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BPGHS Code of Conduct

Student Management

In Bukit Panjang Government High School, we believe that every child can engage in behaviours that enable them to learn and develop.

Students learn best in a supportive environment. We endeavour to continue to build a safe, respectful and caring community that promotes and supports positive student behaviours and discipline, so that teaching and learning opportunities are maximised and students are motivated to put forth their best in their pursuits.

With this philosophy, we are committed to support students by timely reinforcement through corrective guidance to address their misbehaviours, which may deter them from learning effectively.

Our School Rules and Regulations

Attire And Personal Appearance

Every BPian should take pride in wearing the school uniform. The uniform is a representation of the school and her history. The way the uniform is worn shall NOT reflect individual preferences. BPians MUST wear the BP uniform as prescribed. Every BPian also has to demonstrate respect for self and others by being neat and well-groomed at all times.

1.    UNIFORM

  • Students are to wear the prescribed school uniform with the school collar pin.Modification to the uniform is not allowed.
  • All shirts and blouses must be neatly tucked in at all times when worn with the school shorts/trousers/skirt.
  • Blouse/shirt sleeves and trousers must not be folded up. Skirts must not be folded around the waist.
  • Knee-length skirts should be worn at the waist. School trousers and belts should also be worn at the waist. Long trousers must not be too tight or tapered towards the ankles.
  • Pleated trousers and trousers of denim material are not allowed.
  • Collar pins must be worn at all times when students are in their full uniform. They must be worn on the left collar.
  • Only school-issued collar badges are allowed to be worn. Only one CCA collar pin may be worn on the right collar.
  • All students must put on the school tie on Mondays during the school assembly, or at important school functions, e.g. school Speech Day, Graduation Day, prize presentation, etc.
  • Socks must be worn at all times and must be visible. No outlandish design of shoes/ socks are allowed.
  • The wearing of flip flops/sandals to school is prohibited except on medical grounds. Approval from the HOD/Discipline must be sought.
  • Game attire is not allowed during lessons.

2.    PE Attire & CCA/House/Class T-Shirt

  • Students can wear their PE attire to school on the days when they have PE lessons.
  • PE attire: School T-shirt with school shorts
  • Upper Secondary students can continue to wear their House T-shirt with school shorts for PE.
  • Slacks or track pants can only be worn during PE lessons or during CCA.
  • Half-uniform consisting of the CCA T-shirt and school shorts/trousers/skirt is to be worn only for participation in the respective CCAs.
  • CCA T-shirt design must be approved by the CCA Teacher/s and endorsed by the HOD PE/ CCA.
  • Half-uniform comprising class T-shirts and school shorts/trousers/skirts is to be worn only for selected school events (e.g. BP Day, Sports Carnival, level camps), and class after-school activities (e.g. ViA). Other T-shirts are not allowed.
  • Class T-shirt design must be approved by the Form Teacher/s and endorsed by the HOD/Discipline.

3.    GROOMING

Boys

Girls

  • Short, neat and tidy hairstyle with natural colour.
  • Hair at the back should not touch the shirt collar.
  • Hair at the front must be above both eyebrows. When combed downwards, it should not cover the eyebrows.
  • Hair at the crown must not be too thick or bushy.
  • Hair at the sides must not touch the ears. Side-burns are not allowed.
  • Ear-studs/earrings/sticks are not allowed.
  • Facial hair such as a moustache or a beard is not allowed. The face is to be clean-shaven.
  • Neat and tidy hairstyle with natural colour.
  • Long hair length below collar level must be tied up neatly with simple hair accessories.
  • Hair in front must not cover the eyes or fall across the cheeks.
  • Cosmetics or make-up of any kind are not allowed.
  • Accessories such as a pair of small plain ear-studs and a functional watch are allowed.
  • No hoop earrings are allowed.
  • No tinting, dyeing, highlighting or perming of hair.
  • No outlandish and undercut hairstyle are allowed.
  • Fingernails should be short and unvarnished.
  • Fanciful/striking spectacle frames, tinted glasses or fanciful contact lenses are not allowed.
  • Body studs, rings, bangles or wristbands of any colour or kind are not allowed.

Important Note:

1. For attire check on the first day of each school term, students with dyed hair/unacceptable hairstyles will be identified and referred to the Year Heads or HOD/Discipline. Parents may be asked to come to school to take the students home.

Attire

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ATTIRE DURING SCHOOL VACATION

  • The school uniform, PE attire or CCA attire and permitted school shoes should be worn at all times when students go to school during the school vacation to attend remedial/ supplementary lessons or other activities.
  • They are not to wear sandals/flip-flops and non-school T-shirts (excluding class T-shirts). Offenders will be asked to leave the school premises.

