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Code of Conduct

Code of Behaviour/Conduct

Suspension Policy

Expulsion Policy

Introduction 

Moyne College is a multi-denominational, co-educational centre of learning where each student is impressed with an awareness of human dignity and uniqueness and where the desire to achieve success is instilled through committed study and participation in various spheres of school life.

Moyne College believes that its Positive Behaviour Policy/Code of Behaviour is firmly rooted in religious values, mutual respect for all traditions, justice, the common good and concern for health and safety.

‘The code of behaviour (conduct) is the set of programmes, practices and procedures that altogether form the schools plan for helping students in the school to behave well and learn well’ 

(Page 2, NEWB Guidelines) 

Scope 

This policy applies to students of Moyne College and relates to all school activities both during and outside of normal school hours. This policy provides that if a student is recognisable as a student of Moyne College(i.e.; wearing the school uniform, at a school event, during lunch hours….etc), then the school reserves the right to safeguard its good name. 

The Teaching Council ‘Codes of Professional Conduct’ applies to all teaching staff. In this regard all teaching staff are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with this document.

Mission Statement:

Moyne College is a non-denominational, co-education post-primary school and is committed to providing a service of educational excellence, which facilitates the holistic development of every student to enable them to realise their true potential in a safe, caring atmosphere.

Moyne College endeavours to become the leader of academic excellence within the community which provides educational and social opportunities for all.

Links to Mission Statement:

Moyne College strives to provide a safe and secure learning environment for the development of our students. Good behaviour is essential for effective teaching and learning to take place in our school and provides the school community with a sense of feeling safe.This Code provides a just and reasonable system to ensure responsible behaviour by the whole school community

Moyne College continuously strives to foster the partnership between school and home so as to encourage parents to share a sense of vision and responsibility in their own child’s learning and behaviour.Therefore, affirmation and reward of good behaviour by school and home is a fundamental part of this Code of Behaviour.

Moyne College provides numerous opportunities for all students to participate in social, sporting and cultural activities. This encourages them to be responsible and self- disciplined young adults.  

The Code of Behaviour and the expectations set out therein are based on respect for others, a commitment to study and participation in the life of the school.

Rationale 

Many people work together in our school each day and therefore a high level of courtesy and consideration for others is necessary. Behaviour/conduct which is ill mannered, annoying, dangerous or disruptive cannot be allowed. This code is one that is based on the recognition of the student as an individual while creating an environment in which the welfare of all is protected.

Roles & Responsibility to Ensure the Effective Implementation of the Code of Conduct/Behaviour

Students

Each student must give a commitment to accept the code of behaviour and to fulfil the expectations as set out in the code. This will ensure the creation and maintenance of a good learning environment. Students are expected to sign, on enrolment and each year thereafter, as acceptance of the schools code of conduct

Parents

Parents/Guardians have a duty to support the school in implementing a fair and just code of behaviour. Acceptance of the Code of Behaviour by parents/guardians is required on enrolment of a student in the school. Parents will be requested to sign in agreement of acceptance of the Code.

Teacher

Each teacher has responsibility for the maintenance of discipline within his/her class and share, with other teachers, students and parents a common responsibility for good order within the school and school grounds. Each teacher is expected to adhere to the schools ladder of referral when dealing with discipline issues.

Class Tutor

The Class Tutor supports the Year Head in monitoring the wellbeing of each student. He/she may intervene on disciplinary matters when requested to do so by subject teachers or year heads. The Class tutor may also meet parents/guardians. 

Year Head

The Year Head co-ordinates and administers the class tutor system and acts in consultation with teachers and class tutors in the area of discipline. The Year Head meets parents /guardians. The Year Head is responsible for monitoring punctuality, absences, uniform and liaising with subject teachers and support staff. The Year Head attends weekly Year Head meetings with school management and the Behaviour for Learning Teacher.

Care Team

The Care Team may be required to support students in the school who may be experiencing difficulties. Students may be referred to:

Behaviour for Learning teacher

Tearmann/Nurture

Learning Support

Counselling

Individual Support

NEPS

Positive Behaviour Strategy Team

This team works closely with NBSS personnel and school management to identify areas of concern in our school community and to pilot, monitor and evaluate strategies to address these issues. The aim of the work undertaken is to promote positive behaviour and learning throughout the school for all students.

