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Internal Rules Of The Establishment

These rules define the regulatory framework for Marcel- Pagnol French School Abuja.

It is up to everyone to comply with it, and up to the teachers and parents to enforce it. It is based on the principles that we develop the duty of tolerance and respect for others.        
           The Marcel Pagnol French School in Abuja is managed by the Association of the French School of Abuja. It is approved by the French Ministry of National Education and affiliated with the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE).              

  1. schedules

The doors of the school are open from 7:30am to 8:05am and 12:55am to 1:00pm. (Open from 7.30 am.)
Classes are held from Monday to Friday.
In primary   Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8am to 1pm.
     Secondary: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:45 am to 4:10 pm and Friday from 7:45 am to 1:10 pm.

              In accordance with the regulations:
-    two 15 minutes supervised break in kindergarten, elementary and high school;
                    No student is allowed to leave the school during breaks.
During breaks, it is forbidden:
              - to circulate unattended in classrooms and corridors;
              - practice violent or dangerous games;
              - to bring dangerous objects not related to teaching (lighters, syringes, weapons, toys, slingshots, pocketknives, knives, cutters, glass bottles, etc.) as well as medicines;
              - To smoke.
                            In order to keep the establishment clean, the waste must be thrown in the trash cans provided.
Lunch break
A break between 11:55 and 12:05 is given to secondary school students to enable them eat at the cantine.

Inputs - Outputs
For security reasons, in order to prevent people from outside the institution from entering, the following measures are taken:
A pass issued for each student allows a parent accompanying students to enter the school grounds.
Kindergarten students are accompanied and picked up by parents in the classroom.
Elementary students gather in front of their block before entering class. At the exit, they are led by their teacher to the new hut where their parents are waiting for them. Parents will make sure they are on time.
High school students will be picked up at the gate by their family.
Anyone wishing to enter school premises must report to the administration where they will be issued a Pass.

Everyone must arrive on time. Kindergarten and elementary students are supported by teachers from 7:50. Any student who is late must apply for admission to the school. After 3 delays, the teacher reserves the right to accept the student or not in class.


For kindergarten students: Attendance is strongly recommended. If there is a reason to be absent, the reason for the absence should be communicated to the teachers.
Since schooling is compulsory from the age of six, any delay or absence of a pupil is the subject to a word of excuse from his/her parents.



Respect for others: Respect for others governs relationships in the school. Any physical or verbal violence is prohibited.

Attire: Students must present themselves at school in a correct and appropriate attire.
              Proper clothing and shoes are required during sports activities.
"   Swimming pool and plastic shoes (slippers, crocks, flip-flops) are accepted only during pool sessions AND IN THE ENCLOSURE. For health and safety reasons, students should be wearing closed or slit shoes in class and in the fields.   "

Missing item: It is strongly discouraged to bring valuables to the school. The property cannot be held responsible for the missing item that would occur on its premises.

Respect of the material
Students are responsible for the cleanliness and storage of their classroom, the library, the materials available to them, and the school in general. Vandalism leads to payment by the student or his/her family of the sum to ensure the replacement of damaged equipment.

Discipline: In case of discipline problem, parents are informed. Repeated breaches give rise to sanctions.

The use of musical listening systems and various electronic accessories, including cell phones, is prohibited during school time. These materials will be deposited extinguished at school life office for the college and with the teacher for the primary school. The property assumes no liability for loss or damage. The confiscated devices will have to be recovered by the parents.
If necessary, parents can join their child to the secretariat or school life office.



School punishment is the responsibility of the staff (teachers, supervisors, CPE and head of school). They mainly concern minor breaches of student obligations and disruptions in the life of the class or school. Here is the list:

-           Request for oral or written apology
-           additional school work
-           Convocation at the school head or before the educational commission
-           Exclusion of course (must remain quite exceptional)
-           written warning
-           Hours of glue (after three warnings or according to the fault committed)
-           Community service work when it concerns the deliberate damage to equipment or premises. The student will perform work related to the degradation.

In the last two cases, parents are notified by a note that they must sign.

Disciplinary sanctions are the responsibility of the school head and, exceptionally, the disciplinary council. They concern damage to persons and property and serious breaches of student obligations. The decree of 24 May 2014 provides for the scale of the following sanctions:


  1. Scale and nature of applicable sanctions

a) Warning
b) Blame
c) Accountability measure (Alternative measure to sanctions 4 ° and 5 ° provided for in Article R.511-13 of the Education Code)
d) Temporary exclusion from class
e) Temporary exclusion from the institution
f) Definitive exclusion from the establishment

B. The holders of disciplinary power

1 - The school head
2 - The disciplinary council of the establishment

"   The Board of Discipline is governed by decree n ° 2014-522 of 22/5/2014, completed by the circular
n ° 2014-059 of the 27/05/2014 which repeals the circular n ° 2011-11 of the 01/08/2011 relating to the organization of the disciplinary procedures in the colleges, the high schools and the regional institutions of Adapted Education, measures prevention and alternatives to sanctions.
At the Marcel Pagnol French School, it is composed of 13 members:

Ø     head of school or his deputy;
Ø     a senior education advisor appointed by the head of the school;
Ø     the administrative and financial director;
Ø     five staff representatives, four of whom are teaching and educational staff and one   of administrative, social and health, technical, labour and service personnel;
Ø     three representatives of the parents of pupils and two representatives of the pupils in the colleges and two representatives of the parents of pupils in primary school and three representatives of the pupils in the high schools.



