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Code of Behaviour


  • To promote an effective teaching and learning environment for all.
  • To ensure consistent and fair approach to implementing school rules.
  • To foster self-discipline and the involvement of students in supporting the behaviour code.
  • To foster the involvement of parents in supporting the behaviour code.

The following framework forms the basis for our behaviour code

Rules: The things students should be doing in the classroom and around the school.

Encouragements:The recognition students will be given when they choose to follow the rules.

Sanctions: The actions taken by teachers when responding to inappropriate behaviour.

School Rules:

  • Have your journal with you every-day, keep it in good condition and give it to the teacher when asked.
  • Wear the full school uniform.
  • Move quietly and safely around the building.
  • Speak politely to fellow students and staff.
  • Bring a note from a parent or guardian written in your journal if you are late, absent or have to leave school early.
  • Take care of the school property and use the litter bins.
  • Students are expected to comply with all the school policies re anti- bullying, mobile phones, homework, safety


Class Code:

  • Arrive on time and lines up out-side. Class begins at 8.50 am sharp.


  1. Bring what you need for your class in your schoolbag.
  2. Prepare for work straight away.
  3. Use the One voice. Hands up, Listen and Concentrate Rule.
  4. Hand up your journal when asked.
  5. Do your classwork well.
  6. Write down your homework in your journal for each class and do it.
  7. Mobile phones must be switched off during school hours.
  8. Keep classroom clean and tidy.

All students must have reasonable haircuts, hairstyles and hair colour conforming to the standard of the general student body.

Make up and jewellery must be appropriate and reasonable. Management have the right to define what is reasonable and appropriate.

Theft and Damage:

Any damage to school property must be paid for. Damage which has been wilfully caused, includes graffiti, will not be tolerated. Students must respect the school property and the property of others.


Food or drink may not be consumed in classrooms or on the corridors.

Eating and drinking is confined to the Kitchen.

Students who remain in school for lunch must ensure that the room is left clean after lunch.

Students, who leave the building for lunch, must return to school on time.

Afternoon classes begin at 12.50 sharp.

Students may be requested to stay in for lunch if afternoon attendance or lateness becomes an issue.

Expectations of Parents:

  • Ensure child knows how to behave
  • Help your child get organised for school.
  • Encourage and support your child with school and homework.
  • Sign the journal every Friday.
  • Support school staff in promoting positive behaviour.
  • Provide written reasons for child’s absences or lateness in the section of the journal which provides for such.Expectations of Students:
  • To attend school every-day on time.
  • To follow the school rules and the class code.
  • To respect the rights of others.
  • To do your best at all times.
  • To respect your school with pride.Expectations of Staff:
  • Promote positive relationships and behaviour.
  • Implement the code of behaviour with consistency and fairness.
  • To keep record of progress, attendance and behaviour.
  • To keep parents informed through journal, phone calls and meetings.
  • Model good behaviour.How positive behaviour is maximised by staff.
  • Encouragements:
  • Verbal Praise
  • Written note in a journal
  • Assemblies
  • Christmas and Summer Reports
  • Displaying students work
  • Tutor/Year Head/Principal/deputy Principal acknowledging achievements
  • Postcards home
  • Phone calls home
  • Certificates
  • Class competitions
  • term awards
  • End of year awards evening


It is important to remember that participation in interesting, well presented and structured lessons, in an orderly classroom environment and the satisfaction that comes from success at learning is the basic reward that will ensure pupil cooperation.


Awards Ceremonies

We recognise academic excellence and efforts made by students in all areas of school life.

We have awards ceremonies for each year group during the year.

Teachers/ Tutors are asked to nominate students for awards which include the following:

  • Attendance and Punctuality
  • Positive Contribution
  • Academic Achievement
  • Special achievement award where applicable
  • Mary – Aikenhead Awards


Responding to inappropriate behaviour:

Most students behave appropriately with the help of clear and consistent rules.The class teacher will deal with routine incidents of misbehaviour through classroom management strategies. Some students need more active intervention or support to help them mangae their behaviour. This may involve:

  • Referral to our Skills Room
  • Referral to The Schools Completion Programme
  • Referral to our Care Team
  • Referral to St. Johns Education Centre
  • Referral to the School Counsellor or other services (e.g. Clanwilliam)
  • Behaviour support targets and contractsSanctions are part of a plan to change behaviour. They are necessary to show disapproval of and discourage unacceptable behaviour. Sanctions must be graded according to the particular circumstances. Sanctions should be proportionate to the nature and seriousness of the behaviour. Certain factors will be considered such as:
  • Sanctions
  • The frequency, duration and persistence of the behaviour.
  • Whether it is part of an escalating pattern of poor behaviour.
  • The context of the behaviour.

The following strategies may be used to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour:

  • Reminder: teacher reminds student of class code.
  • Warning: teacher takes journal and keeps it on the desk.
  • Reasoning with the pupil – quiet word with student.
  • Written note in journal- student incident sheet.
  • Extra homework.
  • Referral to tutor/Year-Head.
  • Detention by class teacher/ year-head.
  • Phone-call to parent.
  • Meeting with parent/guardian.
  • Referral to D. Principal/Principal.
  • Withdrawal of privileges.
  • Confiscation of mobile phones/electronic devices for a specified period.
  • Behaviour target sheet.
  • Yellow/Orange/Red behaviour cards.
  • Suspension.
  • Referral to Board of Management.
  • Expulsion by the Board of Management.
  • Suspension and Expulsion to follow TUSLA (Child and Family Agency) Guidelines.