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AFTERCARE INFORMATION 2022 <download available>

Download this information as a PDF: Derona Academy Aftercare Fees 2022

Please note: This aftercare service is independently run by an outsourced person.

All rates are per child per month and TWO options will be available. The options are as follows:

AFTERCARE: SCHOOL TERM

OPTION 1:

R 1000,00 per child, per month. Payable in advance. (R 12 000 p.a.)

This rate does not include any meals/refreshments during aftercare between 14:00 – 17:00.

OPTION 2:

R 1100,00 per child, per month. Payable in advance. (R 13 200 p.a.)

This rate includes a nutritional meal and beverage at lunchtime, including a late afternoon snack and beverage, during aftercare between 14:00 – 17:00.

Please note: The above rates (Option 1 & 2) exclude school holidays and public holidays. Additional aftercare during school holidays and public holidays is available at an additional cost.

 AFTERCARE: SCHOOL HOLIDAYS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

R 100,00 per child, per DAY.

This rate includes a nutritional meal and beverage at lunchtime and two snacks per day.

Midmorning snack: sandwich, fruit, and beverage.

Lunch: nutritional meal, fruit, and beverage.

Afternoon snack: popcorn, fruit, and beverage.

IN ADDITION, A MOBILE TUCK SHOP WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES FOR YOUR CHILD’S CONVENIENCE.

Contact: Steve 071 372 2475 or Elma 072 710 0941

Code of Conduct <download available>

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Code of Conduct 2021

GENERAL RULES, REGULATIONS AND CODE OF CONDUCT BEHAVIOUR.

  • The wearing of masks is compulsory.
  • Late arrival at school is not acceptable.
  • All waste paper must be placed in the bins provided. The school grounds must be kept clean, and litter must be picked up daily.
  • Bicycles are not to be ridden on the school grounds.
  • A pupil may NOT drive or park a motor vehicle on the school grounds without the principal’s permission. Possession of a valid license is required before bringing a motorbike onto the school grounds.
  • School grounds are out of bounds during the school holidays and weekends, unless functions or approved organised activities are attended.
  • All pupils of the school shall at all times and places conduct themselves with decorum and propriety.
  • A pupil of the school may NOT harm or endanger the physical or mental wellbeing of a fellow pupil or Educator.
  • Pupils may NOT possess any object whatsoever which, in the opinion of the school could be considered dangerous or could cause injury.
  • It is the responsibility of the learner to safeguard their possessions at all times. This includes purses, money and stationery etc. The school is not liable for any theft or damage thereof.
  • The USE OF CELLPHONES IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN during school hours (7:45  – 14:00). All cellphones must be SWITCHED OFF completely (not on silent) and kept under personal supervision. Phones that are found to be in use or switched on will be CONFISCATED immediately until the end of the term. This includes break time and during class. Theft of cellphones on school premises will not be investigated. If there is an emergency, learners may go to the office for assistance or the use of the telephone.
  • The re-admission of pupils who discredit the school will be reviewed regularly. The image of the school is important because the benefits received by attending a school with a good image are of tremendous value.
  • Whether in or out of school uniform, learners shall conduct themselves in such a manner as to bring credit to the school.
  • When the school uniform is worn outside the school, grade 4 – 12 learners must wear their school blazer, unless special concessions are made by the principal.
  • Friends and acquaintances that do not form part of the student body of Derona may not visit or be in contact at all with a learner during learning and teaching hours.
  • No learner may:
    • Smoke or have tobacco.
    • Have any drugs, narcotics of any sort of alcohol.
    • Influence any other learner to be involved with such substances.
    • Be on the school premises or attend any school activities under the influence of any illegal substances.
    • Commit any form of vandalism at the school or to the property of the staff or any other learner. Learners caught will be held responsible to repair or replace the damaged goods.
    • Intimidate or threaten any learner, member of staff or their family.
    • Steal.
    • Swear or use the Lord’s name in vain.
    • Cheat in any way, completing any form of test or examination including homework and written assignments.
    • Refrain from attending classes, assemblies, or homeroom periods.
    • Display disrespect or insubordination to staff or prefects.
    • Use a CD player, Walkman, iPod, MP3 player, pocket radio, etc. during school hours unless specified for educational purposes.

