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Code of Behaviour

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Code Of Behaviour
St. Joseph’s School,
Ballytivnan

Aims:
In devising this code, consideration has to be given to the particular circumstances of St. Joseph’s Special school and the individual needs of the pupils who attend the school.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.all members of staff will adopt a positive proactive approach when interacting with pupils to prevent behavioural difficulties all members of staff will adopt a positive proactive approach when dealing with incidents of challenging behaviour to bring a safe resolution to the incident in the least restrictive manner possible.

Principles:
The leading principle underpinning the code of behaviour is respect for the individual. Mutual respect for all; respect of staff for pupils, respect of staff for other staff, respect of pupils for staff, respect of pupils for other pupils and respect for self.Code of Behaviour in St. Joseph’s School is based on a Positive Approach to achieving behavioural change. acceptable behaviour will be rewarded and consequences will be applied in a staged approach for unacceptable behaviours.school recognises the variety of differences that exist amongst the pupils of St. Joseph’s school and the need to understand and tolerate these differences.it is agreed that pupils are expected to exhibit a high standard of behaviour, staff will ensure that the principle of differentiation in respect of individual needs will be understood and applied. 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.effort will be made to ensure that the code of behaviour is implemented in a reasonable, fair and consistent manner.’ achievements, academic or otherwise, will be recognised and appreciated.will be accessible to all pupilswill be sued to acknowledge the positive behaviour of pupilsof the pupils and staff will be drawn to the rules regularly will be informed of the consequences of unacceptable behaviours at various times throughout the school week- at Assembly, in class policy is available to all partners: pupils, staff, parents, members of the Board of Managementpolicy will be reviewed on a yearly basis


School Rules:
Class Rules:
All classes are requested to draw up three to five clear, enforceable and relevant rules. list is to be drawn up by the class teacher in conjunction with the pupils of the class following discussion. are to be expressed in a positive way, which is appropriate to the pupils in the class. should clearly state the type of behaviour that is expected. list of rules is to be predominately displayed in the classroom and discussed on a very regular basis to ensure that all pupils fully understand the standard of behaviour that is expected.
Pupils are expected to treat their teacher, other staff and fellow pupils with respectare expected to do
their best (in line with their ability) in school by listening carefully, doing the work presented to them and by completing any homework given.language is to be discouraged
General Safety:
For pupils’ own safety and that of others-
Pupils should be careful coming from and going to the school bus should always walk while in the school building.are asked to bring a note or get parents/guardians to ring to inform school following absences should never leave the school grounds without the permission of the Principal. boys may collect ball if it goes over fence when given permission of staff member on duty. A staff member to collect ball if it goes out on roadway.should use the toilet if possible before breaksshould not leave the class/hall or yard without the permission of staff member on duty.should go to the toilet one at a time.should line up quietly if required (while staff member opens door). Staff should ensure that they return to class as soon as possible after the bell has rung to avoid unnecessary waiting by pupils. are expected to go to the appropriate yard in a safe manner on hearing the bell for break. Pupils are expected to return from the yard as soon as they hear the bell ring.play, which involves wrestling or fighting, that may cause injury will not be allowed. Staff members are to act in proactive manner and request pupils to stop engaging in such play before it leads to an incident.6 pupils have permission to remain inside at breaks time- this to be monitored by staff member on indoor duty and/or Principal or Deputy Principalraining at break time, pupils are to go to designated place (Hall, HE Room etc)who have to remain inside during break time due to illness etc must inform Principal/Deputy Principal and must stay in designated area.engaging in behaviour that is verging on the unacceptable will be advised of this by staff member. They will be given the opportunity to behave more positively by the staff employing a three phased warning system. On the third warning, the pupil will be asked to leave the class/yard and report to the Principal/or Deputy Principal. A staff member will inform the Principal/DP of the particular reason as to why the pupil has been asked to report. In the event of the pupil refusing to leave the class/yard, a staff member will call the Principal/DP to talk to the pupil in question. engaging in unacceptable dangerous behaviour involving physical threat to themselves or other pupils or staff members will be asked to leave the class/yard immediately. Principal/DP will be sent for immediately. In the interests of safety and in an attempt to maintain and preserve the self-esteem of the pupil and staff involved, the other pupils may be removed from the situation to ensure resolution of the situation without an audience and in the safest manner possible.will be made aware that such behaviour will carry with it consequences/sanctions.


