School Rules


It is our goal to collaborate with parents to instil respect and responsibility in each student.  An important objective is to provide an educational climate which assists students in presenting themselves in a manner that promotes a positive and productive school environment, personal pride and academic success.

Behaviour and Deportment:

Students’ behaviour, deportment & speech in and out of school is under school authority from the day the student puts on the uniform of this school until the end of her school career here at Providence.

We strongly object to the following:-

- Loitering on the street to and from school

- Sitting on walls or in public places that do not become a young lady.

- Waiting on specific taxis for any reason unless authorized and recommended by  

   parents; or travelling in PH cars.

- Lewdness - vulgar, obscene, rude and disrespectful language or behaviour. The use of profanity, sexual, foul or obscene language and/or gestures, obscene materials (e.g. in notes or letters, books, diaries, text messages etc.) or any type of verbal assault or abuse will not be tolerated.


This distinctive mark of our school community is obligatory and must be worn with respect, dignity and a sense of loyalty to the principles and policies of our school.

The uniform of Providence is as follows:-

White blouse - with blue pinstripe, worn outside the skirt.  The blouse is buttoned down the front, has an extended collar and short sleeves which are about two inches (approximately) above the elbow.

Blue skirt - slightly A-line with two knife pleats left of centre; one inch below the knee.

Socks - Plain white socks (one pair), must be one inch above the ankle.

Footwear - All white, low top sneakers.  Boots and boot-like shoes are not allowed.  NO long tongues, nor trendy decorated shoes, nor shoes with contrasting colours are allowed.

School badge - indicates House and is worn on the left shirt collar.

School ID card – used for identification and registering attendance.

white vest or camisole that fits inside the skirt must be worn with the school uniform. Full uniform must be worn at all times and only in connection with school-related activities. 

The attire for School Outings/Educational Tours is either the School Uniform or the blue school Polo jersey with a pair of long, blue or black jeans and the school sneakers.

At no time should the uniform be worn in part, nor should there be any additions or alterations to it.

Make up:

Simplicity should be the characteristic mark of a student of this school. No make-up of any kind is permitted - this includes, nail polish, hardener, eyeliner and mascara, lip gloss, chap stick.


All hair must be clean and styled in a neat fashion that is appropriate for a school setting. Trendy hairstyles that are not suitable for school will not be tolerated. Hair must not be dyed or bleached.

Hair ties and clips should be either, white, black, brown, or blue. Simple functional hair clips are allowed. No hair beads, jewellery, string, or other adornments are allowed.

Styles that use extensions or braids should be natural in appearance, neat and simple and should match the student's natural hair colour. No ombre or unnatural coloured extensions are allowed. The length of these styles should also not go past the student's midback. 


The following are allowed:

- A wrist-watch with a simple black, brown, silver or gold band no wider than 1 inch (2.5 cm).

- A pair of simple knob stoppers in plain gold, silver or white (pearl or gemstone) no wider than 4 mm in diameter. Only one pair of earrings is allowed and this must be worn on the lowest hole on the earlobe.  Coloured pearls and other gemstones are not allowed, neither are alphabetical letters or other designs.

Note well:  Any form of jewellery worn that does not conform to what is stipulated will be confiscated and returned only to the parent. 


When a student is absent, an excuse must be submitted to her Form Teacher/Assistant Form Teacher on the day of her return.  This must be written on a proper sheet of paper for our records (no scraps please) and signed by the parent or guardian.  The school must be informed as early as possible if the student is to be absent for a prolonged period. 

If for some serious reason a student has to leave during school hours, a letter requesting permission and signed by the parent/guardian, must be addressed and sent to the Principal in advance.  If anyone other than the parent/guardian is collecting the student, this letter must include the name of that person. No student will be allowed to leave the compound without such a letter or on the basis of a phone-call.

Students are expected to be on the compound by 8.00 a.m. to begin their school day.  Only for serious and unforeseen reasons will unpunctuality be accepted. Punctuality and attendance records are documented on the students’ files and affect the students’ recommendations.  Students who arrive late for school must have a written excuse signed by the parent or guardian. 


Neither vulgarity nor obscenity will be tolerated at any time in speech or in writing. 

Modelling & dancing:

Modelling/participation in advertisements outside of school are not considered activities of a Providence student during her years at school. 

Vulgar/indecent dancing at school events will not be tolerated and students are expected to dress modestly on the school compound or other venues and events that do not require the school uniform. 

