Saint Macartan's College has carefully defined policies with regard to: Admission to the School, Code Of Behaviour and Anti Bullying.

St. Macartan’s College Code of Behaviour.

 

The School Mission Statement

 

In St. Macartan's College we seek to provide an environment where the Christian values of mutual respect, tolerance, care and justice are encouraged and nurtured. Our school complements the efforts of parents and parishes in the fostering of a living faith.

 

Each student is unique, has different gifts and different needs. Our school strives to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which develops the individual's talents and abilities.

 

St. Macartan's College encourages self-discipline and responsibility, and fosters the development of skills which enable students to use their leisure time positively and creatively.

 

It is our wish that students share fully in the life of the school and leave St. Macartan's College as caring and capable young adults who will contribute positively to their communities

 

How our code was developed.

 

This code was developed in consultation with all the education partners involved in the life of the school. The Patron, the Board of Management, Teachers, Parents and students were all involved in the drafting of this document.

 

Our vision for relationships and behaviour in the school and the ways in which the school promotes good behaviour.

 

The Code of Behaviour in St. Macartan’s College is a statement of good practice which covers all aspects of a school that contributes to the development and maintenance of good behaviour and a positive ethos. The Health, Safety and Welfare of each member of the school community guide this code.

 

In recognising the aspiration in the school mission statement to provide the best school environment in which to teach, learn, work and play, there is a duty and responsibility for all to play their part and to recognise the rights of all to proceed in their roles without threat, danger or obstruction and with the support and respect due to each individual.

 

The school expects good behaviour to be the norm and always acknowledges good behaviour.

 

How students, staff and parents can help each other to uphold the standards expected in the school.

 

All members of the school community are expected to help maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning and to foster an atmosphere of courtesy and mutual respect.

 

Good school discipline which fosters an effective and stimulating learning environment depends on full co-operation between all members of the school community. The support of parents/guardians greatly assists the school in the implementation of our Code of Behaviour.

 

Aims of our Code of Behaviour:

 

         To encourage acceptance of and adherence to an agreed set of principles of

behaviour.

         To support effective teaching and learning.

         To contribute to mutual respect.

 

Promoting a Positive School.

 

St. Macartan’s College seeks to provide a school environment in which students have every opportunity to learn and to develop as a person. Working together, students, teachers and parents have a responsibility to contribute positively to school life. We therefore encourage all to strive for the highest standards of work, behaviour, attendance and punctuality. Students are expected to co-operate fully with teachers and to challenge themselves to achieve their best in every aspect of life in the school.

 

The school community will strive to:

         Treat everyone and everything with respect.

         Show kindness, fairness, courtesy and be willing to work with and

help others.

         Follow the agreed school rules

         Attend school and be punctual.

         Beir Bua – Make use of every positive learning opportunity afforded at school.

         Work hard

         Act sensibly

 

 

Roles and responsibilities of staff members in relation to behaviour.

 

St. Macartan’s College aims to provide a caring environment for the entire school community. All teachers share responsibility for good order in the corridors, school grounds and during school events. Teachers are primarily responsible for maintaining discipline in their own classes. For misbehaviour the teacher will impose an appropriate reprimand and / or appropriate sanction.

 

System of Referral and Procedures

 

Teachers keep written records of breaches of discipline by students. Records of serious breaches of discipline are retained in the students file. Copies of letters sent to parents and records of phonecalls and meetings with parents will be retained.

 

A teacher will refer a student directly to the appropriate Year Head, Deputy Principal or Principal only in the event of a very serious breach of discipline. 

 

Teachers do not remove a student from the classroom and leave him unsupervised outside the classroom. If immediate intervention is necessary, another student will be sent  to the Deputy Principal or Principal with a message / note explaining the problem.

 

The following measures/sanctions may be used depending on the seriousness of the offence,

         Reasoning with student,

         Verbal warning,

         Additional work or exercises,

         Note to parents in the students journal,

         Reduced break times,

         Phone call to parents,

         Referral to Year Head

         Meeting with Parents/Guardians

         Referral to Principal/Deputy Principal

 

The Class Tutor

 

The Class Tutor plays a key role in the school’s Pastoral Care System.  The Class Tutor

 

         is available to act as a guide, support, corrector, motivator

         protects the ‘rights’ of the class as a group and of each individual in it.

 

Tutors will endeavour

 

         To ensure that all students in the class are familiar with the Code of Behaviour.

         To monitor the students’ use of the School Journal on a weekly basis.

         To co-ordinate the completion of student reports.

 

The Class Tutor should be made aware by the subject teacher of problems which arise.  Meetings of Class Tutors with the Year Head are scheduled during the opening days of the school year.  The Year Head and Class Tutors for a particular year group may arrange other meetings as necessary or may meet to work on individual issues or projects e.g.  the sixth year Tutors and Year Head operate the process to select the annual winner of the St. Macartan’s Award. 