Attendance & Punctuality

Every BPian has the responsibility of attending all lessons, CCAs and other school activities punctually and regularly.

ATTENDANCE

  • Attendance in school is compulsory.

ABSENTEEISM

  • Parent / Guardian must call the school to notify the General Office of their child’s / ward’s absence by 7.30am or before the morning assembly.
  • Absence from school must be supported by a medical certificate or a letter of excuse (up to a maximum of three letters per semester) from the parent / guardian. This medical certificate or letter must be handed in to the Form Teacher the very day the student returns to school.
  • The following constitutes valid reasons to support a letter from the parent/guardian: personal illness, emergencies at home, death within the immediate family or where permission has been granted by the school authority. The following are considered as unauthorized absences: going on overseas trips or holidays during curriculum time, engaging in unofficial activities during school hours.
  • Students who are absent for assessments (e.g. tests, examinations) must produce a medical certificate to cover the period of absence. Those without a medical certificate will be given a nil grade/mark for the paper that they missed.
  • Students who are absent without valid reasons and supporting documents will be considered as having played truant and will be recorded as such. Disciplinary action will be taken against students found playing truant or absenting themselves from school without a valid reason.
  • Students are responsible for the completion of all homework and assignments missed during the time of absence. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain make-up work (class work and homework assignments) from individual teachers and to arrange and comply with a schedule for make-up work approved by each individual teacher.

PUNCTUALITY

  • The school regards punctuality as a very important virtue.
  • Students must be responsible for their actions and be considerate to others.
  • By being late for school, it not only upsets normal school proceedings but also disrupts lessons / programmes.
  • All students must be punctual for school, lessons, CCA and other committed school activities.
  • Students must be at the respective venues for assembly by 7.25 am.
  • Students will be deemed as late if they are not with their class at the respective venues when the flag raising ceremony commences at 7.30 a.m. The designated venues, unless otherwise informed, are:
    • Mondays: Multi-Purpose Hall
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays: Classrooms
    • Wednesdays and Fridays: Courtyard
  • Students arriving in school after 7.30 a.m. must report to the guard house to obtain a permission slip to enter their classes.
  • Disciplinary action will be taken against those who are late for school, class or any school organised programme.
  • Upon the third and subsequent offences within the semester, parents will be called up, and the student will need to serve detention/perform a service to the school.

PERMISSION TO LEAVE SCHOOL DURING SCHOOL HOURS

  • A student may request an early release from school only on the following conditions:
    • When he/she is not feeling well,
    • Upon special request from his/her parent/guardian.
  • The student must report to the General Office to obtain permission from the Principal/Vice-Principal.
  • The General Office will inform the parent/guardian to accompany the student home.

OVERSEAS TRAVEL

  • Students are to be responsible in submitting their travel declaration on the school website before they go on any trip overseas during the holidays.
  • During term time, travel applications must be made directly to the Principal.

General Conduct

Every BPian must exhibit exemplary conduct, and show respect and care for others and the environment. Every BPian must respect the school as an environment for conducive learning to take place.

BELL SYSTEM

  • The bell signals the start of the flag-raising ceremony/lesson, and students must be ready at the respective venues for the flag-raising ceremony/lesson.
  • The bell signals the end of the lesson/recess, and students must be ready to move to their respective venues for the next lesson in a quiet and orderly manner.
  • The last period of the daywill end with the bell.

AT THE ASSEMBLY AREA DURING FLAG RAISING CEREMONY

  • All must assemble according to their classes and class index numbers quickly and quietly.
  • Students who are Singapore citizens must sing the National Anthem and take the Pledge with the right fist placed over the heart.
  • All students must stand to attention (regardless of where they are) when they hear the National Anthem being played.
  • All must sing the school song with pride.
  • All must pay attention when announcements are being made.
  • All must proceed to class in an orderly and quiet manner after the ceremony.

AT THE ASSEMBLY IN THE HALL

  • All must assemble according to their classes and class index numbers quickly and quietly.
  • All must observe silence during the assembly.
  • All must behave with consideration towards the speaker or performer(s).
  • All must show appreciation for the time and effort spent in presenting the programme.

AT THE CANTEEN AND CAFE

  • Students shall buy and consume food and drinks only during recess or when special permission has been obtained.
  • Students must queue up to buy food.
  • When consuming food, students should display good table manners by not leaving or throwing food scraps on the table or floor.
  • All utensils and crockery must be returned to the appropriate collection basins provided by each stall.

