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Approach to Student Management

The Student Management Committee aims to inculcate values of respect, self-discipline, social responsibility and moral integrity. We want to develop in students an internal sense of control and responsibility that lays the foundation for their success in school. This is achieved by creating a supporting and nurturing environment and by communicating clear expectations of student behaviour. We also expect every student to take ownership in ensuring exemplary conduct at all times.

Student Discipline

Discipline is an integral part of character development. When we develop character in our students, we also help to create their destiny. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Hence the school wants to develop discipline in students to ensure they realize their potential as they learn and grow in the school.

The school’s approach to discipline is in line with the MOE Guidance Branch Discipline Framework. The school believes that discipline is more than just observing school rules. It is the development of a positive attitude - reflecting integrity, resilience, responsibility, respect and compassion - that is an integral part of character development. 

The principles for discipline in EVSS are guided by the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens:

  • Above all, East Viewians are expected to be Proactive - thus they are responsible for their own behaviour. Decisions and actions should be taken based on our school values. Rather than being reactive or blaming others, East Viewians will be agents of positive change. 
  • East Viewians adopt a "Think Win-Win" discipline – an approach where teachers and students work out collaborative solutions that lead to responsible behaviour in students. Thinking win-win means encouraging East Viewians to seek conflict resolution and mutually beneficial solutions.
  • With "Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood," East Viewians demonstrate the school value of Respect for one another. Both students and staff are encouraged to build positive and respectful relationships. Discipline is built on mutual respect.

The department focuses on both aspects of discipline – preventive and corrective. Preventive discipline is achieved through communicating clear expectations and rules of behaviour in school. Students are expected to be aware of these expectations and rules and conduct themselves accordingly.  School rules apply throughout a student’s school career. They also apply whenever a student is representing the school at official functions or in any other situation, local or overseas.

Corrective discipline is achieved through intervention procedures to promote acceptable behaviours and change unacceptable to acceptable behaviours. Counselling is not a substitute for punishment but complements the disciplinary action taken. Counselling sessions offer opportunities for students to reflect on their behaviour and take personal responsibility for correcting them. Students will be guided by the counsellors to focus on their real goals for being in school and plan steps to achieve them.

School Rules and Expectations

The school’s expectations and rules ensures that the East View community is safe, happy and caring, where members show consideration, concern and respect for one another.  The following are general standards of good behaviour expected of all students that apply in any setting and mode of interaction including the digital realm.

1. Exemplary Conduct 

Students should be on their best behaviour in and out of school. This includes greeting school staff and visitors, being polite, considerate, responsible and respectful of self and others. 

2. Respect for All 

Student must have respect for authority. They have the responsibility to cooperate with all school staff and student leaders. Students must also respect their peers and together co-create a conducive environment for learning. They can do so by not ridiculing or teasing others, thus disturbing their learning and by behaving in an appropriate and reasonable manner in and around the school. Students must also respect school property and the environment. Expectations for respect apply to all activities, including those carried in the digital realm.

3. Appropriate Attitude towards Learning 

With academic success as their end in mind, every student must be present for lessons and actively participate in related activities. Punctuality for lessons and activities is also a must. Every student should be attentive during lesson, and complete and submit quality assignments and homework as expected. Students should be team players when working in groups. 

For learning to take place, students must have textbooks, stationery and other writing materials. They should bring their textbooks home to do their homework or revise the topics taught in class.

School Rules

Every student should be familiar with the school rules and conduct themselves accordingly. Disciplinary action may be taken against students who fail to observe the school rules.

It is every student’s responsibility to be familiar with all school rules and expectations and observe them accordingly. Ignorance is neither a reason nor excuse for inappropriate behaviour. Failure to observe rules and expectations will result in students facing disciplinary consequences including detention, corrective work order, in-house suspension, suspension from school or in very serious cases, caning. 

As Leaders of Self, East View students are expected to practice the school values of integrity and responsibility. They must come forth when they have knowledge of wrongdoing, be it their own or others. Students who choose to remain silent and allow wrongdoing or harm to take place are culpable and will be held accountable for their inaction.

