Code of Behaviour 

 

As a college community, we believe that good behaviour, endeavour, achievement and contribution in class and around the college should be recognised and rewarded. We also believe that students should take responsibility for their conduct, and when they choose to disobey college rules, they will face sanctions.  

College rules apply to all situations where students are in the care of staff.  This includes during lessons, in the corridors, at break times, during extra-curricular activities, college outings and games.  

When students are permitted by parents/guardians to go downtown at lunchtime or at other times or leave the college with their parents/guardians, they are the responsibility of their parents/guardians.  Such students while in college uniform are representing the college and the college reserves the right to impose sanctions if their behaviour brings the college into disrepute. 

Any student who is enrolled at Selskar College is subject this Code of Behaviour.  This is a condition of enrolment and is not dependent on the Code being signed by the parent/guardian or the student. 

Introduction 

This Code of Behaviour was prepared using the Guidelines for Colleges and the relevant statutory legislation.  The Code supports the mission of the college to provide education in a caring, respectful environment where all people are valued. Staff, parents/guardians and students were consulted in the preparation of the code. 

Responsibility 

  • It is the responsibility of the Principal and Deputy Principal to ensure that all staff members, parents/guardians and students are familiar with college rules.  
  • It is the responsibility of all staff to implement the college rules.  
  • It is the responsibility of students to respect and follow the college rules. 
  • It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to be familiar with and support the college in implementing the college rules.  

 

Expectations of Behaviour 

All members of our college community are expected to be ‘RESPECTFUL’ as outlined in the list of expectations. The ‘Expected Behaviours’ are discussed with each class by Class Teachers and Class Tutors at the beginning of each year or when a student joins our college. They are included in the college journal and are reinforced by teachers and through induction programmes. The skills required to behave as expected are taught in class by teachers, modelled by all staff, and supported by parents.  

Rewards 

When expectations are achieved and a standard of behaviour is shown by students, positive reinforcement is important. Good behaviour both inside and outside the classroom is acknowledged. In some cases, a quiet word is most appropriate and in other situations, good notes / stickers are written/ placed by teachers in student journals or a message is sent home. At more formal award ceremonies certificates are presented along with gifts or vouchers.  

 

Informal 

This is done within classes by individual teachers and can include:  

  • verbal praise either in class or quietly to students  
  • positive behaviours may be recorded on VSWare 
  • a positive note or sticker in the journal  
  • positive comment about the student(s) to Tutor or Year Head 
  • small rewards such as class materials or treats. 

 

Formal 

Rewards and certificates are presented across year groups throughout the school year. Students or classes may be verbally acknowledged at assembly. A celebration of work takes place to acknowledge the achievements of our First Year JCSP students. Students representing our college at events are announced with details of their achievements at assemblies, over the college intercom, on the screen in the GP area and/or on the Selskar College Facebook page. In addition, regular workshops and events are held throughout the year where participation is based on good behaviour and classwork.  

 

Positive reports of students’ progress may be given at parent-teacher meetings and in college reports after Christmas examinations, Mock Examinations, and Summer Examinations.  

Awards 

Class Tutors co-ordinate the nomination of students for Student of the Month awards.  

Attendance, punctuality, participation, and academic achievement are acknowledged through certificates and vouchers on a regular basis. 

Awards are presented for Spirit of Selskar, Sports Person of the Year, Reader of the Year and Junior and Senior Student of the Year. 

A Third Year JCSP Awards celebration and presentation of JCSP Certificates, references and Profiles of Achievement takes place before students sit the Junior Certificate examinations. 

Outings & Trips 

Class/Year group trips may be arranged to reward a particular group for their achievements, in addition to curricular trips. 

 

Student Leadership 

Each year certain students undertake leadership roles and collaborate with the college staff to improve the college community for all. These roles include Head Boy, Head Girl, Student Council Class Representatives, Meitheal Leaders and Library Assistants. All of these students are expected to demonstrate appropriate behaviour at all times.  