SNACK BREAK

  • Students are allowed to take their snack breaks at the specified times in class on Mondays to Thursdays, from 1230h to 1240h.
  • Students may eat dry finger food (e.g. bun, fruit, sandwich) in class. No sweet drinks are allowed.
  • Students are to ensure the classrooms are kept clean at all times.

DURING RECESS

  • Students must exercise consideration not to disturb other schoolmates and refrain from making excessive and unnecessary noise during recess.
  • Students are not allowed to loiter around classroom blocks particularly along the corridors during recess.

AFTER RECESS

  • At the end of the recess, students are to report back to their classrooms punctually in a quiet and orderly manner.

BEHAVIOUR ON SCHOOL GROUNDS

  • Students should not loiter along the corridors and any movement along the corridors should be carried out in a quiet and orderly manner.
  • Students are not allowed to use the school hall for any activity at any time of the day unless authorised.
  • Students are not allowed to play ball games in the classrooms or any part of the school grounds NOT designated for such activities.
  • Students may have to pay the replacement / repair costs of minor acts of vandalism at school, such as a damaged locker, broken window, fan, graffiti, etc.

USE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY

  • Students shall use all school property with care.
  • All books, sports equipment and items on loan from the school must be handled with care and returned in good condition after use.
  • Students are not allowed to bring home any school property unless given permission by a teacher.
  • Students must report all defective equipment immediately to the General Office, and will be required to replace any damage or loss which they caused to any school property due to recklessness or negligence.
  • Students must make it a habit to save water and electricity. All lights, fans, air conditioners and school equipment must be switched off immediately after use.
  • The last person to leave the classroom is responsible to ensure all lights and fans are switched off.
  • Students must keep the classrooms, noticeboards and furniture clean and tidy, free of unsightly clutter and litter.
  • Toilets must be kept clean at all times.
  • Students should refrain from stepping on the grass.

Classroom Conduct

Every BPian must show respect for self and others’ right to learn, and therefore exercise self-discipline so as not to disturb the learning of others.

BEHAVIOUR DURING LESSONS

  • It is the responsibility of students to report punctually for lessons.
  • They are to bring textbooks, workbooks and other materials relevant for lessons.
  • Assignments are to be completed and handed in by the specified deadline. Any request for an extension of time must be made to the teacher before the deadline.
  • Students must stay focused and participate actively during lessons.
  • Students must seek the teacher’s permission before leaving the class during lesson.
  • Students are not to disrupt the lessons or waste curriculum time.
  • Students are to move quietly and quickly in an orderly manner as a class, from one venue to another for lessons.
  • When a teacher is absent, students are to do self-study.

Responsible Use of Equipment

Every BPian is responsible for his/her personal belongings. Every BPian also has the responsibility to be a good digital citizen and make responsible decisions.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

  • Students are strongly advised against bringing valuable items such as handphones, electronic games, expensive watches, listening devices, etc. to school.
  • Students are to be responsible for their own personal belongings and should not leave them unattended at all times.
  • While the school will assist in the search for lost valuables, the school cannot guarantee the successful return of these valuables. The school cannot be held responsible nor liable in any way in cases of theft/loss of valuables.
  • All students are not allowed to have in their possession any weapon. They are also not allowed to bring any weapon-like item which is used or intended to be usedto cause harm to others.
  • The following items will be confiscated if brought to school:
    • chewing gum,
    • non-educational playing cards,
    • cigarettes,
    • lighters,
    • pornographic materials and
    • sharp pointed objects
    • hazardous chemicals
Note: Parents will be required to meet the HOD/Discipline for a discussion and collect the items confiscated.

USE OF PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES (PEDs)

Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) include handphones, ipods, ipads, tablet, laptops, cameras, smart watches and similar electronic devices.

  • Students are not encouraged to bring their PEDs to school. Those who do so can only use their PEDs during recess and after curriculum time. All PEDs are to be switched off during curriculum time and other school activities.
  • Students are personally responsible and accountable for the safe-keeping of their PEDs, to prevent loss, damage and theft.
  • The school reserves the right to conduct checks on any PED brought to school at any time.
  • PEDs will be safe-kept by the teacher if any of the following are not observed and resulted in possible disruptions to lessons:
    • PEDs not switched off during curriculum time, including after-school remedial or consultations.
    • PEDs being used during curriculum time without permission given.
    • PEDs found unattended.
    • Charging of PEDs in school.
Note: PEDs will be returned to the student/parent at the end of the day, unless otherwise stated.

