Code of Behaviour : February 2010
“le díograis ‘s le dílseacht”
Our code is based on the FCJ ethos of Truth, Respect and Justice leading to a positive teaching and learning environment. The school’s Code of Behaviour was reviewed and updated in February 2010 by the Board of Management, staff, parents and students of the FCJ Secondary School, Bunclody.
Our aim is to create a respectful, happy, safe and co-operative atmosphere built on a foundation of positive relationships among all in our school community. In this atmosphere students can participate fully in all school activities so as to further personal development, good citizenship and academic progress.
Our goal is the development and well-being of each member of our school community.
It is the responsibility of the Board of Management, staff, students and parents to ensure that our code is implemented, respected and supported in a just and fair manner.
The Code of Behaviour was ratified by the Board of Management in May 2010.
The Standards of Behaviour that shall be observed by all in our school:
Our school values respect for all, kindness and willingness to help others, fairness and forgiveness, courtesy and good manners.
- I will attend school punctually every day.
- I will respect all staff.
- I will respect other students and their learning.
- I will do my best in class and take responsibility for my attention, for my behaviour and for completing my homework and study.
- I will take responsibility for my books and equipment.
- I will keep the rules and follow classroom regulations.
- I will wear my school uniform properly.
- I will be honest and truthful.
- I will respect school property and help to keep my school clean.
- I will participate in school activities.
- I will help to create a safe and positive environment in my school.
- Bullying Behaviour
- Behaviour that is hurtful
- Behaviour that interferes with teaching and learning
- Threats or physical hurt to another person
- Damage to property
- Use, possession or distribution of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, alcohol and drugs or legal drug substitutes for illegal drugs
- Unauthorised absence ( e.g. mitching)
The Measures that will be taken when a student fails or refuses to observe those standards:
When a student’s behaviour is unacceptable disciplinary sanctions will be imposed. These measures will be a proportionate response to the behaviour causing concern and will be applied in a fair and just manner. The purpose of these measures is to bring about a positive change in behaviour. The following measures may be used:
- Note on E-Portal
- Verbal Warning
- Extra Homework/ Repeated Homework
- Repositioning in Class
- Referral to Form Teacher/ Dean/ Deputy Principal/ Principal
- Referral to Care Team
- Detention at break/ lunch time/ after school/ Saturday
- School Community Service
- Communication from subject teacher to parents/ guardians via journal/ homework slip
- Communication from Dean / Deputy Principal/ Principal to parents / guardians via phone/ letter
- Consultation/ Meeting with parents/ guardians
- “On Report “ card
- Temporary Withdrawal from Class
- Confiscation of Items
Procedures to be followed before a student may be suspended/ expelled:
Serious and persistent misbehaviour may result in suspension or expulsion. Suspension and expulsion should be a proportionate response to the behaviour that is causing concern. The FCJ values of Truth, Respect and Justice should apply in all cases.
Fair procedures have two essential parts:
- The right to be heard.
This means that a student and his/ her parents are fully informed about an allegation and the processes that will be used to investigate and decide the matter; and that they must be given an opportunity to respond before a decision is made and serious sanction is imposed.
- The right to impartiality.
This means the right to an absence of bias in the decision maker.
On returning to school suspended students must first meet the Principal to reaffirm their commitment to the code of behaviour and to formally terminate the suspension.
The Grounds for Removing a Suspension
A suspension may be removed if the Board of Management decides to remove the suspension for any reason or if the Secretary General of the Department of Education & Skills directs that it be removed following an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.
The Procedures to be followed relating to notification of a child’s absence from school.
School attendance is the single most important factor to enable students to achieve their full potential. It is the keystone upon which a child’s education is built. Therefore it is essential that the school and parents work together to ensure that their child attends school every day.
- Parents must inform the school of their child’s absence for any reason .
- The student must present an absence note in their school journal to their Form Teacher on their return to school clearly stating the reasons for absence. The note must be shown to the subject teacher at 9.00.
- Medical certificates are accepted for long term absences due to illness and are recorded in the student’s file. If a student is absent for 20 days or more the The Child & Family Agency Tusla must be notified. If medical certificates have been presented this information will be passed on.
- In order to promote good attendance the school will on occasion text / contact parents regarding absences. If a parent has a query he/she should contact the school office.
- Failure to notify the school re absence will result in the matter being addressed by the Form Teacher. If the matter is not resolved the Dean of Year and Attendance Officer will be informed and the parents/guardians contacted.
Code of Behaviour Review Committee 2010
Peter Crean, Parent
Sr. Ger Curran, fcJ, Guidance Counsellor
Brendan Daly, Deputy Principal
Mary Doyle, Parent
Mark Ennett, Student
Lucy Frend, Teacher
Majella Kelly, Supervisor
Mairéad Lancaster, Student
Niall Murphy, Teacher
Teresa Murphy, Cleaning Supervisor
Laurie O’Connell, Supervisor
John O’ Neill, Teacher
Michael Ruane, Teacher
Carmel Wade, Teacher
Marion Weston, Parent