Code of Behaviour Policy for Students in Templemichael College, Longford
As the primary educators of their children, the full co-operation of parents/guardians is essential in order that our students can gain the maximum benefit from the education provided in our school.
There are two basic school requirements, which must be observed so that our school can function properly, our teachers can teach as effectively as possible and our students can fulfil their potential. These requirements are:
- Respect for People:
- All students have the right to be educated. Therefore no student may disrupt the class and no student may remove the right to learn from another student.
- It is the right of all teachers to teach without any student interrupting or hindering the teaching process.
1.2 Respect for Property:
- School property and the property of others must not be damaged or interfered with.
- The Code of Behaviour.
2.1 The aim of this code is to:
- Ensure co-operation between students, parents/guardians and school staff.
- Create a climate favorable to learning.
- Ensure the rights of the teachers to teach and the students to learn.
- Reward and encourage the proper behaviour of students.
- Protect the health and wellbeing of the students and staff.
2.2 This code shall specify-
- The standards of behaviour that shall be observed by each student attending the school both in the classroom and outside the classroom.
- The measures that may be taken when a student fails or refuses to observe those standards;
- The procedures to be followed before a student may be suspended or expelled from the school.
- The grounds for removing a suspension imposed in relation to a student; and
- The procedures to be followed relating to absence from school.
- Standard of Behaviour.
3.1 Behaviour in class.
The following rules must be observed to maintain a good learning environment in the classroom:
- Be on time for class and behave properly at all times.
- Have the correct books, school journal, copies and other required class materials in their possession at all times.
- Have all homework completed.
- Wear the full school uniform.
- Follow the instructions of teachers. In practical rooms students must adhere to all health & safety regulations.
- Ensure that mobile phones are not to be produced or used in the school at any time.
- Not chew gum, eat or drink in the classroom.
- Must not leave the classroom without having received a hall pass or have their journal signed by a teacher.
- Must leave the classroom neat and tidy at the end of each class.
3.2 Behaviour outside the classroom.
- Not litter in the school or school grounds.
- Not smoke anywhere in the school or school grounds – this includes at the school gate.
- Not engage in behaviour which upsets the good order of the school.
- Consume food and drink in the Assembly Hall only.
- Not leave the school during the school day. (Refer to section 6).
- Walk on right hand side, when walking in school corridors
These standards of behaviour remain in force for students involved in school activities outside the school.
- Encouraging Good Behaviour.
With a view to promoting positive behaviour amongst our students in our school we operate the “traffic light system” – green, amber and red reports on our VSWARE system.
4.1 Green Reports.
Teachers may award green reports (praise forms) for consistent good behaviour in the school. There will be public acknowledgement of student achievement and good behaviour during the end of year Second Level Awards Ceremony.
4.2 Amber Reports.
Issued for persistent breaching of school code.
4.3 Red Reports:
Issued for serious breach of the school code.
Such breaches include:
- An attack on a member of staff or fellow student.
- Damage to or stealing of school property.
- The use of abusive language or threats to a member of school staff or fellow pupil.
- The use of alcohol, drugs or an illegal substance in the school, in the school environs or during any school activity taking place outside the school.
4.4 Sanctions available in the classroom:
In class the teacher may:
- Issue a verbal warning
- Record pupil behaviour in the journal. (The school journal will be examined and signed by the parents and year head on a weekly basis).
- Set extra lessons/homework to be completed by the student.
- Remove the student to another classroom with the co-operation and permission of the other teacher.
- Issue an amber report on VSWARE.
If a student receives 5 amber reports, they are assigned evening detention.
If a student is issued a red report on VSWARE, this matter is dealt with by the Principal or Deputy Principal.
4.5 Sanctions available in the school:
Evening detention –an hour after school under supervision. If a student fails to attend detention, a one day suspension is imposed.
Internal detention – a full day of supervised work in isolation with separate break times.
Voluntary withdrawal by parents (where the pupil remains at home for a period of time to reflect).
On Report – Students are given a report sheet which is to be completed by the teacher at the end of each class. The year head meets with the parents in the school on a weekly basis to discuss the report sheet and to sign it.
Suspension of 3 days or less may be authorized by the Principal. The suspension shall be reported to the Board of Management. Suspension in excess of three days must be authorized by the Board of Management.
On return to school students must meet with the Guidance Counselor/Home School Liaison Officer/deputy principal/principal.
Expulsion must be authorized by the Board of Management.
Parents of a pupil under 18 years of age or students over 18 years of age may appeal the decision of the school to suspend or expel/exclude a pupil.
The appeal must be made in writing on the attached form within 7 days of the notification of the suspension/expulsion. The appeal form must be forwarded to the Chief Executive LWETB. The appeal will be considered by a sub-committee of LWETB convened for that purpose.
If the parent/adult student is dissatisfied with the decision of this appeal board, a final appeal may be made to the Secretary General of the Department of Education & Skills (as detailed in Section 29 of the Education Act 1998).
- Absences from School
Students may not leave the school during the school day unless;
- They have a note signed by the parent/guardian stating the purpose and time of absence. This note must be handed to the year head or principal. The student must sign the absence book before leaving the school.
- It is lunchtime for fifth and sixth years who are allow to leave the premises during the lunch break.
For every period during which a pupil is absent from school the parent must send a written signed note detailing the dates and reasons for the absence. Forms titled “Absence Note “are included for this purpose in the journal. These notes are to be handed to the year head.
For a planned absence during part the school day, the parent must forward a written signed note detailing the time and purpose of the absence. Forms titled “permission to leave school” are included in the journal for this purpose. These notes are to be handed to the year head or principal. In addition, the pupil must sign the “absence book” in the main office prior to leaving the school and again on returning.
6.1 The National Educational Welfare Board is notified by the school when a pupil is absent for 20 days or more in any school year. This may result in a home visit from the Welfare Officer.
Ratified by BOM on the 18/10/2017. Chairperson Mr. Seamus Butler