PLEASE NOTE: AS AN EDUCATION INSTITUTE, WE ARE OBLIGED BY LAW, TO INFORM THE POLICE OF ANY LEARNER CAUGHT WITH NARCOTICS OF ANY KIND, FOUND ON THE SCHOOL GROUNDS. THIS WILL RESULT IN A CRIMINAL RECORD FOR THE INVOLVED LEARNER/S AND POSSIBLE EXPULSION.

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE SCHOOL RULES AND REGULATIONS MAY RESULT IN SUSPENSION AND/OR EXPULSION.

  • The uniform and sports regulations are strictly enforced as they are laid down in the interest of the learners.
  • TAKE NOTE: P.T. forms part of the Life Orientation / Life Skills. Attendance and the correct uniform are compulsory. These factors make up a part of the year mark for the subject.
  • A high standard of behaviour is expected from the learners at all times. Respect should be shown in the following ways:
  • Learners must rise when an educator or guest enters the classroom.
  • Display a helpful attitude.
  • Be silent during school assemblies.
  • Greet educators, visitors, ground staff and parents.

 

Admissions Policy

The admission policy has been established subject to the:

  • Constitution of the Republic of South Africa
  • South African Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996
  • National Policy Of Education Act 27 of 1996
  • Education Laws Amendment Act (Section 5 of Act 84 of 1996)
  • Gauteng School Education Act 1995 (Act 6 of 1995 notice 61 of 1998)
  • The Immigration Regulations of 2014

Table of contents

  • Interpretation
  • Promise
  • Capacity
  • The admissions committee
  • Admission criteria
  • Age
  • Placement of learners
  • Testing
  • Learners with remedial needs
  • Documentation
  • The enrolment procedure
  • Non-South African Citizens

3.1 Interpretation

In this policy document unless the context indicates otherwise:

The Act:          SA school Act 84 of 1996 (as amended).

Learner:          Any person receiving education.

Parents:          The parent or guardian of a learner, the person legally entitled to custody of the learner; or a person who undertakes to fulfil the obligations of a learner towards the learner’s education at a school.

The school:     Derona Academy

Normal grade age: In terms of GN 4138 of 2001 the normal grade age is grade number + 6.

3.2 Promise

The admission policy of the school is determined by the duly elected Derona Academy council (Governing body) in terms of section 5 (5) of the SA school Act, No 84 of 1996 and as set out in the Derona Academy constitution. Derona Academy will admit learners and serve their educational requirements without unfairly discriminating in any way. All decisions will be made in the best interest of the learners.

3.3 Capacity

The Managing Director and the school executive team will decide on the optimum capacity of the school with due regard to the Directors, the Principal, the school and the learners. The following will also be taken into account when admitting a learner:  The Derona strategic plan; The school budget; Teachers post; Classroom size; Grade (number educationally sound for that age); Physical infrastructure and other facilities; Health and safety, building legislations and other regulations; The capacity will be determined every year by the Derona Academy Directors Board.

3.4 The admissions committee

The Admissions Committee will be made up of the Managing Director, Principal and the Admissions Officer. The Admissions Committee will review the Admissions Policy in February every year.

3.5 Admission criteria

3.5.1 Age

Attendance at a school during school hours shall be compulsory for all learners from the first school day of the year.

