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St. Brendan’s National School
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR AND DISCIPLINE


The staff of St. Brendan’s National School encourage the highest standards in collective and self discipline. The ethos of the school and the planning of the broad curriculum promote the attitudes and values necessary for individual children to contribute positively to their own personal development and to that of the school. These attitudes and values are further encouraged through a system of rewards and sanctions. It is noted that a lack of poor discipline is often the result of problems within the family unit or the lack of social skills.

In General:

1. All pupils have a right to work in a calm, supportive and purposeful atmosphere.

2. All pupils have the right to come to school without the fear of being bullied.
3. Guidelines are issued and discussed at the beginning of each school year, outlining expected classroom behaviour and giving reasons.

These rules help to prepare pupils for their eventual position in society where procedures have to be followed.


The Class Teacher has prime responsibility for pastoral care. This includes

giving rewards and sanctions
watching out for children who are behaving out of character
looking for signs of distress and upset

Rewards:

Rewards are a powerful tool for the class teacher to use. They help to give the pupils a sense of achievement and a chance to celebrate their successes. Rewards are given on a daily basis. These include:

verbal praise
written remarks about good work
stickers/stampers


Unacceptable Behaviour is defined as follow for example:-

1. Talking out of turn
2. Digressing from a given activity
3. Disregarding the teacher’s commands/disobeying the teacher
4. Disruptive behaviour of any kind
5. Back-answering or giving cheek to the teachers
6. Horseplay or fighting
7. Running in the school building at any time
8. Verbal abuse of any kind
9. Bad language, swearing or blasphemy
10. Lack of respect for school property or that of teacher/other pupils

To show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour one or more of the following strategies may be used:

1. Reason
2. Reprimand
3. Temporary separation from peers and/or classroom
4. Denial of participation in P.E. / Art and Craft lesson
5. Loss of privileges e.g. outings
6. Detention during a break, during which the pupil is required to write the reason for detention. This is to be signed by parent(s) and returned to school to be kept in pupil’s file.
7. Prescribing additional work
8. Communication with parents


Major Misconduct:

Back answering/giving cheek/bullying/swearing and leaving school grounds without permission for example will be regarded as major misdemeanours and will be dealt with as follows:-
1) Class teacher tries to resolve the problem in consultation with parents
2) Principal informs BOM/Chairman

3)The Board may authorise the Chairman/Principal to sanction an immediate suspension in accordance with the terms of Rule 130(5) of the Rules for National Schools, pending discussion of the matter with the parents.

4) Depending on the nature of the event Gardai may be involved.

Gross Misconduct:

Aggressive, threatening or violent behaviour towards a teacher / fellow pupil or assault, are deemed to constitute gross misconduct and will be dealt with as follows:-

1) Class teacher tries to resolve in consultation with parents
2) Principal informs BOM/Chairman
3)The Board may authorise the Chairman/Principal to sanction an
immediate suspension in accordance with the terms of Rule 130(5) of the Rules for National Schools, pending discussion of the matter with the parents.
4) Depending on the nature of the event Gardai may be involved.
5)
Expulsion may be considered


In all cases of exclusion the parents will be obliged to bring their son/daughter to discuss the terms of re-admittance with the Principal. The child may return to school only when he/she is genuinely apologetic and apologies in writing to the teacher/pupil involved.

Every effort will be made to have an emotionally disturbed child referred for psychological assessment without delay. Help will be sought also, from support services within the wider community, e.g. Community Care Services provided by the Health Boards.

In the belief that the most effective schools tend to be those with the best relationships with parents, every effort will be made by the Principal Teacher and staff to ensure that the parents are kept well informed, that the school provides a welcoming atmosphere towards parents and that parents are told not only when their children are in trouble, but when they behave particularly well.

This code will be reviewed at intervals.

This policy was recently updated and ratified by the Board of Management.




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