 

The Year Head

 

The Year Head works along with and acts as co-ordinator of the Class Tutors in his/her year, in addition to dealing with disciplinary issues.

 

The Year Head liaises with the Class Tutors on a regular basis.  Together, they identify if any student is:

 

         underachieving (as indicated in school reports)

         experiencing any problems e.g. suffering from bullying, being dishonest, not

doing his homework, not achieving his potential..

 

In the system of referral the Year Head, in particular, is responsible for:

 

         meeting with any pupil referred to him/her

         helping/advising/correcting any pupil with behavioural difficulties

         making contact and meeting with parents/guardians of students in the year group

         putting students on report, monitoring their progress and imposing detention and

other sanctions as appropriate

         liaising with Class Tutors, Deputy Principal and Principal

         maintaining up-to-date records on each student in his/her year group

 

 

The Year Heads, Guidance Counsellor, School Chaplain, Deputy Principal and Principal meet on a fortnightly basis with the Principal chairing meetings.   Issues discussed can include.

 

         The School Journal and monitoring of school behaviour

         Implementations of the Referral System

         Students experiencing difficulties

         Parental concerns

         Lockers

         Punctuality

         Bullying

 

School  Regulations

 

(i) General:

In the interest of order and safety, students must obey school directions when walking within the building, on the avenue and when using school transport.

 

·         Each school day begins at 9.05am. If a student arrives late, he must sign in at the school office before entering class. A student who arrives late for class on a regular basis will be subject to sanction.

·         Students must be on time for class, having with them  all books, copies and equipment for the particular subject. During class students must comply with the instructions of their teachers.

·         Students may not leave the college at any time without a written request from their parent/guardian. This request must he presented in the School Journal and sanctioned by his Class Tutor, the Deputy Principal or Principal. Before leaving the school grounds students must sign out at the school office.

·         If it is known in advance that the student will be late, it is expected that parents/guardians will advise the school by putting a note in the student’s school journal.

 

 

(ii) Uniform:

The St. Macartan’s College school uniform consists of

 

·         white shirt

·         dark blue tie with College crest and diagonal twin amber stripes (senior students) / blue tie with twin amber stripes (junior students)

·         dark blue v-neck pullover with sleeves and college crest

·         plain dark-grey trousers

·         black shoes

 

NB: Students may only wear an official school jacket to and from school

 

Runners/sports shoes are not allowed as part of the school uniform. Students must wear their uniform at all times, except during games. When required, school ties may be hired from the school office at a fee of €2 per day.

 

If a student has a genuine reason for not complying with the uniform regulations, he must report to the Deputy Principal before morning registration.

 

(iii) Hygiene and Appearance:

 

Personal hygiene and the wearing of the school uniform in a presentable condition are signs of self-respect and maturity. Students may not dye, bleach or shave their hair or shave designs into their hair. Hair must be kept clean, neat and tidy. Students must be clean-shaven at all times. Students may not wear earrings, jewellery or badges (other than approved badges).

 

If a student is in breach of rules in sections (II) or (III), he may not be admitted to class or may incur a detention.

 

(iv) Respect, Manners and Courtesy:

 

Everyone is entitled to be shown respect. All members of the school community are expected to treat all persons, whether older or younger, with kindness and thoughtfulness. This includes all occasions of student-teacher contact outside school hours. The use of improper and offensive language must be avoided at all times.

 

Acquiring habits of good manners and courtesy is an important training for life. The school at all times places an emphasis on and expects politeness, courtesy, co-operation and respect for others and for their property. Students should recognise the appropriate way of addressing teachers or other adults and observe the normal courtesies in matters such as standing back, holding doors, etc.

 

Out of respect for the school, all students are expected to attend official school events such as Awards Day and St. Macartan’s Day ceremonies.

 

 

 

 

(v) Working Languages

 

The working languages in St. Macartan’s College are Gaeilge and English. Students are expected to use Gaeilge or English in the school building and in their dealings with teachers.

 

(vi) Anti-Social Behaviour: 

The school reserves the right to take serious disciplinary action (up to and including, as may be deemed necessary, suspension or expulsion) for serious anti-social or dangerous behaviour, or behaviour detrimental to the good name and welfare of its teachers, staff, students and/or the school.

 

(vii) Property:

A clean, litter-free environment makes life more pleasant for everyone. Every member of the school community is expected to play a part by placing litter in the bins provided and by placing recyclable material in the recycling bins provided.

 

Students are required to care for school buildings, furnishings and the property of others. The writing of graffiti, the use of correction fluid and the chewing of gum are strictly prohibited. Damage to property must be reported immediately to the Principal or Deputy Principal and may have to be paid for.

