Code of Behaviour

SCHOOL  CODE  OF  BEHAVIOUR

Aims

Good behaviour is necessary in order to make the school a place in which all students can learn safely and enjoyably. In order to achieve this, the following list of rules must be obeyed.  They are based on two simple principles:

  1. RESPECT Student must, at all times, show respect for themselves, their fellow students, all school staff and the school environment.
  2. CO-OPERATION All students will co-operate fully and follow instructions given by school staff.

 

School Rules

Attendance

I will attend school everyday.

If I am unable to attend I will bring in a note from my parents/guardians written in my journal stating the reason for my absence.   This must be produced on the day of my return even if my parents have been in touch with the school by phone.

  • See school attendance policy

Punctuality

I will come to school on time every morning and afternoon.

If I am late I must report to the main office/attendance office and receive a late stamp in my Journal  and then go directly to registration/class.

I will be on time for all of my classes.

Presence in School

I will attend all my assigned classes.

I will not go outside the school grounds during school hours except at lunchtime (l.05-1.55).

I must remain on the school grounds during small break.

If I need to leave school during the school day (e.g. for a dental appointment) I will request permission from my teacher to report to the school attendance officer to obtain permission before leaving the building.  I will present a note from parent/guardian in my journal requesting permission to leave at the arranged time.

Uniform, Books, Equipment

I will come to school every day in full school uniform with appropriate textbooks, stationery and equipment, including correct P.E. kit. I will not wear any jewellery.

I will not wear make-up or fake tan in 1st/2nd/3rd year.

I must have a note in my journal to explain any exception, accepted at the discretion of Year Head. I must maintain all books received via the Book Rental Scheme in good condition.

Journal

I will come to school every day with my journal.

I will keep my journal in good condition.

I will have my journal on the desk at all times.

It must be signed every week by a parent/guardian.  I must hand up my journal immediately when requested to do so by a teacher.

I must not deface either my own or another student’s journal.

Lockers

I will use my locker only a) before 8.45, b) at small break, c) at lunch time, d) after school.

Homework

I will record my homework in my journal and complete it properly and fully as assigned.

  • See homework policy

Bullying

I will not bully or intimidate any other student or staff member.

If I am being bullied myself or I see any serious bullying incident, I will report the matter to one of the following: my teacher, tutor, year head, chaplain, guidance counsellor, parent, buddy. All such reports will be treated confidentially. (See Anti-Bullying Policy)

Eating

I will eat/drink only in the canteen or outside the school building.

School Property, Litter & Graffiti

I am responsible for my own property. The school has no liability for any student’s property.

I will take care of school property and will share responsibility for keeping my classroom tidy. I am responsible for disposing of my own litter in the bins provided.

Banned/Illegal Substances

Smoking in the school building or school grounds is illegal.

I will not bring cigarettes, alcohol aerosols, lasers any dangerous or illegal substances, materials or equipment to school.

I will not smoke or take cigarettes /any illegal substance or drink alcohol in school or on school property or while in school uniform.

Mobile Devices

I will switch off my mobile phone/Mp3 player/iPod/digital music player etc. and keep them out of sight at all times except during break time and lunch time i.e. 10.13 – 10.25 and 1.05-1.45 p.m.

Toilets

I am allowed to use the toilet at the following times:

(a) Before 8.45 a.m.                                    (b) during break time

            (c) during lunchtime                                   (d) after last class

In exceptional circumstances a teacher may authorise the caretakers to allow me use the toilet outside the above times.

Public Behaviour

I will behave properly and correctly in public at all times, including when travelling to and from school and at lunch time. I will behave properly and correctly when on school outings/trips.

Breach of Privacy (including online)

Circulating, publishing or distributing (including on the internet) material associated with school activities, including but not limited to material in relation to staff and students, where such circulation undermines, humiliates or causes damage to another person is considered a serious breach of school discipline and many result in disciplinary action.

As part of such disciplinary action the Board of Management reserves the right to suspend or expel a student or students where it considers the actions to warrant such sanctions. 

 

DISCIPLINE  CODE

The Discipline Code is an important element of the pastoral care of students. It aims to support students in establishing boundaries, to maintain a safe, happy environment for everyone.

Stage 1

Student Behaviour Staff Member Consequences
Student does not have note in his/her journal to explain his/her absence. Tutor Warning Given. Tutor will request that a note be presented the following day.  If a note is still not presented the student will be sent to the Year Head who will write a note in the journal stating that the absence note must be produced the following day before being admitted to school.

