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School Rules

Holy Innocents’ High School aims to provide a safe, conducive and caring school environment. Every student must do their part to maintain this positive learning environment by behaving in a manner that exhibits respect for self, others and the environment. In HIHS, we simply call this:

Respect M.O.E (Respect My self, Others & the Environment)

A culture of respect and self-discipline can help us achieve a warm and caring school environment where teaching and learning can be fun and meaningful. To help and guide students, the school has drawn up a set of rules for all to follow. Students should familiarize themselves with these school rules and adhere to them.

General Conduct

All HIHS students should:

1. Show respect for self (Performance Character):

a. Be a good role model to other students.

b. Be polite in your language and behaviour and carry yourself well in school and in public.

c. Take pride in wearing the school uniform, ensuring that it is neat and clean at all times.

d. Be regular in your attendance to school and all school activities.

e. Be punctual for school, lessons and activities.

f. Set clear learning goals and targets at the start of the school year.

g. Strive to achieve a good balance between studying and playing.

h. Be open to constructive feedback from others and to take responsibility for self-improvement.

i. Be engaged during lessons and school activities.

j. Ensure that all assignments, tests and exams are done to the best of your abilities.

k. Observe all school rules and regulations and always uphold the school core values.

2. Show respect for others (Ethic Character):

a. Be a Good Samaritan by helping others, in school, at home and in the community.

b. Be kind and polite by greeting peers, teachers and staff.

c. Be respectful to and cooperative with your teachers and peers.

d. Be considerate to others by observing the rule of “One Conversation at a Time”, in the classroom, during assemblies or school events.

e. Be appreciative of our diversity of races and religions and refrain from using hateful, provocative or insensitive language or remarks at others.

f. Be aware that others can hold different opinions and viewpoints from you and respect one another’s differences.

g. Be committed to resolving any peer conflicts in a peaceful and equitable way, without resorting to the use of inappropriate language, physical, verbal or cyber violence, abuse or bullying.

3. Show respect for the environment (Ethic Character):

a. Keep the school clean by not littering and help to pick up litter.

b. Keep the classroom clean, neat and tidy at all times.

c. Be responsible by taking good care of school facilities and equipment, ensuring that the facility, room or space is returned to a pristine condition after use.

d. Consume food and drinks only in the canteen.

e. Return plates and cutlery to the respective containers and clean up the table after meals in the canteen.

f. Care for the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling.

g. Help conserve precious resources by not using more than what you need (for example: water or toilet paper) and switching off lights and fans when not in use.

h. Be mindful of noise pollution, keeping noise level low in order not to disturb others.

i. Help to provide a conducive learning environment by using handphones and electronic devices responsibly (refer to rules on electronic devices).

j. Avoid running along corridors and play games only at designated sports facilities to reduce accidents.

k. Vandalism is a major offence. Students caught drawing grafitti on school/public property (for example: scribbling on walls, classroom tables and chairs) will be dealt with severely.

Conduct during Morning Assembly
(Morning Prayers and Flag Raising Ceremony)

Timing General Proceedings during Assembly
7.20 am Announcement over PA system to inform the school on the venue for assembly (Hall/ Parade Square/ Classrooms).  Students to start moving to the respective assembly venue.
7.25 am Music reminders.  Students to quickly move to the assembly venue and be formed up by class.
7.30 am

All students to be at assembly area.
Students to be silent when the music stops and ready for assembly.
Students who are not at assembly area by 7.30 am will be considered late.

7.30 am to 7.35 am

Prayers led by a Catholic teacher or student
Prayer leader to greet the school & students to return the greeting
Students to maintain silence, pay attention till end of prayer

7.35 am to 7.40 am

Singing of Anthem and saying of the Pledge – all Singaporeans
Foreign students to stand at attention
Singing of School Creed & School Song on Mondays & Tuesdays respectively – all students to sing

7.40 am to 7.45 am

Announcements by student leaders & teachers.

Concurrently, form teachers will be conducting A.H.A.

i. Attendance taking
ii. Hair checking
iii. Attire checking

Form Teachers to collect MCs/parent letters and follow up with students for discipline action if they have no valid reason.