 

(viii) School Journal:

(a)        Students must take their Journal to class each day, keep it in a neat and tidy condition and use it to record exactly the homework/study set in each subject.

(b)        If a student does not bring his Journal to class, he will be liable to reprimand and or minor sanction.

(c)        If a student arrives in school on two successive days without his School Journal, or if the Class Tutor considers that the School Journal is in an unsatisfactory condition, he must purchase a new Journal through the Class Tutor.

(d)       The loss, misuse or destruction of a School Journal will be regarded as a serious breach of the school Code of Behaviour.

(e)        It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the School Journal is checked and signed by his parent/guardian each weekend.

(f)        A student is  required to present his School Journal to teachers when requested. Failure to present a Journal when requested will be seen as a serious breach of the Code of Behaviour. 

(g)        Students are responsible for their own journal and its contents.

(h)        Every note from a parent/guardian must be included in the School Journal.

 

 

(ix) Absences from School

The College is obliged under The Education Welfare Act 2000 to put in

place a system of strategies and measures which encourage regular school attendance. Therefore, the College asks parents/guardians to work with the school in fostering

an appreciation of learning among the students and in encouraging pupils to attend

school regularly. The school is also obliged to forward information in relation to absences to the Education Welfare Officer.

 

If a student is absent;

·         Parents / guardians are asked to contact the school by telephone on the morning that the student is absent.

·         If it is known in advance that a student will be absent, it is expected that a parent/guardian will advise the school by putting a note in the student’s journal.

·         On returning to school after an absence, students must present an explanation to their Class Tutor, signed by a parent/guardian, in the School Journal.

 

(x) Academic Honesty

Students are expected to submit work which is original and represents their own efforts.

(xi) Academic Effort.

During the school year, students are expected to give their full attention and apply themselves diligently to their school work. Activities such as extra-curricular commitments, additional tuition after school, part time work, holidays, hobbies, socialising etc. must not be allowed interfere with homework and classwork.

 

The St. Macartan’s College Homework Policy (Appendix I) forms part of this document.

 

(xii) Computer Honesty

Students are expected to use computers and computer networks solely for the purposes of education and academic research. Students must not tamper with or reconfigure any computer hardware or software without the permission of a teacher.

The school has a responsibility to parents and to the community to ensure that computers and computer networks are used to further the aims of education, and that students do not misuse electronic mail or have access to Internet sites that violate any aspect of this code of behaviour.

Any student using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the purpose of bullying a fellow student, insulting or defaming a teacher or any other member of staff associated with the school and/or bringing the school into disrepute in any fashion will be immediately and severely sanctioned under the Code of Behaviour.

 

The school’s ICT policy (Appendix II) forms part of this school’s Code of Behaviour and must be signed by all students and parents / guardians

 

(xiii) Health and Safety.

St. Macartan’s College aspires to create a safe environment for all members of the school community. The school has a detailed safety statement which is available from school authorities on request.

 

St. Macartan’s College through its Social, Personal and Health Education programme aims to empower young people to be aware of the choices they can make with regards to their health and personal safety and to encourage them to take responsibility for their consequent actions.

 

Bullying

Bullying is not tolerated in this school.

 

St. Macartan’s College Anti – Bullying Statement.

 

1.      In accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the code of behaviour guidelines issued by the NEWB, the Board of Management of St. Macartan’s College  has adopted the following anti-bullying policy within the framework of the school’s overall code of behaviour. This policy fully complies with the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools which were published in September 2013.

 

2.      The Board of Management recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:

·         A positive school culture and climate which-

o   is welcoming of difference and diversity and is based on inclusivity;

o   encourages pupils to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour in a non-threatening environment; and

o   promotes respectful relationships across the school community;

·         Effective leadership;

·         A school-wide approach;

·         A shared understanding of what bullying is and its impact;

·         Implementation of education and prevention strategies (including awareness raising measures) that-

o   build empathy, respect and resilience in pupils; and

o   explicitly address the issues of cyber-bullying and identity-based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying.

·         Effective supervision and monitoring of pupils;

·         Supports for staff;

·         Consistent recording, investigation and follow up of bullying behaviour (including use of established intervention strategies); and

·         On-going evaluation of the effectiveness of the anti-bullying policy.

  1. In accordance with the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools bullying is defined as follows:

Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical conducted, by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time.

The following types of bullying behaviour are included in the definition of bullying:

·         deliberate exclusion, malicious gossip and other forms of relational bullying,

·         cyber-bullying and

·         identity-based bullying such as homophobic bullying, racist bullying, bullying based on a person’s membership of the Traveller community and bullying of those with disabilities or special educational needs.

Isolated or once-off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once-off offensive or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall within the definition of bullying and should be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

However, in the context of this policy, placing a once-off offensive or hurtful public message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying behaviour. 

Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

 

Objective of the Anti Bullying Policy

 

The Board of Management, staff, pupils and parents have a responsibility to understand what bullying is. As a school we take bullying seriously. All staff, pupils and parents should know what the school policy on bullying is and what they should do if bullying arises.

 

The Anti Bullying Policy forms part of the School’s Code of Behaviour and as such must be signed by all students and their parents.

 

Prohibited substances

 

Under the 1995 Tobacco (Health Promotion and Protection) Regulations and the Public Health (Tobacco) Act, 2002 (Section 47) Regulations 2003, smoking is illegal in all schools and enclosed places of work.  Smoking in the school grounds and going to and from school is prohibited.  Breach of these rules may incur a suspension from school. Parents/guardians will be informed and, if necessary, the statutory authorities may also be informed.

 

Students may not have any dangerous object or substance in their possession. Students may not possess or partake of alcohol, prohibited substances or drugs in school, on the way to and from school or on school outings. Students in breach of this rule are liable to expulsion from the school.

 

In the interests of safety the school reserves the right to inspect lockers at any time.

 

School Buses:

 

In the Morning

Students must travel directly to the college on their designated school bus. Unless required by Bus Eireann to change buses, students must NOT get off the bus in Monaghan Town.

 

In the Evening

Students should walk to the bus lay-by via the pedestrian way.

 

At the bus stop students should queue until buses have come to a complete halt before boarding. Students should queue and board in order of seniority, beginning with sixth year.

 

Breaches of these rules or misconduct on buses can result in temporary or permanent withdrawal of a student’s bus ticket by Bus Eireann and will be regarded as breach of the school Code of Behaviour.

 

The pedestrian crossing must be used at all times when crossing the road at the bottom of the college avenue .

 

(xiv) Cars:

Students must get permission from the Principal to bring a car onto the school grounds and are bound at all times by the conditions under which such permission is granted. (Appendix 4)

 

(xv) Mobile Phones:

Mobile phones must be turned off at all times on the school premises and grounds. 

Where this regulation is breached, the phone may be confiscated for a period of up

to one week. Confiscated phones will be stored in the school office and returned by the Principal. Students/parents may be contacted, in case of emergency, through the

school office at any time. Mobile phones may not be taken to Sports Hall or dressing rooms. The school accepts no liability for students mobile phones.

 

The consequences of unacceptable behaviour.

 

         Individual subject teachers will deal with misbehaviour in class or wherever it

occurs.

         For persistent misbehaviour or an incident of serious misconduct, students will be

referred to the Year Head, Deputy Principal, or Principal. Such misconduct may merit detention outside school hours.

         For very serious misconduct the Principal may suspend students from the school.

         The Board of Management reserves the right to exclude a student from the school

if his conduct disrupts the life of the school or if a student threatens the

development and progress of other students.

 

Acknowledging good behaviour, progress and effort.

 

In St. Macartan’s College it is important that praise and rewards should have a considerable emphasis whereby pupils will receive recognition for the positive contribution they make to school life. Such contributions include sound academic work and effort, positive contribution to school activities and good behaviour.

 

It is expected that good standards of behaviour will be encouraged through the

consistent application of the Code of Behaviour supported by a balanced combination

of rewards and sanctions within a constructive school ethos.

 

This system aims to support the Code of Behaviour and to develop a consistent pattern of rewards, which are known, understood and agreed to by all.

 

Awards include informal rewards and formal awards.

 

Examples of informal rewards which staff are encouraged to use for academic

achievement, appropriate behaviour and outstanding effort include, general praise and encouragement in class, which should be used as much as possible, letters home, notes to parents in the journal, comments to parents written on school work, articles in the school newsletter and in the local media may be used. These cover a wide variety of academic and non academic achievements.

 

Formal rewards include the awarding of merit certificates, journal award stickers, certificates, lunch vouchers etc. for agreed aspects of school life.

 

In order to support the development of consistency, the Student Achievement Coordinator, the Student Awards Committee, class Tutors and the Year Heads will determine the list of formal rewards for students.

 

The Spiorad na Scoile award will be presented to students who best exemplify the mission and spirit of St. Macartan’s College.

 

Where parents or students can get help when concerns arise regarding any aspect of school life.

Where issues of concern arise, parents and / or students are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with the relevant teacher / Tutor or Year Head. In the same way parents and / or students may also bring serious concerns to the attention of the Deputy Principal or Principal.

 

Procedures for detention.

A student may be placed on detention as a result of a breach of the Code of Behaviour. Parents will be informed in writing about this detention at least 24 hours before the detention is due to take place. Detention takes place between 3.50 p.m and 5.05 p.m. on Friday afternoons and between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Saturday mornings. Students will be assigned written work or social duties to be completed during detention. If due to unforeseen circumstances a student is not in a position to attend, a detention may be deferred in consultation with the Principal or Deputy Principal.

