CODE OF DISCIPLINE
The aims of the school Code of Behaviour are:
To develop a positive learning environment in the school.
To encourage a positive attitude towards school and the learning process.
To develop a sense of respect and responsibility which will stand to the children outside of their school lives.
All pupils of the school have the right to come to school and engage in their work in a disruption free environment. The approach of the staff towards encouraging appropriate behaviour by all pupils is centered around the following.
(A) Respect for fellow pupils:
Avoidance of behaviour, which upsets, hurts or otherwise interferes with fellow pupils.
(B) Respect for Teachers:
Avoidance of disobedience, insolence or disruption of class.
(C) Respect for property:
School property, fellow pupils property, and our own property.
We have a positive approach to discipline in that we encourage appropriate behaviour at all times. This approach is helped by a weekly assembly of all the pupils of the school where those whose work or behaviour has been particularly good are complimented. Assembly is a very valuable forum for acknowledging and rewarding children for their efforts outside academic sphere.
Co-operation between parents and teachers is the key to good discipline. The achievement of this depends on open avenues of communication. The school will endeavour to ensure that parents are kept informed at all times. This document is itself part of that process of communication. Likewise the various notes and bulletins which are sent home from time to time.
It is important that this communication is too-way. Should something at home, a bereavement for example, affect or upset a child, then it is advisable that the class teacher should be informed.
In all cases involving absence or early departure from school, the teacher should be informed in writing. The teacher should also be informed in writing if homework is not d one or incomplete.
In a small school there is a high degree of contact between the teachers. Monday morning’s assembly affords the staff an opportunity to review the previous week, and regular formal Staff meetings provide the teachers with a forum where the effectiveness of the various aspects of the school’s behaviour policy can be discussed. In this way our approach to discipline can be modified to meet changing circumstances.
Verbal reprimand, including advice on how to improve.
Temporary separation from peers, a child may be put sitting on his or her own, or under supervision of another teacher.
Detention during break-time.
Loss of privileges.
Teacher informs parents.
Referral to Principal.
Parents formally notified by letter of continuing misbehaviour.
Meeting with parents. At this meeting details of the misbehaviour will be given and improvement sought. A formal warning may be issued.
In the event of misbehaviour continuing past this point, the pupil will be suspended in accordance with Rule 130 of National Schools.
The children are constantly informed of school procedure through the class teacher and at assembly. The assembly affords the opportunity to create a sense o f belonging and fosters the idea of the school as a part of the community. Through the use of positive techniques, it helps encourage a positive school atmosphere, the most important aspect in developing a workable code of discipline. Good behaviour is encouraged and efforts praised.
Senior pupils are particularly encouraged to show responsibility. They are from time to time given various tasks involving acceptance of responsibility for example helping teachers or pupil
in other classes, or undertaking jobs which require maturity on their part. Such an approach helps them develop a sense of their own worth and fosters they ability to work without close direction, qualities which will be most valuable in later life.
GUIDELINES FOR BREACHES OF DISCIPLINE
Should misbehavour arise, the following is the procedure that will be adopted to whatever level necessary. It must be said at t his point that the behaviour of the vast majority of the pupils in the school is exemplary and they seldom need correction. Constant monitoring , a consistent approach and a positive attitude will in most cases prevent misbehaviour developing to the point where implementation of the procedure is necessary.
It should also be pointed out that all cases of serious misbehaviour will be notified to parents.