Discipline Policy

Discipline Policy – Loughmore N.S.

1.         Aims:

(a)        In devising the code, consideration has to be given to the particular need and circumstances of this school. The aim is to create an ordered and orderly environment in which pupils can, through developing self-discipline, feel secure and make progress in all aspects of their development.

(b)        Every effort will be made by all members of staff to adopt a positive approach to the management and promotion of good behaviour in the school.

2.         Principles:

(a)        The school recognises the variety of differences that exist between children and the need to tolerate these differences.      

(b)        It is agreed that a high standard of behaviour requires a strong sense of community within the school and a high level of co-operation among staff and between staff, parents and pupils.

(c)        Every effort will be made to ensure that the code of discipline is implemented in a reasonable, fair and consistent manner.

Code of Conduct of Loughmore N.S.

This code of conduct will be signed by each pupil, their parent/guardian and teacher at the beginning of each school year and kept in the pupils file for the duration of that school year. It will be furnished also to the parents of all new pupils upon enrolment.

My Code of Conduct

1. I will be gentle. I will not hurt anyone

2. I will be kind and helpful. I will not hurt people’s feelings

3. I will be honest. I will not hide the truth.

4. I will listen. I will not interrupt.

5. I will look after property. I will not waste or damage things.

6. I will work hard. I will not waste time.

 School Safety: For my own safety and that of others-

(a) I should be careful coming to and going from school. I should wait inside the school gates for my parents/guardians to collect me and I should walk inside the yellow line outside the school gate when leaving the school premises.

(b) I should always walk, not run, while in the school building.

(c) I should let adults pass in the corridors.

(d) I should remain seated in class and while eating lunch unless with permission.

(e) I should be well-behaved as I arrive into the school yard, before entering the school building at 9.20am.

(f) I should always show respect for my fellow pupils when out in the school yard.

(g) I will walk in an orderly fashion in my line to and from the yard.

(h) I will be fair. I will not tell silly tales.

(i) I will use the toilet properly and wash my hands.

(j) I must bring a note of explanation following absence or if I am late for school.

(k) I should never leave the school grounds without the knowledge and permission of the principal/class teacher.

(l) I am not permitted on the school grounds outside of school hours. I am aware that this is trespassing.

 Caring for Myself:

(a) I should respect myself and my property, always keeping myself, my schoolbag, books and copies in good order.

(b) I should always be in school on time.

(c) I should show respect for my school and be proud to wear the full school uniform (track-suit) every day. I should bring a change of clothes for training/games on the field.

(d) I should always be aware of my personal cleanliness. Make-up is not permitted.

(e) I should always bring a sensible, nutritional lunch to school and adhere to the school’s Healthy Eating policy.

(f) I should always do my best in school by listening carefully, working as hard as I

can and by completing my homework.

(g) I will tell my teacher and/or parents if I am having any problems in school.

 Caring for Others:

(a) I should be kind and respectful to my teachers and fellow pupils by being

mannerly and polite, by taking turns and by remaining silent and orderly in my

class line.

(b) I should behave well in class so that my fellow pupils and I can learn.

(c) I should always keep my school clean by bringing home unfinished food, drinks, cartons, wrappers etc.

(d) I should show respect for the property of my fellow pupils, the school building

and grounds.

(e) I should be truthful and honest at all times.

(g) I should be mannerly and step aside and allow others to pass when in the corridors.

 Bullying

I should never bully others, I should never allow others to bully me and if it happens I should tell my parents and my teacher. I will remember the anti-bullying code – Say No, Get Away, Tell Someone!

 Bullying is always unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any form in Loughmore N.S.

Loughmore N.S. is a Bully-Free zone.

I, ________________________________ have read this Code of Conduct

and agree to always behave according to the code.

Our code of discipline aims to promote and reward positive behaviour, in essence we endeavour to ‘catch the pupils being good’. We also aspire to building strong home/school links based on fair and clear expectations and open and honest dialogue. We encourage parents to contact staff as soon as possible if they have any concerns or queries regarding their child’s behaviour.

