Behaviour and Discipline Policy

The Logos Christian School Behaviour and Discipline policy has been developed with the aim of helping our students understand and practice appropriate behaviour. It states the expectations the school has of the students and the general consequences of acting contrary to these. 

Discipline is distinct from punishment because it seeks to correct and restore within a loving and forgiving context. Love includes acceptance, care, nurture, and also correction and admonishment (2 Timothy 4:2). 

The goal of discipline is to disciple students in the ways of God. It is important that we help our students understand why unacceptable behaviour is wrong and the consequences that follow. We encourage students to do what is right because it is right and honours God. As we seek to live out our mission, it is important that the students understand clearly the boundaries that have been put in place to enhance a suitable learning environment for all and an atmosphere that encourages each one to attain their full potential. All children should be able to learn, and no child should keep another child from being able to learn. Teachers strive to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for the children in which they work and live as a Christian community. 

The primary method of correction during the early years is the “thinking chair” (time out). With older children, certain privileges may be withheld as a form of discipline. Methods of discipline will vary according to age groups and the nature of the misdemeanour. Teachers are strictly prohibited from carrying out physical discipline, intimidation, bribery or verbal abuse and must operate within the school’s guidelines which are established on a Biblical premise.Consistency and fairness will guide all disciplinary measures taken and recognition and affirmation of good behaviour is always given.

Teachers will always contact parents if there is ever a situation that needs to be discussed. It is important for parents and teachers to work together in order to raise well-behaved and disciplined young people. Teachers employ wisdom, discretion and creativity in dealing with diverse cases of indiscipline. Root causes for bad behaviour are sought. Parents are asked to reinforce the regulations as described here where necessary.

Generally, consequences will be appropriate to the misdemeanour. For example:

  1. Disrespect – Time out, time out in Principal’s Office
  2. Disobedience – Time Out, time out in Principal’s Office.
  3. Littering – Picking up  litter in certain areas
  4. Irresponsibility – Chores
  5. Bringing prohibited items to school – the offending item is kept by the teacher

All discipline falls within two broad categories:

a) Preventive Discipline

Preventive discipline depends on a teacher’s unique and creative strategies such as the physical structure of the classroom, motivating and engaging students and giving them responsibility to promote discipline.

b) Corrective Discipline

Corrective discipline consists of consequences of willful defiance and deliberate and repeated breaking of the school rules.

General Expectations:

  1. To follow all school rules.
  2. To obey staff.
  3. To be polite and courteous.
  4. To be good stewards all of all personal and school property.
  5. To maintain personal hygiene and neatness in dressing.
  6. To show respect and use appropriate language, not using any words that are derogatory, abusive or unwholesome in any way.
  7. To be kind and respectful to fellow students.

Inside the school buildings, we expect:

  1. No running.
  2. Speak with inside voices.
  3. Walk in a single file when walking as a class.

In the washrooms, we expect students to:

  1. Use facilities properly.
  2. Leave the washroom clean.
  3. Respect other’s privacy.
  4. Wash hands after use.
  5. Leave washrooms as soon as finished.

In the dining areas, we require:

  1. Good table manners.
  2. Use of inside voices.
  3. Show courtesy and respect to catering staff.

In the playground, we expect students to:

  1. Play fairly, safely and sensibly.
  2. Remain within the playground boundaries.
  3. Use all games equipment appropriately.
  4. Report any incident or accident immediately.

In the classrooms, students are required to:

  1. Listen to the teacher at all times.
  2. Show courtesy and  respect.
  3. Raise hands and wait to be chosen before talking.
  4. Use indoor voices.
  5. Keep the classroom clean and tidy.

In the School Bus, students are required to:

  1. Remain seated with seat belts on.
  2. No shouting.
  3. No arms, heads or any other part of the body out of the window.
  4. No eating or drinking.
  5. Courteous and respectful to staff.

Prohibited items in school:

  1. Toys, electronic games, skate boards roller blades/skates.
  2. Any sharp implements, including Leatherman, Swiss Army Knives etc.
  3. MP3 players, CD players, radios.