates the reason for being late.
  • A General moves swiftly from one class to the next.  No dawdling will be allowed as all possible academic time must be utilised.

Parents are requested to ensure that learners are punctual for school attendance.

3.7          Conduct during assembly

A loyal and respectful General is part of his/her grade and should line up with his/her class in the area designated to them.  

  • Hands out of the pockets.
  • Look straight ahead and pay attention to what is said.
  • No eating or drinking.
  • No cellular phones, study material, homework or other distracting items will be allowed.
  • Behaviour during assembly (any venue) will be impeccable.

3.8          Academic matters

A responsible General honours all academic obligations.

  • All homework must be done independently and meticulously.
  • Assignments must be done punctually.
  • Do not leave books, assignments or tasks at home.
  • Do not be disruptive in class.
  • A cellular phone must be switched off and stowed away.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed in class.

A loyal General ensures that none of his/her conduct will be detrimental to the opportunity for education and acquiring knowledge.

3.9         Tidiness of the school premises

A General respects his/her environment and therefore keeps the school grounds and classrooms clean and neat.

  • Take responsibility for the school premises.
  • Do not litter.
  • Keep classrooms neat and clean at all times.

3.10       Prohibited areas

A responsible General knows in which areas he/she is allowed to be and which not.

The following areas are prohibited, unless a teacher instructs a learner otherwise.

  • Maintenance area / staff accommodation.
  • Classrooms during breaks.
  • The tuck shop and hall during class and foster class.
  • Office block, staff room and car parking of teachers.
  • Main entrance of hall (learners have their own transport waiting at the exit gate)

                3.11       Damage to property

                A General respects his/her own and the property of others.

  • Treat all property with respect.
  • Do not write on any surfaces – chairs, desks, walls or suitcases.
  • No graffiti!
  • Cover all textbooks neatly and take good care of it.
  • Toilets must be kept clean.

Learners and parents/guardians take responsibility for school property and also for the accidental damage to the property of others.

                3.12       Use of language

                A General respects everybody by paying attention to the language he/she uses.

  • Vulgar or foul language is unacceptable.
  • Make it a habit to greet politely.

                3.13       Leaving class and playing truant

                An enthusiastic General

  • Does what he/she has to do during break and therefore does not need to leave the class during a lesson.
  • Does not leave class on all kinds of pretexts.
  • Leaves class only when in possession of a pass.
  • Does not leave class without permission from the teacher.
  • Is not absent from a class.
  • Listens carefully when there is substitution and knows the names of his/her substitution teachers and their class numbers and presents himself/herself when his/her teacher is absent.

A General who falls ill at school, may only go to the sick bay and wait for a parent once permission has been given at the general office.

                3.14 Smoking/In the presence of smokers – Addendum B           

A General with integrity proves his/her loyalty by :

  • Not smoking in school uniform, on the school premises or at school functions, neither in school uniform away from school or in public.
  • Not bringing matches, lighters or cigarettes to school and thus not having tobacco in any form in his possession.
  • Not keeping company with smokers.

                3.15        Leaving school premises

A true General knows that he/she may only leave the school premises with permission between 07:25 and 13:55/Friday 13:00 – even when a parent comes to fetch him/her.  As the safety of a learner is the responsibility of the school, parents are requested to follow the proper signing out procedure.

Should a General need to leave the school premises, permission is only given by the grade head.  This is a set procedure.

  • A letter must be presented which provides the date, time and reason for leaving before 13:55/Friday 13:00.
  • Such permission is given only after assembly and only by the register teacher.
  • Hand the signed letter in at the general office, then parents will be contacted.
  • A parent has to sign the learner out personally at the office before a learner may leave.

A diligent General tries, as far a possible, not to make doctors’ or other appointments during school hours, as to prevent missing out on important work.  A General receives a certificate for excellent school attendance if he/she attends school every day and never plays truant.

During school hours all Generals are the responsibility of the school.  In the case of an injury during school hours, it must be reported immediately at the general office.

                3.16       Honesty

                              A General with true grit is honest at all times and will not:

  • Forge signatures.
  • Give a false name.
  • Copy homework or portfolio assignments and present them as his own.
  • Be dishonest during tests or examinations.
  • Make a false declaration.

