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 Hate Mail

Hate mail (as electronic, posted, or otherwise) is a form of harassment, usually consisting of aggressive  and potentially intimidating or threatening comments towards the recipient. Hate mail often contains exceptionally abusive, foul or otherwise hurtful language.

The recipient may receive disparaging remarks concerning their ethnicity, sexuality, religion, intelligence, political ideology, sense of ethics, or sense of aesthetics. The text of hate mail often contains profanity, or it may simply contain a negative, disappropriating message.


Code Discipline -

1. CODE OF DISCIPLINE -SPECIFIED BY THE GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE

1. Parents are advised to go over this general Unified Code of Discipline  from the Ghana Education service.

1.2. Parents and students should note that the code of discipline from the

Ghana Education service and the code of conduct internally drawn by the school will run concurrently and students can be disciplined when they break any of them.

Offence

Action

Cheating in internal examinations

Cancel paper and for the first offence-suspension

Drunkenness

1st offence - Suspension 2nd offence - dismissal

Incitement to riot and rioting

Suspension for those pressurizes into rioting, Dismissal for ring leaders Parents should be made to pay for cost of damages

Sexual misconduct

Dismissal

Writing anonymous letters

1st offence- warning, 2nd offence suspension, 3rd offence - dismissal

Deliberates distortion of fact/ character assassination

1st offence-suspension, 2nd offence dismissal

Flouting the authority of the Head and other members of staff

1st offence-suspension, 2nd offence dismissal

Assault on group of students

1st offence-suspension, 2nd offence dismissal

Wee possession, smoking and drug abuse

1st offence - Suspension 2nd offence - dismissal (recommendation for psychiatric treatment if necessary)

Breaking bounds/truancy, including refusal to attend classes or official school functions

1st offence-manual work with counseling 2nd offence-suspension, 3rd offence-dismissal

Leaving school under false pretences

1 st offence- warning

 Fighting

1st offence-manual work, 2nd offence suspension, 3rd offence - dismissal

Petty theft/pilfering

1st offence - suspension

Stealing / Gambling

1st offence-suspension, 2nd offence dismissal

Failure to write examination

1st offence-warning (in addition, be made to write the exam paper), 2nd offence-withdrawal.

Flouting the authority of the school prefects or Seniors

1 st offence-warning, 2nd offence (manual work, 3rd offence-withdrawal.)

 Note the Following

 These rules are not exhaustive for they do not include regulation which the headmaster, Housemasters or other authorities may issue form time to time. Commonsense, cleanliness, tidiness, punctuality and good manners are at all times necessary. Any breach of commonsense is a breach of school discipline.

KIT LIST GUIDELINES AND RULES 14. UNIFORM

14.1.School uniforms must only be those obtained from the school supplier.
No other substitution or individual alterations are acceptable.

14.2.School shoes must be black or a pair of brown buckled brown sandals.
Flip flops and others overtly casual footwear are not acceptable with
uniforms

14.3.Students are to refrain from wearing halter-tops, muscle shirts, and
shorts.

14.4.Jeweler is brought to school at the student own risk.

14.5 Appropriate attires are indicated in the students' prospectus/kit list. The school reserves the right to determine what is appropriate.

1.1. Students may not keep large sums of money on their person or in their
school bags.

1.2. Talking, whispering or even distracting other during assembly is
prohibited

1.3. Pornography is strictly prohibited.

1.4. Item confiscated through improper use or abuse, will be kept until the
end of the term or school year. Repeated improper use or general abuse of
privileges for such item will result in the loss of those privileges.

1.5.     For a more complete listing of what is permitted to bring to school, refer
to the Kit list.

1.6. Games, PE and House practice are compulsory. Failure to participate
will attract severe punishment.

SCHOOL RULES & REGULATIONS

PROCEDURES

Apart from these rules stated below, students are expected to live up to high and well spelt out moral standards of the school, which indicate the type of punishment/sanctions to be meted out to offenders.

1. DAILY TIME SCHEDULE
1.1. Weekday

1.1.1.      By 7:30 am students should be ready for morning worship.

1.1.2.At 7:55 am students must be in their classrooms to get themselves
ready for lessons to begin. No student should be absent from classes without
specific permission from either the Headmaster or any Assistant Head.

