Code of Behaviour

Scoil Eoin Code of Behaviour

Córas Smachta

“Déanann Dícheall Gaisce”


We in Scoil Eoin encourage an environment of mutual respect where the individuality of each child is accommodated.
In partnership with the parents who are the primary educators of their children, and in keeping with the Catholic ethos, we in Scoil Eoin are committed to providing a quality education for the needs of each child and to nurture their academic physical spiritual social and moral growth.
Our aim is to make our school a caring, happy, secure place where each one of us can develop a love of learning and personal responsibility, a love of God and each other and where each pupil is respected and valued as a unique individual.

Under section 23 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, The Board of Management of each school must prepare and make available a code of behaviour for its students. The Act requires that the school Code of Behaviour is prepared in accordance with Guidelines issued by the National Welfare Board (NEWB)

1. Aims:
(a) In devising the code, consideration has to be given to the particular needs and circumstances of this school. The 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.
(b) Every effort will be made by all members of staff to adopt a positive approach to the question of behaviour in the school.
(c) To encourage good home school communication and to encourage a positive atmosphere in the school.

2. Principles:
(a) The school recognises the variety of differences that exist between children and the need to tolerate these differences.
(b) It 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.
(c) Every effort will be made to ensure that the code of discipline is implemented in a reasonable, fair and consistent manner.

General School Rules:
1. Every pupil is expected to be in school before the bell rings. A child who is consistently late will be required to bring an explanatory note to the teacher.

2. Children must wear the full school uniform. Pupils wear school tracksuit and Polo shirt on P.E days and days of other sporting activities.

3. All pupils are expected to keep their books/copybooks/school bags neat and tidy.

4. Children should at all times be courteous to one another, to all school staff and to visitors to the school.

5. As a health promoting school, all children are encouraged to bring a wholesome and nutritious lunch to school. Chewing gum and sweets are not allowed. In the interest of safety, glass bottles or cans should never be used for drinks in school.

6. Children must respect school property and other people’s belongings and keep the school neat and tidy. Compensation for deliberate damage to property may be sought.

7. Pupils are not allowed leave the school grounds without the permission of the principal.

8. Each child is expected to complete his homework in a neat and presentable manner. A parent should sign the Homework Journal each night and also enter an explanatory note if, for some reason, homework is not completed.

9. Every absence of the child must be accounted for by a note to the school. If a child wishes to leave school early, a written note must be given to the class teacher and the child should be collected from the school.

10. Pupils are expected to be neat and tidy. Special attention should be paid to the cleanliness of hair. In the interests of safety, no jewellery, with the exception of watches, may be worn during the school day or while partaking in any other school activities.

11. Use of Mobile Phones during school hours is forbidden.

Scoil Eoin is a “bully-free” zone and any form of bullying is totally unacceptable. School Policy on bullying is available for inspection in the school.

For my own safety and that of others-
(a) I should be careful coming to and going from school
(b) I should always walk while in the school building.
(c) I should remain seated at all times in class and while eating lunch
(d) I should always show respect for my fellow pupils.
(e) Bring a note of explanation following absences
(f) I should never leave the school grounds without the permission of the Principal.

Caring for myself:
(a) I should respect myself and my property, always keeping my school bag, books and copies in good order.
(b) I should always be in school before the bell rings at 9.00a.m.
(c) I should show respect for my school and be proud to wear the complete school uniform every day (school jumper, light blue shirt, school tie, grey trousers, and black shoes).
(d) I should always be aware of my personal cleanliness.
(e) I should always bring a sensible, nutritional lunch to school. Crisps, minerals, sweets or chewing gum are not permitted.
(f) I should always do my best in school by listening carefully, working as hard as I can and by completing my homework.

Caring for others:
(a) I should be kind and respectful to teachers and fellow pupils by being mannerly and polite, by taking turns and by remaining silent and orderly in my class line.
(b) I should behave well in class so that my fellow pupils and I can learn.
(c) I should always keep my school clean by bringing unfinished food and drinks, cartons, wrappers, etc.home.
(d) I should show respect for the property of my fellow pupils, the school building and grounds.
(e) Be truthful and honest at all times.

I should never bully others. I should never allow others to bully me and if it happens I should tell my parents and my teacher. Bullying is always unacceptable.
Scoil Eoin………………is a’ bully- free’ zone.

Clár Ama na Scoile.