A true General does not commit fraud.  His/her loyalty will also compel him/her to provide information immediately which will ensure the safety of others or which will ensure good order and discipline at school.  Where necessary, the provision of such information can be done in camera (Act 50 of 2002) or in the form of a detailed letter which can be placed in the post box in the general office.  All such information will be treated confidentially.

3.17       Procedure and school routine   

A committed General knows he/she:

  • Has to take out his/her books after entering the class, place his/her suitcase neatly and sit down after greeting the teacher.
  • Has to listen to announcements at assembly, before break and at the end of the school day.
  • May only leave the class at the end of the day once announcements have been made and the bell rings at 13:55/Friday 13:00.

A General does not participate in strikes, mass actions or initiation.   Such actions are absolutely prohibited by the Schools’ Act to ensure the safety of all learners.

                3.18       Communication with parents/guardians

A concerned General gives the Info Blitz, parents’ circulars and any other communication from the school to his/her parent/guardian.  In the case of a return slip, it is brought back to the register teacher as soon as possible, preferably the following day.

  • There is an Info Blitz EVERY Thursday.
  • Four times a year a report providing academic progress is sent to the parent/guardian.
  • Attached to the report is a printout of all credit and debit points.
  • There are parents’ evenings.
  • As information is also sent to parents/guardians via e-mails/sms messages, parents/guardians are requested to make sure that the school has the correct cellular phone numbers and e-mail addresses at all times.  Should communication information change, the school must be informed immediately. 

Generals’ parents/guardians are invited to communicate any problem via the register teacher, the Grade Guardian or Principal.

                3.19       Extramural activities

A loyal General honours the code of conduct at all times, even during activities after school hours and at other schools.

A General supporting excellence is involved in a variety of school activities.  Each sport academy and extramural activity has a written constitution which supports the code of conduct.  A proud General participating in any school activity, will support the constitution.  A General is always an ambassador to his school.  His/her conduct inside and outside of class is testimony to his desire to be a part of the school and therefore he is polite, pleasant and respectful.

                3.20       Academic offences

                                 Such offences will be noted by the members of staff and also attached to the report:

  • Homework repeatedly not done.
  • Learning material not brought to class.
  • Being late for class.
  • Not adhering to due dates for portfolio assignments.
  • Not attending extra classes.
  • Not handing in signed tests or other documents.

The teacher may give remedial schoolwork, break detentions or any other punishment.  A parent will also be informed so that a problem can be addressed and solved.


SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION (By or on recommendation of the Governing Body)

4.1          Schedule 1 and 2 Misconduct (In accordance with the Schools’ Act (Act 84 of 1996) 

A General with integrity should not be guilty of any of the offences mentioned below:

SCHEDULE 1 (possible suspension)

A learner will be guilty of serious misconduct if he or she, intentionally and without just excuse:

  1. seriously threatens, disrupts or frustrates teaching and learning in a class;
  2. engages in a conspiracy to disrupt the proper functioning of the school through collective actions;
  3. insults the dignity of or defames any learner or any other person, which includes racist remarks and/or spreading rumours (gossiping)
  4. distributes, or is in the possession of any test or examination material that may enable another person to gain an unfair advantage in a test or examination;
  5. cheats in a test or examination or any other form of assessment such as assignments;
  6. is under the influence or in the possession of alcohol.
  7. involved in fighting (less serious nature)
  8. being a spectator or bystander at a fight
  9. spreading negative rumours through any form of social media

SCHEDULE 2 (possible expulsion)

                                A learner will be guilty of serious misconduct if he or she:

  1. is found guilty of misconduct as contemplated in Schedule 1 after having been found guilty of the same or similar misconduct on two previous occasions;
  2. fails to comply with a punishment of suspension as a correctional measure; or
  3. intentionally and without just excuse:
  4. forges any document or signature to the potential or actual prejudice of the school;
    1. trades in any test or examination question paper or in any test or examination material;
    2. engages in fraud;
    3. engages in theft, or otherwise acts dishonestly to the prejudice of another person;
    4. is in possession of, consumes or testing positive for, or deals in any illegal substance or other harmful substance;
    5. is in possession of any dangerous weapon;
    6. assaults or threatens to assault another person;
    7. bullying any other person (emotional and physical);
    8. holds any person hostage;
    9. murders any person;
    10. rapes any person, or engages in any sexual activity which amounts to an offence in law; or
    11. maliciously damages property.
    12. capturing and distributing any negative incident on school premises via any social media to the detriment of the school.
    13. engages in any act of public indecency;
    14. sexually harasses another person;
    15. is found in possession of or distributes pornographic material.