The strategy team will help to plan, develop and ensurecodesofbehaviour are implemented at a whole school level to help with the runningofschool on a day to day basis.

Deputy Principal

The Deputy Principal has responsibility for co-ordinating discipline in the school. He/she will ensure, with the co-operation of all staff that good order prevails in the school. He/she will be consulted by the Year Head and class tutor regarding such matters. In the absence of the Principal he/she acts for the Principal. 

Principal

The Principal has final responsibility for the day-to-day running of the school. He/she ensures that the implementation of sanctions is fair, equitable and appropriate.

Boardof Management

The Board of Management gives formal approval to the Code of Behaviour and supports the Principal and teaching staff in the just implementation of the Code. The Board of Management hears appeals by parents/guardians against the decision of the Principal to suspend and or expel student.

Aim of Policy

The aim of the policy is to provide a framework for reasonable and responsible behaviour by all concerned staff, parents and students alike, and to ensure that every reasonable effort is made to accommodate the individuality of each student while acknowledging the right of each student to education in a disruption-free environment.

There are some basic principles that underpin our Code of Conduct, including:

  • Providing clarity about expectations and responses for students 
  • Recognising that everyone’s behaviour matters 
  • Focusing on promoting good behaviour 
  • Balancing needs 
  • Recognising the importance of relationships 
  • Focusing on personal responsibility 
  • Ensuring fairness and equity 
  • Promoting equality 
  • Recognising educational vulnerability 
  • Attending to the welfare of students 
  • Promoting safety and freedom from threat 

Objectives

  • Encourage students to take personal responsibility for their learning and their behaviour 
  • Help young people to mature into responsible participating citizens
  • Build positive relationships of mutual respect and mutual support among students, staff and parents 
  • Create a safe, secure learning environment for all students and staff by promoting a sense of mutual respect among all members of the school community 
  • Implement effective procedures which allow for the day to day running of the school and which meet the demands of current legislation 
  • Promote good behaviour and self-discipline 
  • Facilitate the appropriate involvement of all school personnel 
  • Ensure understanding by the parents/guardians, students, staff and management of the code of conduct and the reasons for it 
  • Emphasise the promotion and acknowledgement of good behaviour 
  • Outline the structure of fair, consistent and agreed sanctions that will be used in response to negative behaviour 
  • Outline how positive behaviour is encouraged 
  • Outline the interventions to be used when a student repeatedly misbehaves. 

Standards of Behaviour

Moyne College expects all members of the school community to behave in ways that show respect for others. Students are more likely to benefit from their education and to be happy in a structured, caring environment where high standards of behaviour are expected and adhered to. The term standards can also mean rules or expectations.

The schools standards of behaviour reflect values such as:

  • Respect for self and others 
  • Kindness and willingness to help others 
  • Courtesy and good manners 
  • Fairness 
  • Readiness to use respectful ways of resolving difficulties and conflict 
  • Attending school regularly and punctually 
  • Doing ones best in class 
  • Taking responsibility for ones work 
  • Keeping the rules 
  • Helping to create a safe positive environment #
  • Respecting staff 
  • Respecting other students and their learning 
  • Participating in school activities 

Our standards of behaviour also signal to members of the school community the kinds of behaviour that are not acceptable in the school, for example:

  • Behaviour that is hurtful (including bullying, harassment, discrimination, victimisation and intimidation) 
  • Behaviour that interferes with teaching and learning 
  • Threats or physical hurt to another person 
  • Damage to property 
  • Theft 

Expectations

  1. All Students of Moyne College are expected to be in attendance every day and that you arrive on time and before the commencement of classes.

This means:

  • That you are expected to come to school each day it is open unless it is absolutely unavoidable. If you are absent, your parents should contact the school before 9.15am on the day in question. You must also have a medical cert/note explaining your absence on your return.
  • If you have to leave the school premises for any reason you must first present a note to your year head from your parent/guardian requesting permission and then sign out at the office where your parent/guardian must also sign once they collect you.
  • If you are late please report to the school office to sign the late book and present a note from your parent/guardian. If no note is presented for lateness you must sit a lunch time detention.

Because:

  • Time missed is hard to make up.
  • The school is entitled by Law to an explanation and the onus is on parents/guardians to provide this explanation.
  • The school is responsible for the care of all the students during the day.
  • Moyne College is concerned about the development of the whole child/person and encourages students to develop good punctuality which will be expected of them in the workplace.

