The matron, dorm parent, and their assistants, together with the duty teacher, are in charge of the students during non-academic times before and after school and during weekends. Residential life challenges girls to get along with one another in a small community and to take responsibility for their own personal care. As part of the Character Development Programme at the school, the students are expected to share in some cleaning of the dorms and ablution blocks on a rotating schedule as well as doing their own laundry and keeping their rooms tidy.
The residential staff take great care in ensuring that there is a relaxed and happy atmosphere in the dorms, as this makes the environment more conducive to learning. The students are encouraged to solve any personal conflicts that arise through the process of consultation, a skill that is taught and reinforced in the dormitory programmes.
Students are provided with a quiet period in the evening after study time and are encouraged to use this time for reflection and prayer. The matrons also use evening free time to meet with various grades on a regular basis. These class meetings are designed to promote a spirit of co-operation amongst the students. Banani Schools residential staff devote much energy and attention to assisting students with their personal development.
The school actively promotes respect for and appreciation of all cultures and religions and works towards building a community of students who demonstrate unity within the diversity of many cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs.
Student Welfare and Safety
The school is enclosed by a wall fence and both gates are manned by guards 24 hours a day. Any guest to the school is required to sign their name and vehicle number in a book at the front office. Students are not permitted to greet guests in the parking lot. When leaving for term break students are to be picked up by their parents. If a driver is sent, he should come with a signed note from the parents. Vehicles are not admitted into the school area after 18:00 hours.
At night student dorms are locked. The matron and the principal are equipped with 2-way radios for emergency use. A standby generator provides the campus with continuous electricity when there is a ZESCO failure.
A teacher is on duty every day up until 20:00 hours, after which the matron and residential staff assume responsibility. There is always adult supervision at sporting events and a life guard at the pool.
A fire break is cut around the outside of the wall fence and controlled fires are lit to eliminate dry grass. A fire drill evacuation procedure is in place in the event that there is a fire on campus.
Students are required to fill out a medical form as part of the admission process. A full-time registered nurse lives on campus and tends to illness such as influenza and malaria. She also dispenses drugs that students bring from home such as cold remedies and malaria prophylactics. Students are required to hand in to the nurse all medications that they have in their possession and each bottle should be clearly marked with the students name and dosage.
Problems or accidental injury occurring while the student is at school or attending a school-related event, the school authorities will immediately inform the parents / guardian, requesting the removal of the student from school as soon as possible so the problem can be attended to by a physician.
In the event that the parents cannot be contacted or their travel distance is too far for an immediate response during a medical emergency, the school will transport the student to the appropriate clinic / hospital for medical attention on behalf of the parent. In cases where a student is admitted into hospital, a responsible school representative will remain with the student until the family is contacted and a relative can replace them.
Parents requiring medical insurance for their daughter must obtain policies through their employer or purchase such protection privately.
Students with special diet requirements due to food allergies, religious practices, or vegetarian preferences are placed on a special list and their needs are met. Special diets should be mentioned on the students medical form.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Students are encouraged to express their concerns and suggestions through the proper channels of authority. For academic matters, the teacher must be approached first, after which the Vice-Principal may be consulted. In the dormitory, the matron or dorm parent is approached first, then the Student Affairs Coordinator. The Principal should be the last avenue of appeal for students.
Students elect five grade representatives to a food committee, which includes the Kitchen Supervisor and the Student Affairs Co-ordinator. The food committee consults on the menu and kitchen routines for the upcoming term.
Student Representative Council (SRC):
Two members from each grade are elected for one year to serve on the student council, which meets regularly with the Principal to discuss school-related issues.
Uniforms are mandatory during the academic day and for all evening study periods. They must also be worn for special events such as the AGM and parent-teacher conferences. Uniforms must be kept clean and pressed by the student. Sports uniforms must be worn during all sports periods and events. Each students sports uniform is in their house colour.
Equipment and Supplies
Textbooks are provided by the school on a loan basis and collected at each mid-term and term break. Students are charged for loss or unreasonable damage to texts. Students must supply their own exercise books, math sets, and other stationery supplies.
Uniforms are sold through the school uniform shop and consist of a skirt, sweater, jacket, tie, sports outfit and track suit. At present, articles that must be bought off campus include white socks, black shoes, white running shoes, white shirts, and a swimming costume.
A full list of recommended clothing, toiletries, and other supplies is available at the main office. Students are permitted to bring one iron, one blow drier, one battery charger, and one electric mosquito mat unit. No other electrical appliances are allowed.
The campus tuck shop is stocked with stationery, toiletries, and snack foods which the students may purchase twice a week. Students are required to have a sum of money deposited on their tuck account from which purchases may be deducted. There is a limit placed on the amount of sweets allowed, but no limit on toiletries and stationery.