7.45 am Dismissal from Hall or Parade Square – class by class, facilitated by student leaders. Students to move quickly to their respective classrooms.

Attendance and punctuality policy

Regular attendance and punctuality are desirable personal attributes that the school would like to inculcate in our students. Parents and guardians of HIHS students are strongly encouraged to work together with the school to ensure that their child/ward is punctual for school and regular in his/her attendance.

1. Being punctual for school. Please take note of the following:
a. Students are expected to be at the assembly venue (parade square/hall/classroom) before 7.30 am. Students who are not at the assembly venue at 7.30 a.m. will be considered late.
b. Discipline actions will be taken for students who are late for school. Please refer to the table below.
c. Students who report to school after 8.00 am will serve an extra hour of detention in addition to the actions as mentioned in the table below.
d. Students who are 6 times late or more in a semester may receive a “Fair” or “Poor” conduct grade for that semester.
e. Late-comers will not be given extra time during tests or exams. Students who are late for 30 minutes or more may be barred from sitting for the paper.

          Consequences for Latecomers
          1st timeVerbal warning
          2nd time1-hour detention or CWO during recess/after school
          3rd time2-hour detention and/or CWO *
          4th time

          2-hour detention and/or CWO *
          5th time2-hour detention; Parents to be informed by phone.
          6th timeIn-school suspension and Conduct Grade “Fair” or “Poor"
          *Parents to be informed

          2. Being regular in attendance
          a. Absenteeism from school must be covered by a medical certificate (MC) from a certified doctor.
          b. Students may submit parents’ excuse letters to cover single day absence due to minor illnesses but not more than twice a semester.
          c. Students are expected to submit their MCs or other documents promptly to their form teachers during morning assembly on the day they return to school.
          d. Students should not apply for overseas holiday leave during official term time. Such absence will be considered as “Absent without Valid Reasons” and hence students will be graded zero for any missed assignments/tests/exams.
          e. Absence without Valid Reasons may be regarded as truancy and appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken against these students. They may receive a “Fair” or “Poor” conduct grade for that semester.
          f. Students who have irregular school attendance (attendance less than 75% of the semester/year) may be barred from sitting for school exams.
          g. Students who are absent for a school test or exam must submit a valid MC or their test or exam may be graded zero. Parents’ letters will not be acceptable.

          Mobile Phones and Electronic Devices (ED)

          Students are allowed to bring their electronic devices (ED) such as handphones, tablets and laptops to school. They are expected to exercise due diligence in the security of their ED and ensure that they are used responsibly (see the rules below). Discipline actions will be taken against students who do not comply with responsible usage. Students can use their ED only on the ground level of the school before start of school, during recess and after school.

          1. The school has designated the 2nd floor and levels above as learning areas and hence usage of ED is strictly prohibited. Students must ensure that their ED are switched off and kept out of sight (in their pockets or bags) when they are at these areas.
          2. During lessons, ED must be switched off and kept in their bags. They must not be kept in their pockets, on/under the table or be openly displayed. Putting the devices on silent mode is not acceptable.
          3. Usage of ED during official school activities such as CCA, after school workshops/remedial lessons, learning journeys or school camps will be subject to the above rules.
          4. Usage of ED in class is allowed only if teachers’ permission is sought.
          5. Students found in possession of ED during tests and exams will considered as cheating and/or attempting to cheat. They may be graded zero marks for that test or exam.
          6. Students must not use ED to photograph or video students or teachers without their prior permission or knowledge.
          7. Students who fail to comply with the above rules may have their ED confiscated.
          8. For 1st offence, the ED will be confiscated for up to 1 week and parents will be informed.
          9. For 2nd offence in the same year, the ED will be confiscated for up to 2 weeks. The confiscated phone must be collected by the student’s parents/legal guardian.
          10. For 3rd offence, the ED will be confiscated for up to 1 month and the confiscated phone must be collected by the student’s parents/legal guardian. Repeated offenders may be barred from bringing their ED to school.

          Rules Pertaining to School Attire and Grooming:

          Respect for Self

          Students must take pride in wearing their school uniform as they are ambassadors of the school. Students should ensure that rules pertaining to attire and grooming are adhered to.

