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What follows is a guideline of rules, regulations and responsibilities of every student. This guideline is to be read by all students. No excuses will be accepted if a student claims that he or she did not know of the rules enforced.
The administration and the staff of THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL feel that it has become necessary to enforce these principles so that the school functions efficiently, and within a responsible environment for everyone.
Therefore as a student of THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL your very first responsibility begins with the reading, understanding and the compliance with these principles.
THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL believes that basic discipline begins with the wearing of the school uniform and with the student’s appearance.
The school uniform is to be worn when in school, regardless if a student has a free period or not. When a student is in school not only should the uniform be worn properly and completely, but also in a tidy fashion. This includes the following:
* when enforced as part of the winter uniform
- Ties when worn are to be properly knotted at the neck.
- Skirts are to be a conservative length and should not be rolled up.
- Polo, turtle neck or T-shirts with designs are not to be worn under the school shirts.
- Shirts and blouses are to be buttoned from the second button downwards, except when wearing ties in which case they must be buttoned from the neck downwards.
- Shoes must be plain – brown or black with no patterns.
- Track-suits and P.E. kit are not part of the regular school uniform and should only be worn during P.E.. Also track-suits and P.E. kits should not be worn to and from school.
In the winter time the school blazer/jacket is to be worn as the first part of the winter uniform. In cases where the student still feels cold, a dark green V-neck pullover is worn under the blazer. The pullovers are permitted only under the blazer and not on their own.
Students are permitted to take off their blazers during classes or labs, but blazers must be worn in the school yard during breaks, free periods or when leaving the classroom for whatever reason.
Your appearance is just as important as your school uniform. It is a reflection of who you are and where you belong. Be proud of yourself and make the school, your family and friends proud by attending school in a respectful manner.
For school purposes this includes:
Boys are to wear their hair short and cut evenly all over. You are forbidden to attend school with hair cut unevenly. Boys are also expected to be clean shaven daily and their side-burns should be only half an ear’s length.
Girls’ hair should be kept clean and tidy. No extravagant hair dyes or styles are permitted.
Boys are permitted to wear a minimum of jewellery which includes a watch, ring, bracelet or chain around the neck provided it is kept inside the shirt. Earrings are not permitted.
Girls are permitted a minimum of jewellery which includes a watch, a ring, bracelet and a chain which should be worn inside the blouse. One pair of earrings is permitted only. Any excessive jewellery will be confiscated.
Girls are not permitted to come to school with any form of make-up or nail polish.
4. Students are not permitted to change into plain clothes immediately after school and must wait until they reach home. Likewise the school P.E. kit is not part of the regular school uniform and students must wear their proper uniform to and from school.
Uniforms are to be properly worn even on school buses.
PROMPTNESS AND PUNCTUALITY
Part of the students’ responsibilities is being punctual in arriving to school in the morning and when changing classes during the day.
Students are requested to arrive at school at least five minutes before 8.00 a.m..
During school hours students should walk directly to their next class and should not waste time talking to others or wandering off to the canteen.
If students are more than five minutes late in attending a class, the teacher has the right to mark them late and may also refuse to allow them in class if they are frequently late.
Absences are divided into two categories, justified and unjustified.
Absences become justified when a legitimate reason for an absence is given. For example the school bus was late or when a doctor’s note is brought within three days of returning to school. In cases where parents send absence notes to the school, the Headmaster will immediately verify these notes by calling the home.
Unjustified absences include skipping of classes, or when doctor’s or parents notes are not brought in on time (within 3 days). If a student has more that 60 unjustified absences or more than 160 absences (justified and unjustified) at the end of the school year, The Grammar School reserves the right to have a student repeat the year in compliance with the Laws of the Ministry of Education.
If a student is absent, justifiably or not, in excess of seven times the number of periods per week in that particular subject, the School reserves the right to have the student re-examined in September, in accordance with the Laws of the Ministry of Education.
In cases where students are either justified or unjustified in their absences, they are still responsible for any work assigned by the teacher. In a case where a student misses a test he/she must fill out a make-up test form, (available from the office) and present it to the office within one day of his/her return to School. The office will investigate the reason for the absence and can either grant or deny permission for a make-up test. If permission is denied the student will automatically receive a zero (0%) for that test. Where permission is granted the form must be submitted to the teacher who will give the student a make-up test within five days of returning to the School.
Students must be informed that make-up tests will be given right after school with no exceptions. Students must be in proper school uniform while taking their make-up tests. The teacher reserves the right to set the make-up test more difficult or grade the test more strictly, or even not give a make-up test if he/she feels the justification of the absence was not sufficient.
It is the student’s responsibility to see that assignments and tests are arranged.
During school hours students must conform to the strict code of behaviour when in or out of class. The rules regarding behaviour are as follows:
- Students must address all staff members regardless of age, gender or position by appropriate titles, (Sir, Mr, Mrs, Miss, Dr., etc.) which is to be followed by their First names or Surnames.
- Students must refrain from using offensive or foul language in class or in the school yard especially towards staff members, but also to other students.
- Students must not be disrespectful towards staff members. This includes talking back, raising their voices, body language, hand gestures or any other form of disrespectful behaviour.
- Whilst in class, students must show respect to their teachers and the lesson by sitting properly,
refraining from speaking or calling out in class, arguing with classmates, fighting, sleeping or not paying attention.
- Students are not permitted to eat or drink in classrooms at any time. Chewing gum or sweets in class is not permitted.
- Smoking is not permitted in or around the school premises, during school hours, when riding the school bus and on trips. Smoking is also forbidden during or before and after external examinations.
