The Code of Conduct is intended to provide you with advice and guidance as secondary school students at The NAOWA College, Abuja. You should read this handbook carefully and make sure you understand the contents. It contains many procedures and you must be familiar with them all. This document will be given to your parents when you join the secondary school. They will be asked to sign a form to acknowledge that they have read the contents and agree that you will abide by the policies laid out.
THE CORE VALUES OF THE NAOWA COLLEGE
A core value is a central belief clearly understood and shared by every member of a school community.
At The NAOWA College we believe in:
• Respect and,
By commitment we mean that everyone:
Shows loyalty to friends, colleagues and the school
Is willing to support and show care for those who need help
Is willing to work to the highest level
Is willing to keep the school rules.
By Opportunity we mean that everyone:
Develops confidence through participation
Volunteers in a variety of school situations
Considers their own strength and set personal goals for improvement
Pursues individual interests in a manner which broadens horizons
By Respect we mean that everyone:
Values all members of school community
Displays good manners at all times
Displays tolerance of others with different points of view and beliefs
Shows respect for the school buildings, facilities and surrounding environment.
By Excellence we mean that everyone:
Is proud of personal achievement
Produces work of the highest quality
Sets high standards and personal goals for improvement
Makes best use of talents time and resources.
Once you are on the school premises, the school must be able to account for your whereabouts. Registration is important because this is when we do a headcount to determine who is in school and who is not. Registration at the NAOWA College takes place in your form room at 8:15am everyday. If you are not present when your name is called, you will be marked absent. If you are late, you must go and report to the office of the Registrar so that the school records can be amended. Students who are absent from school must present a note from their parents/guardians explaining their absence. At the end of the day, students must attend registration in their form room.
Your form tutor will fill in the register at the beginning and the end of everyday and will make sure you have all your equipment, especially your planner. Your form Tutor will keep a close eye on your progress and is the first person you should go and see if you have any kind of problem in school.
High standards of punctuality are expected from all students. You must arrive at school before 8:15 and organize yourself for your lessons. You should not waste time when moving between classrooms and the process should not take you more than two minutes. There is a penalty for lateness. You should use the time before school, break time and lunchtime to go to the toilet or drink water. Only under special circumstances will teachers allow students leave the class during a lesson.
You will be given a student planner at the beginning of every school year. Look after your student planner carefully and take it to all your lessons, keeping an accurate record of any homework set. A parent or guardian must sign student’s planner weekly.
The NAOWA COLLEGE students are offered a large range of exciting activities twice a week and you will be asked to sign up each term. When you are assigned to an activity, it is compulsory that you attend. If you are not doing an activity you must go home or back to the boarding House at 4:00pm.
Students should not wear their P.E kit to school. Break time and lunchtime are opportunities to change in and out of their school PE kit.
Students must return library books on time. If you loose or damage a library book, you will be billed for the cost of replacing it.
Exercise books must be kept in good condition. At the NAOWA COLLEGE, students are not allowed to draw or doodle on their textbooks. An exercise book that has been scribbled on or defaced will have to be covered at the expense of parents.
The following items must not be brought to school:
Mobile telephones, CD Players, iPods, Portable Music player, PSPs or any other handheld electronic games, jewelry, solvents, sweets, bubble gum, real or imitation weapons, firework, bangers, chocolate, canned/fizzy drinks and make up.
Students are allowed to have Birthdays and non-fizzy drinks delivered to the school on their birthdays. These must be dropped off at the school office. The cake must be taken to the Dining room before start of lunch so that it can be consumed during lunch. Students are not allowed to take cakes, drinks or other snacks to their classroom.
BREAK AND LUNCH
During first break, which starts at 10:30, you should go to the dinning room to have a snack, after which you are free to entertain yourself until the bell goes. Students should not be in classrooms at this time, unless a teacher is present. Although it is not compulsory to have a snack at break time, it is compulsory that students eat lunch in the Dinning Hall. Students will be provided with lunch at 1:00pm. This will be eaten seated, at a table together with other students. Good manners will be expected during lunch. After lunch students can entertain themselves appropriately around the school, bearing in mind that they need to be prepared for the next set of lessons, which commences at 2:00pm
LANGUAGE IN SCHOOL
You will be taught English in all subjects except for when learning foreign/Nigerian languages. All students are expected to learn and improve their English so it is the only language which should be spoken in school. Students are not to speak Pidgin English or Nigerian languages on the school premises.
