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Code of Conduct





Northwood, the School of Choice for the Durban North Community.


We will achieve the Northwood vision by developing well-balanced, disciplined

young men, equipped with the necessary life-skills to make a positive contribution

to society. This will be achieved through committed participation in academics,

sports and culture.



Mutual respect

Commitment and determination

Team spirit and competitiveness

Self discipline and pride

Honesty and integrity



1. To create an environment which encourages participation of learners, educators, parents, old boys and

the community, in academics, sport and culture, to engender team spirit and unity.

2. Caring — identifying, nurturing and realizing each individual’s potential.


It’s my right …

1. To be respected by other members of the school community, regardless of personal, religious or

cultural differences, AND my responsibility to respect others, regardless of personal, religious or

cultural differences.

2. To freedom of speech and to voice my opinion in a mature, tactful and appropriate manner, AND my

responsibility to listen to and to respect the opinions of others.

3. To make use of available school facilities and property, AND my responsibility to respect and

maintain these facilities and property.

4. To the security of myself and my property, AND my responsibility to uphold security in the school.

5a) To be educated in a disciplined, academic environment to the best ability of the educator, AND my

responsibility to be part of a positive work ethic and to create the opportunity for others to work

without hindrance and to pay full attention.

5b) To be educated in a quiet environment, free from unnecessary noise; it is my responsibility to

moderate my behavior while in the school buildings.

5c) To teach in a controlled, academic environment, AND my responsibility to create such an


6. To request the removal of a disruptive learner from the classroom, AND my responsibility to do so in

an appropriate manner and time and for valid reasons without disrupting the class.

7. To, where possible, be involved in and informed about decisions taken in the school, AND my

responsibility to respect the decisions made and to act on them in a mature fashion.

8. To work in a clean environment, AND my responsibility to maintain a clean school environment.

9. To ask for help and advice, AND my responsibility to do so in an appropriate manner and to give

advice and help myself.

10. To have school activities begin punctually, AND my responsibility to be punctual in every part of my

school life.


11. To appeal, if problems arise, via the grade head or other authority, AND my responsibility to do so in

an appropriate manner, and time and for valid reasons.

12a) To attend school, free from harassment (peer pressure/drugs/violence/intimidation), AND my

responsibility to promote a safe environment free from harassment.

b) To be free from any unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which has a negative effect on the target of

the harassment’s. And my responsibility to promote an environment free from this type of

harassment, which can take the form of: offensive gestures, innuendo’s, comments or suggestions

of a sexual nature, inappropriate touching, public display of offensive or degrading pictures,

persistent unwanted sexual advances.

13. To support the school in my participation in cultural, sporting and academic activities, AND my

responsibility to uphold school spirit by participation in and support of cultural, sporting and

academic activities to the best of my ability.

14. To have a social life out of school, AND my responsibility not to embarrass the school in any way

when out of school uniform.


The Discipline Procedure: Areas of Responsibility.

The discipline procedure to be followed is outlined for each of the following areas of school routine:


All discipline related incidents to be referred to the PREFECTS and any educators in the area at the time.


All discipline related incidents to be referred to the PREFECTS.


All discipline related incidents are to be the responsibility of the REGISTRATION EDUCATOR or



All discipline related incidents are to be referred to and dealt with by the EDUCATOR-IN-CHARGE of the

particular group/team.


All discipline related incidents are to be referred to and dealt with by the EDUCATOR/S WHO IS/ARE



In the absence of educators or prefects, the most senior Northwood learner is to assist in implementing

and upholding the Code of Conduct and school rules.


Northwood’s values and the partners’ rights and responsibilities are supported by the following School



1.1 Daily attendance at school is compulsory. School starts at 07:35 and closes at 14:40. Afternoon

activities start and finish by arrangement with the coaches concerned. Usually 14:45 to 17:00

(16:30 in winter).

1.2 Punctuality is to be observed at all times.


1.3.1 Learners are to submit a note, signed by a parent/guardian, explaining the reason for

absence. These notes are to be kept by the registration educator.

1.3.2 In the event of absence from school exceeding two days, the learner may be required to

submit a doctor’s certificate in support of the absence.

