Code of Behaviour (Adopted by B.O.M. 29/03/11)
Coláiste Pobail Acla
(A) General Principles
At Coláiste Pobail Acla, students are expected to:
- Show respect for themselves, for all members of the school community and for any visitors to the school.
- Be polite, inclusive, helpful and use respectful and dignified language whilst in school.
- Behave in a manner consistent with school standards whilst wearing the school uniform and on school activities.
- Look after and use appropriately the property of the school and that of members of the school community. This includes books rented under the Book Rental Scheme.
- Maintain the school environment by adhering to our Green Schools Code.
- Refrain from eating or drinking in classrooms, practical areas or the computer room. The use of chewing gum on school grounds is also strictly prohibited.
- Behave in a manner that does not endanger either themselves or others. To this end, students must not, either on school grounds or school activities:
- possess or use illegal or dangerous substances.
- smoke or be in possession of tobacco products.
- drink or be in possession of alcohol.
- possess or use anything that can be used as a threat or a weapon.
(B) Attendance and Punctuality
- Full attendance is expected in Coláiste Pobail Acla.
- Students must be in class by 9.10am. Students must proceed to class once the bell rings.
- Students must be punctual for all classes.
- In general, visits to lockers and toilets must be confined to specified breaks.
- A student who is absent or late must bring a signed and dated explanatory note on his/her return to school. This note is to be handed in to the office.
- Students must not leave the school grounds during the course of the day without written permission from a parent/guardian.
- Students must sign out at the office before leaving the school grounds and must sign in if arriving late.
(C) Uniform and Appearance
- Full uniform must be worn at all times. A student not in full uniform must present an explanatory note to the Deputy Principal/Class Tutor signed by a parent/guardian on their arrival.
- Students are expected to present themselves at school both neatly and appropriately. School management reserves the right to define appropriate presentation.
- Jackets, non-school hoodies, hats, caps, scarves and gloves are not to be worn in class.
- Students are expected to dress appropriately for practical classes; these specific requirements will be clarified by the subject teachers.
(D) Application to Studies
- Students are expected to work to the best of their ability at all times.
- Under no circumstances should students interfere with or undermine teaching and learning in our school.
- Students must have all necessary equipment, materials and textbooks for each lesson.
- Students must have their school journal in each class.
- For all students, the use of mobile phones, electronic devices and headphones is strictly prohibited during class periods.
(E) Rewards for good behaviour
- Awards for attendance – presented at end of each year.
- Positive notes in journals and copies.
- Praise and encouragement for effort as appropriate.
- Display of student work in classrooms and school environs.
- School support for in-class competitions (practical support e.g. money, medals).
- Awards system for various achievements at an end of year ceremony.
Standard sanctions in general use may be applied by subject teachers and class teachers, such as:
- A ‘tick’ in the student’s journal.
- Separation within the classroom.
- Additional homework such as essays, extra questions or work appropriate to the subject area.
- Removal from class for periods under supervision.
- Report to the Class Tutor.
- Supervised detention, either during Thursday lunchtime or on Friday evening.
- Being assigned tasks within the school building and grounds, e.g. lifting litter, cleaning desks.
(G) The Student Journal
- It is the responsibility of every student to have the school journal in class at all times. Failure to do so will result in an evening detention.
- The journal must be used by the student to note homework given during the school day. Failure to comply with this rule will result in an evening detention.
- The journal must be signed every week by a parent/guardian. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a lunchtime detention.
- The journal must not be defaced by the student.
- Should a student receive two ‘ticks’ in a week, they will be placed on a lunchtime detention. Three or more ‘ticks’ in a week will result in an evening detention until 5pm on Friday of the following week.
- A student who presents for evening detention more than once per term is placed on report for a week. The report card is to be signed daily by the class tutor and a parent/guardian.
(H) Serious Misbehaviour
As a guide for parents and pupils, the following is a list of some of the offences which are regarded as serious:
- Assault, threat or verbal abuse of a member of staff by a student.
- Wilful damage to property of staff or students.
- Putting a teacher’s or fellow student’s health or safety at risk.
- Possession of knife or other weapons.
- Theft within the school.
- Serious misbehaviour or school-related activities or trips.
- Mitching or scheming from school.
- Use or possession of alcohol or drugs in school or on school activities.
- Engagement in bullying or harassment.
(I) Procedures Relating to Serious Misbehaviour
Suspension or possible expulsion will be applied, following an enquiry by the Principal, a staff member or disciplinary committee delegated by him to do so.
Procedures in cases of immediate suspension:
- The student will be suspended immediately.
- The parents/guardian will be notified in writing informing them of the reason for the duration of the suspension.
- The parents/guardian are invited to attend, with the pupil, for a formal disciplinary hearing with the Principal.
- At this meeting the case may be reviewed.
- Parents/guardians may appeal the decision of the Principal to the Board of Management where they may present a case to the Board.
- If the Board of Management upholds the decision of the Principal to the Board of Management where they may present a case to the Board.
- If the Board of Management upholds the decision of the Principal, the parents/guardians may appeal the case to a sub-committee of the County Mayo Vocational Education Committee within seven days of the Board of Management at a meeting at which the case had been heard.
- Parents/guardians, together with the suspended student must meet with the Principal or his representative before the student is re-admitted to the school.
- Students who have been suspended for behaviour related offences will not be permitted to represent the school in any capacity.
- Any work in preparation for state examinations missed through suspension is the responsibility of the student.
The Code of Behaviour will be reviewed in May 2012.