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Rules and Regulations


The school rules and regulations aim to spell out clearly how students can exemplify the 4 core values of our school, namely; Mindset for Excellence, Integrity, Responsibility and Respect. We hope to teach students how to uphold certain standards of behaviour such that they will not exceed the boundaries of acceptable behaviour in school and society. Overall, the rules and regulations are designed to create a safe and secure environment for students to learn and teachers to carry out their duties.

Mindset for Excellence 

  • Students are to be attentive, cooperative and diligent. – e.g. there must be no sleeping in class, disruptive behaviour or tardiness.
  • Students are to complete and hand in all assignments punctually.
  • Students are to be good ambassadors of the school at all times.
  • Students must strive to produce quality work in or out of the classroom.


  • Students are not to cheat or plagiarise in assignments, tests, assessments or exams.
  • Students are not to be in possession of mobile phones or other unauthorised items during tests or exams.
  • Students are to observe fair play during all competitions.
  • Students are to diligently perform all duties assigned to them.
  • Students must uphold the law and report those who break the law.
  • Students are to follow the security procedures of the school and report misdeeds or suspicious behaviour.
  • Students are to report and surrender all lost and found items to the General Office so that the owners may claim them.
  • Students must report to the school authorities if they have damaged school equipment or property.


  • Students are to attend school, classes, CCAs and other school activities punctually.
  • Absence from school or any school activity must be substantiated by a valid medical certificate or documented valid reason. (other than MCs, reasons for absence are only deemed valid upon acceptance by and at the discretion of the school).
  • Students must submit their MCs/documents within 3 working days upon their return to school.
  • Permission to leave school before official holidays, or official dismissal may be granted in special cases. For such cases, parents or legal guardians must write in to Year Head and Form Teachers at least 2 weeks beforehand.
  • Students must demonstrate a sense of civic mindedness – e.g. queue up, return utensils in the canteen, keep the school clean, return lost and found items etc.
  • Students must take care of their own belongings and follow established security procedures. Students should not bring unnecessary valuables to school and should not leave their valuables unattended.
  • All students are not allowed to have in their possession any weapon. They are also not allowed to bring any weapon-like item which is used or intended to be used to cause harm to others.
  • Students must not engage in gambling or betting.
  • Students must not vandalise.
  • Students must not waste electricity or water.
  • Students must use school facilities and equipment with proper authorisation and take care of them.
  • Students are to be quiet and orderly and observe proper decorum during school events such as assemblies, celebrations, sports day etc.
  • Students who need to leave a lesson for valid reasons (e.g. going to the toilet, feeling unwell, official duties etc.) must seek the permission of the teacher present.
  • Students must keep their classrooms clean, neat and tidy at all times.
  • All food and drink, with the exception of plain water, are to be consumed in the canteen.
  • Student’s personal effects (e.g. wallets, mobile electronic devices, books, files etc.) are not to be left in the classroom unattended. Students may rent a personal locker for this purpose.
  • During time-tabled and CCA time, all mobile electronic devices (e.g. mobile phones, iPods, iPads, Tablets or Laptops etc.) usage is restricted to the school canteen or under direct teacher supervision.
  • Usage of mobile electronic devices outside time-tabled time may be restricted by school staff if it interferes with school programmes or activities.


  • All students are to be refined in manners and maintain proper decorum at all times.
  • Students are to stand up and greet the teacher before and after lessons.
  • Students are not to be intimate with one another (e.g. no hugging, holding of hands, kissing, writing of intimate correspondence, sitting in close proximity etc.)
  • Students are to be obedient to school staff.
  • Students are to treat others with care and concern (e.g. no vulgar, sexual or crude language, no bullying, threatening, intimidating, impersonation or causing annoyance or hurt to anyone by any means).
  • Students are not to abet the commission of offences by others. 
  • Students are to greet staff and visitors.
  • Students are to participate in the flag raising and lowering ceremonies with dignity and respect.
  • Students who are Singapore citizens must sing the National Anthem and take the Pledge. Students must recite the Pledge with the right fist placed over the heart.
  • All students are to sing the school song and recite the student creed respectfully.
  • Students are to uphold the reputation of the school and nation. There must not be any defamation (in any form) of the school, staff, fellow students or any of the nation’s leaders.
  • Students are to wear the prescribed school uniform and modification to the uniform is not allowed.
  • Shirts and blouses must be buttoned up properly and tucked in.
  • Tattered, torn, outgrown, stained and faded uniforms must be replaced.
  • Only plain white school shoes and the Xinmin socks are to be worn.
  • Only the Xinmin Jacket, which is part of the school uniform, can be worn.
  • Xinmin PE T-shirts and shorts are to be worn for PE lessons. Students are not to wear PE attire on days they do not have PE.
  • Class T-shirts are only for graduating classes (4E, 4N, 4T & 5N) and must be approved by the School Leaders. Their design and use must be authorized by the school leaders.
  • Students may report to school in half uniform on days when they have PE before recess but must change into full uniform by the end of recess before going to class. (Half uniform is defined as PE top and uniform bottom)
  • Students are not to wear jewellery, necklaces, bracelets, ornaments or makeup. Religious items must not be worn/displayed visibly.
  • Fingernails are to be short and unpainted.
  • Ear sticks and ear rings or studs are not allowed on boys.
  • Girls may wear one ear stud per earlobe. The ear stud must not be more than 5mm in diameter. Ear rings are not allowed.
  • Piercing of any other part of the body is not allowed.
  • Tattoos on any part of the body are not allowed.
  • Highlighting or dyeing of hair is not allowed.
  • Hair extensions are not allowed.
  • Wearing of caps/hats to school is not allowed unless special permission is given.
  • Coloured contact lenses are not allowed.
  • Male students must be neat in appearance, clean-shaven and no facial hair is allowed.
  • Only girls are allowed to wear hair accessories such as hair bands and clips, which are to be black, dark brown or dark blue.