1.1.3.      Classes are held from 8:00 am until 2:50 pm with two breaks.

1.1.4.      Classes officially end at 2:50 pm but the school library remains open
for students who wish to study on their own till 8:00 pm.

2. VISITORS

2.1.     Visitors are not expected to be seen around classrooms or interacting
with students during class hours without the permission of the Headmaster or
the Assistants.

2.2. All visitors to the school should first report at the school's General
Office for instructions.

2.3.Visitors without official school business are not permitted on the school premises unless specifically invited for a school event. 2.4. The school does not permit reckless driving and unruly behaviour on its grounds and it reserves the right to bar visitors it considers undesirable.

3. PHONE CALLS AND PARCELS

1.1.      Students may use the public phone on campus.

1.2.      If a Parent or Guardian needs to leave a parcel for their ward they must - leave the parcel at the school's General office. Parcels must not be left at the security check point.

 

POLICIES

 4. HEALTH

4.1.   Students with any unusual or serious health problems (e.g. asthma,
allergies, diabetes, and sickle cell anaemia)  must  inform  the   school
immediately upon arrival and a medical report should be sent to the Headmaster
by the Parents or Guardians.

4.2. Students must inform the form Master/Mistress or Classroom Teacher of
illness and seek permission to see a Doctor.

4.3. The School's Guidance and Counseling Department is available to help
students overcome any social, academic or other problems and students are
urged to seek guidance and support on a routine basis.

5.  SECURITY

5.1.     All students must carry their school ID cards. They must show these on
demand to any security personnel or member of the teaching staff.

5.2. Between the hours of 7:45 am and 2:55 pm Security Guards may check
authorizations before a student is allowed to leave the compound.

5.3. Security Guards may detain unknown visitors, or visitors who have special
permission outside of normal visiting hours, while they verify their permission
to enter campus.

6.   SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND CLASSROOM BLOCK GUIDELINES

6.1. Students must attend all lessons punctually and be in school uniform

6.2. All students must be present for all classes unless specific permission has
been granted by either the Headmaster or any of his Assistants.

6.3. Students are permitted to move about campus only during breaks between
classes or with express permission form a teacher.

6.4. At no time during classes or between classes is a student allowed to leave
the classroom blocks unless specific permission is granted by a teacher. No
student should therefore be seen loitering around during class hours. If a
student has no official class or when the teacher is not in or absent, students
must remain in their classrooms or be in the Library and study in silence.

6.5. Between the hours of 7:30 am and 2:50 pm no student should be found
outside the school walls except permitted with written notes by only the
Headmaster or an Assistant Head.

6.6.  All classroom assessments, particularly tests and examination, are
compulsory for all students. Students refusing to write or pretending illness in
order to avoid tests or examinations will receive a zero (0) for that test or

examination.

Students who legitimately miss a test or examination are responsible for

 making arrangements for a make-up test or examination.

Students failing that responsibility will receive a zero (0) for the test or examination.

6.7.  Clubs and sports: There is a wide range of programmes available and
students are expected to participate in as many as their enthusiasms and
schedules will allow.

6.8.  Students should read notices on the various student notice boards in the
school daily.

6.9.  All students must follow the procedures and policies laid out in this
document.

 7.  RESPECT FOR SELF AND OTHERS

7.1.    Courtesy: A smile and greeting cost nothing, but they contribute to a
pleasant and cordial atmosphere, so use them liberally. Punctuality is the essence
of good manners and the school places great emphasis on this attribute.

7.2. Respect: Everyone at St Thomas Aquinas Senior High School deserves to
be treated with dignity and respect. Verbal abuse, profanity and rude gestures are
unacceptable behaviours and will be dealt with severely.

7.3. Students should not display signs of rudeness, disrespects, bad manners or
indiscipline towards any staff member (s). Any student who feels aggrieved by a
staff should report to the Assistant Heads or the Headmaster.

7.4. No student should shout down any other student who may appear to be slow
in comprehending any point during classes.

7.5. No student should call another student with a nick-name or any funny name
he does not approve or.

8.  SCHOOL UNIFORM AND APPEARANCE
8.1. Uniform

8.1.1.School uniforms must be worn at all times to classes and to all official
school functions.

