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ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (JUNIOR)

ACS(J) is committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for all. The goal of school discipline is to help pupils develop self-discipline, through making good choices that will enable them to experience success in life. Through a positive learning environment based on school and good moral values, positive character traits are learned and practised. Everyone is responsible for their actions and the consequences of their actions. Parents, pupils, and school staff work together to give essential support to the learning process.

Our aim is to develop young gentlemen of character who will make good choices.

Our core beliefs for discipline are as follows:
 1.  All pupils are capable of behaving appropriately. 
 2.  Misbehaviour is a matter of choice.
 3.  A pupil will accept responsibility for his actions.
 4.  Teachers have a right to teach without disruption.
 5.  Pupils have a right and responsibility to learn and feel safe at school.
 6.  Respect must be shown to everyone at all times.

CODE OF CONDUCT AND SCHOOL RULES

PERSONAL CONDUCT

Attendance

It is compulsory for every pupil to attend school. Pupils must not leave the school during curriculum hours, including supplementary and remedial classes, without authorisation.

Absence From School

A pupil who is absent from School is required to submit a Medical Certificate (MC) or a letter of excuse from parents/guardians.

Late-coming 
Pupils will be punctual for all school activities. Pupils who reach school after 7.30am are considered late. Their parents will be informed after three incidents of late-coming. From the fourth incidence of late-coming onwards, their names will be recorded in the school system, which will be reflected in the pupil's report book. 

Leaving School During Curriculum Hours
School hours are from 7.30 am to 1.30 pm. A pupil who leaves the school during curriculum hours must first obtain a permission slip duly signed by the subject teacher at that point of time. The permission slip will then be signed by the parent/guardian who is picking the pupil up and handed in to the receptionist before the pupil is allowed to leave the school. No pupil is allowed to leave the school during curriculum hours without being accompanied by a parent/guardian. 

ATTIRE & GROOMING
Proper attire and grooming have a positive impact on the image of the school and the pupils. Every pupil must project an appropriate and well-groomed appearance, and wear his school uniform with pride and propriety.

Pupils are to wear the prescribed school uniform. Modification to the uniform is not allowed.

Formal uniform consists of:

• White short-sleeved shirt complete with the letters ACS embroidered on the pocket tucked into the navy-blue shorts with the ACS label sewn at the back

• The uniform is to be worn with white shoes and socks. If track shoes are worn, they should be predominately white (including white shoe laces). Only plain white socks or socks with the ACS(J) label are to be worn. Socks worn must not be below the ankle. Only Primary 1 & 2 pupils are allowed to wear shoes with Velcro straps

• Pupils are to be in formal uniform at all times in school and at all school functions unless otherwise stated

Informal uniform consists of:

  • Red Corporate T-shirt – to be worn for school excursions and other special occasions. •The
  • Red Corporate T-shirt will be allowed for P1 and P2 PAL sessions.
  • White Corporate T-shirt – may be worn on Fridays
  • School CCA uniforms – to be worn only during the CCA. This includes footwear
  • Jackets may be worn with the uniform in school. Jackets must not have offensive words or pictures on them
  • Informal uniform can be worn in school during holidays and weekends. No other T-shirts may be worn on campus
  • Slippers and sandals are not allowed unless on medical grounds. A medical certificate stating that the pupil is unable to wear shoes is required

Pupils in uniform must not wear the following:

  • Tinted lenses for spectacles/tinted contact lenses unless on medical grounds
  • Personal / religious adornments, jewellery, accessories
  • The school discourages the bringing and using of expensive items by the pupils and we expect parents to support us in inculcating the right values in our children

Physical Education attire for pupils as follows:

  • The official school PE or House tank tops which must be worn during PE lessons.
  • Pupils are strongly encouraged to have their water bottles to hydrate themselves during and after the PE lessons

Formal Uniform

White Corporate T-Shirt
Tuck-In With School Shorts

White Corporate T-Shirt Tuck-Out With Corporate Shorts

Red Corporate T-Shirt
Tuck-In With School Shorts

Red Corporate T-Shirt
Tuck-Out With Corporate Shorts

PE Attire

Grooming

  • Pupils must be cleanshaven with no facial hair ie. Sideburns, moustache and beard are not allowed
  • Pupils must be neat in appearance at all times
  • Pupils must practice good hygiene habits ie. trim nails and washing of hands before eating
  • Pupils must have a short and neat hairstyle. Their hair must not touch their ears or the collar of their uniform
    • Outlandish hairstyles are not allowed
    • No dyeing, tinting or highlighting of hair. Pupils with such hair will be required to dye their hair back to its original colour
    • The fringe must not touch the eyebrows when combed down.
    • No shaved head unless on medical grounds.