National Anthem and Pledge

Students who are Singapore citizens must sing the National Anthem and take the Pledge. Students will take the Pledge with the right fist placed over the heart. All students, regardless of nationality, are expected to treat the flag-raising ceremony with due respect and must stand at attention during the whole proceeding. 

Attendance and Punctuality

1. Attendance – attendance in school is compulsory. Students are expected to be present during term time and their attendance will be reflected in term reports. Absence from school must be covered by a medical certificate or a letter from parent/guardian (only for non-medical emergencies or urgent family matters). These documents must be submitted to the form teacher within three working days.

Students who do not submit their medical certificate or letter from parent/guardian will be considered as being “absent from school without valid reason.” This will affect their conduct grade at the end of each semester. 

Students are expected to attend all lessons, CCA training, school events and functions as required. They should not be absent without a valid reason. The school will contact parents of recalcitrant absentees to seek their support to ensure students report for all school activities. Parents will be asked to meet the form teacher, level discipline teacher, level coordinators, HOD Discipline or School Leaders depending on the severity of the situation. 

2. Punctuality – every student is expected to assemble by 7.25am every day for flag-raising. Students who are late may be required to serve detention and recalcitrant latecomers may be placed on a monitoring system and subject to other consequences. The school will contact parents of recalcitrant latecomers to seek their support to ensure that their child reports to school punctually. Parents may also be required to meet the school staff to discuss their child’s late-coming issue and work with the school on ways to help their child come to school on time.

3. Leaving School During School Hours – a student who needs to leave school during school hours if feeling unwell or for any other valid reason must follow the following procedure:

    i.    Seek permission from the form or subject teacher, and the approval of Head of Department,              Administration Manager or School Leaders.
    ii.   Report to the General Office and request to contact parent/guardian.
    iii.  Parents should fetch the student from the General Office.
    iv.  Complete the “Permission to Leave School Early” form and give a copy of it to the security                  guard when leaving the school premises.

Students must seek permission if they wish to leave any school event or activity. Leaving school grounds during curriculum time, any school event or activity without permission is considered a serious offence. 

Classroom and Personal Conduct

1. Every student is expected to report for lessons punctually. Attendance will be taken at the start of each lesson and late-comers will face disciplinary action by respective subject teachers.

2. Students must move in an orderly manner when they have to go to special rooms such as the computer labs, Home Economics/D&T rooms or science labs for their lessons. Class leaders will take the lead and ensure that this is done quickly and quietly.

3. Students are expected to remain in class during lesson time. During lesson time, students should not be outside the class without permission. Students who need to leave the class for valid reasons must obtain a permission pass from the subject teacher. Permission to leave class will be granted at the discretion of teachers. This permission pass must be clearly displayed and students must report back to class as soon as possible. 

4. Students are to take the most direct route to and from their classrooms unless instructed by their teachers. They are not to loiter in the corridors or make detours between lessons and venues.

5. The class should also take responsibility for the cleanliness, neatness and tone of their classroom. The use of noticeboards should be in collaboration with the form teachers. Consumption of food, sweets and sweetened drinks are only allowed in the canteen. Chewing gum is not allowed in school.

6. Mobile phones and portable electronic devices

The school does not encourage students to bring mobile phones, smart devices or other portable electronic devices to school as they are a source of distraction. If students choose to bring such items to school, they are responsible for the safekeeping of such items at all times.

In order to ensure that learning takes place smoothly in the classroom (this applies also to remedial or enrichment lessons), students are allowed to use mobile phones, smart devices and other portable devices only according to the following times:

  • Before start of school
  • During students’ respective recess breaks
  • After curriculum hours according to the timetable for the respective levels

Students should not use portable electronic devices during lessons or along the corridors when moving from place to place for lessons. During lesson time, devices must be put away and kept out of sight.

If students are caught using portable electronic devices for any reason during lesson beyond the stipulated times, they will be confiscated by school staff. Students should obey the staff and surrender the device without hesitation. Consequences are further elaborated under Minor Offences #5. It is the responsibility of the student to claim the item from the HOD Discipline after the stipulated time.

