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Code of Behaviour

 

Scoil Naisiúnta Naomh Thomáis, Tobar Pheadair.
                                    Good  Code of Behaviour.
The purpose of this Code of Behaviour and good practice is to foster and develop an
educational environment which will help us.
Our Code of Behaviour aims to:
• create a learning environment where each student feels secure and can achieve to the
best of his/her ability. Each student is seen as an individual whose talents should be
realised to the full.
• Promote relationships among staff and parents which are based on mutual trust,
respect, fairness, consideration and good manners.
Parents/Guardians must accept this Code and all that it entails and they are required to sign the acknowledgement at the end of the Code and return it to the school.
Uniform:    All students must wear the following uniform in school:

      Boys                                           Girls

Light Grey shirt                                 Light Grey blouse
Dark grey pants                   Grey pinafore with 3 pleats or dark grey pants
Red V-neck jumper                           Red cardigan
School Tracksuit                               School Tracksuit

Low heeled shoes should be worn as high heels constitute a real safety risk in our school
building
Excessive make-up is forbidden
Jewellery should be kept to a minimum
Hair should be tidy and tied off the face, in the case of long hair
If a student is not wearing his/her full school uniform, he/she must have a note from
parent/guardian explaining why the uniform is not being worn on that day.
This note excuses the student for one day only.
The responsibility to provide the note rests with the student.

Punctuality

The school will open to receive pupils at the hour of 9.10am.If pupils arrive before this time, they must stay in Car/Bus until the Exterior door is opened at 9.10am
No responsibility is accepted for pupils arriving before that time.
Classes will commence each day at 9.20am.
Classes will end each day at 3.00pm.

 

Parents who wish to have their children escorted home should make their own
arrangements to have them met at the school gate and the person to escort them should be at the school no later than 3.00pm, as the school cannot accept responsibility for looking after the children after that time.
Students must be on time for all classes during the school.
Children are expected to be punctual
School day for Junior and Senior Infants ends at 2.00pm

Only in exceptional circumstances will the Infant classes be permitted to stay after 2pm
and this must accompanied by a written  authorisation from parent/guardian-
Regular lateness will be recorded and put into the child's individual file.

Absences

As it is in the interest of all pupils that the teachers and parents are aware of the child's whereabouts during school hours, the following has been included;

  • A written note is essential for each day absent in Homework Diary, telephone call (between 12.30-1.00 pm)
    or personal call from parents of children is required in the case of planned absences.
  • Children are not allowed leave school grounds at any time without a note.
  • In the case of absences for day, days or parts of days, a note from the parent

explaining the absence is required.

 

Entering and Exiting School

Outside School

 

Students coming to and from school must do so in a manner which displays respect and
courtesy for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Motorists, please reverse to the path which will allow the students to make their way into school via the path.
Students must always be mindful that when they wear the uniform/Tracksuit of the school they carry the responsibility of the good name of the school.
Students using buses must behave themselves coming to or from school.
Students must remain inside the gate until the bus is stationary.

Inside School

Students must remain inside the school grounds from time of arrival at school to the end
of the school day.
Students will move to their classroom in a quiet orderly manner.
At no time of day shall any child be permitted to run in any part of the school building
Students must always stand back and make way for any staff member.
Students must not engage in rough behaviour,
Students who wish to go to the toilet should seek permission from the teacher,
A ball may be retrieved from a roof or road by a senior pupil only with permission and
under the supervision of a teacher.
Chewing gum, money, personal toys, cigarettes, alcoholic drink, laser pens, personal
stereos/radios, glass bottles, phones, cards and other such items, computer games, I-Pod’s and accessories are not permitted on school premises

Please note: These items will be confiscated and may be returned after a set period of time. In the case of controlled substances, parents will first be informed and/or where deemed necessary, the proper authorities. In the rare and unlikely instance of substance misuse the child will be exposed to the possibility of instant suspension and/or expulsion. “Substances” in this case includes but is not limited to, cigarettes and alcohol.

Inside the Classroom

Students will enter classroom in a quiet, orderly manner and sit in designated seats and leave in a quiet and orderly manner, placing their chairs under/over their desks. Chewing gum is strictly prohibited. No student should write on the blackboard unless asked to do so by the teacher.

Homework

Homework is very important. Homework consists of assignments, a review of work done in school each day and revision. Homework may be written or oral.
Homework must be done. Failure to do homework may only be excused by a note of explanation from parents/guardian.
Repeatedly leaving a copy at home will not be accepted as an excuse.

