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School Rules

Holy Innocents’ High School aims to provide a positive school and classroom environments that supports student leaning and is conducive to good student behavior.  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 (Myself, 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 regular in your attendance to school and all school activities.

         b.      Be punctual for school, lessons and activities.

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

         d.      Be engaged during lessons and school activities.

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

         f.        Strive to achieve a good balance between learning and playing.

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

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

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

2.     Show respect for others (Ethic Character):

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

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

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

        d.      Be prompt and cooperative when instructions are given by any teacher/staff or student leader who is carrying out his/her duty in school.

3.      Show respect for the environment (Service 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 only in the canteen and return plates and cutlery to the respective containers after meals.

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

          f.        Be mindful of the noise level generated by your activities in school in order not to disturb others.

Conduct during Morning Assembly  


General Proceedings during Assembly

7.20 am to

7.25 am

Announcement over PA system to inform the school on the venue for morning assembly

Music Reminders – students to proceed to the announced assembly area and to form up by class.

Mondays to Thursdays : Assembly at parade square/school hall

Fridays : Assembly in the classrooms

7.30 am to 7.35 am

Students who are not at assembly area by 7.30 am will be considered late.

Morning reflection led by a Catholic teacher or student.

Students to maintain silence and pay attention till end of reflection.

7.35 am to 7.40 am

Singing of Anthem and saying of the Pledge – All Singaporeans.  International students are 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

Morning Assembly Announcements/Activities

Concurrently, Form teachers will mark attendance for the class and collect MCs/Letters from students who were absent from school.

7.45 am

Dismissal from Hall or Parade Square – class by class, facilitated by student leaders. Students are 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.      Punctuality for school.
         a.      Students are expected to form up by class at the assembly venue (parade square/hall/classroom) before 7.30 am. Students who are not at the assembly venue at 7.30 am will be                              considered late for school.
        b.      Discipline consequences will be taken for students who are late for school.
        c.       Students who are late for school with extenuating circumstances are to approach the discipline teacher-in-charge for explanation.  Such cases will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis                    and attendance will not be registered as late-coming for valid reason.
        d.      Students who reported late for school between 8.00 am to 10.00 am will serve an extra hour of detention in addition to the consequences meted out in the table below.
        e.       Students who reported late for school after 10.00 am without valid reason will be considered as truancy.
        f.        Students who are late for school for 6 times or more in a semester may receive a “Fair” conduct grade for that semester. Students who are late without valid reason for 10 or more                            times in a semester may be awarded a “Poor” conduct grade.
       g.       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 Late-coming (By semester)

1st time

Verbal Warning

2nd time

1-hour detention or CWO during recess/after school

3rd to 4th time

2-hour detention and/or CWO *

5th time

2-hour detention and PTM

6th to 9th time

In-school suspension and Conduct Grade “Fair” *

10th times or more

Out-of-school suspension, “Poor” Conduct Grade, Parents to meet up with school leaders, discipline consequences will escalate progressively with each additional late-coming.

*Parents to be informed

2.      Being regular in attendance

         a.       Parents are requested to work closely with the school to ensure that their child’s learning progress is not compromised by absenteeism.

         b.      Students/parents are requested to keep the Form teachers of the class updated in a timely manner, if a student is reporting sick or is going to be absent from school for some reasons.

         c.       Student’s absence from school must be covered by a Medical Certificate (MC) from a certified doctor.

         d.      Parents are to submit a letter of excuse to cover his/her child who are sick and not able to attend school on that day. Such letters are meant to excuse students who may still be ill on                        the next day after his/her MC period. Each letter is valid to excuse students for one day. The school will not accept more than 2 such letters per semester.

         e.       Students who are absent for a school test or exam must submit a valid MC or their test or exam may be graded zero marks.  Parents’ letters will not be acceptable. 

         f.        Students who were absent from school are expected to submit their MCs or other supporting documents promptly to their Form teachers.  Discipline actions may be taken against                           students who are tardy in submitting their MCs to the Form teachers.

         g.       Students are expected to stay fully committed to their learning during the school year. They should not absent themselves during term time to go on overseas holidays (e.g. on family                       holidays, staycation holidays).  Such absence will be regarded as Absent without Valid Reason and any missed assignments/tests/exams will be graded zero marks.

         h.      Absence without valid reasons will be regarded as truancy and appropriate disciplinary consequences will be taken against the students.  Students may also receive a “Fair” or “Poor”                      conduct grade for that semester/year.

          i.      Students who have irregular school attendance (attendance less than 75% of the semester/year) may be barred from sitting for school exams.

