Handbook / Conduct


Hillcrest Code of Conduct

Hillcrest is a globally aware community that values acceptance, diversity and engaged learning while fostering and celebrating successes.

At Hillcrest we promote a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and right in accordance with the BC Human Rights Code, which prohibits discrimination based on Race, Colour, Ancestry, Place of origin, Religion, Marital status, Family status, Physical or mental disability, Sex, Sexual orientation, Gender Identity and Age. Our students come to us with a variety of beliefs and assumptions regarding socially responsible behavior, however, consistent expectations within a school community create a culture of independence, intrinsic pride, and self-motivation which enables the students to be “the best they can be”. We believe that emotional safety promotes learning and students who are respectful, responsible learners become socially responsible citizens. At Hillcrest we commit to playing and working safely, respectfully and responsibly.

In accordance with the School Act, acceptable student behaviour is expected while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school environment.

Be Safe

We will behave and play without harming or threatening others. We will use equipment and materials in a safe manner.  Students have the responsibility to get help for another student if necessary.

Be Respectful

We will treat others with kindness, courtesy and respect. This includes all students, staff and visitors who enter the school and its property. We will care for school property, school equipment and displays.

Be Responsible

We will act in a manner which does not interfere with another student’s learning. We will be attentive and complete assignments to the best of our abilities.  We will respect the privacy and possessions of others.

When students make choices contrary to the code of conduct we help them to;

  1. Identify their choice-what did the child do?
  2. Identify the need – what was it the child wanted to attain?
  3. Identify how to fix it – how can we make the injured person feel okay?
  4. Make amends – restitution to ‘fix’ the problem

Retaliation Prevention—all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation by a person against a student who has made a complaint of a breach of our code of conduct will be taken.

~ Whenever possible and appropriate, consequences for breaches of the code of conduct are restorative in nature rather than punitive.

~ Disciplinary actions, if any, will be based on the age and maturity levels of students and those with special needs*


Serious unacceptable behavior may and can result in advising…

  • Parents of offender
  • Parents of victim
  • District officials as required by policy
  • Police / other agencies as required by law

We will continue to develop a common understanding and clarify language with regards to expected and unexpected behavior with staff and students. We will maintain high expectations for students – to be respectful, responsible, and safe, and we will teach expected behaviors in contexts, hallways, classrooms, gym, playground, and while out of the school on field trips.