School begins: 9.00a.m.
School Closes: Junior Infants/ Senior Infants 1.45p.m.

Other Classes 2.45 p.m.

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

Strategies/ Sanctions.
The purpose of sanctions and other strategies is to promote positive behaviour and discourage misbehaviour. Sanctions will be applied according to the gravity of the misbehaviour, with due regard to age and emotional development of the child.
Acknowledging good behaviour.
Praise may be given by means of any one of the following:
• A quiet word or gesture to show approval
• A comment in a pupil’s exercise book
• A visit to another member of Staff or to the Principal for commendation.
• A word of praise in front of a group or class.
• A system of merit marks.
• Delegating some special responsibility or privilege.
• A mention to parent, written or verbal communication.

Disapproval of unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with as follows:-
(The nature of the behaviour will determine the strategy)

• Reasoning with pupils
• Reprimand (including advice on how to improve).
• Prescribing extra work.
• Temporary separation from peers and/or loss of privileges.
• Communication with Parents.
• Referral to Principal/Deputy-Principal.
• Note to parents
• Formal report to Board of Management
• Suspension/expulsion (in accordance with Rule 130 of the Rules for National Schools as amended by circular 7/88 The Education Act 1988 and Education (Welfare Act 200)

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:
 Interrupting class work.
 Arriving late for school/Running in school building.
 Talking in class line.
 Leaving seat without permission at lunch time.
 Placing unfinished food/drink cartons in class bin.
 Leaving litter around school.
 Not wearing correct uniform.
 Being discourteous, unmannerly.
 Not completing homework without good reason.
 Not having homework signed by a parent.
 Endangering self, fellow pupils in the school yard at break time.

Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with regular occurrences of minor misdemeanours
Phase 1 (In Class)
• Write story of what happened Or one copy of school rules Or relevant rule to upper limit of 10 times—all to be signed by parent
• Note in homework journal to be signed by parent.
• Temporary separation from peers
• Sending to another teacher.
• Denial of participation in some class activity.

Examples of Serious Misdemeanours.
• Constantly disruptive in class.
• Telling lies.
• Stealing/Damaging other pupil’s property/school property.
• Bullying/Back answering a teacher.
• Frequenting school premises after school hours without appropriate permission.
• Leaving school premises during school day without appropriate permission. Using a mobile phone.
• Not working to full potential/Using unacceptable language, including racial remarks.
• Deliberately injuring a fellow pupil.
• Bringing weapons to school.

Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with serious misdemeanours:
1) Send to D-Principal who issues a disciplinary note to be signed by parents.
2) Send to Principal who also issues a disciplinary note.
3) Principal/ Deputy Principal meets with one/both parents.
4) Chairperson of Board Of Management informed and parents requested to meet with Chairperson and Principal.

Examples of Gross Misdemeanours.
• Deliberately leaving taps/fire hose turned on.
• Aggressive, threatening or violent behaviour towards a teacher/pupil
• Theft

Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with gross misdemeanours.
1. Referral to Principal, immediate communication with parents.
2. Chairperson/Principal to sanction immediate suspension pending discussion with parents
3. Expulsion will be considered in an extreme case in accordance with Rule 130 (6) of the Rules for National Schools as amended by Circular 7/88, The Education Act 1988 and The Education (Welfare Act 2000)

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.

Behaviour in the Yard.
Playground rules which emphasise positive behaviour are clearly understood by all staff and pupils.
Supervision is maintained in the playground at all breaks and clear playing boundaries are established.
On wet days children remain in their class room under teacher supervision.

Clós Naíonáin agus Rang 1

Minor Misdemeanours:
• Pushing , shoving, telling tales
• Shouting at one another
• not lining up properly
Serious Misdemeanours.
• Bad language
• Trouble in the line, including kneeing, kicking, pinching, punching, tripping, passing out
• Toileting issues
• Being defiant
Gross Misdemeanours:
• Spitting
• Kicking
• Scratching
• Biting
• Attacking teacher
• Being persistently defiant

Procedures for dealing with various misdemeanours as outlined in Policy
Infants and 1st Class
• Reasoning with pupils
• Reprimand including advice on how to improve
• Temporary separation from peers, in time out circle, in infant yard
• Speak to parents or guardian (infants)
• Note to parents or guardians (first class)
• Inform Deputy Principal/Principal
The degree of misdemeanour, i.e. minor, serious or gross will be judged by the teacher or principal based on a common sense approach.