7. Recess – students must not remain in class during recess. All food and drinks must be consumed in the canteen. Students should demonstrate gracious behaviour by queuing up to buy food, by returning all utensils and crockery to the respective receptacles after use and by keeping the canteen tables clean. All students are responsible for the overall cleanliness of the canteen.

8. Restricted items
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 used to cause harm to others. 

Students should not consume or have in their possession cigarettes, lighters or other tobacco related paraphernalia, illegal substances or alcohol. Possession of contraband items such as electronic cigarettes or duty-unpaid cigarettes violates Singapore law; offenders will be reported to Singapore Customs. Students should also refrain from bringing card games to school as they may interfere with the student’s focus in the classroom. 

Confiscated restricted items will not be returned to the students.  In addition, actions may be taken as outlined under Consequences for Discipline Offences as found in the Students’ Handbook.

9. School Uniform

a. Students are to wear the prescribed school uniform and modification to the uniform is not allowed. Students are expected to be smartly dressed when in school or any public places. The PE attire must only be worn during PE lessons.

For Boys
    i.    Students are only allowed to wear their EVSS PE T-shirt under their school shirt. 
    ii.   Pants must be fitting, worn at the waist and must not be too long. Hipster pants are not                      allowed. 
    iii.  Students are to ensure that their shirts and pants are not oversized or too tight.
For Girls
    i.    Students are only allowed to wear their EVSS PE T-shirt under their blouse.
    ii.   Skirts must be fitting and worn at the waist. Skirts must be worn at knee-length.
    iii.  Brassieres must be appropriate. Girls are expected to use their discretion to ensure this.
    iv.  Students must ensure that their blouses and skirts are not oversized or too tight.

Students will be required to buy new uniforms if they have carried out any modification.

Only all white sports/canvas shoes or predominantly white sports/canvas shoes with black or blue stripes and white shoes laces are allowed. Only school councillors are allowed to wear black shoes. Shoes must be worn with plain white socks which must cover the ankle.

Sandals (with a heel strap) may be worn if student has an injury to the foot. Flip flops are not allowed. However, permission must be sought from the form teacher or discipline teachers and there must be documentary evidence of injury or medical reason.

b. PE and CCA attire – during PE lessons, students are only allowed to wear the EVSS PE T-shirt with EVSS PE shorts that are dark blue or black in colour. CCA and class T-shirts are not to be worn during PE lessons or school events. CCA T-shirts should be worn during CCA practice only.

Students who have PE lessons before recess must change into their school uniform by the end of recess. For classes with PE lessons after recess, they can wear their PE attire for lessons from the start of the PE lesson until school is dismissed. Subject teachers will enforce this and students who repeatedly refuse to comply with this will serve disciplinary consequences.

Students reporting to school for CCA during term time or school holidays as well as students attending extra lessons during the holidays must be either in full school uniform or in half-uniform i.e. EVSS PE T-shirt with either school pants, shorts or skirts and proper shoes (according to 6.1). Students in uniformed groups can report to school in either school half-uniform or CCA uniform.

c. Jewellery and Accessories – students are not allowed to wear any visible jewellery or accessories. Chains, necklaces, rings, bangles, bracelets, wristbands, nose studs and ear sticks are not allowed. The only exception is the female students, who may wear one pair of small, plain, identical ear studs or one pair of black ear sticks, one on each lower end of the earlobe. Multiple ear rings or ear sticks are not allowed. Any other form of body piercing is also not allowed. Recalcitrant offenders will have their items confiscated.

d. Nails must be kept short and clean. Nail polish, varnish or hardener is not allowed. Facial make-up and henna are not allowed. Coloured or any form of cosmetic contact lenses, and non-prescription glasses are not allowed.

e. Students are not allowed to sport tattoos. Those caught will be sent for removal through their own doctors. 

f. Hair and Grooming

For Boys
    i.    Hair must be short, neat and tidy at all times.  
    ii.    Hair must not be tinted, dyed or heavily gelled.
    iii.    Fringe must not touch the eyebrows.
    iv.    Hair on the sides must be short and must not touch any part of the ears. 
    v.    Hair at the back of the head must be short and must not touch the collar. 
    vi.    Haircut must be appropriate and project an appropriate image of a proper secondary school                student. Half-shaved hairstyles are not appropriate.