 

Respectful Behaviour in Selskar College 

In Selskar College, we are expected to observe the following:      

  1. Respect all college facilities both inside and outside the building. 
  1. Enter and exit classes in order, walk on the left-hand side of the corridor and line up quietly at the next classroom.  
  1. Safety at school is everyone’s right, including staff and students. 
  1. Practice safe behaviour coming to and from school.  

 

In class, students are expected to: 

  1. Engage and participate in class to the best of their ability without distracting others. 
  1. Come on time in uniform to class with books, homework, journal and other materials. 
  1. Talk and communicate calmly, with respect and manners to all students and staff.  
  1. Fulfil their obligation to respect the rights of all to work, teach and learn. 
  1. Use the ‘One voice, Hands up and Listen’ method in class. 
  1. List and do all homework and learning in the journal. 

 

Central to our Code of Behaviour are our ‘Six Key Rules which help us to be RESPECTFUL’. These are written so that they are easily understood by all students. It is these rules that are explicitly taught to students. They will be included in the student journal each year. (See Appendix A).  

 

College Journal 

  1. The Selskar College student journal is an integral part of communication between teachers and parents. 
  1. Failure to produce the college journal when required to do so by a teacher or any other member of staff will be dealt with very seriously and may lead to after school detention. 
  1. Students who deface or lose their college journal will be required to replace it at their own expense. 

Homework 

  1. Homework, including written exercises, learning and revision, is given on a regular basis and students are required to complete it neatly and to the best of their ability.  
  1. Students are required to note all homework assigned in their college journal. 
  1. Parents/Guardians are required to ensure that homework, both written and oral, is completed. The college journal is then signed at the end of every week.  
  1. If for some reason homework, or part of it, cannot be completed, parents/guardians are required to note this in the college journal.  

 

Mobile Phones and Other I.C.T. Devices 

  1. Mobile phones and other devices must be turned off and put away during all classes and between class periods. They may be used in class with teacher instruction but only for the purposes outlined by the teacher.   
  1. Any student found in breach of this rule will have the complete device, including SIM card, confiscated for a minimum period of 48 hours. 
  1. Mobile phones and I.C.T. devices brought to college must be switched off and kept in the student’s locker, bag or on their person at their own risk.  
  1. The college authorities are not responsible for any articles lost or stolen. 

 

College Uniform and Personal Property 

  1. Students are expected to wear the full and correct uniform coming to, during and leaving college unless P.E. is the first or last class of the day. The official college jacket is the only jacket to be worn on the college grounds and on all school trips. Breach of this rule will lead to students being asked to remove the jacket. If this instruction is not followed, then the jacket will be confiscated. 
  1. Full P.E. uniform is required during P.E. classes. Exemptions from P.E. will only be granted with a medical certificate.  
  1. Students are expected to be neat and tidy at all times and the college authorities are the judges of acceptable standards of appearance.  
  1. Facial piercings are not permitted. Students may, however, wear small stud earrings if they wish. 
  1. When outside the college environment and in college uniform, students are required to uphold the good reputation and ethos of the college. 
  1. Students are at all times responsible for their own personal property which should be clearly labelled.  
  1. Students are not permitted to leave their belongings, including college bags, in the college building after college hours. 
  1. The college authorities are not responsible for any articles lost or stolen. 
  1. Students are expected to use their lockers as per agreement signed upon enrolment. 

 

Smoking and Substance Abuse 

  1. Smoking (including any nicotine or substance inhalation device- vaping) and/or substance abuse within college grounds is strictly prohibited and is subject to suspension and to the full rigours of the law. 
  1. Students in college uniform found smoking within the vicinity of the college entrances and exits are in breach of college rules and will be subject to sanction.   
  1. All substance use or dealing is absolutely banned in the school or anywhere on the grounds or on school trips and will be subject to severe sanction which can include expulsion.  

 

Finally, but most importantly: 

Teachers are in the position of parents/guardians while students are in college and on any college related activity. This means in particular that: 

  • There is no excuse for rudeness, disrespect or insolence towards teachers or any other staff member. 
  • Any reasonable request from a teacher or other member of staff should be carried out at once and without argument. 

