CODE OF BEHAVIOUR FOR STUDENTS

INTRODUCTION

The Code of Behaviour of Loreto College Foxrock has been developed, as required by the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000, section 23, in accordance with the National Education Welfare Board’s (NEWB) 2008 document “Developing a Code of Behaviour: Guidelines for Schools”. It was drawn up in consultation with all the school partners, including the Board of Management, staff, parents/guardians and students.

The Board of Management in setting out the Code of Behaviour aims to present to students, staff and parents/guardians the norms of behaviour and relationships. Its principles stem from the Mission Statement which highlights the importance of mutual respect in ensuring the right of all to work together in “a caring, enabling, learning community.” The school’s Anti-Bullying Policy forms an integral part of the framework of this Code of Behaviour.

The policy seeks to encourage responsible, positive behaviour to enable students to “fulfil their God-given potential with integrity, compassion and a sense of humour” not just within the school community, but also in order to assist them in developing the ability to becoming a caring, trusted member of society: “in the generous pursuit of a just world”.

Aims
The aims of the Code of Behaviour are:

  • to create a safe and caring environment conducive to effective teaching and learning by promoting a sense of mutual respect amongst all members of the school community
  • to promote good behaviour and self-discipline crucial to the development of the young person
  • to make all members of the school community aware of their responsibilities as well as their rights and to understand why the Code is important and their part in making it work
  • to ensure that the school’s high expectations for the behaviour of all members of the school community are widely known and understood so that all will strive to create an atmosphere that encourages and reinforces good behaviour
  • to enable students to develop a sense of personal responsibility
  • to maintain a clean and orderly environment
  • to outline the strategies to be used to prevent behaviour that falls short of expectations and to outline the structures of fair, consistent and agreed sanctions that will be used in response

Restorative Practice is at the core of our school’s policy. This is a process whereby students are given the opportunity to reflect on their behaviour and how they and others have been affected by it so as to help heal broken relationships and prevent reoccurrence. It gives the students an opportunity to take responsibility for their own behaviour. Restorative practice may be used by Year Heads, Guidance Counsellors, Tutors and class teachers.

Rules of the School

The school’s rules are drawn up in accordance with the stated aims of this Code of Behaviour. Students of Loreto College Foxrock are expected to observe the Code of Behaviour at all times while on school property, while travelling to or from school, while participating in any school-related activity and whilst identifiable as a member of the College.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Board of Management

The Board of Management is the decision making body of the school and has a key role in the development and operation of the Code of Behaviour. All policies are developed with the authority of the Board of Management and must have the approval of the Board before becoming official school policy. While the Board of Management is not involved in the day-to-day procedures, it is the body to whom parents/guardians and students over 18 can make an initial appeal in cases of suspension or expulsion.

Parents/Guardians

The co-operation of parents/guardians is considered fundamental to the implementation of the school’s Code of Behaviour policy. By enrolling their daughter in the school, parents/guardians indicate an understanding of the rationale underpinning the Code and also their agreement with and support for the aims and ethos of the school.

Students

The school expects that students will at all times do their best to uphold the Code of Behaviour. All students must sign their acceptance of the Code when they enter Loreto College Foxrock and each year in their school journal.

Staff

Loreto College Foxrock acknowledges the role of teachers in the development and operation of the Code of Behaviour. The school recognises that a teacher’s main focus is in the area of teaching and learning and that they have a pivotal role to play in behaviour management. The school also acknowledges the contribution of all other staff members in the development and operation of the Code of Behaviour. In particular they have a responsibility to report incidents of misbehaviour and examples of positive behaviour that they witness to the Class Tutor or Year Head. It is also the expectation that staff will issue Incident Report Forms and/or contact home in line with the Code of Behaviour. In keeping with the Dignity in the Workplace Policy and our Loreto ethos of an expectation of mutual respect, all members of staff have a responsibility to model good behaviour and to correct misbehaviour.

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