Code of Behaviour Policy

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This Policy will be reviewed in September 2016. It is currently under review.

“Good behaviour is necessary condition for effective teaching to take place”

1.0  Mission Statement

“Inspired by the vision of Blessed Edmund Rice, the North Monastery Secondary School, in its proud tradition is committed, in partnership with parents, to enabling all members of the school community, to achieve their full potential in a caring Christian community where mutual respect, good order, discipline and positive self-esteem are the values which guide us in our teaching and learning community”.

2.0  Preamble

The Board of Management of the North Monastery Secondary School strives to ensure that our school is a place where all stakeholders exist in an atmosphere which is conducive to effective teaching and learning. It is also a school where students and teachers co-exist in an atmosphere of mutual respect and safety.

Good order and discipline are vital ingredients which facilitate teaching and learning of the highest quality and underpins every classroom setting. Ensuring we reach these high standards is an achievable goal once respect for human dignity is a core value for all stakeholders.

The school accepts that our students come from varying cultural and social backgrounds. We also understand that our students have different aspirations and abilities. The school strives to ensure each student reaches his potential and as a consequence the services of the Pastoral Care Team, the Learning Support Teacher, the Guidance Counsellor, and the Behaviour for Learning Teachers support the work of teachers in the classroom to facilitate the enhancement of the student experience.

This Code of Behaviour is the set of programmes, practices and procedures that together form the school’s plan for helping students in the school to behave and perform well.

We respect and encourage the collaborative role of parents in the implementation of this policy.

3.0  The National Educational Welfare Board states the following in relation to high standards of behaviour :

3.1  “Standards are the means by which the school will:

  • Provide clarity for students about the school’s high expectations for their behaviour
  • Set goals for students that will guide them in moving towards mature appropriate behaviour
  • Serve as a practical tool for teaching and learning

3.2  Standards of behaviour should reflect values such as:

  • Respect for self and others
  • Kindness and willingness to help others
  • Courtesy and good manners
  • Fairness
  • Readiness to use respectful ways of resolving conflict and difficulties
  • Forgiveness

3.3  The standards will describe the commitment that the school expects from students to their own learning and that of their peers. This commitment will include:

  • Attending school regularly and punctually
  • Doing one’s best in class
  • Taking responsibility for ones work
  • Keeping the rules
  • Helping to create a positive environment
  • Respecting staff
  • Respecting other students and their learning
  • Participating in school activities

3.4  Standards are also a way of signalling to members of the school community the kinds of behaviours that are not acceptable in the school, for example:

  • Behaviour that is hurtful (including bullying, harassment, discrimination, and victimisation)
  • Behaviour that interferes with teaching and learning
  • Threats or physical hurt to any person
  • Damage to property
  • Theft

4.0  As a practical response to behaviour standards as set out by the NEWB, the Aims of our Code of Behaviour to Support Learning are:

  1. To provide behaviour guidelines which will support  each student to develop, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
  2. To emphasise and highlight the promotion of good behaviour.
  3. To create an environment where all partners in our school community feel safe, respected and valued.
  4. To promote self – esteem, self – discipline and positive relationships.
  5. To create an ordered and respectful  environment where  pupils and staff can reach their creative and intellectual potential.
  6. To ensure students and parents are aware  of the standards of behaviour required from each student for effective teaching to take place.
  7. To highlight how positive and co-operative behaviour is encouraged, acknowledged and rewarded.
  8. To outline the strategies to be initiated when a student contravenes this Code.

 

 

5.0  Roles and Responsibilities

Every member of the school community has a role to play in ensuring the promotion and effective implementation of this Code.

5.1  The Code as it applies to Students

Each student has a duty to his class teacher and his fellow students to behave in a manner which does not impede the teacher from teaching and his fellow students from learning.

Before specific rules are itemised it should be noted that teachers are in “loco parentis” . As a consequence they are entitled to be respected by all students in the same way that parents are respected in the family home. It is absolutely unacceptable that any student will  attempt to abuse, harass, intimidate or assault  any member of staff while he/she is going about his/her daily  work. It should also be noted that staff members other than  teaching staff are entitled to the same respect and protection.

The following rules as they apply to students will support and underpin this philosophy. They will support good order in the school thereby ensuring students can learn and teachers can teach.