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 including confiscation of the EDs will be taken against students who do not comply with responsible usage.

Responsible Usage of EDs 

 1.      The school has designated the 2nd floor and levels above of school buildings as learning areas and hence usage of ED is strictly prohibited unless permission is given by the teacher.  
 2.      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. Failure to comply with the above will be regarded as                     non-compliance with school rules and discipline actions will be taken. 
 3.      Usage of ED during other official school activities such as CCA, remedial lessons, learning journeys or school camps will be subject to the above rules. 
 4.      The school may, in view of the security of students’ valuables or the requirements of the learning activity, require all students to hand over their valuables e.g. wallets and mobile devices                 for safe keeping, to be returned to students at the end of the activity/lesson. 
 5.      Usage of ED in class is allowed only if teachers’ permission is sought. 

Disciplinary Consequences for non-compliance with the use of ED


Area of Concern

Discipline Consequences


Non-compliance governing the use of ED

·         ED or mobile phone not switched off, or not kept out of sight in classrooms/2nd and upper levels of buildings

·     Caught using ED without permission in class, during learning journey or any other school’s curriculum activity

Confiscation process for ED/mobile phone

1st offence – ED confiscate for 2 days (student to collect after 4.00 pm on second day), parents informed by phone.

2nd offence – confiscate for 1 week, ED will only be returned to parents in school.

3rd offence onwards – confiscate for 1 month, ED will only be returned to parents in school.



Serious Offences – using ED/mobile phone for mischief or bullying in school premises. Examples include:

·         Helping a fellow student to video a fight/assault/bullying incident in school

·         Taking pictures of staff or students without their knowledge, modifying these pictures and posting it on social media

·         Taking inappropriate pictures/videos of a person in school, with intention to infringe on the privacy of the person.

·         Harassing a student/staff by taking pictures of the person in school even when the person has given feedback more than once that he/she does not want his/her picture taken.


Discipline consequences will apply depending on the type of offence, and the degree of seriousness of the offence committed.


In addition, student’s ED or mobile devices will be confiscated for 1 week as disciplinary measure, and for the purpose of investigation.  ED will be returned to parents in school at end of confiscation period.


Students may be required to delete offending content from their EDs or mobile devices as part of the disciplinary measure taken by the school.


Where the law is infringed, the school may be required by law to report the case to the police. 



Cyber-offences or cyberbullying. Examples include:

·         Persistent use of offensive, cruel or vulgar language in student chat groups targeted at one or more persons

·         Solicit or send inappropriate images/videos on a social media platform accessible by other students


Discipline consequences will apply depending on the type of offence, and the degree of seriousness of the offence committed.


In addition, student’s ED or mobile devices will be confiscated for 1 week as disciplinary measure, and for the purpose of investigation.  ED will be returned to parents in school at end of confiscation period.


Students may be required to delete offending content from their EDs or mobile devices as part of the disciplinary measure taken by the school.


Where the law is infringed, the school may be required by law to report the case to the police. 



Other serious offences. Examples include:

·         Allow others to access the school’s computer system without permission by sharing their computer account passwords or using the account password of a schoolmate without his/her knowledge.

·         Use ED to hack into school computer systems

·         Impersonate others online by using their pictures on a fake account or by hacking into their social media accounts.