  1. All Students of Moyne College are expected toarrive for class fully prepared and on-time

This means: 

  • That you have proper pens, textbooks, materials and copies,
  • That you bring any special equipment needed, e.g. P.E. gear, drawing equipment etc. 
  • That you bring your school journal and keyword journal to each class every day.
  • That you go immediately to your next class and avoid loitering or going to the lockers between classes.

Because:

  • It is impossible to participate fully in class and you cannot do the subject without the proper equipment.
  • It causes disruption to the teaching process and the learning environment if you are not fully prepared and/or arrive late
  • Moyne College is concerned about the development of the whole child/person and encourages students to develop good punctuality which will be expected of them in the workplace

  1. All students of Moyne College are expected to have respect for teachers, staff and visitors of the School.

This means:

  • Being respectful to your teachers, both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Obeying and carrying out the instructions without causing disruption.
  • Behaving in a mannerly and respectful way towards all staff in and around the school.
  • Continuing to show the same respect to all concerned outside the school.

Because:

  • It is essential that the educational process within the class be allowed to develop and progress in a harmonious fashion.
  • All persons are entitled to proper respect
  • All staff members are entitled to their dignity inside and outside the school
  • The School Management require everybody’s co-operation in making the school a happy and safe place for all.
  1. All students of Moyne College are expected to power off mobile phones and other electronic devices, such as MP3 players, I-pods, Nintendo during school time and/or school activities.

This means:

  • That you are not allowed to use mobile phones or other electronic devices
  • That you do not borrow some other person’s mobile phone and use it.

Because:

  • Ring tones cause disruption during class.
  • Mobile phones and electronic devices have games installed, which tempt users to play them when their minds should be on their work.
  • The school phone in the secretary’s office is available for sending and receiving of urgent messages for students.
  • To protect members of the school community against possible unwanted photographs been taken and thus invasion of ones’ privacy.

  1. All students of Moyne College are expected to wear full school uniform.

This means:

  • The school expects high standards with regards to dress and appearance.
  • When you wear the uniform, you are an ambassador for your school in the community. The uniform consists of -White shirt/Grey trousers/ Grey Skirt/School Blazer/School Jumper/School tie/Black footwear.
  • Facial jewellery should not be worn
  • Male students are not permitted to wear earings and female students are only permitted to wear one stud earing per ear
  • Students are expected to wear a full uniform at all times. This is to include occasions when students are off the school premises but are still present as representatives of the school.

Because:

  • This is the uniform agreed by the parents/guardians, students and school authorities.
  • It guarantees that all students are treated equally.
  • It is in line with the Health and Safety Guidelines
  • Uniforms promote/project an atmosphere of uniformity, pride and equality among the student population. 
  • The uniform is the public image of the school and it is the responsibility of each member of the school community to promote that image. 
  1. All students in Moyne College are expected to be respectful and have consideration for other students.

This means:

  • Being respectful and treating others with good manners and respect.
  • Not picking on, or bullying others but looking out for each other
  • Not fighting, either within the school grounds, or arranging fights outside of the school property.
  • That you do not push or shove your way around but walk.
  • That you do not get involved in “running games”, messing or hyper-activity inside the school building.
  • That you respect other students’ property.

Because:

  • Like you, they are entitled to respect.
  • This causes fear, misery and hurt and makes school an unhappy place for some
  • It can cause serious injury
  • It can lead to serious trouble as well as causing accidents.

  1. All students of Moyne College are expected to strive for excellence in their class work and homework.

This means:

  • That you listen to the teachers
  • That you don’t disturb the class
  • That you do your homework each night, written and oral
  • That you always carry your homework journal and record your homework in it.

Because:

  • Journals must be signed by parent/guardian each week
  • The teacher is only trying to help and support you in your learning
  • It’s unfair to others who wish to learn
  • Homework is a back-up to the work done in class
  • It helps you remember what you have to do.

  1. All students of Moyne College are expected to observe the legal requirements regarding the drinking of alcohol and refrain from drinking alcohol associated with all school activities, regardless of age.

This means;

  • That if you are under the legal age limit you do not participate in the drinking of alcohol.
  • That students are not allowed to bring alcoholic drink onto the premises at any time, regardless the age.
  • That if you are involved in any school activity that you do not drink alcohol while so involved, regardless the age.
  • That if you have recently consumed any alcoholic drink that you are not allowed on the school premises, regardless of age.

