Code of conduct
Sandra’s House Moral Code
1. Respect for others
a) No cruelty, have tolerance and generosity - no bullying or making someone feel uncomfortable or judged. Be tolerant of one another and treat others with kindness. You might say something as a joke, but it can hurt other people.
b) Honest. We respect honesty - no matter how bad the crime, honesty is always the best policy. You are not a ‘snitch’ if you are honest. Honesty is respected and makes you an honorable person. Can you live with yourself knowing you let other people get away with wrongdoing? It implicates you and corrupts your morals.
c) Covetousness, jealousy - Each person comes with their own strengths and shortcomings. We believe in EQUITY and JUSTICE - each person is given what they need to achieve knowledge and happiness. We will not be jealous of others but examine and respect what they need and what we need to reach our goals. We don’t all have the same goals and we will respect the goals and needs of others.
d) Don’t steal or damage property - Don’t take, move or hide anything that does not belong to you. Have respect for other people’s property. This includes the property of the center - no graffiti, writing on tables, or destroying plants. If it doesn’t belong to you - you don’t touch it without permission. Taking something that doesn’t belong to you, even as a joke, hurts other people.
e) Don’t bother other learners who are trying to work. If you disrupt others you are compromising their right to education.
f) Clean up your own mess - if you make a mess, please clean it up, it is disrespectful to other people to expect them to clean your mess.
g) Non-violence - Don’t hit or hurt other people. If someone does something you don’t like tell a teacher - don’t retaliate. Retaliation often leads to escalation.
h) Be the change you want to see in the world - be a good example to others especially those younger than you.
2. Respect for yourself
a) Honesty - being honest is not only respecting others but also respecting yourself. Don’t compromise your values by lying, not about others, to others, or to yourself. Don’t let other people make you uncomfortable. If someone says or does something that you don’t like, or that you feel is wrong, tell a teacher.
b) No alcohol or drugs - doing something that harms you, harms your brain, and affects your ability to learn and function is disrespecting yourself and your human rights. We can’t control what you do outside the center and how you treat your body, but we don’t tolerate it at the center and are grounds for expulsion.
c) Smoking - Smoking is also a drug that harms your body, creates addiction, and impairs your concentration when you are in withdrawal. However, it is legal and many parents allow their learners to smoke which makes it very difficult for us to prevent it. Allowing it makes it easier for us to monitor. We will allow smoking only with written permission from parents.
d) Cell phones - Cell phones are playing such big roles in our daily lives - too big if you ask me. Learners are so often distracted by their phones not only during class but also during break times. Generations of people have been just fine without jumping every time someone posts on social media, we want to teach the learners that they can too. We will take in learner’s phones in the mornings and return them before they go home.
3. The right to education
a) You have the right to education, but you need to take responsibility for that right. We can’t educate you, we can facilitate you educating yourself. We can give you knowledge and guide your education, but it is your decision to use that knowledge. We can teach, but you need to learn.
b) Doing homework and studying is a form of respect for yourself - improving yourself and giving yourself opportunities in the future. It is respect for your parents who are paying for you to receive a good education and opening opportunities for you. It is also respect for others - not only can you use your knowledge and skills to benefit others, but you must also respect that there are people who don’t have the opportunities that you have.
4. Respect for the environment
a) Don’t litter - make the effort to walk to the bin
b) Recycle - use the correct bins for the correct rubbish
c) Don’t waste paper - save the trees that provide you with oxygen!
5. Respect the neighbours
a) Don’t play loud music.
b) Don’t shout or make a noise when other people are working.