STATEMENTS OF PRINCIPAL
The Institute’s principle goal is to provide a solid secular education. We are accustomed to high standards and this will be made possible by highly motivated parents and students and dedicated staff and lecturers. We expect our staff to be professional and committed, not to accept mediocre standards. In a society experiencing fundamental change, staff has a greater responsibility to ensure that the college maintains a proud academic tradition. Not with standing our pride in our academically competent students, we are equally proud of our students who despite having learning difficulties are able to find their pace and integrate in an Institute environment and receive the benefit of a proper education. We thus cater for different levels of academic competence and everyone, regardless of levels of achievement, is treated fairly and equally. We believe that everyone must be pushed to the limits of their potential, whatever this may be, and, where possible exceed those limits.
This Institute offers mainstream inclusive academic program. It is our aim to accommodate, in the regular lecture room, the diverse learning needs and the capacities of our students, irrespective of their academic abilities.
One major challenges, we as Institute educators face is to give our students grounding in the traditional academic skills while simultaneously providing a board education that will be exiting and fun and make our students more motivated and happier and consequently, ready to cope with the onerous academic demands of further and higher education and Training . Education therefore in our Institute must “come alive” i.e. while we accept the theoretical knowledge and mastery of academic subjects are essential, we want our students to be excited about their learning and we are on the firm opinion that active learning and participation are the key elements to academic and general contentment. We expect the institute to be a hub of dynamic activity both in the lecture room and outside.
We believe that learning does not only depend on the next book and the lecture room, much relevant education takes place outside the lecture room. The fact that the Institute allows for the development of student leadership and encourages maximum participation in clubs, societies and sports, is a significant part of the education, as is bringing people with special skills or interest into the Institute and encouraging students to be involved in the community at large.
In reading of literature and poetry we aim to teach compassion and social values: through social studies, when we evaluate mans success and failures, we hope somehow to inspire an awe and respect for human life. In the guidance lessons we try to understand what makes people tick and how to better handle them and ourselves. The miracle, value and worth of life must surely be appreciated through the study of science. We focus on honesty by demanding it in every aspect of Institute activity and the Institute rules are designed to teach people respect for others.
There is a school of though which says that school mirror what happens in society. We believe the Institute should in fact lead and influence the society. Our society tends at times to be violent and negative-We need to be positive and caring. The rise of influence tends to isolate people. Our institute should represent the old time neighborhood characterized by close interpersonal relationships. The composition and functions of the modern family have changed. Can the Institute not become the extended family? You, the parents, are our partners in the educational process. Your support and confidence in us serve to inspire a healthy creative attitude on the part of your child.
Finally, it is our earnest belief that people learn and are more motivated when they are happy. We are also firm and can be tough and uncompromising especially when students break cardinal rules. In any community people have to work together and respect one another as people and when this break down, we take action. Our students need structure and to know the limits at all times. We believe that sympathetically firm approach sets the tone for academic and personal development in the Institute.
AIMS AND INTENTIONS
As an Institute, our aims and intentions are to establish an environment which promotes adherence to and the awareness of excellent conduct and values.
To generate in everyone in our Institute a sense of value, tolerance of and respect for ourselves, others and the environment and thus to discover self discipline and responsibility.
To ensure growth in the learning and educational experience within a happy atmosphere based upon mutual respect and creativity for everyone.
To maximize a positive, educational and working experience for everyone by establishing a code of conduct, structures and consequences that meet the needs of everyone.
Respect is to be shown to everyone at all times. Lack of self-discipline, aggressive and disruptive behavior; rudeness, insolence, defiance and deceit will not be tolerated.
Good manners during lessons are expected at all times. Truancy, late arrival and inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. All property is to be treated with respect. Theft and vandalism, within or outside the Institute, will not be tolerated. Our Institute judged in the eye of the community and the general public by the Behavior of our students outside the Institute or after Institute hours, any action which brings the Institutes name into disrepute will not be tolerated.
We reserve the right to take action foe any breach of these cardinal rules, the consequence of which may be detention, suspension from Institute or expulsion. Any breach of the cardinal rules by a Student Councilor may also result in his/her removal from the office.
Arrive punctually for lessons and enter the lecture room quietly. If you are delayed by a staff member, bring a note.
Have all your books and equipment ready for the lesson. Tipp-Ex is not allowed.
You may not litter, chew gum or eat during lessons.
You may only drink water during lessons.
You may not take out or use a cell phone during lessons.