Books & property:

No literature (books, magazines, novels, papers etc) nor photographs that offend or are against decency and modesty, nor any other materials that are in conflict with the teachings of the Catholic faith, may be brought into the school compound (and certainly not on electronic gadgets). 

Any student who interferes with another’s property e.g. by theft or unpermitted loan will be punished severely.  Anyone who leaves pen ink, marker or liquid paper markings on desks, floors or walls will be required to clean it.  If any student damages school property, she will be required to shoulder the cost of repair and/or face suspension.  A student is required to make restitution if she defaces or steals or loses another’s property. 

Chewing gum and liquid paper are not allowed in this school. 

Collection of students:

Parents are asked to collect their daughters by 5:00 p.m. After 5:30 p.m., the students will be sent to the Belmont Police Station and await their parents there. This is for their own safety!!

Students who have not been collected from the alley entrance by 3:30 p.m. must return to the school and wait outside the Hall since the Alley Gate will be locked at 3:30 p.m. The student who disobeys, causing herself to be locked out on the pavement, opens herself to risk that could be avoided. This again is for the students’ safety. 

Drop-off of students directly onto the school compound is not allowed. We ask that students be dropped off in front the alley gate before 8:30 am and collected there between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm.  This is because the access road is narrow and cannot facilitate two-way traffic. 

To avoid annoying traffic congestion on Belmont Circular Road, parents are advised to create their own one-way system. Come in from the Savannah travelling eastward and after picking up your daughter, continue along the Circular Road either to Jerningham Avenue further down or take one of the wider side streets higher up and get onto Norfolk Street (an up street) which will bring you back north onto the Circular Road. This helps tremendously! 

Please be mindful of the traffic signs posted and only park or wait on the side of the road designated for that purpose. (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday - side with school.  Monday, Wednesday, Friday - side opposite school) 

Phone calls:

Students are not called to the phone during school hours.  The message must be left with the secretary.  The students will be paged on the P.A. system.  Administration will not be responsible if a student fails to receive her message due to non-response by the student.  Students are allowed to use the phone only for emergencies not forgetfulness.  Kindly do not call students during school hours as their phones need to be switched off during that time.

Electronic Device Policy

This policy outlines the acceptable use of electronic devices to maintain a safe and secure educational environment with the goal of preparing students for the future, improving learning, and fostering digital citizenship.

Electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops and tablets brought to school shall be restricted to educational purposes in approved locations and times and be used only under the supervision of school personnel.  Cell phones must be therefore switched off between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. unless authorized to be on by school personnel.

Students shall:

- use electronic devices in accordance with the expectations set forth in the Ministry of Education’s Code of Conduct (pg. 29 and pgs. 43-46).

- comply with guidelines set by school personnel for the use of electronic devices while on school property or while engaged in a school-sponsored activity.

- keep devices switched off and stored in school bags or desks unless required for a lesson.

- take photographs and audio/video recordings only when authorized by school personnel for educational purposes and only with a person’s consent.

- access the school network using only approved devices.

- implement virus and malware scanning on their electronic devices.

- ensure their electronic devices are charged prior to bringing them to school.

Prohibited uses of electronic devices include, but are not limited to:

- areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as restrooms.

- downloading files that are unrelated to educational activities.

- engaging in non-educational activities such as playing games, watching videos, using social media, listening to music, texting, or taking personal calls.

- cheating on assignments or tests.

- using photographs and audio/video recordings for a purpose unrelated to the school assignment.

- engaging in cyberbullying which involves using technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person.

- infringing upon copyright laws or plagiarizing protected information.

Academic Honesty

PGCS does not tolerate academic dishonesty. Cheating (giving or receiving information) and plagiarism on class work may result in a zero grade for the assignment. If students or parents/guardians have any questions concerning plagiarism, they are encouraged to communicate with the subject teacher. 


Detention is a penalty for infraction of school rules.  This can take place during lunchtime under the supervision of a teacher.  Students will be allowed to have lunch prior to the detention.


Providence is a Catholic School with a Catholic philosophy of education.  Its system of ethics and values is in keeping with Catholic teachings.  We uphold our Catholic principles and values.  Religious Education classes and guidance sessions often underline such principles, and it is hoped that our students will be formed in the moral and spiritual values that we uphold. 

It is compulsory for all our Catholic students to attend Catholic activities that we schedule on our Calendar. These include school and class Masses, retreats, May Procession and all other liturgical activities associated with the Church’s calendar. 

We expect that parents will help us to maintain those morals and values that we cherish and which are at the heart of our institution.