 

Relationships

Respect, courtesy and good manners must be reflected in staff/student relations.

Appropriate behaviour is expected from students at all times.
Foul language must never be used in school or on extra-curricular activities.
Rough play, dangerous play, name calling are not permitted at any time
During class a student when entering the room must knock on the door and excuse himself/herself.
A positive school ethos is based on the quality of relationships, both the professional relationship between teachers and the ways in which pupils and teachers treat each other.
This positive ethos permeates all the activities of the school and helps in forming a strong sense of social cohesion within the school.
(a)        Children will show due respect for the rights of their fellow students by working sensibly in lessons
When your teacher talks to the whole class children must be quiet and pay attention
Children will put their hand up to answer questions
Children will not distract or annoy others in the lesson
Children will have the right equipment for lessons - books, folders, pens, pencil, ruler and homework notebook
Children will not chew, eat or drink anything other than water during a lesson.
Children will go to the toilet during breaks rather than during a lesson.
Only 'pack away' when your teacher tells you
Make sure the area where you have worked is clean and tidy before you leave the room
Do no leave the lesson at any time without the teacher's permission.

  • Disruptive behaviour is unacceptable as each child has the right to an education in an             uninterrupted and happy environment.
  • Common courtesy will be expected

Teacher towards teacher          Teacher towards children
Children towards teacher          Children towards children

  • In the interest of safety, children must walk in an orderly fashion within school at all times
  • Children shall conduct themselves during playtime, having due regard to their own safety and the interest of fellow pupils.

Environment
If children learn to care for school property and appreciate the necessity for keeping classrooms, toilets, playground and play shelter neat and clean, they will, gradually realise that they share a common responsibility for public and private property

  • All children shall respect and care for all school property and the property of

others

  • As tidiness is a priority in our school, children are encouraged to ensure that litter

is collected and deposited in one of the bins provided

  • Children delegated work - in charge of library, black-boards, nature table, bin,

water etc should undertake the work to the best of their abilities

  • Use of school grounds outside of school hours is prohibited except for activities

organised and supervised by the teachers and anybody authorised by the board
Students who damage school property or equipment have to either replace or repair this property or equipment.
Bullying and Fighting
Every pupil has the right to be happy in school, during their class and leisure time.
Our school community does not accept any unkind actions or remarks by pupils to pupils, even if those remarks or actions are not intended to hurt
Pupils should support each other by not being afraid of reporting incidences of bullying to their class teacher
Be certain that all such reports whether by word of mouth or in writing will be treated in the strictest confidence
Students must be able to go to and from school and attend school in safety Students must not be subjected to physical or verbal abuse, intimidation, ridicule or sexual harassment. Students must not be deliberately isolated.

Methods of dealing with unacceptable behaviour
Breaches of discipline will be dealt with by the teacher.
Each student is responsible for his/her own actions.
The student will be spoken to during class, at the end of class or by appointment. The nature of misbehaviour will be pointed out. An undertaking to abide by the Code of Discipline and good school behaviour will be sought.
It is accepted that there is a need for sanctions to register disapproval of unacceptable behaviour.
Some or all of the following strategies may be used to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour:

  • Reasoning with the pupil
  • Reprimand (including advice on how to improve)
  • Standing or sitting at the back/front of the class during break
  • Temporary separations from peers, friends or others.

  Detention during a break

  • Prescribing additional work
  • Exclusion from school events, trips, games etc (this could include dropping from a team

              where appropriate)

  • Referring to principal (where appropriate)
  • A written account of the event by the pupil, signed and dated
  • The parents concerned will be invited to come to the school to discuss the child's case,

following which a record of the meeting will be placed in the student's file

  • Suspension -Rule 130 (5)

1)                                                     Expulsion
Serious Misbehaviour
Serious misbehaviour may constitute persistent misbehaviour, failure to respond to correction, repeated failure to produce homework/books or a refusal to obey a teacher's instruction.
Suspension Procedures
It will be at the discretion of the Teacher /Principal in consultation with the Principal/Board of Management to suspend a student.
The decision to suspend a student will be communicated to a parent by letter and/or where necessary by, a phone call.,
In certain circumstances a student will be re-admitted only when agreeing again to give a written undertaking to abide by the Code of Discipline and Good School Behaviour and same is signed by the student and his/her parents/guardians again.
Suspensions exceeding 6 days must be notified to the EWB.

