Torquay’s Code of Conduct
Our school is committed to creating a learning community that values diversity and is free of all forms of discrimination. In line with the BC Human Rights Code which prohibits discrimination of the basis of an individual’s: Race, Colour, Ancestry, Place of origin, Religion, Marital status, Family status, Physical or mental disability, Sex, Sexual orientation, and Age. Torquay’s Code of Conduct promotes a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights.
For more details refer to district’s Policy and Regulation 4303, which can be found on the Greater Victoria School District website at www.sd61.bc.ca.
The role of a Code of Conduct is to:
- ensure that all members of our school community understand their Rights and Responsibilities in building and sustaining an environment that values and fosters respect.
- provide a clear, consistent and fair set of behaviour expectations that promote a school culture allowing all students to develop physically, socially, emotionally, creatively, and intellectually.
- emphasize the importance of showing Respect for Yourself, Others and our Environment
Torquay Students’ Rights and Responsibilities
|Our Rights to:||It is our Responsibility to:|
|Safety We have the right to feel and be safe.||· Solve problems and conflicts peacefully, using strategies such as WITS· Play safely and avoid threatening, teasing, excluding or hurting others with our body or words· Follow school beliefs and safety rules, and follow directions of school staff
· Inform an adult of incidents of bullying, harassment or intimidation or other safety concerns
|RespectWe have the right to feel a sense of belonging, to be heard, and to be respected.||· Treat others in a kind and caring way regardless of their differences· Listen to others with respect and speak politely· Respect the feelings and opinions of others
· Encourage others in a positive way
· Be inclusive
|LearningWe have the right to learn at school and at home.||· Attend school regularly and be on time· Participate in classroom learning activities· Give our best effort in everything we do
· Be organized, listen and work cooperatively
|Privacy We have the right to privacy and to our own personal property and space.||· Respect our property and ourselves· Respect the personal space and property of others and accept their right to privacy|
|A Clean EnvironmentWe have the right to a clean and well-maintained school and community.||· Treat our school property as well as our community with care· Clean up after ourselves· Reduce, reuse, recycle|
Respect yourself – Take care of yourself
Here are some ideas about how you could take care of yourself this year:
- Get enough sleep
- Eat a healthy breakfast (try to include protein)
- Be active (limit screen time)
- Be on time for school
- Participate in all classroom activities
- Practice calming strategies when you are upset
- Join a school team or club
- Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and for various school activities
- Give your best effort to everything you do
- Ask for help when you need it
- Practice reading every day
- Wash your hands often
Respect others – Take care of others
Here are some ideas about how you can take care of others this year:
- Be friendly – greet others when you see them and use their names if you can
- Be inclusive – invite other students to play with you
- Offer to hold the door for the person behind you
- Speak kindly to everyone
- Use polite manners
- Be responsible – do what you say you will do
- Be committed if you join a school team or club (attend regularly and do not quit before the activity is finished)
- Think about the needs of the people around you
- Notice when others are feeling sad or left out and spend time with them
- Use a quiet voice or be silent in the hallway when classes are working
- Focus on solving problems rather than assigning blame
- Listen when other people are speaking (this includes listening to the announcements)
- Play safely on the playground
- Tell an adult if you think someone is hurt or could get hurt
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve to avoid spreading germs
- Stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading germs to others
Respect your environment – Take care of this place
Here are some ideas about how you can take care of Torquay School and the environment:
- Put your garbage and recycling where it needs to go.
- Use recyclable containers for your lunch.
- Take care of school equipment and supplies.
- Take care of library books and other school books.
- Stay out of the gardens during play time.
- Clean up after yourself