Leaving classroom during lesson time - Permission Pass

1. Students who have permission from their teacher to be outside their classroom during lesson time must carry a permission pass with them. 
2. This pass must be shown promptly to any staff or teacher who asked to see it.
3. Students caught loitering outside their classrooms without a valid permission pass from their teacher will be subjected to discipline action (detention after school).
4. When permission to leave the class is given, the student is to handover his/her mobile phone to the teacher in exchange for the pass and to return the pass back to the teacher when the student returns to class.
5. Students are not allowed to leave the class in-between lesson periods when teachers are not around.
6. Only 1 student can leave the class at any time e.g. to go to the restroom or to the bookshop and students given permission are expected to return to class promptly.
7. The following will be considered as abuse of the permission pass process and students will be subject to discipline action
         a.  Tardiness in returning back to classroom.
         b.  Loitering elsewhere in school (e.g. visiting other class) instead of going to the restroom/bookshop.
         c.  Student is caught buying or eating food at the canteen during lesson time.


1.      Recess

         a.       Students are expected to stay in the canteen, at the ground level of school premises e.g. at the field, garden etc and at the library during recess. They are allowed to use their mobile                       devices or EDs during recess.

         b.      There will be a bell to remind students to be back in their classrooms 5 minutes before the end of recess. Students are expected to be punctual when reporting for lessons after recess.

         c.       Classrooms will be locked during recess. Students may only return to the classrooms not earlier than 10 minutes before the end of the recess. Students are to avoid going to the                                 classroom blocks of the other levels where lessons are still ongoing.

         d.      Students are to refrain from rowdy behavior at the parade square, building corridors, garden, and concourse or playing with a ball in the canteen or at the space between the canteen                       and the spiral staircase.

         e.       For safety reasons, all playing in the field and other open areas during recess will cease when there is a lightning alert (flashing amber light – ISH/Parade Square). Stunts, jumping and                       vaulting at the handicap ramps near the D&T workshops are strictly prohibited.

         f.        Students are not allowed to bring sweetened drinks or food out of the canteen during or after recess.2.

2.      Lunch Time

         a.       For classes that have lessons on days that extends beyond 2 pm.

         b.      Students are expected to stay in school during lunch time. Students who leave school premises during lunch time will be subjected to discipline action.

                 c.       Students are expected to be on time for the next lesson and are not allowed to bring sweetened drinks or food into the classrooms after lunch. 

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 School Rules

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 Grooming

Girls’ 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 styles).

·         Hair must not be coloured or bleached.



·         Boys are not allowed to wear any ear   studs/rings 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 and free of nail-polish.



·       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).



·         Girls with long hair should tie, pin or clip up their hair neatly.

·         Fringe should not be touching eyebrows and long fringe must be neatly pinned up, clipped or tied in place.

·         Outlandish and fanciful hairstyles* are not allowed (eg. undercut, spiky styles).

·         Hair must not be coloured or bleached.



·    Girls are allowed to wear one pair of simple ear studs. Ear sticks are not allowed.

·         No tongue or other piercing is allowed.

·   Tattoos are strictly prohibited and must be removed.

·       Only black/dark-coloured hair pins/clips/bands 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.
5. Shoes with velcro straps (must be white coloured), in place of laces, are acceptable.
6. Plain white socks must be worn and clearly visible, covering the ankle (about 3-4 cm above the shoes).
7. Ankle-height (high cut), slip-on and leather shoes are strictly not allowed.
8. Students who are unable to wear shoes due to injuries must produce a relevant MC or note from the doctor and/or seek their Form Teacher’s approval before coming to school in slippers.
9. 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.

Attire and Grooming
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 infraction immediately.

         b.      Correct the infraction after school or within the deadline given and report to teacher on the next day for checking.

         c.       Leave the school premises to correct the infraction (e.g. go for hair cut) and return to school on the same day to be checked by teachers. Parents will be informed.

         d.      Sent home during curriculum time and to return to school the next day, with the infraction corrected e.g. tinted hair. Parents will be informed.

         e.      Item to be confiscated (e.g. ear sticks or ankle socks).

         f.       Student to purchase the required attire or item needed (e.g. socks, name tag etc).