USE OF TECHNOLOGY

  • Students are expected to treat others with respect, behave responsibly and with integrity when using technology.
  • Inappropriate use of technology, including, but not limited to emails, instant messaging, social media, web publishing, and use of hardware/software which invades the privacy of staff or students, and/or disrupts or interferes with the safety and well-being of the school community, is prohibited, even if such uses take place outside of school.
  • Disciplinary action will be taken against any student found in misuse of technology. The PEDs will be confiscated as a disciplinary measure or for the purpose of investigation.

USE OF BICYCLES and PERSONAL MOBILITY DEVICES

Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs) include e-scooters, hoverboards, kick-scooters, skateboards, Segway and similar mobility devices.

  • Students who intend to cycle or use PMDs to commute to school will need to collect an advisory note from the general office.
  • There should be no usage of bicycles and PMDs within the school grounds. Cyclists and students with PMDs must secure their bicycles and devices at the designated area within the school.
  • The school will not be responsible for the loss of, or damage to the bicycles and PMDs.
  • Skateboards or kick-scooters are to be stored in proper storage bags when they are brought to school or to the classroom.

Expected Student Behaviour inside/outside of school

Students are to exercise self-discipline and exemplify school values, whether in/outside the school. They must uphold the good name of the school by conducting themselves in a disciplined and responsible manner. Their every action has a bearing on the image of the school and the reputation of the entire student body.

Students must learn to be responsible for their actions and expect certain consequences if they choose to break the school rules and regulations. Any student who witnesses anyone doing things detrimental to the school, himself/herself or other school mates must bring it to the attention of any staff of the school immediately.

Representation of School

  • Students may not use the name, image, logo or uniform of Bukit Panjang Government High School, nor may students use representations of staff or students in any medium, including, but not limited to electronic, paper, video and sound, in a manner not in keeping with the mission and values of the School.
  • Posting pictures, videos, emails or other communication of staff without the express permission of the staff is also prohibited. These prohibitions specifically include, but are not limited to pictures, emails, personal web pages, social networking sites and blogs.
  • Students who display information, pictures or language contrary to school policy and the mission and values of the School on such a site, or in any medium will be subject to disciplinary action.
  • The School has the sole discretion in determining what constitutes appropriate representation of the school’s name, image, uniform and logos.
  • Students may be barred from representing the school in competitions or other school activities if their conduct/behaviour is deemed to have infringed school rules and regulations.

Discipline Management for Major and Minor Offences

As the school strives to provide a safe, respectful and caring community that promotes and supports positive student behaviour and discipline, students are also expected to learn and take responsibility for their actions or misbehaviours, and be expected to receive certain consequences if they choose to break the school rules and regulations.

The school reserves the right to revise, formulate and add new rules as it deems necessary. The HOD/Discipline, together with the Student Development Team, are authorised to deliberate and decide on the form of consequences to be meted out for any misbehaviour or misdeed of a student.

Teachers can report offences (major/minor) using the Offence Reporting Form and refer the offender to the HOD/Discipline and/or the Student Development Team for follow-up action.

The offences (major/minor) will be recorded in the School Cockpit Offence Module (SOM). Only students with Good Conduct Grade and above will be eligible for MOE Edusave / EAGLES/ Colours/ Edusave Character Award and other school awards.

Offences

Description

Consequences

Major

  • Alcohol / Drug / Inhalant Abuse (in possession / consumption)
  • Arson
  • Assault / Fighting
  • Bullying (cyber, verbal, physical)
  • Forgery
  • Gambling (includes possession of gambling cards)
  • Gangsterism / Involvement in secret society activities/ Extortion / Rioting / Unlawful assembly
  • Open defiance and/or rudeness
  • Pornography (consumption / possession / distribution / sale of)
  • Possession of weapons
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Smoking / Possession of tobacco products
  • Theft / shoplifting in/outside school / misappropriation of property
  • Vandalism
  • Other criminal offences
  • Conduct grade down by at least 2 grades
  • Caning
  • Suspension (In-school / At-Home)
  • Compensation (where relevant)
  • Home involvement
  • Counselling / referral to external agencies
  • Service to School
  • Police assistance (if needed)
  • Others:
-    Not eligible to apply for Overseas Trips
-    Step down from leadership position in CCA / Class / Student Council
-    Suspension from school / co-curricular activities (includes any of the following):
    • CCA/non-CCA related matches/competitions
    • SYF/performance
    • no promotion in uniform groups
  • Leaving school grounds without permission
  • Truancy / Unexcused Absences
  • Conduct grade down by at least 2 grades
  • Home involvement
  • Counselling / referral to external agencies
  • Detention / Service to School (each day of truancy or unexcused absences)
  • Others:
-    Not eligible to apply for Overseas Trips
-    Step down from leadership position in CCA / Class / Student Council
-    Suspension from school / co-curricular activities (includes any of the following):
    • CCA/non-CCA related matches/competitions
    • SYF/performance
    • no promotion in uniform groups
  • Cheating in assessments / tests / examinations
  • Breach of assessments / tests / examinations procedures
  • Home involvement
  • Counselling / referral to external agencies · Results nullified
  • Others:
-    Not eligible to apply for Overseas Trips
-    Step down from leadership position in CCA / Class / Student Council
-    Suspension from school / co-curricular activities (includes any of the following):
    • CCA/non-CCA related matches/competitions
    • SYF/performance
    • no promotion in uniform groups
*Conduct grade down by at least 2 grades for repeated offenders.