          Important rules to take note of

          1. Students who are Singapore citizens must sing the National Anthem and take the Pledge. Students will take the pledge with the right fist placed over the heart.
          2. Students are to wear the prescribed school uniform and modification to the uniform is not allowed.
          3. Male students must be neat in appearance, clean-shaven and no facial hair is allowed.
          4. All students are not allowed to have in their possession any weapon. They are also not allowed to bring any weapon-like item which is used or intended to be used to cause harm to others.

          Students should bear in mind the following regarding attire and grooming:

          Boys’ Uniform and GroomingGirls’ Uniform and Grooming


          • School shirt with school badge and name tag sewn on
          • School trousers (no alterations except for waist and length)
          • For Upper Secondary boys, the length of the trousers must cover the ankle and for Lower Secondary, at knee level.


          • Boys are to keep their hair short and neat.
          • Fringe should not be touching eyebrows.
          • Hair should not be touching ears and should be above the collar at the back.
          • Sideburns should be shaved.
          • Outlandish and fanciful hairstyles* are not allowed (eg. undercut, spiky/punk, bald/semi bald or excessive styling)
          • Hair must not be tinted, coloured or dyed.


          • Boys are not allowed to wear any ear accessories including ear sticks.
          • Tattoos are strictly prohibited and must be removed.
          • No jewellery is to be worn.
          • No tongue or other piercing is allowed.
          • Coloured contact lenses are not allowed.
          • Nails must be kept short.


          • Blouse with school badge and name tag sewn on.
          • The length of skirts should be at knee level (touching the kneecap when the student is standing). Only skin-coloured or white undergarments are allowed.


          • Girls with long hair should tie, pin or clip up their hair neatly.
          • Fringe must be properly pinned up or clipped neatly to the sides above the eyebrow.
          • Outlandish and fanciful hairstyles* are not allowed (eg. undercut, spiky/punk, bald/semi bald or excessive styling)
          • Hair must not be tinted, coloured or dyed.

          • Girls are allowed to wear only one pair of plain-coloured ear studs.
          • No ear sticks allowed for additional piercing.
          • No tongue or other piercing is allowed.
          • Tattoos are strictly prohibited and must be removed.
          • Only black-coloured hair accessories are allowed.
          • No jewellery or make-up is to be worn.
          • Coloured contact lenses are not allowed.
          • Nails must be kept short and free of nail-polish.
          * The school reserves the right to decide on the interpretation of “Outlandish and fanciful” hairstyles.

          1. Students must wear only white canvas shoes or white sports shoes.
          2. The brand logo of the shoe can be in another colour. However, the logo must be small in size and not in fluorescent/neon colours.
          3. Coloured stripes or patterns on the shoes, other than the brand logo, are not allowed (with the exception of white canvas shoes with a coloured line around its base).
          4. Shoe laces must be in plain white colour. Shoes with white-coloured Velcro straps, in place of laces, are acceptable.
          5. Plain white socks must be worn and clearly visible, covering the ankle (about 3-4 cm above the shoes).
          6. Ankle-height (high cut), slip-on and leather shoes are strictly not allowed.
          7. Students who are unable to wear shoes due to injuries must produce a relevant MC and/or seek their Form Teacher’s approval before coming to school in slippers.
          8. Students who do not comply with the above may be asked to purchase a new pair of shoes/socks from the book shop or sent home to change.

          1. Students are expected to report to school in full school uniform for morning assembly.
          2. Students with PE lessons for that day may attend morning assembly and all other lessons in half-uniform (PE T-shirt and long/short trousers or skirts).
          3. School PE Attire must be worn during PE lessons. (CCA, class, school events or any other T-shirts or shorts are strictly not allowed).
          4. Students who do not comply with attire and grooming regulations may be asked to:
          a. Correct the infringement immediately.
          b. Correct the infringement after school and report to Form Teacher the next day during morning assembly for checking of attire/hair.
          c. Leave the school to correct the infringement and return to school on the same day to be checked by Disciplinary Teachers before they are allowed to resume lessons.
          d. Serve 1-hour detention after school.
          Categories of Offences and Consequences
          Students should take responsibility for their actions.  They must understand that when rules are broken, there are consequences to be borne so that they can learn from their mistakes.  Disciplinary offences in the school are generally categorized into: A) Serious Offences and B) Other Offences.
          A) Serious Offences
          Examples of Serious Offence (not exhaustive) 

