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Code of Conduct

H. S. Paul School wishes to ensure that its school is a welcoming, safe and caring school community—an environment in which effective teaching and learning can occur. It is expected that all students will conduct themselves appropriately at school and at divisionally sponsored activities in the larger community. The purpose of this code is to ensure that everyone has a common understanding of the school’s vision for a safe, fair, inviting and challenging environment for all.

We believe that…

Effective teaching and learning occurs best in a positive school climate where students behave appropriately.

“Our mission is to empower each student to acquire the
Knowledge, skills and attitude essential for developing
his or her full potential as a responsible citizen.”

We combine this with the Principles of Teaching and Learning which outline best practices and H. S. Paul School’s Pledge:

Expect Respect at H.S. Paul


We value honesty and are responsible for our words and actions.


We create a safe school by showing self-control.

Problem Solving

We use words to solve our problems.


We create a positive school environment by working together and caring.


We show understanding and acceptance with our compassion and empathy.


We support learning with responsible behaviour and at all times we demonstrate an appreciation for others.

Teachers and other adults have an ongoing responsibility to prepare students for their role as citizens and to model these attributes in their daily interactions with students. Teachers teach the social lessons of the day. Instruction in “character education” focuses learning on friendship, caring, empathy, citizenship and respect. To this end, we have endeavoured to learn and live the seven Moral Intelligences as part of our core learning experiences and interactions with one another and the larger community. The partnership between the school and the home is strengthened when schools and parents take responsibility in teaching children and reinforcing appropriate behaviour.

Students are expected to:

  • demonstrate respect for the rights, roles and responsibilities of other students and staff
  • demonstrate respect for the school and the property of others
  • adhere to school policies
  • attend school regularly
  • arrive at school on time and prepared to work
  • follow guidelines for appropriate school attire
  • ensure that all assignments and tests demonstrate academic honesty

School staff play a critical role by modeling respect for and support of the above expectations.

Staff will intervene when students:

  • use profanity (including language or gestures)
  • are disrespectful
  • do not maintain academic integrity—plagiarism and cheating
  • utter threats
  • are disruptive and interfere with the learning of others
  • fail to complete their homework

Students are referred to administration when the following occurs:

  • fighting
  • serious physical harm to or assault on an employee or another student
  • weapons on the school grounds (including school buses and bus stops)
  • serious damage to property—including fires that are set on school property
  • chronic behaviour problems
  • stealing
  • threats to staff members or other students
  • leaving class or school without permission

The following must be noted as stipulations that will result in immediate referral to the administration, as outlined in the Public Schools Act.

  • Bullying, or abusing physically, sexually or psychologically (orally, in writing or otherwise) any person is unacceptable.
  • Discriminating unreasonably on the basis of any characteristic set out in subsection 9(2) of The Human Rights Code is unacceptable.
  • Using, possessing or being under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs at school is unacceptable.
  • Gang involvement will not be tolerated on school sites.
  • Possessing a weapon, as “weapon” is defined in section 2 of the Criminal Code (Canada), will not be tolerated on school sites.

Interventions, including disciplinary consequences for violating the Code of Conduct, in all situations are intended to preserve the dignity and self-worth of all involved in the disciplinary action. Interventions and consequences may include:

  • Counseling
  • In-school suspension
  • Clinician referral
  • Removal of privileges
  • Formal conference
  • Out-of-school suspension
  • Performance contract
  • Restitution
  • Temporary withdrawal from the classroom
  • Police involvement