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THE CODE OF GOOD BEHAVIOUR

 

The code of good behaviour of Corpus Christi National School is designed to help the development of each child as an individual in her own right, with respect for others.  
       

To ensure that all the pupils of the school may benefit from participation in the school’s work and activities, and may enjoy their time in the school, a code of good behaviour is essential. 
                             

The code determines the type of conduct expected of each pupil whether within the school environs or as a recognisable member of the school community outside. It is an essential part of the organisations and management of the school, and one in which Pupils, Teachers, Management and Parents are involved. This Code of Good Behaviour has been drawn up by the Principal and staff of Corpus Christi National School, with valuable contributions from both parents and senior pupils in the school and ratified by the Board of Management.  It will be reviewed at agreed intervals.

 

AIMS OF THE SCHOOL

 

To enable the child to live a full life as a child and to equip her to avail of further education.
 

To create a happy atmosphere where the child can enjoy school while developing spiritually, morally, socially, intellectually, emotionally and physically.
 

To value each child as an individual and to develop a sense of her own worth through developing self confidence, self expression and the ability to relate with peers and adults.
 

To help the child to have respect for self, peers, neighbours and

the environment

 

To respect the rights of the parents as the primary educators of their children, and to establish a good working relationship with them
 

OUR CODE IS BASED UPON RESPECT,  LOYALTY  and  SAFETY 

Respect: 
 
 

In respecting others, we strive for a high standard of consideration, courtesy and obedience, hence the teacher is enabled to teach and the pupil to learn without interruptions or disturbance.  Pupils shall not engage in unbecoming or abusive language.

 

  • Pupils shall not engage in any activity, which might cause upset or harassment to another pupil or pupils, or interfere with other pupils’ rights to engage in schoolwork or recreation.
  • Pupils shall behave in an orderly fashion when going from place to place within the school so as not to distract others from their work.
  • Pupils shall always observe the highest standards of sportsmanship in every game they play. Opponents must always be treated with respect and courtesy.
  • Pupils shall show respect for the property of the individual and of the school by using it, as it was designed  to be used.
  • Good time keeping shows self-respect and respect for others. Pupils who arrive late disrupt the learning of others.
  • Pupils shall come fully prepared for each day’s work with the necessary books, writing materials and gym gear.  All written and oral homework should be prepared.

 

 

Loyalty 
 

  • §The school is a better place when each pupil plays her part in making it so. Pupils selected for school related activities such as choir or school teams are expected to display loyalty and commitment in preparation for all events.
     
  • §The wearing of the school uniform is seen as a way of giving children a greater sense of belonging to a larger community. Pupils shall wear proper uniform every day.

 

 

Safety

 

Smoking is not allowed on the school premises. Fire drills take place a few times each term to practise a quick and orderly evacuation of the school building.
 

Safety of the children is very important in a community as large as this.  By obeying the rules of the school, children are enabled to learn and play in a happy and safe environment both in the school and in the yard.

 

  • oPupils may not leave the classroom without the express permission of the class teacher or deputy.
     
  • oPupils shall be mindful of their own safety and that of others and never do anything in school or in the yard, which might endanger that safety.
     
  • oPupils shall bring their drink in an unbreakable bottle or beaker.
     
  • oAll pupils shall wear flat shoes.
     
  • oPupils shall not wear school bags on their backs while on schoolpremises.
     
  • oPhones must be completely powered off between 8.50a.m. and 2.30p.m. This includes all break times.
     
  • oPhones must not be used to receive or make phone calls during school hours. Phones must not be used to receive or send text messages during school hours.
     
  • oPhones must be kept in school bag at all times and not on person or in coatPhone may not be used until pupil is outside the school gate.
     
  • oThe school will not be liable for the loss of any mobile phone
     
  • oFailure to keep any of these rules will result in the confiscation of the mobile phone. The phone will be returned only to the child’s parent.

 

 

 

As a staff, we place great emphasis on the importance of creating a warmand happy atmosphere among teachers themselves, teachers and parents, and teachers and pupils. To that end, it is essential to place emphasis not on rules and regulations, but on positive attributes of encouragement, praise (oral and written) occasional treats and privileges etc. - in general, positive motivation. Greater emphasis is put on rewards rather than sanctions.