Complete homework on time.
Leave the lecture room neat and tidy.
Wait to be dismissed at the end of a lesson.
If you have been absent, bring a note on the day of return to Institute.
If you are absent for more than three days, your parent/guardian must phone the Institute. If you need to leave the Institute early or for part of the day, bring a note. If you arrive late, bring a note and report to the office.
The staff room at the office are out of bounds unless you are there by invitation of a staff member. You may not leave your bags near the front door or office. You may not ride on apparatus with wheels in the building.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE INSTITUTE
During the course of the year it may be necessary for you to contact the institute. Please do not hesitate. There are several key members of staff involved in the students education and you should understand their roles. You should decide who is appropriate to contact in any particular instance. All these people work together as a team in the best interest of the student and his/her education. You as parents are members of this team and you should keep the Institute informed about conditions at home which may influence the students progress at the Institute.
The student’s class advisor has a primary role to take a personal interest in and to take care of the students in his/her class. Parents should contact the class advisor in the first instance. You should make a point of knowing the students class advisor.
MESSAGES TO STUDENTS
Please note: Students cannot be called to receive telephone calls. The office cannot undertake to send messages to students classes. Only in extreme emergency, contact the Institute Secretary.
There are 6 Learning areas: Computerized Accounting, Business Management, Human Resources, Marketing and information Technology (IT). The lecturers will also take students to the Computer Room during lectures.
The promotion mark is based on Continues Assessment (CASS) which includes projects, investigations, orals and assignments as well as tests in all subjects. It is therefore essential that students work consistently throughout the year.
Testing and Reports
For academic purposes the year is divided into two semesters. At the end of the second and fourth terms, students write a series of tests in each learning area. Reports are issued at the end of each semester. At the end of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd terms you will have the opportunity to speak with the students lecturer at the Parent/ Lecturer/ Student meetings.
Every Friday students will write Cycle Tests, as we believe that regular testing is beneficial to the learning process. Cumulative records are kept and at any stage in the year you may contact the Institute Head to ascertain current academic progress.
We place a great emphasis on general knowledge and awareness of current affairs. To encourage students to keep abreast of events and stimulate an interest in general knowledge we hold weekly tests for the whole Institute.
GUIDELINES FOR PROJECTS
We have always believed that the skills learned when we have to research, evaluate and report are crucial to the educational process. Outcomes Based Education demands the development of these skills and projects are prescribed for assessment.
The skills learned when going projects are important life skills, as well as having an educationally sound basis.
An important point to remember is that many of the assignments given to the students do not need to be produced in the same way as they would produce a project. The lecturers establish a word limit or lay out clearly defined parameters with clear instructions for each assignment or project. It is unnecessary for students to exceed these requirements.
The time spent on a project differs in each subject and in each assignment. The lecturers indicate how much time should be spent on the projects they set. Some students spend too much time and energy on projects that do not demand it. It is important to ensure that students are aware of what is required and does not do more than is necessary.
The length of a project is determined by each department and each project that is set. It will of coarse vary significantly. Once again, the instructions given are crucial and should be followed.
It is not necessary for projects and assignments to be done on the computer. This can be determined by the lecturer. There are computers at Institute and are available for students, so make use of them.
Projects are assessed according to certain criteria as laid down by each department. These include marks for such aspects as content, relevance and dept of research, clarity, through process, evaluation of result and solutions, as well as the neatness and accuracy of presentation.
When producing research and investigation projects, students should use their own words. They often need to be able to synthesize, analyze, summarize and interpret information. They may not merely `cut and paste` from the internet or copy from books. This is plagiarism and should be avoided. Students must use quotation marks when necessary and give the sources of their information.
One of the skills that we try to impart is the concept of teamwork and responsibility. When the students work together in groups, they are forced to deal with their strengths and failures their peers and to assume responsibility for their own and others contribution. At times it may be more convenient for students to study by themselves. However, there are certain projects which are based on team work and group interaction and co-operation is essential.
It is not possible to control the input of parents and there are many cases where some assistance from parents is both necessary and educational. However, if parents are going to do the majority of work for the students, then they are surely defeating the educational purpose. The lecturer will indicate clearly what external help is justified for completion of a project. At all times parents should be conscious of the difference between “assisting” and “doing” the required work.
It is really unnecessary to speed large amounts of money on projects. The lecturers are aware of the course of materials and do not allocate marks according to how much money has been spent. The quality of work that is produced and the amount of effort and creativity is more important. The content needs to be well researched, relevant and accurately presented.