8.1.2.School uniforms must be worn on all official school excursions and when
leaving and returning to school.

8.1.3.Students are expected to wear a white shirt with short sleeves, brown
(cafe'eu lait) shorts: buckled sandals or low cut shoes.

8.1.4.It is the students' responsibility to keep their school uniform clean, in good
repair and looking neat. The way in which a student wear's his uniform should
demonstrate pride in St. Thomas Aquinas School and be a reflection of the
quality and discipline of our students.

8.1.5.Watches may be worn by students

8.1.6. Wearing of dark glasses in classrooms or at assembly is prohibited
unless with permission from the Headmaster or an Assistant Head.

8.1.7. No jewellery (necklaces, beads, rings) or any other decorations are
permitted.

8.1.8. See also Kit List Guidelines and Rules, Uniforms, topic number 13 of
this document.

8.2. Appearance

8.2.1.Moustaches and sideburns will not be tolerated, beards are definitely
not allowed.

8.2.2.Boys must keep their hair neatly trimmed but heads should not be
shaved.

8.2.3.Students should not allow their fingernails to grow long.

8.2.4.The school reserves the right to determine what is appropriate.

9. EATING HOURS

9.1. The Official eating hours are:

. Before classes begin . During the break periods . After school hours.

No food should be taken into the classrooms.

DISCIPLINE POLICY

10. GUIDING PRINCIPLES

10.1.  Discipline is that part of education process that helps individuals to
develop self-control, respect for others and the ability to co-operate.
Discipline should encourage students to understand that fundamental values
are essential to the well-being of both the individual and society, and to
accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions. In this way young
people can develop the ability to recognized socially acceptable behaviours.

The school operates on the assumption that students are reasonable,
responsible people who will respond to good sense and logical reasoning.
Rather than a system of punishment, discipline is an integral part of every
student's education; that part of the curriculum that establishes expectations,
consequences, and remedies for the partners in the educational process.
Beyond   that, there are serious offences which are intolerable or
unacceptable. As such, discuss the guidelines in Section 11. Infractions carry
severe sanctions which can disrupt a student's entire, educational future.

 11. SERIOUS OFFENCES

 11.1. Cheating

11.1.1.Cheating of any kind is regarded with absolute abhorrence. A cheating
student is a disgrace not only to himself but to the entire school.

11.1.2.Students must not ask for special favours of the non-teaching staff. In
particular they must not ask to see confidential material (e.g. reports,
examination questions).

11.2. Vandalism

11.2.1.Students are expected to take good care of school property and to refrain
from doing deliberate damage to furniture, equipment or the physical structure
of the school. There should be no writing, graffiti or defacing of the walls, desks,
table tops, books, common room furniture, etc.

11.2.2.Committing or inciting others to commit malicious damage to the
personal property of a member of the school of the school community or to
property owned or operated by the School will not be tolerated.
Parents/Guardians will be contacted and the student will be held responsible for
the cost of repairing or replacing the damaged property.

11.2.3.All lost or damaged books will be charged to the student's account.
Students should never break the spine of a book or bent it backwards or turn the
edges down use a bookmark or a slip of paper.

11.2.4.The school will bill students or their Parents or Guardian for any damage
which has been willfully caused, such as broken locks, louvers, furniture.

11.3. Non - Smoking Policy

11.3.1.The School is committed to the promotion of good health and believes
that it has a responsibility to provide a healthy working environment for all its
staff and students by preventing smoking.

11.3.2.The entire school is a smoke-free zone. All school employees, students
and visitors will refrain from smoking at all times while on the school premises.

11.3.3.Students who caught smoking will, at a minimum, be suspended for two
days for a first offence.

11.3.4.Smoking will not be permitted on school buses at anytime.

11.3.5.School employees, visitors and volunteers shall not smoke in the
presence of students during any school function, including field trips and other
such staff/students activities.

11.3.6.Organisations and persons using School property shall not be permitted
at any time to smoke inside the building or on the school premises

11.4. Alcohol and Drug Policy

11.4.1.    Students are not allowed to consume alcohol or any illegal drugs or be
under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs while on school premises or
while involved in a school sponsored activity.