Rules for Hall/Assembly
Pupils are to come to hall for break/lunch in a safe, orderly and quiet mannerlunchtime, pupils are expected to stand for and say grace before and after lunch and to do so in a respectful way.
Pupils are to sit in assigned seats during break and lunch and may not leave table unless they have permission of Teacher on duty or Principal/Deputy Principal.are expected to be polite to staff members and peers assisting at break/lunch.are expected to sit appropriately during break/lunch time and to engage in conversation with peers at own table in an appropriate way. are expected to leave their place tidy and co-operate with staff and peers to prevent litter in hall.are expected to follow the healthy lunch policy.called by teacher on duty, Class 2 boys should leave the hall first, other pupils to follow when called.are expected to come to and participate in assembly on Monday and Friday mornings.

Rules for Practical Classes- Home Economics/Woodwork.
Pupils are to behave in line with good health & safety grounds during practical classesshould be supervised at all times by the Teacher in charge. should handle cooking utensils and tools in a safe and appropriate mannershould be kept locked away when not in useare to ensure that they maintain a safe working environment are to remain in their place unless directed by staff member to do otherwiseclothing should be worn when requiredare to go straight to HE or Woodwork room when the bell goes. Younger pupils to be collected from base class as indicated by the Timetable.
At end of class, pupils are to return to their base classroom as soon as practical class has ended. Pupils are to return in a quiet, unobtrusive manner.

General Rules
Pupils should respect themselves and their own personal property, keeping it in good order.should show respect for the property of their fellow pupils, the school building and grounds.should be kind and respectful to teachers and fellow pupils.should be in school as the bell rings at 9.40a.m.should show respect for their school and help to maintain the school environment in good order.should follow the guidelines of the healthy lunch policy. Treats are allowed on a Friday but items in glass bottles, Coke or chewing gum are not permitted.should try and be truthful and honest at all times.

Bullying:
Pupils should never bully others. should never allow others to bully them.bullying happens, pupils should tell their parents and their teacher. Bullying is always unacceptable.

St. Joseph’s is a “BULLY- FREE’ zone
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There is a separate Anti-bulling Policy in St. Joseph’s School.



School Timetable

Assembly (Mondays and Fridays in Hall, Other days in classroom): 9.40a.m
Formal Class begins 9.50a.m.
School Closes: 3.20 p.m.
Bell will ring prior to this to allow pupils to get coats/lunch boxes etc

Homework

It is the policy of the school to assign homework on a regular basis from Monday to Thursday nights. Parents are strongly advised to take an active interest in their child’s homework and to check their Homework each night (ensuring that it is done).

Strategies For Promoting Positive Behaviour And Dealing With Unacceptable Behaviours

A Positive Proactive approach when dealing with pupils will be utilised by all staff members. Positive behaviour approaches as advocated by SESS In-service day and the work of Bill Rodgers will be utilised. Such approaches required the focus to be
on reward for positive acceptable behaviours. Unacceptable behaviours will be ignored if possible and a staged approach to consequences will be implemented in line with procedures outlining in this policy.

