Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.
This policy will be communicated to staff and the school community as appropriate and will be subjected to yearly review, unless there is a compelling reason to review it earlier.
Ratified on: Nov 2021 Reviewed: October 2022
This policy was formulated by the staff, pupils,
parents and Board of Management of St. Brigid’s NS Greystones.
of the Code of Behaviour
motto‘Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh
Our code of behaviour is based on respect for oneself
and others. We acknowledge the individuality of each child. We recognise the variety of differences which
exist between children and the need to accommodate these differences. We foster an atmosphere where each child can
learn. We expect each child to respect the rights of others and to play his/her
part in making the school a safe and happy place to learn. Teachers, the Board
of Management, parents and support staff all work in partnership to ensure that
all school hours are devoted to teaching and learning.
Each teacher has responsibility for the maintenance of
discipline within his/her classroom while sharing a common responsibility for
good order within the school premises.
The overall responsibility for discipline within the school rests with
We acknowledge that good behaviour, especially in
Junior and Senior Infants, flows from a desire to please and is based on the
relationship between the child and teacher.
As girls and boys grow older, we recognise that good behaviour is based
on mutual respect, a sense of motivation and purposeful learning. We
acknowledge that communication, co-operation and positive relationships between
parents, teachers and others in the school contribute enormously to good
We acknowledge that vigilant supervision and
acknowledgment of good behaviour are vital.
Children will be reminded monthly, and as the need arises, about the
school’s rules. A record of unacceptable
behaviour is kept by the class teacher.
It was necessary to revise the Code of Behaviour of
St. Brigid’s N.S. because:
It is an area of
concern identified by the school community.
policy is due for review.
To ensure an
orderly climate for learning in the school.
It is a
requirement under DES Circular 20/90 on School Discipline.
It is a
requirement under the Education Welfare Act, 2000, Section 23.
Relationship of the Code of
Behaviour to characteristic spirit of the school
St. Brigid’s N.S. we strive for co-operation between staff and pupils on a
daily basis. Our mission statement is to enable each child to learn and develop
to his/her full potential in a happy, safe and Christian learning environment.
Through this mission statement and school values we aim to provide a caring,
harmonious environment which aims to nurture the potential of everyone in the
whole school community. We hope that this Code of Behaviour based on respect, responsibility, self-discipline,
health and safety, co-operation, and the importance of learning will
continue to develop positive relationships which exist in the school and act as
a framework for good behaviour.
To ensure an
educational environment that is guided by our mission statement
To foster and
maintain good relationships, partnership and communication in the whole school
environment including staff, parents and pupils
To create a
positive atmosphere of respect, responsibility, tolerance and consideration for
positive behaviour and self-discipline, recognising the differences between
children and the need to accommodate these differences
To ensure the
safety and well being of all members of the school community
To support parents
and pupils in understanding school procedures that form part of the Code of
Behaviour and to seek their co-operation in the application of these
To ensure that the
school rules, rewards and sanctions are implemented in a fair and consistent
manner throughout the whole school.
Content of the Policy
policy is addressed under the following headings:
Behaviour and learning
Standards of behaviour expected in the school
What behaviour is unacceptable?
Whole school approach to promoting positive behaviour
Board of Management
Positive strategies for managing behaviour
Other areas of the school
We have basic rules to help protect your rights and to
Why are school rules needed?
Rewards, Unacceptable Behaviour and Sanctions
Rewards and acknowledgement of good behaviour
Strategies for dealing with unacceptable behaviour
Procedure for notification of a pupil’s absence from
Reference to other policies
Communication and Review
Behaviour and Learning
A child’s good behaviour,
co-operation and concentration have a very positive impact on his/her own and
other’s learning and progress.
Unfortunately, the reverse is also true.
are continuously monitoring the children’s behaviour. We do our best to prevent any incidences of
misbehaviour/ bullying while children are in our care. However, as you will appreciate, it is not
possible for use to deal with incidences which may arise when children are
outside our care.
there are concerns regarding a child’s emotional, social wellbeing and
development, these concerns will be discussed with the child’s parent(s)
guardian(s) and, sometimes, assessment may be recommended.
purpose of the Code of Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Code is to foster and
maintain good relationships and happy learning atmosphere.
Standards of Behaviour
expected in the school
The Education Welfare
Act, Section 23, states that the Code of Behaviour shall specify ‘The standards
of behaviour that shall be observed by each studentattending
children are expected to:
Behave in a responsible manner, to show
courtesy, consideration and respect for others
Work diligently, make good use of their
time and to refrain from interrupting others at work
Be well-behaved, have good manners and
obey all teachers and school rules
Have good attendance, punctuality and be
proud to wear the school uniform
Come to school well prepared and take
responsibility for their own learning
What behaviour is unacceptable?
