On January 29th 2009, the staff of St. Edward’s NS reviewed the Code of Behaviour, using the NEWB Guidelines for Schools. Certain areas were prioritised for development. See Appendix 1.
At St. Edward’s National School we have high expectations of behaviour. This code aims to ensure that firm structures and boundaries are in place so that children can take pride in their learning and achievement, and that our school can become a vibrant centre of learning at the heart of the local community.

Objectives of Behaviour Code:
1. All staff will model appropriate behaviour and problem solving strategies, through use of the DFL approach. See DFL Policy.
2. Pupil behaviour will improve through an increased acknowledgement and rewarding of desirable on-task behaviour. See DFL.
3. Children will have the opportunity to modify and improve their own behaviour.
4. Senior children 3rd – 6th, participate in SELECT Teams, to show them the effect of ones behaviour on others and create a sense of belonging.

SELECT TEAMS

ATLANTIC ACES

• The Atlantic Ocean is a source of power, much of which is undiscovered. Wave energy could provide heat and light to all people. Waves can lap gently, or pound relentlessly.
• The ocean is huge and deep, the largest and the smallest living creatures can live in harmony.
• Atlantic Aces are powerful like the ocean, but know how to use their power to create positive energy. Their energy helps them to work and play and their enthusiasm can take them wherever they want to go.

BENBULBEN BRAVES

• Benbulben Braves are named after Benbulben – a unique mountain that watches over Sligo.
• Like the mountain they are named after, Benbulben Braves are strong and solid in character, they don’t sway with whim. They can weather difficult times, like Benbulben weathers storms; they look forward and enjoy good times, like Benbulben enjoys the sunshine.

GARAVOGUE GIANTS
• The next team are named after The Garavogue River, that flows through Sligo and out to the sea.
• It is a beautiful river that is full of life – fish, swans, and ducks.
• Like the river the Garavogue Giants have great qualities, and enjoy friendship, making connections, and being very supportive.
• The Garavogue River can be damaged by litter and pollution.
• The Garavogue Giants have to be on guard against traits that could damage them. Like the river, they succeed by constantly flowing in the right direction.

LOUGH GILL LIONS

• Lions live in a group called a Pride. The Lough Gill Lions pride themselves on their strong nature, and they reflect on the good things all around them. Lough Gill is a source of life and provides opportunities for many enjoyable pastimes – fishing, water-sports and it’s an ideal place to picnic beside.
• Lough Gill is a place of beauty and tranquillity. However, it has surprises in store also. Islands to wander about.
• Lough Gill Lions look after each other and look out for each other.

Rules:
Children attending St. Edward’s NS will be taught clear rules about how to behave in class and at playtime.
Children will be expected to:
 Listen when the teacher is teaching the class
 Work quietly when the teacher is working with another group in the class
 Put up their hand when they wish to speak in class
 Children are expected to walk in school
 Children are expected to do their homework
 Children are expected to be on time. If late, parents are requested to sign their child in, in the office
 Children are expected to show respect to other children and adults in the school
“In our school, give everyone the same respect that you deserve and you expect”
 Children are expected to play safely on yard
 Bullying is unacceptable. See Anti-Bullying Policy.
 Children are expected to bring their books, pencils, etc. to school with them
 Children are expected to wear the full uniform and be tidy and neat in school
 The School Rules are printed on pupils Stamp Books and Homework Diaries
Children will be noticed and be rewarded for good behaviour by getting stamps in their DFL Stamp Books. When they finish a Stamp Book parents are notified of the good work and behaviour through Certificates of Achievement. Generally, a child who is making a good effort to behave well will finish a Stamp Book in 3-4 weeks.

Senior pupils, from 3rd -6th class on SELECT Teams are mentored and encouraged by a teacher. They meet their mentor every fortnight, to discuss their progress. The most co-operative team with the most points is rewarded each term, with a short trip or team building experience.
Junior pupils from Infants – 2nd class get individual certs. and small awards for finishing their stamp book. The real focus if to give them the opportunity to tell about the good decisions and work they engaged in. The practice of reflecting on behaviour is worthwhile, and time is set aside by the Principal every Friday to listen to the pupils, who have completed a stamp book. The whole focus of DFL is to give attention to positive behaviour.

Student Council
In St. Edward’s N.S. pupils are encouraged to be involved in different aspects of school life, like the Green Schools Committee, Website Committee and Yard Minders. Our central rule is:
“Give everyone the same respect,
That you deserve and you expect”.
Part of that respect is that pupils are listened to.

A Student Council has been established to promote the partnership of pupils and teachers working together.

There are two pupil representatives from each class, from 3rd to 6th. There is also a representative from the Green Schools Committee and from the Website Committee.

Student Council members are expected to attend meetings, and communicate the views of the other pupils. They are also expected to report back to their class on issues discussed at meetings.

The aim is that the Council will give pupils a real opportunity to develop communication, and problem solving skills.
Student Council members are expected to follow the School Rules. They are expected to give good example to other pupils by wearing full uniform, and encourage other pupils to fully participate in school life.
The Council meet at Flexi Time (12noon – 12.20pm) on Tuesday, before Assembly.

Sanctions:
However, if a child is behaving in a way that is disruptive to learning, sanctions will be used.
 At all stages, children will be advised on how to improve their behaviour, with in-appropriate behaviour specifically named by teacher.
 All staff follow the DFL Sanctions
1. Verbal Warning
2. Written Warning
3. Isolation table in own room
4. Isolation table next door and note to be signed by parent (record kept by teacher)
5. Loss of treat
6. Principal
In the event of serious misbehaviour, a child can be sent directly to the Principal.

7. Meeting with Parents (Teacher in consultation with principal decide whether the principal needs to be present at meeting)

 Detention
 Suspension from own class

Suspension:
Where bad behaviour is serious and/or constant, the matter will be referred to the Board of Management, and the child will be suspended from the school for a temporary period.
Suspension will be in accordance with Rule 130(5) of the Rules for National Schools.
If there is an incident of Gross Misbehaviour – a single incident of serious misconduct may be grounds for suspension. The Board of Management delegates authority to the Principal to suspend a child from school for 3 days. Longer suspensions need the approval of the BOM.

We have this Code of Behaviour to ensure that children get their full opportunity to learn in a safe and calm environment.

Our rules concentrate on helping children to behave well. Parents have a very important role to play in teaching their children good manners and respect. In school SPHE time is devoted to promoting good behaviour. Pupils with behavioural difficulties are supported and helped to improve.
The Board of Management of St. Edward’s NS has the right to expel a pupil if:
• The pupil’s behaviour is a persistent cause of significant disruption to the learning of others for the teaching process
• The pupil’s continued presence in school constitutes a real and significant threat to safety, of themselves or others
• The student is responsible for serious damage to property
Co-operation between home and school is crucial to the Code of Behaviour.

Appendix 1  April 2013

Aspect

Needing

Work

Priority Area   Timeframe Staff

Involved

Student

Council

 

To regularise meetings   Easter to Summer JMcG, MM, MH, GC

 

Anti-Racism Lessons in every class to identify issues related with racism   Easter to Summer All staff
Internet Safety – Cyber Bullying Awareness Lessons on the dangers of posting unsuitable material on social network sites and text messages   Easter to Summer All staff
Ways for pupils to make reports To encourage reporting in a

Safe Way

  Easter to Summer All staff
Help parents

Understand Code

Involve HSA

Home Visits

  Easter to Summer EMcK