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GENERAL NOTES

                                                           PALLIKOODAM                                                             24.03.2017

  The  School  re-opens  for  a  new  academic  year on Thursday 1st June 2017.   The academic year will consist of three terms demarcated by short holidays – i.e. Onam and Christmas.  The re-opening day of Term I is a half day for pupils in Nursery Class, Stds. I to VIII and XI.  They may go home at 12 noon.

AFFILIATION :  We are affiliated to the Council For The Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi.  We do the ICSE (X) and ISC (XII) Examinations. The medium of instruction up to Std II is MALAYALAM though children are introduced to ORAL ENGLISH through Music and Drama.

REPORTS are given to parents three times in an academic year, which they should collect from the Class Teachers on the dates announced.  Till Std. VII there are no examinations.  In Std. VIII there is an Annual Examination only.  Children are graded according to random tests which will follow every unit that is taught.  Generally, there is no detention in Stds. I to VIII.

Class Teachers will call the parents on a regular basis to establish rapport and discuss the progress of their child.  Parents of residential pupils may call  the office / hostel  and  fix  an  appointment  to  meet the teachers between 1.30 and 2.30 p.m. on the days they come to collect their children.

PRIVATE TUITIONS are not allowed.  Exceptions to this rule will be only by written permission from the Class Teacher and the Principal.  Any student taking private tuition without permission will not be allowed  to  attend  regular  classes  in that particular subject.  While he/she may write the exams, the paper will not be corrected by Pallikoodam teachers.  This applies to classes up to Std. X.  We believe that over-teaching of routine school subjects is counterproductive. An exception is made only for students in ISC XI and XII.  Please do not encourage your children to tell lies about tuitions.

 SCHOOL TIMINGS :  8.00 a.m. to 2.10 p.m. for all classes. Pupils in Nursery Class and Std I may go home at 1.00 pm. Pupils are expected to be in class by 7.50 a.m. when the first bell is rung.  Second Saturdays are holidays for ALL classes.  Fourth Saturdays are working days for Stds. VIII to XII till 12 noon.  All Saturdays are holidays for Nursery Class, Stds. I, II, III and IV. Swimming workshop, Yoga and Class P.T. for Stds. VIII – XII starts at 6.30 a.m. Students are to be present in the respective classes / area by 6.25 a.m. Singing for Stds. V –XII starts at 7.45 a.m.

PUNCTUALITY : It is important to arrive to class / activities on time to take full advantage of the school schedule. Action will be taken against late comers. In the interests of road safety and the protection of pupils from accidents, the main school gate at K.K. Road will remain closed during school hours. However, cars may enter the school campus through the Main Gate and park in the playground between 1:45 p.m. and 2:10 p.m. All parked cars may leave the campus after the school bus leaves at 2.20 p.m.  On Saturdays, the Main Gate will be open from 11.45 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.  The Rubber Board Road entrance may be used during school hours and for special occasions. When dropping your child for early morning activities you may use the Rubber Board Road entrance and leave your child in the campus at 6.20 am.

 ANNUAL CLOSING DATE :  We have given you dates in the calendar for the annual closing of school.  However, these dates may change due to unusual circumstances such as excessive heat or water shortage during the month of March.  Please note that attendance is compulsory on the opening and the closing days of each of the terms.

LEAVE :  As most children in this town live in  close-knit communities where family functions are innumerable, we are compelled to make general clarifications about requests for leave, which the school finds acceptable.  These are as follows:

  • Weddings of siblings, aunts, uncles and first cousins.
  • Engagements of siblings.
  • Baptism of a sibling.
  • Student’s own house-warming ceremony.
  • A first visit to any place that would enhance knowledge.
  • Death of a very close relative.

Parents are requested to send formal written leave letters in advance to cover leave to be taken by their child.  Sanctioning of leave will be at the discretion of the school.  If leave is taken without sanction by the school, the pupil will be suspended for an equal number of days. You are welcome to take leave for your child for any occasion you may consider absolutely necessary, provided, you accept the suspension from class which will follow.

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BOYS AND GIRLS

This is a co-educational school where due respect is given to both boys and girls.  They will participate in all activities as equals.  By Stds. XI and XII there is a healthy relationship which is one of the most precious memories that our Alumnae carry with them forever. We have to take steps to see that a healthy relationship does not deteriorate into one that is unacceptable.  What is acceptable?  As long as children don’t move into corners and lonely areas, or show open signs of affection, interaction between boys and girls should generally be acceptable.  However, since it is not likely  to have unanimity on this issue in a society which is still traditional, and after taking into account various views,  THE PRESENT OFFICIAL LINE WHICH THE SCHOOL SHALL TAKE CONTINUES TO BE :- Boys and Girls will behave on the campus with utmost respect to one another.  Towards this end, the    distance of about one meter shall be maintained at all times between a boy and a girl.   Boys and girls in senior classes are also requested to avoid friendships with those in lower classes. Complaints by parents, teachers or students about the misbehavior of any student will be investigated immediately and action will be taken based on discussions and recommendation of the Committee. (The rule may be relaxed by the school for certain activities eg:  Theatre, Choir, Swimming, Sports etc.)