- Classrooms, the court-yard and all other school grounds are to be kept clean and tidy. Students should refrain from throwing rubbish on the floor, writing on desks, chairs or walls, and marking any school property where damage may occur. Students will be held responsible for any untidiness or damages that may occur.
- Toilets must be kept tidy and clean at all times. Students should not throw paper or other objects on the floors, or unnecessary objects into the toilet bowls. Students must realize that clean and sanitary toilets and washrooms are to their own benefit and health.
- Students are not permitted to leave the school premises during school hours for whatever reason. Any non-school appointments (e.g. doctor visits) should be arranged after school hours. Where there are exceptional circumstances, permission must be obtained from the office before leaving school.
- Students coming to school by cars or motorcycles must have a driving licence and park in the
designated areas west of the building and away from the main entrance of the school.
- Order must be kept around the canteen area during breaks and free periods. Chairs and tables should be returned to their appropriate places, otherwise privileges will be suspended. The canteen area must be kept clean and tidy and free of rubbish at all times.
- Students are requested to stay away from the office area unless official work needs to be conducted.
For the convenience of the administration, staff and students, what follows is a list of the various violations of the school rules and regulations, and the punishments or consequences which will follow. Students must be reminded that suspensions do count towards unjustified absent periods and that continuous violations will be noted in their report books and have an effect on their conduct.
Major Violations: These are automatically referred to the Disciplinary
Committee, which can punish with detentions,
suspensions and even expulsion.
- Swearing at a staff member or classmate.
- Rudeness towards staff members.
- Leaving school premises without permission.
- Cheating on tests, examinations, or homework and other assignments.
- Malicious damage to school or personal property of another.
- Theft of any sort.
- Repeated unjustified absences.
- Smoking, drinking or other indecent behaviour.
- Harassment of other students.
- Skipping lessons.
These will be dealt with by the Headmaster/Headmistress at that moment. Punishments will include detention, cleaning school grounds, homework and assignments, and even suspensions for a day. Continuous minor violations will eventually be considered as major and will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee.
Some examples of Minor Violations are:
- Minor disputes between students.
- Class disturbances.
- Littering of premises.
- Uniform violations.
- Non-fulfilment of Academic obligations.
Class 1 – Class 2 – Class 3
At The Grammar School we aim to provide an environment to enhance learning and develop inquiring and reflective young people. The School’s Assessment policy is reviewed regularly to ensure that we deliver this educational experience.
The Academic year is divided into three terms.
Term 1: September – November
Term 2: December – February
Term 3: March – May
Students receive grades for each term. These, together with the Final Examination Grade, where applicable, divided by 4 constitute the student’s Subject Year Average. Otherwise the Subject Year Average is the average of the three terms.
Subject grades are reported as percentages. In addition a term effort grade is given for each subject
Key for Effort
To give our students time to prepare for their end of term tests no subject will assign homework while end of term tests are in progress.
English – Mathematics – Greek:
- Students sit tests (one or two per subject) during normal lesson time which count for 40% of the term grade.
- The remaining 60% is subject dependent and is carried out through marking homework, project assignments, classroom observation, mental /oral work and quizzes.
- Quizzes will be based on material covered in the previous lesson and not last for more than ten minutes.
- Final examinations for these subjects occur in June.
French – German – Geography– Greek History – History – ICT – Science :
- Students sit an end of term test which counts for 50% of the term grade. While end of term tests are taking place, normal lessons or revision will be taking place, whatever is appropriate, but no homework will be assigned.
- The remaining 50% is subject dependent and is carried out through marking homework, project assignments, classroom observation, mental /oral work and quizzes.
- Quizzes will be based on material covered in the previous lesson and not last for more than ten minutes.
- There will be no final examination in these subjects.
A student is normally promoted to the next class when he/she has passed all subjects.
A pass means that the student’s Subject Year Average is at least 50% but also that he/she has obtained at least a 35% final examination grade in subjects which have final examinations. If a student fails to obtain at least a 35% in the final examination they must have a resit in August.
CLASSES 4 – 5 – 6 – 7
Students will receive a minimum of two tests per term in each subject, which will go towards their term grades. The term grades will also include homework, assignments, projects and oral participation in class. Final examinations for ALL subjects take place in June.
There are no end of term tests in any subject. Note however that the final examination grades will carry 40% of the entire year’s final average. Therefore students are encouraged to do well on their final examinations to successfully complete the year.
A L L C L A S S E S
Any student failing two or fewer subjects is required to be re-examined in August/September in those subjects. On the re-examinations a student must score over 50% to be promoted to the next class. Students failing even one subject upon re-examination, will automatically fail the year regardless if they are to continue with that subject the following year or not, unless the Academic Committee decides to give the student one more chance before the end of the first term.
Any student failing 3 subjects or more at the end of the year (below 50%) automatically fails the year.
A final examination grade of 30% or less gives the school the right to re-examine the student in that subject even if the grade average for the subject concerned is above 50%. The student will then have to achieve a score of 50% or over on a re-examination in order to pass the subject.
Students must be advised that they should be aware of all these rules and
regulations and must comply with them. Failure to comply will result in
punishment and even expulsion from the school.
Students must read these rules because ignorance is not a defence.
Students must realize that if they repeatedly violate rules, punishments will be enforced. The students must realise that the school does not “pick on”
student or has anything against anyone.
Do not leave any personal belongings unattended. The School will not be held responsible for any personal belongings that are lost, stolen or damaged.