Student Handbook

Sino Canadian Program

Jilin No. 1 High School

Student Handbook 2013-2014

Academic Honesty:


We place a high value on honesty and this extends to work submitted for assessment. All students need to be aware that the school treats academic dishonesty as a very serious matter.


The academically honest student:

  • Understands the consequences of cheating in regards to both school-based work and external examinations and assessments
  • Documents source material in a formal and appropriate manner
  • Uses direct quotations appropriately
  • DOES NOT give another student his/her work to copy or submit work done by another student, parent, friend or private tutor


Students must be punctual in their attendance at school. In the event of an absence, parents are requested, prior to 7:30 notify the appropriate Head Teacher.

When students are absent without a note or phone call, Head Teachers will attempt to contact parents by telephone. This procedure is undertaken to ensure the safety of our students. When parents authorize their children to leave the campus during the school day, the school accepts no liability for those students during those times. Students leaving during the day must have signed permission from their Head Teacher or designate.

Any student who accumulates ten days of unexcused absences during a semester may not qualify for credits as a minimum of 110 instructional hours are required per credit. This action may also result in removal from the program.


Awards are presented for the purpose of recognizing students for their work and their contribution to the school community. Giving students a chance to be recognized among their peers fosters pride in ones’ accomplishments and enhances school spirit. Award ceremonies usually occur at the end of each school year, but informal celebrations may occur throughout the year.

Awards may include: Home room, Honor Roll, Subject awards, Overall Performance, Most Improved, Top Academic Average. Also, Nova Scotia government also awards the Lieutenant Governor Award for Grade 11 and the Queen Elizabeth Award for Grade 12 students.

Code of Conduct  : 

All students deserve equal access to a quality education in an environment conducive to learning. A positive regard for individuals and the school setting is expected from all, in an effort to build relationships that are based upon respect and responsibility. By implementing logical and consistent consequences, and by providing individuals with opportunities to become responsible and caring members of the community, they will learn about their behavior, their choices and their impact on others.

At Jilin No. 1 High School, in accordance with the Nova Scotia Provincial Code of Conduct that is included in the Education Act, individuals will treat themselves, others and the educational environment with respect. This includes, but is not limited to:

1. Respect for Self

Dressing in an appropriate manner – Uniform

  1. All students are expected to be in full uniform from entering homeroom until the end of classes each day.
  2. With the exception of physical education uniforms, shirts should be tucked during academic classes and activities.

** Please see Standard of Dress Section for more details

2. Respect for Others

Considerations for the rights of others – Students are expected to be courteous and considerate in dealing with others, whether in school or at any school sponsored event. Violence, the threat of violence, and harassment (verbal, physical or written) do not meet the Jilin No. 1 High School Code of Conduct expectations. Verbal abuse, intimidation, extortion, pushing, and shoving and the use of physical force on others are all examples of harassment and will be dealt with and consequences will be established. In addition, Parents/Guardians, will be notified.

To ensure the safety of all, any object which may cause injuries is prohibited. This includes: all forms of knives (carving, x-acto, boxcutters, swiss army,etc.), pipes, bats, sticks or any other form of weapon. This list is to serve as a guideline and is not a complete listing. Administration will make the decision as to the status of the object.

3. Respect for the Educational Environment:

A) Students should have respect and take responsibility for their educational environment. This includes picking up after themselves, maintaining the neat appearance of textbooks, desks, chairs, the classroom, and hallways, in effect contributing to a positive school environment.

B) Vandalism: Damage to school property is considered a very serious breach of the Jilin City No. 1 High School Code of Conduct.  Individuals who commit acts of vandalism will be required to pay for the cost of repairs, and face possible suspension from school. Repeated offenses may result in expulsion from the program.

C) Smoking:  The Nova Scotia Legislative Bill No. 125, “An Act to Protect Young Persons and Other Persons from Tobacco Smoke” came into force on January 1, 2003.  The Act specifically states in 5(1) (b) No person shall smoke in any enclosed place that is, or includes, a school, community college or university and (2) no person shall smoke on the grounds of a school.  The Act specifically states in 9 (1)No person under the age of nineteen years may possess tobacco. Smoking is not permitted in the school, on, or near school property.  Disciplinary action will be taken for violation of this policy. The first offence will result in the student being sent home (parents to be notified immediately). The second offence will result in suspension and parent meeting. Further disobedience could result in removal from the program.

D) Intoxicating substances and illicit articles: Bringing or consuming or being under the influence of alcohol or illicit substances on school property is forbidden and is unlawful. This applies to all school functions, school-sponsored trips and graduation formals whether they be held at the school or in some other location. All school sponsored events involving students and school personnel shall be alcohol and drug free. Since it is illegal to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, students will be suspended from school immediately and parents will be contacted. A meeting with parents will be required prior to re-instatement. Further disobedience could result in removal from the program.

Electronic Devices: Cell phones, IPOD’s, IPAD’s, Gameboys, MP3 players etc.

Students may bring cell phones and other devices to school, however, these devices must be stored in lockers or remain in Home rooms and ONLY used when they are given permission by the Head Teacher. There are to be NO Electronic Devices on the second floor where international classes are conducted without the specific approval of teachers. Inappropriate use of devices will be dealt with and will include confiscation and parents will be requested to come into the school to retrieve the device.

