School Rules

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School Rules

Below are the Fundamental and Basic School Rules that all students must adhere by.

Fundamental School Rules
1. Students deemed to be under Authority of the School

Students are under the authority of the School while:
(a) present at school during an official school day;
(b) representing the school at any time whether it be in sport, cultural pursuits or any other activity;
(c) on a school trip whether or not a parent or guardian is also present;
(d) on the way to and from school;
(e) at any time they are wearing school uniform.

2. Prohibition on Drugs and Alcohol

2.1 No student shall consume, sell, purchase, supply, have in his possession or be under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, non-prescription drugs, R18 legal drugs or party pills, whether or not lawful under the law of New Zealand, while under the authority of the school.
2.2 In relation to prescribed drugs; no student shall consume, sell, purchase, supply, have in his possession or be under the influence of prescribed drugs while under the authority of the school unless it is in accordance with the specific instructions of a registered health professional.
2.3 No student is permitted to have in their possession any drug or alcohol paraphernalia while under the authority of the school.
2.4 A disciplinary committee of the Board of Trustees is authorised, in its sole discretion, to determine, in any particular case before it, whether a drug, pill or other substance is prohibited by Rule 2.1.

Policy: It is the Rector’s Policy to treat very seriously a breach of this rule. The Rector would review all the circumstances and consider suspension as a serious disciplinary option.

3. Prohibition on Tobacco and Policy relating to Smoking, Theft, Truancy, Bullying, Fighting, Assault and Repeated Disobedience

3.1 No student shall steal.
3.2 No student shall bully, assault, fight with, or intimidate another student or staff member.

Policy: It is the Rector’s Policy to treat very seriously a breach of this rule.
The Rector would review all the circumstances and consider suspension as a serious disciplinary option.

3.3 No student shall smoke e-cigarettes, vaporisers, tobacco or other similar product, supply e-cigarettes, vaporisers, tobacco or other similar product to other students or have e-cigarettes, vaporisers, tobacco or other similar product in his possession while under the authority of the school.
3.4 A disciplinary committee of the Board of Trustees is authorised, in its sole discretion, to determine, in any particular case before it, whether the e-cigarettes, tobacco or other similar product, is prohibited by Rule 3.3.

Policy: In relation to matters such as smoking and truancy and repeated disobedience or non-adherence to school rules the policy of the Rector is, on the first occasion, for a senior staff member to interview the student concerned and provide a final warning. If there is a further breach of the school rules following the final warning it is likely that the Rector would consider suspension as a disciplinary option.

Notwithstanding any statement made in these rules, the Rector may decide that an individual breach of any school rule constitutes a sufficiently serious offence for immediate action to be taken. Each case will be considered against all relevant circumstances.
Basic School Rules
4. Student Commitment:

4.1 All students are full-time students. Part-time enrolments will not be accepted at any level.
4.2 Attendance on all school days is compulsory.
4.3 Students are required to attend all classes.
4.4 Senior students may have the opportunity to undertake courses outside the school eg recreation, general studies. Any costs involved must be met by the student.
4.5 All students will sit school examinations.
4.6 All students in Year 11, 12 & 13 and some students in Year 10 will sit external examinations and awards in all subjects. Every student in these classes will have external examinations as part of his programme.
4.7 All students will be required to take part in other school events and activities eg daily assembly, annual prize giving, ANZAC service, athletic sports and road race.
4.8 All students will be encouraged to take part in the wide range of co-curricular sporting and cultural activities offered by the school. They must ensure the correct uniform is worn and that financial commitments are met.

5. The School Day:

The school day begins at 8.40 am and concludes at 3.20 pm, or when school obligations have been met.

6. Students are under the control of the school on the way to or from school, or at any event organised by the school. Travel to and from school: No student has permission to be a passenger in a vehicle driven by a PNBHS student unless specific permission has been granted (see 15.3).

