CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
In devising the Code, consideration has been given to the particular needs and circumstances of this School. The aim is to ensure that the individuality of each child is accommodated while acknowledging the right of each child to education in a relatively disruption free environment.
Every effort will be made by all members of staff to adopt a positive approach to the question of behaviour in the School.
It is agreed that a high standard of behaviour requires a strong sense of Community within the school and a high level of co-operation among staff and between staff, pupils and parents.
The rules are being kept to a minimum and are positively stated in terms of what pupils should do.
The overall responsibility for discipline within the school rests with the Principal. Each teacher has responsibility for the maintenance of discipline within his/her own classroom, while sharing a common responsibility for good order within the School premises and in the school yard.
We expect children to conform to general standards of behaviour and work, and we look for the support of parents in attaining these standards. Our school rules are simple and are designed largely to protect persons or property.
- Homework should be checked regularly by parents. Please check the homework journal to see if there is a note in it, if you have a concern about same, make an appointment to meet the teacher.
- Always be on time for school.
- School begins at 9.00 a.m. and finishes at 2.40 p.m. each day. Both Infant Classes finish at 1.40p.m.
- Students remain on School property at all times during the day.
- A Sign in/Sign Out Book is used to record details of any child leaving the school during the school day. It must be signed by the parent collecting and delivering back the child. Please ask the Class Teacher for same.
- Pupils are expected to bring a sensible, nutritious lunch to school as outlined in the school’s Healthy Eating policy.
- Wearing of School Uniform is obligatory.The uniform comprises of a grey skirt/pinafore/pants with a light royal blue jumper and white polo shirt. A school crested tracksuit is worn on P.E. days (Friday) ,when representing the school for a sport related event and when going swimming.
- All clothing should be marked clearly with the child’s full name on the label.
- For safety reasons, hanging/dangling earrings are ruled out.
- No dramatic change of hair colour is allowed
- A written note is required:
- For permission to leave the School during school hours e.g. dental appointment
- When homework is not done.
- To explain absenteeism
- If a pupil is not participating in Swimming or P.E.
- We wish to remind parents of the school’s obligation under the Education Welfare Act 1998 to report to the National Education Welfare Board (N.E.W.B.) any child’s absence from school greater than 20 days (for whatever reason) over the course of the school year. It is absolutely necessary that a note signed and dated, and giving the reasons for absence is forwarded to your child’s teacher in the event that your child is absent from school. We would encourage all children to avoid being absent unless it’s absolutely necessary. Remember every day counts!
- Mobile phones, gameboys/electronic games are not allowed in the school under any circumstances.
- Banned substances include tipex, aerosol deodorants and body sprays.
- Never run in the classrooms or in the corridor.
- When the bell rings in the yard walk to the line and wait quietly for your teacher.
- Never run in the carpark-use the footpaths where possible and always watch for moving vehicles. Remember Safety First!
- Respect everyone in the school; Respect school property and help to keep the school and the schoolgrounds litter –free; Treat your schoolbooks with respect .If they are rented under the Schoolbook rental scheme don’t write on them.
- Pupils are required to show respect for themselves, their fellow pupils and their teachers. Bullying and abusive behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.(See Anti-Bullying policy)
Procedures for Noting and Reporting an Incident of Bullying Behaviour
- All reports of bullying will be noted, investigated and dealt with by teachers.
- Teachers will take a calm, unemotional, problem solving approach when dealing with incident of bully behaviour, reported by either pupils, staff or parents/guardians.
- Such incidents will be investigated outside the classroom situation to avoid the public humiliation of the victim or the pupil engaged in bullying behaviour.
- In any incident of bullying, the teacher will speak separately to the pupils involved in an attempt to get both sides of the Story.
- All interviews will be conducted with sensitivity and with due regard to the rights of all pupils concerned. Pupils who are not directly involved can also provide useful information in this way.
- If a gang is involved, each member will be interviewed individually and then the gang will be met as a group.
- If it is concluded that a pupil has been engaged in bullying behaviour, it will be made clear to him/her how he/she is in breach of the Code of Behaviour and Discipline and efforts to get him/her to see the situation from the victim’s point of view will be made.
- Teachers who are investigating cases of bullying behaviour will keep a written record of their discussions with those involved.
- In cases where it has been determined that bullying behaviour has occurred, the Principal or teacher will meet with the parents of the two parties involved.
- The actions taken will be explained as will the reasons for taking those actions. Ways in which they can reinforce or support the actions taken by the school will be discussed.
- A follow-up meeting with the two parties involved will be arranged if necessary.
- This Code of Discipline is balanced and fair. It is hoped that it will promote positive patterns of behaviour and good relationships.
Despite the best efforts of School Staff, Parents and Students, it is inevitable that behavioural problems will occur.
The following strategies may be used to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour
- Reasoning with the pupil
- Reprimand (including advice on how to improve)
- Temporary separation from peers, friends or others.
- Loss of privileges.
- Detention during a break
- Prescribing additional work
- Referral to the Principal.
- Communication with Parents.
Procedure to be followed before suspension is imposed
For Gross misbehaviour or repeated instances of serious misbehaviour, suspension will be considered.
Where there are instances of this kind, the Chairperson of the Board of Management will be informed and the parents will be requested in writing to attend at the School to meet the Chairperson and the Principal.
If the parents doe not give an undertaking that the pupil will behave in an acceptable manner in the future, the pupil may have to be suspended for a temporary period.
In the case of gross misbehaviour, the Board shall authorize the Chairperson or Principal to sanction an immediate suspension pending a discussion of the matter with the parents.
Where misbehaviour persists, it is important to try to find the underlying causes and to discuss the matter with the parents. Every effort will be made to ensure that parents are kept well informed.
*See Kilmagner N.S.’s Anti-bullying Policy(Ratified by B.O.M. on 26/03/14) for the most up to date information.
Notes on Suspension
Appendix A to Circular 7/88 Rule 130 (5) “Rules for National School” states that:
“When the Board of Management deems it necessary to make provision in the Code of
Discipline to deal with continuous disruptive pupils or with a serious breach of
Discipline, by authorizing the Chairperson or Principal to exclude a pupil or pupils from
the school, the maximum initial period of such exclusion shall be three days.
A special decision of the Board of Management is necessary to authorize a further period
of exclusion up to a maximum of 10 school days to allow for consultation with the pupils’
Parents or Guardians. In exceptional circumstances, the Board of Management May
authorise a further period of exclusion in order to enable the matter to be reviewed.”
“In the case of a single incident of gross misbehaviour, or repeated instances of serious
misbehaviour, the Board of Management shall authorize the Chairperson or Principal to
sanction an immediate suspension, pending a discussion of the matter with the parents.