  • See school attendance policy
Student has three or more lates in a given week. Deputy

Principal

Detention for 40 minutes the following Monday after school
Student does not have journal. Tutor Warning Given. Student is sent to Year Head’s Office for a temporary journal which must be returned to the Year Head the following morning at registration.
Student does not have books, copies, equipment, correct P.E. kit. Teacher Warning Given. Teacher may:

  • Give an appropriate sanction
  • Inform parents via student’s journal
Student is late for class. Teacher Warning Given. Teacher may:

  • Give an appropriate sanction
  • Inform parents via student journal
Student is eating, drinking or chewing gum. Teacher Warning Given. Teacher may:

  • Confiscate food or drink
  • Give an appropriate sanction
Student is wearing a non-uniform item or is not wearing uniform correctly. Teacher/

Tutor

Teachers/tutor will send students to Year Head. An incorrect item of uniform may be confiscated.  Student may be withdrawn from class until in correct uniform. In exceptional circumstances students may be admitted to school with an appropriate note from parents/ guardians. Year Heads may not admit the student to school the following day if not in correct uniform.
Junior student is wearing make up/fake tan. Teacher Student must remove all make up.
First instance of behaviour that interrupts learning, such as talking in class. Year

Head

Warning Given

  • Give an appropriate sanction
  • Inform parents in journal
Student misuses/defaces or loses books provided by the Book Rental Scheme. Year

Head

Teacher reports matter to Year Head who will contact the parents and insist on the book being fixed or replaced.
Student misuses/defaces journals. Tutor Teacher/tutor reports the matter to Year Head who will insist on the journal being fixed or replaced.
Journal is not signed. Staff Warning Given – Inform parent via journal. Journal must be signed by the following day.  If not student will be sent to the Year Head who contacts parents.
Student has a mobile phone/Ipod or any other mobile device or earphones is seen or heard in class or on the corridor. Teacher Mobile device including sim card or mobile device is confiscated by the teacher for 1 week. If it is necessary for Year Head/Deputy Principal/Principal to confiscate the mobile phone it is confiscated for 4 weeks. If a student refuses to hand the phone to the above the student will be suspended. Mobile phone must be collected from the school office by a parent.
Student is wearing jewellery. Teacher Teacher may confiscate the jewellery. Jewellery will be stored in the school office until a parent collects the item.
Student speaks with disrespect to others. Teacher Warning Given. Student is to apologise to the person disrespected.
Student does not have homework completed. Teacher Teachers may

  • Give an appropriate sanction
  • Inform parent in a student journal
  • See homework policy


Stage 2

Student has 10 lates or more per term. Attendance

Officer

Attendance Officer refers student to Deputy Principal. Student will receive one detention for each subsequent late.
Student receives 3 or more bad notes in one week. Tutor Tutor may give an appropriate sanction and inform the Year Head.
Student persistently does not have books, copies, equipment in class, correct P.E. kit. Teacher
  • Teacher gives a written sanction
  • Informs parents via student journal
  • Informs Year Head via duplicate book
  • Year Head contacts parents
Student is persistently

  • Being disruptive in class
  • Misusing his/her journal
  • Eating, drinking, chewing gum in class
Teacher
  • Teacher gives a written sanction
  • Informs parent via student journal
  • Informs Year Head via duplicate book
Student is persistently late for class. Teacher
  • Teacher gives a written sanction
  • Informs parent via student journal
  • Informs Year Head via duplicate book
Persistent disrespect to others. Teacher
  • Teacher gives a written sanction
  • Informs parent via student journal
  • Informs Year Head via duplicate book
Student goes to locker at an incorrect time or has no lock on the locker. Teacher First occasion, warning given not to do so again or put new lock on locker.

Second offence, reported to Principal/Deputy Principal.

Student may have an inappropriate item on their person, in their bag or locker Examples – property belonging to the school

or other students, illegal substances, etc.

Teacher

and/or

Year Head /

Deputy

Principal

In the presence of another teacher, the teacher is authorized to ask the student to empty his/her bag and/or locker. This must be done without impinging on the student’s personal rights, privacy and human dignity.

The health and safety of the whole student body is paramount.   The item found would dictate the sanction given.

Stage 3

Year Head receives three stage 2 notes from teachers for an individual student via duplicate book in 1 month. Year Head One detention.

If student fails to attend the allocated detention they will not be readmitted to school until a parent presents to the school with the student.

Student persistently has no journal. Year Head Parent contacted and child not readmitted to school without journal or money for a new journal and a note from parent.  3 temporary journals in 1 month incurs detention.
Student is absent from class or leaves school without permission. Year Head Parent contacted by Attendance Officer/Year Head.