 

Responses to Inappropriate Behaviour 

Despite students, staff and parents/guardians best intentions, inappropriate behaviour can happen and even minor events can be disruptive to teaching and learning. In our college, most students behave appropriately with the help of consistent routines and clear rules. The majority of students respond to work that is presented well in a manner that is suitable for their ability. To ensure this occurs, teachers will draw on their own teaching style, expertise and knowledge of both students and subject. When a student’s behaviour prevents teaching and learning taking place, a balance must be found between meeting the needs of that student and the needs of the other students and staff. 

Maintaining good relationships is key to our Mission Statement. Restorative Practice is at the core of this mission. This is a process whereby students are given the opportunity to reflect on their behaviour, to consider how they and others have been affected by it to help heal broken relationships and prevent reoccurrence. It gives the student an opportunity to take responsibility for their own behaviour. Restorative practice may be used by Year Heads, Guidance Counsellors, the Behaviour for Learning Programme Teacher, Tutors and classroom teachers. 

Most issues will be resolved by the classroom teacher. The general approach to responding to inappropriate behaviour is as follows. 

  1. A verbal warning will give the student the opportunity to change their behaviour. 
  1. If the behavioural interruptions continue, sanctions such as moving students within the classroom, penalty sheets, break time detentions, notes in journals, moving students to another classroom under supervision and/or extra homework, will be brought into action by the classroom teacher. Parents will be informed through the college journal when detention requires the student to stay at the college during lunchtime.   
  1. Where behavioural interruptions are persistent and the student continues to refuse to adhere to college rules, action will be taken. 
  1. If the student chooses not to change their behaviour the recorded incidents and actions taken will be brought to the attention of the Year Head after the classroom teacher has exhausted other 
  1.  means of sanction. Written records of incidents and actions taken by the class teacher will be given to the Year Head who will invoke the use of support structures, where applicable, and work with the student and parents/guardians to help the student to change the undesirable behaviour. 
  1. Evening detention is a sanction.  Parents will be notified in writing of the date and time of such a detention.  Parents/Guardians are responsible for making arrangements for the student to get home after such a detention.  In particular, where a student usually travels by bus, parents must arrange that their child has an alternative way of getting home after an evening detention.  If a student does not attend a given evening detention or if the behaviour during detention is not satisfactory, this will be regarded as a serious breach of the Code of Behaviour and further sanctions may be imposed.  
  1. High level disruptive behaviour such as aggressive behaviour, refusal to follow basic instructions, foul language, vandalism of college property and/or dangerous use of equipment will merit immediate removal from the classroom and may lead to suspension. 
  1. Offensive language or behaviour directed at staff member may result in an immediate 1-3 day suspension in line with the College Suspension Policy (Appendix B). 
  1. A student may be required to work with the Behaviour for Learning Programme Teacher while on suspension. 
  1. On returning to college after suspension, the parent/guardian and the student may be required to meet with the Principal/Deputy Principal/Year Head before the student returns to classes. The student’s behaviour will be monitored on return and they may be subject to additional conditions designed to support them in managing their own behaviour. 
  1. If a student’s behaviour continues to breach college rules, the incident reports and the actions taken will be referred to the Principal who may in turn refer the matter to the Board of Management for further disciplinary action, up to and including permanent exclusion (See Appendix C). 

 

Covid – 19 : 

The BOM will act in accordance with deliberate breach of the covid rules as per public health guidelines. 

 

APPENDIX A 

Six Key Rules to Help Me to Be Respectful to Myself & Others 

Key Rule 

This means: 

Because: 

Attend school regularly 

  • I come in every day in full uniform unless I have a valid reason because… 

I will learn more and be prepared better for exams and my career. 

  • I must bring in a note from my parents/guardians or a doctor’s cert for each day I miss because… 

It is the law to explain why I was absent and the school must record why I wasn’t in. 

