Welcome to Light Academy Schools. This handbook is a guide to new and existing pupils on the policies and procedures followed in the day to-day running of our schools. It is a tool to be used in obtaining information needed by the pupils especially during the induction period. The information provided in this handbook will guide the pupils to fit well into the school system and to acquaint themselves with the background, policies, expectations, targets, ethos, philosophy, principles and standard practices of Light Academy schools.
However, pupil’sinduction is not only provided by mere reading of this handbook. The school administration makes every supportive effort possible to induct pupils behaviourally and practically. This handbook always acts as a reminder that is referred to by pupils in our schools on a number of issues related to school life. Understanding and internalising the content therein should be a good step forward in the pupils planning, goal setting, overcoming challenges and team building. Policies and procedures in our school are standardised but are not static. Periodical review is done to cater for the needs of all stakeholders. Should you wish clarification on any of the issues contained in this handbook, do not hesitate to contact the school administration. We hope that you will have a great experience studying in our schools.
Light Academy schools (LAS) are well-established, privately owned co-educational Schools. The schools comprise a Nursery School, a Primary School, and a Boys Boarding Secondary School. The schools are based on the Uganda National Curriculum, run day services for Nursery, Day and boarding services for Primary, to cater for the varied needs and options for Ugandan and expatriate communities. The Nursery school enrolls children aged between 3 and 5 years, 6-12 years for Primary, while the Secondary school enrolls students aged between 12 and 19 years. Our learners are recruited from different parts of the world. At LAS we are vehemently committed to the promotion of an environment of total quality education spiced with inter-culturalism and ethnic diversity.
Light Academy Schools (LAS) are situated in pleasant surroundings in the different environments around Kampala. The Primary and Nursery School is located at Zana, Entebbe Road, while the secondary school is situated in the beautiful lowland at Lweza – Kigo Road 4km off Entebbe Road, easily accessible and perfectly conducive environment for learning, free from Noise and other extraneous distractions associated with urban and pre-urban settings of the City.
Light Academy Schools are registered with the Ministry of Education and Sports to implement the Uganda National Curriculum and prepare pupils, Primary Leaving Certificate (PLE), the Ordinary Level Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) and the A Level Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE). Our Primary and secondary Leaving candidates are prepared for examinations managed by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB).
“A Different Approach to Education ”
We are committed to delivering morally upright, socially responsible and academically competent individuals to the society.
To inculcate moral values set by society and religion to awaken the self-conscience in every pupil.
To inspire the hearts and minds to Endeavour positive effects on others, appreciate cultural differences and become environmentally conscious.
To offer quality education harmonized with the contemporary approach and fortified by technology.
“To be the best Educational Institution for producing creative, self-reliant, respectful and morally upright individuals who will build up a better world”
“To offer holistic education harmonized with contemporary approach and fortified by modern technology in an environment conducive to learning.”
Ethos of the Schools
- Providing a framework forpupilsto become fulfilled individuals and responsible citizens.
- Maintaining open, positive and collaborative links with parents.
- Nurturing high personal standards, good ethics, responsibility and respect for others at all times.
- Enhancing and supporting individuals through respect, training, communication and individualized support.
- Maintaining a high standard of discipline, respect, accountability, grooming and poise of the
- Promoting readiness to contribute to the community and providing leadership for it.
- Ensuring that parents are regularly advised of the progress of the pupils including difficulties of either personal or disciplinary nature.
- Promoting all School activities to encourage all pupils to fulfill their social, cultural and sporting potential.
- To instill in our pupils the determination and self-confidence to meet the challenges of an ever-changing technological world.
- Involving our pupilsin the promotion of a caring and compassionate society, both within the school and in the outside world.
- Enabling pupils to display agility of thought and action when faced with changing circumstances.
- Promoting internationalism by developing an understanding of the interdependence of individuals and groups.
The schools embrace the values in order to achieve mission, Vision and goals.
