School Rules

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Geneva is dedicated to training children in a program of study, activity and living, that is Bible based. We believe that all things should be done decently and in order and that our students should be taught to be upstanding in the community. Students are expected to act in an orderly and respectful manner, maintaining Christian standards in courtesy, kindness, language, morality, honesty and modesty in dress. School is a safe place of learning and fellowship, so dating / romantic relationships are actively discouraged and bullying will not be tolerated. Students who refuse to cooperate with any school policies, may be asked to leave.

Our staff strive to maintain standards of behaviour in the learning center through kindness, love and genuine regard for their students. When disciplinary action becomes necessary, it will be carried out firmly with consistency, fairness and love. Each learning center will have their own procedures and rules due to age differences and the requirements of individual supervisors.


Implementation

Each classroom will have their own procedures and rules due to age differences and the requirements of individual supervisors. They will also have their own system of rewards and incentives. Students and parents will be made aware of these by the teacher.

These systems are designed as an incentive for students to strive towards excellence. This is an encouragement not only for the student but also for parents and teachers as we see our young people successfully achieving their goals whether they are academic or the development of good character and reputation. 


Merits

From Kindergarten to Year 12, all students are eligible to receive merits from the class teacher and other staff for many and varied positive behaviours. They may also lose merits if behaviour is not acceptable. Merits have a monetary value and can be 'spent' at merit shop, held in classrooms at the end of each term. The more merits a child has gained the more spending power they have, hence positive behaviour is reinforced. 

Bears

From Kindergarten to Year 7, all students have 3 small plastic bears sitting on their desk or in their office. Keeping these bears is for the best. Losing these bears is not desirable. If three bears are lost in one day the student will have a lunchtime detention. If three bears are lost within three days during a week, then the student will serve an after school detention. When a student receives a detention, parents will be notified in the student's diary, by email or phone. Reasons for losing a bear can include:

  • Not following academic procedures
  • Not fulfilling assigned responsibilities / homework
  • Lateness to class
  • Talking without permission
  • Passing notes
  • Throwing things
  • Violation of dress code
  • Misbehaviour on the bus

Although the three bears do not proceed beyond Year 7, older students would be given a warning in place of losing a bear. 

Strikes

Geneva's 3 strikes and you are out policy, means that, should a student display any behaviour deemed inappropriate they will receive 1 strike. This includes at school, on camps or excursions and on the school bus. Three strikes is immediate expulsion. A child may be expelled for less that three strikes depending on the situation. This penalty system lasts for 12 months. Violations such as these would warrant a strike:

  • Showing disrespect for staff, other students, policies or property
  • Encouraging disrespect
  • Disobedience
  • Involvement in activities with improper sexual overtones
  • Profanity, fighting, cheating, stealing, vandalism, lying or harassment
  • Bullying: this includes physical, emotional, verbal, cyber or isolation
  • Use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs or any illegal substances
  • Refusal to come under school authority
  • Belittling others
  • Unauthorised presence in buildings
  • Unauthorised materials/substances brought to school
  • Dangerous horseplay
  • Engaging in nuisance, offensive or dangerous behaviour on a school bus. If continued offences occur on a school bus, further travel may be denied

Parents will be notified by letter if a strike is given. Part of the discussion may involve parental responsibility in the correction process. A student/parent/teacher conference may be called, at which time, the correctional outcome will be determined in negotiation with parents. Extreme problems, which may involve vioaltions of the law, could also involve social agencies and law enforcement agencies. Expulsion of the student will be necessary should all other avenues fail to correct the misbehaviour.

Whole School Rules

The Golden Rule: "Do unto others, as you would wish them to do unto you" Matthew 7:12 this means treating others in a way that you would want to be treated yourself.

The Six Inch Rule: this simply means that students are to maintain a distance from anther's personal space. This covers any undue physical contact, which may harm or injure others, or that of a sexual nature.