Code of Behaviour for Cappawhite N.S.
Relationship to Characteristic Spirit of the School
Cappawhite N.S. is a Catholic school under the Patronage of the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly. This policy reflects the mission statement of the school and in particular, our school motto, “ Mol an Oige”
Guidelines for behaviour in the school
The Education Welfare Act, Section 23, states that the code of behaviour shall specify “the standards of behaviour that shall be observed by each student attending the school”.
Cappawhite N.S.promotes the following code
As outlined in Section 23(4) of the Education Welfare Act the principal teacher, prior to enrolment of a child to Cappawhite N.S. shall provide the parents of the child with a copy of the school’s code of behaviour and that the principal ‘may, as a condition of so registering such child, require his or her parents to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour so provided is acceptable to them and that they shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the child’.
A copy of the school rules is included in Appendix 1 of this code.
Whole school approach in promoting positive behaviour
The elements of a whole school approach to behaviour include
Teachers and other staff members can play important roles in the work in the review and updating of the code. They bring to this work their professional expertise in understanding the links between behaviour and learning; their experience of what works to help students to behave well; and their knowledge of the school and of the school community Providing opportunities for staff to deepen their understanding of the factors that affect behaviour and that help students to change behaviour
Staff as a team have opportunities to confirm that all school policies and practices support the objectives of the code of behaviour
The school’s SPHE curriculum is used to support the code of behaviour. It aims to help our children develop communication skills, appropriate ways of interacting and behaving, and conflict resolution skills. It also aims to foster self-esteem and to help children accommodate differences and develop citizenship. Programmes such as Walk Tall, Circle Time, Golden Time, Drama and role play will be carried out in Cappawhite N.S. to support this code of behaviour.
Board of Management
The overall responsibility for ensuring that a code of behaviour is prepared rests with the Board of Management .The Board has particular responsibility for the ethos of the school, as well as having overall responsibility for school policies. The Board will play an active role in exploring the kinds of relationships and behaviours that will reflect the school’s ethos and responsibilities.
The Board will make sure that all members of the school community have the opportunity to be involved in work on the code of behaviour. The Board of Management will formally record the adoption of the code of behaviour, the commencement date and decisions about when the code will be reviewed. This code will be reviewed annually.
The code of behaviour will be more likely to work well where parents have meaningful ways of contributing to the development or review of the code. Their involvement will draw on their expectations, insights and experience. It will help to underline their responsibilities for their children’s behaviour. The parent representatives of the Board of management were consulted with the drafting of this code.
Parents can support the school in the promotion of positive behaviour and the maintenance of high standards of behaviour through the following
A copy of this code of behaviour will be given to the parents of all new entrants to the school.
Students are more likely to support a code of behaviour when they have helped to develop it. Relationships of trust between teachers and students can grow stronger through the process
Pupils are involved in drafting the code of behaviour by
Pupils are regularly reminded of these rules.
Positive strategies for managing behaviour
‘The most effective methodology that teachers develop in attempting to manage challenging behaviour is to prevent it occurring in the first place’. (Managing Challenging Behaviour, Guidelines for teachers INTO 2004: 5).
The positive strategies which you the staff use to effectively manage behaviour in the classroom.
The positive strategies which the staff implements to promote good behaviour, to prevent behavioural difficulties and to deal with incidences of unacceptable behaviour. e.g.
Incidents of misbehaviour are reported to classroom teacher and may involve time-out or withdrawal of privileges. Serious incidents of misbehaviour are recorded in the incident book.
A set of playground rules is included in Appendix 2
Other areas in the school
There are positive strategies which the staff implements to prevent behavioural problems in school corridors. Pupils are always accompanied by a teacher and are encouraged to walk quietly on school corridors. Class teachers accompany pupil to the front door at the end of the school day. The Principal stands at the school entrance each evening. Pupils are regularly reminded of these rules particularly at the start of the year and at the start of terms
School related activities
Standards and rules contained in the code of behaviour will usually apply in any situation where pupils are still the responsibility of the school. This includes to school tours, games and extracurricular activities and other school-linked events.
Rewards and Sanctions
Rewards and acknowledgement of good behaviour
Good behaviour is publicly recognised and acknowledged in the school. Our school motto is “ Mol an Oige
There special occasions when pupil achievement is acknowledged e.g. assemblies, end of term awards, end of year wards. Graduation certificates are presented to Sixth class pupils at a graduation mass at the end of the school year.
Merit awards and certificates are displayed in the front hall of the school. We also have a good news noticeboard and pupils from Junior classes receive merit reward stickers. Information is conveyed to parents by means of a note in the homework diary.
Pupils from First to Sixth class earn Golden time on Friday afternoons for good behaviour.
Strategies for responding to inappropriate behaviour
The Education (Welfare) Act 2000, Section 23, states that a school must outline ‘the measures that may be taken if a student fails to observe the standards of behaviour that the school has outlined’.
Involving parents in management of problem behaviour
Parents are contacted by the school if there is an ongoing issue with regards to homework or behaviour.
Managing aggressive or violent misbehaviour
The following strategies are used for dealing with serious emotional and behavioural problems
5. Suspension / Expulsion
The authority to suspend lies with the Board of Management. However, the Board of .Management may delegate this responsibility to the Principal
Categories of Suspension that would warrant immediate suspension:
Uncontrollable threatening behaviour where the continued presence of the child in the school would represent a serious threat to others or him/herself.
On returning from suspension:
The BOM will review the use of suspension on an annual basis
Under the Education Welfare Act, 2000, ‘A student shall not be expelled from a school before the passing of twenty school days following the receipt of a notification under this section by an educational welfare officer’ (Section 24(4)) It is the right of a Board of Management to take ‘…such other reasonable measures as it considers appropriate to ensure that good order and discipline are maintained in the school concerned and that the safety of students is secured.’ (Section 24(5)).The Board of Management has the authority to expel a student. The following steps will be taken by the school
A proposal to expel a student requires one the following grounds
The Board of Management may decide that particular behaviours may involve expulsion for a first offence
These may include
The following procedure in respect to expulsion will apply
This policy on expulsion will be reviewed biannually.
Under Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998, parents (or pupils who have reached the age of 18) are entitled to appeal to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science against some decisions of the Board of Management, including (1) permanent exclusion from a school and (2) suspension for a period which would bring the cumulative period of suspension to 20 school days or longer in any one school year. Accordingly, schools will advise parents of this right of appeal and associated timeframe if it has been decided to suspend or permanently exclude a pupil. Appeals must generally be made within 42 calendar days from the date the decision of the school was notified to the parent or student. (See Circular 22/02)
In line with the school’s policy on record keeping, and data protection legislation, records of serious incidents of misbehaviour are recoded in the school’s incident book. These are factually recorded in an impartial manner
Serious misbehaviour is reported to the principal immediately.
Procedures for notification of pupil absences from school
The Education Welfare Act, 2000, Section 23 (2) (e) states that the code of behaviour must specify, “the procedures to be followed in relation to a child’s absence from school.” Section 18 stipulates that parents must notify the school of a student’s absence and the reason for this absence.
A list of strategies that are used to encourage school attendance include
8. Reference to other Policies
Other school policies that have a bearing on the code of behaviour
Practical indicators of the success of the policy
Roles and Responsibility
Roles and Responsibilities:
The overall responsibility for the implementation of this policy lies with the Board of Management of Cappawhite N.S.
All staff members will be responsible for the implementation of the Code of Behaviour within the school, in co-operation with the pupils and parents
This policy will come into effect in September 2021
This policy was ratified by the Board of Management on ___________
and will come into effect from September 2021