It is unacceptable for children to
behave in a way that indicates a lack of respect:
For themselves, e.g. doing something
dangerous and not giving of their best
For others, e.g. unkind, disruptive,
aggressive or bullying behaviour
For adults, e.g. lack of courtesy
For property and the environment, e.g.
deliberately breaking things
3. Whole School Approach in
promoting positive behaviour
the staff of St. Brigid’s N.S., believe that the creation of a positive school
learning environment, based on mutual respect between teachers and pupils, is
of utmost importance. This positive ethos permeates all activities in the
school and helps to form a strong sense of community. It is the policy of St. Brigid’s
N.S. to actively promote good behaviour through example, honesty and courtesy.
Children learn best by being rewarded. As part of our on-going efforts to
promote positive behaviour time will be allocated at some staff meetings for
discussion regarding implementation of the code. Staff will be given
opportunities to share their experience of both positive and negative behaviour
and to learn from collective wisdom.
will use various strategies to promote good behaviour including “Golden Time”,
star/reward charts, stickers, points on class Dojo, homework passes, lucky dip,
group competition (groups compete, if someone misbehaves other groups get extra
point), extra responsibilities in class and in the school, singling out for
exceptional worthwhile achievements and efforts, and other incidental means of
praise or reward. The school’s S.P.H.E. curriculum is used to support the code
of behaviour. It aims to help children develop communication skills,
appropriate ways of interacting and behaving, and conflict resolution skills
including S.A.L.T (Stop, Ask, Listen, Talk).
facilitate new members of staff to become familiar with practices within the
school, discussion regarding the implementation of the code will always form
part of the first staff meeting held each September. A copy of the code will be
available to both parent and teachers on the school website. The code will also
be given to parents.
The Board of Management of St. Brigid’s N.S. has
overall responsibility for ensuring that the code of behaviour is prepared and
revised in line with current legislation.
play a very important role in helping our school implement its code of
behaviour. Evidence indicates that a
good relationship between parents and the school is a very important factor in
maintaining high standards of discipline.
Pupils were consulted with in the drafting of this
Code of Behaviour.
4. Positive strategies for
‘The most effective methodology that teachers
develop in attempting to manage challenging behaviour is to prevent it
occurring in the first place’, (Managing Challenging Behaviour, Guidelines for
teachers INTO 2004:5).
The following positive strategies are used by staff to
effectively manage behaviour in the classroom –
Class contract is drawn up with the
children based on a discussion about respect, co-operation, responsibility,
behaviour and learning.
Teachers model positive behaviour and
ensure pupils are frequently reminded of how they are expected to behave.
Classroom management techniques that
ensure a variety of activities, for example in S.P.H.E., Golden Time, Pupil of
the Week, and ‘Catch them being Good!’
have playground rules which emphasise positive behaviour.
The bell rings twice at
end of break time in the yard
ringing of the first bell the children ‘Freeze’.
ringing of the second bell children walk to their line and line up in single
areas of the school
When on the stairs, pupils walk quietly in single file
5. School Rules based on the
principles of respect, responsibility, self discipline, health &
safety, co-operation & importance of learning
have school rules to help you learn, be happy, safe and responsible. These can be summed up as 6 Golden Rules.
listen. We don’t interrupt.
are gentle. We don’t hurt others.
are honest. We tell the truth.
work hard. We don’t waste time.
look after property. We don’t damage things.
are school rules needed?
We have school rules to
ensure that children:
Are safe and happy;
Feel secure and know what is
expected of them;
Develop respect for themselves,
other, their school and their environment;
Develop their sense of responsibility
Use their time well to learn and
develop their talents; and
Get on well with others.
Bullying in any form is
If you are bullied,
follow the Stay Safe Rule: say ‘STOP’, MOVE AWAY and TELL AN ADULT WHOM YOU
TRUST. (Please see Anti-Bullying Policy)
6. Rewards, Unacceptable Behaviour and Sanctions
Part of the vision of St. Brigid’s is
to help children achieve their personal best and thus prepare them for further
education, life and work. We recognise
that there are many different forms of intelligence and similarly that children
use a variety of approaches to solve problems.
Our reward system seeks to provide encouragement to all children of all
abilities and talents. Children will be encouraged, praised and listened to by
adults in the school.
St. Brigid’s N.S. we strive to promote effort and positive behaviour by verbal
acknowledgement and merits. We promote positive behaviour, where greater
emphasis is placed on rewards rather than sanctions.
Rewards such as the following are given:
Verbal praise, stickers and stars are
Certificates are also given to children
for good work and behaviour.
Pupils are mentioned at class assembly and
over the intercom.
At Senior Level
Praise, acknowledgement and appreciation
of good behaviour.
Opportunities for pursuing enjoyable
interests and activities.
Pupils are mentioned at class assembly and
over the intercom.
Unacceptable Behaviour and Sanctions
We as a school have a
responsibility to respond to any child’s unacceptable behaviour.