1.3.3 A doctor’s certificate must be submitted to explain absence from an examination.

1.3.4 The note or doctor’s certificate explaining the absence is to be submitted on the day the

learner returns to school.


1.4.1 Learners who are late for school must report to the Secretary at the Back Office. The learner

will be given a late arrival slip, which he is to hand to the educator of the first lesson he



1.4.2 Notice of intention to collect a learner from the school must be given in good time, in writing,

by the parents / guardians. Requests for exeats from school should, where possible be

made at least 24 hours before the exeat is required. The request should be motivated and

addressed to the Headmaster. Once approved the learner must obtain the exeat from the

Back Office. Approval can be obtained from the Headmaster or the Deputy Headmaster.

Application and collection of exeats should be done before school or during a break.

1.4.3 No learner may leave the school premises during the school day, without the permission of

the Headmaster.


2.1 Learners are to wear the prescribed uniform to and from school and at all school functions. (School

wear rules are set out in section F, Uniforms).

2.2 Only plain white vests are permitted to be worn underneath school shirts.

2.3 Learners are to wear the prescribed uniform for the co-curricular activities in which they participate.

2.4 Hair is to be neatly groomed according to the school’s regulations. (Read with p 22.)

2.4.1 Hair is to be off the eyebrows, ears and collar.

2.4.2 Hair is to be tapered from the crown of the head, downwards.

2.4.3 Hair may not be coloured, dyed or bleached.

2.5 No adornments are to be worn. (Medic alert necklaces are permitted)

2.6 Learners are to be clean-shaven. Sideburns may extend halfway down the ears.

2.7 Name badges are to be visible at all times.

2.8 No headgear is permitted to be worn, other than regulation sports kit.


3.1 Every learner is to conform to the norms of the Northwood School community as determined by the

Headmaster in accordance with the Code of Conduct. Insubordination, in the sense of blatant

defiance of the Headmaster’s instructions, in accordance with the Code of Conduct, will not be


3.2 While commuting to or from school or when wearing school uniform, the learners are subject to full

school discipline, including the authority of prefects or the most senior Northwood learner.

3.3 Cellular phones, MP3 software players (electronic entertainment and communication devices) may

not be brought to school from Monday to Friday. They may not be on the school premises, at any

time, during the school week. Cellular phones (including SIM cards), MP3 players and earphones

will be confiscated for a period of ±60 days if seen or heard by staff or prefects. The school’s staff,

management and governors are not responsible if the above devices are brought to school and are

lost or stolen.

3.4 Prompt payment of school fund contributions is required.

3.5 No learner may be in possession of cigarettes, tobacco, alcoholic beverages or any illegal and / or

harmful substance, or to be under the influence of alcohol while at school or while in school uniform.

3.6 No smoking or any other behavior detrimental to the welfare of the school will be tolerated.

3.7 Certain areas of the school are, at the discretion of the Headmaster, out of bounds. Learners are to

remain strictly within bounds.

3.8 All learners are to participate in the school curriculum, including physical education (unless

medically unfit). All learners are to participate in at least one co-curricular activity per term, at the

discretion of the Headmaster. Grade 8’s and 9’s may be called upon to assist at school on

Saturdays e.g. scoreboard operators.

3.9 All learners who commit themselves to an activity, do so for the duration of that activity’s season, at

the discretion of the educator in charge of that activity.

3.10 However, in recognising 3.8 and 3.9 above, all partners need to recognise that the core function of

the school remains academics. The school reserves the right to remove learners from co-curricular

programmes if the school is not satisfied with learners’ behavior or academics progress.

3.11 Inability to fulfill an obligation must be registered with the relevant authority in good time, so that

alternative arrangements can be made.


3.12 Compulsory co-curricular attendances will be announced by the Headmaster from time to time.

3.13 All property must be respected by learners. Books and equipment on loan to learners must be

returned in good condition when called for. Any shortfall or damage is to be made good by the


3.14 The environs of the school must be kept clean and tidy and any detrimental actions against the

school environs will not be tolerated. Littering and graffiti are forbidden.

