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Rights and Responsibilities

Northbridge International School Cambodia aims to promote a positive working and social environment. Members of the school community are expected to be honest and to treat each other with respect and dignity. The International Baccalaureate philosophy actively cultivates this aim throughout its Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

Students at NISC have the right to learn in a mutually respectful and safe environment. Respect for self, peers, faculty and school is expected of all students. Students are responsible for their choices and actions and are expected to conduct themselves ethically, responsibly, and compassionately. Students are expected to act in a manner that reflects positively on Northbridge International School Cambodia while at school, school sponsored events, school trips or in the wider community.

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world. Northbridge International School Cambodia’s approach to behaviour management utilizes the IB philosophy by emphasising cooperation, achievement, respect and empathy. An emphasis is placed on:

• Students being guided in their understanding that with rights come responsibilities.

• Teachers providing an environment in which positive behaviour is rewarded and inappropriate behaviour is modified.

• Encouraging appropriate behaviour

• NISC’s restorative approach to behaviour management.

It is our aim to nurture well-balanced, mature individuals who are able to take responsibility for their own actions and who will grow to be valued members of the international community.

We expect students to behave, both in and out of school, in a courteous manner that will bring respect and honour to the school, their families, and their own communities.

Students have the right to learn in a mutually respectful and safe environment. For this to happen, students must realize that their personal behaviour is a key determinant of the school’s environment. An International Baccalaureate student has many responsibilities and expectations. Students should also be aware that performance in the last years of High School is the key to university admission. Universities look not only at grades but also for evidence of maturity and responsibility. A student record with instances of inappropriate behaviour and behaviour consequences (i.e. suspensions, letters concerning malpractice, etc.) would not be to a student’s advantage.

Students at Northbridge International School Cambodia are encouraged to recognise that rights bring with them equivalent responsibilities. Student rights are balanced against responsibilities in the following ways:

Students Rights and Responsibilities

• Students have the right to learn and to be free to express their opinions, feelings and ideas.

• They also have the responsibility to work hard, to do their best, to complete assignments and to respect others’ opinions, feelings and ideas.

• Students have the right to be happy and to be treated with understanding and respect.

• They also have the responsibility to respect others, to treat them with understanding and not to hurt their feelings.

• Students have the right to hear and be heard and the right to quiet times for learning and studying.

• They also have the responsibility to listen to others, to wait their turn to speak and to be respectful of other’s quiet times.

• Students have the right to be safe and secure in school.

• They also have the responsibility to respect others’ right to safety, to treat others with the same kindness they would expect themselves and to obey school rules.

• Students have the right to bring their belongings and materials to school and the right to utilize school materials.

• They also have the responsibility to look after their own possessions, to respect other people’s property and to use and share school materials in an appropriate manner.

Teachers Rights and Responsibilities

All members of staff in the Secondary School have a professional obligation and commitment towards students. Teachers will:

• Speak and act toward students and colleagues with respect and dignity and deal judiciously with them, always mindful of their rights and sensibilities.

• Provide a caring, supportive and safe learning environment.

• Respect the confidential nature of information concerning students and only give it to authorized persons.

• Respect the privileged relationship with students and colleagues and refrain from exploiting those relationships for material, ideological or other advantage.

• Corporal punishment of any kind is expressly forbidden, including the physical restraint of students, except in cases of ensuring student or personal safety.

Northbridge International School Cambodia Community Rights and Responsibilities

• Parents and guardians at NISC have the right to open communication with teachers regarding their child’s progress and needs.

• Parents and guardians have the responsibility to contact teachers if there are issues or concerns regarding their child’s progress e.g. Learning Support, ELS and Counselling.

• Parents and guardians have the right to participate in changes to their child’s education including being informed about formal assessments and the support their child is receiving.

• Parents and guardians have the responsibility to utilise the school support services, such as the Learning space and counselling services, as needed to provide the best education available for their child.

• Parents and guardians have the right to formalised feedback in the form of written reports and Teacher Led or 3 way Conferences throughout the school year.

• Parents and guardians have the responsibility to raise questions and concerns with teachers at an appropriate time and in an appropriate manner.

• The Northbridge International School Cambodia Community has the right to open communication between all levels of school administration to provide a nurturing and safe atmosphere for students, staff and parents.

General Student Rules

• Students are expected to behave in a courteous and responsible manner at all times.

• Students are expected to keep all school areas clean and tidy and to clean up after they have used an area.

• Public displays of affection between students is considered inappropriate behaviour.

• Cellular phones must be switched to silent during lesson times and only used during recess.

• Students are responsible for using their provided lockers and ensuring that they are locked.