Demerit Point System

  • Demerit points will be awarded by the Discipline Committee for any offence committed
  • Demerit points awarded will be commensurate with the severity, frequency or manner in which the offence was committed
  • Every student will have their demerit points reset at the end of the semester
  • Boys who accumulate 20 or more demerit points may be caned
  • Girls who accumulate 20 or more demerit points may be given CWO hours or suspended from school
  • Graduating students who accumulate 20 or more demerit points for the academic year will also not receive a Testimonial from the school
  • Graduating students who accumulate more than 3 demerit points in the academic year will have their Leadership points (L.E.A.P.S) reduced
  • Students conduct grades are dependent on the demerit points accumulated

Demerit points

0 + recommendation by FT




16-30 + 1 serious offence

> 30

Conduct grade


Very Good





Schedule A
  • Pirated or unlicensed materials
  • Electronic entertainment and gaming devices 

Schedule B
  • Poker or ‘mah-jong’ cards or tiles
  • Tarot Cards and other Occult items

Schedule C
  • Pornographic materials (inclusive of electronic media)
  • Weapons/Weapon-like items
  • Sparklers and Pyrotechnics
  • Tobacco products and alcohol
  • Contraband or duty unpaid items
  • All items that the school management may deem inappropriate for students
  • All items prohibited under Singapore Law

Restricted Items
  • Mobile phones
  • iPods
  • iPads
  • Tablets
  • Laptop computers
  • Other similar items


Any pupil who violates the school rules will face consequences that commensurate with the severity, frequency and manner in which the

offence was committed. The 3 categories of offences here define the seriousness of the offence.


·         Category A Offences

·         A1 - Late for class/lesson/school activity     

·         A2 - Improper attire/appearance/grooming

·         A3 - Littering/Spitting

·         A4 - Bringing drinks/food out of designated areas

·         A5 - Eating in classrooms

·         A6 - Failure to perform classroom duties

·         A7 - Failure to return utensils in the canteen

·         A8 - Bringing Schedule A items

·         A9 – Misuse of mobile electronic devices

·   A10 - Using school property/facilities without proper authorisation


·         Category B Offences

·         B1 - Skipping school activities/lessons

·         B2 – Late for school             

·         B3 –Misbehaving in class

·         B4 – Disrupting class/activities

·    B5 – Instigating/abetting others to commit offences

·         B6 – Rude or disobedient to student leaders

·         B7 - Use of coarse, rude/abusive/vulgar language

·         B8 - Failure recite Student Creed

·         B9 – Lying

·         B10 – Mischief

·         B11 – Bringing Schedule B items


·         Category C Offences

·         C1 - Repeatedly flouting any school rule/rules

·         C2 – Bringing Schedule C items

·         C3 – Threatening/Bullying/Intimidating others

·         C4 – Smoking/Possession of tobacco products

·         C5 – Consumption of alcohol/drugs/contraband substances

·         C6 – Disobedience/Defiance/Rudeness

·         C7 – Intimate behaviour

·         C8 – Causing hurt

·         C9 - Leaving school without permission

·         C10 – Truancy/Wilful absenteeism

·         C11 -  Forging of signature/document

·         C12 - Cheating

·         C13 – Affray/Fighting

·         C14 – Causing public nuisance

·         C15 - Vandalism

·         C16 – Theft/Misappropriation

·         C17 – Joining gangs

·         C18 – Outrage of Modesty

·         C19 – Getting tattoos or body piercings

·         C20 – Contravening  any Singapore Law

·         C21 – Refusal to sing the National Anthem and/or  to recite the Pledge

·     C22 – Defamation of the school, staff, nation or nation’s leaders




In meeting out disciplinary consequences for various offences, the school management aims to consider the 3 dimensions of justice listed below. Through this approach, and also by considering mitigating factors, the school will safeguard the principle of fairness.


  1. Commutative Justice governs the relationship between one individual and another.
  2. Distributive Justice governs the relationship between the community as a whole and individuals or smaller groups
  3. Legal Justice directs the relationship of individuals to the good of the community at large.

Consequences for offences in Category A include warning, suspension from class, detention, demerit points, confiscation, appropriate restitution and corrective work orders. Confiscation of mobile electronic devices will be for 5 school days with 1 demerit point. Repeat offenders will have additional demerit points in addition to the confiscation for 5 school days. For attire offences, immediate corrective action will be taken by the school to bring about compliance. These will include cutting of hair, confiscation of unauthorised items or apparel. While undergoing suspension or detention, students may be required to write reflections, essays or a letter of undertaking promising not to commit the offence again and undergo in-house counselling by teachers. Repeat offenders may be issued with a formal warning letter and have their offences upgraded to Category C.


For Category B offences, the measures meted out are similar but more demerit points may be given than those in Category A. In addition, parents may be called in to school to meet with teachers to discuss the student’s behaviour and further disciplinary actions or follow up. Students may also be referred for counselling or any other appropriate programmes deemed fit by the school management. The school may partner with external agencies to organise intervention programmes which the students will be required to participate in.


For Category C offences, over and above the measures described in Category A and B, Category C offences warrant additional demerit points, caning and suspension from school. Students who are suspended from school will not be allowed to re-sit any tests or exams missed as a result of the suspension.  Re-admission to school after suspension will be based on the conditions set by the School Management. In addition, students may be put on probation, during which they may be required to perform community services or responsibility programmes. Offences that involve violation of the law may be referred to the Police. Recalcitrant offenders who do not respond positively to the school’s intervention measures may be required to withdraw from school or face expulsion from school.