5.2  Classroom Behaviour

  • A Student should enter the classroom in an orderly manner and sit at his allotted desk.
  • A student must be in full school uniform.
  • Books and equipment essential for effective teaching and learning must be in a student’s possession on entering class. They should be placed on the desk as soon as the student is seated.
  • Homework must be produced for each class. If a student does not have his homework completed then he is required to have a note from home explaining why the homework has not been attempted or completed. If a student is absent from a class then it is his responsibility to ensure he has all relevant homework completed.
  • Students are expected to be cooperative at all times while a class is in session.
  • It is a requirement of students that they are respectful at all times to members of staff both inside and outside the classroom setting. Any student who defies a member of staff or who acts in a disrespectful manner will be deemed to have breached this Code and may be withdrawn from class by management. A meeting may be sought with parents and a suspension may follow. A repeat of this type of behaviour may result in the student being referred to the Board of Management where options up to and including expulsion will be considered.
  • Offensive language is absolutely forbidden within the school.
  • Incidents of bullying, name calling or harassment will be considered a serious breach of this Code. The Anti-Bullying Code and the Code of Behaviour will be invoked to address incidents of bullying.
  • A student cannot leave the classroom without the permission of the class teacher.
  • Students are not allowed to eat, drink or chew gum in the classroom or corridors.
  • Before a student leaves a classroom he must check the area around the desk for litter. The student must deposit litter in the appropriate bin BEFORE  leaving the classroom.
  • Students can only leave the classroom for a toilet break at the designated times. If a student requires a toilet break other than the designated times then a doctors’ note will be required.
  • All students are required to have a School Journal. The Journal will be used to take down homework, facilitate notes  from parents to teachers and also from teachers to parents. It must be made available to teachers in the classroom.
  • Students must comply with the specific rules and regulations as they apply to specialist areas such as Science Laboratories, Gym, Metalwork and Woodwork rooms, Art room, Computer Room.
  • Students must assemble quietly outside the classroom door until the teacher allows them to enter.
  • Smoking is absolutely forbidden on the school premises, school grounds, in the vicinity of the school and on all school outings.
  • Students must comply with the school policy on mobile phones. (see separate policy).
  • Students are expected to pick up litter and always keep the school and the grounds clean and tidy. (refer to Green Flag Policy)
  • Chewing gum is forbidden in the school building and campus.
  • Bringing illegal substances into the school for personal use of for distribution is absolutely forbidden. A student who is found in possession of these substances will be referred immediately to the Board of Management

5.3  Respect for International Students

  • All students are expected to adhere to our Code of Diversity
  • Students are expected to recognise and value differences between individuals as a consequence of being born into and living his early years in another country.
  • All students have a duty to promote an atmosphere of inclusiveness in our school.
  • Any student who by his behaviour does not live up to the aims and objectives of our Diversity Code will be dealt with through the Sanction Process linked to this Code of Behaviour.

5.4  Appearance and School Uniform.

The school uniform identifies students with the school. We expect students to wear the uniform with respect and pride. The uniform is also an important element of our safety strategy as students are easily identifiable within the school, when they are on school trips or in the school yard. All items of uniform should have a student’s name attached. This will enable an item to be returned to a student in the event of the item being mislaid.

The Code as it applies to the uniform is as follows:

The uniform consists of:

  • Grey Pants
  • School tie
  • Pale blue shirt
  • Navy V-neck jumper
  • Plain black leather shoes
  • Blue Marine Jacket with School Crest attached.

The following are not permitted:

  • Boots
  • Runners
  • Any type of facial jewellery
  • Hand Jewellery
  • Snood
  • The wearing of any type of badge or symbol that may be considered discriminatory or offensive to others.
  • Sweat shirts, Hoodies or Sports Jackets.

5.5  Student’s responsibility re books and equipment.

  • Students are not allowed to store bags/books in corridors or under
  • Books should have a student’s name on the inside cover to ensure a book can be returned to its owner in the event of being lost.
  • Students should ensure they have books for the six morning classes in their bag BEFORE attending first class in the morning.
  • Books for the three evening classes should be removed from a student’s locker BEFORE he attends the first class in the
  • Students are allowed into the building 10 minutes before the start of afternoon classes. This is adequate time for each student to his obtain his books from his locker
  • It is not acceptable for a student to disrupt a class in order to retrieve a book from his locker.
  • Students are not permitted to access their lockers between
  • Students are required to return to school following the summer break with all necessary books, equipment.
  • Students must have the required equipment for PE. This Includes sports shirt, tracksuit, and runners.
  • The Book Rental Fee must be paid to the school BEFORE the student returns toschool after the summer break. Parents/guardians will be given adequate notice of the deadline for paying the fee. The books are not the property of the student until such time as the third payment of €100 is paid before the beginning of Third Year. We will, where possible, accept an agreed staged payment plan between the parents and the school during the summer to facilitate parents paying off the €100. Please be aware that Books will have to be returned to the school if the payment for the book rental scheme is not paid on or before the deadline. 

