Students must attend all regularly scheduled lessons, arriving prepared and on time for their classes at 8:00. Occasionally extra-curricular activities may be scheduled outside regular school hours, these are also compulsory to attend.
Should a student be prevented from participating actively in a specific lesson, i.e. PE, we request that the student should still be present or be occupied with other school tasks at school.
Regular attendance is important for students to keep up with their school work and to do well in exams.
Student absences should occur only for necessary and important reasons- i.e., medical reasons, death in the family or unavoidable travel.
Class teachers keep records of all student absences. Legitimate absences that are due to illness or special circumstances must be communicated by the parents to the school by writing this in the contact book of the student on the ParentIntra.
Whenever possible, medical appointments should occur after school.
All other absences are unlawful absence. Truancy is a serious matter and may lead to severe consequences. Attendance is recorded on a daily basis, reported to the office monthly and subsequently kept in the school’s files.
Students’ progress reports will include statistics of the absences and their nature.
When a child is absent due to illness, it is mandatory for parents to communicate this to the school by using the online contact book on the ParentIntra. This must be done before 8:15 am on the day your child is absent. This is important so that we are able to deal with acts of truancy, and ensures us that your child is safe.
If there is a planned absence, such as an extended holiday, parents must write to the Headmaster requesting permission to take the student out of school. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure the student catches up on missed work.
Bullying and Discrimination Policy
Sønderborg International School is an educational centre with an international and global projection in a European and Danish context. Our students come from all over the world and they are encouraged not to simply coexist with other classmates but to live in harmony with them by sharing and celebrating any kind of cultural, religious and social differences. No student will be discriminated by grounds of origin, religion or lack of religious beliefs, social and economic status, gender, cultural background, physical, intellectual, learning, cognitive or emotional abilities or any kind of medical condition neither by the teachers, administration personnel and members of the board nor by any other student.
Bullying is a serious matter and requires awareness from teachers, students, and parents. School employees will take immediate action against bullying. Parents must contact their child’s teacher if they suspect their child or another child is being bullied. It is important that students can express their concerns to an adult if they are being bullied or harassed at school.
Definition of bullying:
Bullying is different from teasing and thus it is important to define the concept.
"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself."
Dan Olweus: ”Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do.”
This definition includes three important components:
- Bullying is aggressive behaviour that involves unwanted, negative actions
- Bullying involves a pattern of behaviour repeated over time
- Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength
Bullying may involve the following:
- Physical bullying, pushing, hitting, kicking, etc.
- Verbal bullying, actions accompanied by words, threats or insults
- Actions without words using grimaces or gestures
- Negative actions meant to intentionally annoy or hurt
- Adverse actions can also be expressed more indirectly through social isolation and exclusion from the group
- Negative / hurtful comments via SMS/facebook and other internet chat sites
Signs of bullying:
The person being bullied will be inclined to:
- Be passive, withdrawing from the community
- Go off by themselves and be alone during breaks
- Seek little adult contact
- Demonstrate low self-esteem
- Be late or absent from class
- Poor grades
- Be afraid to go to school
Adults should be aware of the warning signs, but also know that they can be caused by other things.
Sudden or major changes in behaviour are important signs. It is important to create a dialogue with students and an environment where they can discuss their feelings openly.
Prevention of Bullying
Preventive measures are planned and executed in collaboration with parents, school staff and students:
- General awareness of bullying, by parents, school staff and students
- Parent Conferences will include a discussion on bullying
- Commitment of parents, teachers, and students to stop bullying if it occurs
- All individual classes will discuss bullying and how to prevent it in their own classroom
Advice for parents about prevention:
- Do not speak badly about your child's classmates or their parents. It affects the whole class culture
- Support your child in cultivating relationships with the entire class. It is a benefit for your child
- Encourage your child to defend their classmates who cannot defend themselves
- Prioritize togetherness with the other parents in class. It rubs off on kids
Consequences of bullying:
- The student will be sent straight to the Headmasters Office
- The Headmaster will contact the parents immediately
- Bullying may lead to permanent exclusion from the school
Should a student’s behavior give rise to some corrections we will take disciplinary measures. However, children are never humiliated, or embarrassed. As children mature and try to gain self-control, they may lose control. At such times, children may be redirected to another activity. Sometimes talking about what has happened eases the tension. A child may occasionally need to sit quietly in order to calm down and regain self-control. If the behavior is persistent, teachers will examine the environment and the events which surround the behavior. Through observation and discussion, teachers will decide the most appropriate way of dealing with the situation. Parents will also be asked to share their ways of disciplining their children.
Students should be dressed appropriately for a school setting and also for the weather. It would be helpful if your child’s name is written on the inside tag or label of jackets, jumpers and sweaters.
We encourage students to wear trainers or sneakers at school to allow for maximum play at recess. Please also send students in KS, KS1U and KS2 to school with a change of clothes. Jackets and coats must be left outside the classroom.
All children go outside every day. Please send labeled clothing appropriate for the weather. During a light rain, we may take a walk, so a raincoat is always advisable. On snowy days, send boots, hats, gloves and layers of warm clothing.
