Student Handbook

MY CODE OF CONDUCT

Introduction

The school designs and refines rules to guide student behaviour in their learning and interaction. Students are expected to comply with the rules and uphold the PEIRCE qualities.

The following section describes the expectations for students to adhere to.

 

SOCIAL EXPECTATIONS

We are Responsible Citizens

1. Good conduct

  1. Students will be polite and courteous at all times. They are encouraged to greet all school staff and visitors when they meet them.
  2. Students will maintain proper behaviour to upkeep the good image of themselves and the school at all times.
  3. Students will be properly attired at all times to upkeep the good image of themselves and the school.
  4. Students will do their best to cultivate the following qualities reflected in our school mission:

Passion to Excel with Integrity, Respect, Care and Empathy

2. Speech

  1. Students are to speak respectfully. Vulgarities in any language are strictly forbidden.

3. Service to school and the community

  1. Students will do good deeds both within and outside school so as to cultivate the spirit of service to others.
  2. Students are encouraged to volunteer their service to the school and the community whenever possible.

4. Respect for authority and others

  1. When consequences are meted out to student offenders, they are encouraged to accept it graciously and learn from their mistakes. They will appreciate the spirit in which the action is taken. Grievances, if any, should be expressed in the proper manner and through proper channels.
  2. Personal property must be respected. It is important for all students to trust one another and feel safe in school.
  3. Students will treat one another with respect in both speech and action.

5. Active involvement

  1. Students will participate actively in all school events and programmes.

 

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS

We are Resilient Achievers

  1. Students will attend classes regularly and punctually.
  2. Students will pay attention in class and be a team player in all group work.
  3. Students are to study diligently.
  4. Students will take pride in their work and aim to do their best.
  5. Students will strive to hand in all assignments and homework on time.
  6. Students who are unable to complete their assignments will have to stay back after school to complete and submit to their subject teachers.

 

SCHOOL RULES

We are a Learning Community; We are a Team.

School rules help to ensure our learning environment is safe. They apply to all students both in and out of school whenever the students are in their school uniform.  The school rules also apply when students represent the school in competitions and official functions. Students must familiarise themselves with the school rules and conduct themselves appropriately.

Disciplinary actions will be taken on students who flout the school rules.

Students are also encouraged to inform the school authority whenever they see rules not being complied with.  When each one of us does our part, we will be able to contribute to good learning experiences for all.

1. Morning Assembly, Attendance Taking and Late-coming

  1. Students who are Singapore citizens must sing National Anthem and take the Pledge. Students will take the Pledge with right fist placed over the heart.
  2. At the first bell (7.15am), students must report to the designated assembly area. Class Monitor (CM) and Assistant Class Monitor 1 (ACM1) will ensure the class is formed up and seated according to index numbers. No student is allowed to visit the toilet or run errands e.g. to the lockers.
  3. At the second bell (7.25am), students will ensure that their attire is neat and tidy and maintain silence for attendance taking by Form Teachers.
  4. At the third bell (7.30am), the school will sing the National Anthem and take the pledge together.
  5. Students who report after 7.30am will be considered as late for school.
  6. Students who arrive late for school after 7.50am must report to the Security Guard to obtain a pink late-coming-slip before attending lessons.
  7. An SMS message will be sent between 9.00am to 9.30am daily to inform parents if their child is late or absent from school.
  8. Parents are requested to come to school for a discussion if the late-coming is persistent.
  9. Persistent late-comers may be suspended from lessons, and be required to attend Punctuality Programme.

2. Absence from School

  1. Students must submit the medical certificates or formal letters of excuse to their form teachers on the day of return to school.
  2. Formal letter of excuse should include parents’ contact number, the absentee’s name and class, reason(s) and date(s) of absence.

3. Leaving School before Dismissal Time

  1. Students who have valid reasons to leave the school premises during curriculum time must fill in the ‘Early Dismissal Form’ and obtain permission from either the School Leaders or HODs through their form teachers.
  2. Students must produce the appropriate documents in support of their request for leaving school before end of timetabled lesson.
  3. In the case of illness, the student must be accompanied home by a family member. If a family member is not available, alternative arrangement with the parent must be made to ensure the student’s safety.

