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code of behaviour

Parents/Guardians Copy.

Code Of Behaviour

This policy, in accordance with the provisions of the education Act (1998) and the Education welfare Act (2000), details the procedures for dealing with discipline matters that may arise while your child is attending St. Aidan’s S.N.S. We trust that by detailing these procedures, it will assist all parties in relation to discipline matters. The Chairperson / Principal will be happy to clarify any matters arising from this policy, should it be required. St Aidan’s S.N.S. is a Primary School under the Patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin

General School Rules

  • Respectful behaviour is expected from pupils at all times.
  • Each pupil has the right to an education free from fear and intimidation. Bullying is not tolerated.  Please refer to section on Anti-bullying code.
  • Classes commence at 8.50.am. All pupils are expected to be punctual.  Absences and unpunctuality must be explained with a written note in the pupil’s journal or a telephone call to the school from parents/guardians. Pupils who are late twice or more in any one week may not attend assembly.
  • Pupils are required to wear the school uniform and have a school bag every day. Pupils not wearing school uniform/tracksuit may not attend weekly assembly.
  • Parents/Guardians are required to sign homework journals every night.
  • Under no circumstances may any pupil leave the school Buildings or Grounds without permission during the school day. All persons visiting the school, collecting children etc., are asked to report on arrival to the school secretary’s office.  No person should approach any classroom without first reporting to the school secretary.  This policy is enforced in the interests of maintaining the safety of all our pupils.   Should you request a meeting with a member of staff we ask that you make an appointment with the school secretary.  Parents are requested to sign out pupils for dental, hospital or other appointments.
  • If your child is well enough to come to school he or she should be well enough to go to the yard- exceptional cases may be allowed to stay inside. If in the opinion of the school your child is not well you may be asked to come and collect him/her.  Should parents/guardians request that their son/daughter go home unaccompanied the school secretary will sign him or her out on their behalf.  This is on the understanding that once pupils leave the school parents/guardians are solely responsible.
  • Supervision is from 8.50 a.m to 2.30 p.m Monday to Friday.  Pupils are not allowed on the school grounds before or after school hours unless under supervision.  Pupils should   assemble at the school gates no earlier than 8:40 a.m
  • For safety purposes tied laced runners are required for P.E. classes.
  • Daily lunches are provided in school consisting of sandwiches, wraps, scones, pasta, fruit, healthy snacks, milk and water.  Snacks high in sugar content are not permitted.
  • All pupils should have a small hand towel for use in school.
  • Notes to the teacher can be written in the pupil’s journal. Notes of a private nature should be sent in a sealed envelope to the teacher.
  • Text a parent will be used in the event of an emergency. Please keep contact telephone numbers up to date by contacting school secretary.
  • Homework and the amount of time pupils should be spending on homework is as follows.

3rd  class pupils -  no more than 30 minutes.

4th   class pupils -  no more than 40 minutes.

5th  class pupils -  no more than 50 minutes.

6th  class pupils -  no more than 1 hour.

If your child fails to complete the homework assignments within the recommended time span, parents/ guardians are advised to stop the child.  If the problem continues on a regular basis Parents/guardians are requested to contact the class teacher.  Homework should be completed in an atmosphere free from distraction and pupils are encouraged to work independently on their homework as far as possible

  • School rules apply on all school related activities. (School outings, Matches etc.)
  • Make-up and high shoes/boots are not allowed to be worn in school. The children should only wear appropriate jewellery.  Please refer to section on Jewellery.
  • Pupils are not allowed to bring deodorants or perfumes into school, on school trips or swimming.
  • Pupils with long hair must have their hair tied back with a bobbin or hair band.Hair should be of natural colour and normal length.  Children’s hair should be checked regularly for head lice.    
  • Mobile phones are not permitted in school. Please refer to section on mobiles phones.
  • Pupils who repeatedly challenge the school Code of Behaviour while in school will not be permitted to partake in extra curricular activities outside of school hour

THE PROMOTION OF POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR

Rewards

We in St. Aidan’s put a greater emphasis on rewards rather than on sanctions, in the belief that this will, in the long run, give the best results. All efforts will be made to match the curriculum to the abilities, aptitudes and interests of each pupil in our school. The following are some of the awards that your child or child’s class could win.