Should a learner be found guilty of a second degree offence, a temporary suspension of maximum 7 days will be used as punishment pending the result of the hearing by the Disciplinary committee of the Governing Body.

The Chairperson of the Governing Body may at any time institute additional domestic regulations.

                4.2         Temporary suspension or permanent expulsion

Serious contempt of the code of conduct may lead to a disciplinary hearing.  The Disciplinary Committee, convened in accordance with the Schools’ Act, is responsible for the hearing.  The result of such a hearing can lead to temporary suspension, of maximum 7 days, or the recommendation for permanent expulsion.  Expulsion or the recommendation of permanent expulsion can be suspended for a maximum period of twelve months on the terms set by the committee.  The disciplinary committee can also sanction the rules as set in this disciplinary code.

Where a learner is found guilty of a criminal offence the recommendation can be permanent expulsion.

Postponing disciplinary hearings is counter-productive and increases tension for both parties involved.  This must be avoided by not indefinitely postponing the hearing.

During disciplinary hearings learners who testify as witnesses and who fear intimidation, will be allowed to testify in camera.

Should the Schedule 1 offence be less serious (determined by the principal) an internal disciplinary hearing can be held.  The Internal Disciplinary Committee consists of the following persons:  Principal, Head of Discipline, Grade Guardian/ Academic Head and Deputy Principal.


                DEBIT POINT SYSTEM

A General knows that unacceptable conduct has consequences.  Disciplinary action is regarded as educational assistance and thus the well-being and benefit of the Generals, the school and the community will be the main aim.  It protects the different role players in our school community.

In order to identify the problem timeously, to address it, to monitor any improvement, it is crucial to keep records.  At school this is done by the debit point system.  Offences are recorded in a disciplinary book and then consolidated.  Debit points are cumulative and remain on record.



1Classwork not completed / up to date-5
2Late coming in class without a good reason-5
3Books/stationary/test not in class-5
4Test/exam papers not signed-5
5Eat, drink, chew in class-5
7Hiding a suitcase or other articles-5
8Talking without teacher’s permission-5
9Rules regarding appearance not adhered to.  Valid every day-5
10Being outside class without permission-5
11Skip/”bunk” class, foster class or hall meetings-5
12Not adhering to the safety rules of the scholar patrol-5
13Talking/disruptive behaviour during assembly-5
14Lying-giving false information-5
15Inappropriate physical contact (Kissing, holding hands, hugging)-20
16Indecent exposure-100
17Being in presence of smokers-50
18Rude or unacceptable language, swearing or hurtful remarks towards learners-50
20Misbehaviour/misbehaving during sport or school activities-50
21In possession of smoking equipment-100
22Acting disrespectful towards teacher-100
23Bullying (verbally / social exclusion)-100
24Physical fighting in school uniform-100
25In possession of someone else’s  property-100

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION takes effect immediately:

Can only be approved by the principal.

(Contact parents in all cases and give written warning)

Every time a learner fights/Bully after second warning.  Learner are suspended for 3 days.
Continuous disruptive behaviour (after meeting with parents and warning).  Learner is suspended for 3 days.
400+ demerits.  Learner is suspended for 3 days.
500+ demerits.  Disciplinary talk/hearing with disciplinary committee.
600+ demerits.  Disciplinary talk/hearing with SGB
  1. When a learner has accumulated a 100 debit points, a written warning is issued by the Head of Discipline and the learner gets detention.
  2. When a learner has accumulated 200 debits, a written warning is issued by the Head of Discipline and the learner gets detention.
  3. When a learner has reached 300 debits, a written warning is issued by the Head of Discipline and the learner gets detention.
  4. When a learner has 400 debits, the learner is suspended for 3 days. 
  5. When a learner has 500 debits, the learner and his parents are will attend a disciplinary hearing with disciplinary committee.
  6. When a learner has 600 debits, the learner and his parents will attend a disciplinary hearing with the SGB where they will refer the case to the department of education for possible expulsion.