5.6  Student’s responsibility to the Environment

  • All students are expected to support the principles underpinning our Green School Policy. This is a separate policy and should be read in conjunction with this Code.
  • Recycling bins must be used in the classroom, corridors and yards.
  • Waste bins are also provided at strategic points around the school and should be used by students
  • A student should never leave a classroom until he has checked that the area around his desk is free from litter. Any litter collected should be deposited in the appropriate bin BEFOREthe student leaves the classroom.
  • Chewing gum is extremely difficult to remove if it comes in contact with school furniture, the school floor, a student’s clothes or hair. Students are therefore not allowed to chew gum in the building or in the campus.
  • It is absolutely forbidden for a student to write or draw on a desk.

Graffiti  on walls or desks makes a very negative visual impact on individual classrooms and on the school building in general.

5.7  Student’s  responsibility in relation to Mobile Phone Usage

Students must turn off mobile phones BEFORE entering the school gates. They must  remain switched off until the student exits the school gate at the end of the school day.

Parents and students are asked to reference the Mobile Phone Acceptable Use Policy which should be read in conjunction with this Code of Behaviour.

5.8  Students responsibility in relation to the School Campus

  • Students are not allowed to encroach on the school gardens at any time.
  • For health and safety reasons students must confine themselves to their designated yard at break times. This is to ensure all students are supervised when in the yard.
  • When leaving the school building and exiting the main school gate students must confine themselves to the footpaths adjacent to the avenue.
  • Students must not congregate between the Fair Hill gate and the steps leading down to the door opposite the Fair Hill entrance. This means that once a student enters the Fair Hill gate he must proceed immediately to the designated yard or entrance door.

5.9  Students responsibility in relation  to Attendance and Punctuality.

There is a direct link between a student’s attendance and his academic attainment. If a student is to reach his academic potential then he must be in school on time ever day for the full duration of the dayA student who is habitually late for school is disrupting the work ethic of the class and the teacher. He is also developing bad habits which will undermine him in Third Level and in an employment environment.

 The school day begins at 8.55am and finishes at 3.45pm.

  • Assembly begins for all students each morning at 8.50am. Students must be on time  for assembly
  • A parent/guardian must write a note in a students’ Journal if;
    • The student is late for school and has a valid reason
    • The student must leave the school during the school day
    • The student has been absent the previous day or number of days.
  • Any student who arrives late in the morning or afternoon must first sign in at the office BEFORE going to class.
  • Family holidays arranged during school time seriously undermine a student’s progress. As a school we are not in favour of students being taken out of school for the purpose of a family holiday.
  • The school is obliged by law to inform the Education Welfare Board if a student has accumulated 20 absent days. Parents will be informed once a student has accumulated 15 absent days.
  • Parents will be informed if a student is persistently late without a valid reason.
  • A student who accumulates three such  lates will be put on a 30 minute detention after school. The date of this detention will be at the discretion of the  Deputy Principal or Year Head.
  • Subsequent lates up to a maximum of 6 will result in the student being put on I hour detention for each late. Once the student has reached the 6thlate the student will receive a Letter 2. Parent/guardians will meet with the Deputy Principal and if necessary the relevant Year Head to seek a resolution to the problem of the student arriving late for class. For each subsequent late a student will be required to attend detention on a Wednesday for a period of 2 hours. This sanction will be applied for a maximum of three lates. If the student is unable to resolve the issue at that stage he will be sent home each day he is late.

Students miss out on teaching and learning when they are taken out for appointments or holidays. they also miss out on homework. As a consequence appointments where possible should be made outside school hours,

  • Students who need to leave the school during the school day to visit the doctor, dentist etc. must have a note in his Journal  signed by a parent/guardian. This note must state the reason for the absence, the time the student will be leaving the school and the approximate time of his return. This note must be presented to either the Year Head, Deputy Principal or Principal for signing BEFOREthe student signs out at the office. The school secretary will check that a member of Senior Management has signed the note before allowing the student to sign the Permission to Leave Register.