 

 

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR BY PUPILS

 

The following are examples of behaviour, which could warrant suspension:

 

  1. Aggressive, threatening or violent behaviour toward others.
  2. Verbal or written abuse directed against others.
  3. Sustained disruption of class work.
  4. Serious damage to property.

                

SUSPENSION :

 

In the case of proven gross misbehaviour, the Chairperson may authorise the principal to sanction an immediate suspension of the pupil.

 

 

Parents/ guardian will be informed before suspension takes place.

 

The initial period of suspension will be for 1 day with a maximum of 3 days.

 

The Chairperson may authorise a further period in accordance with the Rules for National Schools.

 

 

The parent/guardian will be required to give a written undertaking that the pupil will behave in an acceptable manner before the pupil is allowed back to school.

 

The pupil will also give an undertaking that she will behave in an acceptable manner before she is allowed back to school.

 

POLICY on breaches of  discipline
 

If a child is involved in a minor breach of school discipline the following strategies will be used:

 

  • §Reasoning with pupil.
  • §Reprimand (including advice on how to improve).
  • §Temporary separation from peers or friends.
  • §Communication with parents/guardians.
  • §Loss of privileges
  • §Prescribing additional work

 

If the incident is of a more serious nature the following  strategies to will be used:

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Communication with Principal.           

  • §Communication with parents/guardians and Principal.

 

These strategies are graded in order of severity and their usage will depend upon many factors:

  • Seriousness of the offence
  • Effect of the offence on the learning environment
  • Number of times the offence occurred
  • Outside influences

 

 Before resorting to the more serious sanctions, every effort will have been made to solve the problem. Communication with parents is regarded as a very positive means of improving a child’s behaviour. Children become acquainted with the rules of the school as they apply to their particular age and circumstances. This is done by the class teacher and at various intervals by the principal.

 

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR BY ADULTS

 

It is the responsibility of the school to provide a caring and safe environment for the pupils.

 A parent should never chastise another pupil in the school.  In the event of this happening, the following procedure should be

 

  1. It will be outlined that the school will deal with any grievances in the appropriate manner.

 

  1. The parent /guardian should be requested to attend a meeting with the school principal.

 

  1. At this meeting, (or if deemed necessary beforehand) the parent/guardian will be made aware that Corpus Christi School will not accept this behaviour from the parents/guardians.

 

  1. It will be pointed out that this conduct should never be repeated.  It will also be outlined that failure to adhere to this request will result in the parent being requested not to be present on the school property.  And finally, if this request is not heeded, the school will apply for a judicial injunction against the parent.

 

  1. Finally, it will be pointed out that this meeting was deemed necessary because Corpus Christi School has the welfare of the child as the overriding principle of this procedure.     


ASSAULT

In the unlikely event of a physical assault by parent/guardian on a member of staff the following procedure will be adopted:
 

1.The Gardaí will be notified.
 

2.The offending person asked to leave the school premises and to remain outside the premises until invited to return by the Chairperson of the Board
 

3.A letter of apology is written to the member of staff by the offending parent/guardian.
 

4.If/when invited back on the school premises, the parent/guardian must give a guarantee in writing that a similar incident will not occur again.
 

In the event of verbal assault by parent/guardian on a member of staff the following procedure should be adopted.

1.The parent/guardian should be requested to attend a meeting with the school principal.

2.At this meeting, (or if deemed necessary beforehand) the parent will be made aware that Corpus Christi School will not accept this behaviour from the parent/guardian.

3.It will be outlined that the school will deal with any grievances in the appropriate manner.

4.It will be pointed out that this conduct should never be repeated. It will also be outlined that failure to adhere to this request will result in the parent/guardian being requested not to be present on the school property.

5.Finally, it will be pointed out that this meeting was deemed necessary because Corpus Christi School has the welfare of the children as the overriding principle of this procedure.


In the event of a parent/guardian having a grievance with a teacher, the issue must be taken up with the teacher and the grievance procedure as agreed by the CPSMA and the INTO must be adhered to.