We at Point Grey are committed to providing a safe and purposeful atmosphere for developing the intellectual, social, ethical and physical potential of all our community members. Here we enjoy an environment where expectations and responsibilities are positively and explicitly supported through the HOUNDS (Honour, Ownership, Unity, Niceness, Determination, and Safety) Rubric. Under the BC Human Rights Code, the Point Grey environment is free of all forms of discrimination, bullying, intimidation and violence, both physical and psychological.
EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS
Honour: We act with integrity, honesty and pride.
Ownership: We are accountable and take responsibility for our behavior, actions and commitments.
Unity: We are a community of diverse learners that work towards including and embracing our differences.
Niceness: We treat ourselves and each other with kindness and compassion.
We are resilient learners who persevere to attain our goals and to fulfill our commitments.
Safety: We ensure the emotional and physical well-being of all.
The following are examples of unacceptable behavior, and is in no way a definitive list. Bullying, harassment and intimidation including those in the cyber realm, any action that creates unsafe conditions, inhibiting the learning of others, theft.
CONSEQUENCES, DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES & EXPECTATIONS
Responses to unacceptable conduct where possible will be progressive, logical, consistent and fair, taking into account the severity of the behavior, the age and maturity of the student. In keeping with the principles of rising expectations, students are expected to show increased responsibility and self-direction, consequences will be tailored accordingly. In the case of Special Needs students consequences are tailored to meet the ability of the student to understand and respond. Consequences will focus on prevention and a restorative process with learning for the student at the heart of it. Breaches of ethics such as cheating or plagiarizing may result in such consequences as loss of honour roll, or eligibility for certain scholarships. Disciplinary action may at times require taking into consideration the safety of others, or the students themselves or the school.
Any behaviours that are in opposition to the HOUNDS code, such as, but not limited to, swearing, fighting or theft will be considered unacceptable conduct. A breach of the rules, including the defiance of school authority, is a serious offence, and may result in a disciplinary record. In some cases, it may be appropriate for the school to involve the participation of parents/guardians, subject teachers, counselors, administrators, VSB officials, community agencies and the police. Discipline can take a variety of forms, such as reprimand, detention, service work, loss of privileges, suspension, school transfer or any combination of the aforementioned; however, disciplinary action, wherever possible, will aim to be restorative, rather than punitive. Student age and maturity is a factor in determining discipline with the clear expectation that as students move through successive grades, they will assume increased personal responsibility and self-discipline. In some cases, special consideration may apply to students with special needs.
In accordance with the School Act, Sec. 85(2)(ii) and (d), the Board authorizes the Principal or designate of any school in the district to suspend a student from attendance at school for up to five days. Suspensions may be for the following reasons: a) because a student is willfully and repeatedly disrespectful to a teacher or to any other employee of the Board carrying out responsibilities approved by the Board. b) because the behaviour of the student breaches the District Code of Conduct or policy and/or has a harmful effect on others or the learning environment of the school. c) because the student has failed to comply with the School Code of Conduct.
Suspensions over five days are made in consultation with the appropriate Director of Instruction as per the District Student Code of Conduct, AP 350. As per AP 350 6.7.1 an educational program must be provided
School officials have a responsibility to advise others of serious breaches of the Code of Conduct. This may include, staff, parents/guardians, school district officials, police Liaison Officers, and other agencies as appropriate and required by law.
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- treat others as we would like to be treated
- do the right thing even when no one is watching
- work with academic integrity
follow the rules of the classroom
- use appropriate language
- be quiet when classes are in session
- take responsibility for our mistakes and accept the consequences
- do our part in class projects, discussions and activities
- do our own work and not cheat
- clean up after ourselves
- use the appropriate bins for garbage, recycling and composting
- clean up after ourselves and others
- embrace and respect our differences
- engage in school spirit by taking part in student council activities
- be active members in our classrooms and help each other to learn
- be inquisitive and sensitive about other cultures, disabilities and sexual orientation
- be considerate of the hall space we occupy during lunch
- interact personally, not only through electronics or social media
- be polite
- open doors for others
- mind our manners by smiling, saying hello and thank you
- speak in a respectful fashion to our teachers and peers
- work co-operatively, politely and supportively
- listen to others when they are talking
- wait patiently in line
- be courteous towards all staff members
- take responsibility to welcome people to our tables
- strive to create an inclusive community for everyone
- work hard in school and in sports
- work hard to achieve our attainable goals
- make up missed work and ask for help during tutorial time
- complete assignments/homework on time
- stand up for others in times of need (bullying, harassment)
- respect personal privacy and space in both the halls and cafeteria
- follow the rules set by teachers and staff
- resolve conflicts peacefully
- alert teachers or counsellors to potential risks
- learn and follow the safety, lockdown, and evacuation procedures
- take initiative to keep an orderly and clean work space
- keep hallway, aisles and stairways clear
- avoid horse play (running, pushing or shoving)
- clean up our messes on the ground (spills, etc)
- always lock our lockers
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- demonstrate appreciation through applauding when appropriate
- show respect to speakers/ performers by listening attentively
- complete our online courses with integrity
- use credible sources when researching online and cite our sources
- be positive ambassadors of Point Grey
- be courteous and friendly in the community
- keep our phones switched off and out of sight
- sit with our class after entering the auditorium
- use appropriate language online
- cite our sources when researching online
- conduct ourselves online as we do in real life
- take initiative to fix our mistakes
- be good role models to others
- keep the environment clean wherever we go
- display our patriotism by singing our national anthem
- attempt to attend all performances organized by the school
- use formats to share documents with group members, and work on projects together
- represent PG by adhering to our principles of integrity and kindness
- practice good sportsmanship
- be respectful and attentive listeners
- post things that spread kindness
- treat and interact with everyone on-line with kindness and respect
- be kind and respectful to our families
- help seniors cross the street
- obey the law
- keep the auditorium a safe, welcoming and inclusive space for everyone
- resist the temptation of electronics
- use the internet to enrich our learning experiences
- use our time outside of school wisely
- complete our homework each night
- fulfill all of our extracurricular commitments
- enter and exit in an orderly fashion
- respect personal space
- follow the instructions of staff members
- be cautious of what we reveal online such as personal information, passwords, or photos
- report cyber bullying
- be mindful of our surroundings
- learn what to do when there is an emergency or danger
- encourage physical and psychological wellness