 

Policies and procedures for suspension and expulsion.

Suspension from school will be imposed where the Principal is satisfied that this is warranted by serious offences such as bullying, theft, damage to persons or property, other such offences or where a student has failed to respond to other forms of sanction for repeated misbehaviour. In many cases suspension is imposed for a limited number of days at the expiry of which the student may return to the College. In certain cases it is required that a meeting with parents will be held to discuss whether or not it is appropriate for the offending pupil to return to the college and, if it is, to determine the conditions under which such return may be permitted.

 

Students may be requested to give a written commitment to good behaviour before being permitted to return to the College. Students may also be placed on a probation report after a suspension.

 

The Principal shall decide whether to expel a student from the school in accordance with

the following procedures:

 

The Principal shall convene a meeting of the Student Support Committee (Year Heads, Guidance Counsellor, College Chaplain, Deputy Principal and Principal) where the issue will be discussed. The Principal shall then convene a meeting with the student and parents concerned, the Deputy Principal and relevant Year Head.

 

At this meeting the student and his parents/guardians shall have the right to state his case and examine the student’s record in the school.

 

The case will be referred back to the Student Support Committee who shall consider all representations made by or on behalf of the student concerned before making a decision on the appropriate sanction.

 

Should the Committee advise that expulsion is the appropriate sanction the

Principal shall notify the parents that he is recommending expulsion to the Board

of Management. He will offer the Parents the opportunity to address the Board of

Management on the issue prior to a decision being taken.

 

A decision of the Board to expel a student along with the reasons for same will be

forwarded to the relevant Education Welfare Officer in writing. The expulsion shall

not take effect before the passing of twenty school days following the receipt of

this written notification by the Education Welfare Officer.

 

Procedures for raising a concern or bringing an issue regarding a behaviour matter

Teachers and school management will follow the agreed procedures as outlined in this document. If parents have a query regarding a behavioural matter they are encouraged to make an appointment to speak with the teacher in question regarding a specific behavioural issue. In the case of a number of issues, parents / guardians are encouraged to raise their concerns with the student’s Year Head or with the Deputy Principal.

If concerns remain parents/ guardians are welcome to raise the issue with the Principal. If concerns persist, parents may bring the issue to the attention of the Board of Management.


 

Appendix I

 

St. Macartan’s College Homework Policy

Scope

  • Whole school.

Title

  • Whole School Policy on Homework.

Vision

  • To provide a reference point for pupils, parents and teachers.
  • To provide transparency and accountability.
  • A statutory obligation under Education Act 1998.

 

Goals

  • Developing good study habits and effective study skills
  • Developing students’ organisational skills
  • Enhancing student’s academic performance
  • Developing a sense of responsibility both on the student’s and their parent’s behalf.

 

Roles and responsibilities                                                                                                                 

Roles and responsibilities were divided into a number of sub- groups based on the partners in education here in St. Macartan’s College.

 

Board of Management

  • To ensure that the policy is developed and evaluated from time to time.
  • To approve the policy
  • To consider reports from the principal on the implementation of the policy.

 

Principal, Deputy Principal and the Year Heads

  • To monitor the implementation of the policy.

 

Subject teacher

  • To implement the policy

 

Pastoral care (class tutors, guidance and learning support personnel)

  • To monitor the effects of the policy and to be aware of students experiencing difficulty.
  • To provide support and guidance especially for those experiencing difficulty.
  • To liaise with subject teachers especially in relation to consideration for students with special educational needs

 

Parents

  • To recognise that they are the single biggest influence in their child’s success in schools
  • To be involved in and supportive of the School Homework Policy
  • To provide a conducive environment in which to carry out homework.
  • To oversee and ensure that the child does the assigned homework.
  • To be responsible for the checking and signing of the Homework Journal.

Students

  • To record and carry out all homework effectively and be prepared for sanction if found to be unsatisfactory.
  • All homework should be neat and tidy.

 

Content

  • A balanced amount of homework will be given
  • Homework should be monitored by parents
  • Students can expect appropriate feedback on homework.
  • Students will be given specific guidelines in study skills.
  • Parents will be informed when homework is not carried out and detention or appropriate sanctions may be imposed.
  • At no stage should students write No Homework into journals. A summary of the lesson covered should be included when no specific homework is allocated.

 

Success Criteria of the Policy

  • The quality of homework is satisfactory.
  • Students perform better

 

Monitoring Procedures

  • Subject teachers monitor assigned homework.
  • Class tutor checks School Journal.
  • Parents check that the homework is complete and parents sign journal.
  • The Principal oversees the implementation of the policy and provides feedback to the staff.

 

Review Procedures

  • To be reviewed every two years.
  • The review team to include Principal, Deputy Principal and Year Heads.
  • Views and experiences of teachers, students and parents to be taken into account.
  • A report of the review will be presented to the Board of Management, staff, Parent’s Association and the Student Council.