BEHAVIOUR

All pupils are expected to demonstrate exemplary behaviour by observing the school values

  • Respecting school staff and peers
  • Persevering and pursuing excellence in all that they do
  • Demonstrating integrity
  • Demonstrating generosity in spirit
  • Co-operating with the pupil leaders in their duties
  • Demonstrating the school motto that the “The Best is Yet To Be”

Misbehaviour will not be tolerated and will be dealt with accordingly. For serious offences, disciplinary action will include, but not be restricted to, caning, probation, suspension, expulsion and/or any other action deemed appropriate by the school. Where necessary, the assistance of pupils’ parents/guardians will be sought to obtain home support for remedial action. 

The following types of behaviour will not be tolerated and will be considered as a serious offence:

  • open defiance and rudeness (in behaviour or speech) eg. refusing to follow instructions or speaking back to a staff member or student leader.
  • vandalism eg. deliberately damaging or misuse of school or another’s property
  • fighting
  • extortion and theft
  • harassment and bullying
  • possessing/throwing dangerous objects
  • offensive language or behavior
  • cheating
  • truancy

Respect for authority and members of the school community

  • No foul language (both verbal and body language) 

Using language or behaving in a manner detrimental to the moral tone of the school will not be condoned

  • No cheating

Cheating in examinations and tests, plagiarism and making unauthorised alterations in official documents are acts of dishonesty and are viewed as a serious offence

  • No recording in any form (audio or video)

Recording is allowed only if the explicit consent of the school administration and the persons involved is obtained.

  • No gambling of any form is allowed in the school.
  • No trading games of any items are allowed in the school.
  • No hand-held electronic games are allowed in the school.
     
  • Use of mobile phones

While we discourage pupils from bringing mobile phones, we understand that some parents prefer to have their children carry mobile phones for the convenience of communication and safety, especially children travelling alone on public transport or commuting long distances to school. Kindly refer to the points below which are designed to provide pupils and parents with guidelines and instructions for the appropriate use of mobile phones during school hours.

  • The mobile phone must be labelled with pupil’s name and class. 
  • The mobile phone must be switched off and kept out of sight during all school activities (ie. lessons, chapel, assembly, recess, CCAs, excursions).
  • Pupils will use the mobile phones solely for communication and not for playing games, taking still or moving images, or surfing the internet.
  • The use of the mobile phone is restricted to before and after school at the foyer only and/or when permission is granted by a teacher. Restriction on use of mobile phone applies to pupils during excursions, camps and co-curriculum activities.
  • The school will not be responsible for the loss or damage of the mobile phone. 
  • No mobile phones will be allowed in examination rooms. Pupils are to surrender their mobile phones (in the event they bring it to school on any examination day) to the teacher in the classroom. The mobile phones will be returned to the pupils after all the examinations for that day.
  • Pupils who fail to abide by the rules will have their mobile phones (including SIM card) confiscated. Confiscated mobile phones can only be collected by pupil’s parents.
  • Repeat offenders will be barred from bringing any mobile phone to school.


ACSJ Classification of Offences & Follow-up Action


ACS (Junior) groups offences into 3 levels; Level 1 offences are characterized as minor misdemeanors while Level 3 is for very serious offences. The school will take one or more of the following actions when students misbehave.
 

Level 1 Offences

Level 1 Follow-up Action

  • Late-coming
  • Not handing in work
  • Disruptive behaviour
  • Verbal Warning
  • Detention

Level 2 Offences

Level 2 Follow-up Action

  • Use of vulgar language
  • Unauthorized use of electronic devices (e.g. playing games on smartphone)
  • Any Persistent Level 1 Offences
     
  • Verbal Warning
  • Written Warning
  • Detention
  • Confiscation of electronic devices