The statistical age norm per grade is as follows:

Grade 1           6 turning 7

Grade 2           7 turning 8

Grade 3           8 turning 9

Grade 4           9 turning 10

Grade 5           10 turning 11

Grade 6           11 turning 12

Grade 7           12 turning 13

Grade 8           13 turning 14

Grade 9           14 turning 15

Grade 10         15 turning 16

Grade 11         16 turning 17

Grade 12         17 turning 18

Learners born in January/ February may be admitted into the class above their chronological age but may have to repeat the grade if they are not coping. If a learner is admitted at an age not more than 2 years the age norm for a grade, such learner will be placed on a fast-track education program as far as possible or the learner will be placed in a class 1 or 2 years below his chronological age. The decision will be taken in the learner’s best interest and all factors will be considered.

3.6 Placement of learners

  • A learner already registered at Derona who is repeating the year will be placed first.
  • Biological siblings who are registered at Derona and who have applied on time will be prioritized.
  • Thereafter classes will be filled on a first come first served basis once the learner has been assessed by the school or if the Managing Director is satisfied with their previous report.
  • Our optimum number in a class is 15.
  • The school reserves the right to decide on numbers in a classroom.

3.7 Testing

  • All learners entering any grade will be required to undergo a school readiness test.
  • Learners transferring from other schools will be required to undergo an assessment for correct placement.
  • Learners from foreign countries will be assessed and will be placed in age-appropriate grades unless the results prove otherwise.

3.8 Learners with remedial and special education needs

Remedial and Bridging educational needs:

Derona will assist as far as possible to provide a remedial, fast track or bridging programme to those learners who require it in the mainstream school. If, however, we find that a learner is still struggling academically after all the interventions, then the Principal, the School Counsellor and the Managing Director will assist the parent in placing the child in a suitable school that will meet his or her particular educational needs. Necessary arrangements, as far as practically possible, will be made to make our facilities accessible to all learners.

3.9 Documentation

See Enrolment Procedure.

3.10 The enrolment procedure

  1. Parent enquires about enrolment at the school office.
  2. School hands out a prospectus to parents.
  3. Phone admissions officer to check if we have space available.
  4. The admissions officer arranges a date with the school head to assess the learner.
  5. The school must arrange for parents to bring at least two reports and a transfer card.
  6. The learner writes the relevant entrance test.
  7. A financial check needs to be done.
  8. Principal phones Managing Directors to discuss placement of the child.
  9. The Principal then phones the admissions clerk to tell him that the child has passed or failed the entrance test.
  10. Once the financial check has been done and approved, parents are given a letter of acceptance on the condition that their deposit has been paid.
  11. Admissions clerk phones parent to come in with necessary documents and completed enrolment forms and sign the financial contract.
  12. We aim to have a three-day turnaround.
  13. The admissions officer must email or send all enrolment forms and documentation to the school before the child starts.
  14. No child may start without a transfer card from their previous school.

Non-South African Citizens

This policy applies equally to the admission of non-SA citizens whose parents are in possession of a permanent or temporary residence permit or are illegal aliens. Persons classified as illegal aliens or as non-South African citizens must when applying, show evidence that they have applied to the Department of Home Affairs to legalize their stay in the country. Study permits must be provided. See enrolment procedure documents.

UNIFORM POLICY

GIRLS

  • No make-up of any kind
  • No torn or dirty jerseys, shirts, blazers, tracksuits, pants, or socks.
  • Only one pair of plain silver or gold stud earrings.
  • Nails must be cut short and no nail polish.
  • Hair tied back if touching the collar and eyebrows.
  • Only white or black hair bands and clips. (No flowers, beads, or any decorative clips.)
  • No hair colours, streaks, highlights, or gel.
  • Dresses must touch or rest on top of the knee.
  • Shoes must be polished at all times.
  • Braids should also be tied and kept out of the face.
  • No hair in the face/eyes.

BOYS

  • No earrings or jewellery.
  • No long hair. Must not touch ears or collar.
  • No gel and must be shaved at all times.
  • Shoes must be polished at all times and shirts must be tucked in.
  • Grey socks at all times.
  • Fancy hairstyles are not allowed.

