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Code of Behaviour / Discipline

Introduction

It is a requirement that schools should have a Code of Behaviour and Discipline.  It is not the intention to draw up an exhaustive list of “Dos and Don’ts” but rather to set down some guidelines, which will be of help to all who use the school.  It is intended that a copy of this code is given to all parents/guardians. The school expects and needs parental/guardian support in putting this code into practice.  Please go over it with your child and explain it at an appropriate level.

 

Aims of the Code of Behaviour/Discipline

  • That all attending the school would relate with each other in a peaceful, friendly and respectful manner.

  • That an atmosphere of respect for both persons and property would exist.

  • That a safe environment conducive to both teaching and learning would exist.

  • That the pupils would grow and develop a sense of responsibility and maturity.

 

 Need for Discipline

  • The success, safety and smooth day-to-day running of the school depends on a high standard of behaviour, discipline and cooperation from all concerned.

  • We expect and welcome cooperation and support from parent/guardians in all matters relating to the child’s education.

  • If there are any queries or concerns about any aspect of this code, please discuss them with the Principal.  (See Appendix 1 for Rights & Responsibilities with the school)

 

 Attendance

  • New Court School endeavours to be a cheerful and happy learning environment

  • Good attendance is essential for making good progress and pupils are encouraged to attend regularly

  • An absence note should be sent or a telephone call made to the school by parents/guardian to cover every absence

  • Schools have a statutory obligation to pass on a list of student’s absences to the Education Welfare Board

 

Travelling To and From School

  • Children travelling to and from school on either public bus or minibus are expected to do so without disturbing the bus driver or other travellers and wear a seatbelt if supplied

  • Shouting, standing, pushing or hitting others is not allowed.  It may disturb the driver and cause an accident.

  • Children should walk carefully when exiting and entering the minibuses.

  • Pupils that travel independently should do so in a manner that is safe and does not disturb others.

 

 Arriving at School

  • The school is open to receive pupils from 8:45 a.m.

  • Children enter their classes at 8:50 a.m.

  • The school does not accept responsibility for pupils arriving before 8:45 a.m.

  • Pupils travelling independently are expected to be in school by 8:50 a.m.

  • Children should not enter the school through St. Andrew’s entrance.

  • Having arrived at school, pupils may not leave until closing time unless accompanied by a teacher or with the permission of a parent/guardian and the permission of a teacher.

  • Prior to class starting, pupils should wait in the dining area.

  • Playing around the school or in the hall is not allowed before school.

  • To prevent accidents children should always walk along the corridor when coming in or going out of school.

  • Shouting or whistling inside is not permitted as it distracts and disturbs others who may be working.

 

 Break Times

  • Children should bring a snack for morning break and sandwiches and a drink for mid-day break – junk foods are discouraged.

  • At break times children are expected to stay in the playground and should not enter the school without permission from a staff member.

  • At break times on wet days children should stay in their own classrooms.

  • For safety reasons and to protect property climbing on walls, fences or trees is not allowed.

 

At Play

  • Children are encouraged to play games at break times.

  • Dangerous running games and ‘mess fighting’ are not permitted.

  • Deliberate spoiling of other’s games is not allowed.

  • Skateboarding, rollerblading or cycling around the playground is not permitted.

  • Smoking or having cigarettes, lighters, alcohol or any illegal substance is not permitted.

  • Valuables should not be brought to school as they may be lost or damaged.

  • Bullying in any form is not acceptable.  In the school all children are equally valued.  No child should be ‘mocked’ or ‘picked upon’ or ‘bullied’ by any other person.

 

In Class

  • In class pupils are expected to do what the teacher requests.

  • Pupils are expected to bring to school their own school bag, pencils, pens, markers, etc.

  • Pupils are encouraged to have a tracksuit and runners for P.E. and a suitable change of clothes if playing football or basketball.

  • In class other children’s property and work should be respected and not damaged.

  • Children are treated with respect and should likewise show respect to others.

  • Bad language in any form is not acceptable either in class or during break times.

  • Eating is allowed at break times only – chewing gum or drinking fizzy drinks is not allowed.

  • Mobile phones are not allowed in school.

 

School Property

  • The school and all items in it are for the pupils attending here.  As we share many of these items, we need to take special care of them.

  • We need to take special care of all property.

  • Writing on walls or furniture is not allowed.

  • Deliberate damage or breakages must be paid for.


Parental Cooperation

  • Cooperation and support is essential regarding behaviour and discipline.

  • It is necessary for the child to know and understand that parents/guardians and school staff are supporting each other in working through any difficulties that may arise

  • A consistent approach from both home and school will have a better chance of succeeding.

  • In some instances a daily diary from school to home and vice-versa is implemented.

  • Parents/Guardians are always welcome to contact the school in relation to any issue they are concerned about.

 

Positive Reinforcement

  • In the school we operate a policy of rewarding and reinforcing good behaviour.

  • All improvements are encouraged.

  • A number of pupils are selected each week and positive attention is given to their efforts.

 

Sanctions

The following sanctions may be used depending on the seriousness of the misbehaviour:

  • Reasoning with the pupil

  • Reprimand

  • Temporary separation from peers and friends

  • Loss of privileges

  • Time out or removal to another class

  • Detention during break times

  • Prescribing additional work

  • Referral to the Principal or other teacher

  • Contact with parents

  • Board of Management informed

  • Suspension or exclusion in accordance with Department of Education and Science guidelines and legislation.    (See Appendix 2 for more details)

  • When sanctions are imposed, it is the behaviour of the child and not the child that is being rejected

 

Recording

  • Behaviour is an important aspect of each child’s education at New Court School

  • Parents/Guardians are regularly kept informed in relation to both positive and negative behaviour

  • Incidents of serious or consistent misbehaviour should be written in a factual and impartial manner and kept in the child’s file or incident book

 

 It is a requirement that schools should have a Code of Behaviour and Discipline. It is not the intention to draw up an exhaustive list of "Dos and Dont's" but rather to set down some guidelines, which will be of help to all who use the school. It is intended that a copy of this code is given to all parents/guardians. The school expects and needs parental/guardian support in putting this code into practice. Please go over it with your child and explain it at an appropriate level. To read the full text of the Code, click on the link below.

New Court School Code of Behaviour and Discipline

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