  • I don’t leave school without permission because… 

My safety is important 

Be on time for each class 

  • I arrive to school early in the morning and after lunch because… 

I disrupt the teacher and other students if I am late. 

  • If I am late, I go to the office and get signed in because… 

It is the Law to record my attendance and the school needs to know I am in. 

  • I move quickly between classes and don’t delay because… 

Being on time is a good quality to have.  

  • I must attend all classes during the day because… 

Adults need to know that I am safe. 

  • I must access the toilet facilities and use my locker before 9am and during break times only because… 

I must learn to manage myself, so I am not disrupting the teaching and learning. 

Behave Appropriately on the Corridor 

  • I move quickly between classes and don’t delay because… 

Being on time is a good quality to have.  

  • I walk on the left-hand side of the corridors and follow any one-way systems because… 

This helps the whole school community move more easily and with fewer accidents. 

  • I move quietly between classes because… 

I disrupt the teaching and learning occurring in classrooms if I am too loud 

Follow the classroom routine 

  • I may only enter the classroom with the teacher’s permission because… 

It helps to ensure the safety of all students.  

  • I sit in the seat assigned to me because… 

Routine helps me to focus  

  • I take out my class materials including school journal which must remain on the desk at all times because… 

Being organised makes learning easier 

Behave Appropriately in Class 

  • I let others learn without distraction because… 

Everyone has a right to learn.  

  • I sit properly on my chair and remain in my seat unless given permission to do otherwise because… 

The classroom is a safe place that doesn’t distract me or others. 

  • I use ‘One voice, Hands up & Listen’ because… 

It makes it easy to participate in class.  

  • Eating and chewing are not allowed. Drinking water is only allowed with permission from the teacher because… 

We learn better in environments that are clean and free from distractions. 

Use my  

College Journal properly 

  • I keep my college journal neat and record my classwork and homework in it because… 

It helps me to remember my homework and helps with revision and study. 

  • I get it signed each week at home or when asked to because… 

Parents/Guardians can see how well I am doing and it has space for notes. 

  • I put the journal on the desk and give it to a teacher when asked because… 

Searching in my bag for it can be distracting and wastes time. 

  • I must not leave a lesson without permission from my teacher and a note in my college journal because… 

This helps to ensure students are outside classrooms for valid reasons and are safe. 

 

Appendices B & C of this policy are available from the college office or www.selskarcollege.ie 

 

Roles of Key Personnel in Code of Behaviour 

 

ThSubject Teacher 

In order to elicit cooperation and effort from the students, praise ancommendatioboth written anverbal are vital in raising each student’s selfesteem anconfidence.  The Subject Teacher should aim to build a positive and vibrant work ethic in the classroom. His/her approach to classroom management should be firm, fair, inclusive anconsistent. 

 

Achievements anpositivcontributions ostudents can be recognisein a variety oways: 

  • Words of praise and encouragement. 
  • Note to parents – placed in the student’s journal. 
  • Postcards home. 
  • Presentation at assembly. 
  • Token rewards – stationery items etc. (through SCP or DEIS). 
  • Certificate of Achievement. 
  • Extra responsibility given. 
  • A display of their work. 
  • Inform Class Teacher/Year Head who will reinforce achievement in a number of ways. 
  • Nomination for awards. 

 

 

 

 

In thevent of thnon-cooperatioof a student, the following procedures may buseful: 

Take time to talk to the student in a calm atmosphere. Remember to listen to what they have to say. Try to reason with them while making sure that they understand the consequences of their actions for everyone involved Remember any approach used should follow the 3R approach which seeks to be restorative rather than punitive i.e.  Related to the issue, Reasonable consequence, Respect intact. 

