School uniform and presentation
The Manchester International School provides its students with a complete uniform that covers clothing for the summer and winter terms and also Physical Education and other outdoor extra-curricular activities.
• Summer uniform (for Terms 1 and 3)
Early Years consists of short trousers and polo shirt with MIS logo for both boys and girls.
Year 1 – 12 consists of trousers and polo shirt with MIS logo for both girls and boys.
• Winter uniform (for Term 2)
Consists of trousers, polo shirt and jumper for both girls and boys.
• Physical Education uniform
Consists of the track suit for both girls and boys.
Apart from being instructed to represent the School’s image by wearing the uniform daily during their attendance, the students are encouraged to follow general hygiene and presentation rules that we expand below:
• Hair. Hair should be well groomed and natural colour. Men’s hair must be shorter than shoulder length. The student’s hairstyle needs to be arranged neatly and in order, adopting a general formal appearance. The hair is allowed to be free as long as it doesn’t cover the eyebrows. Students with hair length below their shoulder line will keep it tied in back with a single tie, to not disturb them during reading or writing. Hair accessories should be plain and complement the uniform colours. Students who attend classes with their head shaved (less than a 1’’) will specially ask the Head of Department for permission to join the class.
• Make-up and jewellery. Make-up and nail polish are prohibited in school, as well as dangling earrings, facial jewellery, bracelets and necklaces. A simple watch and a single earring in each ear (for girls) are the only items allowed to be worn on the School’s premises.
• Polo shirt. Shirts need to be fit properly so that they can be folded inside the trousers and not hang carelessly. When inside MIS, the shirts need to be buttoned up, and if ever needed, only one button can be undone, again to avoid negligent appearance.
• Trousers/shorts/skirts. Trousers must be well fitted and allow natural movement. Baggy or excessively tight trousers are not allowed. Skirts and shorts must be below the knee when seated.
• Shoes. Shoes need to have a formal appearance in order to match the general look of the uniform. They need to be made of plain black leather fabrics, be in good condition and clean. Trainers and high heels are not allowed to be worn inside the School’s premises, and only decent shoe height is accepted. Socks must be solid black, white or navy blue.
Measures for uniform infringement
The School Counsellor will decide during the daily inspection if the students have violated any of these presentation rules. In case of uniform issues, students will address the relevant School Departments before attending their first class to present their parents’ excuse for the situation and receive written permission to attend the classes.
The following measures will be imposed in case of disobedience:
• First attempt – verbal warning
• Second attempt – written warning to the students’ parents
• Future attempts – student will be suspended until the uniform/attitude issue is solved.
• In case the uniform is missing and the student can not present the Head of Department’s consent to join the classes, the teacher has the right to refuse his attendance in class until the uniform issue is addressed.
• It is the students’ responsibility to make up all work missed while they were out of class and to obtain and act on any notices given during that time.
This must be read in conjunction with the Behaviour Policy and Child Protection Policy.
Principles and Values:
As a school we take bullying and its impact seriously. Bullying will not be tolerated. Pupils and parents should be assured that known incidents of bullying will be responded to. The school will seek ways to counter the effects of bullying that may occur within school or in the local community. The ethos of our school fosters high expectations of outstanding behaviour and we will consistently challenge any behaviour that falls below this.
Objectives of this Policy:
• All staff, pupils and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.
• All should know what the school policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.
• All pupils and parents should know what the school policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
The school community will work together to ensure that our school is a safe place for children and adults to be.
What Is Bullying?
Bullying is unacceptable behaviour used by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. Bullying can be short term or continuous over long periods of time.
Bullying can be:
• Emotional … being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
• Physical… pushing, kicking, biting, hitting, punching or any use of violence
• Racial… racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
• Sexual… unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
• Homophobic because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality
• Direct or indirect… Verbal name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
• Cyber bullying… All areas of internet, such as email and internet chat, Twitter, Facebook misuse; Mobile threats by text messaging and calls; Misuse of associated technology , i.e. camera and video facilities, Ipad, games consols.
Bullying may be related to…
• SEN or disability / Appearance or health condition.
• Home circumstances
• Sexual orientation, sexism, or sexual bullying, homophobia.
Bullying can take place:
in the classroom, playground, toilets, on the journey to and from school, on residential trips and cyberspace. It can take place in group activities and between families in the local community.
Perpetrators and Victims:
Bullying takes place where there is an imbalance of power of one person or persons over another. Staff must remain vigilant about bullying behaviours and approach this in the same way as any other category of Child Abuse; that is, do not wait to be told before you raise concerns or deal directly with the matter. Children may not be aware that they are being bullied; because they may be too young or they may be unable to realise what others may be doing to them. Staff must also be aware of those children who may be vulnerable pupils; those coming from troubled families, or those responding to emotional problems or mental health issues which may bring about a propensity to be unkind to others, or may make them more likely to fall victim to the behaviour of others.