PRESENTATION OF WORK
In the external examinations taken in year 9 and 11, students are penalized for poor presentation in their written papers. As good practice, your teachers will expect you to take pride in producing clear and neat written work. You are not allowed to deface your books.
Do not write on desk or on walls. Do not damage any school property in any way. Always throw your litter into bins, and if you see litter, pick it up and put it in the nearest bin. If students are caught damaging school property their parents or guardians will be billed for the repairs.
Homework is an important part of your learning and runs according to a timetable, which will be giving to you at the beginning of the school year. Teachers reserve the right to administer appropriate discipline to students who did not turn in their home work without a reasonable excuse.
At The NAOWA COLLEGE, students are required to wear black leather shoes or black leather loafers. Black trainers or any branded shoes are not allowed.
ILLNESS AND ACCIDENT
If you are ill in school or involved in an accident, a teacher must be informed. If you are unable to find help yourself, ask another student to summon help from one of the teachers. You will normally be given a referral note from your form tutor to the school duty Nurse. You are not allowed to sleep in school, either in class or anywhere else on the premises so it is advisable to notify a member of staff if you are feeling unwell.
Any conduct that can be identified as an attack on another student, be it physical or verbal, will be regarded as bullying. You are not allowed to threaten other students or behave in any way that can be described as intimidating. Such behavior is not tolerated at The NAOWA COLLEGE and will be taken very seriously.
Writing offensive or provocative statements about other students at this school on social network sites or Internet chat rooms is not allowed. The school will take such behavior very seriously. Students are prohibited from using social networking sites on the school premises.
Detentions are given to students who break school rules or fail to show commitment to their own learning. The heads of department run a detention after school. If a student has a detention, parents will be notified beforehand. An acknowledgement slip will also be expected back from the parents so that students are not kept in school without parental consent. Class teachers and form tutors hold detentions during the school day and students are expected to attend these.
These are two assemblies each week: one on Monday morning and the other on Friday afternoon. Assembly is a formal occasion and you are expected to be in your complete uniform. You need to wear your blazer to the Monday assembly. The highest standards of behavior are expected from all students in the morning. At concerts, plays and other events, courtesy to performers and consideration for other members of the audience demand that you are not disruptive in any way.
In the event of fire, you will hear a distinctive alarm, at this point every member of school would find his/her way to the school field. If the alarm goes during class, you will be lead by your teacher, if the alarm goes off during break or lunch, you must make your way to the field and line up according to your form groups. Fire drills takes place at regular intervals and must always be taken seriously. You should be quiet and walk during fire drill.
JEWELRY AND VALUABLES
In general, students should not bring valuable items or jewelry into school. A simple wristwatch can be worn. Girls who have pierced eyes can wear simple plain silver or gold ear studs. No other jewelry, including looped or dangling earrings, necklaces or bracelet may be worn for safety reasons. Inappropriate jewelry will be confiscated until the end of that term. The school cannot accept any responsibility for valuable items brought in contravention of these rules.
The school uniform is an important part of the school’s sense of identity. Our secondary school uniform colours are Gray, white, maroon and black. Official items incorporating the school logo are available from the school office. You should always wear the proper uniform neatly and correctly.
• Students’ hair should look neat and tidy and be appropriately cut in a conventional style.
• For boys, this means a short tidy style that is not usually longer than one centimeter in length.
• Girls with longer hair should wear it tied back. Hair can also be braided or plaited. Beads (small only) should be in school colours, maroon/black/white.
• Extension or weave-on are not allowed at The NAOWA COLLEGE ABUJA. No hair gel, ‘steps’ or exotic styles are acceptable.
• No student should wear nail varnish or have a “henna’ tattoo whilst at school.
• Vest worn under shirts (if needed) must be plain white – no coloured vest or those with a logo or pattern are allowed.
• PE vest may not be worn for this purpose.
OUR SCHOOL RULES AT A GLANCE
IN THE CLASSROOM
• Participate actively in lessons and do all assignments to the best of your ability.
• Listen silently when the teacher is talking
• Work silently when told to do so
• Obey the instructions of teachers and teaching assistants
• Do not walk around the class room without permission, unless it is part of an activity, such as a practical investigation
• Put up your hand if you need help or if you want to ask a question or answer a question
• Do not engage in any form of underhand behaviour during tests and examination that could be regarded as cheating, copying your homework is a form of cheating
• If a teacher does not arrive to take your class, line up quietly outside the classroom
• Greet the members of staff that enter your classroom during lessons
• Stand up when a visitor enters your classroom during lessons. If in the library or during exams it would be appropriate to carry on working, stand up if He / She should approach you personally and speak to you.