  • Weekly individual class prizes for the most improved pupil in each class
  • Homework Pass, badge, stickers, Bookmark, Friday afternoon golden time, cookery class.
  • No entries in yard copy – 4 Stamps Monthly.
  • Reward postcards: posted home fortnightly for pupils excelling in class.
  • Pupil of the Year Award – (Perpetual Cup & Voucher)
  • Sports person of the Year Award – (Perpetual Cup & Voucher)
  • Bronze, Silver, Gold Medals for Stamp Book. (Three daily stamps plus one at teacher’s discretion. Stamps are awarded for being on time.Class Teacher wearing full uniform.Homework completed and signed. (Resource/Special class teacher).
  • No homework at the weekend
  • 10 minutes extra playtime one day per week for class with most points for lining up on yard after breaks.
  • Weekly stamps for full attendance.

Sports and clubs

Pupils are encouraged to participate in the activities listed below to develop their talents, be it sporting or other and to improve social skills and self esteem.

Sports:  Football: Boys and Girls, Camogie, Hurling, Soccer, Swimming, Basketball and   Athletics.

Clubs:    Morning, lunch and after school.  Homework clubs(x3) Chess, cookery, Fantastic 4, Matrix.

School Choir:  National Children’s Choir. Córfhéile.

External Coaching: Soccer ( Shamrock Rovers) , Rugby ( I.R.F.U.) Cricket ( Cricket Ireland) , Dance.

School Garden:  Supported by S.D.C.C.

Green Schools:   100% recycling.

The above activities take place before, during and after school hours under teacher supervision. 

Report Folder 

The Report folder is used to record the following serious incidents committed in school.

  • Homework not done 3 times in one week.
  • Uniform – no note 3 times.
  • Journal – not signed 3 times.
  • Repeated back answering.
  • Throwing objects around classroom that could result in injury to others.
  • Thumping / Kicking / Striking.
  • Telling Lies.
  • Vandalism of teacher’s property.
  • Verbal abuses- student to student.
  • Physical abuse pupil to pupil or threatening physical abuse.
  • Bringing outside arguments into school.
  • Constant disruption to learning.
  • Eating chewing gum.
  • Lighting matches.
  • Entering school after school hours with malicious intent.
  • Leaving yard / class without permission.
  • Throwing stones in yard.
  • Kicking footballs at someone deliberately.
  • Fighting after school.
  • Persistent infringement of general school rules. (Record to be kept by teachers, five minor incidents resulting in one serious incident recorded in report copy).
  • Bringing dangerous items / substances to school – knives, lighters, matches or aerosols.
  • Pupils who threaten ‘To Get’ another pupil after school.
  • Repeatedly addressing class teacher disrespectfully.
  • Pupils who repeatedly refuse (3 times) to carry out teacher’s instructions either on yard or in classroom e.g. “I’ve asked you twice to ............................ I’m now going to ask you a 3rd time. Should you disobey my instructions for a third time I’ve no other option but to record your name in the Report folder. Take a minute to think about the consequences before I ask you a third time”.
  •  Racially motivated name calling or intimidating behaviour that may offend or               cause serious upset to another pupil.
  •  5 recorded yard incidents.
  • Teachers use their discretion as to the seriousness of each incident to be recorded. If not considered a serious report folder incident then it should be recorded on minor incident record sheet.
  • EACH recorded serious incident WILL RESULT IN 1 DAYS DETENTION. Parents/guardians will be notified by telephone after each recorded serious incident.    
  •  Taking pictures on mobile phone during school hours – Parents / Guardian of child responsible to be contacted immediately.                                                                                    

Anti Bullying Code

  • Every pupil in St. Aidan’s National School has the right to enjoy learning free from fear and intimidation.
  • Our school Community will not tolerate any unkind actions or remarks, even if these are not intended to hurt or offend.
  • Any repeated unkind actions or comments will be ‘considered’ bullying.
  • Pupils should support each other by reporting all instances of bullying.
  • Bullying will be dealt with seriously.
  • We are a ‘telling’ school.
  • Bullying is too important not to report.