Duty of diligence
Attendance at all scheduled courses is mandatory, including optional courses in which the student has enrolled.
Any chosen option must be followed until the end of the school year.
For any foreseeable absence, the family is obliged to inform in writing and in advance the administration (school life service for the college).
For unavoidable absence (eg illness) the school must immediately inform the family by telephone.
Any absence of a student, even if the institution has been informed by telephone, must be justified in writing by means of the communication book (detachable paper filled out, dated and signed by one of the student's legal guardians) and given to the School Life service when the student returns, even before returning to class.

Students who do not follow this procedure are not allowed to be admitted to class.
When they do not have classes, high school students remain within the premises.

Any student who is late must report to the School Life office and apply for admission to class.
A late ticket must be established and stamped by the family.
He will present this when he returns to the School Life office.
The teacher reserves the right to accept the student or not in the class.


Respect for work
Pupil can benefit from the teaching that is given to him only if he does the written, oral and practical work required by the teachers. He must also bring the equipment requested by each teacher at the beginning of the year. In case of absence, the student must make up missed classes as soon as possible.

Respect for oneself and others
Students have a duty of respect towards themselves and towards others that must be reflected in their behaviour.
Incivilities (bullying, insults, jostling, discrimination ...) and acts of violence (physical and moral attacks, verbal attacks, threats, racketeering ...) cannot be tolerated, because they represent attacks on the dignity and integrity of people.

The pupil is held to the respect of his colleagues and all the staff of the establishment.

Correspondence book
The correspondence book is a communication tool between the school and the families . It must therefore be permanently with the pupil. It is important that parents make sure to sign the notebook and return it to the student so that they are not sanctioned. No roughness on the notebook will be tolerated. After 4 forgetfulness of the logbook per term, the student will be punished with 1 hour of detention.

Physical education and sport
Students are supported in their classrooms.
Physical Education and swimming activities are mandatory just like the other teachings, attendance is an essential element.

In all cases, the student will have to wear his EPS outfit.

Positive measures of encouragement:
Students who are serious and who work to the best of their abilities deserve to be rewarded. Encouragements, compliments and congratulations are three rewards proposed by the teaching team in class council under the authority of the school head.
Congratulations: For students who achieve very good results and show a positive attitude and solidarity in class.
compliments: For students with correct results and who are showing effort and seriousness to progress.
Encouragements: For students who are showing effort and seriousness to progress.

5 . USE OF TUIC (Usual Techniques of Information and Communication):
As part of their training, students are trained in the use of information and communication technology: computer and multimedia systems, software and the Internet.
The use of materials and networks is not freely accessible: students must therefore be explicitly authorized by a teacher, who is authorized to control them.
The Internet, networks and digital communication services are subject to the ethical rules of the National Education (including the principle of religious, political and commercial neutrality) and the rules of law: defamation, insult, the dignity of the person, provocation and incitement to crimes and offenses of all kinds are prescribed.
The degradation of the equipment, the copying of software or protected works, the non-observance of the rules of use of Internet is punishable.
Each student will comply with the TUIC charter of the institution that he will sign at the beginning of each school year and will be passed on to the family.

At the first signs of illness, parents are asked to remove the child from school and inform the teaching team to avoid any contagion. School foreclosure is the rule for a number of diseases which is set by a decree of the French Council of State, the list is kept available for families.
In case of injury or minor accident, first aid is provided to students at school. In more serious cases, families are informed so that they can pick up their child. In case of emergency, children are taken to the hospital chosen by the management committee and families are informed. Insurance covers expenses incurred in the event of an accident in the context of school hours and extracurricular activities if the pupil is enrolled.
Students must provide a certificate of the following vaccinations: Tetanus Polio Diphtheria, BCG, Yellow fever (strongly recommended): meningitis A + C; typhoid).
The school does not administer medication. If it is a student indispensable to take drugs, parents give the drug to the nurse.

The exits
Students must first request exit in writing to school life before they can leave.


The school offers extra-curricular activities non-compulsory and paid, under the responsibility of their contracted staff. The list of these activities is communicated to families at the beginning of the school year. Families agree to pay registration and participation fees on the dates set.

The accounting department sends invoices to families three times a year. The payment deadlines must be respected. A financial penalty will be applied in case of delay. In case of difficulty, parents must contact the accounting department very quickly. Any quarter started must be paid. Registration fees and school fees are neither refundable nor transferable.
The school reserves the right to exclude students in the event of non-payment, upon the decision of the management committee. An exclusion measure is always preceded by a dialogue with the family.




              Modified and Approved unanimously by the Board of Establishment , in Abuja on 14/06/2017.