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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 and carry yourself well in school and in public.

c. Take pride in wearing the school uniform, ensuring that it is fitting, 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. Greet the teacher at the start of the lesson and thank the teacher at the end of the lesson

c.  Ask for permission from the teacher to enter or leave a classroom where a lesson is going on.

d.  Be prompt and cooperative when instructions are given by the teacher in class or by a staff member who is carrying out his/her duty in school.

e.  Show respect for peers and teachers by refraining from using swear words in school.

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

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

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

i.   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.  Do not draw graffiti on school/public property (for example: scribbling on walls, classroom tables and chairs). Students are reminded that such actions will be regarded as vandalism and the student responsible will be subject to school discipline action.

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 (by semester)
          1st timeVerbal warning
          2nd time1-hour detention or CWO during recess/after school
          3rd to 4th time2-hour detention and/or CWO *
          5th time

          2-hour detention and PTM
          6th to 8th timeIn-school suspension and Conduct Grade "Fair" *
          9th times or moreOut-of-school suspension, “Poor” Conduct Grade, Parents to meet up with school leaders, discipline actions taken will escalate progressively with each additional late-coming.
          *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 who have valid personal reasons to go overseas during term time (e.g. to represent Singapore in an overseas competition) are to apply for leave of absence from school at least 2 weeks in advance through their form teacher. Such leave will be approved by the school on a case by case basis.
          e. Students should not apply for overseas holiday leave during term time.  Such absence will be considered as “Absent without Valid Reasons” and hence any missed assignments/tests/exams will be graded zero marks.

          f.  Absence without Valid Reasons will be regarded as truancy and appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken against the students.  Students who are irregular in their attendance may also receive a “Fair” or “Poor” conduct grade for that semester/year. 
          g.  Students who have irregular school attendance (attendance less than 75% of the semester/year) may be barred from sitting for school exams.
          h.  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 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. Putting the devices on silent mode is not acceptable. 
          3. Usage of ED during official school activities such as CCA, 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.  They may be graded zero marks for that test or exam.
          6. Students must not use ED to photograph or video students or teachers in school without their prior permission.
          7. Students who fail to comply with the above rules (using their ED at restricted places, not switching off or not keeping their EDs out of sight) may have their EDs 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.  

          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. 45 minutes in duration. 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.
                   b. Students are not to stay in their classrooms, which will be locked during recess. They may only return to the classrooms not earlier than 10 minutes before the end of the recess
                   c. Students are to refrain from rowdy behavior, running about or playing with a ball in the canteen. 
                   d. Students are not allowed to bring sweetened drinks out of the canteen during or after recess.

          2. Lunch Time
                   a. For classes that have lessons on days that extends beyond 2 pm. 
                   b. Lunch time will be 45 minutes long.
                   c. Students are expected to stay in school during lunch time. Students who leave school premises during lunch time will be subjected to discipline action.
                   d. 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. 

          3. 10 minutes break
                   a. All classes having lessons between 12.20 pm and 1.15 pm will have a 10 minutes snack break.
                   b. Students are expected to stay inside their classrooms and they are allowed to eat during the break. 
                   c. For hygiene and safety reasons, food and drinks are not allowed in special rooms such as computer labs, science labs and D&T workshops.
                   d. Do refer to the table below on what type of food is allowed to be consumed in the classroom during the break. 
                   e. Do note that only plain water is allowed and all forms of sweetened drinks are not allowed.
                   f. Students are expected to clean up and to dispose of all litter properly after their break.
                   g. Students who need to go to the restroom during the break will have to ask permission from their teacher via the permission pass system.
                   h. Students will not be allowed to go to the canteen to purchase food or water during the 10 minutes break.

          Foods that are allowedFood that are not allowed
          Examples of food that are beneficial (to promote healthy eating)
          1. Sandwiches
          2. Fruit such as apple or grapes
          3. Energy bars
          4. Whole meal biscuits

          Food that are not encouraged
          1. Crackers or potato chips
          2. Fries
          3. Chocolates
          Any food that is "wet" and messy to manage when there is spillage

          1. Noodle and Rice dishes
          2. Soups or soupy dishes

          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 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 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 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). 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. 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 till the student commits to go for tattoo removal treatment at approved clinics.
                  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 from the school.