SOCIALLY USEFUL AND PRODUCTIVE WORK (S.U.P.W.) is a compulsory subject for the ICSE(X) and ISC (XII).  Parents would do well to read the Council Regulations regarding S.U.P.W.  A failed grade in S.U.P.W. indicates failure in the exam.  A child may be detained in any class if performance in S.U.P.W. is not satisfactory.  S.U.P.W. may be done during the holidays.  For this purpose, a syllabus is sent to parents.  It is advisable that you treat it seriously and see that your child attains the required grades of proficiency.  Skills will be tested in June after school re-opens.  Any pupil whose S.U.P.W. grade is unsatisfactory will not attend classes till they have acquired the necessary skills and a re-test  given. Please encourage children to write letters, read books, answer the phone and talk to guests intelligently and politely.  They should take an interest in health foods and exercise and should be well versed in etiquette. Social responsibility begins with individual responsibility.  All students will cooperate in maintaining  hygienic bathrooms / toilets, neat and tidy classrooms and a zero waste campus. 

 SPORTS AND CULTURAL SKILLS  are compulsory activities. We have an exhaustive list of cultural skills offered in this school.  None of these come free.  Like everything in life, there is a reasonable price tag.  The positive aspect is that your child will know to sing, to use paints, model clay, to swim, to speak in public, to act, to dance, to cook, to type, to use the art of self protection and yoga.  These abilities should come as naturally to an educated person as does the act of breathing.  It is compulsory that all pupils from Std. V upwards, have a minimum of two skills.  In Std IV, the pupils should have at least one extracurricular activity.  These will be tested in school every term. Pupils should have minimum of one activity that is physical and one non physical. No pupils will be exempt from extra-curricular activities based on religious sentiments.   Attendance and disciplined behavior in these activities are compulsory.    Residential pupils may be required to take more activities as recommended by the Warden.  It is important that they be kept constructively occupied after class hours. High school students missing such activities have to make up the shortfall in attendance before the Term Examinations.

 BUNKING CLASSES :  Bunking classes and leaving the campus during school hours is prohibited. The punishment is one week’s suspension.  Please impress upon children that they must not leave school at odd times.  The SMS system will alert you when a day-scholar is absent. All forms of bullying be it emotional, verbal, physical, sexual or cyber are strictly banned in the campus. Ragging  which is the most despicable activity where Juniors are targeted by bullies in the Senior Classes  is also banned.  Even the mildest form of bullying / ragging is likely to be met with expulsion. School furniture and property must be treated with respect. Damage done intentionally or due to improper use will lead to disciplinary action and parents will be expected to contribute to part or all of the cost of repair / replacement of electronic gadgets  such as mobile phones, walkmans, i-pods, laptops,  electronic games, cameras etc. are not permitted on the campus.  Gadgets that are confiscated will only be returned to parents, after a fine has been paid to the Accounts office.

  • Cameras may be used on special occasions with the permission of the Principal.
  • A calculator and a watch are considered necessities.

Possession or consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco is strictly prohibited. Those pupils found with these substances will be expelled from school. 

HEALTH FOODS :  Only vegetarian food is permitted during school hours.  This is an effort to encourage a balanced diet.  However this may be relaxed on special occasions once or twice a term. Snacks are served by teachers in Nursery Class and Stds I to IV periodically. Children are encouraged to learn Table Etiquette.

BIRTHDAY TREATS :  Students of Nursery Class, Stds. I – V can bring one snack to class (cake or pastry). Stds. VI – XII may bring only one item of any of the following: brownies, unwrapped sweets likechocolate balls, doughnuts, cookies, marshmallows or Indian sweets like peda, ladoos or jelebis.The school has no objection to holding birthday parties at home that are chaperoned and include all the members of the class.  As a policy we disapprove of parties held in hotels, clubs etc, as such parties are not age appropriate and encourage unnecessary show and splurging of money.

DAY STUDENTS admitted to this school must reside with parents.  They may not stay with otherrelatives in Kottayam.  They are expected to leave school immediately after classChildren that have opted for an extracurricular activity in school are to remain in the school library till the activity commences.   They may not enter Classrooms after school. Day students are not permitted to enter Dorms at any time. Residential Pupils who have been committed to our care may not visit or stay the day or the night with friends unless parents have given us prior permission in writing. Pupils of NRIs may attend school as day students when parents are in town.