Minor

  • Late-coming
  • Skipping lessons / remedial / supplementary / enrichment programmes / assembly / detention / service to school without valid reasons
  • Improper attire and grooming
  • Littering
  • Not doing assignments
  • Using vulgar language
  • Consuming food/drink outside cafe/canteen
  • Disruptive / inappropriate behaviour
Committed offence 1 – 3 times

  • Verbal warning
  • Home involvement

Committed offence 4 - 7 times

  • Conduct grade down by 1 grade
  • Home involvement
  • Counselling / referral to external agencies
  • Detention/Service to School on the 4th count

Committed offence more than 7 times

  • Conduct grade down by 2 grades
  • Home involvement
  • Counselling / referral to external agencies
  • Detention/Service to School on every count
  • Others:
-    Not eligible to apply for Overseas Trips
-    Step down from leadership position in CCA / Class
-    Suspension from school / co-curricular activities (includes any of the following):
    • CCA/non-CCA related matches/competitions
    • SYF/performance
    • no promotion in uniform groups

Detention/Service to School

  • Students who break school rules will be required to serve up to a maximum of 1 hour of detention/service to school as a consequence of their misbehaviour or misconduct. They are to report at the General Office immediately after the official school curriculum hours. They will be given 30 minutes to have their lunch before commencing on their detention/service to school.
  • During detention/service to school, the student will reflect on his/her behaviour and make a decision to change the undesirable behaviour to a positive one.
  • Detention/service to school must be served on the day of late-coming (on the 4th count and every count from 8th count onwards). Students are to approach Operations Manager or HOD/Discipline to arrange for an alternate date if they are unable to serve their detention/perform the service to school on the same day.
  • Athletic practices or games, after-school employment, co-curricular activities, transportation difficulties or forgetting that one has an outstanding detention/service to school are not considered as valid reasons.
  • Failure to report for detention/ service to school will result in more serious consequences. Students with overdue detentions/unperformed service to school may not participate in school activities or CCAs until these detentions are served/service to school is performed. If a pattern of overdue detentions/unperformed service to school develops, the student is liable for suspension. Parents will be informed accordingly.

Caning

  • Caning will be meted out in accordance to MOE guidelines and the school rules as one of the possible consequences for major offences.
  • Caning, with a range of 1 to 3 strokes of a light cane, may be given on the palms, or buttocks over clothing, and nowhere else (for male offenders only).
  • Caning will be carried out by either the Principal or a delegated senior member of staff, in the General Office.
  • The student's parents will be informed either before or immediately after the caning has been meted out with details of the offence and the follow up actions that the school will be taking.
  • The school will take appropriate follow-up action to counsel the student concerned.

Suspension (In-School or Home)

The HOD/Discipline notifies the student’s parents and teachers of the student’s in-school or at-home suspension.

The student may not participate in any school activities during the 24-hour period of any suspension day.

A student who is suspended either in or out of school is required to do the academic work missed on the day of his/her suspension in order to receive an appropriate grade for the work done.

For an in-school suspension the student is expected to:

  • Be on time for school and to report in full uniform directly to the HOD/Discipline;
  • Be responsible for making up all class work and homework;
  • Take any assessments, tests and quizzes scheduled for the day; these will be proctored by the HOD/Discipline;
  • Perform 1.5 hours of community service on the day of the in-school suspension;
  • Complete a reflective writing assignment, which is to be signed by a parent and returned to the HOD/Discipline the day following the suspension.

For a home suspension, the student is expected to:

  • Make up missed tests and quizzes on the day he/she returns to school;
  • Make up all class work and homework for each day of the home suspension and submit this work upon return to school;
  • Submit the reflective writing assignment to the HOD/Discipline upon return to school. This assignment is to be signed by a parent.

NO SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT CAN EXPLICITLY STATE EVERY SCHOOL RULE OR REGULATION. THE SCHOOL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO INTERPRET AND DEVELOP POLICIES AND REGULATIONS AS NECESSARY BASED ON THE MISSION AND VALUES OF THE SCHOOL.