School Policy
Our Vision
To become one of the leading educational institutions dedicated to excellence and providing greatest access to the least fortunate in the community.
Our Mission

- Provide an excellent education both in respect of the Islamic and secular component of the curriculum.
- To instill the learners with the love for the Noble Prophet (S.A.W) as the source of intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical growth and the Holy
Prophet (S.A.W) as the perfect embodiment of these qualities.
- To create an ideal school climate in which our learners become ambassadors of the deen of Islam and spread it to those less fortunate.

History of the school

The school was a community initiative of those noble men of Clairwood who formed the South Coast And District Muslim Association. A land was purchased at the corner of Houghton Road and Sastri Road corner that was later deemed unsuitable for the construction of a school.

The association persuaded the owner of the land on which the school presently stands to swop his two ploys of contiguous land with that of the associations ‘one plot. Due to the lack of funds the Association, later amalgamated with the Durban Muslim Merchant Association to form the South Coast and District Trust.

The school was complete in 1946 and officially opened its doors as an E grade school with Mr. Ismail as its first Principal.

Present Status

The school is proud of its long and prominent place in the annals Islamic Education in Clairwood and its environs. Presently the school occupies a section 21 status and a special dispensation of a sub section 14 school. (ie: a public school on private property. This accords the school the privilege of offering this dualistic programme.

The academic programme of the school caters for learners form Pre- Grade R up until grade 9 thereby encompassing the G.E.T band.

School Times

- Ordinary school days Monday - Thursday: 07H30 -15H00
- Friday only: 07h30 - 13h50. Jumu'ah salaat performed at school.
- If school times are changed for whatever reasons then parents will be notified in writing by the Principal.
Learner Attendance

- The educators responsible for monitoring this are specially appointed educators.
- It is incumbent upon all learners to be at school during the designated days in the school terms.

Procedure for reporting non-attendance:
- If a learner is absent for a day, then a letter from the parent is required.
- If the learner is absent from school for more than three days a medical certificate is required. If the reasons are non-medical then the parents needs to call at school or telephone to provide an explanation.
- The onus is on the parent and the learner to ensure that work missed during the period of non -attendance is made up.
- All serious illnesses and contagious diseases and injuries must be reported to the Principal.
- All homework, major projects and assignments not handed in because of absences must be handed in on the day of the learners return to school.
- If a learner is absent for more than ten consecutive days without informing the school, then he/she would according to the rules of the department be officially removed from the register.

7. Leave Taking
- Under no circumstances would a learner be allowed to leave the school premises during school hours without the permission of the Principal.
- Parents requesting leave for their child must call personally at the school and make such a request. Parents must fill in the leave book at the administrative offices, which must then be sanctioned by the Principal.
- The procedure laid down on the leave authorization form will be followed very strictly.
- In the event of a learner requesting special leave, e.g. Hajj or Umrah then such a request must be timeously communicated to the Principal.
- As in the case of absenteeism, the onus is on the parent and learner to ensure that work missed during the period of non-attendance is made up.
8. Uniform, Dress code & Personal Appearance
The school uniform plays a vital role in the development of school tone, ambience and discipline. Parents are earnestly requested to ensure that the stipulated dress code is adhered to at all times.
Prescribed School Uniform
No coloured kurta, jacket or anything of civilian clothing will be permitted
Boys Winter Uniform (May -Aug)
Navy blue school tracksuit with school monogram embroidered on the pocket. White t-shirt, white socks and white takkies.
Boys Summer Uniform (Jan -Apr -& Sept -Dec)
White kurtha (tunic) with school monogram embroidered on to the pocket. Black/grey socks. Whte Islamic hat (topie) and black shoes.
Girls Winter Uniform (May -Aug)
Navy school tracksuits with school monogram embroidered on pocket, white takkies and socks with navy school scarves.
Girls Summer Uniform (Jan -Apr -& Sept -Dec)
School cloak and pants with embroidered monogram on pocket, white socks, black shoes.
Prescribed Uniform for Physical Education (PE)
- BOYS : White shorts and white t-shirts with white takkies.
- GIRLS : T-shirt and tracksuit longs. It is advised that t-shirts be long.
Personal Appearance
Based upon the teachings of the Noble Prophet SAW that 'cleanliness is half of faith’, the school emphasizes the importance of personal hygiene, neatness and appearance. Such health inspections would be carried out regularly by educators.
Boys Hair
- The hair of all boys should be neat, tidy and short in length.
- Parents are requested to ensure that their children’s hair is free of nits and lice.
- No artificial colouring, tinting or dyeing of hair is permitted.
- The growing the hair on two different lengths (acute wedged) is strictly not permitted.
Girls Hair
- The hair of all female learners must be covered at all times.
- Parents are requested to ensure that their child's hair is free of nits and lice.
- No artificial colouring, tinting or dyeing of hair is permitted.
- The use of authentic henna "mendhi" is permitted.
Jewellery that is Permitted