 

Timeframe

  • To be reviewed in September 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix II

Student Computer and Network Usage Agreement

 

Any student who uses the College computer and network facilities does so on the understanding that he agrees to abide by the St. Macartan’s College Computer and Network Usage Policy and by the Code of Practice outlined below.  The primary purpose of this Code of Practice is to ensure that all users operate in a safe and secure environment and that the computer and network resources in the College are protected from loss, modification and destruction.

 

I agree:

 

1.                  to accept that any behaviour considered inappropriate in the ordinary world is also considered inappropriate in the virtual world and inappropriate behaviour using the Internet is prohibited. 

2.                  to make no attempt to circumvent data protection schemes, “hack” into systems or interfere with the intended operation of the College computer and network resources and to accept that “hacking” is a serious offence under criminal law.

3.                  not to access, download, save, create or transmit unauthorised software, “plug-ins”, games or other entertainment software (including screen savers) or save inappropriate or offensive material.

4.                  not to knowingly perform any act which will interfere with the normal operation of computers, peripherals or networks or knowingly destroy the integrity of computer-based information.

5.                  not to give another individual unauthorised access to my computer account and to make no attempt to access another individual’s computer files.

6.                  not to use the computer and network facilities for unauthorised profit or commercial purposes.

7.                  not to create or transmit any abusive, obscene, threatening, defamatory, offensive or harassing images or material or cause offence to another individual or discriminate on the grounds of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political belief, age, disability, race, colour or membership of the traveller community.

8.                  not to send or store anonymous e-mail or partake in or promote chain e-mail messages or send unnecessary files that would adversely affect computer and network resources.

9.                  not to open e-mail attachments from unsolicited or unknown sources.

10.              that by its very nature, the Internet is an insecure network with no guarantee of either privacy or confidentiality for its users and that information posted on the Internet is available to a global audience. I also agree not to post on the Internet any personal information such as home address, telephone numbers, contact details or other personal information about myself or any other person without the expressed permission of the Principal.

11.              not to register or sign “visitors book” on Websites without prior permission.

12.              that the College may check my computer files and monitor my e-mail and Internet activities.

13.              to report to the College any suspected abuse of computer and network resources, or any inappropriate material or e-mail that may come to my attention as well as any suspected damage or problems with files.

14.              to access the Internet during the period(s) allocated to me for this purpose only.

15.              that should I fail to comply with any of the preceding conditions, all access privileges may be denied to me and I may be subject to any other disciplinary procedures.

16.              As a parent, I understand that my child’s work (writing, drawings, etc.) may occasionally be published on the Internet and be accessible on a World Wide Web server.  No personal details will be given with pupil pictures.

 

Modification clause

 

The Board of Management of St. Macartan’s College reserve the right to modify details of this Code of Behaviour at short notice. Such modification may be needed in an ever changing society.

 

 

While the school authorities will, in general, follow the sanctions outlined in the Code of Behaviour, the right to depart from them in individual cases is reserved where it is considered advisable to do so.

 

The plan for reviewing the code

 

The Code of Behaviour will be reviewed in full every two years.

 

This Code was approved by the Board of Management and Patron on,

 

Date ____________________________________.

 

I have read the Code of Behaviour and Computer & Network Usage Policy carefully. I understand and accept the contents and I agree to behave accordingly.

 

Student’s Signature:                                     

__________________________________________

 

I/We accept the Code of Behaviour and Computer & Network Usage Policy

 

Parents’/Guardians’ Signatures:                

 

__________________________________________

                                                                       

                                                                       


St. Macartan’s College Anti-Bullying Policy

(Appendix III to the Code of Behaviour)

 

St. Macartan’s College Anti – Bullying Statement.

 

3.      In accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the code of behaviour guidelines issued by the NEWB, the Board of Management of St. Macartan’s College  has adopted the following anti-bullying policy within the framework of the school’s overall code of behaviour. This policy fully complies with the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools which were published in September 2013.

 

4.      The Board of Management recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:

·         A positive school culture and climate which-

o   is welcoming of difference and diversity and is based on inclusivity;

o   encourages pupils to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour in a non-threatening environment; and

o   promotes respectful relationships across the school community;

·         Effective leadership;

·         A school-wide approach;

·         A shared understanding of what bullying is and its impact;

·         Implementation of education and prevention strategies (including awareness raising measures) that-

o   build empathy, respect and resilience in pupils; and

o   explicitly address the issues of cyber-bullying and identity-based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying.

·         Effective supervision and monitoring of pupils;

·         Supports for staff;

·         Consistent recording, investigation and follow up of bullying behaviour (including use of established intervention strategies); and

·         On-going evaluation of the effectiveness of the anti-bullying policy.


