School Rules


Included is a summary of rules and expectations for students at Otago Boys’ High School. There are times when students may be unclear about what the exact rule is regarding one of the topics below and this booklet is designed to make the rules and expectations clear. If students are clear about the rules then they know what is expected and they cannot offer excuses. It is a requirement of all students that they familiarise themselves with these rules and ask their class teacher, form teacher or Dean if they are unsure. These rules and boundaries are in place to create a safe and orderly environment for all students and staff at Otago Boys’ High School.

Basic School Rules

Students deemed to be under Authority of the School
  Students are under the authority of the School while:

(a)  present at school during an official school day;
(b)  representing the school at any time whether it be in sport, cultural pursuits or any other activity;
(c)  on a school trip whether or not a parent or guardian is also present;
(d)  on the way to and from school.
(e)  at any time they are wearing school uniform.

1. Student Commitment

(a)  All students are full-time students.  Part-time enrolments will not be accepted at any level.
(b)  Attendance on all school days is compulsory.
(c)  Students are required to attend all classes. 
(d)  Senior students may have the opportunity to undertake courses outside the school eg University.  Any costs involved must be met by the student.
(e)  All students will sit school examinations.
(f)  All students in Years 11, 12 and 13 will have the opportunity to sit external examinations.  It is expected students will sit external examinations where the course provides them.  Any withdrawals will be done in writing with the family.  Where internal assessment is offered all students must complete the work to meet the 100% completion policy.
(g)  All students will be required to take part in other school events and activities eg assembly, annual prize giving, ANZAC service, athletic sports and cross country.
(h)  All students will be encouraged to take part in the wide range of extra-curricular sporting and cultural activities offered by the school.  They must ensure the correct uniform is worn and that financial commitments are met. 
(i)  The school day begins at 8.50 am and concludes at 3.05pm, or when school obligations have been met.
(j)  Students are under the control of the school on the way to or from school, or at any event organised by the school.
(k)  Travel to and from school:  No student has permission to be a passenger in a vehicle driven by an OBHS student unless specific permission has been granted.
(l)  After school: Students choosing to wear school uniform outside school hours must meet the grooming standards of the school.

2. Behaviour in class: 

(a)  Students are expected to behave in a courteous manner at all times.
(b)  Students may not eat in class.
(c)  Students will stand when staff or visitors enter the room.

3. The school grounds - the following areas are out of bounds to students:

(a)  School boundaries at interval and lunchtime.
(b)  The Town Belt
(c)  All workshops, laboratories, pool or gym unless a teacher is present.

4. Leaving the school grounds:

(a)  Students are expected to remain in the school grounds throughout the school day.
(b)  Students who need to leave the grounds must bring a note of explanation from their parents to the School Office to obtain an exeat pass.  On return to school students must sign in at the Student Office.
(c)  Only Year 13 students may leave the grounds without a lunch pass at lunch time.
(d)  Only in exceptional circumstances will students receive a lunch pass.

5. Bicycles:

(a)  Bicycles must be wheeled (not ridden) inside the school grounds.
(b)  Bicycle stands must be used – bicycles should not be left against buildings or fences.
(c)  Cycle helmets must be worn at all times.

6. Absences and lateness:

(a)  Parents/Guardians are requested to inform the school by 8.30am at the latest each day, if a student is going to be late or absent from school.  Phone 477 5527 ext 257 and leave a message (this is a 24 hour service).
(b)  Letters explaining absence from school can be shown to the Form Teacher.  Any student who is absent from school for three or more consecutive days due to illness may be requested to provide a doctor’s certificate.  They will require one if they have missed an NCEA assessment or require an extension.  See the School NCEA Assessment policies.
(c)  Students who arrive at school late must report to the Office on arrival and obtain a student late slip.  This must be presented to their Class and Form Teacher as appropriate.

7. School Detentions 

(a)  Class detentions are organised by class teachers and at a time convenient for the teacher. These may be morning tea or lunchtime. 
(b)  Dean’s and Senior Management detentions are held during lunchtime or after school from 3.10 to 4.10pm.  At least 24 hours’ notice will be given.
(c)  Detentions take priority over all other activities e.g. sports practices, band rehearsal.

8. Motor vehicles (including Scooters and Mopeds):

(a)  Students require approval from the school to use a motor vehicle, scooter or moped to drive to and from any school related activity.  Activities include extra-curricular practices and fixtures at school and at other venues.
(b)  Approval will be given to Year 11, 12 and 13 students once an application form has been completed.
(c)  Approval is given to the named student only.  Passengers are not permitted unless approval is granted.
(d)  Vehicles must be parked where directed by the Deputy Rector and may not be moved during the school day.  Vehicles are not permitted on the school grounds during the school day.
(e)  Pillion riding on motorbikes is not permitted.
(f)  Offences against traffic regulations may result in the removal of the right to bring the vehicle to school or to use it for any other school activity.  The matter may be referred to the police.

