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Ethics

Elements of Responsibility:


The Bishop’s School educates boys to live virtuous lives in a complicated and rapidly changing world. Jordan thrives on responsibility – responsible workers, responsible fathers and mothers, and responsible learners. Responsibility, like every other virtue, requires dedicated cultivation. At the Bishop’s School, our role is to assist you in your efforts in raising your sons to be responsible.

 

We take pride in our 75-year tradition of nurturing and guiding the future leaders of Jordan. Since our founding in 1936, the Bishop’s School has had a simple mission: to serve our God and Creator, our King, and our country by offering a first-rate education to our Jordanian sons.

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Family support

is the key to fostering a responsible learner. Bishop’s Boys come to school knowing that their mothers and fathers value the education that the school offers.
Fathers take a direct role in their children’s education. They attend meetings with teachers and administrators; they support the school in its academic, administrative, and disciplinary decisions. They recognize the value of these meetings as a means of helping their sons grow. Parents take a direct part in their sons’ education. Parents cannot delegate this God-given role anymore than a son can delegate his role.
Boys at the Bishop’s School are responsible learners. They do their homework well; they come to school well-rested, prepared, and ready to study. When they do not understand something they speak up. They recognize that they have the right to receive an education, and that they have the duty to study and learn.
Bishop’s Boys respect themselves, their teachers, and their companions. They help their companions; the older boys recognize their responsibility toward their younger companions. They recognize that each student has the right to learn, and they benefit from the expertise of the Bishop’s Teachers.

 

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The Bishop’s School Atmosphere

The atmosphere at the Bishop’s School is harmonious. Bishop’s Boys are comfortable at school. They do not fear teachers or fellow students. Bishop’s Boys do not threaten or bully others. Bishop’s Boys contribute to the harmonious atmosphere of the school. They are free to express themselves clearly and politely. They are free to cultivate friendships without regard to religion or status. Theft and vandalism are not tolerated at the school. Bishop’s Boys know that they are among friends at all times. They are at home here, and are safe. They know that their personal property is safe because there is no theft or vandalism.
Parents and students are totally committed to contributing to the harmonious atmosphere at the Bishop’s School.

 

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Academic Standards.

Academic Standards at the Bishop’s school are challenging. Our staff is committed to offering the best education possible, and providing each student the opportunity to succeed. The administration and teaching staff work closely with the parents to see that each student gets the help he needs to thrive and be happy at school.
At times, the school will recommend or require private tutoring, extra lessons, and other measures designed to help students succeed. There may be occasions when the Bishop's Administration recommends or requires that a student attend another school in order to meet his potential. The administrative decisions that the school takes are at all times in the best interest of the student, even when such decisions are difficult.
The Bishop’s School is committed to academic excellence. Our students will choose one of two roads: Tawjihi or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. At the end of tenth grade, each student will, with the guidance of the school and parents, apply for one of the two programs. Each of these roads is demanding, and requires concerted effort on the part of the student. The choice of one or the other depends on many factors, such as future plans of the student, learning styles, course preferences, and talents.

September 23, 2010
Dear Parents,
Subject: Ethical Code, Regulations, and School Discipline Dirctors
The Bishop’s School is a great educational institution with a strong heritage, and a bright future. We take great satisfaction in helping to form mature, virtuous young men who love God, their families, and their country. Bishop’s Boys and Men make ethical choices, and take responsibility for their actions and their education. Bishop's Boys are responsible learners.
Your parental love and example are the keys to your child’s education; the key to creating habits of life and learning in your sons that will lead to fulfillment, and help our country to thrive. Through you, they learn about God, morality, and the value of education. Your sons follow your example because they trust you and love you. What could be more natural than that?
In sending your sons to the Bishop’s School and signing the Ethical Code, then, you are committing yourselves to the shared task of educating your sons. In essence this means a shared vision with respect to communication, transparency, and values among the three of us –parents, son, and school.
The contents of the Bishop's School Ethical Code are far from unique, or special in any way. The Code is simply a guide or framework that creates an essential learning environment. It allows us to speak the same language, and it is within the space and structure that the code creates that your sons will thrive.
Your signature confirms your willingness to take the lead on this exciting and demanding journey. For our part, we are thrilled and honored that you have entrusted your son’s education to us.
Our commitment is to teach your son, to offer exciting learning opportunities, to be virtuous role models, and to communicate regularly with you regarding your son’s progress, and educational needs.
Rest assured that we will keep our commitment.

Haifa Najjar
Director General


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Articles of the Bishop’s School Ethical Code


Characteristics and Qualities of a Bishop's Boy

The following list, though not exhaustive, encapsulates the qualities that a Bishop's Boy either has, or strives to possess. In practicing these qualities at school, a Bishop's Boy becomes adept at being a good family member, student, and member of society. In short, he matures into a fruitful father, professional worker, and citizen. A Bishop’s Boy:

 

  • Comes to school to gain knowledge, virtue, and maturity.
  • Is committed to contributing to the harmonious atmosphere at the Bishop’s School.
  • Obeys teachers and staff members.
  • Is eager to follow (and gain knowledge from) the expertise and example of Bishop’s School staff and teachers.
  • Respects himself and cares for himself and others.
  • Is loyal, forgiving, truthful, honest, disciplined, and emotionally balanced.
  • Has confidence in himself.
  • Knows his limitations.
  • Is patient, reflective, organized in his thinking, able to face challenges and make well informed decisions.
  • Knows his rights and duties as an individual, student, and member of the Bishop's School Community.
  • Dedicates his heart and mind to fulfilling his duties and responsibilities.
  • Recognizes the value of innovation, change, and renewal.
  • Listens actively and with an open mind.
  • Empathizes with those whose religious views differ from his views. 
  • Is transparent, bold, and gentle in expressing his opinions.
  • Is courageous and tells the truth, even when doing so may result in reprimands or punishment.
  • Listens to the opinions of others, and makes a point of understanding them – even if he disagrees with them.
  • Cares for his personal spiritual and physical welfare.
  • Cares for the welfare of his family, companions, and teacher.
  • Recognizes a special responsibility to care and help those at school who are younger.
  • Appreciates his personal dignity, his Arab heritage and his homeland.
  • Appreciates the personal dignity and heritage of others.
  • Dedicates himself to fulfilling the human and spiritual values and goals that the Bishop’s School stands for.
  • Knows when to lead, and when to follow.
  • Never threatens, intimidates, or fights anyone. 
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School Discipline Directives