3.15 All clothing must be marked clearly with the learner’s name.

3.16 Property may not be borrowed or used without the express permission of the owner.

3.17 All property, which is found, must be handed in at the Back Office.

3.18 Over-robust behavior and activity that endangers the safety of others is prohibited.

3.19 No learner is allowed to run within the school buildings.

3.20 No learner is allowed to throw any object that may injure a person or damage property.

3.21 No learner is allowed to be in possession of a dangerous weapon while at school.

3.22 Business transactions may not be conducted by learners while present at school and on the


3.23 During detention all school rules applicable to the academic day will apply.


4.1 Northwood News is to be taken home to parents/guardians each Friday during the school year.

4.2 Academic reports are produced at the end of each school term and are to be taken home to parents

for their information.

4.3 Homework, as prescribed by the school, must be conscientiously done each day. A record of this is

to be kept for checking by both the school and parents.

4.4 Homework is set for each lesson of a school day.

Grade 8 & 9 – 20 minutes per subject.

Grade 10, 11 & 12 – 30 minutes per subject.


5.1 Classrooms

No learner is allowed in a classroom before or after school. Classrooms are to be vacated at breaks.

5.2 Sports Fields

No learner may sit or play on any sports field during break. Learners in Grade 8 to Grade 11 may not

cross the Upper Campus sports fields.

5.3 Flag Pole

No learner may go beyond the flag pole in the direction of the swimming pool change rooms during

break, except for Boarders.

5.4 Boarding Establishment

No day boys are permitted in the Boarding Establishment.

5.5 Covered Stands

The covered stands are out of bounds during break.

5.6 Change Rooms and Toilets

No learner may enter the Change Rooms during breaks. (The toilets in the change rooms are not to

be used during the breaks.) Staff toilets are strictly out of bounds to learners.

5.7 Tennis Court Area (Adjacent to the Swimming Pool)

No learner may go beyond the path leading to the Change Rooms during breaks. The paved area at

the Front Tennis Courts is out of bounds.

5.8 Car Park / Mini Astro (Upper Campus)

No learner may go beyond the paved pathway leading to the Lower Campus at any time during the

school day. The back car park, Tennis Shelter and the grassed parking area are out of bounds.

5.9 Lower Campus Room 49

No learner may go beyond Room 49 during the academic day.

5.10 Grass Banks

The grass banks leading to the sports fields are out of bounds at all times, including rugby practices.


5.11 Eating Areas.

No eating or drinking may take place in the corridors or within the school building, except in the Tuck

Shop. Eating may take place in the main quadrangles.

5.12 Mc Farquhar Hall (Upper Campus)

The Upper Campus Mc Farquhar Hall, is out of bounds to all learners during the school day, unless

prior permission has been granted by the Headmaster.

5.13 The covered area adjoining the Tuck Shop, underneath the Main Hall is out of bounds.

5.14 Learners are to be in the prescribed grade quadrangles during breaks. Learners are informed from

time to time as to the area demarcated for each grade.

5.15 The main foyer may not be used by learners as a passageway.

5.16 The Lower Campus is out of bounds during breaks and before and after school.


6.1 Motor cars driven by learners may be parked on either side of the Lower Campus driveway.

6.2 Motorcycles may be parked within the school grounds on the Upper Campus, on the grassed area

above the back tennis courts, and on the Lower Campus behind the hall.

6.3 Bicycles may not be ridden nor motorcycles be started or ridden, within the school grounds with the

exception that on the Lower Campus motorcycles may be started and ridden once they have been

pushed clear of the parking area and they remain on the tar.

6.4 All vehicles are parked on the grounds at the owner’s risk.

6.5 Bicycles may be parked on the Upper Campus behind the Library and on the Lower Campus behind

the hall.

6.6 No vehicles are allowed onto the fields without the Headmaster’s permission.


7.1 Northwood partners are to refer to the Code of Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities for guidance

regarding respect for others.

7.2 No bullying or initiation is permitted.

7.3 No scrounging for money or food is permitted.

7.4 Use of foul, obscene or derogatory language is not permitted.

7.5 Learners are to show mutual respect. Seniors to juniors and vice versa.

7.6 Greetings – Matrics are to be politely greeted by juniors. Grades 8,9 and 10 are to initiate the

greeting of Matrics.


