Student Management & Discipline

Student Management & Discipline

NJC Discipline Framework

In NJC, it is expected that students exercise responsible decision making and evaluate the risks and rewards of one decision on self and others. This involves understanding the impact and consequences of one’s actions.

The NJC Discipline Framework is part of the College’s Character and Citizenship Education, which aims to help our students to:

  1. Develop self-awareness and management to attain personal discipline and wellbeing;
  2. Develop social-awareness and responsibility for the wellbeing of others; and
  3. Be accountable for the decisions and actions taken by them.

The expectations and decorum of our students are expressed in the following sections.

1. Attendance and Punctuality

Resources and effort are put into the school curriculum to ensure that students benefit from them. Therefore, their attendance and commitment in school are essential. Students are expected to attend school and all of its programmes throughout the year. This includes curriculum lessons, CCAs, enrichment programmes and consolidation sessions.

1.1 Reporting Times

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
All students are to make their way to the assembly area when the first bell rings at 0740hrs. Students are to be in line in their classes by 0745hrs. Students who fail to do so will be deemed as late.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
On Tuesdays, all students will report to their respective homerooms for attendance taking and the singing of the National Anthem at 0820hrs. Students who fail to report to their homerooms by 0820hrs will be deemed as late.

1.2 Assembly and Flag Raising Ceremony

Attendance is mandatory at Assembly and Flag-Raising Ceremony for everyone. Pupils who  are Singapore citizens must sing the National Anthem and take the Pledge. Pupils will take the Pledge with the right fist placed over the heart. Non-Singaporean citizens should stand still to show respect to the host country during the Flag-Raising and Pledge Taking Ceremony.

1.3 Late-coming

Late-coming without a valid reason is a breach of school discipline. Parents and guardians will be informed by 1100hrs everyday via SNAAPP if their child or ward is late for school.

1.4 Absenteeism

Absence from school without a valid reason and leaving school during school hours without the permission of the Principal or teachers will be considered an act of truancy. Students who are absent from school will be required to submit their medical certificate or parent’s letter the moment they return from school. All parents will be informed about their child’s absenteeism by 1000hrs via SNAAPP.

Only a valid medical certificate issued by a registered medical practitioner in Singapore will be accepted. Note that TCM certificates are not acceptable. Students who are absent from tests and examinations without medical certificates will be given zero marks for the papers that they have missed.

Students who wish to request for leave (e.g. urgent family matters) are required to submit a parent’s letter addressed to the Principal together with relevant supporting documents. All requests are subjected to the approval by the Principal.

Blue Slips (Early excuse from school)
Students who are unwell or need to leave school for official functions,or medical appointments while in school will be issued a Blue Slip by the Personal Mentor or Subject Tutor. Parent/guardian will be required to pick the child/ward up from the General Office. In the event that the parent/guardian is unable to do so, he/she must consent to the early release via SNAAPP or text messages to the Personal Mentor.

2. General Behaviour and Decorum

NJC is a community of self-regulated learners, guided by honesty and integrity.

  1. Students are expected to be courteous and respectful to all members of the school community.
  2. Students have the responsibility to look after the school facilities and its environment. Students must report any case of fault to the Student Services Centre immediately.
  3. Truancy, vandalism, acts of dishonesty, cheating, theft, behaviour that threatens the safety of others (e.g. bullying), and other acts which bring the school name to disrepute will render the offender liable to suspension or expulsion from school.
  4. Food and drinks should only be consumed in the canteen or at the benches beside the café and not be brought to the classrooms or lecture theatres.

2.1 Dress CodeAll students of NJC are school ambassadors who are instrumental in upholding the tradition and reputation of the College at all times.

Students are expected to be neatly and appropriately attired whenever they are wearing the school uniform.

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Offences

Offences would generally be categorised into 2 areas; major offences which have serious impact and consequences to the safety and wellbeing of the community and minor offences which have lesser impact and consequences. Some of the common behaviours or actions for both categories can be found below.

MINOR OFFENCES (Examples) can be deemed as MAJOR if repeated
Attire & Grooming
  • Artificially coloured hair
  • Excessive or inappropriate jewellery and accessories
  • Inappropriate hair length (for boys)
  • Unshaven facial hair (for boys)
  • Uniform (altered uniform/short skirts/skinny pants, etc.)
  • Absence of college pin
  • Non-white socks
  • Inappropriate footwear
Misconduct
  • Eating outside designated areas
  • Unruly behaviour (eg. Use of vulgarities)
  • Use of electronic devices during lessons (without permission)
  • Inappropriate use of electronic devices (eg. Social media or gaming)
  • Lying
Attendance
  • Late-coming (for classes, lectures, school based programmes or school)
MAJOR OFFENCES (Examples)
Misconduct
  • Open defiance and insubordination
  • Vandalism
  • Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism)
  • Forgery
  • Bullying/Cyber Bullying
  • Gambling
  • Smoking / Substance Abuse
  • Theft
  • Fighting
  • Public displays of affection
Attendance
  • Absence without reason or approved leave
  • Skipping lessons
  • Leaving school without approval during curriculum hours

2.2 Consequences

Minor Offences
All offences will be recorded in the NJC Discipline Portal. At the end of the academic year, the total offence occurrences will be a factor in determining the student’s conduct and CCE grade.

The table below outlines the consequences that the student will face in accordance to the number of offences committed.

Offence Consequences to student Maximum Conduct Grade
1st offence Verbal warning Excellent
2nd offence Verbal warning + reflection Excellent
3rd offence Written warning acknowledged by parent via SNAAPP Excellent
4th offence Detention – CWO (1hr)

Student may not be allowed to run for leadership positions, camps/overseas trips and school representations.

Students who are in school leadership positions will be placed on probation.

Very Good
5th offence 2nd written warning acknowledged by parent via SNAAPP
Detention – CWO (2hrs)
Student is not allowed to run for leadership positions, camps/overseas trips and school representations.
Students who are in school leadership positions will be removed from their positions.
Repeated offences will be recorded in the school cockpit
Very Good
6th offence Final written warning acknowledged by parent via SNAAPP

Detention – CWO (3hrs)

Daily spot checks

Repeated offences will be recorded in the school cockpit

Good
7th offence and beyond Possible suspension or expulsion from school (for repeated offenders)

Major Offences

A student who commits a major offence is liable to be suspended or expelled from school. Depending on the nature of the offence, the student will be referred to the police or the Student Development Team, comprising the Principal, Vice Principals and Year Heads. Parents will be notified and both student and parents will have to see the Principal. The student will be required to undergo counselling  and the offence will be recorded into the school cockpit system.

Students who commit a major offence that has been reported to the police will be dealt with by the police.

Students who commit multiple major offences will be expelled.

2.3 Other Matters

Classroom Cleanliness
All students are responsible for the cleanliness of their classrooms and personal desk. They are expected to perform their duty when rostered. Class Representatives are to ensure that the duty roster is followed throughout the year.

Students who attend lessons in other classes are expected to be responsible and considerate in the use of the equipment and personal desks of others.

Any defacing of furniture or misuse of equipment in the classrooms is considered vandalism and will be deemed a major disciplinary offence. Such behaviour will also be reported to the police.

Religious Objects and Symbols
Students who wear items of religious significance in school should ensure that the items are concealed from public view.

Requests for Special Consideration
Any requests for special consideration with regard to the guidelines should be submitted in writing to the school. Such requests should be supported by relevant documentation and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.