• Intentional damage to the premises or to educational materials or books will be billed to the student’s parents. Penalties for vandalism are severe and, in all cases, the student’s parents will be informed.

• Students are encouraged to not bring expensive personal items to school. If such items are brought to school, it is the student’s responsibility to keep the items stored in their locked lockers. There is a Lost Property Box in the Main secondary office.

• Students may not leave the school site without permission. Students will need to provide the Secondary School Secretary in the Secondary Office with a written request from the parents who will provide an off- campus pass.

• The possession of illegal drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons at school or official out-of-school activities may result in expulsion.

• Students are to behave in a courteous fashion, use good manners and show respect for teachers and school personnel at all times.

• Students who are habitually late to school will receive a lateness detention of one hour after school.

A Supportive School Environment

In order to encourage and facilitate a respectful supportive school environment where all students can learn in a conducive atmosphere we provide a structured Homeroom Advisory Programme with homeroom advisors and counsellor support. The Homeroom Advisory Programme seeks to:

• Reinforce student’s sense of identity and cultural awareness.

• Develop inter-personal skills and respect for others.

• Foster student recognition and development of universal human values.

• Equip students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge

• Help students develop personal health awareness

• Give students a support system to help them with personal concerns

The intention is that our homeroom programme, with counsellor support, will lead to students conducting themselves according to our student code of conduct and displaying appropriate behaviour at all times.

Student Code of Conduct

The School Code of Conduct outlines 2 main types of behaviour: Appropriate and Inappropriate.

Appropriate Behaviour

• Positive behaviour is demonstrated by students.

• Who are cooperative and considerate of others.

• Who follow school and safety rules.

• Who solve their own problems if possible and seek help when necessary.

• Who are courteous.

• Who work co-operatively as well as independently.

• Who use materials and equipment in an appropriate way.

• Who are responsible.

• Who make sensible choices with their behaviour/inappropriate behaviour.

When students disobey school rules, they will always be given the opportunity to explain their actions and to reflect upon what they have done. The teacher involved will counsel students on appropriate ways to deal with a problem. The underlying goals of addressing students’ inappropriate behaviour include protecting students and others from harm and helping students understand the reasons for their behaviour and for them to correct their behaviour in the future.

However, if a student chooses not to accept his/her responsibilities or impinges on the rights of others, the school’s disciplinary procedure will be followed as outlined below:

STEP 1: Not Taking Responsibility

Minor offences that do not directly disrupt the teaching and learning of others such as:

  • lateness
  • chewing gum
  • incorrect uniform
  • materials not brought to class
  • homework not done
  • food brought to class
  • inappropriate phone use in class
  • littering/not cleaning up after self
  • leaving valuables unattended (e.g. laptops, phones)
  • bringing inappropriate items to school.

STEP 2: Not behaving respectfully

These include behaviours which disrupt teaching and learning (or repeated Level 1 behaviours) such as:

  • disturbing others
  • interrupting teacher
  • bullying
  • frequent lateness to subject class
  • absent from class without permission
  • lack of academic honesty
  • failing to follow instructions
  • inappropriate phone use in class

STEP 3: Serious Offences or Repeated Level 2 Behaviours

These include behaviours which are considered to violate the rights of others and/or are considered dangerous such as:

  • violence toward self, others or property vandalism
  • fighting
  • theft
  • lack of academic honesty on an externally moderated piece of work
  • possessing dangerous items or weapons
  • possessing or accessing pornographic material
  • computer hacking, trashing, or tampering in any way with another persons‘ work or intellectual property
  • using, possessing or distributing tobacco, alcohol or other chemical sub-stances on school premises, field trips; in school uniform or any instance that places the school in disrepute.

STEP 1: Consequences are designed to promote responsible behaviour.

Depending on the behaviour, the following interventions are employed by the teacher:

  • Verbal warning - provide feedback regarding behaviour and reminder of rule
  • Discuss strategies for improvement
  • Stay after class or short break detention
  • Email to Homeroom advisor and/or parent
  • Removal of item
  • Report if necessary to counsellor or Head of Secondary.

STEP 2: Consequences are designed to allow students to reflect on their behaviour and plan improvement which may involve the support of the Counsellor, the parents and the teachers.

  • Daily report/contract
  • Temporary removal from class
  • Conflict mediation/counselling
  • Academic Behavioural Concern (ABC)
  • Parent-Teacher Conference
  • After School Detention
  • Lunch Detention/loss of break time
  • Limiting access to internet if appropriate.

STEP 3: Consequences are designed to demonstrate that students will lose privileges if they don’t respect the rights of others which may involve the Teachers, the Parents, the Counsellors, the Administrators as appropriate.

