The administration and teachers of DMHA believe that students commit themselves to learning, accepting responsibility for their work and their behaviour. Our goal is to instill qualities such as common courtesy, manners, respect for others, self-discipline, responsibility and accountability.
We expect our students to behave responsibly, recognising the rights of others to be physically safe, emotionally secure, and to pursue their own learning without interference. The DMHA administration, teachers, and parents need to work together to help students to respect rules. Teachers and parents have a tremendous positive influence when setting clearly defined limits, providing appropriate consequences for behaviour.
Parents, guardians and students are required to be familiar with all the rules and regulations at DMHA, respect them at all times and adhere to the guidelines stipulated.
The following school rules and regulations apply to student actions at all times.
- a) Student must be in school 5 minutes before the start time.
- a) School assembly is held daily. A short verse from the Holy Quran is recited then the national flag is hoisted while the National Anthem is sung. Students must be present at assembly.
In the school premises students should:
- a) Be punctual for school
- b) Greet teachers and other staff members when they see them for the first time in the day.
- c) Stand up quickly and quietly when a teacher enters a classroom. Greet the teacher and sit quickly to commence lessons.
- d) Come to class prepared with all the materials needed and be ready to begin work on time.
- e) Raise their hands politely and wait to be called upon if they wish to speak during a class lesson. If the class is involved in an informal discussion, take turns when speaking. Students should give full attention to the teacher or student who is speaking and allow other students to concentrate on their work. They should behave in a manner that does not disrupt classroom learning or the operation of the school.
- f) Keep to the left of the stairs and corridors. Allow staff to go first.
g)Refrain from pushing, running and shouting in school.
- h) Share facilities with other students, e.g. computers etc.
- i) Speak in English at all times except during Bangla classes.
- j) Maintain silence in the library, leaving the tables clear of books and chairs in place when leaving.
- k) Refrain from inappropriate physical intimacy with other students. Students found in compromising positions will be immediately expelled.
Outside school, students should:
- l) Spend time completing homework and studying for tests outside school hours.
- m) Do extra English reading each day.
Picking up/dropping off students
- a) Drivers picking up and dropping off students must queue in a single file at the gates.
- b) Drivers should not double park or use the horn (unless to avoid an accident).
- c) U-turns’ should be made in the designated U-turn Zone.
- d) Students whose drivers do not adhere to traffic rules will be issued a warning letter. Should this happen again a final warning will be issued and on the third occasion the student will be suspended or expelled.
- e) Anybody, including parents coming to pick up a student, in Playgroup upwards must present the student’s I.D. card. Under no circumstances shall the student be handed over to anyone without the student’s I.D. card. Parents are requested to remain in their cars during drop-off and pick-up.
- f) In circumstances when parents or guardians enter the school gate to drop off/ pick up their child/children, they must wait at the designated area and not be freely roaming around the school premises.
Attendance and Absence Procedures
- a) Students are required to attend school regularly.
- b) Students should never leave the school premises for any reason during the school hours unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or teacher, after being properly signed out at the school office.
- c) Whenever a student is absent from school for any reason, the following procedure should be followed. Firstly, parents should telephone the school office the first morning of the student’s illness to notify the school of the absence. This applies also to cases of bereavement, family illness, sudden emergencies, etc. In addition, upon return to school the student must bring a written explanation for absence on the special school form provided at the office. Requests for holiday or absence must be made three (3) clear days in advance on the form available at the school office. Approval is not automatic. If the authority feels that the academics of the students might suffer, the leave might not be approved.
- d) Failure to follow absence procedures (for example ‘unauthorized absence’) will result in suspension.
- e) In order to encourage full school attendance, a 100% ‘Attendance Award’ is given to all students who achieve this. Attendance at all school events is mandatory in order to qualify for this award.
- f) Parents should try to instill in their children the need to be regular at school.
Homework, Class work and Tests
- a) Homework is set regularly and students are encouraged to work without the help of tutors.
- b) Parents are requested to sign their child’s diary daily in order to keep abreast of homework assignments and notices given by teachers. Failure to do so may result in miscommunication between parents and teachers.
