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.
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
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.
Classroom and Personal Conduct
- Before start of school
- During students’ respective recess breaks
- After curriculum hours according to the timetable for the respective levels
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.
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.
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).
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.)
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.
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.
All bags, books and notes must be placed at the front of the classroom or at the back of the hall.
All students are to ensure they have all the required stationery with them. No form of borrowing will be allowed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students cannot leave the examination venue until the exam has ended and the teacher in charge dismisses them.
Students are not to leave the school premises in between papers.