- Openness to experimentation and change
- A commitment to sharing and hearing all opinions in a respectful manner
- Embracing cultural diversity
- Global environmental consciousness
- Identification and development of talent
Aims and Objectives of the school
- To provide accessible and affordable balanced education to all, irrespective of ethnicity, culture, creed or political affiliation.
- To provide a welcoming and supportive learning environment which facilitates every child’s learning.
- To provide leadership in sharing responsibility for education between the school faculty, the pupils, the parents and the wider community.
- To provide interactive educational experiences which develop the skills for independent research and a problem solving approach for pupils in and out of the classroom.
- To develop an understanding and appreciation of the beliefs and values of different cultures, so that pupils may develop a sense of good global citizenship.
- To provide choices and guidance within the educational programs throughout the entire learning process.
- To prepare pupilsfor the challenges of a global society.
- To provideasafair securesupportive, caring, learner-centered environmentin which everyone feels value
- To develop inquisitive, knowledgeable and caring young adults who have clear intercultural and international understanding and respect.
- To buildmotivationandself-esteembyhelpingyoungpersonsofdiverseabilities, to experience positive reinforcement and success in their school life.
- To maximize the academic, creative, physicaland intellectual potential of every pupilwhile raising awareness of global and environmental issues.
- To valueandencouragebehaviorthatisprincipled, responsibleandconsidersequal opportunity to be a fundamental right regardless of race, culture or belief.
- To provide opportunities for career growth and professional development to all pupils.
- To provide a wide diversity of co-curricular and sporting activities to challenge and widen theexperienceoflearnersandtoenhancemutualrespectandself-esteemamongst stakeholders.
- To encourage the development of a sense of inquiry, and to nurture open-minded, balanced, risk-taking and reflective thinking that can be communicated effectively by learners.
- To provide pupils with expert career advice and support to enable them gain access to suitable further education in learning institutions throughout the wor
Philosophy of the school
Learners of Light Academy Primary School will be nurtured to develop into caring, innovative, principled, reflective thinkers, open minded, knowledgeable, inquisitive, communicators, well balanced, responsible and self-driven learners.
What kind of pupil willLAP produce?
A pupilof a Light Academy PrimarySchool will develop high levels of self-respect, self-esteem,respect and care of others; become an independent, innovative and reflective thinker who will take into consideration environmental protection. The child will be nurtured to be open minded, knowledgeable, inquisitive and morally upright in order to prepare for the challenging future.
Our pupilwill develop a love of learning, sethigh personal standards for their learning and develop an understanding of excellence and how it can be achieved both educationally and creatively.
Teacher Role and Profile
Our teachers mould, coach and mentor pupilsin all aspects of life. They work with children on all school activities while ensuring that children develop independent work ethics, leadership and interpersonal skills.
The school curriculum carefully plan school activities and take full responsibility for those activities in and out of class, aiming to achieve high standards in all facets. Teachers undergo in-service professional development training to provide exposure and understanding of the expected curriculum standards and contemporary practices. They are imaginative, caring, very creative and highly motivated professionals who cherish adding value to children’s quest for knowledge.
Our teachers will relentlessly work towards helping pupilsachieve the best qualities, skills and values by:
- Continually seeking to improve standards of teaching, and learning
- Making learning stimulating, challenging, exciting and enjoyable
- Using teaching and learning strategies matched to individual learning styles
- Teaching pupils how to learn effectively
- Creating opportunities for pupilsto apply their learning to entirely new situations
- Presenting achievable but challenging opportunities for success
- Rewarding positive attitudes, behavior and success
- Constructively correcting negative attitudes and behavior
- Encouraging pupilsto learn from their inevitable mistakes
- Giving pupilsincreasingly responsible roles within the school
- Encouraging pupilsto help and care for others
- Teaching pupilsthe fundamental importance of positive human relationships
- Providing opportunities to make a positive contribution to their environment and school.
- Working with parents in close partnership, offering regular consultations, encouraging involvement and supporting their children’slearning and ensuring accessibility and participation in the life of the school.
Light Academy Primary Schooloffers the Uganda National Primary curriculum. The Primary (PLE),primary leaving examinations.