- c) Students are expected to complete homework and classwork assignments neatly, carefully, and on time.
- d) Students should work to their full potential.
- e) If a student experiences difficulty in completing an assignment with ‘good cause’, the student’s parent should explain the situation to the teacher with a short note in his or her diary.
- f) Test and examination grades will be kept confidential and only disclosed to the concerned student’s parents.
- a) Private tuition is not encouraged unless written permission is given by the Head of School.
- b) Students taking private tuition from a DMHA teacher without written permission will be expelled immediately.
- c) The school regularly arranges remedial classes for students requiring extra attention.
- d) Parents, guardians or students are advised not to present any gifts to teachers. Any gift-giving could result in the suspension or expulsion of the student.
- a) The DMHA diary is the easiest, most accessible and the preferred method of communication between the school and parents. Messages for individual teachers and comments or queries about homework should be noted in the diary.
- b) School diaries should be checked and signed by parents daily.
- c) In addition to homework assignments, it often contains important notices and information.
- d) Minor issues can be dealt by the class teacher through messages exchanged via the student’s diary.
- e) The diary check record at the beginning of the diary and the health and hygiene sheet at the beginning of the diary must be signed by the parent / guardian on a regular basis in order to maintain consistency throughout the school year.
Respect for School and Personal Property
- a) Students are required to be respectful of others’ belongings, using them only with permission. A student who steals or damages any property not belonging to him/her may be required to be severely punished. Though the school manages a lost and found department at the school office, students are strongly encouraged to take good care of their personal belongings. Parents should mark their child’s special belongings with names and I.D. numbers.
- b) Students are required to use equipment and materials in school for their intended purposes only. They will be held accountable for improper care of school books, educational materials, school furniture, sports and laboratory equipment and their classrooms.
- c) Parents of students who damage, misplace, deface or destroy school property will be billed for damages.
- d) Students should make every effort to respect school property and keep it neat and clean at all times.
- e) Students should not bring valuable items to school including expensive pens, jewellery, watches, electronic equipment (including mobile phones, CD’s and CD players) and unreasonable amounts of cash. Students are encouraged not to bring sums of money to school unless absolutely necessary, nor should they lend to or borrow from other students. DMHA will not bear responsibility for recovering any money that has been loaned or valuables that may be alleged to be stolen. Disallowed equipment will be confiscated by the school authorities if found by teachers during random checks and only be returned at the end of the school year to parents or guardians.
Courtesy, Integrity and Respect for Others
- a) Courtesy, integrity, manners and respect for others are virtues highly valued and encouraged at DMHA. Treat others with kindness, respect and courtesy.
- b) Students are to refrain from aggressive or threatening behaviour towards fellow students, teachers or other school staff. Fighting or rough play are strictly prohibited in school. If a student experiences a problem with another student, he or she should notify the nearest teacher or staff member immediately. Students should be instructed in ways to avoid getting involved in conflicts.
- c) Bullying in any form is not approved of by the school, and students who are found to be exerting any form of bullying may be suspended or expelled. Any form of bullying experienced by any student needs to be reported to the school authority by the respective parents.
- d) If parents or students wish to report instances of bullying confidentially, this confidentiality will be respected. It should be noted however, that it is not possible to punish an alleged bully on the basis of any report without giving the offender an opportunity to answer to the specific allegations.
Fees and Payments
- a) All fees and charges must be paid by stipulated due dates. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of enrollment.
- b) End-of-term report cards will not be issued unless all school bills have been cleared.
- c) For those students who wish to remain at DMHA the following year, it must be ensured that one month tuition fee must be paid in advance.
- d) The school reserves the right to change any fees or charges without prior notice.
- e) Transfer certificates will not be issued unless all dues have been cleared.
- f) Parents are requested to carefully read, sign and conform to the payment schedules and rules and regulations laid down by the accounts office.
- g) A minimum of 2 months notice of intention to withdraw a student must be given in writing otherwise the full fees for the academic year will be charged.