One detention of comparable length to absence without permission.

Student is smoking on the school grounds. Teacher Report to Deputy Principal who contacts parents.

Each offence warrants 1 detention.

Persistent offences – suspension.

Student engaging in serious disruptive behaviour. Teacher Teacher may report student by a duplicate note immediately to Deputy Principal who may remove the student from class. Student may not be allowed on any school outings for the remainder of the school year.
Student presents to school not in full school uniform. Tutor & Year Head & Class Teacher Student sent to Year Head/Deputy Principal.

Year Head may contact parent to make arrangements for student to be in correct uniform.  Student may not be readmitted to class without full school uniform.

Students leave the school grounds during morning break (10.13-10.25) Deputy

Principal

Teacher brings student to Deputy Principal. Student receives one detention.
Student receives two detentions  (6 stage 2 notes). Year Head Parent contacted by Year Head and arrange an appointment to inform them of documented misbehaviour of student and impending suspension if further misbehaviour occurs.
Damage to property. Teacher Depending on the severity of the damage, student must repair the damage and/or fully reimburse

the school to replace or repair the damage.

Public behaviour.

Inappropriate behaviour in public.

Teacher Following an investigation the Year Head/Deputy Principal may not allow the student on any school outings for the remainder of the school year.
Interfering with another student’s locker, (e.g. using, defacing, vandalising, etc.) or persistent misuse of student’s own locker. Year Head Year Head will

  • Contact parent
  • Missing items will have to be replaced
  • Locker may be removed
Any of the stage 3 offences. Year Head Year Head may contact the parents and request an interview to inform them of the documented misbehaviour of the student. The student may also be placed on report. If no improvement parents may be requested to meet with Year Head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 4

On-going misbehaviour resulting in 5 accumulated suspensions.

 

Discipline Committee

Year Head

Deputy Principal

and Principal

Meeting of Discipline Committee to review the behaviour and record of particular student .

Committee then meets parent(s) and student.

Recommendations may include

  • Recommendation for counselling
  • Parent and students signing a contract for good behaviour and/or attendance and/or specific conditions to be adhered to
  • Referral to the Board of Management as anonymous profile
  • Student must redress the misbehaviour or repair the damage in an agreed way.
  • Return to school may be dependent on specific conditions (e.g. contract, counselling, assessments, Board of Management referral etc)
  • Seek formal psychological/psychiatric assessment and subsequent application to Dept of Ed. & Skills for additional resources
Serious sudden misbehaviour or damage to property including total refusal to follow teacher’s instructions and/or use of abusive language. All teachers report to the Principal or Deputy Principal Immediate withdrawal from class. Interview with student and contact with parents.

Subsequent scheduling of meeting with parents and student.  Suspension up to 3 days may follow. Student must redress the misbehaviour or repair the damage in an agreed way. Return to school may be dependent on specific conditions (e.g. contract, counselling, assessments, Board of Management referral, etc)

Student makes a serious false allegation about a staff member. Principal Suspension

Return to school dependent on specific conditions.

Students circulates, publishes or distributes (including the internet) material associated with school activities and/or material in relation to staff or students that undermines, humiliates or causes damage to another person Staff member/

Discipline Committee,

Year Head,

Deputy

Principal and

Principal

Withdrawal from class. Interview with student and contact with parents. Disciplinary action will follow up to and including referral to the Board of Management (refer to Breach of Privacy including On-Line Privacy).

 

 

 

 

Stage 5

Student engages in illegal behaviour such as possession or use of illegal substances or major serious offence such as threat of violence or actual physical/sexual assault on any member of the school community.

*See Summary of Suspension and Expulsion Policies.

Principal and Board of Management Immediate withdrawal from class, interview of student and contact with parents. The matter referred to the Board of Management with all documentation on the student.  Parents are notified of the details and invited to attend the Board meeting and given an outline of further consequences including possible expulsion. If the Board decides to suspend for 6 or more days a report is sent to the National Education Welfare Board. If the Board considers the breach of a very grave nature immediate expulsion may be considered. In the event of expulsion the Board notifies the parents of their right to appeal within 42 days. A report is sent to the NEWB.
A further misbehaviour after a meeting with the Discipline Committee.

*See Summary of Suspension and Expulsion Policies.

Principal and Board of Management The matter is referred to the Board of Management with all documentation on the student. Parents are notified of the details and invited to attend the Board meeting.  Board considers options, as to what is best for the student and other students in the school, up to and including expulsion. In the event of expulsion the Board notifies the parents of their right to appeal within 42 days. A report is sent to NEWB.