5.10  The Code as it applies to School  Examinations.

  • Students are required to be seated in their allocated Examination Centre at least 5 minutes before the start of an examination.
  • Students who are consistently late for examinations will not be allowed to enter a centre and will be sent home if in the opinion of management there is no acceptable reason for being late.
  • Students must have in their possession all equipment required for the examination.
  • Students are required to be in full school uniform for the duration of the examination.
  • A student will be removed from a centre and sent home if his behaviour is such that the ability of other students to concentrate on their work is compromised as a consequence of his behaviour. The student will be allowed back to complete his examinations once the management receive a letter from a parent or guardian confirming that the student will comply with school rules as they apply to examinations.
  • A student who is found to be cheating in an examination will be removed from the Centre and sent home for the remainder of the examination. He will not receive a result for the relevant subject.

6.0  The role of  Management and Teachers in relation to the implementation of the Code

Teachers use their professional expertise in understanding the links between behaviour and learning: their experience of what works to help students to behave well; and their knowledge of the school and of the school community.

However despite the best efforts of our teachers and management, inappropriate behaviour does happen. Minor breaches have a disruptive influence on the classroom setting and in time can lead to the undermining of the learning environment.

Serious misbehaviour can have more long lasting consequences. It can result in the undermining of morale and affect in a very negative way the educational life chances of students. It can cause stress and anxiety for students and staff which is a most undesirable situation for co-operative students and hard-working staff to endure.

The management of the North Monastery Secondary School is very conscious of the need to maintain a classroom and general school environment which supports the learning of every student and facilitates teachers to carry on effective instruction.

When a student begins to display challenging behaviour in the classroom a series of interventions will be introduced in an attempt to get the student back on track.

The following individual interventions  will form the basis for a whole school strategy to address inappropriate behaviour by a student:

6.1  Subject Teacher

The subject teacher is the front line source of support for students. As the leader of learning and someone in an established relationship of trust, the subject teacher will have a strong influence on students’ behaviour.

The subject teacher will deal with routine incidents of misbehaviour through classroom management strategies thus minimising the need for other interventions.  For minor breaches of the Code the subject teacher will;

  • Issue a student with a Letter 1for the following reasons:
    • No homework
    • No materials
    • No extra work
    • No PE gear.
  • Issue the student with a Letter 2 in consultation with the Year Head or Deputy Principal. The Letter 2 will outline the nature of the problem and an invitation to the parent/guardian to meet with the subject teacher.

The teacher may be accompanied by the appropriate Year Head or the Deputy Principal. This meeting will act as an early warning sign for a parent and student and ensures both the school and the parents are co-operating in the interests of the student.

This meeting will plot a course of intervention/s to facilitate the amelioration of the student’s behaviour. Interventions may include some or all of the following; Guidance Counsellor, Behaviour for Learning Teachers, Learning Support Teacher.

Once a Behavioural Plan is decided upon the student will be put on a Yellow Close Supervision Card for a period of two weeks. If at the end of this period the student’s behaviour has improved to the satisfaction of management and the teaching staff then the Yellow Card will be withdrawn.

  • If at the end of the Yellow Cardperiod the student’s behaviour has not improved then a meeting will be arranged with the Principal and Deputy Principal for the student and his parents. This meeting will address the continued inability of the student to comply with the Code. This meeting will also map out further interventions if required. For a two week period following this meeting the student will be issued with a Red Close Supervision Card
  • If at the end of this period the behaviour of the student has not improved the student’s file will be referred to the Board of Management. The Board will discuss all options up to and including expulsion.

6.2   Issuing of Referral Notice.

  • Referral Noticeis a very important link in the continuity chain of behaviour management.
  • It is normally issued by teachers to record a serious incident of misbehaviour in a classroom setting, in the school campus or outside the confines of the school grounds.
  • It records the nature of the infraction and facilitates the recording of action taken by management to address the issues highlighted in the
  • The Referral Noticewill form part of the Student File sent to the Board of Management in serious cases of student

 6.3 Whole class Behaviour Performance Sheet.

  • On occasions it may be necessary for a class to be monitored by all subject teachers.
  • This will consist of a teacher awarding a grade of Behaviour/Performance at the end of a class. The grade will be in Likert Scale Format.
  • The Performance Sheet will be handed in to the office at the end of the school day for consideration by the Year Head in consultation with the Deputy Principal. If the performance of the class is not up to a standard which conforms to this Code, then sanctions will be applied.