 

  1. In accordance with the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools bullying is defined as follows:

Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical conducted, by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time.

The following types of bullying behaviour are included in the definition of bullying:

·         deliberate exclusion, malicious gossip and other forms of relational bullying,

·         cyber-bullying and

·         identity-based bullying such as homophobic bullying, racist bullying, bullying based on a person’s membership of the Traveller community and bullying of those with disabilities or special educational needs.

Isolated or once-off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once-off offensive or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall within the definition of bullying and should be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

However, in the context of this policy, placing a once-off offensive or hurtful public message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying behaviour. 

Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

Mission

 

In Saint Macartan’s College, we seek to create a safe working environment by:

Creating a school community where all individuals are treated with equal dignity.

Promoting respect, tolerance and understanding for each other.

Promoting an awareness of bullying.

 

Scope

 

The policy pertains to the relationships which exist between College staff, students, management, parents and visitors to the College.

 

 

Objective of the Anti Bullying Policy

 

The Board of Management, staff, pupils and parents have a responsibility to understand what bullying is. As a school we take bullying seriously; all staff, pupils and parents should know what the school policy on bullying is and what they should do if bullying arises. Bullying in St. Macartan’s College will not be tolerated.

This Anti Bullying Policy (Appendix  III) forms part of the School’s Code of Behaviour and as such must be signed by all students and their parents.

 

Statement of rights and responsibilities,

 

It is the right of every member of the St. Macartan’s College community to work free from any form of fear and intimidation. It is the responsibility of each and every member of the St. Macartan’s College community to ensure that bullying of any form is not tolerated and when observed is reported to an appropriate person (see agreed procedures for telling, investigating, recording and responding to bullying below).

 

List of Preventative Measures

 

All members of the St. Macartan’s College school community know that bullying in any form will not be tolerated.  The whole school agreement about policy & procedures to be followed at all times when bullying is reported. Each member of staff will be issued with the Board of Management’s Dignity in the Workplace policy. New students and their parents will be asked to read and sign the St. Macartan’s College Anti-Bullying policy before their enrolment in the school. The Anti-Bullying policy will be included in the School Journal and will be read and signed by parents/guardians at the beginning of each school year.

 

All new members of staff will be informed about the Anti-Bullying policy.  A regular and confidential questionnaire will be organised and followed up as soon as possible after completion of the questionnaire. An age appropriate anti-bullying curriculum will be taught to every year group in the school to:

         Help students identify different types of bullying,

         Help students distinguish between bullying and non-bullying behaviours,

         Teach students to know what to do when bullying occurs

         Members of the school community will know the importance of reporting

incidents of bullying and will know how to tell,

         Members of the school community who witness bullying will know how to act

safely when bullying occurs.

         Members of the College community who report incidents of bullying will be

protected by the College authorities.

         The College will organise Anti-Bullying awareness programmes during  the

school year.

         A student comment box is available to all students so that they can report on

incidents of bullying in the school

         The College will set up a Personnel Safety Committee

         On-going training in the management of bullying behaviour will be organised by

management.

 

Agreed Procedures for telling, investigating, recording and responding to bullying.

 

All members of the school community have an obligation to report incidents of bullying.

Members of the school community are assured that all incidents of bullying will be dealt with confidentially. Only those who need to know will be informed & every effort will be made to ensure the safety of an individual reporting bullying.

Individuals may report bullying to whom ever they feel comfortable with, by direct approach at an appropriate time, by handing up a note with homework, by phoning the school office, via the reporting facility on the school website www.stmacartanscollege.ie, or by getting a friend/ parent/guardian to tell on their behalf.

 

A regular confidential questionnaire will be given to students to allow them to tell safely.

 

Student - Student

 

Students reporting bullying and students alleged to be bullying will be interviewed separately by two of the following where possible, the Principal, Deputy Principal, the appropriate Year Head, the appropriate Tutor, the College Chaplain, a Teacher. 

Witnesses may also be interviewed and may be asked to write an account.

A restorative approach will be used when investigating incidents. No student will be subjected to public humiliation. The emphasis will be on seeking a change in behaviour. Every effort will be made to resolve the issue amicably between the two parties. 

The agreed sanction system from the St. Macartan’s College Code of Behaviour will apply where a student has been found to have used bullying behaviour.

A record will be kept of the proceedings. Everyone involved in bullying will be offered support.

 

Teacher – Student

A student and or a parent/guardian should first meet with the teacher in question

with the aim of resolving the issue/concern. 

If the issue remains unresolved the Principal or a representative of the Board of

Management will endeavour to resolve the issue amicably between the two

parties. Students must report bullying incidents by teachers to the Principal or Deputy

Principal.  Parents/ Guardians may report on their behalf. For the safety of all concerned, the student will be interviewed by two staff members (The Principal & another member of the teaching staff ) and may be asked to give a written account. Witnesses may be interviewed. The teacher concerned will be interviewed by the Principal. He/she may be asked for a written account of the incident.