Because;

  • It is against the Law
  • It damages young’s people health.
  • It can cause serious disruption of the atmosphere of the school.
  • It is very important to attend in a fit and sober state with your full faculties to participate in all school activities.

9.All students of Moyne College are expected to treat the school campus, including furniture and equipment, with the utmost care and respect.

This means;

  • That you do not destroy or deface any part of the structure of the school.
  • That you do not break or damage any of the schools property.
  • That you do not litter or dirty any of the schools classrooms, corridors, general areas or grounds.

Because 

  • The standard of cleanliness of the school reflects on all the occupants of the school, both staff and students.
  • The cost of repairing and replacing broken equipment may be a burden on you, your parents.
  • It is important for each individual to protect the school environment and to make sure that it remains a clean and healthy place to work and study in.

  1. All students on Moyne College are expected to observe the Department of Health directive whichforbids the smoking of cigarettes on the school campus at all times

This means;

  • That you do not smoke cigarettes inside the school building or school grounds at any time.

Because;

  • It is against the Law
  • It can cause fire
  • Smoking is unhealthy.
  • School is a smoke free zone.

  1. All students of Moyne College are expected to abstain from taking illicit substances and drugs.The carrying of offensive weapons, including knives of any description, is expressly forbidden

This means;

  • While you are associated with Moyne College, you do not posses or take any illegal drugs or substancesor be in possession of any offensive weapons, including knives
  • That you do not bring any such items onto the school campus at any time or attempt to sell them to others.

Because;

  • It is against the Lawand all such matters will be reported to the local Gardai
  • It is very unhealthy and dangerous habit to form which can lead to serious ill- health and death.
  • It is morally wrong to involve others in this activity.
  • This school and its community have a duty to lead by good example and nothing should be allowed to tarnish the good reputation.

  1. All students of Moyne College are expected not to bring chewing gum onto the schoolcampus and that you refrain from eating food, sweets etc. outside designated areas and times.

This means;

  • That no chewing/ bubble gum is allowed inside the school premises or on the school grounds and that it must be disposed of in the bins provided
  • That eating in classrooms and during classes is prohibited

Because;

  • Chewing / Bubble gum destroys carpets, clothes, furniture etc,
  • Chewing in class is disruptive and food disposed of in classrooms is unhygienic and draws vermin.

Promoting Good Behaviour

Promoting good behaviour is one of the main goals of our code of conduct. This requires consistency across the teaching team. 

Each teacher is responsible for maintaining a positive teaching and learning environment in his/her classroom and is expected to have a system to promote positive behaviour and also to have a system to deal with misbehaviour and breaches of class rules.

Each teacher should insist on:

  • Good time keeping
  • Order and respect for others and their property
  • Homework being completed on time
  • All students coming to class on time
  • All students coming to class with all necessary books, copies etc
  • No eating or drinking in class
  • Mobile phones must be powered off and out of sight
  • An atmosphere conducive to teaching and learning

Each student is expected to contribute positively to the teaching and learning environment in every class.

Each teacher will encourage and promote positive behaviour by using the following strategies:

  • Setting high, clear, consistent and widely-understood standards
  • Clear boundaries and rules for students 
  • Good school and class routines 
  • Affirming good behaviour
  • Complimenting good behaviour, initiative, courtesy, neat appearance, etc 
  • “Catching” students doing something good or helping someone else
  • Verbal praise to students who are showing progress
  • Positive written comments in official school journal
  • Agreeing on rewards with the students or class for better behaviour – a quiz, an outing, a discussion, lunch time dvd or music, etc
  • Good relationships between all partners
  • Adults model the behaviour that is expected from the students 
  • Positive everyday interactions between teachers and students 
  • Helping students themselves to recognise and affirm good learning behaviour 
  • Exploring with students how people should treat each other 
  • Involving students in the preparation of the school and classroom rules 

Responding to Inappropriate Behaviour – Ladder of Referral

It is the responsibility of all school staff to maintain a classroom and school environment which is supportive of the learning of every student in the school and which ensures continuity of instruction for them. However inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated by the school and it must not be ignored. When dealing with inappropriate behaviour each staff member is required to adhere to the ladder of referral and invoke the necessary sanction in accordance with the stages listed below:

Stage 1Student in breach of class rules

Action:

Verbal warning stating that the behaviour is inappropriate and advises the student to make a sensible choice and return to task

Stage 2 Student continues to be in breach of class rules

Action:

  • Student is given a second verbal warning
  • Extra work assigned- this should be fair and reasonable
  • Moving position in class (e.g. sitting at the front of the class)
  • Teacher records the incident in the student’s official school journal.