- Girls: Wristwatch, simple ear studs and nose stud.
- Boys: Simple wrist watch.
- Under no circumstances will rings and fancy chains be permitted.
- Boys will not be allowed to use ear studs under any circumstances.
- Under no circumstances will the school assume responsibility if any items of jewelry worn by a learner is lost at school. It is advised that simple, cheap
permissible jewelry be used.

Finger Nails
- Fingernails of all learners must be short, clean and tidy at all times.
- Under no circumstances would nail polish be allowed.
- The use of henna "mendhi" is permitted on the nails and hand of females during special and auspicious occasion.
Civvies Day
- On occasions the school would host civvies day, Eid Milan etc When the Wearing of “casual Clothes" will be permitted.
- In the event of such an occasion, parents are to take cognisance of the Shariah, when allowing their child to dress informally.
- The school reserves the right to send a learner home if the learner's dress code is in their view contrary to Shari'ah.
- Learners dressed contrary to the shari’ah will be sent home without notifying the parents.
Assembly
- Assembly is conducted twice daily.
- The first assembly is conducted in the morning so that learners are orientated and co-ordinated before entering their classes.
- Announcements for the day will be communicated to learners during the second break.
- Learners are expected to be in their respective class lines promptly as soon as the bell rings for assembly.
- Assembly is a formal occasion and as such should be give the dignity and decorum that is required.
Special Assembly
These will be held to commemorate significant national days in the South African calendar as well as significant Islamic days.
Opening Prayer "Dua"
- Surah Fathihah is the prescribed opening prayer "dua" for all occasions and assemblies.
- All learners are encouraged to know the Arabic recitation together with the English translation. The Zulu translation is also encouraged. On occasion the Urdu recitation will be observed.
- On occasion the recitation of other verses of the Our'an will be conducted.
- A Hadith of the week will also be encouraged and recited with the aim of encouraging good practice amongst learners.
- Learner participation and attentiveness is these recitations is strongly encouraged.
Salaah
- In keeping with the Islamic ethos of the school Zuhr salaah is performed in the school.
- The performing of zuhr salaah is compulsory upon all Muslim learners.
- Learners who abstain from reading salaah (without valid reasons) will be disciplined.
- Jumu'ah salaah is performed on the school premises. No learners will be allowed to read Jumu'ah salaah anywhere else. Parents must instill in their children a love for the deen of Islam and encourage and promote the reading of salaah at home.
Movement of Learners During School Times

- At all times learners must move briskly and in a straight line when moving from one venue to another.
- Learners must not talk when the assembly is being conducted or when moving from one venue to another.
- No learner must leave his /her classroom without the permission of the present educator.
- Learners who leave the classroom to visit the toilet must do so quickly and must not loiter around.
- Learners who loiter during class times will be severely reprimanded.
- At times when learners are required to leave their classes, they must walk in single file and keep left.
- Learners are not to remain in their allocated classrooms during breaks and assembly times.