Why is it important to respond to bullying?
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Bullying has the potential to damage the mental health of a victim. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.
All known/reported incidences of bullying will be investigated by the class teacher and referred to the Head of Department and /or School Counsellor. Parents of the perpetrator may also be questioned about the incident or about any concerns that they may be having. The child displaying unacceptable behaviour, will be asked to genuinely apologise (as appropriate to the child’s age and level of understanding). Other consequences may take place, eg a parent being informed about their child’s behaviour and a request that the parents support the school with any sanctions that it carries (See Behaviour Policy). Wherever possible, the pupils will be reconciled. During and after the incident(s) have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be recorded in the Bullying Log and monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place. The Heads will be informed of any incidents recorded in the log along with incidents, sanctions and reconciliation.
We use a variety of methods to support children in preventing and understanding the consequences of bullying through class assemblies, PSHE and Citizenship lessons etc. The ethos and working philosophy of MIS means that all staff actively encourage children to have respect for each other and for other people’s property. Good and kind/polite behaviour is regularly acknowledged and rewarded. Staff will regularly discuss bullying; this will inform children that we are serious about dealing with bullying and leads to open conversations and increased confidence in children to want to discuss bullying and report any incidents and concerns about other children’s behaviour. Staff will reinforce expectations of behaviour as a regular theme. Staff must be careful not to highlight differences of children or an individual child, even if this is done in jest. This gives other children advocacy to use this difference to begin calling names or teasing.
Staff must be vigilant regarding groups of friends together. Friendship groups may bring about the imbalance of power and must be led towards welcoming others to join them and not excluding others from their group. Staff must reinforce a general message that children do not have to be friends with everyone else, but they must be respectful of everyone else’s feelings and be kind to each other.
Procedure for members of Staff:
Reassure and support the pupils involved as necessary. Advise that you are required to pass details on to the Head of the Department, who will liaise with the Inclusions Manager. All incidents of bullying will be recorded in a central log of all complaints or incidents of bullying and the ways with which they are being dealt.
What will happen?
The victim will be interviewed by staff as listed above and may be asked to write an immediate account of events. The teacher will scribe for younger children, as necessary. The process for dealing with bullying will be explained. The victim is also given the opportunity to discuss their own reactions and behaviour towards the bully. The victim is given support and advice and counselling is suggested if deemed appropriate. Once it is clear that a bullying offence has been committed, the bully and any others involved will be interviewed individually and may be asked to write an account of events. The process for dealing with bullying will be explained clearly to them. It will be made clear why the behaviour was unacceptable. A commensurate punishment will also be given in accordance with the Behaviour Policy. Support and counselling may be offered and, if appropriate, all parties brought together to resolve the situation. Persistent bullying may be dealt with under our child protection and safeguarding procedures.
Monitoring & Review:
After bullying incidents have been dealt with careful monitoring takes place to ensure that the problem has been resolved. Lessons learned from incidents will be fed back into the PSHE programme. There is a regular review of the actions taken by the School in response to any incident of bullying and an assessment of the effectiveness of any actions taken. There is a formal annual review of the Anti Bullying Policy. The School will raise awareness of the staff through training and take action to reduce the risk of bullying at the times and places where it is most likely to occur. Opportunities will also be sought to allow parents to contribute to the School’s actions to prevent bullying.
Bullying of Staff:
We believe that all staff have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to work in an atmosphere free of fear, humiliation or degradation. Any incident of bullying towards staff, whether by colleagues, students, parents or visiting members of the public will be accorded the highest priority. Complaints will be investigated and dealt with promptly, invoking the Complaints and Grievances Procedures as appropriate.
Signs and Symptoms of bullying:
A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:
• is frightened of walking to or from school
• changes their usual routine
• is unwilling to go to school (school phobic)
• begins to truant
• becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
• starts stammering
• attempts or threatens suicide or runs away
• cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
• feels ill in the morning
• begins to make less effort with school work than previously
• has clothes torn or books damaged
• has possessions which are damaged or " go missing"
• asks for money or starts stealing money
• has dinner or other monies continually "lost"
• has unexplained cuts or bruises
• comes home hungry (money / lunch has been stolen)
• becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
• is bullying other children or siblings
• stops eating
• is frightened to say what's wrong
• gives improbable excuses for any of the above
• is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
• is nervous and jumpy when a cyber message is received
• lack of eye contact
• becoming short tempered
• change in attitude to people at home.
These signs and behaviours could indicate other social, emotional and/or mental health problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.