SCHOOL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR PUPILS
These School rules and regulation are necessary to place limitations on unacceptable behavior in school. They serve not only to control undesirable behavior, but also to teach proper behavior. These rules and regulationsguidethepupilsto enable them attain the ultimate goals and virtues to which the school aspires. Pupils, parents and teachers are partners in ensuring that these rules are upheld. These rules are an agreement with pupilsand parents. On admission each Pupiland parent are given time to read and internalize these rules, obligations and expectations, after which the Parent and Pupilsign a copy of the school rules which is kept in the Pupil’sfile. Failure to follow these rules will result in consequences for Pupils.
All Pupilsare expected to respect the school Headmaster/Headmistress, administrators, teachers, support staff, Pupils’ leaders and fellow Pupils.
2. Rights and Responsibilities of Pupils
- Pupilshave a right to benefit from the educational opportunities offered to them in our school. This entails not only the right to access to those opportunities, but also a right to be protected from disruptive influences within the school. To benefit from the educational opportunities provided for them, Pupilsmust assume important responsibilities for learning, which include, among others;
- Being in school when physically able, punctuality for school and classes, dressing in a suitable manner, participating in class discourse and other activities, seeking clarification by asking questions doing,class work and other assignments, making up all work missed due to absence, and achieving one’s personal best at all times and taking responsibility for their own learning.
- Pupilshave a right to complain when other Pupilsdisrupt a classroom and prevent them from learning.
- Through the Pupils Prefects Body, pupilshave a right to present recommendations to teachers and administrators to suggest change of any policy, procedure, rule, or regulation.
- Pupilshave the right to be taught the appropriate material at the specified time in the professionally accepted way.
- Pupilshave the right to safety and security as well as human treatment.
- All Pupilshave the right to attend school where their individual differences are respected and where they are free of fear of harassment and bullying.
- All Pupilshave the responsibility to learn to be sensitive to the needs and rightsof others and to be aware of the consequences of the actions of themselves and others.
- General Expectations:
Pupilsare expected at all times to behave in a restrained, responsible way and to conduct themselves in accordance with the school rules, and regulations, and in a manner that contributes to an orderly operation of the school. Pupilsare expected to be morally upright, punctual to school and to all school activities.
The school day starts at 8.00am. Any Pupilnotin school by 8:00am will be considered as being late, have their names recorded and parents notified. Pupils’punctuality to school and to all school activities is very important.
A Pupils considered late when he or she arrives at an assigned place after the time his or her schedule requires him or her to be there. Repeated tardiness is an unwelcome personal habit and also disrupts the learning process.
The school will not tolerate tardiness and unauthorized Pupilabsenteeism. Excessive unexcused tardiness mayresult in a truancy referral. All cases of tardiness shall be reported tothe parents/guardians who may be called in case of a child’s persistent tardiness.
- Absence from School
All Pupilsare expected to attend school every school day. A Pupilwho misses school mustbring a note signed by parents on the next day they attend school.
The Headmaster may permit a Pupilto be absent because of personal illness, death in the family, religious holidays or emergencies that, in the judgment of the Headmaster require a Pupilto be absent provided that notification and appropriate documentation has been given by the parent/guardian.
The Headmaster/Headmistress or designees may discipline a Pupil for unexcused absences and excessive tardiness
- Pupilsare expected to report to school on the first day of each term. In case of failure to report for any reason, a parent/guardian shall inform the school.
- All Pupilsare required to uphold the good name of the school. This covers conduct outside school.
- A Pupilwho wishes to leave the school premises for any reason must seek permission from the school administrator.
- Pupilswill be respectful team players and desist from aggressive or provocativebehavior.
- Pupilswill be guided on areas considered out of bounds and shall be expected to avoid accessing such areas unless authorized.
- Discrimination and intolerance of any kind i.e. in regard tocolor, race, religion, ethnicity, social status or family background is a serious offence.
