Scoil Bhríde Presentation Primary School Midleton

Code of Behaviour

1. Introduction

Scoil Bhríde’s Code of Behaviour has been developing over the last number of years. This is in keeping with the requirements of the National Education Welfare Board (NEWB) and follows the guidelines of its publication “Developing a Code of Behaviour: Guidelines for Schools” (2008). As part of the drafting process, discussions took place at staff level, at class level, discussions by the principal with pupil representatives and with parent representatives as well as discussions at Board of Management meetings.

2. Scoil Bhríde Vision for Relationships and Behaviour in the School.

I.      In Scoil Bhríde’s Mission Statement, we commit ourselves to affording the pupils the best opportunity possible to avail of an all-rounded education, suitable to the ability of each child  and in keeping with the Catholic ethos of the school. This Code of Behaviour aims to provide a framework to promote positive constructive behaviour so that this mission is achieved.

II.      We commit ourselves to the under privileged.

III.      We aim for a work environment that will be safe and characterised by fair treatment, team work, personal accountability and opportunity to contribute, learn and grow. Teachers and parents are partners in the children’s education. Co- operation and communication between home and school are vital ingredients in the educational process. We share the same aim, the well being of the children in our care.

IV.      The whole school community which consists of parents, pupils, principal, teaching staff, special needs assistants, secretary, caretaker, ancillary staff and lunchtime supervisors have a role to play in creating a respectful, secure, inclusive environment. We want all to feel respected, safe, fairly treated, listened to and involved.

V.      The motto of Scoil Bhríde is “Ní neart go cur le chéile”. This means it is only by working together that we will be strong – there is no strength without unity.

VI.      We as a school community will respect pupils from different backgrounds, countries and cultures.

VII.      While Scoil Bhríde is a school with a Catholic Ethos pupils from different religious denominations are welcomed and cherished.

VIII.      When expectations are high it helps to develop a heightened sense of responsibility and self discipline among the whole school community.

IX.      We expect all students to behave to the best of their ability.

3. Expectations for pupils, staff and parents and how they will treat each other.

3.1 Pupils

Pupils can expect to

  • Be treated fairly, consistently and with respect;
  • Have their individual differences recognised and acknowledged when and if possible;
  • To feel safe, respected and secure;
  • Have their individual differences recognised and acknowledged when and if possible;
  • Have positive behaviour reaffirmed;
  • Have misbehaviour dealt with appropriately.

Pupils are expected to:

  • attend school regularly and punctually;
  • wear a neat school uniform;
  • work quietly and safely to the best of their ability at all times;
  • respect the right of others pupils to learn;
  • show respect for all members of the school community;
  • respect school property, the property of others and their own belongings;
  • keep the school environment clean and tidy;
  • have the correct books and materials in school;
  • follow class rules;
  • move quietly and carefully around the school;
  • line up in an orderly manner before and after break;
  • stay on the premises and within designated areas during school times;
  • do their homework to the best of their ability.

3.2 Staff

Staff can expect to

  • be treated with respect
  • teach in a well maintained physical environment relatively free from disruption;
  • get support and co-operation from colleagues and parents in order to achieve the school’s aims and objectives;
  • be listened to and participate in decision making which affects their own work and that of the school in general;
  • work in an atmosphere that encourages professional development;
  • get support and professional advice from the Board of Management, Department of Education and Skills, the national Education Welfare Board, the National Council for Special Education and the National Educational Psychological Services to help to cater for the psychological, emotional and physical needs of their pupils;
  • have grievances dealt with according to agreed procedures as set out in the CPSMA handbook.( see appendix1)

Staff are expected to:

  • support and implement the school’s Code of Behaviour;
  • be cognisant of their duty of care;
  • create a safe, welcoming atmosphere for their pupils;
  • develop and nurture a sense of self-esteem in each pupil;
  • praise desirable behaviour;
  • facilitate pupils to reach their full academic potential;
  • recognise and provide for individual differences as far as is reasonable;
  • be courteous, consistent and fair;
  • keep opportunities for disruption to a minimum;
  • keep record of serious misbehaviour or repeated instance s of misbehaviour;
  • provide support for colleagues.