Homework is an essential part of your child’s educational progress at SIS. Doing homework will help them develop many valuable skills such as good study habits, time management and responsibility. Teachers will assign homework that will foster individual learning and growth that is appropriate for their grade level. On the website each grade level has a homework page for parent and student reference.
It is the student’s responsibility to complete and turn in homework on time. If there is a grading discrepancy, the teacher’s record is final. If you or your child has questions about homework, contact the teacher who assigned it.
In the case of a longer absence it is the parents’ responsibility to contact the class teacher with regard to extra homework.
All students must bring a homework diary to school so they can write down their homework at the end of each lesson. The additional service of a homework blog on our website is not a substitution for the student’s homework diary.
Some students will do their homework in ASP. We recommend parents still check the student’s homework.
Students are allowed to bring mobile telephones to school but are only allowed to use them during break times. During class, they must be packed away so as not to be visible and switched to silent. Electronic games are not allowed in school.
The school is equipped with an extensive Wi-Fi accessible for students, teachers and guests. Computers may be used in class for learning purposes with the permission of the subject teacher. Computers are strictly to be used as tools – not toys. We will not accept gaming, chatting, and access to You Tube or Facebook etc. during school hours. We do not tolerate if student’s tamper with the school’s ICT equipment and we will hold the student responsible for any damage or repair bills.
Violation of the above will cause the device to be confiscated and kept in school office until the end of the day.
If a student is feeling ill, they must get the teacher’s permission to go to the school office. If they continue to feel ill, the Secretary can then make arrangements with the child’s parent to go home. Students must get permission before leaving the school premises. In the case of an emergency the class teacher or secretary will contact parents immediately and if necessary contact the emergency services. A member of staff will accompany the student until another adult (parent or someone nominated by the parent) is present.
Sønderborg International School is an International school and many students speak one or more languages in addition to English. It is necessary that there is one common language that all students and teachers can understand and communicate in, therefore; English must be spoken by students while in class. This is for educational purposes and for ensuring that all students can be included and participate in the classroom, school activities. This is also to support students’ language development at the school.
Inappropriate or bad language, including swear words, racial slurs and other profanities will not be tolerated at Sønderborg International School. We hope to encourage courteous and respectful students. If inappropriate language is used repeatedly the subsequent consequences will follow:
- The student will be sent to the Headmaster
- After a second violation a written letter will be sent home to parents
- If a third incident occurs, a family meeting will be called with the class teacher and Head of School
Permission slips for students to participate in different school activities, field trips and social events normally accompany letters from teachers. Students must return the signed permission slip by the specified deadline to be able to participate in the activity.
Permission to be excused from P.E. Class
Students requesting permission to be excused from physical education (P.E.) classes must bring a signed note from their parents, for the class teacher and P.E. teachers with an explanation of why your child should not participate in PE. Participation in PE is compulsory and excuse will only be granted on very special circumstances. Normally the student will be redirected to other school activities in lieu of the sports lesson.
Students must respect all school property. Sports equipment, games, computers and electronic devices must be used according to the appropriate instructions.
Students are responsible for all materials and books lent to them for the duration of the school year. Hand-out copies must be kept in a suitable file. New notebooks will be handed out on request and upon presentation of the completed old notebook.
Students must cover all books in order to protect them. In the event of loss or damage, students must replace damaged materials or compensate the school for the full cost of the item.
The school rules are intended to develop self-discipline by allowing students to take on responsibilities and enabling the institution including staff, parents and students to live in a climate of confidence and cooperation, which is essential to education.
Substitute teachers, part-time teachers, teaching assistants, mentors, and tutors have the same authority and rights as the regular classroom teachers.
Code of Conduct
In order to help fulfil our aims and values, all members of our school community will follow this code of conduct:
- Pushing, hitting, tripping, and shouting are prohibited
- No swearing, whether written or verbal
- No name-calling or bullying
- Students shall not miss class/classes unless excused by a parent, guardian, or teacher
- The use of tobacco, matches, or lighters on or near school grounds is prohibited
- Being insolent, disrespectful and/or argumentative is prohibited
- Eating and drinking in hallways and classrooms during lessons is prohibited
- No soft drinks, sweets or candy is allowed
- No weapons of any sort are allowed on school premises
- Students must not leave the school premises unaccompanied
Students not following this code of conduct will be subject to disciplinary action by the Headmaster
- Be in your assigned seat, ready to work when the lesson starts
- Bring pencils, pens, paper, books, and all assigned materials to class
- Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself
- Do not engage in behaviour that creates classroom distractions
- Follow instructions the first time they are given
- No gum, food, or drinks are allowed in lessons, with the exception of water
- Raise your hand and have the teacher’s permission before speaking
- No students may leave class during lessons without permission from the teacher
- Treat everyone and their property respectfully
One or a combination of the following consequences may be implemented in response to the violation of school rules:
- Sent to the Headmaster
- Parent contacted
- Written warning
School starts promptly at 8:00 am. Students are registered in the classrooms. Students must also be on time for all classes throughout the day.
Repeated tardiness will result in a warning from the class teacher, subsequently the Headmaster. Failure to improve will have consequences.