The work set in each department is monitored and we have instituted various methods to act as checks and balances in an effort not to overload the students. One of these is the assignment sheet that is filed in by the lecturers when assignments are issued.
Projects form a large part of students continuous assessment of the years work.
These, with other written and oral assignments, tests and exams, compound to from the students overall mark.
A GUIDE TO STUDYING
A consistent, self-disciplined organized approach will ensure success. We expect all students to achieve potential. Please discuss the following with the students:
There are no short cuts-Success is only attained with effort. By doing the minimum you are only fooling yourself.
Writing things down on paper is helpful. Summarize your work where possible.
Study time should be planned. Work out a study time-table.
Study well in advance. Start right away. Do not wait for inspiration or motivation.
Do the hardest work first. The easiest should be done when you are less fresh.
Finish one section at a time. Do not get confused.
Have all the necessary equipment ready.
Get rid of all positive distractions. When studying get rid of all radios, magazines, or anything that might cause distraction.
Pay attention during lecturers. Read in advance.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES
At the beginning of the year you will be asked to fill out the Students Particular Form. All students must supply 2 passport photos. Should there be any relevant information appertaining to the student, please inform us. Close liaison can only benefit the student concerned.
The institute will start at 9:30 each day and will be closed at 17:30 Mondays to Fridays.
Notification of illness/ absence
Parents are reminded that a note explaining the reason for any absence must be brought to the Institute on return of the student. If it appears that the student will be absent for more than three days, parents are requested to call our office. Parents should not permit students to lay at home, unless they are genu7inely sick, are doing the students and the Institute disservice.
Appointments with doctors, dentists, etc should be made after institute hours. If it is absolutely essential that there be an appointment in Institute time, the Institute must be informed in writing in advance.
Students who had a late night are expected to be on time. We will not accept needing sleep as an excuse and students will have to suffer the consequences.
When notifying the Institute of the students absence, please mention the full name of the student as well as the academic department.
Illness at Institute
Students who are feeling ill must report to the office. It is required that they should send SMS’s or make calls with request to be fetched. If necessary, parents will be phoned by the Institute. Due to the dangers of abuse and dependence, medication is not administered at the Institute. This also includes giving a student such seemingly innocuous medicines as panadols.
Notification of change of address
Please notify us in writing of any change of address, e-mail address and or phone number, both at work and at home. This is important in case we need to contact you urgently.
The Institute accepts responsibility for any loss of students property and valuables, including cell phones. Reported losses will not be treated sympathetically.
Textbooks & Stationary
Students are required to purchase their own textbooks and stationary, as well as cover and costs of books and notes printed by the Institute. A list of textbooks will be given by the lectures. On the first day of term all students must pay a printing levy (which will be a small fee), for notes and books printed by the Institute.
If the student is to gain to optimum in terms of the academic competence and the maximum enjoyment, it is essential that parents and staff work together as a team. Where parents are supportive of the Institute, students flourish. While we do not shy away from criticism, and in fact we welcome it, especially if it is constructive, a negative attitude towards the Institute and members of staff especially in the presence of the student only serves to undermine attitudes, performance and involvement in the Institute. Should you have any complaints, queries or wish to clarify an issue, please don’t hesitate to contact the Institute. Our doors are always open.
One of the greatest challenges of the Institute, especially with the large population of students, is that we have to deal with students with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
While we do not want to impose a harsh authoritarian regime in the Institute and thereby stifle all this potential creativity, we have to find the happy medium that will enable us to pull in the reins when we have to and let go when it is appropriate.
Discipline problems are handled in a one-on-one basis at Institute. All students must learn to accept the responsibility for their actions when they fail to follow rules and fail to respect the rights and dignity of others or the Institute property. In order to help all students to become well adjusted people, the Institute will be using a disciplinary system. If a learner does not follow the Institute’s rules, the lecturer or other Institute staff members will respond to the misbehavior. Consequences will follow a logical progression of procedures. Consequences are listed below:
- Counseling/ problem solving/ conflict resolution with the student
- Parent/ guardian contact
- Conference with lecturer, parent/ guardian, and student
- In Institute suspension
- Out of Institute suspension
Note: This document and the procedures set therein may, from time to time, be amended, amplified or added to, in order to cover exigencies which may not have been completed at the time of publication thereof. In such event, a revised document will be provided to parents and students