3.3 Parents

Parents can expect to:

  • be treated with respect;
  • have a safe and welcoming environment for their child;
  • obtain recognition for individual differences among pupils having due regard for the resources that are available;
  • have fair and consistent procedures applied to the school’s dealings with pupils;
  • receive progress reports in accordance with agreed school policy (P.T. meetings and end of year reports)
  • receive information on school’s policies and procedures.

Parents are expected to:

  • ensure their children attend school regularly and on time and that they are collected from school on time;
  • encourage  their children to follow the school’s Code of Behaviour;
  • ensure their children wear the school uniform;
  • ensure their children have the correct books and materials;
  • have their children’s belongings labelled;
  • read written communication received from the school and respond appropriately;
  • report to the office if calling to the school during the day for any reason;
  • make an appointment before hand if they need to see a teacher;
  • to treat all member so the school community with respect;
  • to provide a letter for all absenteeism (see Section 9);
  • inform class teacher of any change to collection procedure for their children;
  • help their children to learn and practise good behaviour and to have a positive attitude towards themselves, other people and towards the school;
  • co-operate with teachers in instances where their child’s behaviour  is causing difficulty to others;
  • communicate to the school problems which may affect their child’s behaviour;
  • attend meetings at the school if requested;
  • help their children with their homework and ensure it is completed.

4 School Rules

In order to achieve a happy, healthy and safe working environment, where a sense of mutual respect is fostered, every pupil is expected to keep the following rules.

4.1 Respect and Courtesy

All pupils are expected to treat staff and fellow pupils with respect and courtesy. Inappropriate behaviour i.e. rough play, bad language, fighting, personal remarks, pushing, kicking, and spitting will not be tolerated.

School property and the property of others should be respected.

4.2 Dress Code

Pupils are required to wear the complete uniform everyday except on the designated P.E. day.

Girls:   Navy pinafore /skirt/ tailored trousers, red shirt,(not polo shirt) navy cardigan/jumper and

navy tie. Navy tights/stockings only and dark shoes black or navy.

Boys: Grey trousers, red shirt, navy jumper and navy tie.

The school track suit is worn on P.E. days.

P.E. Requirements: School tracksuit, red polo shirt and runners.

  • Inappropriate footwear, long earrings or expensive jewellery are not allowed.
  • Hairstyles to be neat and tidy and not impede schoolwork.
  • Regular uniform inspections will be made.

4.3 Healthy Lunches

Healthy lunches enable a child to work more efficiently i.e. sandwiches, fruit and yogurt. Cans, glass bottles, sweets and popcorn are discouraged.

  • Crisps, fizzy drinks and chewing gum are not allowed.
  • Nuts may be banned if required (if a child in the class has an allergy to nuts).
  • Food must be eaten in the classroom. All wrappers and leftover food must be taken home.

4.4 Homework

  • Homework is expected to be well done, clean and neat.
  • Checking and signing by parents/guardians on a daily basis is recommended.
  • Incomplete homework must be explained in writing by a parent/guardian.

4.5 Attendance

  • Each child is expected to be in school at 8.50 a.m., when the bell rings and children need to be collected promptly at home time.
  • Pupils are expected to be present every day.
  • A written note is expected to explain all absences.
  • Pupils leaving school early must be signed out by parent/guardian.

4.6 Movement throughout the school/ school grounds

  • Entering and leaving the school must be done in an orderly manner.
  • Pupils are asked to walk on the right hand side of the corridor/stairs.
  • Pupils are asked to use the handrail on stairs.
  • Pupils are asked to stand back and allow adults to pass.
  • Running is strictly forbidden in classrooms and on corridors.
  • Pupils who use bicycles are asked to alight at the school gate.