EXCURSIONS :  Every class is taken on one or more excursions.  Participation is compulsory.  We enclose a general waiver of responsibility which will cover all outings for this academic year.  Please sign and return it to the office.

STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES WITHIN INDIA AND ABROAD : The Principal will announce dates for these Exchange Programmes.   Parents will be expected to ‘host’ visiting children.  Similarly our students will stay with host families while in USA/Denmark or in Chennai/Delhi/Shimla.Other details will be supplied as and when necessary.  Participation in an Exchange is not compulsory because of financial constraints, though highly recommended.

NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL :   Notice of one full term should be given for withdrawal of a student from the school.

CAR FERRY : Parents/Grandparents,  who find it difficult to walk up our steep slopes can always ask for the school car to transport them.  This also applies to pupils who are not able to negotiate our steep steps. Car Passes are available on request from the office.

PICKING UP CHILDREN AFTER A PROGRAMME :  Parents must not ask children to wait alone or in small groups on K.K. Road or Rubber Board Road in the late evening or at night after a programme for their cars to collect them.  It is dangerous.  They can wait at the Administrative Block till parents pickthem up.  A security person will always be at this area.  Cars can drive into the campus from the Rubber Board Road through our rear gate, and exit through the main gate on K.K.Road after a programme.

MARIAMMA PAUL

PRINCIPAL

PALLIKOODAM

DRESS CODE: 2017 –  2018

 

NURSERY CLASS : There is no uniform.  Shorts and ‘T’ shirts are acceptable.  Shorts should be above the knees and should only have the side pockets.  Extra pockets are not permitted. There may be no bows, ornamental buttons, frills, ribbons, lace, sequins and shiny silver/gold or plastic embroidered motifs.

STDS I, II, III & IV : Girls and boys will wear tailored grey shorts and small checked shirts of any colours. This uniform will be displayed at the School Office and at Pulimoottil Silks, Kottayam.

UNIFORM FOR STDS V,VI,VII,VIII & IX : Girls and boys will wear tailored grey shorts or capris / skirts and small checked shirts in any colour.  This uniform will be displayed at Pulimoottil Silks, Kottayam.

STDS X, XI & XII :  There is no uniform.  However, boys and girls will wear tailored shorts, trousers or capris.  Shirts must be of reasonable length.  Girls have the options of wearing skirts.  There is no restriction on colours.

This dress code applies from Mondays to Fridays and examination days.  On Saturdays, dress regulations are relaxed, except for banned items.

Tight miniskirts, low-rise trousers, faded trousers and trousers which trail on the ground, jeggings and leggings, ‘T’ shirts, low necked tops, sleeveless and short tops are not permitted.  Jeans are not allowed.  Also refer Hair and Accessories.

  • White T-Shirts and black or grey track suits for Yoga.
  • All items of clothing and miscellaneous articles brought to school must be marked with the pupil’s name.
  • If clothes are unacceptable, we will immediately buy suitable substitutes and charge the parents accordingly.

P.T. AND SWIM WEAR : Pupils will wear shorts and T-shirts, thin-soled, canvas, laced, coloured /white P.T. shoes and socks for P.T.  T-shirts should be long enough to be tucked into the shorts.   Pupils must have swim suits / swim trunks / goggles and caps for use in the pool.

White shorts, white T-shirts and white Canvas Shoes are compulsory for the sports meet.

FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS:

GIRLS :

NC, STDS I to IV      – Chungadi pavada and blouse.

V to VIII                       – Chungadi  or Kavani pavada and blouse.

STD IX                         – Churidar set.

STD X                           – Set mundu

STD XI                         – Kerala saree with appropriate, modest blouses.

STD XII                       – Coloured saree with appropriate, modest blouses.

BOYS:  NC, STDS I to XII – Juba and pyjama or mundu. Khadi may be used for National Festive days like the Independence Day and the Republic Day.

FOOTWEAR : NURSERY CLASS TO STD IV   sit on the ground during class time.  They will therefore use sandals.  Socks are not necessary.  During Term I, all students must use rain resistant floaters.  Gym shoes with laces or velcro and socks must be worn during the Second and Third terms by pupils in Stds. V to XII. Crocs are not permitted.

HAIR AND ACCESSORIES : Long hair must either be plaited or tied in bunches for both boys and girls in the Middle and High School classes.  Short hair for all students in the Junior School is recommended for easy maintenance and lice free hair. Costume jewellery, perfume and make-up may not be used in school.  Expensive items of jewellery, nose rings for girls and earrings for boys are not permitted.

CONTACT DETAILS:

School phone numbers:    0481 2578123          0481 2572961

School email id:                  pallikoodam@pallikoodam.org   (Please note that this the new email id)

School website:                    www.pallikoodam.org

 

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