4. School Term

  1. All students must attend lessons until the last day of each term. The school does not encourage students to begin their vacation before the close of a term or return after the start of a term.

5. Class/ Subject Homeroom Rules

  1. Students are to move quietly as a class and in an orderly manner from one room to another.
  2. Students are to sit quietly outside the classroom, ready with relevant materials for lesson while waiting for permission to enter.
  3. Students who leave the homeroom during lesson time must wear a permission tag given by the teacher.
  4. Only one student can be excused from lesson for toilet breaks at any one time.
  5. Students can run personal errands (e.g. buying stationery) only after curriculum hours.
  6. Students are allowed to drink only plain water while in the classroom.
  7. Students must not consume food, snacks and sweets in the classroom or along corridors.
  8. Students are not allowed to remain in classroom during recess.

6. No Entry to Staff Rooms

  1. Students are not allowed to enter the Staff Rooms at all times.
  2. Students who wish to see the teacher should do so during recess or after school. They may use the telephone outside the Staff Rooms to contact the relevant teacher. Students who are helping to hand in exercise or work books to teachers are to place them on the shelves outside the staff rooms. This should be done during recess or after school.

7. Use of School Canteen

Students are to:

  1. Queue up for the purchase of food and drinks.
  2. Consume their food and drinks only in the school canteen.
  3. Return all used crockery and utensils to the bins provided by the vendors.
  4. Keep the canteen clean at all times.

Students are not allowed to:

  1. Bring their food and sugared drinks to their classroom.
  2. Enter the stall vendors' work space.

8. Use of Sick Bay / Reporting an Injury

  1. Students who are seeking to rest in the sick bay must alert their Form Teachers and Subject Teachers or through their Class Monitor/Assistant Class Monitor.
  2. Students must inform their teacher-in-charge or General Office immediately if any of their peers sustain injury during school activities.

9. Use of School Facilities e.g. School Field or Indoor Sports Hall (ISH)

  1. For safety reasons, students are not allowed to use any of the school facilities without the supervision of a teacher or permission from the General Office.

10. School Assembly

  1. Students should put on their school ties smartly on a designated day of the week during the Flag Raising Ceremony and Morning Assembly.
  2. Students must maintain silence during school assemblies.
  3. Students are expected to show courtesy and respect to the person(s) addressing them by paying attention, and taking down relevant points in the Handbook. Students should not read or talk during an address.
  4. Students are encouraged to show their appreciation through applause. There should be no catcalls, jeering or whistling.

11. Lost and Found

  1. Students who have lost or found an item must report to the General Office immediately so that appropriate action can be taken.

12. Hand Phones

  1. Students are strongly discouraged from bringing hand phones to school.
  2. These devices will be retained if used or sighted during curriculum hours.
  3. A copy of the item retention form will be given to inform parents of the item retention.
  4. Retained hand phones can be collected after one week by the student, and by the parent for a repeat occurrence.
  5. Students may use their hand phones only after all time-tabled lessons for the day in the designated areas - outside General Office and in Canteen.

13. Security in the School

  1. All visitors are required to report to the General Office. They must clearly display the Visitor Pass issued to them at all times.
  2. Students are to report all suspicious characters or visitors without a Visitor Pass to the General Office.
  3. Students are to alert the OM of suspicious characters / objects found in the school premises.
  4. Students are not allowed to invite visitors into the school compound without an official reason.
  5. Students are not allowed to arrange for friends to wait inside or outside the school compound.

14. Camps and Overnight Trips

  1. All camps and overnight trips must be endorsed by the school and acknowledged by parents or guardians.

15. School Uniform

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a. Students are to wear the prescribed school uniform and no modification to the uniform is allowed.

b. Students must be properly attired in school uniform when they return to school for lessons during school holidays, and when they return to school to collect their national examination results.

c. School Shirts and Blouses

  • School shirts and blouses must be appropriately buttoned up and tucked in neatly.
  • Sleeves must not be folded up.

d. School Shorts and Trousers

  • Secondary 1 and 2 boys wear shorts while the Secondary 3, 4 and 5 boys wear trousers.  Shorts and trousers must not be oversized or too tight.

e. School Skirts

  • Skirts must be worn at the waist and be at knee length.
  • Folding of the skirts is not allowed, and they must not be oversized or too tight.