5.      Students found with tattoos on their body will be subject to the following disciplinary actions.

         a.       Parent to meet with school teachers and DM to discuss the matter.

         b.      Student will be temporarily suspended from class/school

         c.       Student will be reinstated in class when he/she is able to show evidence that he/she has booked for a first appointment at an approved clinic to start the tattoo removal process and                         has taken action to cover up the tattoo, to the school’s satisfaction.

         d.      Student to show evidence that he/she has been attending the tattoo removal sessions regularly and is complying fully with the requirement to cover up his/her tattoos. Any failure to                       comply will result in discipline action (suspension from class/school) from the school. 

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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 Offences



1.       Truancy and absenteeism

2.       Leaving school grounds without permission

3.       Repeated late-coming (6X or more) or multiple instances of skipping class or loitering outside class during lesson time



1.       Disruptive behavior

2.       Bullying including Cyberbullying

3.       Forgery

4.       Having tattoos on the body

5.       Repeated minor offences

6.       Cheating in assignments, tests or exams

7.       Open rudeness and defiance

8.       Inappropriate behaviour in school attire. Examples are: hugging / kissing / holding hands  etc in school grounds or public places


Other Serious offences

1.       Fighting/Assault

2.       Behaviour associated with gangsterism

3.       Smoking/possession of cigarettes including consumption or possession of e-cigarettes and associated paraphernalia

4.       Possession or consumption of illegal substances and inhalant abuse

5.       Alcohol consumption/possession

6.       Gambling

7.       Possession, viewing and sharing of pornography materials

8.       Possession of offensive weapons

9.       Cyber offences (other than cyber bullying)

Examples: hacking or stealing passwords or using technology to extort, cheat or commit crimes.

10.   Sexual misconduct

11.   Other serious offences


Property related offences

1.       Theft/Shoplifting

2.       Vandalism

3.       Arson or playing with fire

Disciplinary Actions that may be taken


Detention and service 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

·        Attire and grooming related infractions – see section on attire and grooming expectations and enforcement

·        ED related infractions – see section on the school’s ED usage policy.

·        Compensation for damage or loss incurred

·        Confiscation of item

·        Caning (applies to boys only)

·        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


Restorative Actions

·        Guidance from teacher to help the student understand/reflect on the implications of his/her actions and to be accountable for better decisions

·        Do reflection based assignments related to the incident.

·        Attend teacher facilitated  sessions to resolve peer conflicts/issues

·        Attend compulsory counselling sessions

·        Apology to victim, commitment to address the victim’s concern.

·        Perform service as a way to contribute back to the community


Re-mediative Actions

·        Dialogue with parents over the phone or parent-teacher conference in school

·        Formulating a social contract with students in the presence of parents

·        Helping the student to draw up and comply with a time structure for a specified goal as agreed between his/her parents and the school.

·        Monitoring of students’ movements during/after schoo or the student’s conduct during lessons via a monitoring logbook system.

·        Attend school programmes/activities identified for the student

·        Referral of student/family to external agencies for support.

B) Other Offences

Examples of Other Offences


1.       Late-coming

2.       Tardiness in reporting for lesson

3.       Loitering in school premises during        lesson time

4.       Skipping of lesson/school activity



1.       Use of vulgar language

2.       Improper attire and grooming

3.       Not handing in assignments

4.       Not having required materials for     lessons

5.       Littering/dirtying the environment

6.       Not following rules relating to   etiquette in the canteen

7.       Breach of Electronic Device rules

8.       Breach of school routine orders e.g.     play ball inside classroom


Disciplinary Consequences

·      Warning administered

·      Reprimand in class

·      Confiscation of items

·   Attire related infractions – refer to section on attire and grooming

·   ED usage infractions – refer to section on school ED usage policy

·      Class-based consequences that had been previously communicated to the student as part of the teacher’s classroom management plan

·      Requiring the student to apologize to the victim or make good the loss

·      Requiring the student to rectify the damage caused

·      Requiring the student to stay back after school to complete assignments or perform duties assigned


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

·        Referral of student for counselling


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