 

Where bullying has occurred, the teacher will be given a verbal warning by the

Principal. Further offences will be dealt with by the Board of Management.

Where there is disagreement about whether or not bullying occurred, the Principal

may engage the services of a trained mediator to mediate between the student & parent/s and the teacher. This will only happen with the permission of both parties. Records may be kept for 7 years after the student has left the school. They may then be shredded

In the case of a complaint against the Principal, a  parent/guardian/ student should

discuss the complaint in the first instance. If they are unable to resolve the issue the complaint may then be processed by writing to the Board of Management under agreed procedures.

 

 

Student - Teacher.

The teacher and student should first meet with the aim of resolving the issue/concern.

Teachers will report incidents of bullying by students to the Principal or Deputy                   

Principal.

 

In the interests of safety and the protection of all concerned, the student  will be

interviewed by two staff members    (The Principal & another member of the teaching staff ) and may be asked to give a written account. Witnesses may be interviewed.

The teacher concerned will be interviewed by the Principal or the Chairperson of

the Board of Management. He/she may be asked for a written account of the incident.

The Principal or a representative of the Board of Management will endeavor to

resolve the issue amicably between the two parties.  Where there is disagreement about whether or not bullying occurred, the Principal may engage the services of a trained mediator to mediate between the student and the teacher. This will only happen with the permission of both parties. Records may be kept for 7 years after the student has left the school. They may then be shredded. Where bullying has occurred, the offences will be dealt with by the Board of Management under agreed procedures.

 

Parent - Teacher.

Teachers will report incidents of bullying by parents to the Principal or Deputy                

Principal. For the safety of all concerned, the parent will be interviewed by two staff

members   (The Principal & another member of the teaching staff ) and may be asked to give a  written account. Witnesses may be interviewed. The teacher concerned will be interviewed by the Principal or the Chairperson of the Board of Management. He/she may be asked for a written account of the incident. The Principal or a representative of the Board of Management will endeavour to resolve the issue amicably between the two parties. Where there is disagreement about whether or not bullying occurred, the Principal may engage the services of a trained mediator to mediate between the parent/s and the teacher. This will only happen with the permission of both parties. Records will be kept for 7 years after the student has left the school. They may then be shredded.

Where bullying has occurred, the offences will be dealt with by the Board of

Management.

 

Teacher to Parent

The parent/ guardian should report incidents by a teacher to the Principal or     

Deputy Principal.

For the safety of all concerned, the parents will be interviewed by two staff

members (The Principal & another member of the teaching staff ) and may be asked to give a written account. Witnesses may be interviewed. The teacher concerned will be interviewed by the Principal or the Chairperson of the Board of Management. He/she may be asked for a written account of the incident. The Principal or a representative of the Board of Management  will endeavour to resolve the issue amicably between the two parties. Where there is disagreement about whether bullying or not occurred, the Principal may engage the services of a trained mediator to mediate between the teacher and the parent/s. This will only happen with the permission of both parties. Records will be kept for 7 years. They may then be shredded. Where bullying has occurred, the offences will be dealt with by the Board of Management under agreed procedures.

 

Staff to Staff

Issues of concern regarding staff to staff bullying will be dealt with under the Board of Management’s Dignity in the Workplace Policy.

 

Recording

A record of all reports of bullying will be kept. Those involved may be asked to write an account of the incident. When an investigation is complete and a person has been found to be bullying, he may be asked to sign an agreement that the behaviour will not recur.

Class Observation Strategies & Sociograms may be used by teachers to ascertain the extent & nature of bullying in a class. These records will be kept on file in the school office. Records of bullying may be kept in this school for 7 years after all students concerned in the incident have left the school. The records may then be shredded. In other cases the records may be shredded after 7 years.

 

Agreed Sanction System

Bullying is a serious breach of the St. Macartan’s College Code of Behaviour. The College community endeavours to resolve the issue through a restorative approach. The instigator and the victim will be encouraged to resolve their differences in an amicable manner.

 

Persistent bullying behaviour will be referred to the Board of Management.

 

Deliberately accusing a person of bullying in the wrong will be regarded as a very serious offence.

 

How incidents will be monitored

Incidents will be monitored by those involved in reporting and investigating the incident.

 

How Parents, Students and New Staff are made aware of Policy and Procedures

This document will be made available to all parents and students on entering the school and will be available for download on the College website www.stmacartanscollege.ie. The Policy will be presented in full in the School Journal.

 

How & when this policy will be evaluated.

 

This policy will be evaluated regularly in consultation with the staff, students and parents.

 

BULLYING IS UNACCEPTABLE AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN THIS