Disciplinary structures, Foundation phase: Grades 1, 2 & 3


Constructive and effective learning cannot take place in an unstructured environment and under circumstances where undisciplined behaviour is allowed or ignored.

On the other hand, a too-rigid, unsympathetic, harsh approach is also to be avoided. It may have the desired short-term effect but inhibits personal development and the natural educational momentum in the long run.

The ultimate aim is to be able to assist the learner in higher personal development towards a self-disciplined lifestyle.

A learner’s dignity, self-respect and self-esteem is always kept in mind whenever discipline is administered. Learners are able to learn from their mistakes without the fear of punishment always lurking in the background.

Compassion is to be an ever-present factor in dealing with children’s upbringing and education.

The following disciplinary structures are administered at Irene Primary School for the foundation phase:

  1. Learners are awarded credits and merits. Learners’ names are read out at assembly and they receive a sticker to wear for the week.
  2. Bad behaviour is punished according to the code of conduct as pertains to foundation phase. No corporal punishment of any kind is permissible. Detentions are issued to learners for continued bad behaviour or neglect of work. Parents are called to a meeting after three detentions have been issued. Should the matter persist, a disciplinary hearing will take place.
  3. Exemplary conduct / academic achievement is rewarded regularly.

Disciplinary structures, Intermediate phase: Grades 4, 5 & 6

Senior phase: grade 7

The following disciplinary structures are administered at Irene Primary School:

The de-merit and merit system

Merits are awarded as follows:

After 6 credits are collected from various teachers for good work, displaying good manners etc, on a credit sheet, children:

  • receive a merit sticker in assembly and enter a draw to win prizes.
  • have tea with the principal and exco at break on that day.

Learners who receive the most merits for the term, per class, receive a certificate at the end of that term.


  • De-merits are administered according to the code of conduct.
  • 3 de-merits = 1 detention
  • 2nd detention = tutor meeting with the parent of that learner and the learner
  • 3rd detention = privileges withheld e.g. Outings etc, and exco disciplinary hearing with learner and parents of the learner
  • 4th detention = school governing body disciplinary hearing with the learner and the parents of the learner. (south african schools’ act to determine the sanction)