Code of Behaviour – Appendix A

The general ‘School Rules’ and ‘Great Expectations’ are published in the Homework Diary and are displayed outside each classroom.

School Rules

  • Be respectful of yourself, your school and others.
  • Keep yourself tidy.
  • Be kind.
  • Be safe.
  • Be on time.
  • Be organised.


Great Expectations

  • Pupils are expected to attend school everyday and arrive on time.
  • Pupils are expected to do their best to work in class and at their homework.
  • Pupils are expected to come to school, properly prepared for class and other school activities.
  • Pupils are expected to wear their uniform with pride and respect and come to school clean and tidy.
  • Pupils are expected to show respect and consideration for all pupils, teachers, staff and visitors to our school.
  • Pupils are expected to follow the instruction of their teachers (& supervisory staff).
  • Pupils are expected to act in a safe manner in school and at school events.
  • Pupils are expected to be tidy and careful with school property.

Please note that the following lists are not prescriptive and that every possible rule cannot be listed. However if a behaviour is disruptive, dangerous or disrespectful, it is not acceptable.


General School Behaviour

  • Bullying or being a party to bullying will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
  • Children should be in the school grounds no earlier than 9.10a.m. and no later than 9.30a.m.
  • The school day finishes at 2p.m. for Infants and 3p.m.for all other classes.
  • No child should leave the school without the permission of a teacher. Parents collecting children for dental appointments etc. should collect their child from classrooms or yard and should always inform a teacher when they are doing so.
  • Following all absences the parent should sign the appropriate note in the homework journal. Absences of more than 20 days will be reported to The National Education Welfare board.
  • Full school uniform is to be worn every day except on swimming days/P.E. days.
  • The instructions of all staff are to be obeyed at all times.
  • Pupils shall walk and not run in the school buildings.
  • Pupils shall address all teachers in the school in the appropriate manner – Ms., Mrs., Mr., followed by the surname.
  • Pupils shall address each other using their first names and not surnames.
  • Pupils shall respect all teachers, ancillary staff, fellow pupils and visitors to the school.
  • Pupils shall not use bad or disrespectful language.
  • Aggression, threatening or violent behaviour as well as name-calling and verbal intimidation of any kind cannot be tolerated.
  • Pupils shall respect school property – furniture, books, fittings, etc.
  • Pupils shall help to keep the school clean and litter free.
  • Pupils shall leave the school grounds at 3.00pm. (Infants 2p.m.).
  • Pupils shall not cycle, skateboard or roller-skate etc. in the yard.
  • In accordance with our healthy eating policy pupils should not bring sweets, crisps, chewing gum or fizzy drinks to school.
  • Pupils are not allowed to have mobile phones switched on while in school.
  • Pupils are to enter and leave school buildings and grounds in an orderly fashion.
  • Any type of threatening behaviour is unacceptable.



Playground Rules

  • Pupils are expected to play safely and not engage in rough or dangerous play.
  • Dangerous games such as rugby, ‘chains’, ‘trains’, mock fights etc. are not allowed.
  • Pupils shall address each other using first names and not surnames.
  • Pupils shall not deliberately exclude other pupils from games.
  • Pupils are expected to play fairly and be ‘good sports’.
  • Pupils are not permitted to play football on the concrete/tarmac areas.
  • Pupils shall not enter the school buildings during breaks without the permission of a teacher on yard supervision.
  • Pupils shall not go outside the perimeter fence without the permission of a teacher on yard supervision.
  • Pupils shall not litter.
  • Lunches are not allowed to be eaten in yard.
  • Older pupils are expected to show good example to younger pupils.
  • Pupils are not allowed to throw sticks, rocks or other objects.
  • Pupils should not interfere with the games of other pupils.
  • Pupils are not allowed to go to the front of the school during playtime.
  • Pupils follow the directions of staff on yard duty.
  • Pupils are not allowed to kick or throw balls or other objects against any walls.
  • Pupils are not allowed to retrieve a ball or any other object from the road or path outside the school.
  • Pupils are not allowed to play on the banks or ditches surrounding the playground.
  • Pupils are not allowed to play on the steps/railings outside the classrooms.
  • Pupils shall stop play and go to their assembly line as soon as the bell rings.



Serious Misbehaviours

Instances of serious misbehaviour are reported to the principal and a written
record of all such instances is kept. Parents will be informed of instances of
serious misbehaviour.
Examples of serious misbehaviours:

  • Bullying
  • Threatening behaviour, verbal or physical, towards fellow pupils and staff
  • Leaving school premises or grounds without permission during the school day
  • Kicking/fighting/spitting/throwing objects
  • Foul and abusive language
  • Deliberate disobedience
  • Persistent misdemeanours
  • Stealing
  • Abusing the property of the school/staff or other pupils
  • Rough or dangerous play
  • Racist Remarks
  • Uncontrolled behaviour
  • Any other behaviour not listed which the staff, Principal and Board of Management deem to be a serious misdemeanour

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