7. After school:

Students should leave the grounds by 4.00 pm unless taking part in co-curricular activities, detentions or other prearranged activity. (Students choosing to wear school uniform outside school hours must meet the grooming standards of the school).

8. Behaviour in class:

8.1 Students are expected to behave in a courteous manner at all times.
8.2 Students may not eat in class.
8.3 Students will stand when the class teacher first enters the room.
8.4 Students will stand when staff or visitors enter the room.

9. Addressing members of staff (including office staff, caretakers, and grounds staff):

Students will address male staff members as “Sir” or by their correct names, and will address female staff members as “Ma’am” or “Miss” or by their correct names.

10. The school grounds:

The following areas are out of bounds to students:
10.1 Classrooms and school buildings at interval and lunchtime unless a teacher is present.
10.2 School boundaries (except the cricket complex) at interval and lunchtime.
10.3 The bicycle racks and Grandstand during school hours.
10.4 The main entrance, exit and front lawn of the school.
10.5 All workshops and laboratories unless a teacher is present.

11. Leaving the school grounds:

11.1 Students are expected to remain in the school grounds throughout the school day.
11.2 Students who need to leave the grounds must bring a note of explanation from their parents to the Senior Masters or Deputy Rector during assembly to obtain an exeat pass. On return to school students must sign in at the Student Support Centre.
11.3 Students may not leave the grounds to go to nearby shops.
11.4 Only in exceptional circumstances will students receive a lunch pass.

12. Bicycles:

12.1 Bicycles must be wheeled (not ridden) inside the school grounds.
12.2 Cyclists must use the Featherston Street or Wellesbourne Street entrances.
12.3 Bicycle stands must be used – cycles should not be left against buildings or fences.
12.4 Cycle helmets must be worn at all times.

13. Absences and lateness:

13.1 Parents/Guardians are requested to inform the school by 9.00am at the latest each day, if a student is going to be late or absent from school. Phone 3545176 ext 761 and leave a message (this is a 24 hour service).
13.2 Letters explaining absence from school must be shown to the Form Teacher and then taken to the Rector at the back of the hall after assembly on the day the student returns to school. Any student who is absent from school for three or more consecutive days due to illness may be requested to provide a doctor’s certificate.
13.3 Students who arrive at school late must report to the Deputy Rector or Senior Masters on arrival and obtain a student late slip. This must be presented to their Class and Form Teacher as appropriate.

14. School Detentions:

School detentions are organised by teaching staff and are held on a day convenient for the teacher. These may be lunchtime or after school detentions. Deans and Senior Management detentions are held on Friday afternoons from 3.30 to 5.30pm. At least 24 hours notice will be given.

15. Motor vehicles:

15.1 Students require approval from the school to use a motor vehicle to drive to and from any school related activity. Activities include co-curricular practices and fixtures at school and at other venues.
15.2 Approval will be given to Year 12 and 13 students once an application form has been completed.
15.3 Approval is given to the named student only. Passengers are not permitted unless approval is granted.
15.4 Vehicles must be parked where directed by the Deputy Rector/Senior Master and may not be moved during the school day. Vehicles are not permitted on the school grounds.
15.5 Pillion riding on motorbikes is not permitted.
15.6 Offences against traffic regulations may result in the removal of the right to bring the vehicle to school or to use it for any other school activity. The matter may be referred to the police.

16. Bus students:

16.1 Students may not (without written permission) leave buses enroute to or from the school.
16.2 Conduct on buses will be of the same standard as in classrooms (the bus driver will have the same authority as a classroom teacher).
16.3 Complete school uniform will be worn on buses.
16.4 Students must wait for buses at the appropriate place and in an orderly manner.

17. Names on articles:

All books, personal items and articles of clothing are to be clearly marked with the owner’s name.

18. Damage to school property:

Damage to school property must be reported to the Property Manager. Students could be required to pay for damage caused by carelessness.