9. Bus students:

(a)  Students may not (without written permission) leave on buses to or from the school.
(b)  Conduct on buses will be of the same standard as in classrooms (the bus driver will have the same authority as a classroom teacher).
(c)  Complete school uniform will be worn on buses.
(d)  Students must wait for buses at the appropriate place and in an orderly manner.

10. Names on articles: 

all books, personal items and articles of clothing are to be clearly marked with the owner’s name.

11. Damage to school property:

must be reported to the Property Manager. Students could be required to pay for damage caused by carelessness.

12. Emergency drill: 

students should leave the buildings by the nearest outside door. See notices in classrooms for further information.

13. Messages:

will only be delivered to students in cases of emergency (eg illness, accident). 

14. Cellphones

(a)  Cellphones may be used as a learning device at the individual teacher’s discretion in some classes.  Otherwise they must be turned off in a student’s bag
(b)  Cellphones cannot be used to text or call during class time.
(c)  Students who abuse this can expect their cellphone to be confiscated and handed into the office.  They need to see Deputy Rector or Assistant Principal to get it back.
(d)  Constant issues may mean a disciplinary action from the school- 1st offence-phone confiscated for the day. 2nd offence- phone confiscated for the week. 3rd offence- phone ban for the remainder of the term.
(e)  Inappropriate use of a cell phone for recording/filming staff or students without permission is an offence and could result in further disciplinary action including stand down OR suspension depending on the nature of the material recorded.

15. Illness

(a)  Students with injuries/illness should report to the main office.
(b)  The Deputy Rector will make every attempt to contact a student's parent/guardian before sending a student home or obtaining medical treatment.
(c)  No student will be sent home to an empty house without the knowledge of a parent/guardian.
(d)  If a student is sent home, a normal absence note will be required.
(e)  If emergency medical treatment is needed, students will normally be taken to A & E.  Contact with parents will be made.

16. Other Items

(a)  Skateboards, rollerblades and similar products are not permitted at school, nor are they allowed to be used by a student in uniform. 
(b)  Students are not permitted to bring items to school that may harm another student. These include such items as knives, cigarette lighters, imitation firearms, paint ball guns etc.

17. Uniform & Grooming

(a)  Jewellery such as rings, ear studs, bracelets and necklaces must not be worn.  Body piercing is not acceptable at this school. 
(b)  Students must be clean shaven. Unshaven students will be asked to shave at school with razor and shaving cream provided.
(c)  Haircuts must be neat and appropriate for school:  neither long nor too short, and must be cut to the satisfaction of the Rector or Deputy Rector.  Braids, corn rows and plaits are not permitted. Hair longer than the collar must be tied back neatly.  Dyed hair is not acceptable at this school.  Sideboards must not extend beyond the ear lobe.  Excessive use of Hair products such as wax and gel are not permitted.
(d)  The standard school uniform consists of:
(e)  Junior - a grey shirt, OBHS junior tie, grey shorts, OBHS school socks, school jersey with a V-neck and school crest and colours.
(f)  Senior - school blazer, white shirt, senior tie, long grey pants, V-neck school vest
(g)  Correct school uniform must be worn on the way to/from school.  In wet weather, students may wear a black parka, an oilskin, or an appropriate raincoat to and from school.
(h)  Jackets - in wet weather, students may wear an appropriate raincoat, ideally the school jacket, to and from school.
(i)  Students must wear the approved school socks, just below the knee. 
(j)  Footwear – students must wear black leather laced shoes.
(k)  For PE, students must wear their school PE top and shorts and suitable footwear.  In colder weather students may wear polypropylene under their top.

18. Prohibition on Drugs and Alcohol

(a)  No student shall consume, sell, purchase, supply, have in his possession or be under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, R18 legal drugs or party pills, whether or not lawful under the law of New Zealand, while under the authority of the school
(b)  No student is permitted to have in their possession any drug or alcohol paraphernalia while under the authority of the school.
(c)  A disciplinary committee of the Board of Trustees is authorised, in its sole discretion, to determine, in any particular case before it, whether a drug or pill is prohibited by Rule 2.1.

Policy  It is the Rector's Policy to treat very seriously a breach of this rule.  The Rector would review all the circumstances and consider suspension as a serious disciplinary option.

19. Prohibition on Tobacco and Policy relating to Smoking, Theft, Truancy, Bullying, Fighting, Assault and Repeated Disobedience 

(a) No student shall steal.
(b) No student shall bully, assault, fight with, or intimidate another student or staff member.
(c) Policy  It is the Rector's Policy to treat very seriously a breach of this rule.  The Rector would review all the circumstances and consider suspension as a serious disciplinary option.
(d) No student shall smoke tobacco, supply tobacco to other students or have tobacco in his possession while under the authority of the school.

20. Cyber Safety

(a)  OBHS is a cybersafe school.
(b)  ALL students will agree to OBHS cyber terms and conditions before using the school’s internet.


Notwithstanding any statement made in these rules, the Rector may decide that an individual breach of any school rule constitutes a sufficiently serious offence for immediate action to be taken.  Each case will be considered against all relevant circumstances.