Three levels of misbehaviour are
recognised: Minor, Serious and Gross. All everyday instances of a minor nature
are dealt with by the class teacher, or the supervising teacher at break-times.
Sanctions are imposed which take into
account the child’s age
the seriousness of the misdemeanour and the child’s previous behavioural
record. In cases of repeated serious
misbehaviour or single instances of gross misbehaviour parents will be involved
at an early stage and invited to meet the teacher and/or the principal to
discuss their child’s behaviour.
The purpose of a sanction is to bring about a
change in behaviour by:
Helping students to learn that their
behaviour is unacceptable
Helping them to recognise the effect of
their actions and behaviour on others
Helping students (in ways appropriate
to their age and development) to understand that they have choices about their
own behaviour and that all choices have consequences
Helping them to learn to take
responsibility for their behaviour.
Reinforcing the boundaries set out in
the code of behaviour
other students and to staff that their wellbeing is being protected.
sanctions will relate as closely as possible to the behaviour.
Procedure for dealing
with unacceptable behaviour in Junior Classes
The starting point for
this process depends on the nature of unacceptable behaviour.
Reasoning with the pupil
warning of unacceptable behaviour and advise on how to improve
Second Verbal warning
‘Time-out’ on the thinking chair for a
out twice in one day, child required to draw/write out the story of what
happened/fill in think sheet to be signed by parents
class teacher will draw up an Individual Reward Chart//Behaviour Contract.with
the child which the child, along with his/her parents, will be asked to sign.
to the Principal
Referral to the Board of Management. Referral to Board of Management and the
parents will be requested to meet the chairperson, the principal, their
child’s class teacher, another member of the Board of Management to discuss
any breach of contract and subsequent sanctions e.g. shortened school day**
**On account of Covid 19 protocols, a face-to-face meeting between
the parents, Board of Management, principal and class teacher may not be
possible at this time. Meetings will take place online using Zoom or Webex **
Procedure for dealing with
unacceptable behaviour in Senior Classes
The starting point for
this process depends on the nature of unacceptable behaviour.
reprimand including advice on how to improve. .
Second Verbal Warning
separation from peers in the classroom.
required to fill in ‘Think sheet’ to be signed by parents.
Behaviour Contract to be drawn up with the
child, which the child, along with his/her parents, will be asked to sign.
Referral to the Principal
to Board of Management and the parents will be requested to meet the
chairperson, the principal, their child’s class teacher, another member of
the Board of Management to discuss any breach of contract and subsequent
sanctions e.g. shortened school day**
Temporary suspension by the Board
of Management in accordance with Rule 130(5).
Expulsion may be considered in an
extreme case in accordance with Rule 130(6).
**On account of Covid 19 protocols, a face to face meeting
between the parents, Board of Management, principal and class teacher may not
be possible at this time. Meetings will take place online using Zoom or Webex **
Children with Special Needs
children are required to comply with the code of behaviour. However, the school
recognises that children with special needs may require assistance in
understanding certain rules. Specialised
behaviour plans will be put in place in consultation with parents and the class
teacher, learning support/ resource teacher, and or principal will work closely
with home to ensure that optimal support is given. Cognitive development will
be taken into account at all times.
Professional advice from psychological assessments will be invaluable.
The children in the class or school may
be taught strategies to assist a pupil with special needs adhere to the rules
and thus provide peer support. This will
be done in a supportive and safe way, acknowledging and respecting the
difference in all individuals.
serious instances of misbehaviour, a child may be suspended immediately by the
principal with the written approval of the chairperson of the Board of
staff supervise children during school
hours and respond to any misbehaviour. The school cannot take responsibility for children’s behaviour outside of school hours.
are advised to monitor and supervise their children’s use of the internet/social
media and mobile phones.
7. Procedure for
notification of a pupil’s absence from school
The most effective
schools are those that have good relationships with parents. Every effort will
be made by the Board of Management, Principal and staff to ensure that parents
are kept well informed regarding their child’s behaviour. The school provides a
welcoming atmosphere towards parents. Parents are not only informed when their
child behaves badly, but also when he/she behaves particularly well.
Education Welfare Act 2000 Section 18 stipulates that parents must notify the
school of a student’s absence from school and the reason for this absence.
Under the terms of the Educational Welfare Act schools are obliged to inform
the EWO (Educational Welfare Officer) when a child has been absent for more
than 20 days whatever the reason.
following is the procedure in this school in the event of a child’s absence
· If your child is absent from school you are obliged
to notify the school in writing or via the Aladdin Connect App giving the dates
and reason for absence
· If you know in advance that your child is going to be
absent e.g. for dental or medical appointment we would encourage you to inform
the class teacher beforehand.