8.1 Learners who take ill at home should not report for school.

8.2 The school does not have the service of qualified staff to determine that nature of illness, therefore,

at the discretion of the school, parents may be called upon to take their son from school during the


8.3 Learners who take ill during the day must ask the educator taking his class at the time, for written

permission to consult the secretary, who is in charge of ill learners.

8.4 Learners who are medically exempt from all physical education should furnish a Medical Certificate

to this effect. This Certificate will be kept on file.

8.5 Learners who wish to be excused from a particular physical education lesson must bring a note to

this effect from a parent.

8.6 Should a learner take ill during the school day and wish to be excused from physical education, or

should he have forgotten to obtain a note from his parents, he is to obtain a note to this effect from

his educator of the prior lesson.


9.1 The payment should be enclosed in an envelope, marked with the learner’s name, initials and

registration class, as well as the purpose of the payment. The envelope is to be handed in at the

Back Office.

9.2 Each learner is responsible for returning the receipt for any payment to his parents.



When writing to the school, please use the following format at the top of the page:

Learner’s surname, initials and Registration Class

Your Postal Address (Printed please)

Dear Sir,




Northwood Gear (at school) and Gem Schoolwear stock the uniform which consists of:-

1.1 Navy Blue Blazer with badge — Barathea cloth, dark navy, ref NA0009.

Blazers are to be worn to special school functions, to Saturday away sports fixtures and compulsory

Saturday home games. When dressed in full school uniform learners are to wear their blazer to

morning assembly. Blazers are to be buttoned up, at all times with two buttons, and there is to be

one button on each cuff.

1.2 Charcoal (Kearsney grey) longs with extension waist and pleats (no belts).

School trousers are to be worn around the waist and above the hips. No belts are to be worn.

1.3 Black socks and plain black lace up leather school shoes. (Read with p 21.)

Shoes are to be polished and in good condition at all times. Stitching around the shoes is to be

polished black.

1.4 White short sleeve shirt with badge on pocket or white long sleeve shirt. Shirts are to be tucked in, at

all times. Long sleeve shirts are to have the cuffs and top button buttoned up at all times.

1.5 Striped tie – grades 8 to 11. The grade twelves wear the Grade 12 tie.

Ties are to be tightened so that the knot covers the shirt top button.

1.6 Navy Pullover – Exotex.

1.7 Navy Blue PT shorts, with tie-up drawstring.

1.8 Name Badges – Name Badges are to be worn at all times. They can be ordered from the back office

and are not to be intentionally defaced.

1.9 Swimming and Physical Education – The costume (navy blue with white panel) is available at

Northwood Gear.

1.10 Rain weather coats (navy blue or black) shall only be worn when it is raining, and at no other time.

They may be worn to and from school when it is raining.

1.11 School Bag – Each learner must have a regulation Northwood school bag which is obtainable from

Northwood Gear.


2.1 Term 1, 2 and 4

There are two options:


2.1.1 Option 1:The short sleeved shirt with pocket badge may be worn without a school tie. Name

badge is to be pinned to the pocket. If the weather is cool, a short-sleeved school jersey may be

worn over the short-sleeved shirt.

2.1.2 Option 2: If the weather is cool, the school blazer is to be worn with a school tie. Name badges

are to be pinned to the tie, one hand width down (approx 12 cm) from the tie knot. All

blazers shall have two coat buttons and there is to be one button on each cuff.

2.1.3.Traveling to and from school: No tracksuit tops may be worn over the uniform. If pupils

decide to wear full school uniform (winter) the blazer shall be worn to and from school.

2.2 Term 3 (only 1 option)

Full school uniform (see 2.1.2 and 2.1.3 above).

2.3 Jerseys: Pupils may wear either the blue sleeveless jersey with the school badge sewn on, or

the long-sleeved blue school jersey with the school badge sewn on. Matrics may wear the white

matric jersey. Name badges shall be pinned just below the school badge.

2.4 Track suits: No tracksuit top of any sort may be worn over either the summer or full school

uniform. The school track suit may be worn only as part of the sports dress uniform at sports



2.5. Sports kit — all terms

Only Northwood sports kit may be worn. Pupils may not wear kit which is similar in appearance

to the school colours and badge. Shoes that are suitable to the sports code shall be worn.