Please refer to anti bullying code available from school office

Health And Safety And Wearing of Jewellery

In the interest of health and safety, pupils are not permitted to wear items of jewellery that are ‘dangerous’ and could cause themselves or others injury while playing e.g. large looped earrings, dangly earrings, nose rings and other body piercings, big rings.Pupils may also wear one ring and this must be small and flat.The only other jewellery that may be worn is a stud earring that should be no more than 4mm or a loop earring that you cannot fit your smallest finger through it. No other jewellery or piercing is acceptable e.g. Nose or lip rings. Pupils wearing unsuitable jewellery will be asked to remove it. The jewellery may be collected from the office by a parent or guardian. Pupils should understand that the need for such a request is purely on health and safety grounds and no offence is intended.Refusal to do same by a pupil will be recorded as a ‘serious’ Report Folder incident.

Mobile Phones

Use of all mobile models / types of cellular phones or electronic gadgets (iPods, Dsi’s, etc) by pupils are not permitted on school grounds. If a child is found with either of the above it will be confiscated and parents will be notified and requested to collect item.  They may be collected after school.

Taking of pictures using mobile phone during school hours will be considered a serious incident and recorded as such in the report folder. Parents / Guardians will be contacted  immediately

Detention Policy

  • Five recorded yard incidents will result in one playtime detention and a serious report folder entry. Pupils seriously misbehaving on yard will not be allowed on yard until they guarantee an improvement in behaviour.
  • Serious report folder entries will result in one playtime detention. Parents notified by phone call from school office.
  • Detention Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Little break 3rd and 4th big break 5th and 6th.
  • Pupils while on detention will be required to practise handwriting exercises.

Suspension

“Suspension is defined as requiring the pupil to absent himself/herself from the school for a specified, limited period of school days. During the period of suspension the pupil retains their place in the school”.

The Principal will enforce an immediate suspension where,

  • A pupil whose continued presence in the school at a given time would represent a serious threat to the safety of the school community.
  • An aggressive, threatening or violent act towards a pupil, staff member or visitor has taken place.

In extreme cases of A&B above a parent may be contacted to collect their son or daughter. If unavailable to do so the pupil may be accompanied home with parental consent.

  • pupil is responsible for serious damage to school property.
  • A. pupil has been responsible for a breach of

    SPECIFIC NAMED BEHAVIOURS

    (See accompanying page of specified named behaviours)

  • A pupil who repeatedly fails to abide by steps and consequences guidelines drawn up to deal with misbehaviour .Fair procedure of investigation will apply to all of the above

Named Behaviours

  • Cursing at teacher. (2/3 Days suspension and an apology to staff member).
  • (2/3 Days suspension).
  • Serious threatening behaviour towards another pupil or pupils, to teachers, staff and visitors. (Contact with Parents / Guardians, sent home if they are deemed to be a danger or threat to themselves or others.) (2/3 days suspension).
  • Throwing Tantrums. (Contact with Parents / Guardians, sent home if necessary).
  • Smoking (Immediate Suspension) – (3 days suspension).
  • Bringing illegal substances into school grounds / premises (Minimum 5 day’s suspension and the guards will be informed). See substance abuse policy.
  • Nuisance calls to staff members (3 days suspension).
  • Violation of the person e.g. inappropriate touches, interference with clothing / underwear. (Minimum 3 days suspension).
  • Children who leave school premises without permission (Minimum 2 day’s suspension).
  • A particularly violent fighting incident (2/3 days suspension).
  • Dangerous weapon on person (2/3 days suspension).

 Racially motivated physical attack on another pupil or pupils (2/3 days suspension).               

