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School Handbook

Code Of Behaviour


Martin Luther King, Jr.
St John Henry Newman Catholic School has a mandate to create and promote a distinct way of life based on the Gospels. In carrying out this mandate, St John Henry Newman Catholic High School goes beyond being an educational institute whose prime concerns are social and academic; it is a Christ-centered community in a special setting.
St John Henry Newman Catholic High School recognizes the self-worth and the integrity of the individual, as well as a sense of belonging to the school community. At Newman, every student has the right to learn and no person has the right to disrupt the learning of others. All students are expected to act and speak with courtesy and with respect for the ideas, rights and property of others.
By choosing to come to St John Henry Newman Catholic High School you are making a statement about the kind of education you want—a Catholic education. We gather at specific times of the year as a Christian community to make a public affirmation of our Faith. Respect for the religious dimension of this Catholic school, and the beliefs and sensibilities of its students and staff implies that:

  • You attend all masses and paraliturgies and do so respectfully, remembering that we are celebrating our Faith at these ceremonies;
  • You listen respectfully to morning prayers each day and, if you are not in class, you stop in the corridor during prayers;
  • You show respect for religious symbols and artifacts throughout the school.
In choosing a Catholic School, you choose to participate in the Religion Program. St John Henry Newman Catholic High School offers compulsory religion credits; this is a special characteristic of Catholic education. Should a difficulty develop in this regard, it will be necessary to review your continuation at Cardinal Newman.
Our Code of Behaviour has been developed to encourage, develop and support this reality. It is also developed in conjunction with government legislation and the school Board’s policies on Safe Schools. The TCDSB Code of Conduct is to be read together with the Violence Prevention Policy and all related TCDSB policies which are available in their full versions at the Board web site.  The TCDSB Code of Conduct also recognizes the importance of progressive discipline which focuses on prevention and early intervention as the key to maintaining a positive school environment.
The Safe School Act
In the spring of 2007, Bill 212 was passed into law and took effect on Feb 1, 2008.
Guiding Principles

The guiding principles of the Provincial Code of Conduct include the followin
  • all participants involved in the publicly funded school system - students, parents or guardians, volunteers, teachers and other staff members, superintendents, senior board staff, board personnel and trustees - are included in the Provincial Code of Conduct whether they are on school property, on school buses or at school-authorized events or activities that may have an impact on school climate;
  • all members of the school community are to be treated with respect and dignity, especially persons in a positions of authority;
  • responsible citizenship involves appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community.  Active and engaged citizens are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibility for protecting their rights and the rights of others;
  • members of the school community are expected to use non-violent means to resolve conflict.  Physically aggressive behaviour is not a responsible way to interact with others;
  • the possession, use or threatened use of any object to injure another person endangers the safety of oneself and others;
  • alcohol and illegal drugs are addictive and present a health hazard.  Ontario schools will work cooperatively with police, drug and alcohol agencies to promote prevention strategies and, where necessary, respond to school members who are in possession of, or under the influence of, alcohol or illegal drugs;
  • insults, disrespect, and other hurtful acts disrupt learning and teaching in a school community.   Members of the school community have a responsibility to maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility; 
  • members of the school community must not engage in bullying behaviours (including: physical, verbal, social and cyber);
  • members of the school community must not commit sexual assault;
  • members of the school community must respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws;
  • members of the school community must respect differences in people, their ideas and their opinions;
  • members of the community must respect and treat others fairly, regardless of , for example, race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

The guiding principles of the TCDSB Code of Conduct include the broader principles in the Provincial Code of Conduct.  The TCDSB Code of Conduct is also committed to the Foreword/Statement of Principle set out in the TCDSB Violence Prevention Policy.   

Roles and Responsibilities

The TCDSB Code of Conduct recognizes that all members of the school community, including pupils, teachers, principals, parents, staff superintendents, senior board staff, board personnel, trustees have an obligation to comply with the standards of behaviour outlined in this policy.  Each member of the school community (including all persons who come in contact with or have an impact on school life, e.g. co-op employers, crossing guards, permit holders, bus drivers, service providers, guests, volunteers,  delivery personnel) has the following roles and responsibilities:


Toronto Catholic District School Board

The TCDSB will provide direction to its schools that ensure opportunity, excellence and accountability in the education system.
The TCDSB is committed to the principles and standards established by the Violence Prevention Policy.  The TCDSB will not tolerate behaviour that jeopardizes the emotional well-being or physical safety of members of the school community.   