Areas out of bounds for learners
- All Administrative offices are out of bounds for the learners.
- Learners would only be allowed if they are given permission by an educator.
- No learners is allowed to enter the media room without an educator being present there.
- No learner is allowed to enter the storeroom/stockroom without permission.
- No learner is to be in the library without an educator being present there.
- Learners would only enter the computer room if there is an educator there.
Learners should not :

- Eat in the classroom during contact time.
- Write, draw, scribble or deface the furniture in anyway, if a learner is caught doping this then they would be required to pay for repairs or replacement value of the item.
- Throw rubbish all over the class.
- Put stickers on the walls, boards, chalkboards ,desk and chairs.
- Play cards or any other games in the classroom, unless instructed to do some by an educator for educational purposes.
- Touch any electrical device, switch, fan, air-conditioner, electrical teaching aids.
- Leave any personal belonging in class, Quran Cupboard, Class Cupboard after school hours.
- Display any deviant behavior in class that contradicts the school rules.

Learners should not:
- Run in the corridors.
- Push and shove other learners when leaving the class.
- Jump a queue at the tuck shop.
- Play football or volleyball in the undercover area.
- Try to climb the fences, trees that are in the school property.
- Tamper with the Fauna and Flora of the school.
- Play with and waste water, non try in anyway to interfere with the water tanks.
- Interfere with the janitor nor intrude within the confines of his dwelling.
- Loiter near the educator’s cars, nor deface or vandalise it in anyway.
- Cheat in any exam, test, assignment or project. (Cheating is a very serious offence. Anyone who is caught cheating will be dealt with appropriately.
- Plagiarize from any electronic, print sources or work form others.
- Copy someone else’s assignment and attempt to present as their own.
- Forge parents signatures on any school/ legal document.
- Discard , throw anyway any notices, letters or communiqué that is meant to be couriered home to their parents.
- Damage or steal the projects of fellow learners.
- Put up any notice or poster or use the name or the official badge of the school without permission.
Items brought in by Learners
- At times learners may bring things from home to school on their own accord or perhaps may be requested by an educator.
- These items are brought to school at their own risk.
- The school will not assume any responsibility for these goods whatsoever, in case of breakage, damages or in the case of theft
- No learners would be permitted to carry a cell phone to school.
- In the case of a child carrying a cell phone to school, the cell phone will be confiscated and a penalty of R50=00 will be imposed within the first month of it being confiscated.
- If is going to be claimed later than that period then a fine of R100=00 will be imposed.
- These cell phones will only be released to the parents of the learner or an elder person nominated by the parent.
- If the child is found to have contravened this rule for the third time, the school reserves the right to confiscate the cell phone permanently and dispose of it as it sees fit to.
- No learner would be permitted to bring any electronic tapng or filming device to school.
- The Principal or his designated appointee reserves the right, granted to them according to the South African School’s Act , to search any learner or any person entering the school.
Library

- The school is equipped with a fully functional library.
- Learners are encouraged to borrow books during their allocated library period or during their breaks.
- Library books are the property of the school and in the event of loss or damage to a school library book, the onus is upon the parent to replace or financially compensate, whichever the school administrators deem appropriate.
- Parents are encouraged to instill a love of reading in their child and to ensure that his/ her child is an active member of the local library.

School Communication

- The school administrators will make every effort to ensure that all parents and relevant stakeholders in the education of the learners is aware of the relevant occurrences in the school as they relate to the well-being of the learner.
- Parents will receive regular circulars from the school administrators on issues pertaining to examinations, tests, excursions, homework, and teachings of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W), amongst others.
- Circulars will be handed to learners regularly. (every Wednesday Inshallah)
- Parents are advised to collect these circulars from their child, read and appropriately file.