Stage3:Student continues to be disruptive in class/more serious breach of the Code of Conduct/Behaviour

Action:

  • Class teacher records the incident on the school management system (VSWare)
  • Penalty exercises assigned – this should be fair and reasonable
  • Students may be sent to a teacher in same area
  • Class teacher break time detention 
  • Class teacher to interview student to see how problem can be solved
  • Year Head will be notified re: incident sheet

Stage 4Failure to turn up for class teacher’s detention or Further breaches of the Code of Conduct/ Behaviour

 Action:

  • Referral to Year Head via Incident Form
  • Reflection form filled in by the student and discussed with the Year Head 
  • Explain Incident(s)
  • Suggest howto put things right
  • Indicate how they will behave in the future
  • Student Profile forms will be supplied by the Year Head to class teachers to be filled in relation to theparticular studentfor information in case of a need to meet parents
  • AfterSchool Detention 
  • Notificationhome from YearHead
  • Matter to be discussed at weekly year head meeting
  • Penalty exercises and/or referral to Care Team
  • Student onYellowReport Card for 3 days

Stage5Student continues to be disruptive and is in breach of school rules – leading to further incident sheets

Action:

  • Parents/Guardians’ required to attend a meeting with Year Head/Management
  • Parents may be asked to take a student home immediately if there is a further breach
  • Student put on red report for 3 days

Stage6:Student continues to be disruptive and is in breach of school rules – leading to further incidents sheets

Action:

  • Matter referred to Discipline Committee
  • Meeting with Parents/Guardians
  • Suspension (Ref: Policy on Suspension)
  • Re-integration plan forstudent on his return(Ref: Policy on Suspension)
  • Referral made to the Behaviour for Learning Teacher who will develop a Student Behaviour

   Plan based on information gathered from teachers in Student Behaviour Checklists and in consultation with the student and his/her parents.

  • Recommendation to the board of Managament to consider expulsion (Ref: Policy on Expulsion)

If a student exhibits any of the following behaviours during class, they may be removed from class and Stage 6 will be implemented immediately e.g.

-Physical/ verbal aggression towards staff/student

-Malicious damage towards school property

-Behaviour likely to endanger the safety of others

-Substance Abuse

-The carrying of offensive weapons, including knives

-Leaving the school without permission

-Interfering with the fire alarm

Stage 7Student continues to be disruptive and is in breach of school rules – leading to furtherincidents sheets

Action:

  • Matter referred to Principal/Deputy-Principal
  • Matter referred to the Board of Management
  • Meeting with Parents/Guardians
  • Suspension
  • Re-Integration plan for student
  • Matter referred to Supporting agencies, examples: NEPS / NEWB
  • Parents are invited to a meeting with B.O.M.

Stage 8

Expulsion should be a proportionate response to the student’s behaviour. The expulsion of a student is a very serious step, and one that is only taken by the Board of Management in extreme cases of unacceptable behaviour. The school has taken significant steps to address the misbehaviour and to avoid expulsion of the student however the School Authorities have tried a series of interventions and believe that they have exhausted all possibilities for changing the student’s behaviour. A parent, or a student aged over eighteen years, may appeal a decision to expel to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills (Education Act 1998 section 29)

In the case of expulsion, the school and the board of management will act in accordance with it’s expulsion policy

Preventative Measures 

Students will be encouraged in their endeavours to uphold the code of conduct/behaviour by use of the following measures: 

  1. The Code of Conduct/Behaviouris circulated to the parents/guardians of all new entrants into the school and they are asked to read it and to sign their agreement with the content and their support and co-operation with it. 

This is done to ensure that parents/guardians and students understand what our rules are and why they must be adhered to and what procedures will be followed if the rules are not upheld.

  1. At the start of each new academic year/induction process, each class is brought through the code of conduct and any amendments to it are highlighted. 

This is done so as to remind students of the content and to take account of the fact that they have been out of the school environment for 3 months.

