- School Hours:
08: 00 – 14.45. First bell 07:45. Pupils must be in class by 08:00. Lessons should end by 14:45. They may be followed by some optional extra time (OET).
Variations in closing times occur from time to time, for example:
- On Tuesdays lessons end at 14:05 (to allow time for staff meetings). Extra-murals commence at 15:00 as usual despite the early close.
- On Fridays the School closes at 14:25 to allow more time for afternoon fixtures.
- During examinations school usually closes at 13:00 for non-writers and as soon thereafter as possible for writers, unless there is an afternoon examination.
- School usually closes at 11:00 on the last day of term.
- Telephones, cell phones, privately owned computers and other electronic devices.
Pupil’s phones & gadgets: Please note that the use of electronic devices is banned during school hours. During the day, these devices must be off and out of sight. Devices may be used during break times but must be switched off and packed away at the ringing of the warning bell.
Pupils who ignore this regulation will have their device confiscated for a week. They may contribute R50 to the School’s charities to get their property back sooner. For repeat offences, the penalty will be increased to R100. However, where a pupil is in any way defiant, rude or aggressive, in the confiscation of his/her phone, the pupil will forfeit the right to buy back their phone.
The School is attempting to allow pupils to benefit from the advantages of laptops and tablets while avoiding problems that might arise from abuse of these devices. At present, pupils who would like to use a personal computer at school must have the written permission of each of his/her teachers. Application forms are available, on motivation, from the office.
- Public Transport
The School is a 20-minute walk from Fish Hoek Station. Buses run from the surrounding areas before and after school. There is a cycle track from Sun Valley to the High School.
- Absence from school
The only reasons accepted for absence from school are family emergencies or MEDICAL. After an absence, a letter signed by the parent/guardian explaining the child’s absence, must be produced on the day the pupil returns to School. The letter must include, in print, your child’s full name, class and dates absent. After an absence of three days or more, a medical certificate must be produced. Under the current assessment policies all marks are taken into account for term marks and hence promotion at the end of the year. A medical certificate is required if a pupil is absent for any test, examination or activity for which marks are assigned. If during the year a pupil is away for a total of 10 non-consecutive days, then for each further day’s absence a medical certificate may be required. If a child is absent for 50 or more school days he or she may be removed from the School’s roll or barred from writing exams.
A pupil’s record of attendance and punctuality record may be reflected in reports and on the testimonial that the Principal may issue to school leavers.
Pupils who arrive at School after 08:00 must report to the foyer of the Hepworth Hall to be issued with a “late slip” by the members of the Forum. Pupils who arrive after the end of register must report to the secretaries’ office to get their “late slips”. On the very next school day late-comers must either hand a note explaining the late-coming from parent / guardian to the teacher on duty in the late-comers entrance, or the writing out prescribed for repeated late-coming or report to Mr Douglas before 07:30. Failure to do one of the three options will lead immediately to a detention for late-coming. Please note that repeated late-coming (five times in a year) will to lead to the matter being raised with parents and / or a detention. Pupils who have been late 10 or more times risk spending each subsequent late day under the direct supervision of a senior member of staff rather than in class.
- Medical and Dental appointments
These should be made, as far as possible, after school hours, including extra-mural activities. Where an appointment can only be made during school hours, please notify your child’s teachers in advance.
Where a pupil suffers from a permanent or recurring illness, please inform the School so that staff may be forewarned. It is also imperative that the school has your family doctor’s name and telephone number.
Please note that the School may not supply any medication other than plasters. In the event of an emergency the School is able to call on services of the Cape Medical Response, thanks to the generosity of Mr Ron von Til of Central Mica Hardware.
- Change of Address
Please inform the School in writing immediately of any changes of addresses (physical, postal & email) and telephone numbers (home, work and cell).
As far as is possible, communication is done electronically. Three methods are available, namely D6 School Communicator, email and SMS.
D6 School Communicator is a website on which a variety of resources are published, such as daily notices and newsletters. A very useful feature of D6 is the Alert. An Alert allows the School to draw attention to notices of last-minute arrangements that have to be made, e.g. postponement of matches. Every family is encouraged to download the software and register their details. The system may be downloaded onto as many computers as required, including smart phones. Please see page 1 for the URL.
Please ensure that the School has the correct email addresses for your family.
SMS’s and emails are used to a lesser extent.
In addition to the Principal’s newsletters and notices of important, such as Board elections, there are regular notices of tests, assignments, examinations, reports and Parents’ Evenings.
Parents are also encouraged to consult the website and Facebook pages referred to on Page 1.
- Homework, “prep” and daily review
The following hours of study at home are recommended:
- 1½ hours per day for Grades 8 and 9.
- 2 hours per day for Grade 10 increasing to 3 hours for the Matrics.
This time should be spent not only completing specific homework set but also on revision, consolidation and preparation. Pupils should plan their afternoon activities and recreation. All pupils should possess a homework diary in which all homework should be recorded. Parents are asked to encourage regular study habits and review of work done each day.
- Fish Hoek Passes & the Merit system
Every effort is made to encourage pupils to improve the standard of the work they do. After mid-year and the final exams pupils who have aggregates above 50% are recognised with special bookmarks, according to their level of achievement: 50% Ruby; 60% Emerald, 70% Diamond and 80% Platinum. These awards are considered to mark a pupil’s progress towards his / her full potential, just as a bookmark flags ones progress through a book. Participation in the extramural programme is a prerequisite for a Fish Hoek Pass.
Positive reinforcement is used as far as possible. Staff members are encouraged “to catch pupils doing something right”. Merits are not reserved for the high-achievers, for whom the Colours system and academic prizes cater. Merits may be awarded for success, service and desirable behaviour in any area of the School’s life, whether academic or extramural.
Certificates, badges, colours scrolls and prizes are awarded to pupils who accumulate merits. Tuckshop vouchers have proved very popular incentives too.