7.0  The role of Parents  as it applies to the Code

Parents have a vital role to play in the implementation of the Code. In the following very practical ways they can support their son in his learning by;

  • Ensuring the student’s attendance and punctuality is of the highest standard.
  • When referring to attendance of a student in school The Education Welfare Act states “ where a student is absent from the school at which he is registered during part of a school day, or for a school day, or more than a school day, the parent of the student shall in accordance with procedures specified in the Code of Behaviour prepared by the school under Section 23 of the Act NOTIFY THEPRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL OF THE REASONS FOR THE STUDENT’S ABSENCE”.
  • This absence must be recorded in the student’s Journal.
  • Checking his Homework Journal every night to ensure homework is completed.
  • Supporting the student’s learning by ensuring the student abides by our school rules and policies.
  • Attending Parent-Teacher meetings and any special appointments when requested. Providing the student with all the requisite books and materials for every subject.
  • Ensuring the student attends school every day wearing his full uniform.
  • If there is a change in the home circumstances of a student the parent must inform the school as soon as possible. This includes a bereavement which may upset the student and undermine his ability to concentrate.
  • The parent must inform the school if there is a change in a contact number. Correct information is vital with regard to a contact number particularly in the event of an emergency.

8.0  The Code as it applies to Suspension.

Suspension is defined as “requiring a student to absent himself from the school for a specified period of time”. During a period of suspension the student retains his place in the school.

The Board of Management delegates authority to the Principal to suspend a student. In the absence of the Principal authority for suspension will be transferred to the Deputy Principal.

A student may be suspended for a number of reasons including:

  • If the student’s behaviour has a detrimental effect on the education of other students and the ability of teachers to teach.
  • If the student has behaved in a manner which in the opinion of management constitutes bullying/harassment/intimidation or assault of a member of staff.
  • If following an investigation the student is found to be responsible for damaging school property.
  • If a student’s behaviour brings the name of the North Monastery into disrepute.
  • If the student in the opinion of management following consultation with staff is considered a threat to the safety of students and staff.
  • If a student is involved in physical fighting while on the school premises /campus.
  • Repeated, persistent failure to follow instructions, after other interventions have failed.
  • Refusal to comply with the School Policy on Mobile Phones having been directed to do so by the Principal/ Deputy Principal or teacher.
  • Smoking or consuming alcohol, taking or distributing illegal substances on the school premises or grounds or while on a supervised school outing.
  • Leaving the school premises without permission during the school day without regard for health and safety implications.

8.1  Types of Suspension

8.2  Immediate Suspension

In exceptional circumstances , the Principal may consider an immediate  suspension to be necessary where the continued presence of the student  in the school at the time would represent a serious threat to the safety of students and staff.

It may be necessary where a student despite warnings and interventions continually undermines the work of students and staff to such an extent that students cannot learn and teachers cannot teach.

It may also be necessary in a case where a student is involved in bullying or harassing a staff member within the confines of the school or on social media. In this instance the continued presence of the student in the school would result in the relevant staff member  being unable to function at his/her optimum level of proficiency.

In practice the parent will be contacted by phone and once contact is made the parent/guardian will be made aware of the nature of the infraction. The parent/guardian will be requested to come to the school as a matter of urgency to meet with management. Following this meeting the student will return home with the parent. If the parent is unable to come to the school the student will be sent home.

The parent/guardian will be contacted by letter which will outline the reasons for the Immediate Suspension and also the process which will  be initiated by the school management to address the issue.

There may be a possibility that the Principal may have to refer the student’s file to the Board of Management.

A student will be offered the services of the Guidance Counsellor following his return from suspension.

8.3  Grounds for immediate Suspension

  • Smoking in the school building/campus
  • Fighting in the school building/campus
  • Refusing to comply with an instruction given by a member of staff which undermines the ability of the teacher to teach and students to learn.
  • Directing abusive and threatening language towards a member of staff or a student
  • Threatening a member of staff.
  • Setting off the Fire Alarm.
  • Refusing to hand over his phone in contravention of the Mobile Phone Policy.
  • Harassment/bullying of a student or staff member through the medium of social media.

The grounds listed above may be referred to the Board of Management for consideration up to and including expulsion.