f. School Tie (Dress code: Formal)

  • The school tie must be put on smartly (as shown above) during school assemblies and at all formal functions.
  • Students representing school on official functions or any prize presentation ceremonies must put on the school tie if the dress code is formal.

g. Shoes

  • Only low-cut white shoes are to be worn during normal school days (see picture below).
  • Students must also ensure that their shoes are kept clean and reasonably white.
  • Track shoes can only be worn on Sports/Games Day and Cross Country Run and after school hours on the CCA days.
  • Students are not allowed to wear slippers or sloppy footwear within the school premises at any time.
  • Special school shoes with padding are allowed for students with doctor-certified medical conditions. The medical certificate (MC) must accompany request in such instances.
  • This MC must be submitted to the Discipline Committee and a special pass will be issued upon approval.
  • Students who have injured their ankles or toes may wear slippers or sandals with approval sought from the Discipline Committee upon arrival in school.

h. Socks2

  1. Only plain white socks or school socks are to be worn.
  2. Socks worn must be visible (2 fingers width above the highest edge of the shoes) at all times.

16. PE Attire

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  1. Students must wear PE attire (black shorts and school T-shirt) for PE lesson, and after-curriculum hours when playing games or sports. Muslim girls may wear long black track pants for PE lessons.
  2. T-Shirts must be tucked in neatly and sleeves must not be folded.
  3. Students who are unwell and are unable to take part in the PE lessons must also be in their PE attire. However they need not participate in the activities.
  4. Students attending morning assembly must be in full school uniform; they will change into their PE attire only after the morning assembly.
  5. Students must change into their school uniform during recess if their PE lesson is before recess.

17. House T-Shirts

  1. House T-shirt must be worn during House Practices, Inter-house Games, Cross-Country Run and Sports/Games Day.

18. CCA T-Shirts

  1. CCA T-shirts may be worn only after school hours and for CCA only.

19. Class T-Shirts

  1. Class T-shirts may be worn only during special school functions and only when permission has been granted and announced to the school beforehand.

20. Use of Cardigans/Sweaters in School

  1. Cardigans must not be worn during Flag Raising ceremony. Students who are feeling unwell and need to be in cardigans will be excused from attending the Flag Raising Ceremony to rest in the General Office or Sick Bay.

21. General Appearance

  1. Male students are to be clean-shaven. Beards, moustaches and sideburns are not allowed.
  2. Female students are not allowed to put on cosmetics or makeup on their faces.

22. Hairstyle

  1. Hair should be kept short and neatly combed.
  2. Fanciful, punk or spiky hairstyles and tinted, dyed, streaked or coloured hair are not allowed.

Male Student's Hair:

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  • Hair should not be touching the collar; there must be a distinctive and gradual slope.
  • Hair at the front must be above the eyebrows. When combed downwards, it should not cover the eyes.
  • Hair at the sides must not touch the ears.

Female Student's Hair:

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  • Female students with hair length covering the collar of the school uniform must tie up their hair neatly using dark-coloured hair accessories.  All fringes longer than the eyebrow level must be pinned up neatly.

23. Nails

  1. Nails should be kept short and clean.
  2. No nail polish, hardener or varnish may be used.

24. Jewellery and Accessories

  1. Female students are allowed to wear one pair of small, identical and inexpensive ear studs with diameter no larger than 3 mm. Multiple ear rings/studs or ear sticks are not allowed.
  2. Male students are strictly not allowed to wear ear studs/sticks/rings.
  3. Nose and tongue studs/rings are not allowed.
  4. Earrings, chokers, neck/wrist chains, friendship bands, coloured contact lens, tinted spectacle lens, or any other accessories which are deemed inappropriate by the school are not allowed.
  5. Markings, e.g. henna markings, tattoos, on parts of the body that are visible are not allowed.

25. School Lockers

  1. Students can only use their lockers before morning assembly, during recess and after school.
  2. Students are responsible for maintaining a neat and well-organised locker.
  3. All lockers are subjected to periodic unannounced inspection by the Discipline Committee.
  4. The school will not be held responsible for any personal items that are lost, stolen, or damaged in a school locker.