- The School supports the maintenance of a working and learning environment for Pupilsthat provides for fair and equitable treatment, including freedom from sexual discrimination and harassment. No pupil, male or female, shall discriminate on the basis of sex; harass another Pupil by making unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; or engage other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
- Any Pupil who believes he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment or discrimination should report immediately to any staff in authority (or to his or her teacher,who shall immediately report the incident to the Headmaster).
- Bullying: Bullying is prohibited in our school. This refers to any intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act of aggression directed at other Pupilsin the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, or at any activity sponsored, supervised or sanctioned by the school. Bullying shall also include;
- Any act by a Pupil which may create a fear that interferes with another Pupil’sability to do any school work
- Any act by a Pupil which may substantially interfere with anotherpupil’s education.
- Any act by a pupil which may create a threatening environment for another pupil.
- Any Incidents of harassment or bullying should be immediately reported to the Headmaster or any teacher.
- Use of vulgar, demeaning, degrading, humiliating or insulting or foul language is prohibited in school, whether gestural, spoken or written.
- No business transactions shall be allowed in school except activities officially organized or permitted by the school authority for academic or philanthropic reasons.
- Health and Safety
It is the responsibility of all members of the school community, including Pupilsto keep and maintain a neat, clean, hygienic and pleasant school environment.
- Pupilswill be guided on areas where all food and drinks can be consumed. Classroom, Library, and Laboratories will not be used for eating and drinking.
- Disposal of litter should be into the litter bins provided.
- It is the responsibility of every Pupil to look after their own personal belongings and to respect other persons’ property. Stealing is a serious offence. Use of someone else’s personal property without permission from the owner is prohibited.
(f) Pupils should avoid public displays of affection or intimate relationships in the school and during school related activities.
- Co-curricular Activities
All Pupilswill be expected to participate in sports, clubs activities and other school events.
- Use of Mobile phones
- Mobile phones are not allowed in school. Other accessories that will be required for learning purposes will be defined from time to time.
- Full school uniform must be neat and clean, conform to standards of safety, good taste, and decency and worn by pupilswhile in school and on official school trips.
- Sports T-shirt isONLY worn for PE and other sports activities.
- Girls may wear hair clips, pins or ear hoops but nothing flashy. Hair should be worn off the face and extreme styles avoided. Fancy earrings, make-up, nail polish, hairstyles, bangles etc. are not allowed.
- Clothing that exposes cleavage, or undergarments, or that is provocative, is prohibited. Examples of prohibited garments include, sagging or low-cut trousers and skirts, low-cut necklines that show cleavage, tube tops, halter tops, backless blouses or blouses with only ties in the back, studded belts, chain belts, see-through material fabrics, and head coverings unless required for religious or medical purposes.
- Dress code for informal activities will be defined for every occasion and must be strictly observed.
- Attire with words or images that are rude, vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene, or garments that promote illegal or violent conduct, the unlawful use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or drug , or garments that contain threats are prohibited.
- The school uniform comprises:
- Shoes (Black leather )
- Socks (Grey or black)
- Class T-shirt (long or short sleeved, blue)
- School Sweater ( Long sleeved, Navy blue)
- Sports Wear T-shirt and short(blue& navy blue)
- Shorts (Navy blue P1-P3)
- Shoes Black leather (closed) with low heels
- Socks (White)
- Skirt Navy blue knee length ( P4-P7)
- Trouser Black colour (P4-P7)
- Class T-shirt Cream color (short or long sleeved)
- School Sweater long sleeved Navy blue
- Sports Wear T-shirt and short(cream & navy blue)
- Tracksuit (pink)
- Shorts Navy blue, Knee length(P1-P3).
Note: Head wear and conservative sportswear for girls, worn on the basis of religion, are allowed as long as they reflect the school uniform.
(a) Attendance of all lessons, tests and examinations and any sessions organized by the school is mandatory for all Pupils. All Pupilsare expected to attend a minimum of 80% of the course lessons allotted for each term.
