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School Rules

School Rules & Regulations

Rules and regulations are necessary as they maintain a conducive environment for learning. They help to develop self-discipline and a sense of responsibility which are essential qualities for success in life.

General Conduct

Have good manners and show respect, care and concern for everyone. Be a good example to your peers.

  • Be polite and well-behaved at all times. Greet all staff and visitors to the school.
  • Show respect and obey school authority (Principal, Vice-Principals, teachers, non-teaching staff, and student leaders).
  • Be considerate to others.
  • Take good care of school property and keep the premises clean and litter free.
  • Uphold the good name of the school.

Be Responsible and Disciplined

  • Absentees are required to SMS the General Office at 82001676 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. on their day of absence. If your daughter is aware that she will be absent from school the next day, she can give prior notice by informing the office before 5:00 p.m. the day before. Absentees are to state the number of days given in their medical certificates or give other relevant reasons for their absence.
  • Be in the school parade ground by 7.30am. Students who arrive after 7.30am will be booked for late-coming.
  • Latecomers who arrive in school after the Flag Raising Ceremony are to report directly to the General Office. The main school gate will be closed from 7.30am - 8.00am.
  • Attend all classes, CCA and other school activities punctually and regularly.
  • Attend school for the full duration of the school term.
  • Students who wish to leave the school during school hours are required to write in 3 working days in advance to obtain permission from the Principal/ Vice-Principals.
  • Absence from classes, CCA and other school activities must be covered by a medical certificate. Absence from exams/tests must be covered by a medical certificate or the student will receive a zero for the paper. Absence from exams/tests that are covered by letters of excuse will only be accepted under extenuating circumstances e.g. bereavement.
  • The school will only accept up to a maximum of 4 letters of excuse from the parent/guardian in a year for valid reasons, or under extenuating circumstances.
  • Students should not be in possession of any prohibited items. These include items such as cigarettes, alcohol, sharp objects (eg swiss army knife, penknife) etc

Appearance and Attire

Look smart. Take pride in your appearance and school attire.

  • Students are to wear the prescribed school uniform and modification to the uniform is not allowed.
  • The name tag is to be worn at all times in school or when the student is officially representing the school.
  • The hem of the school skirt should reach the middle of the knee cap.
  • Students are to wear only white shoes and prominently white shoes with dark/pastel coloured logos.
  • Student are to wear only school socks with the SMSS logo prominently displayed or plain white socks (without logos) that must cover the ankle when worn.
  • CCA/HOUSE/PE T-shirts/school approved T-shirts, school skirts and track shoes (with school socks) are permitted on non-school days. These T-shirts should be tucked in at all times.
  • Students may come to school and remain in their PE T-shirt, shorts and CCA skirt on the days they have PE lessons.
  • Students are only allowed to wear the black St. Margaret’s School jacket or plain black jacket without logos.
  • Students are not allowed to wear coloured top undergarments. Only white and nude colours are allowed.
  • Hair should be neat and pinned down neatly behind the ears. Fringes should be above the eyebrows. Hair below the lower collar line should be tied up neatly in plaits or a ponytail with plain and simple black/white/dark green hair accessories.
  • Hair length should not be above the natural hairline. Tails, shaved, spiky, sloppy and layered hairstyles are not allowed.
  • Tinting, bleaching, colouring and applying hairstyling gel/wax/clay on hair are not allowed.
  • Students should not wear any form of cosmetics, nor should there be body piercing, or unnatural body markings made with inks, paints, henna etc.
  • Students should not wear coloured contact lenses, or tinted spectacle lenses.
  • A matching pair of small, plain stud (less than 0.3 cm in diameter) earrings or clear/transparent ear sticks may be worn on the lowest ear hole of each ear. Earrings should be green, white, black, gold or silver.
  • Nails should be short and without nail polish.
  • No jewellery or any other item of personal adornment is allowed.
  • Students are allowed to wear only dark-coloured sandals when they have injured their feet. They are to submit a medical certificate to their Form/Co-Form Teacher.

Flag Raising Ceremony

Observe the flag raising ceremony with dignity and respect.

  • Assemble quietly, punctually and in an orderly manner for the ceremony.
  • Students who are Singapore citizens must sing the National Anthem and take the Pledge. Students will take the Pledge with the right fist placed over the heart.
  • All foreign students are to stand at attention and observe silence as a mark of respect.
  • Students are to show respect when singing the school song and hymn.

Classroom Conduct

Have a positive learning attitude and always do your best in your work. Show consideration for others and take care of the cleanliness of the classroom.

  • Be attentive during lessons.
  • Hand in assignments on time and complete corrections promptly.
  • Maintain and upkeep all subject files.
  • Electronic devices (e.g. MP3 players, computer games, cameras) can only be used after school dismissal in the canteen, with the exception of non-school days.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off. They can only be used after school dismissal in the canteen.
  • Perform assigned classroom duties diligently to keep the classroom clean and tidy at all times.
  • Upkeep the class notice boards regularly.
  • Involve yourself in constructive work quietly when the teacher is not present.
  • Seek permission from the teacher if you have a valid reason to leave the classroom.
  • Leave and lock the classroom during recess or when lessons are conducted in another venue.
  • Students must adhere to copyright laws and show integrity in the use of IT.
  • Students are not allowed to post any photographs in public domains showing students in St. Margaret's attire without prior permission from the school.

Canteen Conduct

Show consideration to others by having good social and table manners.

  • Food and drinks are to be purchased only during recess and after school. Students may purchase
  • plain water only after PE Lessons with the teacher’s permission.
  • Queue up quietly and in an orderly manner for your food and drinks.
  • All food and drinks are to be consumed in the canteen only. Only plain water is allowed in the classrooms.
  • Return all used cutlery/cups to the respective pails provided by the stallholders and throw rubbish into the bins.


Please note that the school rules also apply during the school holidays.

Use of Internet

Show consideration to others' feeling by practising good network etiquette.

  • Use social media or online tools responsibly.
  • Acknowledge source of information/photo/graphics/videos/websites.
  • Respect other online user by retraining from using abusive language.
  • Do not post harassing, threatening and insulting messages.
  • Do not post insensitive and inappropriate comments, prank messages, pictures or video about a person online to damage his or her reputation. This includes not sharing the person's embarrassing information online.
  • Do not use abusive/vulgar language online.
  • Do not shame the name of the school or other persons online.
  • Do not post photographs of students in St. Margaret's attire in public domains, or even photographs of others without prior permission from the school.
  • Log in with your own accounts. Do not use another person's screen name or ID (impersonation).
  • Do not forward the private emails, messages, picture or videos from others without prior permission from the senders.

School Regulations Regarding Restricted Areas:

Students are allowed to enter the following rooms only when permission is given and they must be accompanied by school staff:

  • The Staff Room, including the Teachers’ Lounge and Heads of Department (HOD) Room
  • The General Office, Principal’s and Vice-Principals' offices

Students may use the following rooms/facilities only when supervised by a teacher:

  • Science Laboratories                                   • Performing Arts Studio
  • Computer Laboratories                                 • Kitchens & Needlework Rooms
  • Theatrette


Any student who violates the school rules and regulations is liable to face disciplinary action according to the severity of the offence. Students who commit very serious offences that violate the law will be handed over to the Police. Recalcitrant offenders could be expelled from school and/or subject to any other appropriate measures deemed fit by the school management.

Students who have done wrong should have the courage to own up and make amends. They should learn from their mistakes and improve themselves.