Code of Conduct and Policies

The Oeiras International School (OIS) Code of Conduct sets the standard by which members of the OIS community measure their relationships with others.

Moreover, this Code is based on the development of attributes in the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile. The values and attitudes of the school are significant in shaping the future of its young people.

In a school that has a commitment to the values inherent in the IB learner profile, the values seen in the school’s Code of Conduct will be clear in classroom and assessment practices, and in the daily life, management and leadership of the school.

A graphic of the 'respect, responsibility and rights' philosophy, integral to the school code of conduct.

We have high expectations of the community at OIS. Mutual co-operation, respect for property, respect for our environment and, above all, respect for each other, are essential to our happiness.

Our Code sets the context for a safe and productive learning environment by outlining expected behaviour in a caring school.

The IB Learner Profile

The IB Learner Profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century. Besides, it provides a long-term vision of education and a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus teachers and learners.

Furthermore, attributes and descriptors in the learner profile define the type of learner the IB hopes to develop through its programs.

Read more about the IB

Equal Education Opportunity Statement

No student at OIS will be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity on the basis of sex or sexual orientation, race, religious belief, national origin, ethnic group, or disability.

OIS Code of Conduct Agreement for Students

Students will:

  • Attend all classes on time, in uniform (or tidily dressed if in Years 12 or 13), and with the proper materials needed for schoolwork. These materials may be carried in a computer bag.
  • Show respect for all people and property at OIS, especially towards the learning environment in classes.
  • Understand that mobile phones, iPads, iPods and EarPods are allowed on school grounds, but must be used responsibly.
  • Not eat or drink (except for water) in classrooms. Also, students may not bring chewing gum into school.
  • Not use or have in their possession dangerous objects. Students will also not misuse common place objects.
  • Co-operate fully with the teacher in charge whenever the need exists to evacuate the room or building in any emergency. Teachers will be instructed on proper procedures and everyone is to act accordingly with safety always in mind.
  • Conduct themselves in a responsible manner when attending any trips or events as representatives of OIS.
  • Be aware that OIS has a zero tolerance policy towards alcohol, pornography and drugs. Furthermore, all prescription medicines should be handed to the school nurse.
  • Be responsible for the tidiness and correct use of class materials, in and outside school areas.
  • Respect all belongings of the school community. Also, be present in school during the school day and events, unless otherwise properly authorised by the Principal.
  • Participate in the election of the Student Council and House Captains.
  • Not record personal pictures or images or sounds from any classroom or school activity and consequently publish them on Social Media or send them via internet without the Principal’s permission.
  • Students enrolled in OIS are subject to the OIS code of conduct while at school and when attending all school-sponsored activities.


  1. All absences from school must be accompanied by a letter from the parents explaining the absence.
  2. Justified absences include:
    1. Doctor’s appointment with medical certificate or letter.
    2. Illness: for less than three days, students must bring a note from a parent. For three days or more, students must bring a medical certificate for the full period of absence.
    3. Special circumstances approved by the school.
  3. All other absences are considered unjustified, including exclusion from a classroom for disruptive behaviour, holidays that extend into school days not pre-authorised by school, etc.
  4. Arriving late to a lesson or to morning registration is unjustified. When this occurs frequently without written notification, a meeting with parents is required.
  5. More than five days of unjustified absence may constitute failure of that year.
  6. More than five unjustified absences from any single subject may constitute failure of that subject for the year.
  7. A total number of absences mounting to 10% or more in one school year may constitute failure of that year.  (COVID related absences do not count towards this total).
  8. If a student is absent for more than 5 consecutive days without written notification from parents, he/she will be considered withdrawn from the school.


OIS observes and regularly reviews a number of key policies. Some of these are available through the links below.

Admissions Policy

Language Policy

Inclusion Policy

Assessment Policy

Academic Integrity