Windermere encourages students to live up to the school motto: Facta Non Verba (Action Not Words). Through courses, clubs, extra-curricular activities and our Community School Program. Students are provided with opportunities to demonstrate leadership and contribute to the school and community.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Windermere expects all staff, students, families and visitors to abide by its code of conduct: R E A C H – the Windermere Way.
- Respect – I will treat myself, my peers, my teachers, and my school with respect.
- Excellence – I will strive for personal excellence by giving my best effort in everything I do.
- Attitude – I will remember that I can choose the way I think and feel about things.
- Courage – I will find the courage to do what I know is right.
- Honesty – I will act with integrity and honesty.
Statement of Purpose
We at Windermere are committed to developing the intellectual, social, aesthetic and physical potential of all students in a challenging and safe environment. Our mission is to:
- provide resources for the acquisition of knowledge and skills
- enable students to adapt in a changing world
- promote mutual respect, self-esteem and cooperation
- develop social and personal responsibility
- foster cultural and aesthetic awareness
- encourage physical fitness
- lay the foundation for life-long learning
Specifically, Windermere promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law – prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation – in respect of discriminatory publication and discrimination in accommodation, service and facility in the school environment.
In accord with our statement of purpose and the BC Human Rights Code, the expectations for students in terms of responsibility and conduct are to:
- attend all classes
- be on time for all classes
- bring the materials needed for all classes
- make a good effort in your studies
- conduct yourself in a safe and courteous manner
- treat every human being with respect and dignity
- abide by our school’s code: REACH (Respect, Excellence, Attitude, Courage and Honesty)
The expectations of the Windermere Code of Conduct apply to behaviour at school, during school organized or sponsored activities, and behaviour beyond these times (including online behaviour) that negatively impacts the safe, caring or orderly environment of the school, and/or student learning.
The following are examples of behaviours considered unacceptable:
- any form of retaliation against a student who cooperates with school authorities in order to enhance the safe operation of the school
- possession of use of weapons or objects that may be construed as weapons
- possession, use or distribution of illegal or restricted substances
- actions to degrade the orderly operation of the school
- actions that create unsafe conditions
- bullying, harassment or intimidation
- inhibiting the learning of others
- theft or damage to property
- physical violence
In addition, the Windermere community disapproves strongly of any behaviour or communication that discriminates based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation (prohibited grounds set out in the BC Human Rights Code). Racism will not be tolerated in our school. School authorities will treat very seriously any occurrences of these unacceptable behaviours and will respond accordingly.
As students become older, more mature and move through successive grades they are expected to develop increasing personal responsibility and self-discipline. Accordingly, there are increasing consequences for unacceptable behaviour as students become older and more mature.
Consequences for Unacceptable Behaviour
Responses to unacceptable conduct will be logical, consistent and fair. The severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct, as well as the age, maturity and special needs (if any) of individual students are considered in determining disciplinary action. Consequences, wherever possible, are preventative and restorative rather than punitive.
School officials have a responsibility to advise other parties of serious breaches of the code of conduct. These parties may include staff, parents/guardians of an offender, parents/guardians of a victim, school district officials, police officers, and/or other agencies as required by law.
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.