11.4.2.    Any student who contravenes the school's alcohol and drug policy will
be referred to the Administration immediately. This behaviour will not be
tolerated and the disciplinary action will notification to Parent/Guardian.
Depending on the seriousness of the situation the student may also be referred
to the Disciplinary Committee for further disciplinary action, such as
withdrawal for the remainder of the school year.

11.4.3.The abuse of prescription and/or over-the -counter drugs is also
prohibited. The use of all such substances should be under the close
supervision of the School Nurse. Parents and Guardians the Nurse or the
Administration of such drugs. Ultimately, it is the students' responsibility to
submit their medicines to the Nurse and see the Nurse for Proper
administration. Students failing to do this will face disciplinary action.

11.4. Other Serious Offences

11.4.1. Fighting, bullying and harassing of any kind is strictly prohibited. Any
student attampting physically or emotionally to violate another individual will
be suspended - a second offence will result in expulsion.

11.4.2.Theft, including pilfering and petty theft, is a serious offence and a
criminal action. Culprits may face both legal and school authorised sanctions.
No student may remove or borrow any item from another's desk or bag
without the express permission of the owner. No student may borrow any
personal item of another student without the express permission of the owner.
No student may borrow, or remove from the school premises, any property
that belongs to the school without express permission of a member of staff. No
student may remove any. or part of a magazine or newspaper from its
designated place. The library may be requested to photocopy some items but
tearing out or cutting out articles is an act of vandalism.

11.5.1.Dropping of Litter on the campus is an offence. Litter must be put into
waste baskets provided.                                                                                                                   Refusal to obey the rules or adults in authority constitutes a grave
offence. Any student disobeying such rules or authority will face
consequences.

12. OFFENCE AND ACTION-SCHOOL’S INTERNAL CODE OF CONDUCT.

12.1.      Throughout the policies listed above there is reference to consequences
for certain inappropriate behaviours. Some of these behaviours are dealt with in
accordance with School policies and regulations.

With respect to St. Thomas Aquinas School's discipline policy, the
consequences and remedies listed below may be used at the discretion of the
School Administration. It is hoped that these strategies will aid the students in
becoming more consciously aware of their actions and to developing socially
acceptable behaviours.

              MISCONDUCT/OFFENCE                           SANCTION/PUNISHMENT

1

Improper dressing

1 st offence, 2nd offence-manual work, 3rd offence-suspension

2

Lateness to school and school gathering

1st and 2nd offence-manual work

3

Truancy-absenting oneself from school without reasonable permission

1st and 2nd offence-manual work

4

Leaving the school compound during school hours without permission.

1st offence-warning and writing an undertaking, 2nd offence-suspension, 3rd offence-indefinite suspension

5

Bullying of studens

1st and 2nd offence-manual work, 3rd offence - suspension

6

Possession and use of dangerous weapons e.g knife, dagger etc.

1st offence- weapon should be seize, invitation of parents, then suspension, 2nd offence-dismissal

7

Fighting

Manual work for two days

8

Gambling

1 st offence-caning before the entire student body, 2nd offence - suspension

9

Disrespect to Prefects

1st offence-caning before the entire student body

10

Disrespect to Teachers and other members of staff

1st offence-caning before the entire student body

            MISCONDUCT/OFFENCE                                 SANCTION/PUNISHMENT

21

Unacceptable hair cut

Two (2) weeks suspension

22

Failure to attend classes

Weeding or scrubbing

23

Writing and drawing on walls and other school property

Painting the defaced wall and suspension

24

Forgery

Caning and 2 weeks suspension

25

Refusal to do or complete a Prefect's punishment

Internal suspension  labour  plus doing original punishment

26

Refusal to do or complete a teacher's punishment

Caning in the Headmaster's office plus internal suspension with hard labour and doing the given punishment

27

Negligence of duty by Prefects

Warning in the first instance and subsequently removal from office.

28

Administering corporal punishment and abuse of office by seniors and student leaders

Suspension and removal from office

29

Possession and use of mobile phone in school

Confiscation of the phone and manual work for a number of days or withdrawal from the phone.

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