The following are key principles of such proactive positive approaches:
Staff will always interact with pupils in a calm, positive, respectful manner
Each pupil will be afforded the opportunity to start each day as a new day
Some pupils due to their individual difficulties will be afforded the opportunity to start each session as a new sessionwill accept the pupil’s apology as given the pupil has apologised that should be the end of that incident and it should not be referred to again.pupil will only be reprimanded for the Primary behaviour which occurred at that particular time (Other secondary behaviours will be taken up later when all parties are calm)will be allowed to calm down and will be allowed to give their perception of what happenedparties will be given time to discuss the behaviour/incident and re-establish relationships

(a) Praise may be given by means of any one of the following:
A quiet word or gesture to show approvalcomment in a pupil’s exercise bookvisit to another member of Staff or to the Principal for commendation.word of praise in front of a group or class.at “Good News Assembly” on Friday morningsome special responsibility or privilege.mention to parent, written or verbal communication.teachers will develop a class method of rewarding pupils for effort in both work and behaviour. Such methods will focus on positive behaviours and will be applied in a fair manner ensuring that all pupils have opportunities to gain positive feedback.

(b) Disapproval of unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with as follows: -
The nature of the behaviour will determine the strategy
Reasoning with pupils(including advice on how to improve).with Parents.separation from peers and/or loss of privileges.to Principal/Deputy-Principal.to parentsnote of behaviour. If pattern of such behaviour developing the development of and implementation of a behaviour contact or individual behaviour support plan will be put in place. Such a plan will be drawn up in consultation with Principal, Class teacher, pupil (if age appropriate) and /or parents depending on frequency/nature of behaviour. letter informing parents of behaviour and invitation to attend for formal meeting with all parties to discuss the behaviour will be sent.
Suspension/expulsion (in accordance with Rule 130 of the Rules for National Schools as amended by circular 7/88).

Procedures:
The context that the behaviour occurred in and the individual ability and the particular difficulties experienced by the Pupil will have to be considered in determining the level of seriousness of the misdemeanour
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 follows:

EXAMPLES OF MINOR MISDEMEANOURS OCCURRING IN CLASS/SCHOOL BUILDING:
Interrupting class work / Arriving late for school / Running in school building / Leaving seat without permission at lunchtime / Leaving litter around school / Being discourteous/unmannerly / Not completing homework without good reason/Use of bad language *
*Principle of differentiation taking into account pupil’s particular difficulties/family circumstances where such language may be everyday language

Examples of steps to be taken by teachers when dealing with minor misdemeanours:
Informing pupil of misdemeanour and if appropriate using the three phase warning system
Verbal reprimand / reasoning with pupilinstance of misbehaviour in class behaviour book/individual pupil behaviour book/sheet
Informing DP/Principal if behaviour of a frequent nature

Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with regular occurrences of minor misdemeanours occurring within the classroom

Phase 1 (within the classroom)
Informing pupil of misdemeanour and using the three phase warning systemstory of what happened Or one copy of school rules Or relevant rule to upper limit of 20 times—all to be signed by parent ( If appropriate for pupil to do in line with pupil’s individual ability)in homework notebook to be signed by parentseparation from peers within the classroom (separate seat/seat away from others) for short time in line with pupil’s age**



Sending to another teacher in same section of the school. Senior pupils should not be sent to Junior Classes for misbehaviour.of participation in some class activity until pupil indicates by behaviour that he/she ready to participate in appropriate manner

** Guideline of 1 minute per chronological age of pupil

Phase 2:
Send to D-Principalto Principalup of Individual Behaviour Contract with pupil- input of DP or Principal if requested by Class teacher

Phase 3
Communication with parents concerning behaviourteacher meets one/both parentsmeets one/both parents concerning behaviour.


EXAMPLES OF MINOR MISDEMEANOURS OCCURRING IN YARD:
Not going to appropriate yard/Leaving yard without permission at breaktime/lunchtime / Teasing other pupils/Leaving litter around yard / Being discourteous or unmannerly/ Not complying with requests of staff members/Not finishing up game on hearing bell/Kicking ball out of yard on purpose/Not using play equipment appropriately/Use of bad language * /Engaging in play that is considered rough/Not lining up in appropriate manner// Endangering self/fellow pupils in the schoolyard at break time.
*Principle of differentiation taking into account pupil’s particular difficulties/family circumstances where such language may be everyday language
Misbehaviour within the yard should be dealt with by the teacher/staff member on duty and should not spill over into the classroom or be dealt with by the Class Teacher unless there are particular circumstances that would require the Class Teacher to become involved.
Incidents of Minor Misdemeanours should be dealt with at that break time and should not continue onto other breaks that day.

Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with regular occurrences of minor misdemeanours occurring in the yard.

Informing pupil of misdemeanour and if appropriate using the three phase warning system
Verbal reprimand / reasoning with pupilinstance of misbehaviour in yard behaviour book/individual pupil behaviour book/sheet
Informing DP/Principal if behaviour of a frequent nature

Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with regular occurrences of minor misdemeanours occurring in the yard

Phase 1 -YARD
Informing pupil of misdemeanour and using the three phase warning systemin homework notebook to be signed by parent separation from peers within the yard –move to designated area within the yard away from others for short time in line with pupil’s age**inside to DP or Principalallowed to yard for next break – DP/Principal informed. Pupil to wait in designated place in Front hall under supervision of Staff member on Inside duty/DP/Principalregular pattern of similar behaviour, behaviour plan developed and put in place

** Guideline of 1 minute per chronological age of pupil

Phase 2:FOR REGULAR OCCURANCES OF MINOR MISDEMENOURS IN YARD
Send to Deputy Principalto Principalinstance of yard misbehaviour in yard book.to pupils whose name appears in yard book more than three timesup of Individual Behaviour Contract with pupil- input of DP or Principal time allowed in yard- pupil allowed out for last 10 mins of break for period of time until improvement of behaviour noted. Time to be determined by DP/Principal.

Phase 3: FOR CONTINUING OCCURANCES OF MINOR MISDEMENOURS IN YARD

Communication with parents concerning behaviourteacher meets one/both parentsmeets one/both parents concerning behaviour.removal from yard if necessary to maintain the safety of pupil, other pupils or staff.

EXAMPLES OF SERIOUS MISDEMEANOURS WITHIN CLASS OR IN YARD
Constantly disruptive in class / Telling lies / Stealing / Damaging other pupil’s property/Bullying / Back answering a teacher or other member of Staff/ Leaving school premises during school day without appropriate permission/Using unacceptable language on an ongoing basis / Injuring a fellow pupil**/Injuring a staff member**/ Making threats of physical harm to fellow pupils or staff members***
Using inappropriate sexual language/Teasing of other pupils of a sexual nature
** Injuring other pupil or staff member by rough play/accidental but not considered to be planned or provoked or intentional
*** Context must be taken into account, serious ongoing threats may be considered Gross Misdemeanours

Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with serious misdemeanours:
Send to D-Principalto Principalteacher to meet with Principal/DP on how to communicate details of misdemeanour to parentsends letter to be signed by parentmeets with one/both parentsof Board Of Management informed and parents requested to meet with Chairperson and Principal


EXAMPLES OF GROSS MISDEMEANOURS WITHIN CLASS OR IN YARD
Deliberately injuring a fellow pupil without provocation/Deliberately injuring a staff member without provocation/Bringing weapons to school/Setting fire to school property / Deliberately damaging school property/ Deliberately damaging property of staff member/Deliberately leaving taps/fire hose turned on/Ongoing aggressive, threatening or violent behaviour towards a teacher/pupil/Engaging in any inappropriate behaviour of a sexual nature

Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with gross misdemeanours

Chairperson/Principal to sanction immediate suspension pending discussion with parents
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.

Other School Policies that relate to Code of Behaviour:
Curriculum Policies in the area of SPHEpolicySerious Incidents of Challenging Behaviour Policyand Safety policy


Policy to be circulated to following parties: Members of Board of Management, Staff Members, and Parents
Policy contents to be discussed with pupils at Assembly and individual classroom level.

Policy to be reviewed on a yearly basis.
Date For Review: October 2007

Signed: ____________________________________ Chairperson, B.O.M

Signed: _____________________________


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