Our aim is to ensure that the right of each child to Education in a relatively disruption-free environment is upheld and maintained in Scoil Chros tSeáin. The need for order and good behaviour is emphasised and pupils are encouraged to accept the rules in a spirit of goodwill and co-operation. The school recognises the fact that for learning to be effective pupils must be self-motivated.
Parental support is an integral part in the implementation of our code. Consistency in the approach to discipline between home and school ensures a very healthy regard for good behaviour within the child. This mutual co-operation will have a positive influence on the child. Our code of behaviour is based on order and mutual respect.
The daily responsibility for discipline within the school rests with the Principal. Each teacher has responsibility for the maintenance of discipline within his/her classroom, while sharing a common responsibility for good order within the school. A pupil will be referred to the Principal for serious breaches of discipline and/or for repeated incidents of minor misbehaviour.
This Code of Discipline is adopted by the Board of Management of Scoil Chros tSeáin in accordance with the guidelines set out in DES Circular 20/90, and with Rule 130 of the Rules for National Schools (as amended by DES Circular 8/88), having regard to the needs of the school and of the wider community.
THE RULES OF RESPECT AND ORDER
Pupils must respect:
- The Principal, the class teacher, the teaching staff, and all other staff members.
- Their fellow pupils.
- Visitors to the school.
- The opinion of others.
- Themselves, and believe in their own self-worth.
- The good name of the school both within and without the school.
- The property of others and the property of the school.
RESPECT IS SHOWN BY:
- Being polite, kind, gentle and non-aggressive at all times
- Moving with caution to avoid accidents
- Staying silent when silence is expected
- Not using foul or Abusive language
- Wearing full school uniform and looking after appearance and possessions, (dark footwear is preferred – no jewellery (other than watches) for safety reasons – no extreme hairstyles
- Eating healthy wholesome food during lunch times
- Stopping and standing aside (single file) when an adult passes particularly in the corridors and at entry and exit points
- Being reverent during religious services
ORDER IS CREATED BY:
During Class Time
- Obeying your teacher, the teaching staff and the Principal
- Paying attention during lesson time
- Having your school materials organised properly
- Responding immediately to the teacher’s requests
- Speaking politely in class
- Remaining seated when requested
- Acting with responsibility and self-discipline at all times
During Play Time
- Following the directions of the person(s) in charge
- Entering and leaving your classroom in a quiet and orderly fashion
- Ceasing play when first bell rings and forming a quiet and orderly line in yard when the second bell rings
- Playing only in the permitted areas during playtime
- Playing in a gentle and friendly manner
- Moving safely and with caution
- Walking safely and with caution around the corners of school buildings
PROCEDURE FOR DEALING WITH GOOD BEHAVIOUR
In Scoil Chros tSeáin the Code of Good Behaviour is based on respect for others. Pupils who are respectful and orderly may be given due recognition within the school system through:
- Special privileges
- Awards and rewards
- Class Teacher and Principal may acknowledge Good Behaviour
PROCEDURE FOR DEALING WITH MISBEHAVIOUR (MINOR/SERIOUS/GROSS)
For Minor Breaches a Teacher may:
- Speak to pupil and reason with him
- Reprimand and advise him
- Warn him
- Allocate extra work
- Require him to write out contravened rule(s)
- Withdraw privileges
- Detain him during playtime
- Separate him temporarily from his peers
- Inform parents
*Note: Repeated instance of minor misbehaviour may be considered Serious
For Serious Breaches the Principal may: Inform parent/guardian Discuss the situation with parents and agree a solution. Monitor and review the situation Note: Repeated instances of minor/serious misbehaviour will be considered Gross.
For Gross Breaches the Principal may: Inform the Chairperson of Board of Management. The Board of Management may be obliged to suspend a pupil for a period of time in accordance with the directives of DES (Circular 20/90).
Procedures for Suspension and / or Expulsion The school reserves the right to suspend immediately any child who is in serious breach of our Code of Behaviour, or who is a danger to himself or others. The NEWB guidelines “Developing a Code of Behaviour: Guidelines for Schools”, issued in June 2008 list specific instructions if contemplating suspension or expulsion. This Board will refer to chapters 10, 11 & 12 of that document when needed.
The Board of Management have delegated responsibility for a decision on immediate suspension to the Principal and the Chairperson of the Board of Management (or if unavailable, the other Patron’s Representative). The Principal and the Chairperson will report to the Board of Management as soon as possible after the event.
In the event of a need for immediate suspension, the principal will isolate the child in a safe environment. Supervision of the child / children involved and the principal’s class will be organised on the day, with due regard to best practice. The principal will endeavour to contact the Chairperson of the Board of Management, or if unavailable, the other representative of the Patron on the Board of Management. An immediate decision will be made. In such incidents the child’s parents will be contacted and asked to remove their child from the school premises for the rest of the day.
If an event is serious enough to consider suspension, an extra-ordinary meeting of the Board of Management will necessarily proceed with very short notice. After that meeting the school insurance company may need to be informed. The Principal is required to inform the National Education Welfare Board of all suspensions under the Education Welfare Act 2000.
Following discussion with the child’s parents, the Chairperson and the Principal, the child may be suspended for a further two – nine days. *(more than three days’ suspension requires prior Board of Management approval)
A decision to expel a child will always be made at a meeting of the Board of Management. Expulsion will be in accordance with the NEWB guidelines “Developing a Code of Behaviour: Guidelines for Schools” issued in June 2008
Parents Parents will be informed if problems arise in school in accordance with the Procedure for Dealing with Misbehaviour.
Bullying Our code of Behaviour aims to eliminate bullying. Bullying in its truest form is comprised of a series of repeated intentionally cruel incidents, verbal or physical, involving the same children, in the same bully – and – victims roles. The intention of the bully is to put the victim in distress in some way. A pupil should never do or say something which makes another child feel uncomfortable. If your child is a victim of ongoing threatening or intimidating behaviour he should tell an adult (Parent/Teacher/Principal). An investigation will follow immediately and action may be taken in accordance with the Procedure for Dealing with Misbehaviour. *(See School’s Anti-Bullying Policy).
Welfare Many of our school rules fall under the category of the Education Welfare Act 2000. Parents have a responsibility to their children to take care of their health, safety and happiness. The Dept. of Education & Science issued Guidelines and Procedures for all schools in relation to Child Protection Welfare. These guidelines promote the welfare of children. If there is a matter of concern in relation to any form of abuse / neglect of children we are obliged to report this to the Local Health Board.
Neglect of children may take many forms, these include:
• constantly late for school • no suitable lunch • continually coming to school hungry, dirty, unwashed • constantly tired in school / sleeping in class • no books / pencils / equipment • no show of parents for parent / teacher meetings • continued failure of parents to meet with Principal / teacher when asked for a meeting • inadequate clothing • homework continuously not done • no explanation for absences from school
Under the Education Act 2000 and the Education Welfare Act 2000, schools must report absences of 20 days and over during the school year. Regardless of the fact that the school may know that a child was genuinely ill, we are obliged to report these absences. All absences must be explained in written form as phone-calls cannot be recorded. Pupils absenting themselves from class for any period of time including lunchtime during the school day must have authorisation in writing. For safety and security reasons such pupils must be collected from the classroom.
The school may be required to contact the relevant authorities where staff is concerned for a child’s welfare. The school may also be required to pass on any necessary information to such authorities if / when it is requested or when the school feels it is prudent to do so.
Outside School Hours School officially begins at 8:50 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Use of school grounds outside of these times is not allowed.
Review This code will be reviewed at intervals of not less than 3 years and not more than 5 years.