  • The learner is not allowed to take part in any activities.
  • The learner will receive zero for any tasks or test during that period.
  • It is the learner’s responsibility to see that all academic work is completed up to date.
  • Should a learner be temporarily suspended during examinations, he/she will be allowed to complete the exam conditionally.

Further     explanation     of     possible     punishments     for     offences     (as     determined     by      the

Principal/Disciplinary Committee): 

  1. Detention, see addendum D.
  2. Community service during/after school.
  3. Maintenance of school grounds.
  4. Losing privileges like participating in school activities and functions.
  5. Schedule 2 offences result in an immediate hearing.
  6. Learners who don’t honour the code of conduct, lose the privilege to be elected as a leader 

of the School. (Schedule 1 or 2 offences or 100 debit points) 

  • Any other actions as determined by the people in authority.
  • For certain offences the following levies will be charged:
  • Clothing like jerseys, scarves, beanies and socks incorrectly worn, as well as jewellery worn with the school uniform, will be impounded.  Any of the above items can be redeemed for R10.
  • Impounded items may, after payment of the money, be collected from the Head of Discipline.   The impound fee is non-refundable.
  • Misuse of cellular phone:  Levy R100.  The levy must be paid in at the financial office.  Confiscated cellular phones can be collected from the Head of Discipline once the receipt is presented.  Cellular phones may only be collected 24 hours after being confiscated at the end of the school day by the learner.


NOTE that a learner will not qualify for the nomination list in the elections of leaders if any of the following rules have been broken:

  • 100 debits
  • Temporary suspension
  • Fail
  • Schedule one or 2 offences
  • Involved in any disciplinary hearing


RespectfulIn order for a learner to receive points for these values, he/she will have to accomplish certain criteria. Teachers will observe all learners to identify learners with these values. When a learner has been credited with all 8 values he/she will be a General.50
Acting with integrity50

Guidelines for rewards.

Acknowledgement for values will be done each week, at the end of each term learners who has managed to become Generals will be rewarded for their hard work.

8.      ADDENDUM A


These rules apply to the school uniform at all times.


  • The school uniform must always be clean and neat.


School  wear

  • Shirt:  Wine red gholf shirt
  • Skirt/Pants:  Wine red Culotte and long grey pants
  • Jersey:  Wine red jersey
  • Socks:  Wine red socks
  • Shoes:  Black shoes with strap or the prescribed Buccaneer lace-up shoes.  Built-up platform shoes are not allowed.


The prescribed wear for all sports is provided by school, unless stated otherwise.


  • Hair colour may not be changed drastically.  You are not allowed to colour your hair, and unnatural colour stripes are not allowed.
  • Hair touching the collar must be tied.
  • Only white, wine red, brown or black hair accessories may be worn (ribbons, combs, elastic bands).
  • Hair may only be worn in a bun if tied firmly with no loose hair hanging from the bun.
  • Extravagant and weird hairstyles are not allowed.


  • Jewellery such as rings, bracelets (elastic or leather) or chains are not allowed. Except Medic-alert bracelets.
  • Only ordinary gold or silver studs or plain earrings may be worn.
  • Only ONE earring per ear is allowed in the bottom hole of the earlobe.
  • Only wristwatches are allowed.
  • Wearing of body jewellery (e.g. nose, tongue, and eyebrow) is prohibited.


  • Nails may not be longer than the fingertips.
  • No nail polish may be worn.


No mascara, eyeliner, blusher or any other make-up is allowed.

These rules for hair, jewellery, nails and make-up apply to all school functions where the school uniform is worn.


