Etiquette & Protocol

Students are encouraged and expected to show kindness to one another and to their teachers in several ways during their hours at New Covenant Christian School. Periodically, students will receive teaching and reminders about these expectations. It is our hope that courteous behavior will become part of the daily fabric of life at New Covenant.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Phil. 2:3-4

First, we want to train our young men to show consideration and respect for the ladies in the school. (“Husbands, in the same way, be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” I Peter 3:7). As some applications of this truth, we want the young men to:

  1. Open doors for the ladies, either female teachers or female students. Always allow the females to exit the room (or the bus) first. If a young lady arrives to school with an armload of books, open their locker door for them.
  2. Seat ladies at the library tables or the lunch tables in the auditorium. Get a chair for the girls to sit in or give up your chair and get another one for yourself.
  3. When ladies are carrying items from their cars into the school building, offer to help them.
  4. In the hallways, men are chivalrous and defer to the female students by giving them space and not running into them.
  5. At the top of the stairs, hold the outside door open for the ladies.
  6. In all events where food is served, the women are always to be served first.

Second, we want to train our students to show proper respect to their teachers and Upper School staff. (“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men; whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.” I Peter 2:13)”

  1. Students should address their teachers by Mr., Miss, or Mrs.
  2. Students should respond by saying “yes” or “no”, not “yeah” or “ugh”. At the grammar school we encourage students to say “yes sir or no sir”
  3. Students, male or female, should offer to help the teachers when they are carrying materials into the building.
  4. If instructed to do so by their teachers, students will stand when an administrator enters the room.

Third, New Covenant students are encouraged to make a special effort to welcome visitors to New Covenant. “Practice hospitality” Romans 12:13

  1. When adults visit ther class, students will stand until the teacher instructs them to sit.
  2. Students will greet parents who visit during school assemblies and make sure that the ladies have a place to sit.
  3. Students will make a special effort to welcome students who are new to New Covenant.

Grammar school rules have the same goals, but are written specifically for our younger students.

NCCS Grammar School Etiquette Guidelines

  1. Boys hold doors for girls.
  2. Girls get in line first.
  3. Lines must be straight and quiet.
  4. Stand when an adult enters the class.
  5. Speak clearly and politely to the teacher, other adults and each other.

Conclusion: We want New Covenant to be a place where visitors sense a difference … specifically the sweet aroma of Christian love. (“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death, to the other, the fragrance of life.” II Corinthians 2:14-15)

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