PT CLOTHES

  • Only plain white t-shirts/golf shirts.
  • Plain black shorts or tracksuits.
  • School tracksuit is compulsory.
  1. Violation or non-compliance with uniform regulations without prior written/telephonic notification from a parent/guardian will result in afternoon detention.

 

HOMEWORK POLICY

  • Incomplete homework will result in an afternoon detention session the next day.
  • Homework not done will result in afternoon detention.
  • Assignment/assessment task/project not submitted will result in afternoon detention.
  • Learners will receive a detention every time they fail to submit. (3 chances).
  • Homeworkbook not brought to school will result in detention, as this will be viewed as homework not done.
  • Demerits will also be given in all these acts of noncompliance.

CORRECTIVE ACTIONS TAKEN AND REGULATIONS ON ACTS OF NONCOMPLIANCE:

  • 3 or 4 demerits in one day – detention in the first break the next day.
  • 5 or more demerits in one day – two break detentions the next day.
  • Learners with detention of more than four breaks will be booked for an afternoon school detention on a Friday afternoon.
  • Afternoon detention will be given for every 10 demerits accumulated.
  • After the third detention, parents will be called in for a meeting. A first warning will be given.
  • If the learner receives another detention after this, a second and final warning may be given. This could result in possible suspension or even expulsion.
  • No schoolwork will be done during detention.
  • Detention times cannot be changed.
  • All these acts of noncompliance with the corrective actions taken will be recorded and placed in the Learner’s Personal Profile.

Positive Behavioural Interventions and Support

Derona Academy is proud to be the pilot school for PBIS Africa. PBIS stands for Positive Behavioural Interventions and Support, and is a behaviour modification program that uses positive reinforcement rather than punitive measures to encourage good behaviour. The four school-wide

core values are:

  • Be your Best
  • Kindness
  • Respect
  • Responsible

These values are followed by staff and learners alike, and parents are educated in the system and encouraged to use the PBIS approach at home.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

  • Regular school attendance is the responsibility of the PARENT.
  • No learner may leave the school premises without the permission of the principal.
  • Permission for learners to leave school early can be given in exceptional circumstances and then only receiving a letter, in which full details are given. The letter must be handed to the office or homeroom educator.
  • The learner must be signed out at the office when leaving school early.
  • Phone calls made to the parents to collect a learner who fell ill during school time may only be made from the office.
  • In the event of any absence from school, parents MUST provide a written explanation. A medical certificate is required for a period of absence of 3 days or more.
  • Absence from tests or exams will ONLY be excused due to illness and only when an original doctor’s note is submitted.
  • Educators may consult the doctor to confirm dates. No confidential or private details will be requested.)
  • Failure to produce a doctor’s note will result in a nil mark.
  • The learner will be required to write a supplementary paper/test/exam upon their return.
  • It is irresponsible for the parent to extend school holidays. Attendance by all learners, for all school events, is COMPULSORY.
  • Please try your best to organise medical appointments after school hours or during the allocated school holidays.

PARENT-SCHOOL CONTACT

  • If you wish to speak with an Educator of Derona, regarding any matter, please PHONE AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FIRST.
  • We as Educators do our best for our learners. We cannot take class time to discuss any problems or concerns. Our main priority is our learners’ education.
  • Appointments must be made at the educator’s convenience.
  • At times the principal needs to be called in and her schedule will also have to be taken into consideration.
  • NO PARENT MAY EVER approach a learner or class and reprimand them. There is a strict procedure that must be followed. The matter will be discussed and investigated. If there are further queries or complaints the principal will be available. It is our duty as educators to make sure our learners are protected against violent outbursts or disconcerted parents.
  • The educators at Derona are aware that our learners have rights. Therefore, we wish to create a safe and harmonious environment in which to educate these children. We ask that you give us the benefit of the doubt. Please make sure of facts and find out exactly what the case is before matters are unnecessarily escalated. There are always two sides to every story.

Derona Academy staff and learners follow standard COVID-19 procedures and protocols. Department of Health official Coronavirus website.

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