  1. School rules and the reason for them are discussed as part of theschoolspastoral care programme. A synopsis of the rules and a student contract is included in the school journal and must be signed on an annual basis by the student and their parents/guardians. The whole school approach to the 10 step routine involving class routines are displayed in every classroom.

  1. The notion of tolerance for others, self-control, a sense of fairness and the principles of natural justice are discussed as part of the religious education and SPHE programmes in the school. 

  1. Issues such as bullying, racism, sexism, harassment, violence, substance misuse…etc are discussed with the students during their time in our school using SPHE, CSPE, current affairs and/or outside speakers. 

This is done to help our students to better understand these issues so that they can base their thinking, understanding and action on factual information and in the light of the values espoused in our school.

Rewards 

In Moyne College teachers are encouraged to use the following methodsin order to reward students for upholding the code of conduct: 

  • Verbal praise to student in class or privately 
  • Recording a positive note in school journal or sending home a letter to parents
  • Announcement on school intercom system highlighting achievements
  • Positive comment to class tutor or year head 
  • Sending homea Positive Behaviour Postcard
  • Display of students work 
  • Use of school website and school social media to notify student achievements
  • Leadership role given to students e.g. class representative on Student Council 
  • Other rewards e.g. school trips.

The Use of Sanctions 

The objective of a sanction is to help a student to learn that their behaviour is unacceptable. Good practice in the use of sanctions ensures that:

Sanctions are part of a plan to change behaviour 

Used consistently

Students & parents know what sanctions are used in the school 

Proportionate and appropriate 

As stated in the paragraph on the scope of this policy, the school may apply sanctions in response to behaviour that takes place outside the school day/grounds where: 

The written code of conduct makes clear to students and parents when and where the provisions of the code of conduct apply

There is clear connection with the school and an impact on its work. 

Sanctions 

Sanctions are important so as to make students experience the consequences of their misbehaviour. They are scaled so as to take account of the nature of the incident, the situation leading up to the incident and are imposed by the staff of our school in accordance with our ladder of referral. Such sanctions include: 

  • A firm reprimand from a member of staff is expected to be sufficient to correct inappropriate behaviour 
  • Time-out (removal of the student from the scene of the incident e.g. the student is put working in an different place/location such as another part of the classroom or in another classroom by arrangement with a colleague) 
  • A note home to parents/guardians in the school journal. Notes to parents/guardians should be signed to indicate receipt of information. 
  • The assignment of punishment exercises 
  • A referral to the Class Tutor

Sanctions for more serious misdemeanours or for consistent breaches of our code of conduct include: 

  • Referral to the Year Head/Assistant Year Head in line with our ladder of intervention/referral 
  • Detention in school for an accumulation of notes/minor issues or for a more serious offence (Parents sign at the start of the year in acceptance of this sanction should the need arise and notice will be given to the students and to the parents/guardians by means of a text message) 
  • A school community task such as picking up litter, removal of graffiti or assisting a teacher with a task 
  • A verbal reprimand from Deputy Principal/Principal 
  • A telephone call to parents by Year Head, Deputy Principal or Principal 
  • A meeting with parents/guardians and/or the student 
  • Putting a student on report (Yellow or red) 
  • Exclusion from a favoured activity 
  • Withdrawal of school privileges e.g. ban from computers
  • Other suitable interventions designed to modify specific behaviours 
  • Suspension from school (in accordance with the schools policy on Suspension & Exclusion) 
  • Exclusion from school (in accordance with the schools policy on Suspension & 

Procedures and Record Keeping 

The procedures for dealing with incidents of unacceptable behaviour/breach of the school rules are referred to as our ‘ladder of referral’ as above. The basic principle is that the more serious the incident, the higher up the ladder it is dealt with.However all incidents from stage 4 and above must be recorded on the schools incident sheet and held in the students individual file. The year Head, with the support of the class tutor is responsible for ensuring the safe collection and filing of any incident reports.

In the interest of the general body of the school community, it may be necessary at times to search a student locker or property during the investigation of a particular issue – for example, theft, substance abuse, allegations or concerns that a student may be in possession of carrying an offensive weapon, including knives.