  • Any sign of improvement needs to be met with approval. 
  • Verbal reprimand may suffice. 
  • Be critical of the behaviour, not the student. 
  • Consider change of location within the class or to another classroom –never unsupervised. 
  • Send note to parents in Student Journal. 
  • Issue extra work assignments (proportionate to the level of indiscipline). 
  • Consider removal of privilege. 
  • Keep Incident Records. 
  • Place student on detention, supervised by Subject Teacher. (Use detention stamp, dated and initialled in student journal with reason for detention) 
  • Possible referral for Care Team, counselling or other student supports. 
  • Formal Referral to Year Head in the case of persistent non-compliance or a single serious incident using Student Referral Form.  Referral should be accompanied by incident reports in the case of persistent non-compliance. 

 

NOTEAnproblems should, where possible be resolveat Subject Teacher level before beinpassed on to the Year Head, Deputy Principal or Principal. 

 

Class Tutor 

  • Has responsibility for monitoring, recording and reporting on attendance records of students in his/her class. 
  • Pays particular attention to standards of homework, punctuality, uniform, reports and assessments. 
  • Encourages the work of Class Representative on the Student Council. 
  • Motivates students and builds a sense of class pride. 
  • Develops an awareness of the needs of the individual students. 
  • Rewards excellence and effort. 
  • Consults regularly with Year Head. 

 

Year Head 

  • Pays careful attention to every aspect of the Year Group, which contributes to the learning environment of the college. 
  • Organises and chairs Class Tutor meetings with Year Head. 
  • Liaises with students, teachers, parents and management. 
  • Takes action in consultation with others. 
  • Monitors and reviews progress of the Year Group. 
  • Helps to build a positive spirit. 
  • Discusses matters of concern. 
  • Acknowledges and rewards achievements. 
  • Leads Year Assembly. 
  • Gives a full report of main developments at weekly Year Head meeting. 
  • Consults with Principal on serious matters. 
  • Ensures that all college Procedures and Systems operate effectively in the Year Group. 

 

On receipt of a Student Referral Form, the Year Heamay take some of the following courses oaction: 

  • Consultation with Subject Teacher(s)/Class Tutor/Deputy Principal/Principal. 
  • Meet Pupil.  Listen.  Gather facts. 
  • Advise/Warn/Impose sanction/Note in Journal. 
  • Place student on detention. 
  • Request Parent-Teacher meeting. 
  • Place pupil on Report. (Report Notification sent to parents) 
  • Refer for counselling or other supports. 
  • Monitor progress and review. 

 

Further form oaffirmatioby Year Head: 

  • Recognition of achievements at Year Group Assembly. 
  • Rewards. 
  • Nomination for College Awards. 

 

 

The Deputy Principal 

  • Contributes generally to the educational and personal development of students. 
  • Encourages and fosters learning in students. 
  • Forms a direct line of communication between all groups in the college and the Principal. 

 

Sanctions imposeby Deputy Principal 

  • Placing pupil on Detention. 
  • Placing pupil on Report. 
  • Withdrawal of pupil from class. 
  • Referral for counselling and/or assessment. 
  • Referral of serious cases to Principal. 

 

The Principal 

  • Has overall responsibility for managing the College Pastoral and Disciplinary System. 
  • Takes under serious review any cases referred. 
  • Consults with Year Heads at weekly meetings and offers support and advice where needed. 
  • Emphasises the on-going development of a positive affirming atmosphere. 
  • Establishes a culture of continuous improvement. 
  • Manages the implementation of all policies that support and affirm the endeavour and success of all students. 
  • Promotes the co-operation between college and the community it serves. 

 

ExtrSanctions imposeby Principal 

  • Suspension and Permanent Exclusion in accordance with legislative guidelines and provisions. 
  • Suspension and exclusion are a last resort and are only applied after repeated or very serious misbehaviour. All the specified procedures will be followed before such actions are taken and the co-operation of parents/guardians will have been earnestly sought. The Board of Management will play a strategic appropriate role in matters of suspension/expulsion. 

 

College Guidance Counsellor 

  • Support troubled members of the college community in times of need. 
  • Listen carefully and supportively. 
  • Offer advice on many areas of/issues  
  • As part of the student support team link with all relevant personnel in order to give assistance where valid anneeded. 

 

 

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Appendices B and C – Code of Behaviour