2.6. P.E. kit: Navy blue shorts with tie-up drawstring. Swimming costume: navy blue with white


2.7. Exceptions: In all cases, where there are circumstances that prevent pupils from wearing

proper school uniform, parents / guardians / boarding house staff shall provide a note

explaining the situation, which shall be signed by any of the deputy principals.



Depending upon the magnitude of the offense:

1.1 A dressing down is given by an educator.

1.2 Written punishment may be given by an educator. A prefect or acting prefect may impose a

maximum punishment of 100 lines after consulting with the relevant Grade Tutor or Registration

Teacher. Physical punishment, in any form, is prohibited.

1.2.1 These are to be written in ink from the school rules only.

1.2.2 These are to be eight words per line.

1.2.3 If eight words per line are reached, a new line may be started. Lines with less than the eight

words will not be counted.

1.2.4 Lines are to be handed to the authority concerned by the end of morning registration the

following day or they will be doubled.

1.2.5 Should doubled lines not be done, a two-hour detention will be added to the two hundred


1.2.6 Property related to a misconduct offense may be confiscated. The duration of the period of

confiscation will be at the Headmaster’s discretion.

1.3 A detention class after hours.

1.4 Maintenance squad (vim brigade) after hours.

1.5 All day Saturday community service at school.

1.6 Referred to the Discipline Control Room:

1.6.1 The offense is recorded, parents are telephonically notified, and the learner punished.

1.6.2 Three recorded offenses – Letter of Concern to parents.

1.6.3 Five recorded offenses – Final Warning Letter and parents are summoned to school.

1.7 The learner is suspended from certain subject lessons.

1.8 Constantly disruptive learners placed in the care of one educator for extended remediation.

1.9 The learner is suspended from school for a short period (maximum one week).

1.10 The learner is suspended pending expulsion. Committing an offense of a very serious nature as

outlined on Page 16 Para.3 will most likely lead to a disciplinary hearing and if found guilty could

lead to suspension or expulsion.

1.11 The learner is expelled.

1.12 Reparation – If found guilty of misconduct, those involved will be required to bear the cost of

replacing, or repairing school or other person’s property or equipment lost or damaged through

negligence, willful destruction or disobedience of school rules.


In the event of a learner being accused of breaking the Code of Conduct or if a learner’s rights are infringed, he

may refer to:-

2.1 A school prefect, a Representative Council of Learners member ,or an educator.

2.2 His registration class educator.

2.3 His Grade Tutor

2.4 The Deputy Headmaster, or the Headmaster.



In the event of a serious offense that could result in the expulsion of a learner:-

3.1 A preliminary investigation will be undertaken by a person or persons appointed by the Governing


3.2 The findings of the preliminary investigation may be referred to a Tribunal appointed by the

Governing Body.


4.1 To give the learner and his parents at least 5 days written notice of the time, date and venue of the

hearing and the charges brought against the learner.

4.2 To warn the learner and his parents that the hearing could result in the expulsion/ suspension of the

learner from the school.

4.3 To inform the learner and his parents of their right to place evidence before it in support of

representation that the learner should not be expelled / suspended from the school, should this be

the finding of the tribunal.

The recommendation of the tribunal must be conveyed in writing to the Governing Body which must

confirm or reject the decision of the tribunal.


If the learner is found guilty by the Governing Body, it may impose one or more of the following penalties:-

5.1 Warn the learner in writing.

5.2 Impose a penalty provided for in the Code of Conduct.

5.3 Require a written undertaking of good conduct from the learner.

5.4 Suspend the learner from school for a period not exceeding one week.

5.5 Recommend to the Superintendent General the expulsion of the learner from the school.

5.6 Recommend to the Superintendent General the suspension of a learner in terms of sub-regulations

3(5) (home schooling or move temporarily to another institution) pending the outcome of the

Superintendent General decision on the expulsion of the learner. (NOTE: This could mean that a

learner could be suspended for longer than one week).