Homework
- Homework is given on a regular basis.
- Homework must be completed timorously.
- If a learner is absent then the onus is on the learner to hand in the due homework on the following day with a letter of excuse signed by the parent.
- The learner must cover up any work missed during the period of absence.
- Assistance if required would be provided by the teacher concerned.
- Parents must feel free to sign and check the learner's homework book.
- Days when no prescribed homework is given, parents must ensure that the learner is doing some constructive reading.
- The reading of the Holy Quran must also be enforced and encouraged.

Late Coming

- All learners are expected to be in school by 07h40.
- Any learner who comes continuously late to school without a valid reason, would be detained (14h30 to 15h15).
- Under no circumstances would the late coming of learners from the Clairwood area be tolerated.
- A first offence in this instance without a valid reason would result in detention.
Excursion / Field Trips
- Excursions would be organized on a quarterly basis.
- These would be planned so as to coincide with the curriculum.
- The learner is expected to display excellent behavior during these excursions.
- Is any learner who displays deviant behavior during a particular trip, as a punitive measure he/ she maybe left our of subsequent trips.
- No learners would be allowed to go on an excursion if he/ she does not get his or her indemnity form signed by his or her respective parent/guardian.
Sporting Activities
- Sporting activities is an integral part of any school's curriculum and every effort would be made to promote the Culture of sport at school.
- The school endeavors to facilitate all codes of sport permitted on the limited ground space available.
- The highlight of a school-sporting calendar is the Annual inter-house athletics meeting.
- Due to the limited space available this is always held outside school.
- Learners would be placed in the following houses viz Lotus, Primrose,Daisy, and Violet.
- The school would endeavor to place greater emphasis on team sports rather than athletics as a larger number of learners display a very keen interest in these codes.
Discipline: Preamble

- South Coast Madressa prescribes to an Islamic ethos and therefore all disciplinary measures are based on an Islamic perspective and set within the limits of the Schools Act.
- Disciplining learners and maintaining an appropriate code of discipline is of paramount importance in any educational institution.
- Parents are encouraged to ensure that their children adhere to the school rules and realize that non-compliance with respect to school rules and expectations leads to the poor academic performance.
- Enforcement of school rules rests with the school and its administrators. Prefects elected by the administration also assist in enforcing school rules.

The Code of Conduct
- The school prescribes a code of conduct, which has been drawn up consistent with the school rules.
- The school recognizes the behaviors are trivial but undesirable, other moderately serious as well are other serious
- It must be emphasized that some repeated trivial offences would be severely dealt with.
- Any activity of any learner that brings the name of the school into disrepute would be dealt with severity that the situation beckons.
- The school has the right to change the rules from time to time.
- Both the learners and their parents must be encouraged to seek clarity pertaining their understanding of the school rules.
Undesirable Behavior
- Late coming.
- Poor attendance.
- Teasing.
- Mocking.
- Interrupting the teacher.
- Interrupting the class.
- Attention seeking
- Clowning about
- Interfering with or annoying others.
- Telling tales/ Spreading malicious gossip.
- Avoiding work.
- Wasting time.
- Eating/ drinking in class.
- Derogatory name calling.
- Running in class and in the corridors.
- Being noisy in the assembly area.
- Cheekiness.
- Sweating/ vulgarity.
- Fighting.
- Deliberately indulging in rough play.
- Being disruptive in the mosque/ jamaat khana.
- Bringing non-educational toys with permission to school.
- Littering.
- Bullying.
- Isolated cases of not conveying important school circulars to Parents.
- Isolated cases of not completing or attempting homework.
Moderately Serious Behaviour

- This category includes minor misbehaviours
- Repeated misdemeanour of level one.
- Rudeness and verbal abuse.
- Physical abuse: fisticuffs.
- Disturbing and hindering the progress of others.
- Refusal to follow instructions.
- Arguing and swearing.
- Close and irregular relationships with members of the opposite sex.
- The plagiarism, copying of information in homework, assignment and projects.
- Bringing of tape decks, stereos without permission being sought.
- Disobeying school rules.
- Deceitful and dishonest behaviour.
- Not relaying important circulars to parents.
- Continuously not meeting deadline for homework.
- Meeting unauthorized visitors.
- Bunking' classes.
- Truanting.
- Avoiding namaaz/ salaah.
- Leaving the class without permission.
- Using of cellular phone in class.
- Not attending school after examinations.
- Consistently disregarding the school uniform regulations.