In the case of gross misdemeanours or repeated incidents of minor or serious misdemeanours, the pupil will receive a red card.
1. Time Out: Time out at small break on the next day when class is allowed in the playground.
2. Incidents will be recorded, e.g. if given warning – log (w) after name – if standing in Time Out circle – log © after name.
3. Parents will be requested to meet Teacher/Principal to deal with such matters.
Clós Rang 2 agus 3:
Minor Misdemeanours:
• Talking out of turn
• Name calling
• Rough play, e.g. Pushing, shoving
• Social exclusion
• Not lining up properly
• Inappropriate use of playground equipment
Serious Misdemeanours:
• Defiance towards any member of staff
• Physical and aggressive behaviour towards others
• Spitting, kicking
• Verbal abuse
• Interfering with flower bed and garden, throwing pebbles, stones at one another
Gross Misdemeanours:
• Biting
• Choking
• Inappropriate sexual behaviour/ gestures
• Serious physical or aggressive behaviour(including fist fights)
2nd and 3rd class pupils:
1. Pupils will receive a number of cautions (three) at the discretion of the teachers about various misdemeanours in the yard.
2. Stand on red spot for time out for repeated minor misdemeanours or a serious misdemeanour
3. If problem persists, he will be issued with a blue card, if blue card is received, temporary separation off yard (red spot) for remainder of break and all of next day. If next day is raining, they sit on chair outside of class for break
4. If pupil continues to misbehave he will receive a second blue card which must be signed by parent/guardian. A written assignment will also be given appropriate to age and ability of pupil.
5. If a further incident occurs, pupil will receive a yellow card to be signed by parents/guardians. He will have to meet with deputy Principal and sanctions such as written activities or withdrawal of privileges will be discussed and carried out.
6. If pupil continues to misbehave he will receive a second Yellow card. This must be signed by parent/ guardian. Sanctions such as withdrawal of major privileges, appropriate written assignments will be discussed and carried out.
7. Future behaviour will be monitored on a daily basis over a 2 week period.
8. If the pupil continues to misbehave he receives a red card, he must meet Principal with one or both parents/ guardians to discuss relevant matters and possible sanctions.
These may include withdrawl of privileges such as school trips, teams, school plays etc.

Clós Mór Rang 4, 5 agus 6

Minor Misdemeanours:
• Rough play…. pushing , shoving, pulling
• Talking in the line or when entering building
• Going outside boundaries e g. designated lines
• Not lining up properly
• Entering building during break times
• Brining objects in pockets into the yard
• Not saying prayers properly
• Littering
Serious misdemeanours:
• Back answering or challenging member of staff on duty
• Disrespectful gestures
• Defiance/ huffing, puffing
• Rough play, hitting, punching, kicking, head locking
• Tripping others while running
• Excluding others from games
• Charging across the yard
• Using mobile phone or electronic gadgets , without permission of teacher
• All minor misdemeanours when on a continuous basis

Gross Misdemeanours:
• Deliberate ,persistent bullying of pupils
• Pre planned attacks on pupils
• Aggressive or violent behaviour towards staff or pupils
• Leaving playground without permission of teacher on duty
• Deliberate damage to teachers property, i.e. cars

Ranganna 4, 5 agus 6

The following steps are to be followed when dealing with misdemeanours in 4th, 5th and 6th class playground:

A Three Card Strategy is in Operation.
1. Pupils will be cautioned and reprimanded as to their misdemeanours.
2. If misbehaviour continues, they will be issued with a blue card.
3. On receipt of a second blue card, class teacher will write a note in Dialann to be signed by Parent/Guardian.
4. Next time pupil offends he will receive a Yellow Card from Principal/Deputy Principal which must be signed by Parent. Pupil is reminded of the consequences of receiving a second Yellow Card
5. If misbehaviour continues a second Yellow Card is issued to pupil, which has to be signed by Parent/Guardian
6. Having received two Yellow Cards and there is no improvement in behaviour, pupil will be issued with a Red Card. This must again be signed by Parent/Guardian and a meeting with Class Teacher/Principal will be arranged to discuss the matter
7. Pupil’s behaviour will be closely monitored on a daily basis over a two week period.
8. If any other incident of misdemeanour occurs a second Red Card will be issued and Parent/Guardian must meet with Principal/Deputy Principal to discuss matters and decide on further procedures.
9. Having followed all of the above steps, which has afforded the pupil six chances, if behaviour has not improved to a satisfactory level the case will be referred to Board of Management.
10. Suspension/Expulsion :
May occur in accordance with Rule 130 of the Rules for National Schools as amended by Circular 7/88., The Education Act 1988 and The Education (Welfare Act 200)
Sanctions which apply to the issuing of the different Cards.

