Homework policy

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The following principles will be observed at Laddsworth School

  1. Homework will be a form of consolidation and revision.
  2. Nothing new will be expected of the pupils as a homework exercise.
  3. Homework will not form part of punishment, or writing out of lines. This will be done during detention time.
  4. Excessive amounts of homework will not be given. The times stipulated in brackets will serve as a guide.
  5. All research tasks will be undertaken in our media centre under staff supervision. Learners may be required to do illustrations, search for pictures, etc at home.
  6. Learners will be given plenty of time to research projects i.e. "due date" will be communicated to parents and learners alike, thus avoiding last minute rush to hand in work.
  7. Homework books must be signed by parent/guardian.
  8. Homework will only be given from Monday to Thursday.
  9. Every second Wednesday night, no set homework will be given, thus allowing a "family evening" - time for the family to do something together. From time to time pupils will be given time to report back on how this family time is spent.
  10. Parents are requested to encourage as much reading of library books and other good literature as is possible.
  • Grade 1:
    • Reading approx. 6 - 8 pages (10 - 15 mins)
    • Supplementary reading is to be encouraged.
  • Grade 2:
    • Reading 6 - 8 pages
    • 6 spelling words (20 mins)
    • Supplementary reading is to encouraged
  • Grade 3:
    • Reading.
    • Spelling.
    • Tables / maths worksheet (30 mins)
  • Grade 4:
    • Reading.
    • Spelling.
    • Tables.
    • Maths work sheets. (30 mins)
    • Half an hour of extra reading is encouraged.
  • Grade 5:
    • Spelling (Eng and Afrik)
    • Reading
    • Maths worksheet. (30 mins)
  • Grade 6 & 7:
    • Maths
    • Spelling (English and Afrikaans)
    • Consolidation of classwork in all subjects/
    • or completion of research started at school. (45 mins)

The times indicated will obviously vary from child to child. Some work quicker than others, so these times should only serve as a guide to parents.

Excursion policy

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Touring and hosting tours have educational value, and are considered to be an important feature in the school's wider extra-curricular programme. Sports tours motivate players and stimulate improvement in our sport. Cultural tours enrich the curricular programme. Both types of tours have valuable social benefits and promote school spirit.

Staff leadership of a tour is of the utmost importance. A tour can be considered only if experienced and competent staff are available to lead it. A proposal about the staff to lead a tour should first be discussed with the principal. As a rule, two members of staff should accompany a tour. For large groups, a minimum of one teacher per 30 students, excluding the tour leader is desirable.

Staff leaders are required to be familiar with the policy document "Guidelines for staff in charge of a tour". Sport tours are undertaken by first teams. Under-age teams are, generally speaking, not permitted to go on tour. Invitations to tournaments will be considered on an ad hoc basis by the senior management team.

Funding of Tours

  • A basic principle is that parents of tour members are responsible for meeting the costs of their child.
  • Staff supervising the tour are not required to meet any costs. Their expenses must be provided for in the tour budget.
  • Provision will be made to assist pupils whose families are unable to contribute their full cost.
  • Mini-tours (weekend or overnight) relatively close to the school, and recreational expeditions such as river trips, hikes etc, should be self-supporting, and are not subsidized by the school.
  • Expenses in hosting tours are met by the school.

School rules

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  1. Attitude, Manners and Respect for others
    • Good manners and respect for others are expected at all times.
    • Do not use foul or abusive language.
    • Bullying, of any sort, will not be tolerated.
  2. School Uniform and Appearance
    • Learners must go home in full school uniform. After sport, learners are to be in full sport kit, which includes shoes and socks. Learners may not go home wearing costumes.
    • No jewellery may be worn (except for medical identification bracelets). Only girls may wear plain studs or sleepers (one pair only) in their ears.
    • Hair accessories are to be navy blue or dark royal blue.
    • No bleached, highlighted, permed or coloured hair is allowed.
    • Boys' hair: Number 1 – 3 haircuts are not allowed. No wedges, steps, long fringes or top-notch hairstyles allowed. Permission must be obtained from the principal to have shaved heads.
  3. Punctuality
    • Punctuality is expected at all times. No learner may leave the school premises between 07h45 and 14h05 without the Principal's permission. Learners who arrive late are to report at the office before going to their classrooms.
  4. Respect of Property
    • All learners are to show respect for the property of others.
    • Valuables are not to be brought to school. Large sums of money must be handed to the class teacher for safekeeping.
    • The school grounds are to be kept litter free.
    • Climbing of trees, fences and gates is not allowed.
    • Sliding down grassed banks and railings of stairs is not allowed.
    • No cell phones allowed at school. Cellphones found at school will be confiscated for the remainder of term.
  5. Safety
    • No ball games in the vicinity of school buildings.
    • Throwing of stones, use of catapults or pea-shooters or any item likely to cause injury to others is not allowed.
    • No running along corridors or playing in the toilets.
    • Learners are to wait in the school grounds for their lifts in the afternoons.
    • No learner is allowed in the classroom during breaks or after school unless a teacher is present.
    • No bicycles or skateboards may be ridden in the school grounds.
    • No learners are allowed to play in the parking areas or around the staff car parks. No children may be in the school grounds at weekends.