Very Serious Behavioral Offences
- These include repeated offence from level two.
- Possession of cigarettes, drugs, alcohol.
- Assault on any individual.
- Refusal to adhere to any school rules.
- Abuse of any kind, be physical, sexual, emotional, racial or verbal.
- Theft or being in possession of stolen property.
- Disobeying examination rules.
- Interfering with the bags of other learners
- Indecent behaviour.
- Abusing school amenities.
- Compulsive lying.
- Graffiti.
- Try to insinuate any type of sexual advances.
- Vandalism.
- In possession of any pornographic or indecent material.
- Bringing of fireworks or dangerous weapons to school.
- Learners who are identified by the teacher as regularly not completing homework.
- Damaging of loan and library books.
- Breaking the law of the country.
Aims of logical consequences:
- The school response to Misconduct: Logical consequences.
- To encourage pupils to understand that their actions have a logical effect.
- To encourage an awareness of personal choices and responsibility for one's actions.
- To maintain and build a positive relationship.
The rights of the disciplinary board
- The right to rule on an immediate suspension from day one to an indefinite period.
- The right to rule on an immediate expulsion of a pupil.
- The right to choose a logical consequence that it deems fit.
- The right to hold the learners and their parents financially responsible for any willful damage of school property.
Measure to be taken for Undesirable and Unacceptable Behaviour
- Divert the learner from undesirable behavior using positive directives.
- Observe the learner's behavior for a period of time.
- Use of physical response to deviate the learner from doing wrong things, eg. Walking towards the learner, and stand near him/ her, facial gestures.
- Remind learners of the rules of conduct and the consequences thereof.
- Warning the learners of repeated offences.
- Lecturing to the learner concerned and direct attention towards.
- Directing a learner to do a particular chore to make up for his bad behavior e.g. sweep the classroom, pick up the papers, ground duty.
- Change the learner's position in class, in the class line.
- Prevent the learner concerned from going on an excursion.
- Informal reporting of the situation to the parents.
- Set up a formal meeting with the parent of the learner concerned.
- Report of misdemeanor to be recorded in the learners file.
- Refer the case to the disciplinary board.
Punitive measures for Moderately Serious behavior
- The learner would be detained for up to a week.
- If the offence persists then a letter of warning is issued to the learner and the parents would be summoned to school.
- If the offence is repeated then the school would insist that the learners concerned goers for counseling.
- If steps 1-3 fails then the learner would be suspended from school.
- The number days would be determined by the principal who would be guided by the S.A. School’s Act.
- If these measures fail then it would then be viewed as a level four offence.
Punitive measures for Serious Behavioural Offences
- An immediate letter of warning with the urgent summoning of the parents.
- The learners would be suspended for the maximum period allowed by the department.
- If behavior persists then another maximum period of suspension would be given.
- If the offence persists the disciplinary board would meet with the parent, learner, management and departmental official to recommend that the said learner is an impediment to the educational process of the school and would therefore recommend expulsion.
The actions of the disciplinary board
- The Disciplinary Board consists of the Principal. A teacher component and the members of the governing Body.
- The Board would investigate the matter and communicate it to the parents. The Board may invite the parents to discuss the matter further.
- The proceedings of the discussions are to be recorded in the pupils record file.
- The disciplinary would inform the parent concerned of any impending action:
Suspension, expulsion or financial implication.