Expulsion
Expulsion will be considered in an extreme case, in accordance with Rule 130(6)

 

A student may be indefinitely excluded or expelled from school for behaviour which contravenes
this code if

  • All other sanctions have failed,
  • His/her behaviour places the health and safety of others at risk and/or interferes in such a way and to such an extent that the educational needs of the other members of the classroom is being negatively affected,
  • Or the situation, in the view of the principal, in consultation with the Board of Management, is so serious as to demand it.

NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER STATUTORY PROVISIONS OR THE RIGHTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, STATUTORY OR CONSTITUTIONAL, PURSUANT TO SECTION 24.5 Ed (w) act 2000, the BOM has a right to take all reasonable measures it deems appropriate to ensure "that good order and discipline are maintained and the safety of students is secured".
Where an expulsion is pre-empted, 20 days notice must be given to the EWB.
Parents Role
Parents play a crucial role in shaping the attitudes, which produce good behaviour in school
Parents can co-operate with schools by:

  • Explaining the rules and explaining reasons for their inclusion in the code
  • Encouraging their children to abide by the school rules
  • Ensuring that homework is allocated due time and effort by the child
  • Visiting the school when requested to do so by the principal or other members of staff

Communications with parents will be verbal or by letter, depending on circumstances. The parents concerned will be invited to come to the school to discuss their child's case. For gross misbehaviour or repeated instances of serious misbehaviour, suspension will be considered. Aggressive, threatening or violent behaviour towards a teacher will be regarded as serious or gross misbehaviour, the Chairperson of the Board of Management will be informed and the parents will be requested in writing to attend the school to meet the Chairperson and the Principal. If the parents do 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. Suspension will be in accordance with the terms of Rule 130(5) of the Rules of National Schools.
Not withstanding the provisions of the Education Act of 1998 and the Education (Welfare) Act of 2000(below),suspension will be immediate if the Principal deems it necessary, in accordance with the school policy; pending a full investigation which will include a discussion with the child's parents before any further action will be taken.
All such investigations and disciplinary matters shall have regard for Constitutional Justice and fair procedures. The school authorities will where possible, inform parents about problems with their children's behaviour before a serious situation develops.

In order to achieve the aims of Primary Education: - To enable the child to live a full life as a child
- To equip him to avail of further education so that he may go on to live a full and useful life as an adult in society.
We must all work together in a combined effort to ensure that this all round growth is healthy and harmonious.
NEW LEGISLATION REQUIREMENTS AND PROVISIONS
SEC 29 OF THE 98 ACT PROVIDES FOR A SYSTEM OF APPEALS FROM A DECISION OF THE BOARD/PRINCIPAL IN CERTAIN INSTANCES, PERTAINING TO;
REFUSAL TO ENROLL, SUSPENSION EXCEEDING 20 DAYS TOTAL AND FOR EXPULSIONS.
THE EDUCATION (WELFARE) ACT OF 2000, SEC.26 PROVIDES FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF EDUCATION WELFARE BOARD (EWB) AND EDUCATION WELFARE OFFICERS.(EWO)
Where a student has been suspended for a total of 6 days in the school year the BOM are required to inform the E.W.O.
Where a student is absent for 20 days total in the school year the BOM is required to inform the E.W.O. (in such cases this school will remind the parents when 15 days have accrued) The E.W.O will investigate such absences and in certain cases, the parents of the child will be prosecuted and may be fined and/ or imprisoned for their child's failure to attend school.
The E.W.O must also be informed if the child's name is otherwise being removed from the school registrar, or if for any other reason the BOM is of the view that the child is not attending regularly.
GENERAL
The Board of Management reserves the right to refuse an application for enrolment in exceptional circumstances.
Such circumstances may include for example, where the enrolment of the student may pose an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of staff or students or to school property.
The Board may in certain circumstances postpone the enrolment of any applicant pending the furnishing of any relevant information it may require. All such decisions shall be guided by the principles of natural justice.

A parent / guardian who has complied with the enrollment procedure shall be informed of a decision to offer their child a place or to refuse an offer as soon as is practicable.
If, for any reason, the Board refuses to enroll a pupil, that pupil, if aged 18 years or over, or if not, that pupils parents or guardians have a right to appeal this decision under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 as inserted by sec. 26 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.
Further information on the appeals procedure is available from the school.
Students, including students with special needs, who have been admitted to the school shall participate in all appropriate school activities subject to the School's Code of Behaviour and Discipline and provided that their participation would not be detrimental to their own health and safety or the health, safety or right to education of other students.
All policies adopted by this school are drafted in consultation with the school community as a whole and are in accordance with current Education legislation guidelines.