Unabridged birth certificate

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Unfortunately in the past the Governing Body has been compromised by the fact that we
have been unable to verify a learner's biological parents legally as we are obliged
to do under the National Education Policy Act 1996 (27/1996).
Although prospective parents make a declaration on our Admission Form that the
information they supply to the school is in all respects true, in some cases this has proved
not to be so.
In the past (pre 1980) the State automatically issued an unabridged birth certificate, then there
was a period when there was an option for either an abridged or unabridged certificate,
but now an abridged birth certificate is issued automatically. An unabridged birth certificate will
only be issued if a specific application is made.
We appreciate that there is a cost involved and time is expended in going to the
Home Affairs Office (fortunately this is now much speedier than before). There is, however, _
a benefit to you in that unabridged birth certificates are needed for applications such
as visas, which may be required in the future.
To save you time, we have attached a copy of the required application form.
The school will accept an application in the short term with an abridged Birth Certificate
so that you do not lose your position in line but, would need to show proof of application of an
Unabridged Certificate by means of a receipt. Please ensure that we have an unabridged birth
certificate by the start of the next term.

Language policy

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The medium of instruction at Laddsworth is English and any learner seeking admission must show sufficient proficiency in the language to cope with and benefit from the education offered at the school.

This policy is in accordance with the wishes of the community we serve. Parents chose to send their children to Laddsworth so that their children can be taught all subjects, other than Afrikaans and Zulu, in English so that English as the “International” language can be mastered. The school upholds cultural diversity and, as language is an integral part of one’s culture and identity, we strive to inculcate a sense of value and worth in all languages.

As such, the languages offered at Laddsworth are as follows:

  • English Home Language
  • Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • Zulu First Additional Language (Grade 4 – 7 only)

All of the educators at Laddsworth are English First Language speakers and are most proficient and comfortable teaching in this language. Every effort is made to ensure that Afrikaans and Zulu are taught by educators proficient in those languages.  Once a parent has chosen to enroll their child at Laddsworth they would have to accept the language status quo as outlined above.

Language Policy – Grade 1 – 3

In line with the Curriculum Assessment and Policy Statement (CAPS) to be introduced into the Foundation Phase from 2012, the following policy will be adopted at Laddsworth.

English will be the Language of Learning and Teaching (LOLT) for all Grades. Grades 1 to 3 will have English instruction for 8 hours a week. Afrikaans will be the First Additional Language, introduced from Grade 1 for all Grade 1 to 3 pupils. Grades 1 and 2 will have Afrikaans instruction for 2 hours a week and Grade 3 will have Afrikaans instruction for 3 hours a week.

Language Policy: Grade 4-7

In line with the Curriculum Assessment and Policy Statement (CAPS) to be introduced into the Intermediate Phase from 2013, the following policy will be adopted at Laddsworth.

English will be the Language of Learning and Teaching (LOLT) for all Grades. Grade 4 – 6 will have English instruction for 6 hours a week. Grade 7 will have English instruction for 5 hours a week.

Afrikaans OR isiZulu will be the First Additional Language for all Grade 4 – 7 pupils. At the end of Grade 3, the children, in conjunction with their parents, will select either Afrikaans or isiZulu as their First Additional Language. Grades 4 – 7 will receive 5 hours per week instruction in the First Additional Language and Grade 7 pupils will receive 4 hours a week instruction in the First Additional Language.

Children who have selected a First Additional Language from Grade 4, may, after consultation with the class teacher, the language teacher, the Principal, and the parents, change to the alternative First Additional Language with the knowledge that it will be their responsibility to catch up concepts that might have been missed.

Every effort will be made by the school to ensure that parents are well informed about the language choices to be made at the end of Grade 3. Parent meetings will be held with each grade for 2012, and from 2013, with the Grade 3 classes.

This policy is reviewed annually.