• First Blue Card – writing out the rule which has been broken five times.
• Second Blue Card – Write out rule and written activity assigned to pupil.
• First Yellow Card – Withdrawal of privileges – training for matches, computers, and various jobs assigned to pupil by teacher.
• Second Yellow Card – Detention after school for half an hour. Written work assigned to pupil for this time. Parent/ guardian will be notified in advance and must collect child from detention.
• First Red Card – loss of major privileges – withdrawal from teams, coaching sessions, drama, school committees, and day trips, nature walks, trails, etc
• Second Red Card – Detention after school for one period of 45 minutes duration. Written activity assigned to pupil, age/appropriate.

It may be desirable/necessary in some cases to refer a pupil for medical/educational psychological/psychiatric assessment with a view to further addressing the issues around a pupil’s behaviour. Referral to Child Protection Agencies may also be considered necessary to assist in the regulation of a pupil’s behaviour.

School Policy on Bullying.

Bullying is repeated aggression, verbal, psychological or physical conducted by an individual or group against others.

A) Indications of Bullying/Behaviour:
Anxiety about travelling to/from school
Unwillingness to go to school
Deterioration in educational performance
Pattern of physical illnesses
Unexplained changes in either mood/behaviour
Visible signs of anxiety/distress
Possessions missing
Increased requests for money
Unexplained bruising
Reluctance and/or refusal to say what is troubling him/her

B) Procedures for noting and reporting incidents:

(a) All reports of bullying should be noted, investigated and dealt with by the class teacher so that pupils will gain confidence in telling. A special Incident Book will be kept in the office for this purpose only
(b) Serious cases should be referred immediately to the D-Principal and then to the Principal
(c) Parents should be informed by the D-Principal/Principal earlier rather than later.
(d) Parents must be informed of the appropriate person to whom they can make their enquiries regarding bullying
(e) Pupils must understand that reporting is not ‘telling tales’
(f) Individual teachers should record and take appropriate measures in accordance with policy
(g) Non-teaching staff should be encouraged to report incidents. Discretion is important.

C) Procedures for investigating and dealing with bullying:

(I)Calm, unemotional problem-solving approach.
(ii)Incidents best investigated outside the classroom situation.
(iii) Teacher should speak separately to the pupils involved.
(iv) Answers should be sought to questions of What, Where, When, Who and Why?
(v) Members of a gang should be met individually and as a group
(vi) Meet parents of parties involved.

D) Programme for work with pupils:

Learning strategies should allow for the enhancement of each pupil’s self-worth – Cf. Stay Safe Lessons.
SPHE Lessons.
RSE/ Walk Tall Health Education Programmes contain excellent lessons on bullying and help the pupils to cope with the problem from the aspect of the victim and the bully.

E: Parents.
To maintain good standards of behaviour the school must rely on the support and co-operation of the parents. The primary responsibility for the behaviour of pupils when they come to school lies with their parents.
We would therefore earnestly ask parents to:
 Familiarise themselves with the school’s policy document in relation to discipline.
 Co-operate with the school with regard to the implementation of its policy on discipline.
 Communicate regularly with the school about factors likely to affect the behaviour of their children in school.

When parents / guardians wish to discuss any item of discipline/ sanction with a teacher, the parent must make an appointment, either by letter or email, stating the nature of the query. An appointment will be arranged as soon as possible following receipt of this written information.

Pupil Registration and Code of Behaviour.

It shall be a condition of the registration of a pupil in Scoil Eoin, from the date of formal ratification of the code of Behaviour by Board of Management, that all parents/ guardians seeking to have their child enrolled in the school, shall 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 a code by the child. Failure to do so may result in refusal to enrol the child in Scoil Eoin.


Approved by staff at staff meeting 3/12/2008.

Ratified by Board of Management 9/12/2008.

Reviewed and amended at Staff meeting in Sept 2012

Ratified by Board of Management on 18th Sept 2012