          1. Open defiance and rudeness 

          2. Disruptive behaviour 

          3. Bullying (including cyberbullying) 

          4. Truancy/Leaving school grounds without permission 

          5. Fighting/Assault/Causing Physical Hurt

          6. Gangsterism 

          7. Possession of offensive weapons 

          8. Theft/Shoplifting 

          9. Having tattoos on the body 

          10. Inappropriate/intimate behaviour while in school premise/attire. Examples are: hugging / kissing / holding hands etc.

          11. Sexual misconduct

          12. Possession, viewing and sharing of pornography materials

          13. Vandalism/arson

          14. Smoking/possession of cigarettes 

          15. Possession or consumption of illegal substances and inhalant abuse

          16. Cheating and/or attempting to cheat in tests and exams

          17. Forgery

          18. Cyber Offences

          19. Impersonation of identity

          20. Inappropriate use of Electronic Devices

          21. Repeated late-coming

          22. Repeated attire and grooming offences

          * The above list is non-exhaustive. 

          Disciplinary Consequences

          Detention in school

          • Detention class after lessons
          • Supervised duty during recess
          • Supervised duty in school after lessons
          • Time-out from lesson
          • Suspension in school

          Other Disciplinary Actions

          • Compensation for damage or loss incurred
          • Confiscation of item
          • Sent home (for attire/grooming offences e.g. tinted hair, fanciful hairstyles)
          • Sent out to hair salon to get hair cut
          • Suspension of students from school
          • Caning (applies to boys only)
          • Adhering to a given structure for a specified time as agreed with his/her parents
          • Adverse conduct grading (fair or poor) for the semester or year
          • Referral for police action
          • Referral to relevant regulatory agencies e.g. Health Science Authority or Customs Office for action
          • Expulsion from school

          Other Complementary Student Management Actions

          • Attend compulsory counselling sessions
          • Attend teacher-guided sessions to resolve peer conflicts/issues
          • Dialogue with parents over the phone or parent-teacher conference in school
          • Formulating a social contract with students in the presence of parents
          • Compulsory close monitoring of students’ movements during/after school
          • Apology to victim and taking other actions to restore damaged relationships.
          • Attend remediate/diversionary programme
          • Referral of student/family to external agencies for support

          * The above list is non-exhaustive

          B) Other Offences
          Examples of Other Offences


          • Late-coming
          • Tardiness in reporting for lesson and loitering in school premises during lesson time
          • Skipping of lesson/school activity
          • Use of vulgar language
          • Improper attire
          • Improper hairstyle
          • Coloured/tinted hair
          • Not handing in assignments
          • Not prepared for lessons (stationery/books/attire)
          • Littering/dirtying the environment
          • Eating, drinking other than in canteen
          • Not returning cutlery and crockery after meals
          • Breach of Electronic Device rules


          * The above list is non-exhaustive.

          Disciplinary Consequences

          By Teacher

          • Warning in person outside the classroom
          • Reprimand in class
          • Confiscation of items
          • Direct instruction to correct attire issue on the spot e.g. change out of PE attire in class
          • Class-based consequences that had been previously communicated to the student as part of the teacher’s classroom management plan e.g. restriction of privileges or assigned extra duty
          • Requiring the student to apologize to the victim or make good the loss
          • Requiring the student to rectify the damage caused
          • Holding of student back from recess for up to 15 minutes
          • Requiring the student to stay back after school to complete assignments or perform duties assigned
          • Requiring the student to report for checking of attire/hair the next day
          • Referral of student for Time-Out at the Discipline Room
          • Referral of student via the offence report form to the Level Discipline Master/Mistress
          • Detention class for truancy and skipping classes

          Other Actions by teachers

          • Meeting the student for a discussion after school
          • Informing or meeting parents in school
          • Working with the Year Head or Form Teacher


          * The above list is non-exhaustive.

          For offences not listed above, the school will decide on the appropriate consequences.