St. Macartan’s College Code of Behaviour

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


•         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



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