  • In-school Suspension
  • Parent-Teacher-Administrator Conference
  • No grade for report/automatic failing condition
  • Suspension at home
  • Ban from using device
  • Pay expenses if damage or repairs are necessary
  • Referral for outside counselling
  • Incident to be reviewed by the Head of secondary and School Head.

NISC Academic Integrity Policy

As an International Baccalaureate World School, Northbridge International School Cambodia uses the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile. Our students strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. Academic integrity encompasses a set of values and skills that are essential for the students’ development as principled communicators, who use information responsibly. It is the responsibility of all members of the Northbridge International School Cambodia community to enforce and maintain a high level of academic integrity.

Northbridge International School Cambodia will instruct students on proper research and citation techniques as well as the responsible and ethical use of information. Students are expected to understand the definitions of plagiarism and cheating and to adhere to the guidelines set forth in this policy. Northbridge International School Cambodia will take disciplinary action to address cases of academic dishonesty.

Cheating is defined as seeking an advantage by unfair or dishonest means on an assignment or assessment.

Plagiarism is defined by Merriam Webster Online Dictionary as: “...to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own; [to] use (another’s production) without crediting the source; to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source”.

Plagiarism does not necessarily involve intentional deception, it may include:

• Using another author’s words or ideas without giving proper citation or credit.

• Representing someone else’s words or ideas as your own (copying directly from another’s work).

• Having someone else complete or contribute substantially to the work (such as a sibling, tutor or friend) and turning it in as one’s own.

• Failing to properly apply quotation marks to a quotation.

• Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation.

• Changing words but copying the sentence structure, intent or facts of a source without giving credit.

Specific expectations regarding academic honesty are made of students at all levels of the MYP and DP. The academically honest student is expected to understand the expectations taught during ATL sessions and:

• Document source material in a formal and appropriate manner.

• Use direct quotation appropriately.

• Understand the concepts of plagiarism.

• Acknowledges explicitly and appropriately help provided by another person.

Does not:

• Copy the internal assessment work of other students.

• Give another student his/her own work to copy.

• Present material written by another as his/her own.

• Present artistic or creative work in any medium that has literally been reproduced except in a manner allowed by the teacher or permitted by the examination rules.

Consequences will vary depending on the seriousness and frequency of the offense in question, at the discretion of the Head of Secondary. Academic consequences may range from a warning to no credit awarded for an assignment. In extreme cases no credit may be awarded for the course. In addition to the academic consequences, students may receive discipline consequences ranging from a documented warning to suspension. Extreme cases may result in the student’s expulsion from Northbridge International School Cambodia.

Attendance, Lateness and Absences

Attendance is vital for success in the IB MYP and DP. It is the student’s responsibility to be present in class and to inform their teachers when they will be away. It is also the student’s responsibility to make up missed work and it is not the teacher’s role to re-teach the units missed by a student due to absences.

Regular and punctual daily attendance has a positive influence on academic performance and growth, is a demonstration of respect for teachers and other students and is expected of all students. If an MYP or DP student misses more than 10% of a class each semester course credit may be denied. Loss of credit may affect promotion to subsequent Grade levels and/or graduation. Determinations regarding absences and consequences are made at the discretion of the Head of Secondary School. Students arriving more than 20 minutes late to a class will be counted as absent from the class.

Therefore, we strongly encourage parents to plan vacations in conjunction with Northbridge International School Cambodia’s scheduled holidays and to make transportation arrangements that allow students to arrive to school at least 15 minutes before the start of the school day (0945 on Mondays and 0745 Tuesdays – Fridays).

Attendance Policy and possible loss of credit

Subject teachers record class attendance on Managebac at the beginning of each lesson. The number of absences for each subject is indicated on the school Semester report. Parents may also access attendance and other academic information via the Parent access on Managebac. Please contact the IT Director Mr. Alirio if you do not currently have Managebac parent access.

The parent or guardian is expected to inform the school of the reason for an upcoming absence. 

When adequate notice is given, arrangements can be made to supply absent students with any assignments or homework they can complete during their absence. Students will be responsible to complete missed assignments and exercises. It is the students’ responsibility to inquire with their teachers about work missed during an absence.

All schoolwork given prior to an absence or following an absence is expected to be completed in a timeline established by the teacher. Failure to complete work will be reflected in student’s grades.

Lateness Policy

Students arriving late to class miss valuable learning and disrupt the learning of others. As members of the Northbridge International School Cambodia community, it is the responsibility of students to respect themselves, their teachers and peers by arriving promptly for the start of all classes.

Issues of students arriving late to individual classes will be addressed by their teachers. This may include consequences and impact on student grades for chronic cases. Teachers will track student’s lates for their classes through Managebac. When buses are late, the Secondary School office will send an email notifying teachers, including student names. These students will not be counted as late. The office will keep track of students late to school.