Level 3 Offences

Level 3 Follow-up Action

  • Truancy / Leaving school without permission
  • Bullying / Cyber-bullying
  • Cheating / Forgery
  • Stealing
  • Vandalism / Misuse of school property
  • Possession of danger weapons or weapon-like objects
  • Actions leading to potential danger
  • Disrespectful / Defiant to teachers / staff
  • Other serious offences
  • Any Persistent Level 2 Offences
  • Written warning
  • Detention
  • Deduction of marks (cheating cases)
  • Counselling
  • Downgrade / Removal of School Award/s
  • Removal of Leadership position
  • Internal suspension
  • Home suspension
  • Caning

• School Transport

Pupils will:

  • sit properly on a seat (in an allocated seat if directed by the driver) throughout the journey
  • treat bus drivers and other people and their possessions with respect
  • obey bus driver’s instructions without argument
  • treat all bus property, equipment and signs with respect
  • wear the seat belt at all times if available
  • speak quietly and not create unnecessary noise
  • wait until the bus stops before getting up from their seat to get off
  • board and alight the bus in a quiet and orderly fashion

It is not appropriate or acceptable for pupils to:

  • bully or harass other pupils or the driver
  • walk or run along the aisle
  • put their feet on the seats
  • fight, spit or use offensive language
  • throw any items within or out of the bus
  • consume food or drink, or play music without permission of the driver
  • stick their hands or any other part of their bodies out of the bus windows
  • use a mobile phone to send threatening messages, or photograph others without consent, distract drivers through use of mobile phones or other objects

Please click here for School Transport Code of Conduct Form

Respect for School Property

  • No littering; keep the school a clean and conducive place to learn in
  • No vandalism

Pupils are expected to use school facilities and equipment with care. Acts of vandalism include:

- Damaging furniture/equipment (chairs, books, sports equipment, etc);

- Damaging buildings/fittings (wash-basins, drinking fountains, cabinets, lockers, fire alarm, etc); and

- Defacing walls, notices, etc.

  • No wasting of water and electricity. Pupils must take care not to waste water or electricity. The practice of strict economy in the use of both utilities is encouraged
  • No stealing or misuse of school property / equipment or property belonging to others

Expected conduct in/during ...

Flag Raising Ceremony

  • Pupils who are Singapore citizens must sing the National Anthem and take the Pledge at each Assembly. Pupils should take the Pledge with the right fist placed over the heart.
  • Pupils in the school campus are to stand at attention and face the flag poles once the National Anthem is played
  • These ceremonies are to be taken seriously by all pupils, with due respect given to the nation’s flag, anthem and pledge.

Classroom

  • When a teacher enters the classroom, all boys should stand and greet the teacher.
  • No food or flavoured drinks to be consumed in the classroom.
  • No pupils are allowed in the classroom during recess without the presence of a teacher.
  • Permission must be sought when going to the toilet.
  • At the end of each day, chairs must be pushed in and tables arranged in an orderly manner and all litter should be cleared from the tables and floor.

Computer Lab

  • Follow instructions of the teachers or instructors at all times
  • Only visit approved internet sites and only when you have permission to do so
  • Do not download anything unless told to do so
  • Never give out or share personal information ie. Passwords
  • Improper, unlawful, or incorrect use of information technology and communications ie. computer, mobile phone, all social networking sites (Facebook), etc. will be considered as abuse of technology 

Science Lab / Art Room

  • No playing in the Science Labs
  • Do not touch any of the equipment / apparatus until permission is given
  • Listen to instructions from the teacher carefully

Canteen

• Pupils must queue up in an orderly manner for their food and drinks. They are expected to return the crockery and cutlery to the receptacles in the canteen after their meal.

Library

  • Follow instructions of the librarian / parent volunteers at all times
  • Return borrowed books on time
  • No playing, eating and drinking in the library

Bookstore

• Pupils must queue up in an orderly manner to make payment.

Staff Rooms

• Staff rooms are strictly out-of-bounds to all pupils unless accompanied by a teacher.

Play areas

  • Table Tennis Tables:
    • respect each other; queue to play
    • be inclusive; allowing others to play
    • play fair; play safe
    • play by the rules
  • Playground
    • No playing when the playground is wet or it is raining
    • Play safe; take turns; no rough play
  • The following areas are non-play areas:
    • Around Admin block
    • Corridors around the PAH and Computer Labs
    • Parade square / carpark
    • Around the teaching blocks / along corridors / staircases
    • Slopes at playground & around Block E
    • Soccer field, tennis courts, basketball court, fitness area, MPH