5.7 Expel a learner from the Boarding Establishment of the school.


Further Disciplinary Procedures Available

Misconduct “affecting others” or of a “very serious” nature, referred to in categories 2 and 3 below, should be

recorded at the Discipline Control Room. Depending on the severity of the misconduct, staff are able to refer

the learner to the Deputy Headmasters, who will decide whether the situation calls for an investigation

pending a Governing Body Tribunal. According to notice 776 of 1998 from the National Department of

Education; Paragraph 11, offenses that may lead to suspension include “repeated violations of school rules or

the Code of Conduct.”

The school reserves the right to conduct a search of learner(s) and/or possessions if there are reasonable

grounds to believe such learners may be in possession of materials prohibited in the school or of stolen


NB: The following is not a definitive list of offenses, but merely guidelines.


Being late for lessons

Misbehaving in the quads

Talking in the Hall at Assemblies

Misbehaving in the classroom

Eating in the classroom during lessons

Being in the classroom before and after school or during breaks

Not doing homework as prescribed by the educator (first offence)

Not having your homework book up to date

Not meeting deadlines for assignment work

Not keeping work and books up to date

Not keeping notes given out in the correct places


Forgetting books at home

Not returning Media Centre books

Losing school property

Not abiding by the school’s haircut and shaving regulations

Not bringing an absentee note on returning to school


Repetition of an offence in no. 1 above, constitutes an offence in this category.

Being regularly late for school lessons

Not wearing the full school uniform correctly

Not wearing the correct and/or full sports uniform correctly

Not attending co-curricular activity meetings and practices

Not arriving for practices, when a member of a team

Not having and/or using the correct school kit

Not maintaining the correct appearance and standard of school dress

Not wearing full school uniform when attending school functions and events

Not wearing full school or sport uniform when outside the school grounds


Foul, obscene, derogatory or insulting language





Retaliating on the sports fields

Showing disrespect for superiors, peers or subordinates

Being cheeky or back-chatting educators, adults or prefects

Disrupting lessons

Showing rude signs and signals

Disobeying the instructions of school staff


Defacing the school buildings or property

Tampering with school property/equipment

Dealing with / drawing / viewing pornographic material

Bringing any form of weapon or dangerous object(s) to school

Scrounging for money or food

Throwing objects at people or targets

Running in the corridors

Running up or down the banks

Over-robust behavior

Standing near or tampering with parked cars or motor cycles

Misbehaving on public transport

Being in the storerooms

Being in the print rooms

The copying of someone else’s work

Cheating in tests and exams

Missing lessons

Missing detention without an excuse letter

Not obeying the educator’s instruction (defiance)

Not complying with school rules regarding haircut regulations (defiance)

Not complying with school regulations regarding absentee letters

Cellular phones, MP3 software players and earphones (electronic entertainment and

communication devices) are banned at school between 7H00 and 14H45 each weekday during term


Creating unnecessary noise (shouting, whistling, stamping, etc) while in the school buildings.




Retaliating violently on the sports fields


Destroying school property / equipment

Dealing with / drawing / viewing pornographic material

Bringing any form of weapon or dangerous object(s) to school

Leaving the school premises without prior permission

Misbehaving on public transport

Misbehaving on school outings

Cheating in formal tests or exams

Not arriving at a sports fixture when part of a team

Being in possession of or dealing in any form of drug (including cigarettes and alcohol) (excluding


Sexual harassment

Insubordination/defiance of Authority. Refusing to carry out a legitimate instruction

Disrupting lessons repeatedly

Truant from lessons or school – leaving the school premisses without permission.

Defacing the school buildings/graffiti/tags/characters

Fighting and/or assault

Repeatedly not doing homework or assignments as prescribed by an educator


PLEASE NOTE: Permission can be granted in certain circumstances where some of the rules could be

waived. This permission can only be granted by the educator in charge.

Examples of such situations would be:

Learners could be granted permission to eat during lessons if the break has been missed.

Learners could be granted permission to be in the classroom to complete work, carry out set duties,


Learners could be granted permission to wear “civvies” clothes for special school events.

The preceding Code of Conduct has been put together by the Northwood School Representative Council of

Learners (RCL) in consultation with the parents and educators, and has been approved by the Governing

Body. All Northwood Learners are to abide by the Code of Conduct, which will be enforced by the educators

and School Management.