Boys who do not meet the school’s expectations in terms of hairstyle are to take corrective action within a stipulated time. Boys must be clean shaven, and no wearing of beards and moustaches is permitted.

For Girls
    i.    Hair must be neat and tidy at all times. 
    ii.   Shoulder length hair must be tied up or plaited. 
    iii.  Hair clips or hair bands should be either dark blue or black. 
    iv.  The fringe must not reach the eyebrows. It should either be trimmed or pinned up. 
    v.   Haircut must be appropriate and project an appropriate image of a proper secondary school              student.
    vi.  Hair must not be tinted, dyed or heavily gelled.

Students who do not take corrective action within the stipulated time to meet the school's expectations for grooming and attire will be referred to the HOD Discipline for defiance.

Attire and Grooming Expectations

Consequences for Discipline Offences

The school’s policy on managing student’s discipline states that the consequences to be imposed for various offences committed will be for the benefit of building desirable character and school values. The School Leaders and the HOD Discipline may exercise discretion to impose consequences, taking into account the severity of each offence.

With the widespread access to and use of social media and other forms of digital communication, students are expected to be respectful, and mindful of their posts and comments. Harm brought about as a result of a student's interactions in the digital realm are no less serious and will be addressed accordingly by the school.

Minor Offences

For all categories of minor offences as well as attendance and punctuality related offences, the School Management and the Student Management Committee will exercise their judgment and discretion in deciding whether to escalate the matter for repeat offenders and recalcitrant students. Cumulative minor offences may be treated as serious offences. Repeat offenders may be recommended an adverse conduct grade.

Serious Offences

For all categories of serious offences:

the student may be given an adverse conduct grade at the end of the semester; and/or

the Principal may exercise her judgment to carry out caning, corrective work order, suspension, or expulsion.

Serious offences may include but are not limited to the following actions or behaviour:

1. Bullying (physical, verbal and cyber bullying).

2. Unruly behavior (including but not limited to extortion / blackmail / threats / fighting in and out of school).

3. Forgery.

4. Disrespect or defiance to school staff.

5. Vandalism of school property including misuse of equipment.

6. Cheating / attempting / assisting others to cheat during tests or examinations.

7. Smoking / possession of cigarettes, tobacco related paraphernalia, illegal substances or alcohol.

8. Substance / alcohol abuse.

9. Possession of pornographic materials.

10. Insulting / outrage of modesty.

11. Possession of weapons / weapon-like item which is used or intended to be used to cause harm to others.

(Refer to Students’ Handbook for a more detailed listing of offences and consequences.)

Exam Rules

  1. Any student who is unable to sit for a paper due to medical reasons must inform his / her Form Teacher before or on the day of examination. A medical certificate must be submitted to the Form Teacher on the day he / she reports back to school. No other form of certification will be accepted.

  2. All students are expected to report punctually for examination. No extra time will be given if students are late for exams due to their own tardiness.

  3. All bags, books and notes must be placed at the front of the classroom or at the back of the hall.

  4. All students are to ensure they have all the required stationery with them. No form of borrowing will be allowed.

  5. Any student found in the possession of, including but not limited to, unauthorised materials or electronic devices (e.g. notes and mobile phones) will be deemed as having committed a dishonest act. He / she will receive zero mark for the paper.

  6. Students caught cheating, attempting to cheat or suspected of cheating will be given ZERO mark for the paper and he / she may be barred from the rest of the examination.

  7. Absolute silence is to be maintained once the question papers have been given by the invigilators. Any attempt to communicate with other students will be severely dealt with by the school. He / she will be given zero mark for the paper.

  8. Any student who allows his / her answers to be copied by another student will also be severely dealt with by the school. He / she will receive zero mark for the paper.

  9. Students cannot leave the examination venue until the exam has ended and the teacher in charge dismisses them.

  10. Students are not to leave the school premises in between papers.