26. Coming to School by Private Transport

  1. For safety, students should alight past the school main gate at the roundabout and enter by the side gate on the right.
  2. During wet weather, vehicles can be driven into the car porch for students to alight. Motorists on entering the school compound should cooperate with traffic marshals to ensure overall safety and smooth traffic flow. Speed limits within the school compound should be observed. Students should alight from the vehicle swiftly and safely.
  3. No waiting or parking is allowed at the roundabout at all times.  Parents may wait for their child at a parking lot inside or outside the school.

27. Other Prohibited Practices/Acts

  1. Activities should cease by 6.30pm on weekdays, and 12 noon on Saturdays. The school will be locked by 6.45pm on weekdays and 12.30pm on Saturdays. Hence all students should leave the school premises before these timings.
  2. No student may organise activities without the knowledge of the teacher-in-charge.
  3. No fund-raising through activities, donations or appeal can be carried out without prior approval from the school authority.

28. Valuable Items

  1. Bringing valuable items such as jewellery, gaming devices, communication devices etc. is strongly discouraged.
  2. It is a student’s responsibility to take care of his/her personal properties.

29. Road Safety

  1. Students are advised to observe correct road safety behaviour such as using the pedestrian crossings and traffic lights, and avoiding jaywalking or using a headphone or hand phone while crossing.
  2. Students are encouraged to practise the kerb drill before crossing – “look right, look left, look right again”, ensure all vehicles have stopped, and raise your hand high up and cross the road briskly.

30. On Public Transport: Code of Conduct

  1. Students taking public transport are to observe good commuter behaviour including moving to the rear of the bus, not crowding at the entrance and exit points; giving your seat to the elderly or those who need it.

31. Use of School Lift

  1. Students are not allowed to use the lift at all times.
  2. Students who need to use the lift due to leg injuries must inform the General Office before Morning Assembly with the doctor’s recommendation.
  3. A pass will be issued upon approval by the Discipline Committee.

32. Quiet Zone

  1. Students are expected to maintain silence when they are in Quiet Zone.

33. Possession of Weapon

  1. 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.

34. Serious Offences

  1. Some acts are detrimental to the well-being of the school community and consequences will be meted out accordingly to the offender. They include:
  2. Smoking, consumption of alcohol, substance abuse (e.g. drugs and glue).
  3. Acts of cheating, altering official documents, forgery, bullying, fighting, dishonesty, indecency, gangsterism, defiance, gambling, hooliganism, theft, truancy, vandalism, and possession of undesirable materials (e.g. weapons, pornography).
  4. Arrogance, impertinence and rudeness, shown through offensive language, pictures, gestures, actions to any staff member or student.  These include acts committed via the use of the internet platforms or electronic mail.

35. Disciplinary Actions

  1. It is a student’s duty to be familiar with the school rules and observe them accordingly. Ignorance is not an excuse.
  2. Conduct Grade and Personal Qualities reported in the student’s Holistic Development Profile are based on accumulated merit and demerit points related to the behavior, attitude and performance of the student in his/her curricular and co-curricular activities.
  3. Consequences will be meted out to offenders according to the Offence and Consequence Guidelines.
  4. The school reserves the right to have a student to purchase a new uniform item, shoes or socks to rectify persistent non-compliance of school rules on attire.
  5. The school reserves the right to send students home or suspend them from lessons if they are found to be in inappropriate hairstyles or hair colour or uniform. They will be allowed to return to class only if the identified problem has been rectified.
  6. The school reserves the right to punish students for misconduct (including caning of male students for serious misconduct) before informing the parents.
  7. The school reserves the right not to conduct a search if there is no substantial evidence that the lost item is in the procession of another student.

36. Commendable Acts

  1. The school encourages and recognises praiseworthy acts and self-initiated contributions by students which exemplify the school values and desired qualities. They may include: effective leadership in CCA, class or school level, contributions to class or school spirit and unity, 100% punctuality, school or CCA attendance as well as acts of citizenship, moral courage or service.

37. Character and Academic Excellence

  1. Peirce Secondary is committed to its goals of character formation and academic excellence.
  2. Our policy of discipline is to help our students cultivate sound character and promote effective learning and development. Negative student behaviour would require appropriate school action and remedial measures, together with strong parent support, to enable students grow in positive attitude and behaviour, to be “Resilient Achievers, Responsible Citizens”.