IN THE DINNING ROOM
• Meals are compulsory for all students.
• Students should go into the dinning room in orderly fashion.
• Every student must queue and wait to be served.
• Students must sit at their designated table.
• Students will not converse with students on other tables.
• Students must eat with cutlery.
• Do not talk with your mouth full.
• Do not stretch across the table, ask your neighbor to pass the item to you.
• Converse in reasonable tones.
• Remember to say thank you to those who serve you.
IN ORDER THAT WE LIVE IN A SAFE ENVIROMENT
• Know the fire drill and carry them out in silence.
• Some part of the school are still under construction so do not play in unauthorized area.
• Do not run in the classrooms, doors, stairways, or corridors.
• Do not climb trees or fences.
• Do not indulge in “horseplay”. Injuries or disputes that arise from play-fighting will be treated in the same manner as any other form of aggressive behavior.
AROUND THE SCHOOL
• Open doors for others especially for adults.
• Always acknowledge adult with the appropriate greeting.
• Look behind you after walking through a door to ensure you do not let it swing into the faces of people coming behind you.
• Stand aside to let adults pass on the stairways and corridors.
• Apologize if you walk between people engaged in conversation.
• Ask visitors if they are being looked after; offer to escort them to the reception.
• When saying goodbye to visitors e.g. at the end of a tour of the school, show them to their car.
• Do not talk to adults with your hands in your pockets.
• Refer to teachers or visitors as Dr/Mr/Mrs and surname of teacher, Sir or Ma’am/Madam.
• Top button must be done up and ties properly knotted.
• Spitting and swearing attracts punishment at The NAOWA COLLEGE.
• Keep your voice at a conversational level, shouting inappropriately is not allowed.
• Do not eat around teaching areas; all food must be consumed in the dining hall.
• Only go to lockers during school break times.
IN ORDER THAT WE ALL LIVE IN A PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT
• Always be polite to fellow students, teachers, secretaries, auxiliary staff and visitors to the school
• Respect the property of other people and report anything that you think might be lost to a teacher.
• Do not take an item that does not belong to you without permission, as this will also be regarded as stealing.
• Always show respect for other peoples’ race, ethnic groups or religious beliefs.
• Do not fight or behave aggressively towards others.
• Do not swear, insult others or call them names.
• Any behavior that brings the name of the school into disrepute is unacceptable and liable to disciplinary action. This applies not only to behavior when in school but also to behavior within the vicinity of the school grounds or when wearing The NAOWA College school uniform.
BEHAVIOR THAT ATTRACTS A LETTER HOME
• Being sent out of class
• Persistent poor behavior
• Bringing prohibited items to school
• Accumulating red spots
BEHAVIOUR THAT ATTRACTS SUSPENSION
• Threatening behavior to staff or students
• Using abusive language to staff or students
• Driving or operating any heavy machinery
• Engaging in behavior that is inappropriate for children
• Getting a letter home the third time in a term.
BEHAVIOUR THAT ATTRACTS EXPULSION
• Any form of aggression towards staff or students
• Getting into a fight
• Bringing tobacco, alcohol or drugs into school premises
• Engaging with the opposite sex or same sex in a compromising or a manner inappropriate for children.
• Being suspended three times in a session.
The sanction will vary with the severity of the action.
DETENTIONS, LETTERS, SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS WILL BEAR THE SIGNATURE AND BE SERVED BY THE FOLLOWING:
DETENTIONS – Form tutors, HOD’S, HOS
LETTER HOME – HOS, Senior Teacher or VP Academics
SUSPENSIONS – Registrar
EXPULSION – Principal or Director
The NAOWA College Senate is a Panel set up to review Student’s code of conduct and look into appeals from students who have been expelled or subjected to disciplinary measures by a staff, he/she considers inappropriate or unjust.
The SENATE shall comprise of:
1. Head boy
2. Head girl
3. An elected student’s rep
4. One PANOC member
5. Head of Boarding
6. Heads of School
8. Heads of School
A student who have been expelled from the school, who thinks he/she has been treated unfairly or unjustly or who has been abused in any form by a member of staff can send a written appeal to the school senate through the school secretary.
The Senate will have a sitting and look critically into the case and send their rulings to the school Director for a final verdict.