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School Rules and Decorum

PPS School Rules and Decorum (Discipline Standards)

A Punggolite’s Responsibility
PPS is a gracious community of confident and innovative life-long learners. All pupils are school ambassadors who play pivotal roles in upholding the tradition of excellence in all areas of their school life.

1. School Attire:
Carry the PPS identity with pride. Enhance the good name of PPS pupils by striving to be well-groomed and well-regarded, whether in or out of school premises; wear the school uniform with pride.
Wear the prescribed school uniform. Modification to the uniform is not allowed.

2. Decorum:
Respect to Nation
Pupils who are Singapore citizens must sing the National Anthem and take the Pledge with the right fist placed over the heart.

Observe all the commands for assembly without fidgeting. Everyone must stand at attention as a mark of respect.

Upholding the dignity of the flag-raising ceremony is mandatory for everyone.

Guidelines
In speech, speak clearly, properly and respectfully.
In decorum, conduct yourself in courteous and socially acceptable ways.
In thought, be humble and consider others before yourself.
In work, be diligent in all you do and take pride in performance.
All pupils are not allowed to have in their possession any weapon. They are also not allowed to bring any weapon-like item which is used or intended to be used to cause harm to others.

3. Attendance and Punctuality:
For all pupils to benefit fully from the rich educational programmes offered, each pupil’s attendance and punctuality in school is essential.

Primary school education is compulsory for all pupils.

School Hours: 7.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.

Assemble with your classmates for the flag-raising ceremony by 7.30 a.m.

Pupils who arrive at school after 7.30 a.m. will be considered late for school and will face disciplinary actions.

School side and back gate will be closed at 7.30 a.m. Pupils will use the front gate after 7.30 a.m.

Pupils will bring EL storybooks from Mon to Wed, and MT storybooks from Thur to Fri for silent reading.

Pupils must endeavour to be punctual for all lessons and school activities. Recess whistle will be sounded 3 mins before the end of recess. Pupils have to quickly assemble at the gathering point, sit down and be quiet.

Brisk movement to venues must be observed at all times. Pupils are required to attend school until the last official day stipulated for the year.

*Absence from school:
Should pupils be absent from school, parent/guardian should inform the school by 7.30 a.m.
By the next school day, the pupil should submit a medical certificate to his/her form teacher to account for his/her absence.

Pupils who are absent from tests and exams without medical certificates will be given zero marks for the papers that they have missed.

Pupils who are unwell while in school will be issued an ‘Early Release Form’ and be sent to the office where parent/guardian will sign the form and pick them up.


4. Use of Electronic Devices
As part of fostering personal and social responsibility, the usage of electronic devices is guided by the conditions below.
Pupils must adhere strictly to these so that there is no disruption to learning at all times during school and assigned
structured activities.

School Policy – Handphone Usage by Pupils
We understand that Parents/Guardians may at times require your children to bring handphones to school. As such, we would like to share some guidelines pertaining to the usage of handphones in school. These guidelines are meant to ensure that pupils are focused during lesson time and not be distracted texting or playing with phone functions.

Guidelines on Handphones
  • Handphones must be switched off and should be in pupil’s pocket at all times. Calls, if any, can only be made at the guardhouse and beyond (that is, outside the school premise)
  • Handphones can only be used during school hours only with Teacher’s permission.

Pupils who are found to have breached the guidelines will have their handphones confiscated by the teachers and Parents/ Guardians informed. Parents/Guardians will be required to personally collect the handphones from the school’s Operation
Manager (OM). Please note also that the school shall not be held responsible for any loss of or damage to the children’s handphones. Pupils must be responsible for the care of their handphones.

5. Use of School Facilities and School Cleanliness
Punggolites are gracious citizens who care for others and the environment around them.
All pupils are responsible for the cleanliness of their classrooms and personal desk. They are expected to perform their duty when rostered. The Class Council is to ensure that the duty roster is followed throughout the year.

Pupils who attend lessons in other classes are expected to be responsible and considerate in the use of the equipment and personal desks of others. Save electricity by switching off all lights, fans, air-conditioning and school equipment immediately after use.

Handle all school equipment properly, and return the same in good working order and condition. Report immediately and accurately any malfunctions, damages, and losses. Any defacing of furniture or misuse of equipment in the classrooms is vandalism and will be considered a major disciplinary offence.
Consume all food and drinks at the tables in the canteen. Return all used plates, bowls, cups and cutlery to the appropriate basins provided by each stall. Keep the table tops litter-free and discard all rubbish in the trash bins.

Major Offences: 

In striving towards nurturing a Gracious community of learners, PPS advocates a No Whining and No Put Down policy. So, the school takes a serious view on pupils who commit the following major offences: 

Use of vulgar language or gestures

Brining of undesirable or banned items to school

Vandalism

Smoking

Fighting

Substance abuse

Assault

Altering or hacking of computer programs

Bullying / Cyberbullying

Surfing of undesirable websites or installations of undesirable software or programs

Theft

Being rude, disrespectful or openly defiant to a teacher, staff member or Student Councillor

Forgery

Misbehaving and misconduct in the neighbourhood and outside school

Cheating during a test or examination

Any other offence deemed serious by the School Disciplinary Board

Setting off of fire alarm

Arson

Possession of weapons or weapon-like items

 


Pupils who breach any of the above school rules will be appropriately counselled. The consequences will be in accordance with the type and nature of the offence. 

The consequences may include: 
- A reflection in pupil’s conduct grade at the end of the year
- Suspension for 3 – 7 days 
- A record of offence in the School Offence Module
- Corrective work order
- Caning and 
- Expulsion, among other consequences deemed suitable by the school

Depending on the nature of the offence, pupils will either be referred to the police or the P/ VP. Parents will be informed and both the pupils and his/her parents will have to see the Principal. Pupils are also required to see the Full-Time School Counsellor and the offence will be recorded into the School Cockpit System. 

Pupils who commit a major offence that has been reported to the police will be dealt with by the police. Meetings between parents, the police and the Principal will be called. Pupils are also required to see the Full-time School Counsellor and the offence will be recorded into the School Cockpit System.