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Policy Overview

General Policies
 
Church/Devotions

Students attend weekly chapel and church services. Devotions are led by house parents - weekly for High School students and daily for Elementary students. It is a time of sharing concerns and joys. Children are encouraged to pray together and with their house parents.

 

Medical Care

A qualified registered nurse is a member of the Boarding Staff. Nearby hospitals are used when the nurse in charge deems it necessary. All medical expenses (including travel costs) will be billed to the parents. All medications brought into boarding are to be kept by the nurse or the house parent, unless, in the case of older children, the nurse has authorized them to control their own medications.

 

Boarding Reports

All students living in the Boarding Hostel will receive a written evaluation from their boarding parents at the end of each semester. This report is for the benefit of the parent and is not entered on the student's permanent academic record. All boarding parents correspond with parents over immediate, necessary matters.

Media Policies 

All media permitted at Murree Christian School will be in accordance with Biblical standards. We have the Biblical injunction to live according to God’s word (eg. Philippians 4:8 and 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22). The content of all media should uphold values acceptable to the Christian mode of life and thinking, remembering that whatever we receive into our minds becomes a part of us. Media which portrays homosexuality and New Age thinking as an acceptable lifestyle will not be permitted. Media that contains excessive occult related activities, sexually suggestive behaviour, nudity, excessive violence or excessive swearing are not permitted and will be confiscated at the house parents discretion. Confiscated items will be returned to parents.

 

Students who play inappropriate music, computer games and who watch inappropriate programs will lose their privileges. Privileges can be given or revoked at the discretion of any MCS staff member in consultation with their house parent.

To encourage involvement in constructive activities after school and on weekends, moderation should be exercised and house parents (at their discretion) may limit the use of all media in their departments.

 

Movies, Videos, DVDs

All movies shown must be consistent with the above-mentioned MCS standards. Students are not permitted to bring R-rated movies into boarding. Nothing is to be viewed by students in boarding departments except with house parent’s permission.

 

Music

All music must be consistent with the above-mentioned MCS standards

Music must be respectful and consistent with Christian values. Lyrics that contain vulgar, sensual language, either explicit or implied, are considered inappropriate for listening. Music that promotes rebelliousness, self-harm or suicide, endorses sexual promiscuity, glorifies or promotes violence, endorses use of drugs, and treats the occult as attractive is equally inappropriate.

Those playing music audibly must control the volume so that it is not offensive to other students, staff or visitors.

 

Computer & Electronic Games

All computer & electronic games must be consistent with the above-mentioned MCS standards. First person shooter style games that involve graphic violence and killing people are not allowed. Web Zones (public) are permitted with boarding parent supervision.

 

Personal Music Players (Ipods, MP3s etc)

Personal music players are only to be used outside of school hours and may not be brought to school (except for those students who have permission to listen to music during their study hall time).

 

Mobile Phones

Students in grades 7-12 are permitted to bring mobile phones into boarding. Phones are to be switched off during class times.

 

Dress Code 

As a community, we respect the culture in which we live and members of the school community are asked not to knowingly cause offence in the host community. Therefore, all students are expected to dress appropriately while in school or representing our school at activities off campus. Clothing needs to be modest and not revealing or distracting.

The following guidelines apply:

 

Modesty of Clothes

Clothing worn should be modest at all times:

  • no bare shoulders or backs 

  • no form-fitting trousers unless covered by a mid-thigh length garment (to cover bottom.)

  • no tank tops/tube tops/string strap tops 

  • neckline should not reveal cleavage 

  • no visible undergarments (bras or underpants) 

  • no clothing is permitted that exposes your midriff

  • skirts should be at least mid-calf length

 

Appropriate Clothing
  • Clothing or footwear that causes undue maintenance problems such as heavy boots that cause excessive floor markings or trousers with metal rivets that scratch furniture must be avoided.

  • Clothing worn (including jeans) needs to be in good repair; free from holes, cut-outs, torn seams or frayed edges.

  • Students are not to wear their clothing or hair in such a style or manner that could be hazardous to them in their various school activities such as technology, laboratories, physical education, art, etc. Instructors of these subjects are to set specific dress and grooming regulations for health and safety.

  • Students must not wear hats, caps or beanies during chapel, Sunday Worship Service, formal school events, or during mealtimes in the dining room. Wearing of hats within the classroom is at the discretion of the teacher-in-charge.

  • Clothing with obscene or violent statements, designs, double messages, and advertisements for drugs/alcohol or tobacco will not be permitted.

  • Shoes, boots, or other appropriate footwear must be worn at all times outside boarding department (no bare feet).

 

Shorts
  • short shorts will not be permitted 

  • girls may not wear shorts (mid-calf length pants are acceptable) 

  • may not be worn at church or at official school functions where formal dress is expected 

  • may not be worn when leaving campus (except for boys PE on the field when sports shorts will be permitted)

 

Physical Educational Clothes

For High School PE lessons students must change into:

  • loose-fitting t-shirt

  • track pants (Boys can choose to wear PE shorts.)

  • for cold weather an extra sweat shirt / fleece

  • suitable sports shoes and socks 

  • girls must tie their hair up

  

For Elementary PE lessons students should come to school wearing:

  • suitable sports shoes and socks 

  • clothing for easy movement (not skirts or jeans) 

 

Note: As laundry is once per week, each student is required to have 2 sets of PE clothing.

 

Off-Campus Clothes

When leaving campus, girls need to wear a shalwar kameez (3 piece suit). Alternatively a kameez top, dupatta & long pants are acceptable for certain outings & your houseparent/teacher will advise you accordingly. If travelling in vehicles between school and Sandes, girls are permitted to wear western clothes but high school girls must include a chadar.

For cultural reasons, boys need to remove any earrings before leaving campus.

 

Winter Clothes

Students will experience at least three months of cold winter weather along with many days of heavy rain. Students will need a couple of warm fleeces, an outdoor waterproof jacket and suitable winter boots or shoes.

 

Formal Clothes

Formal dress should be modest. For girls, shoulders, back & mid-riff should be covered. Dresses/skirts should be below the knee and have no low neck-lines. Outfits should include a shawl for travelling.

Boys should wear a dress shirt, trousers (not jeans) and tie or a dress shalwar kameez. Students are expected to dress up for Awards Ceremony, Baccalaureate & Graduation with a minimum dress standard of:

  • Girls - shalwar kameez

  • Boys - collared shirt and good trousers or shalwar kameez (no jeans permitted)

Student Handbook

 
Download the handbook here