(b) Engagement in all set academic tasks e.g. assignments, study trips, projects, fairs, seminars or fieldwork arranged by the school is compulsory. Social Trips abroad and within Uganda are optional.
(c) No Pupil shall engage in any form of academic dishonesty and malpractice during a lesson, in an assignment, project, test, examination or presentation.
Subjects offered /Learning Areas
Main Subjects Offered
P 1 – P3
P4 – P7
At the Primary School, learners are expected to pass with at least a minimum attainment level of Division II set at an average of 60% standard for normal progression to the next class .This applies to P.1 – P4. The promotion requirement for P.5 –P6 is at least Division II with minimum Aggregate of 18 points. This will be determined from time to time.
- Care of School Property:
- Pupils are expected to give due care to school property provided for their use and education and to respect the property of others
- Pupilsare expected to use school property responsibly and to avoid deliberate, negligent or reckless damage.
- Taking or attempting to take another person’s property or school property or the damage or destruction of another person’s property or school property will result in disciplinary action
- Pupilswho damage or lose school property will be required to reimburse the School for any breakage, destruction, or loss of school property. Parents/guardians of Pupilscausing damage or loss of any School property will be charged for the repair or replacement cost of the damaged or lost property.
- Pupilsare expected to use the Library and its facilities responsibly and to avoid deliberate, negligent or malicious use (including mutilation, writing in textbooks, novels, magazine, graffiti etc.). Any Pupilwho loses any school book or library book shall be required to replace it.
- All destruction, threat to destroy or damage school property is prohibited. Such acts or threats against school property may lead to disciplinary action. Threat to School property includes, but not limited to, breaking, destroying, damaging, defacing, stealing, or setting fire to any property of the school or another person, including buildings, furniture, grounds, roadways, parking lots, signs, fences, equipment, instructional materials, vehicles, or personal belongings.
- Concealing information about misuse of school property is prohibited.
- General Classroom Rules
The general school rules shall be applicable to all while in the classroom. In addition, while in class the following classroom rules shall be observed.
- a) Show readiness to learn by:
- Being punctual in class
- completing of all academic work on time
- possessing all required equipment for class use
- handing in work on time
- handing in the homework diary immediately upon entering the classroom
- attending lessons
- Participating in group activity including tidying up or embellishing the classroom environment if required.
- making the most of every learning opportunity
- b) Display a dignified level of self-respect through:
- Staying calm and composed at all times.
- Setting high but attainable goals for themselves and doing their best to achieve them.
- Competing fairly and positively.
- Being smart in appearance and showing a positive attitude.
- c) Display reasonable respect for peers by:
- Being helpful and positive to peers.
- Respecting views, opinions and interests of others.
- Avoiding being disruptive and distractive to others.
- Proper language use.
- Seeking permission to speak or contribute in a lesson by raising a hand.
- Allowing other pupils to contribute to the discourse during lessons.
- Being attentive in class and avoid talking when a teacher is speaking.
- d) Show respect of the classroom rules by:
- Maintaining the classroom displays and furniture neat and in good order.
- Not chewing gum in the classroom.
- Respecting the pupil leader in class.
- Not bringing food or any beverage into classrooms.
- Leaving class only with permission from a teacher.
- Not littering in class.
- Reporting any problem or matter arising in the classroom to the class teacher or any other staff.
- Not eating or drinking in the classroom
15. Gross Misconduct:
Pupilsshall desist from engagement in and avoid the temptation of being party toor condone acts of gross misconduct in school and out of school. Such acts include, among others:
- Fighting, intimidation, threatening, distressing, torturing or physically harassing or bullying another pupils within the school or during out of school activities.
- Vandalizing school property.
- Engagement in any form of impropriety, criminality which dents the image of the pupil or the school.
- Possession and distribution of pornographic materials as well as accessing pornographic internet sites while in school.
- Forgery, impersonation and falsification of information.
- Repeatedly skipping lessons or missing school without a reasonable cause.
- Cheating in an assignment, test or exams, assisting others to gain undue favor or credit or plagiarism.