School wear

  • Shirt: Official wine red golf shirt or  Grey shirt
  • Pants:  Short grey or long trousers
  • Trousers:  Trouser legs may not be widened or tapered to the bottom.  Pants length may not be such that it cascades onto the front of the shoe, i.e. not more than one fold on the front of the shoe.
  • Belt:  Only black or grey belts are allowed.  Fashion buckles or rivet belts are not allowed.
  • Jersey:  Wine red jerseys
  • Socks:  Grey school socks
  • Shoes:  Black, formal, lace-up shoes with black laces, no coloured gusset and/or buckles.  Boots, sport shoes or slip-ons are not allowed.  The soles of the shoes may not be thicker than 25 mm.
  • No berets or beanies may be worn.
  • Only white vests/T-shirts with a V-neck may be worn.  The vest/T-shirt may under no circumstances be seen underneath the shirt.
  • Beanies may only be worn in winter, Wine red beanies only.


The prescribed wear for all sports is provided by school, unless stated otherwise. 


  • Hair must be neatly trimmed.
  • The hair must be trimmed short directly around the ears.  Hair may not touch the ears when combed straight down.
  • The sideburns may reach down to the middle of the ear. 
  • If hair is combed to the front over the forehead it may not cut the eyebrow. 
  • Hair may not be excessively spiky.  Weird hairstyles are not acceptable.
  • No undercut is allowed.
  • Hair colour must at all times be natural.  Extreme highlights or lowlights are not allowed. 
  • No gel may be used.


  • Jewellery such as rings, earrings, bracelets or chains may not be worn. Except Medic-alert bracelets.
  • Wearing of body jewellery (e.g. nose, tongue, and eyebrow) is prohibited.

These rules for hair and jewellery apply to all school functions where the school uniform is worn.

9.      ADDENDUM B


Laerskool Generaal Beyers

  • Acknowledges the law that prohibits smoking by children u/18, and acknowledges that all employees of the state and of the school, as well as learners and visitors have the right to work, study and do business in the cleanest/purest possible air.
  • Expects that all employees, learners and visitors will honour the regulations on smoking and using tobacco products at school.

Areas where smoking is prohibited:

  • All the buildings, including foyers, corridors and stairwells, bathrooms and pavilions of Laerskool Generaal Beyers are regarded as smoke-free zones.
  • Smoking by learners is under no circumstance allowed on any part of the school premises.


It is primarily the responsibility of the line management of the school to ensure that the policy with regard to smoking is adhered to.

Persons who refuse to honour this disciplinary code of the school will, where applicable, be subjected to the punishment as determined by the law.

Visitors who refuse to obey the policy will be denied access to the premises.

Steps taken against learners smoking in school uniforms

Each time a learner is caught smoking in his/her school uniform, a temporary suspension will be enforced(3 Days).



  1. Detention sessions will be scheduled for learners who are guilty of academic   and disciplinary misconduct.  Learners who disrupt the learning environment   in any way will be referred to such a detention session.
  2. Detention will be given by the grade head / disciplinary head / deputy principal / principal on the basis of information provided by teachers.
  3. Learners are notified about the detention, which will   then take place on the following Monday/Wednesday from 14:00 to 16:00.
  4. The transgression of learners who did not attend detention is taken very   seriously.  Learners will receive a serious warning (internal disciplinary   session) and the learner will have to be present at the next detention session.
  5. If a learner is absent, only a medical certificate will be accepted as an excuse   and the detention session should be attended on the following session.  If a   medical certificate is not provided, it will be assumed that the detention   session was played truant and the learner will have to be present at the next   detention session.
  6. Parents have to adapt their transport arrangements in such a way that the   learner attend the entire duration of the detention session.
  7. Detention sessions cannot be postponed.  Parents should not make appointments for doctors, extra classes etc. on that day.  A learner is also not allowed to participate in cultural activities or sport during the detention time.
  8. Learners have to assemble at the detention class at 14:00
  9. Learners have to be clothed neatly in school clothes and only take a pen into   the room.
  10. The learners have to obey instructions of, deputy principal, Grade head, principal or disciplinary head, after which he/she may leave the room at 16:00.
  11. No food, drinks or cell phones may be taken into the room.  Learners may also   not talk during this session.
  12. See the Code of Conduct (p 12) for more information regarding 400+ demerits.

 Further explanation of possible detention sessions:

(As determined by the grade head/disciplinary head/deputy principal/principal)

  • 100+ debit points
    • 200+ debit points
    • 300+ debit points
    • 10x late for school without a good reason = one detention
    • Other reason (determined by principal and disciplinary head).
    • Sanction as determined during hearing.