Code of Behaviour

  1. School starts at 8.50 a.m. and all pupils are expected to be punctual.
  2. Pupils should wear the full school uniform at all times. (A tracksuit may be worn only on P.E. days). An exception may be made for certain special needs pupils for whom wearing the school uniform causes difficulties. In such cases, the tracksuit is a suitable alternative.
  3. All pupils must come in through the main gate.
  4. (a)Infant Classes – When he arrives at school, every boy should go to his classroom, where he is expected to sit in his own place and play or read. (b) 1st to 6th Classes – When each pupil arrives at the school, he should come to the yard and pair off in his line. Nobody has a special place in the line.
  5. Each pupil should stay quietly in his line until his teacher leads him into class.
  6. On wet days children should go to their classrooms and sit in their own places.
  7. No cycling is allowed on school grounds.
  8. Pupils accompanying brothers to infant classes may bring them to their class and then proceed to their own line in the yard.
  9. Rough play is not allowed in the school yard i.e. kicking, fighting, spitting and charging.
  10. Coarse language is forbidden.
  11. Sexually inappropriate physical, verbal or non-verbal behaviour is not allowed.
  12. While on lunch break, children must get permission from teacher on supervising duty to leave the yard.
  13. After break times, when the bell rings, pupils should walk to their line and wait quietly until their teacher collects them.
  14. Boys must always walk quietly on the stairs and go up and down in an orderly manner.
  15. No pupil may leave the school at any time without parental consent.
  16. When going home at 2.30 p.m. pupils should walk in pairs to their assigned exit point and not return to the school grounds.
  17. Boys must obey all teachers in the school.
  18. Children who have Special Needs Assistants must treat them with respect.
  19. All pupils are expected to cooperate in keeping the classroom and school environment litter free.
  20. Pupils should present a note of explanation from parent(s) following absence.
  21. Pupils are not permitted to take alcohol or illegal drugs, or to be under the influence of same.

The following strategies will be used to affirm good behaviour:

  1. Affirmation
  2. Stars/stickers
  3. Homework credits
  4. Extra privileges (increased responsibility)
  5. Weekly/monthly rewards
  6. Report of good behaviour to principal

The following strategies will be used to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour:

  1. Reasoning with the pupil
  2. Reprimand (including advice on how to improve).
  3. Temporary separation from peers, friends or others
  4. Loss of privileges
  5. Prescribing suitable additional work
  6. Where possible, disciplinary measures should be relative to the misbehaviour involved

The following are considered to be instances of gross / serious misbehaviour:

  1. Intimidation/Bullying of fellow pupils. (Parents are asked to bring any instances of this to the attention of the class teacher).
  2. Truancy
  3. Fighting and kicking
  4. Open defiance of, and blatant disrespect to teachers
  5. Persistent disobedience
  6. Stealing
  7. Wantonly damaging school property
  8. Using offensive or derogatory terms to describe any child
  9. Intimidation of a child with special needs
  10. Drinking of alcohol or illegal drug-taking, or being under the influence of same. Teachers shall keep a written record of all instances of serious misbehaviour. Before resorting to serious sanctions, the normal channels of communication between school and parents will be utilised. Parents will be involved at an early stage, rather than as a last resort.

For gross misbehaviour, or repeated instances of serious misbehaviour, the following strategies will be used:

In most instances, step (a) will be followed. In more serious cases, (a) and (b), and in extreme cases (a), (b) and (c).

  • (a) Referral to the Principal
  • (b) 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).
  • (c) Expulsion may be considered in an extreme case, in accordance with Rule 130(6).

This code will be reviewed at agreed intervals.

Roles and Responsibilities

This plan was formulated by senior staff members, in consultation with the principal and members of the teaching staff. The Deputy Principal is responsible for its implementation and review.