- Plagiarism is prohibited in all pupil work, including imaginative writing, essays, field work reports, presentations, projects, class assignments and Holiday work. Plagiarism refers using and representing the work of others as if it was your own. This entails citing using material from other authors, internet sites, or textbooks etc. without mentioning the sources.
- Acts or Threats of Physical Violence
- a) The use or threat of physical violence against another person will not be tolerated. Such acts or threats may result in school disciplinary action, including the possibility of suspension or expulsion. Acts or threats of physical violence include, assaulting, battering, , extortion, fighting, rape, harming, intimidating, or endangering the physical well-being of any pupil, use or possession of any weapon, and firecrackers
- b) Abusing, insulting, humiliating, manhandling or threatening a teacher or any member of staff.
- Smoking cigarettes or tobacco. Pupils shall not possess, smoke, or use tobacco products at school, on a school bus, while going to or returning from school, on school field trips, or at any school related activity on school grounds
- Alcohol: Pupilsshall not possess, distribute, use, or be under the influence of alcohol, alcoholicbeverages, or any liquid or solid containing alcohol or alcoholic beverages while under school authority, on a school bus, on school property, or at a schoolsponsoredactivity at any time. The term “alcohol” shall mean any intoxicating beverage or any liquid containing any alcohol regardless of volume.
- Intimate affective sexual relations in and around the school or during out of school activities if proven beyond reasonable doubt.
- Being in possession of firearms, ammunitions, machetes and other dangerous weapons.
- Theft of property belonging to school or any other person in school.
- Being arrested, charged and found guilty of any criminal offence by the arm of the Law.
- No pupil shall be expected to be found in possession of narcotic products or their accessories or selling or using illicit drugs.
- Playing or tempering with electrical installations.
- Persistent Disruption of the School Environment:
Disruption of the environment may result in school disciplinary procedures. Acts of disruption include, among others, rioting or disorderly behavior that interrupts or disturbs the school operation, inciting others to behave in a unruly manner; defying the authority of school administration or teachers; verbal abuse or cursing of others or the use vulgar language or conduct; interruption of classes, assemblies, activities, or offices of the school, harassment or bullying; or failure to leave school premises when directed so.
Note: Breach of rules (i) to (q) shall lead to immediate suspension from the school.
16.Corrective measures for minor cases may include:
- Asking pupilsto write apology letters, verbal apology, verbal warning, written warning, restraint, probation, on-report or any other punishment as the administration may decide from time to time.
- Reprimand and Counseling: A pupil may be reprimanded for violating a school rule. Through C, thepupil may be counseled on the unsuitability of his or her conduct, why his or her conduct is wrong or the motive for the school rule.
- Detentionpupil who violates any of the school rules may be detained at the school or in class beyond regular school hours for and during this time he/shemay be required to engage in activities reasonably intended to correct his or her behavior.
- Denial of School Privileges: A pupil who violates any of the school rules may be denied normal school privileges for a particular period of time by the school administration or teacher as an appropriate corrective measure for the misconduct of the pupil.
- Work Assignments: Apupil who violates any of the school rules may be assigned non-hazardous and non-humiliating work before or after school or during the school day when not in class.
- Removal from Class: A pupil who for improper disruptive or distractive conduct in any class or activity may be temporarily removedfrom class by the teacher and assigned to work at school in another place.
- Exclusion from Co-curricular Activities. Apupilmay for a specified period be excluded from participation in some or all co-curricular activities or attendance at school-sponsored events if it is considered that such disciplinary action is appropriate to the misconduct of the pupil.
17.Corrective measures for major offences:
- Short-Term Suspension from School; Apupil who is involved in gross misconduct may be suspended for as many school days as the school administration may consider appropriate to the offence. The pupiland the parent shall be informed of the reason for possible suspension.
- Inviting parents to school: The pupil’s parent or guardian may be invited to school to discuss the pupil’sbehavior. Invitation of the parent may be followed by suspension of the pupil.