• 3 - 7 lates to class per semester will earn an after school reflection for each occurrence per subject.

• Additional lates to school will be referred to the Head of Secondary for further consequences, which may include a parent meeting, Friday detentions, suspension from school, student contracts, loss of privileges, or other consequences deemed appropriate at the discretion of the Head of Secondary.

In cases of excessive absences from school, at the discretion of the Head of Secondary, alternative consequences may be used to help the student solve the problem.

Homework Responsibilities

Students are responsible for:

• Recording assignments appropriately in their Student Planner or digital organizer.

• Asking for assistance from the teacher if the instructions are unclear or are not fully understood.

• Developing a homework routine.

• Completing and turning in assignments on time and to the best of their ability.

• Following up on work with your teacher and peers – after attempting to complete an assignment independently.

• Catching up on homework when absent, including staying apprised of missed work.

Teachers are responsible for:

• Ensuring that assignments are recorded and added to the Managebac system.

• Giving sufficient time for students to record their homework in their chosen organiser.

• Providing a range of relevant and meaningful assignments and tasks during the school year.

• Modifying expectations, when necessary, to meet the needs of individual students.

• Correcting and providing feedback on homework so that student learning is enhanced.

• Ensuring that assignments are understood by students.

• Encouraging students to seek assistance when necessary.

• Communicating with parents when homework is not completed on time either by email or telephone.

Attendance Policy and possible loss of credit

Subject teachers record class attendance on Managebac at the beginning of each lesson. The number of absences for each subject is indicated on the school Semester report. Parents may also access attendance and other academic information  via the Parent access on Managebac. Please contact the Secondary School Secretary if you do not currently have Managebac parent access.

The amount of time a student actually spends ‘doing homework’ depends upon many factors, most noticeably the use of social media whilst doing homework. But as a guide, students should expect to spend the following amount of time each night working on the tasks set.

Grade 6 - 8              60min per night

Grade 9                   80min per night

Grade 10                90min per night

Grade 11 & 12       150min per night

The Personal Project in Grade 10 will require a considerable amount of extra time outside of school hours and should be planned for by the student accordingly.

Grade 11 and Grade 12 will require extra time for Extended Essay, TOK, and Review.

Parents are responsible for:

• Providing students with the time, materials and facilities for work at home.

• Regularly checking the student planner and/ or Managebac calendar.

• Assisting students to develop a homework routine.

• Ensuring that students work on their assignments.

• Encouraging effort, achievement and a positive attitude towards homework.

Late of missing homework/summative assessments

Some homework may be part of summative assessment tasks – completing research,

collecting data, writing assignments, etc. Levels of achievement are NOT deducted for being late (e.g. a ‘5’ is not reduced to a ‘4’ because the work is late). Work marked against specific criteria should reflect a valid assessment of the skill and not measure the lateness of the work.

When a summative assessment deadline is missed, the student receives a zero for that assessment and the parent and homeroom advisor is informed that the student has been provided the opportunity to stay after school with the teacher or in the Learning Space for up to 7 school days to complete the assignment which will then be graded. If the assignment is not handed in after the 7 school days grace period, the assignment remains as a zero.

Student Retention - repeating the academic year

Retention has serious long-term implications and will only be considered in extreme cases where documented classroom interventions have been unsuccessful and where regular communication with parents has failed to remedy academic or developmental concerns.

A final decision to retain a student will be made by the administration through conversations with the parents and in writing following the end of the school year.

Appropriate Dress at School

At Northbridge International School Cambodia we believe in respect for others and ourselves and choose not to impose a school uniform upon students, rather we allow students to dress in a manner that makes them feel comfortable and prepared to learn. Student learning is our  primary focus as opposed to focusing upon school uniform violations. That said, occasionally students will dress somewhat inappropriately and so we would like to remind students that although we don’t have a school uniform, we do have a dress code. To help clarify what is meant by ‘appropriate school dress’ please be aware that the following can be considered disrespectful to others and should not be on display at school:

• Short shorts

• Underwear on display

• Bare stomach on display

• Spaghetti strap tops

• Closed toe shoes should always be worn when having Design class, or science as a safety requirement.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

Students in the Secondary School are allowed to use cell phones and other electronic devices before and after school and between classes. All students using personal technologies must agree to and adhere to the Northbridge International School Cambodia Acceptable Use Policy. Students should use the office phone to call parents when they are sick. Students unable to use their personal technology responsibly will lose the privilege. Northbridge International School Cambodia is not responsible for lost or stolen cell phones and other electronic devices.