Students are entitled to the same personal rights, right of privacy and defence of human dignity as anyone else. Accordingly, a search of the school-bag or locker of a particular student may only be undertaken if:

  1. The Principal, or in the absence of the principal, the Deputy Principal or senior member of staff, determines that there is evidence to suggest the person may be responsible for theft of property, possession of a dangerous weapon or possession of illegal substance.
  1. Permission is obtained from a parent/guardian to initiate such a search in the absence of the parent/guardian, or the parent/guardian has indicated a wish to be present when the search is being conducted.
  1. Another person of authority (e.g parent, member of staff, which could include an SNA) is present.

Interventions 

The subject teacher will deal with the majority of routine incidents of misbehaviour through classroom management strategies, thus minimising the need for interventions. The school has both formal and informal structures in place for when intervention is necessary. 

  • Formal structures include: tutor systems, year heads, pastoral care teams, guidance counsellors…etc 
  • Informal structures include: peer support, mediation or providing informal support to colleagues e.g. removing a student to a colleague’s room for time-out. 

Interventions refer to the strategies used to help prevent students from re-offending and give specific help to those students who find it particularly difficult to live by the code of conduct. Such strategies usually involve gathering information and consultation with school personnel, parents/guardians and others as appropriate. Specific intervention packages may need to be designed to suit individual needs. Examples of specific interventions include: 

  1. Additional support may be necessary for some students for example: being put on report, being confined to an area…..etc 
  2. Specialised support may be necessary for a small minority of students for example: having an SNA appointed, going home at lunchtime, involvement of externalagencies.
  3. The School may use the NEPSContinuumof support and develop a support plan for the individual child

4.The Student may be assigned to a member of staff to engage in the Check & Connect programme

  1. A referral to the Behaviour for learning teacher may be necessary to address the significant behavioural needs of individual students. A concise behaviour plan will be developed in consultation with the parents and student to try address the behavioural needs of the child. Specific programmes will be selected to support the child with behaviour difficulties. Programmes such as Friends, The Alert, Why Try.

Implementing the Code of Conduct 

The implementation of the Code of Conduct for Moyne College will include the following: 

  • All school partners are involved in the development and review of the code 
  •  Amendments to the Code of Conduct will be communicated to the stakeholders 
  • A major review will involve consultation with and ratification by all partners 
  • The code will be made accessible to all through its publication on our school website and hard copies will be available on request 
  • All incoming students will receive a copy of the Code of Conduct and parents/guardians will be required to sign an acknowledgement of receipt of it 
  • A synopsis of the code will be published in the student journal for students to refer to. The code will also be referred to in class by teachers on a regular basis. Students and their parents/guardians must sign a student contract in the student journal each year Students must carry their student journals to all classes 
  • Parents/guardians are requested to sign the student journal on a weekly basis and to acknowledge any notes from teachers 
  • At the start of each academic year/induction process, each class is brought through the standards of behaviour/expectations/sanctions in the code of conduct and any amendments to it are highlighted 
  • School rules/expectations and the reason for them are discussed as part of the schools pastoral care programme 
  • The SPHE programme and Extracurricular opportunities (music, sport, after school study, Homework club…..etc) are used as vehicles for teaching skills for responsible behaviour and relationships 
  • Parents/guardians are encouraged to share information with the relevant school personnel in order to assist the school in understanding a students behaviour and to plan interventions where necessary 
  • Behaviour in the school will be monitored carefully at all times by Senior Management 
  • The school will work closely with the NBSS for expert advice on dealing with studnets with complex needs.
  • Behaviour will be discussed as part of Whole School Development Planning and training will be provided as necessary. 

Whole School Approach

The code of behaviour, on its own, cannot create the environment that makes it possible for students to learn and behave well. All members of the school community have responsibility to ensure that our students behave well. The main elements of a whole school approach to behaviour include:

  • An ethos, policies and practices that are in harmony to create a positive school environment. Related policies include the schools Anti bullying, Pastoral Care, Attendance and Substance Use Policies.
  • A teamwork and consistent approach to behaviour
  • Effective classroom management and good curricular planning
  • An inclusive and involved school community

Classroom management and teaching methods have a strong influence on students’ behaviour. The classroom environment, like the wider school community, gives students clear messages about teachers’ expectations and creates boundaries. The skills of the teacher in managing a routine engagement with students are critical in preventing problems. In addition, the supervision of students at break times also helps to ensure the school creates and maintains a positive and safe school environment for all members of the school community.

This policy has been ratified by the Board of Management at its meeting of 

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Signed:_______________________________________ 

Chairperson 

Next review date: __________________________