Prohibited in School on school outings, tours or trips
- a) Mobiles, Toys, camcorders and other electronic gadgets (other than calculators) are prohibited in school (unless asked by a teacher to bring in for a particular project) and will be confiscated and returned only at the end of the school year, after a clearance certificate has been obtained.
- a) Students are expected to wear the correct and complete school uniform to school each day, as well as the games uniform during games or ECA’s ..
- b) Neatness and cleanliness are encouraged. Uniforms should be clean and pressed, shoes should be polished.
- c) Students arriving in incorrect or incomplete uniform will be punished and parents will be required to send the appropriate uniform to school.
- d) Students are not allowed to wear make-up to school or any kind of trinkets, baubles, or coloured ribbons, other than black or white. No hair dye is to be used by students.
- e) Students feeling cold may wear school sweaters.
- f) During games days, students must come to school in games kits.
Cheating and Plagiarism
- a) Any form of cheating, whether in classwork, class tests or examinations will be dealt with very strictly and could lead to suspension or expulsion.
- b) Instances of plagiarism (copying the work of others) will also be considered for suspension or expulsion.
Parents entering school premises
- a) Parents are not allowed to come inside the school premises unless to meet a teacher or member of the administrative staff.
- b) When stopped at the school gate by the security, parents must comply with the guidelines given by the guards instead of behaving in a hostile manner and being abusive. The student may be suspended in case of misbehaviour by the respective parent or representative. In some cases this may also lead to immediate expulsion if supported by the footage of the CC Camera coverage and findings of the Investigation Committee.
- c) In order to meet a particular member of the faculty or staff, parents or guardians must make prior appointments with the school office. In case of emergencies parents or guardians may contact the school office and every effort will be made to resolve the matter. Please note we discourage parents or guardians to call on the personal contact numbers of any DMHA members of staff.
- d) Parents cannot enter the school or classrooms at any time unless specifically invited. When visiting or when arriving for appointments they should contact the office first.
- e) Classes cannot be interrupted to give students books, money or other items. These will be given at the next break in class. Any parent wanting homework for an absent student must contact the appropriate teacher after school through the school office.
- f) Parents are advised to label all belongings and clothing with the student’s name and I.D. number to prevent loss and to help teachers to identify them during class.
- h) Parents are requested not to directly telephone teachers or other staff members after school hours. However, for any urgent matter, text messages will be entertained. During school hours the school office should be contacted and the matter will be taken forward.
Security, Traffic and Parking
- a) All premises have installed CCTV at various points to keep a close vigilance on the activities being carried out within and directly outside the school premises.
- b) The security team is also responsible for the smooth flow of traffic outside the school premises. Any cars violating school traffic-flow rules will lead to sanctions against the student whose car has violated the rules. In case of disputes the word of the Head of Security will be final.
- c) Traffic flow rules will also include designation of parking areas, no U-turn zones and one-way flow of traffic.
- d) Repeat offenders of traffic flow rules will be suspended or expelled.
- a) Parents are required to give, in writing, two months’ notice of intention to withdraw their child. Unless the required notice is given a transfer certificate will not be issued and the parents will be liable to pay fees until the end of the school year.
- b) Parents withdrawing their child at the end of the academic year are liable for November and December fees, as these months are part of the preceding school year.
- c) Transfer Certificate will only be issued after students have obtained a clearance certificate from the school accountant, librarian, class teacher and office.
- d) Applications for visa letter or any other certificate must be submitted 3 days ahead. The purpose must be clearly written in application. Supporting documents needs to be submitted with application.
- e) Parents who apply to withdraw their child will need to fill up a “Student Exit Survey Form”.
Enforcing School Rules and Regulations
Students violating any of the school rules and regulations given in this parents handbook are subject to disciplinary action. Student prefects, teachers, administrators, and Heads of School are all responsible for enforcing the rules and regulations stipulated above and for allocating appropriate punishment.
In case of a serious breach of school rules or regulation the school disciplinary committee will be called upon to take appropriate disciplinary measures, such as suspension, removal or expulsion.
All parents are required to sign an acceptance form stating that they understand and accept the disciplinary procedures as laid out in the School Rules and Regulations.