 

Bishop’s School Boys are committed to their ethical code. They honor the code inside and outside the school gates. If a student breaks the ethical code, he will accept the appropriate disciplinary measures.

The following lists detail many of the Bishop's School rules according to the level of severity. Disciplinary measures correspond to the severity of the infraction, and the number of times the infraction occurs.

First Level (Infractions which lead to internal disciplinary measures)

  • Illegal absence from school.
  • Leaving the school during school hours without permission.
  • Smoking or possessing cigarettes or other disruptive behavior.
  • Violating school rules and regulations.
  • Disrupting class or school activities.
  • Using obscene language.
  • Vandalizing school property.
  • Being late for classes or school.
  • Disregard for the school uniform.
  • The above-mentioned infringements will be documented in the student’s personal file. Parents are to be informed as well. Repeated infringements will lead to stronger measures such as suspensions from extracurricular activities for specified periods.
  • Detention (staying after school) is implemented as a means of enhancing and encouraging responsibility. It is defined as a specified period of time spent on a structured task that is beneficial to the school community. The student will informed by administration on the duration of the detention, location, and specified task(s). Parents are responsible for collecting their son on from school. If a students fails to fulfill an appointed detention session, he will receive an official warning. 

 

Second Level (Infractions which lead to an Official Warning. That is, a warning that becomes part of the student's permanent school record.)

This punishment is recommended and set by the student’s homeroom teacher, the Discipline Supervisor, and administration in the following cases:

  • The repetition of infringements mentioned previously
  • Possession of obscene and/or inappropriate publications or pictures inside the school.
  • Possession of a sharp instrument, or any instrument that can be used in violence.
  • Instigating or participating in chaos and obstructing the learning process.
  • Embezzling or stealing the property of others.
  • Cheating or violating the rules of academic honesty.
  • Lying or deceiving of deceiving students or teachers.
  • Use of physical or verbal violence against a peer and/or staff member.
  • Disrespect of God, religious figures or holy books.

 

Third Level (Infractions which lead to Suspension from school)
According to the regulations set by the Ministry of Education suspension till the end of an academic year may take place if a student does one of the following:

  • Persistently repeats one or more of the previous violations, even after receiving a written warning.
  • Deliberately insulting a school member.
  • Handling or being in possession of prohibited substances.
  • Stealing or tampering with school records and/or facilities, or attempting to do so.

Fourth Level (Infractions that lead to Expulsion)
In accordance with article 10, paragraph c, of the Ministry of Education Law number 3 for the year 1994, a student is expelled from school when the school discipline committee submits such a recommendation and it is backed by a commendation from the director of education and a decision from the Minister of Education. This may take place in one or more of the following cases:

  • Repetition of any infringement mentioned in the third section.
  • Committing immoral acts.
  • Causing or inciting disorder.
  • Assaulting or threatening to assault another, either physically or verbally.
  • Assaulting (individually or with others) teachers, workers, or other students.
  • Deliberately hurting a student using a sharp or solid object.
  • Circulating prohibited substances such as drugs, alcoholic substances and/or opiates.
  • Exposing the school to danger.
  • Vandalizing school property or instigating such behavior.
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Discipline Committee/ Secondary School:

 

For secondary school students, infractions of the Second, Third, and Fourth Levels are dealt with by the Bishop's School Disciplinary Council. The council meets on an as required basis to deal with whatever behavior issues arise. Once they are decided Disciplinary Council decisions are placed in the student's record, and submitted to the Ministry of Education.
Discipline committee members are:

  • Director General of the Bishop's School for Boys or his deputy.
  • Four staff members (teachers or councilors) who are elected by the school staff at the beginning of every academic year.
  • President of the Student council.
  • The homeroom teacher of the student being disciplined.
  • A selected PTA member, provided that he is not a school staff member.
  • The student’s parent(s) is/are notified in writing by the Director General of the school of the decisions taken by the discipline committee, based on the regulations of the MoE.
  • Discipline committee sessions are held in accordance with the regulations of school discipline set by the MoE. Both the school and the student council must abide by these regulations.

Issues pertaining to students are set before the school councilor before being put in front of the discipline committee to estimate them. A detailed written report from the councilor is handed to the discipline committee before holding any sessions.


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Father’s word of Honor and Mother’s Word of Honor

 

I recognize that my role in my son’s education is essential. By signing this document I have committed to guide my son, communicate with the school, attend all meetings, and support the school totally in its efforts to help me educate my son.

I recognize the value of the Bishop’s Ethical Code, and will teach my son the meanings and implications of each article in the code. I will be sure that my son understands the consequences of breaking the articles of the Bishop's Ethical Code.

Father's signature:

Date

Mother’s signature:

Date

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Bishop's Boy's Word of Honor

 

I understand the articles of the Bishop’s School Ethics code and will uphold them. In addition, I will encourage my school companions to uphold them as well. I understand the consequences of breaking the articles of this code, and will accept them.

Bishop’s Boy’s Signature

Date


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