Steps and Consequences Guidelines When Dealing With Misbehaviour

  • These steps will be followed when dealing with serious incidents.
  • Five minor incidents will be considered one serious incident.
  • Each serious incident will bring the pupil to the next step.

Steps and Consequences

  • A note will be sent home in the child’s journal indicating each serious incident. School secretary to phone home informing parents about note in journal re. serious incident.
  • A second note will be sent home in the child’s journal indicating second serious incident. School secretary to phone home informing parents about note in journal re- serious incident.
  • A third note will be sent home in the child’s journal indicating third serious incident. Parents will be requested to meet with class teacher.
  • Following a further serious incident (fourth), parents / guardians will meet with the class teacher and the stream teacher in charge of discipline and issue final warning. The child may be present for part of the meeting.
  • Parents/ guardians and child will meet with the principal to sign a contract. This is an agreement that the child will commit to improving his /her behaviour. The consequences of breaching the “contract form” will be explained to the pupil. If a pupil keeps himself / herself out of the report folder for 4 weeks he / she will return to step 3.
  • (refer to section on suspension)
  • Reduce Day. (refer to section on reduced day)

Pupils that have served a suspension and continue to breach school ‘code of behaviour’ will receive one verbal warning only, followed by re-signing a contract form.  Any further report folder recorded serious incident will result in another suspension.

Implementing the Suspension

Parents /Guardians to receive notification of the decision to suspend.

The letter will confirm:

  • The period of the suspension and the dates on which the suspension will begin and end
  • The reasons for the suspension
  • Any study programme to be followed
  • The arrangements for returning to school,
  • Pupil to be accompanied by parent/ guardian.
  • Study programme to be completed.
  • Any commitments to be entered into by the pupil and the parents ( for example, parents might be asked to reaffirm their commitment to the code of behaviour)
  • The provision for an appeal to the Board of Management.
  • The right to appeal to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science (Education Act 1998, section 29).

The letter will be clear and easy to understand. Particular care will be taken in communicating with parents who may have reading difficulties, or whose first language is not the language of the school.

After Suspension/ Re-integration of Pupil

  • Parents /Guardians meet with Principal and/or stream Discipline Teacher
  • Study programme followed during suspension to be corrected
  • Parents and son/daughter are requested to reaffirm their commitment to schools code of behaviour
  • Stream Discipline Teacher to provide support to the pupil during the re-integration process.

Expulsion

A pupil may be expelled from St. Aidan’s when the Board of Management decides to permanently exclude him of her from the school, having complied with the provision of section 24 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.

The Grounds For Expulsion

Expelling a pupil requires serious grounds such as that:

  • The pupil’s behaviour is a persistent cause of significant disruption to the learning of others or to the teaching process
  • The pupil’s continued presence in the school constitutes a real and significant threat to safety.
  • The pupil is responsible for serious damage to property.

In addition to factors such as the degree of seriousness and the persistence of the behaviour, St. Aidan’s and the B.O.M. will have tried a series of other interventions, and believe they have exhausted all possibilities for changing the pupil’s behaviour.

Named Behaviours That will Incur Expulsion As a Sanction

  • A serious threat of violence against another pupil or member of staff.
  • Actual violence or physical assault and repeated incidents of the latter.
  • Supplying illegal drugs to other pupils in the school.
  • Sexual assault.
  • Repeated racially motivated physical attacks on another pupil or pupils.

Procedures in Respect of Expulsion

  • A detailed investigation will be carried out under the direction of the Principal.
  • A recommendation to the Board of Management by the Principal.
  • Consideration by the Board of Management of the Principals recommendation; and the holding of a hearing.
  • The right of parents to present a defence at the B.O.M. hearing.
  • Board of Management deliberations and actions following the hearing.
  • Consultations arranged by the Educational Welfare Officer.
  • Confirmation of the decision to expel.

Appeals

A parent may appeal a decision to expel to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science (Education Act 1998 section 29). An appeal may also be brought by the National Educational Welfare Board on behalf of a pupil.

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