8.4  Automatic Suspension

The Board of Management as part of the school’s policy on sanctions  and  following consultation with the Principal, parents, teachers and students, have decided that particular named behaviours incur suspension as a sanction. Fair procedures will apply in these cases.

In  addition to the grounds for Immediate Suspension the following infractions will result in an Automatic Suspension;

  • Leaving the school during the school day without permission from school management.
  • Not turning up for detention.
  • Turning up late for school as outlined in 6

In the case of an Automatic Suspension the parent will receive a letter outlining the reasons for the suspension and the steps which must be followed by the student if he is to be allowed to return to school.

8.5 Permission to Return to School Form.

The purpose of the Return to School Form is to help the student reflect on the reason he was suspended and how he proposes to behave in future so that he will avoid a further suspension.

  • Before a student returns to school following a suspension he must fill out the Return to School Form.
  • This Form must be signed by a parent/guardian and presented to the Deputy Principal at Assembly BEFORE the student returns to class.
  • The Deputy Principal must be satisfied;
    • The student understands why he was suspended
    • The student has highlighted the section of the Code he has contravened
    • The student has explained the steps he proposes to take to ensure he does not contravene the Code in future.
  • If the student fails to address all issues pertinent to the Return to School Form he will be sent home until the form is filled out to the satisfaction of management.

8.5  Suspension during a House Examinations

This should be used only where there is:

  • A threat to good order in the conduct of the examination
  • A threat to the safety of other students and personnel
  • A threat to the right of other students to do their examination in a calm atmosphere.

The sanction will be treated like any other suspension, and the principles and fair procedures governing suspensions will be applied.

State Examinations

It should be noted that a student who in the opinion of the State Examination Supervisor needs to be removed from a centre during the state examinations, may be required to complete his examinations in another school.

The decision to remove the student from the centre will be taken by the Supervisor. He/she will inform the Department of Education and Skills that the student has been removed.

8.6  Implementing a suspension

The Principal will inform the parents/guardians and the student in writing of the decision to suspend. The letter will confirm:

  • The period of the suspension and the dates on which the suspension will begin and end
  • The reasons for the suspension
  • Any study programme to be followed
  • The arrangement for returning to school, including any commitments to be entered into by the student and the parents/guardians
  • The provision for an appeal to the Board of Management
  • The right to appeal to the Secretary General of the DES.

9.0  Expulsion

The Board of Management of a recognised Secondary School has the authority to expel a student.

A proposal to expel a student requires serious grounds such as that:

  • The student’s behaviour is a persistent cause of significant disruption to the learning of others or the teaching process
  • The student’s continued presence in the school constitutes a real and significant threat to safety
  • The student is responsible for serious damage to property
  • The student behaves in a manner which intentionally or recklessly, seriously interferes with the other’s peace and privacy or causes alarm, distress or harm to another.

9.2  Expulsion for first offence

There may be exceptional circumstances where the Board of Management forms the opinion that a student should be expelled for a first offence. The kinds of behaviour that might result in a proposal to expel on the basis of a single breach of the code might include:

  • A serious threat of violence against another student or member of staff
  • Actual violence or physical assault
  • Supplying illegal drugs to other students in the school
  • Sexual assault
  • The student behaves in a manner which intentionally or recklessly, interferes with the other’s peace and privacy or causes alarm, distress or harm to another.

9.3  Procedures in respect of expulsion

Where a preliminary assessment of the facts confirms serious misbehaviour that could warrant expulsion, the following steps will include:

  • A detailed investigation carried out by the Principal.
  • A recommendation to the Board of Management by the Principal.
  • Consideration by the Board of Management of the Principal’s recommendation; and the holding of a hearing.
  • Following the hearing the Board of Management will state its intention to expel or to recommend some other sanction.
  • If the intention is to expel the Board will contact the Education Welfare Officer and outline the reasons for the intended course of action.
  • The EWO will arrange for consultations over a period of 20 school days.
  • The Board of management may consider it appropriate to suspend a student during this period.
  • Where the twenty – day period following notification to the EWO has elapsed, and where the Board of Management remains of the view that the student should be expelled, the Board of Management will formally confirm the decision to expel. Parents will be notified immediately that the expulsion will now proceed. Parents and the student will be informed of their right to appeal and supplied with the standard form on which to lodge an appeal.

10.0  System of Rewards

It is the policy of the Board of Management of the North Monastery Secondary School to acknowledge and reward students who by their demeanour exemplify good behaviour, co-operation, respect and a positive commitment to learning.

