CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
‘St Joseph’s College is a catholic lay co-educational second level school. The school strives to attain the holistic development of each individual student, spiritually, emotionally, morally, academically, and physically. The school is propelled by a strong work and religious ethos amongst teachers and students’.
In order to create a caring school community and to promote a positive teaching and learning environment students must abide by school rules. These rules ensure that the students’ right to learn and teachers’ right to teach in a caring, safe and respectful environment are safeguarded.
LADDER OF REFERRAL
Obviously it is the classroom teacher’s primary responsibility for classroom management. The following arekey areas that may be dealt with within the class or through recourse to VS Ware.
Violations to be dealt with by the classroom teacher:
- Homework issues.
- Not organised re: Books, Journal, equipment for class, etc
- In class behaviour.
- Chewing Gum/ Eating in class.
- Loitering at lockers or in toilets.
- Incorrect uniforms Girls & Boys.
- Mobile Phone use.
Procedure that may be used by the class teacher:
- Note in Journal and in VS Ware.
- Appropriate sanctions as deemed fit by each individual teacher in accordance with his/her own classroom management style.
VS WARE: NOTES REGARDING BEHAVIOUR OR CONCERNS MUST ALWAYS BE NOTED ON VS WARE FOR TRACEABILITY/REFERRAL REASONS
Class tutor is the point of contact when issues of conduct have become a concern to the subject teacher.
Aim: To always seek a resolution to the behaviour in conjunction with school procedure.
Any continued/ repeated violations of a teacher’s classroom rules or serious concerns re: a student can then be referred to the Class Tutor with all relevant violations/concerns recorded in VS Ware:
- Meeting with pupil regarding notes in Journal and incidents recorded in VS Ware.
- Encourage change.
- Make aware of sanctions if behaviour continues.
- Create a 1 week plan to monitor pupil and allow student to redress the issue at hand.
- Weekly review and meeting which will be recorded on VS Ware.
- Positive reinforcement.
If the Class Tutor has implemented all resources at their disposal and a student continues to be a concern re: behaviour, then the issue can be referred to the Year Head.
As all students/parents are different in nature it is at the discretion of the Year Head to apply the most appropriate solution in each individual case to affect a positive behaviour change at this level.
- Meeting with pupil with reports in VS Ware and notes in Journal.
- Contact parents either by phone or letter.
- Encourage parent’s involvement. To look at positive rewards if applicable.
- Meeting with parents, pupil and Dean of Discipline if needed.
- Make a plan re: behaviour/sanctions consequences.
- Student on Report.
PRINCIPAL/DEAN OF DISCIPLINE
In extreme circumstances and in the case of rare ‘RED OFFENCES’ the incident will call for intervention by the Dean of Discipline the Deputy Principal who may have to consult the Principal.
- Meeting with Parents
These offences are deemed extreme and require immediate attention:
- Engaging in intimidating, threatening or aggressive behaviour towards staff or other students.
- Bullying – Refer to school policy and bully template sheet.
- Using foul/abusive behaviour towards teachers or other students.
- Having in their possession knives, penknives, weapons, bangers, fireworks or stink bombs.
- Unmanageable behaviour in class preventing orderly conduct of class.
- Being under the influence or having in their alcohol or banned/ illegal substances.
- Smoking on school premises/ grounds or while representing the school at any activities or events.
- Any vandalism of school property.
- Using mobile phones to record or photograph other students of teachers.
- All these offences and general school rules apply to all school activities on school founds and whilst representing the school at activities or events.
- Once the incident has happened it is recorded in VS Ware by the teacher and the facts established.
- Year Head and Dean of Discipline are informed and meet with the student which is recorded on VS Ware.
- Redress opportunities explored.
- Parents notified by phone or letter (acknowledge) if required at the direction of the Dean of Discipline.
- If the Year Head or Dean of Discipline are not available at the time of the incident the pupil is detained by the Deputy Principal or Principal until the matter can be dealt with.