- Offences that can result in expulsion include:
A pupil who grossly and repeatedly violates any of the school rules may be expelled from school if all corrective measures have been taken and no positive change of behavior is shown by the pupil. In addition a pupil may be expelled as a result of being convicted of a criminal offence by a court of law and committing any of the offences in section 7 (h) and 14 above.
Corrective actions will be taken against a pupil who violates school rules and regulations. The Headmaster/Headmistress, members of the administration and the teachers may carry out the corrective disciplinary actions.
The headmaster/Headmistress, however, shall maintain the final authority and responsibility in matters regarding pupil conduct.
PARENTS’/GUARDIANS’ OBLIGATIONS AND EXPECTATIONS
1) Documentation required on the pupil’s personal file:
At admission, parents should submit to the School copies of the following documents;
- Photocopy of Birth Certificate
- 3 Passport size photographs for the child.
- 2 Passport size photographs for the parents/guardians.
- Copies of Passport or travel documents (foreign pupils).
- Photocopy of Academic report for two most recent terms from the previous school.
- These copies may be verified against original documents or with the source authority.
2) Fees Payment:
- a) Parents are encouraged to pay tuition fees termly or annually. In order to avoid disruption of children’s learning. Payment of fees should be done preferably before the start of every term.
- Permission to pay fees in installment may be given to parents who might be facing financial handicaps, but this follows a formal application to the School Headmaster.
- Fees once paid are not refundable on account of pupil withdrawal from school either voluntarily or for disciplinary reasons. Parents, who will have paid fees for the next term in advance, may apply for fees refund provided that the term in question has not commenced.
- All school dues are paid in the Bank. No Cash payments will be handled in school.
3) Attendance to school events and Parent-Teacher Conferences:
The school cherishes parents’ involvement in their children’s learning. Parents/Guardians will from time to time be provided with a schedule of events in which their involvement will be needed. Parents are expected to attend the scheduled Parent-Teacher conferences/meetings to discuss pupil’s progress and any other programs arranged by the school.
4) Provision and use of Textbooks:
The school provides textbooks for school use. Pupils are entitled to borrow books from the Library for further use but such books must be kept and used by the pupil in the stipulated period and returned to the Library on the due date. Parents are encouraged to monitor their children’s use of school books at home. Parents are encouraged to buy text books for their children either from book shops or from school.
All pupils will be required to attend school in full school uniform at all times. A pupil not wearing full school uniform will not be allowed to attend school. Pupils are required to bring to the school the specified games/PE kit when such activities are timetabled and at such other times as may be requested. Failure to do so will render the pupil liable to punishment. The uniform of new pupils will be checked by the Class Teacher.
6) Absence from School:
- The school will monitor pupils’ attendance and is committed to working with parents on this important issue. The school will call parents/guardians in order to establish the reasons for a child’s absence. In case of planned or impromptu absence, parents/guardians should kindly notify the school of their children’s absences.
- Absence for a long period including formal leave of absence to travel abroad should be requested for only with a genuine explanation by the parents/guardians.Prolonged absence without permission may lead to a pupil’s exclusion from the school list.
7) Withdrawal of a pupil:
- Parents who wish to withdraw their children should notify the school in writing at least three weeks in advance to allow the school ample time to prepare leaving certificates and other letters of recommendation for a pupil.
- All pupils intending to withdraw from school will be required to clear with the different departments of the school before School Leaving Clearance Certificate is issued.
8) Admission Number and Official Name:
- Upon admission to the School, each pupil is provided with an Admission Number which will be used in all records concerning the pupil including the tuition fees Bank slip.
- Parents will advise the school on the pupil’s official name, which shall be maintained throughout the pupil’s period of attendance at this School. Ordinarily the same name shall appear on the child’s School and External Examination Certificates.
- In case of legal change of names, the School should be notified in writing with copies of legal documents, affidavits etc. submitted to the school
9) Parents Contact:
Parents/Guardians are requested to furnish the school with details of their postal, telephone, email and physical addresses. In case of change of contact, the school should be advised immediately.
