Pebble Hill Elementary School, which includes staff, parents and students, has the responsibility to provide and ensure a safe and positive climate for learning. Our Code of Excellence provides a broad framework of behavioural expectations for students.
Code of Excellence
Excellence is doing one’s best in any undertaking, large or small, and in relationships with other people. The goal does not always have to be perfection, for there is also great value in facing challenges and learning from mistakes. Those who practice excellence find purpose in life by developing their own unique talents to make a difference.
For students, excellence is built upon a foundation of academic achievement, while also striving for one’s personal best in athletics, the arts, music, social connections, community awareness and citizenship in a global community.
As a student at Pebble Hill Traditional:
- I come to school every day ready to learn by getting enough rest, eating healthy food and exercising regularly.
- I try my best every day at school in my learning and when playing with my friends.
- I ask my teacher, a staff member, another student or a parent when I need help.
- I do my homework, using my best effort and finishing it on time.
- I am willing to practice things that do not come easily to me and learn from my mistakes, so that I can improve.
- I try to be a role model for others by being cheerful, showing responsibility and volunteering to help.
- I think each day about how to have an even better tomorrow.
Students who live by the Code of Excellence bring their best effort to everything they do.
Code of Integrity:
Integrity is having the courage to do the right thing, even when no one is looking.
It is about choosing to be sincere, honest and reliable. Those with integrity set a good example and build an honourable reputation because they are trustworthy.
The path of integrity forms at an early age and develops throughout one’s entire life. It leads students toward personal growth, self-respect, confidence and success in achieving goals.
As a student at Pebble Hill Traditional:
- I make sure I have everything I need with me when I arrive at school each day, including homework, notices, lunches, gym strip and appropriate outerwear.
- I wear the school uniform with pride, and take good care of it.
- I tell the truth to my classmates, teachers and parents.
- I take turns and follow the rules, giving everyone a fair chance when I am working or playing with others.
- I do my own work, to the best of my abilities.
- I take home my notices and everything I need to complete my homework assignments.
- I keep my word, and try to have what I say match what I do.
Students who live by the Code of Integrity behave with honour in everything they do.
Code of Respect:
Respect is being considerate towards others. It is an attitude of caring that lets people know their thoughts, feelings and rights are important. Those who are respectful are open-minded, tolerant of differences and help other people feel valued.
Students show respect when they honour the rules of the school, speak courteously, and take special care of other people’s belongings and school property. When everyone treats one another with respect, it results in a positive environment and gives people dignity.
As a student at Pebble Hill Traditional:
- I am courteous and treat others the way I like to be treated.
- I listen to my teachers and classmates, both in and out of the classroom.
- I pay attention in class, and ask my teacher for permission before speaking in class.
- I help others when they need help, and ask others when I need help.
- I give everyone a fair chance to participate, and do my fair share of work when we work together in groups.
- I take care of things that belong to others, as well as my classroom, school property and grounds, and the environment.
- I am well-behaved on field trips and during performances.
- I welcome newcomers and visitors to the school in a cheerful and courteous manner.
Students who live by the Code of Respect show consideration for others in everything they do.
Pebble Hill Traditional Elementary School's Code of Excellence Integrity and Respect has been developed by staff, students and parents with thanks and appreciation to the Virtues Project.
Delta School District Code of Conduct
This District Code of Conduct framework guides school communities in the development of their own codes. It is expected that all members of the school community will uphold the underlying principles of the District and School codes which include respect for self, others, property, and the environment.
The Code of Conduct shall apply to all students during any school activity and may hold students responsible for their conduct on the way to and from school or at a school activity. Conduct by any student that adversely affects a school climate or operation, including disruption of the learning environment, shall be considered a breach of the Code of Conduct, warranting appropriate forms of intervention.
The Code of Conduct recognizes that as children grow and mature, they are more able to make appropriate decisions and to be responsible for their actions.
The District Code of Conduct is created to provide guiding principles of conduct for all students enrolled in the school district and is in accordance with Section 6 (1) (a) and (b) of the School Act which states:
6 (1) A student must comply
(a) with the school rules authorized by the principal of the school or Provincial school attended by the student, and
(b) with the code of conduct and other rules and policies of the board or the Provincial school.
The Purpose of the Code of Conduct as referenced in Delta School District Policy #1131, Student Conduct and Discipline, is to:
- Provide and maintain a safe, caring, and orderly environment for students to develop to their full potential;
- Ensure that the rights and responsibilities of individuals are appropriately balanced to uphold the collective well-being of all;
- Communicate the expectations of student behaviour to all members of the school community.
Acceptable Conduct supports a positive learning environment. It is expected that students will:
- Conduct themselves in an appropriate manner when going to and from school, within school, on school grounds, during extended school activities and on school buses
- Apply themselves to the best of their ability in all aspects of their education
- Attend school and classes regularly and punctually
- Be respectful of the thoughts, feelings and heritage of others
- Respect the rights and property of others
- Dress in a manner which reflects purpose and propriety
- Contribute positively to a safe, caring and orderly school
- Behave in an ethical and lawful manner
- Report to a responsible adult, incidents of threats, bullying, harassment, violence or intimidation
Unacceptable Conduct interferes with a positive learning environment. Some examples of unacceptable behaviours include:
- Interference with the learning of others
- Use of inappropriate or abusive language
- Threatening, harassing, intimidating, assaulting or bullying, in any way, including “cyber-bullying,” any person within the school community
- Possessing weapons or dangerous articles
- Possession, use, or distribution of illegal or restricted substances
- Theft of or damage to property
- Any efforts to cause harm to another person based on, but not limited to race, religion, gender, physical or intellectual disability, sexual orientation or age.
- Gang related behaviours
- Acts of retribution toward a person who has reported incidents
The Code of Conduct recognizes that as children grow and mature, they are more able to make appropriate decisions and to be responsible for their actions. As students progress through school, they are expected to:
- Acquire greater knowledge and understanding about their personal behaviour and its impact on others
- Learn and utilize appropriate decision-making strategies
- Demonstrate increasing self-discipline
- Take increasing personal responsibility for their actions and learning
- Be subject to increasing consequences for inappropriate behaviour
When determining consequences, and in compliance with Delta School District Procedure #1131.1, consideration is given to the maturity as well as the intellectual, social and emotional capacity of the student along with the severity and frequency of the misbehaviour. Consequences should where appropriate, follow District procedures and will:
- Be thoughtful, consistent and fair
- Seek to prevent a recurrence of the offense
- Teach acceptable social behaviour rather than be merely punitive And where appropriate
- Provide means for restitution and restorative actions
- Involve the offender in determining a corrective plan of action
It is understood that communication is essential to the home and school partnership. Notification will be given to the school’s community of the school’s Code of Conduct. As well, notice will be given to the parents and students within each school of the range of responses that schools may apply to breaches of the Code of Conduct including threat making behaviours.
Therefore, for breaches of the Code of Conduct, the following parties may be notified:
- Parents of student in breach of the Code of Conduct
- Parents of student victim(s)
- School and District personnel – where appropriate
- Police and/or other agencies – where deemed appropriate or where required by law
- All parents of the school community – when deemed important to reassure members of the school community that school and district officials are aware of a serious situation or incident and are taking appropriate action to address it
- When the breach of the Code of Conduct is criminal in nature, police will be consulted prior to public notification