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Hokmah International School Division has an academic faculty who is responsible for educational matters, in accordance with the resolutions of the Board of Governors. Within this framework, the principal responsibilities of the faculty include working with the curriculum head to establish the school’s strategic direction, approving the curriculum, ensuring that the needs of our students are met and approving the annual budget.
The below apply to all members in our group.
Acting in Good Faith
All members and associated bodies should act in good faith and in the interests of our students, parents and Hokmah International School Division. No member of the Board or its associated bodies must ever bring Hokmah International School Division’s name into disrepute.
All members must treat each other, parents, students and the wider community with respect. This means recognising that other people may have a different point of view so that we speak and listen to each other with courtesy and adhere to the standards set out in this code.
Accountability and Transparency
All members must assist Hokmah International School Division in developing trusting relationships with our stakeholders: teachers, students, parents and the government. We need to work hard at ensuring that we have robust monitoring and reporting procedures in place, that judgements are based on evidence and that we communicate appropriately with those who have a legitimate interest in our work.
Conflicts of Interest
We have a duty to avoid situations in which our personal interests conflict with Hokmah International School Division's interests. This website does not provide an exhaustive list. If members think that there is a potential for conflict of interest in any of our activities they should raise this with their manager immediately.
Working outside Hokmah International School Division
Full-time members may not engage in paid work outside Hokmah International School Division unless a division head has given permission in advance. This would include, for example, writing a book or articles, addressing a conference, or commercial or news photography. Permission will be granted if the activities do not affect Hokmah International School Division.
Full-time team members may not serve as a director or other officer of a commercial company outside the Hokmah International School Division Group unless the Advisory Board has given permission in advance.
Hokmah International School Division does not give support, directly or indirectly, to any political party or group in Hong Kong. In keeping with this policy one must not identify the Hokmah International School Division name with any political party or group or any one side in such conflicts or disputes.
No purchasing decision should be made on the basis of customer benefit schemes, for example air miles. Hokmah International School Division reserves the right to require employees to decline such benefits, if it believes they are being abused.
Dealing with Information
In the course of our work at Hokmah International School Division we are likely to have access to information which is confidential. Much if this information is also proprietary information. Proprietary information is information which either belongs to Hokmah International School Division, or to some other organisations. It is particularly important that all members respect the confidentiality and ownership of information.
All members must not misuse confidential information about Hokmah International School Division in any way. This means that we should not pass such information to those outside Hokmah International School Division. In particular we should ensure that confidential information is not leaked to the media. Hokmah International School Division regards serious leaks as grounds for dismissal.
In some circumstances, where a member has been specifically instructed or where it is apparent from the nature of the information or where required by contract, the personnel should restrict disclosure of confidential information within Hokmah International School Division.
Members must not use confidential information for personal gain. We should regard all information which is not in the public domain as confidential. This includes information relating to Hokmah International School Division and to other connected parties, for example students' and parents' personal data.
If members misuse information in this way, not only do they run risk of Hokmah International School Division taking action against the person, the person may also expose himself / herself to legal proceedings (Personal Data Ordinance).
Information about existing or proposed Hokmah International School Division research and development (including documents, learning and teaching materials, learning management system) belongs to the group and should be treated with the care given to all types of confidential information. These standards apply to any material we create during the course of our employment with Hokmah International School Division. Copyright and all other rights in such material are owned by Hokmah International School Division. Equally all staff must treat related information, including but not limited to, contracts, curriculum design, student data, notable expiry dates, any exclusivity provisions, financial conditions, research studies, marketing studies as confidential. These items of information may often also be subject to confidentiality obligations to third parties that restrict use, disclosure and internal distribution by Hokmah International School Division.
Dealing with Parents and Students
When we deal with Hokmah International School Division parents and students, the group's reputation depends on our conduct. In many cases, as far as parents and students are concerned, we are Hokmah International School Division.
Gifts and Entertainment
We should never use gifts of value (in cash or in kind) or excessive entertaining to influence Hokmah International School Division customers or external business associates. Equally you should not accept from a customer or business associate gifts or entertainment on a scale which might be seen to create an unreasonable obligation to that person.
If we do receive a gift of more than nominal value which we feel obliged to accept we should pass it on to management who will donate it to a suitable charity after an appropriate period of time. No cash amount will be regarded as nominal.
These general rules on gifts and entertainment have been modified in the following limited circumstances:
- We may accept seasonal gifts of nominal value in line with local business practice.
- Hokmah International School Division journalists may only accept free transport or accommodation in connection with a story with the permission of a bureau chief or editor. Permission will normally only be given if the story warrants coverage and insisting on paying would cause offence or be unwelcome. In this case a donation equivalent to the costs Hokmah International School Division would have incurred may be made to a suitable charity.
- Hokmah International School Division journalists must not accept any payment, gift, service or benefit (whether in cash or in kind) offered by news sources or contacts.
- Promotional incentives may be permitted in some cases if they follow codes approved by relevant regulatory authorities. Examples are the code applicable to the operations of Hokmah International School Division Transaction Services Limited covering incentives to D2000-2 subscribers, and the code for employees of Instinct as dictated by local securities regulatory rules.
We may receive complaints from time to time from stakeholders or members of the public. Such complaints should normally be referred in the first instance to the relevant department head or to the Advisory Board.
It is essential that Hokmah International School Division complies with its legal and regulatory obligations in each country where it does business. Our responsibility is to ensure that none of our actions could cause Hokmah International School Division to breach its legal or regulatory obligations.
As part of this responsibility we should observe the following:
- We must familiarise ourselves with legal requirements and regulatory rules that have direct application to our job. This includes being aware of Hokmah International School Division obligations under agreements to which it is a party.
- If we detect or suspect fraud or any other illegality at work we must immediately bring this to the attention of our manager.
- We must co-operate with the requests of Hokmah International School Division internal and external auditors and internal and external legal counsel. We should never withhold or conceal information from Advisory Board or auditors counsel.