4.7 Break-times

  • Classroom/corridor/yard supervisors are to be obeyed at all times.
  • No re-entering the school building during the breaks without permission of teacher/ yard supervisor.
  • When the bell rings to signal the end of break-time, pupils are to line up quietly and stand in an orderly manner until collected by teacher.
  • During inclement weather pupils remain indoors in their classrooms and may play with the games provided.

4.8 Mobile Phones

  • Mobile phones are to be turned off and kept in schoolbags until the owner has left the school grounds. (In the interest of safety and unless absolutely necessary we would prefer if mobile phones were left at home).

4.9 Health and Safety

  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) are asked that teachers be made aware of any special needs which a child may have.
  • Parent(s)/guardians(s) are asked to make an appointment for parent/teacher meetings.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) are asked to please check your child’s hair regularly for outbreaks of head lice and treat if necessary.
  • Requests to remain indoors during break times must be made in writing and signed by parent/guardian.
  • All parents/guardians and visitors are required to report to the office.
  • Children who are ill should not be in school.

5. System for acknowledging good behaviour, progress and effort.

Good behaviour is praised in a number of ways.

For Individuals, good behaviour may be acknowledged as follows:

  1. A quiet word or gesture to show approval;
  2. A word of praise in front of group/class
  3. A mention to the principal;
  4. A comment/smiley/sticker in the exercise book;
  5. A mention to parents(verbal or written);
  6. A treat e.g. if terms of a behaviour contract are fulfilled.


  1. A Group/Class treat such as:

v     Reduction in homework

v     Edible treat

v     DVD

v     Time given to preferred activity

v     Extra playtime

  1. For groups within a class a system of merit marks
  2. A mention to the principal
  3. A mention to parents
  4. Announcement by principal over intercom


6. Consequences of unacceptable behaviour

Disapproval of unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with as follows:

  1. Reprimand and Reasoning (making clear what behaviour was unacceptable);
  2. Loss of privilege / weekend homework
  3. Referral to Principal/Deputy;
  4. Communication with parent
  5. Withdrawal from class temporarily to ‘time out’ area of classroom;
  6. Withdrawal from class temporarily to another classroom
  7. Losses and damage caused must be made good in all cases;
  8. Suspension/expulsion as outlined in Section 7 and 8.


7. Procedures for suspension

Appendix 1 – Scoil Bhríde will follow the procedures as outlined in the N.E.W.B. Guidelines. (chapter 11)


8. Procedures for Expulsion

Appendix 2 – Scoil Bhríde will follow the procedures as outlined in the N.E.W.B. Guidelines. (chapter 12)


9. Procedures for notifying the school about reasons for absence from school.

Parents/ Guardians are expected to communicate the reasons for the non-attendance of their child in Scoil Bhríde by:

  1. Notifying the school (e.g. phone call to Secretary/ principal) of the cause of the absence not later than the end of the third day of absence;
  2. Sending in a signed dated explanation of absence when the pupil returns to school. Such notes are an important part of the record keeping done to fulfill the requirements of reporting to the NEWB.


10. Other Scoil Bhríde Policies related to Code of Behaviour

The following policies overlap in various ways with the Code of Behaviour:

ü      SPHE School Plan;

ü      Anti- Bullying Policy;

ü      Health and Safety Policy;

ü      Supervision Policy;

ü      Acceptable Use Policy (Computers/Internet);

ü      Enrolment Policy;

ü      Positive Staff Working Relations;

ü      Staff Bullying/Harassment;

ü      Grievance Procedure;

ü      Accident Procedures;

ü      Homework Policy;

ü      Dress Code Policy;

ü      Mobile Phone Policy;

ü      Administration of Medicines


11. When and where will behaviour be subjected to the Code of Behaviour?

Standards and rules in the Code of Behaviour will apply to all situations where the pupils are the responsibility of the school. This includes activities not within the school grounds.

12. Ratification and Communication

This policy was ratified officially by the Board of Management on 06.09.2010

Circulation of the ratified policy to members of the school community will begin in September 2010. This policy will be reviewed annually.

Sr Maryjohn, Chairperson, Bord Scoil Bhríde