10) Medical Care:
- a) The school has a sick bay which will cater for minor ailments, First Aid and injuries suffered within school. In case of major attacks that may require referral or expert treatment at hospital, the cost of treatment will be borne by the parent/guardian,
- b) In case of an emergency, parents/guardians will be contacted immediately. Pupils will be referred to hospital or other nearest health facility on the advice of a parent except in situations where contact with the parent is not possible.
11) Pupil Conduct/Effort:
- The school expects a very high standard of pupil academic and social conduct. All pupils are expected to put in reasonable academic effort.
- If, in the discretion of the school, academic progress or pupil effort does not merit promotion to the next class level, a pupil may be put on probation.
- The School reserves the right to mete out a punishment, suspend, indefinitely suspend or expel any pupil who, in the volition of the school, conducts himself in a way that is considered prejudicial in the wellbeing of other members of the school community or otherwise prejudices the good name of the School. An appeal may be made against any such decision to the School Headmaster.
- Parents are encouraged to constantly work with the school to monitor pupils’ academic progress and social conduct.
- In case a pupil has been involved in any activity organized by school be it Olympiad, science fair, sports, etc. The school will be obliged to use the services of the pupil in the mentioned activity to enhance his talent. Parents’ co-operation is needed.
- Parents/ guardians are encouraged to support and supervise school work done at home. However, the work must be done by the pupil and not by the parent or guardian. Assisting the pupil in doing school work at home, will deter teachers from having a reliable understanding of the child’s actual level of grasp or mastery of the concepts.
12) Amendment of these Obligations:
The School may modify the Parent/Guardian Obligations from time to time if deemed necessary. All amendments and modifications shall apply to all the Parents/Guardians.
PASTORAL CARE SYSTEM
CLASSROOMS, CLASS TEACHERS, CLUBS AND SPORTS
Each pupil is assigned to a Classroom within their year, which will be called a Classroom. Each Class is supervised by a Class teacher who is responsible for the general welfare of pupils as well as monitoring their academic progress.
PUPIL LEADERSHIP BODY
The school runs a vibrant pupils’ leadership body called the PUPILPREFECTORIAL BODY. The purpose of the body is to perform the liaison role and foster good relationships among pupils and between the pupils, administration and the entire school community. The body provides a platform for pupilleadership training, managing their own discipline and expressing their views about school life.
From a pupil’s perspective, it is one of the highest honors in this school to be a member of theprefectorialBody. The Body serves thetenure of office for one academic year. It operates under the guidance of one of the school administrators.
THE CAREERS COUNSELLOR
The school has a full time Counselor who guides pupilsin making rational career aspirations, choices and decisions that affect their personal development towards their career dreams. The Counselor extends counseling services to pupilspertaining academic issues such as, academic effort, reading habits and culture. The Counselor guides pupils to evaluate their individual abilities, attitudes, interests and personality in light of their future career needs as well as guiding pupilson Primary, Higher or College, admission and choice, in respect of academic standards, co-curricular abilities.
COMPUTER USE POLICY AND ETHICAL CODE
Acceptable Computer Use Policy
LAS provides computers to take advantage of valuable resources that can enhance theeducational mission of the school. Access to computers is a PRIVILEGE, not a right and that accessrequires responsibility. This resource must be used in a manner that will be acceptable and which will notwaste school property and supplies. Therefore, all pupils who use LAS computers while at school mustfollow the rules listed below:
- Pupils are responsible for good behavior while using computers, just as they are in the classroom. General school rules apply.
- Pupils will not be permitted in the Computer Lab unless accompanied by a teacher.
- Pupils should not intentionally damage hardware, software, or resources.
- Pupils will use LAS computers for educational purposes only.
- Pupils are not allowed to change the settings of the computers including Passwords, Desktop background and screen savers.
- Pupils will not try to access another person’s work or files.
- Pupils will not be allowed to use their flash disks, CDs, DVDs, Headphones, and Scan Disks etc. in the school computers.
Pupils will not use school computers, printers, paper, etc. for non-school related projects or work.
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