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. 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 programs.
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 School’s 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 an electric wire fence.
- 24-hour security guards.
- Required sign in with name and vehicle number for all guests at the front desk.
- Students are not permitted to greet guests in the parking lot.
- All students are picked up by their parents every term break. If a driver is sent, a signed note from parents is required.
- Vehicles are not admitted into the school area after 18:00 hours.
- Standby generators provide 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 lifeguard 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 into 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 a 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.
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.