19. Emergency drill:

Students should leave the buildings by the nearest outside door. See notices in classrooms for further information.

20. Messages

Messages will only be delivered to students in cases of emergency (eg illness, accident).

21. Telephone:

Students may use the card telephone in the Student Services Centre. Cell phones are not permitted at school.

Policy: It is the policy of the school to confiscate cellphones should students be seen using them while under the authority of the school. In the first instance confiscation shall be for a period of two weeks. Should a student have an item confiscated a second time it will be returned after a period of four weeks. A letter will be sent to parents informing them of this. Any further confiscations will result in the item being held for a period of six weeks and the student’s parents will be required to meet with the appropriate member of the Senior Management Team to discuss the issue.

22. Illness:

22.1 Students with minor injuries/illness should report to the Student Support Centre, all other injuries/illness should report to the Main Office.
22.2 The Deputy Rector/Senior Masters will make every attempt to contact a student’s parent/guardian before sending a student home or obtaining medical treatment.
22.3 No student will be sent home to an empty house without the knowledge of a parent/guardian.
22.4 If a student is sent home, a normal absence note will be required.
22.5 If emergency medical treatment is needed, students will normally be taken to City Doctors in Victoria Avenue.

23. Personal electronic equipment:

Personal electronic equipment may not be used while under the authority of the school. This includes game and music equipment. Headphones/ear pieces may not be worn while under the authority of the school.

Policy: It is the policy of the school to confiscate personal electronic equipment should students be seen using them while under the authority of the school. In the first instance confiscation shall be for a period of two weeks. Should a student have an item confiscated a second time it will be returned after a period of four weeks. A letter will be sent to parents informing them of this. Any further confiscations will result in the item being held for a period of six weeks and the students parents will be required to meet with the appropriate member of the Senior Management Team to discuss the issue.

24. Other Items:

24.1 Skateboards, rollerblades and similar products are not permitted at school, nor are they allowed to be used by a student in uniform.
24.2 Students are not permitted to bring items to school that may harm another student. These include such items as knives, cigarette lighters, imitation firearms, paint ball guns etc.

25. Uniform & Grooming:

25.1 Jewellery such as rings, ear studs, bracelets and necklaces must not be worn. Body piercing is not acceptable at this school.
25.2 Haircuts must be neat and appropriate for school: neither long nor too short, and must be cut to the satisfaction of the Rector or Deputy Rector. Dyed hair is not acceptable at this school. Sideboards must not extend beyond the ear lobe. Hair products such as wax and gel are not permitted.
25.3 The standard school uniform consists of a grey shirt, black shorts, black socks with two white bands, and a grey jersey with a V-neck and school crest and colours.
25.4 Correct school uniform must be worn on the way to/from school.
25.5 Jackets – in wet weather, students may wear an appropriate raincoat to and from school. Around school students may wear a black parka or an approved black jacket. Students do not have permission to wear black dress jackets/overcoats.
25.6 Year 12 and 13 students may wear the senior black jersey if they have achieved NCEA Level 1, and may wear the official long dark grey trousers during Terms 2 and 3.
25.7 Shorts should be above the knee in length and the correct size for the wearer.
25.8 Students must wear the approved school socks, just below the knee. Garters must be worn to ensure socks stay at the required length.
25.9 Footwear – students may wear either black leather laced shoes or plain black roman sandals (worn without socks).
25.10 The school blazer, with white shirt and tie, may be worn by any student on special occasions (eg inter-school sports). Senior students (Year 12 and 13) may wear the senior school representative blazer on these occasions.
25.11 For PE, students must wear their club singlet and/or club jersey, official white shorts, and suitable footwear. In colder weather students may wear the approved blue polypropylene under their club singlet. White ankle socks must be worn with shoes for PE or club activities.
25.12 In summer, the official blue cap or white brimmed hat may be worn at intervals and lunchtimes. Approved sunglasses may be worn with these hats for approved activities.