Field Trips:

Field trips are an extension of the school therefore, appropriate behavior is an expectation. An authorization form will be sent home for each individual field trip. Students will NOT be permitted to go on a field trip without written authorization from a parent/guardian. Inappropriate behavior on a school sponsored field trip will result in the parent being called and asked to pick up the student.


The successful completion of the Nova Scotia High School Diploma is a great accomplishment and students should be commended for their efforts. Please see the attached “Public Schools Branch: Information Item” for a complete listing of requirements for graduation. This document is updated every year.

Two activities occur towards the end of the school year to celebrate this achievement. A Senior Prom will be held in late May and a formal Graduation ceremony will be held in late June.

The Senior Prom is open to all of the students in the school and is organized by the Graduating class. Parents are not included in this activity.

The Graduation ceremony also involves the entire school population and all parents are invited to attend.

Grievance Policy:

Conflicts arise and issues often need to be resolved. In Jilin City No. 1 High School the following flow chart is used when dealing with student/teacher or parent/student/teacher issues:


Homework Policy:

In order for students to achieve their full potential, it is vital that they develop an organized and consistent homework program. Daily review is essential when learning a new language.

Teachers assign homework and it is expected that students complete the work within the time frame given to them. Head teachers will use “qq” as a way of informing parents of upcoming assignments and tests.

Students who fail to complete assigned tasks will face consequences which includes restricting of privileges, detention and parent meetings.


Students who are late for class miss out on instruction and may also disrupt teaching when they enter the classroom. Students who are repeatedly late or absent without a reasonable excuse will be viewed as committing a serious violation of the Education Act. Consequences may include not being able to qualify for credits and removal from the program.

Personal Items:

Students are requested NOT to bring personal items that are not directly related to school work. In addition to being a possible distraction and/or hazard, the security of these items cannot be guaranteed. The school cannot take any responsibility for the safekeeping of valuables. Students are also discouraged from bringing large sums of money to school.

Progressive Discipline:

Students are reminded that they must adhere to a code of behavior, not only for their own benefit but also for the benefit of their classmates. Behavioral concerns are dealt with in a number of ways. In most cases a progressive discipline policy is followed which is outlined below.

  • Informal talk: the use of positive corrective measures such as warnings, informal/formal talks with school personnel is the first step
  • Restrict privileges and/or Time Out: the student is denied the opportunity to participate in free time at lunch or is assigned a detention. When deemed appropriate a student may be required to work in a location away from classmates.
  • Parent conference: in the case of serious or habitual offences, a form conference is held with the student, parents, teacher and/or administration. During this conference agreement is reached as to how the behavior will be corrected. An action plan will be developed and a behavior contract may be put into place.
  • In-School suspension: at the discretion of the principal, a student may be suspended from a class period, or longer, and remain in school
  • Formal suspension or expulsion: a student may be suspended from school for 1 to 5 days. This occurs after a serious transgression or as a result of repeat offences. Parents are informed. A parent/child conference is arrange to discuss reinstatement and corrective measures. Students will NOT be permitted to return without the parent/child conference. Severe transgressions may result in removal from the program.

Reporting Student Progress:

There are four reporting periods in each academic year. The first is a written report and parent/teacher/student interview which takes place in November. The second report goes home after completion of Semester 1 ( January ) and includes a written report and parent/teacher/student interview. A third written report goes home mid April and parents or teachers may request a conference. The fourth and final report goes home at the end of June.

How students are assessed and report cards marks are generated are outlined in the Teacher Course Outline and Assessment Guide that is distributed during the Open House in September. Semester 2 Course Outlines and Assessment Guides will be available during the second set of parent/teacher/student interviews.

Parents are encouraged to contact the corresponding subject teacher with any questions or concerns. Head teachers will facilitate any contact.

Standard of Dress:

Students are expected to dress in accordance with good grooming practices, bearing in mind the formal and public nature of the school. It is an expectation that enrollment in the Sino Canadian program includes full adherence to the uniform regulations. Full uniforms are to be worn at all times, unless permission to change is given, i.e. Dress down or special occasions.

Students not ready for class, i.e. not wearing full uniform, will be sent home/or parents will be contacted and asked to bring in uniform. Students will not be permitted to attend class and will make up any missed time, assignments during lunch or after school. Continued disobedience could result in suspensions and removal from the program as this indicates lack of respect and defiance.


The school provides textbooks, resources materials and learning guides. To ensure the school maintains sufficient quantities, students are expected to return materials by the assigned deadlines. If these items are lost or damaged, students are charged replacement costs.

Nova Scotia

Education Act




Duties and rights

24 (1) It is the duty of a student to

(a) participate fully in learning opportunities;

(b) attend school regularly and punctually;

(c) contribute to an orderly and safe learning environment;

(d) respect the rights of others; and

(e) comply with the discipline policies of the school and the school board.

(2) Students are accountable to their teachers for their conduct while under their teachers’ supervision.

(3) Students may participate in decisions that affect their schools through representation on school advisory councils or committees in accordance with school board policy.

(4) It is the right of students to be informed of their educational progress on a regular basis. 1995-96, c. 1, s. 24.