As set out in the Violence Prevention Policy, the TCDSB acknowledges the rights and responsibilities for its students and staff, including: 

  • to be respected by all members of the school community;
  • to work and learn in a safe, orderly and positive environment;
  • to access facilities and to participate in programs offered by the school without fear of violence;
  • to respect all members of the school community;
  • to contribute positively to the Christian climate of the school;
  • to respect the property of the school and all members of the school community; and,
  • to respond positively to the educational environment provided by the school community.


Through the development or refinement of local codes of conduct, schools must communicate provincial and TCDSB standards of behaviour in a variety of languages suited to the respective communities. Schools shall: 

  • seek input from Catholic School Advisory Councils and school based safe school action teams in the development or refinement of local codes of conduct;
  • review their local codes of conduct regularly with students, staff, parents or guardians, volunteers and the community;
  • establish a process that clearly communicates the school code of conduct, the TCDSB Code of Conduct and the Provincial Code of Conduct to all parents, students and staff in a manner that ensures commitment and support; 
  • include in the local code of conduct a summary of the TCDSB Violence Prevention Policy
  • ensure that the local code of conduct is distributed to students at least once per school year, including students admitted during the school year;
  • ensure that the local code of conduct is explained to each student and that the expectations in the local code are clearly communicated to each student at least once per school year; and,
  • ensure that the local code of conduct is enforced in a fair and even-handed manner throughout the school year.

Principals, under the direction of the school board, take a leadership role in the daily operation of the school. Principals provide this leadership by: 
  • demonstrating care and commitment to academic excellence and a safe teaching environment and learning environment;
  • holding everyone, under their authority, accountable for their behaviour and actions;
  • developing and enforcing local codes of conduct;
  • communicating the contents and expectations contained in local codes of conduct regularly with all members of their school community;
  • ensuring the communication of local codes of conduct includes a communication plan that outlines how these standards will be made clear to the entire school community, including school communities who have a significant number of parents whose first language is not English;
  • providing an example of respect and civility for all members of the school community;
  • empowering students to be positive leaders in their schools and community.   
Principals have a duty to maintain proper order and discipline within the school.  Local codes of conduct are a key component of that duty.  Principals shall develop local codes of conduct that are expressly tailored for their schools.  Under the provisions of the Education Act, principals are responsible for suspending students and for referring expulsions to the school board in appropriate circumstances.  Principals will conduct investigations in accordance with the Guidelines for Conducting a Disciplinary Investigation. 
Teachers and School Staff

Under the leadership of the principal, teachers and staff shall maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour.  As role models, staff uphold these high standards when they: 
  • help students work to their full potential and develop their self-worth;
  • communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;
  • maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students;
  • demonstrate respect for all students, staff and parents;
  • empower students to be positive leaders in the classroom, school and community;
  • prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship; and,
  • comply with the responsibilities established by the TCDSB Violence Prevention Policy.
Teachers shall also assist principals in maintaining close co-operation with the school community and in establishing and maintaining consistent disciplinary practices in the school.     
Under the provisions of the Education Act teachers do not have the authority to suspend students for one school day.  Teachers must continue to assist the principals by reporting incidents and assisting the principal in conducting inquiries.  

Students are to be treated with respect and dignity.  In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.  Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student: 
  • comes to school prepared, on time and ready to learn;
  • shows respect for themselves, for others and for those in authority;
  • refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others; and,
  • follows the established rules, policies and local codes of conduct and takes responsibility for his or her own action.
Students are also expected to fulfill the Ontario Graduate Expectations and live the Gospel message by:
  • exercising self-discipline;
  • accepting such discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm and judicious parent;
  • showing respect for school property;
  • complying with all school expectations, procedures and codes of behaviour; and,
  • giving respect and co-operation to all persons in positions of authority in the school.

Parents and Guardians

Parents and guardians play an important role in the education of their children and have a responsibility to support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students.  Parents and guardians fulfill this responsibility when they:  
  • show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress;
  • communicate regularly with the school;
  • help their child be neat, appropriately dressed and prepared for school;
  • ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;
  • promptly report to the school their child’s absence or late arrival;
  • become familiar with both the Provincial Code of Conduct and their local school code of conduct;
  • encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour; and,
  • assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues. 

Police and Community Members

Police and community members are essential partners in making our schools and communities safer.  Community members need to support and respect the rules of their local schools.  Police will investigate and respond to incidents in accordance with the Police/TCDSB protocol.​​