A rewards system creates a positive environment in the school because:

  • It celebrates  and validates achievement, service and effort.
  • It highlights students who work very quietly and diligently throughout the school year.
  • It is not confined to high achievers. It focuses on every student who is trying to reach his potential no matter what level he is at in the ability spectrum.
  • It acknowledges good and respectful behaviour in the classroom and within the confines of the school campus.
  • It acknowledges service to the school in areas such as the Green Flag Initiative,

The Yellow Flag Initiative, Service in the local community, The School Music Initiative, Commitment to training and playing on school teams, being a team member in the Young Scientist Competition. Member of School Debating Team, Member of School Maths Team, Representing the school at Social, Cultural, and Educational Events

  • The list of positive behaviours highlighted in our Hidden Hero Merit Sheet will also form part of the System of Rewards.

10.1  Operation of the Awards System in Practice

  • All students entering the school at the beginning of the academic year will be awarded 1000 points.
  • Points are added when they are given by individual teachers and management.
  • Points are deducted when a student displays behaviour which is not in keeping with the aims of the Code.

10.2  Awarding of points

Points will be awarded for the following :

  • Any of the qualities highlighted in the Hidden Hero Merit Award Booklet: + 10 points
  • Member of Yellow Flag Committee, Member of Green Flag Committee, Representative team member: + 10 points
  • Significant improvement in school/class tests: + 10 points 
  • In the top 5 students in each subject in class/end of term tests: + 20 points
  • No recorded lates per term: + 10 points
  • No yellow card per term: + 20 points
  • No suspension per term: + 20 points
  • Full attendance in school per term: + 20 points
  • End of term report from teachers
    • Good Effort: + 20 points
    • Very Good Effort: + 30 points
    • Excellent Effort: + 50 points
    • Outstanding Effort: + 80 points 

Achievement Certificates

These Certificates will be presented to students at the end of the academic year.

The Certificates are based on an accumulation of points awarded for positive behaviour.

The following Certificates will be presented:

  • Bronze Certificate will be awarded to a student who achieves between 1250 and 1500 points
  • Silver Award will be awarded to a student who achieves between 1501 and 1750 points.
  • Gold Certificate will be awarded to a student who achieves between 1751 to 2000 points.
  • A Certificate of Excellence will be awarded to a student who achieves above 2000 points.

10.3   Points will be deducted for the following:

  • Any of the infractions listed as incurring an Immediate Suspension: – 100 points
  • Any infraction which results in an Automatic Suspension: – 100 points
  • Any infraction or number of infractions which result in the issuing of  a Yellow Card: – 50 points
  • Any infraction or repeat infractions which result in the issuing of a Red Card: – 80 points
  • Each time a student signs in on the Late Roster: – 15 points
  • Any infraction which contravenes the list of acceptable behaviours as outlined in Section 5.0 of the Code. This excludes infractions which result in suspension: – 15 points

10.4 Meeting with Parents/Guardians

A meeting with Parents/Guardians will be arranged once a student’s points rating drops below 800. The Deputy Principal and relevant Year Head will attend this meeting. If a meeting has been convened due to the issuing of a suspension or possible expulsion then this meeting may be postponed. If the meeting is scheduled then the reason for the deterioration in behaviour will be discussed.

If in the opinion of the Deputy Principal and Year Head the presence of other staff members with specialist skills would be of assistance they will be invited to attend the meeting.

A programme of interventions and a monitoring procedure will be initiated as a consequence of this meeting.

10.4   Recognition of Positive Behaviour.

Students who make a genuine effort to co-operate with the principles and values underpinning the Code and the Merit System may  be recognised and rewarded in the following ways:

  • Letter home to parents/guardians acknowledging good behaviour at the end of each term.
  • Regular celebration of good attendance records at Assemblies.
  • Presentation to students at Assemblies for good behaviour and achievement in examinations.
  • Trips arranged for students who are in the top 10% academically in each Year Group.
  • Trips will be organised to acknowledge students who have made a significant improvement academically.
  • Students who demonstrate improvement in behaviour following an intervention by Behaviour for Learning Teachers will be recognised at assemblies.
  • Individual class groups will be taken on trips when they achieve certain targets set for behaviour and academic performance.

The trips will be organised in October, January, and March.

10.5   Achievement Awards Night

The Annual Achievement  Awards Night is an occasion when as a school community we acknowledge our students for their achievements in all facets of school life.