 Strategies for encouraging and rewarding positive behaviour:

(a)        Praise may be given by means of any one of the following:

    • A quiet word or gesture to show approval.
    • A comment or sticker in a pupil’s exercise book.
    • A visit to another member of  Staff or to the Principal for commendation.
    • A word of praise in front of a  group or class.
    • Delegating some special responsibility or privilege.
    • A mention to parent, written or verbal communication.
    • Awarding a merit certificate for a particular achievement or notable action/behaviour at assembly.

(b)        Disapproval of unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with as follows:

(The nature of the behaviour will determine the strategy)

      • Reasoning with pupils.
      • Reprimand (including advice on  how to improve).
      • Prescribing extra work.
      • Behaviour sheet / Communication with Parents.
      • Temporary separation from peers and /or loss of privileges.
      • Referral to Principal.
      • Note or phone call to parents, or speak to parents after school if feasible.
      • Suspension/expulsion (in  accordance with Rule 130 of the Rules for National Schools as amended by        circular 7/88 – see www.education.ie  for more information on this circular).

Procedures:

The degree of misdemeanours i.e. minor, serious or gross, will be judged by the teachers and/or Principal based on a common sense approach with regard to the gravity/frequency of such misdemeanours, as follow:

 Examples of minor misdemeanours:

Interrupting class work / Arriving late for school / Running in school building / Placing unfinished food/drink cartons in class bin / Leaving litter around school / Being discourteous/unmannerly / Not completing homework without good reason / Not having homework signed by a parent.

 Examples of steps to be taken by teachers when dealing with minor misdemeanours:

Verbal reprimand / reasoning with pupils/ noting instance of yard misbehaviour in yard Incident book.

 Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with regular occurrences of minor misdemeanours.

 Phase 1 (within the classroom)

Write out one copy of school rules OR relevant rule to upper limit of 20 times – all to be signed by parent/guardian. Pupil may be asked to fill out a behaviour sheet explaining their actions/behaviour, this is signed by the teacher, pupil and parent/guardian and kept in the pupils file for the duration of the school year.

Note in Homework Journal to be signed by parent / Temporary separation from peers / Sending to another teacher / Denial of participation in some class activity. Warning to pupils whose name appears in yard incident book more than three times. Note to parents concerning further misbehaviour in the class or yard. (Misbehaviour in yard consists of any action that puts the safety of self/other pupil at risk.

 Phase 2

Step 1) Send to Principal.

Step 2) Class teacher meets one/both parents.

Step 3) Principal meets one/both parents concerning problematic behaviour.

 Examples of serious misdemeanours

Constantly disruptive in class / Telling lies / Stealing / Damaging other pupil’s property /Bullying / Back answering a teacher / Frequenting school premises after school hours without appropriate permission / Leaving school premises during school day without appropriate permission. Not working to full potential / Using unacceptable language / Bringing weapons to school . Deliberately injuring a fellow pupil.

 Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with serious misdemeanours:

1)         Send to Principal

2)         Teacher / Principal sends note in Journal /Folder to be signed by parent.

3)         Teacher / Principal meets with one/both parents.

4)         Chairperson of Board of Management informed and parents requested to meet      with Chairperson and Principal and class teacher.

 Examples of Gross Misdemeanours

Setting fire of school property / Deliberately leaving taps/fire hose turned on.

Aggressive, threatening or violent behaviour towards a teacher/pupil.

 Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with gross misdemeanours

1)      Chairperson/Principal to sanction immediate suspension pending discussion with

      parents

 2) Expulsion will be considered in an extreme case in accordance with Rule 130 (6)

 i.e.”No pupil can be struck off the rolls for breaches of discipline without prior consent of patron and until alternative arrangements are made for enrolment of pupil at another suitable school in the locality.

 It should be noted that these lists consist of examples only: It is not meant to be a totally comprehensive list of misdemeanours and procedural steps.

 Ratified by the Board of Management on the 29th 0f February 2012.

 

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