· If a child is absent for 15 days this is reported to
the Principal and a letter is sent to parents reminding them that their child’s
absence will be reported to the EWO if the child is absent for 20 days.
· If a child is
absent for 20 days or more the Deputy Principal/Principal is obliged to refer
this matter to the Education Welfare Officer for his/her consideration. The
parents are informed in writing that this referral has taken place. A child’s
attendance forms part of their school record and is stored in their personal
file. Full school attendance, where possible, is a very important aspect of
school life and has a very significant effect on your child’s progress at
Children who have
very good attendance in St. Brigid’s N.S. are rewarded throughout the year
and also during the
last week of school during an awards ceremony.
8. Reference to other
The Code of Behaviour includes information from the
following school plans and policies;
Health and Safety Policy
9. Implementation Date
10. Ratification, Communication
policy was first implemented on August 31st 2012 and most recently
reviewed on 20th October 2020.
The Board of Management has ratified this Code of Behaviour. It will be published on the school website (www.saintbrigidsgreystones.ie) and a copy will be made available to all school personnel, the Parents’ Association, the Patron and to parents on request.
A copy of this policy will also be made available to the Department of Education and Science if requested.
This policy will be subjected to yearly review, unless there is a compelling reason to review it earlier.
Signed: Tom Sherlock Date: 20/10/2020 (Chairperson, Board of Management)
Addendum – (October 2020) During the current Pandemic crisis, we all have responsibility to keep each other safe and well. In order to do so, we have high expectations of our students to follow the rules and guidelines of the school related to: Following any altered routines for arrival and departure Following school instructions on hygiene, such as handwashing and sanitising Following instructions on how pupils can socialise at school Moving around the school following specific instructions (For example, out of bounds area, queuing, lunch routines) Expectations about sneezing, coughing, tissues and disposal (“Catch it, bin it, kill it) Telling an adult if they are experiencing symptoms of Corona Virus Rules about sharing any equipment or other items including drink bottlesAmended expectations about break and play times including where children may or may not play Use of toilet facilities
Students must not spit at or deliberately cough on another student or staff member. This will be considered a serious misbehaviour and will be dealt with in accordance with our behaviour policy
We will be adding to this post in the run up to the re-opening of the school with information for parents and how they can help.
Dressing for the weather – With classroom doors and windows being kept open and a significant drop in the temperature, it is really important that the children come to school dressed for the weather. An extra layer of clothing under the school uniform or tracksuit and an extra pair of socks or woollen tights can make all the difference.
EDUCATIONAL LINKS IN CASE OF ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
On the left hand menu, there is a drop down menu under the tab that says ‘Resources’.
Last term we referred parents to the first two ‘Senior Webmix’ and ‘Junior Webmix’ while the school building was shut and children were learning from home. These two pages are being updated. But there are lots of others to choose from.
Parents also made use of the ‘Links to Learn Tables’. It is still a very useful webmix for children to practice their tables. Last term we also recommended the ‘Foghlaim na Gaeilge’ webmix.
Teachers find integration a very useful concept in school. It is acknowledged that the curriculum is overcrowded. It is hard to find time to cover everything. Integration encourages us to teach language in Art, Music, History, Geography and other languages.
The History and Geography webmix on this list is interesting. Working on it will involve integration with language: reading, comprehension and developing vocabulary.
The Arts are important too, and there is an interesting Music webmix (with a couple of Art activities included). While working on this webmix children are also developing their computer skills and seeing another way in which technology can be used.
There is also a Fine Motor Skills and Typing webmix. Some students used last term to learn to type. Touch typing is a valuable skill to have. It also helps children with their spellings through ‘muscle memory.
-Of the activities on the webmix Typing.com is recommended for children 3rd to 6th.
–Dance Mat Typing can be used by children from 2nd class approximately.
However the other activities on the webmix provide variety, give children a chance to practice their keyboard skills and to have fun.
In St.Brigid’s NS, Greystones we aim to educate the ‘whole child’. The activities on these links appeal to children with differing interests. They also develop different aspects of the child.
WE check the links from time to time to check that they are working. However sometimes links are broken. We will fix them when we update the webmixes. Bear with us.
These links are available for students to use in the event of Scenario 1 or 2:
Our School Policy in relation to providing homework / schoolwork for children who are absent due to a short term illness or away on holiday during term time still applies i.e. they are not provided with work. We would encourage them to read while they are absent. There are also a number of useful educational links on our school website which they can tap into. The teacher will work with them when they come back to school.
Awaiting on COVID Test Result – No homework/ schoolwork is provided. Again, there are educational links on the school website that children can use while they are absent from school.
Homework/schoolwork will be provided in the following cases. However the links on the website may supplement the work your child does at home.
If your child has to quarantine due to a positive COVID test or is designated as a close contact of a person who tested positive – Homework/ schoolwork will be provided.
If a child has an underlying illness and is not attending school, work will be provided.