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Whitecross Primary School Code of Discipline

If the school is to achieve a happy, secure environment in which children can develop to their full potential, it is necessary to provide a framework, which promotes constructive behaviour and discourages unacceptable behaviour.  The aim is to ensure that the individuality of each child is accommodated while acknowledging the right of each child to an education in a relatively disruption free environment.  The school also recognises the variety of differences between children and the need to tolerate these differences. The school code places a greater emphasis on rewards than on sanctions, and the ideal is that pupils will acquire self-discipline. Our fundamental aim is that positive discipline will be at the basis of our discipline code. Every effort will be made to ensure that the code of discipline is implemented in a reasonable, fair and consistent manner.

Aims of our Code of Discipline

To help create a positive, stimulating, learning environment in which every pupil can benefit from the school.help pupils become more self-disciplined, and to encourage good standards of behaviour at home, at school and locally based on consideration, respect and tolerance for others.maintenance of good order throughout the school and respect for the school environment.

Whitecross Primary School Rules

Our School Rules are devised with regard for the health, safety and welfare of all members of the school community.  If a school is to function properly and efficiently, it is necessary that the rules and regulations are clearly stated and enforced consistently and wisely.

Pupils must show respect for teachers, parents and fellow pupils at all times.property and the property of others must be treated with respect.  Interfering or damaging school property, i.e. writing on walls, tables, etc. will be regarded as a serious offence. also need to respect and take care of their own property, especially books, copies and uniform.behaviour or foul language will not be tolerated in the school.indoors, pushing, jostling and any sort of rough play is not permitted.up properly for class is important.should be truthful and honest at all times.child is allowed leave the school grounds without permission.should be careful coming to and leaving school.standards of hygiene should be required at all times throughout the school.  Children are encouraged to use the litter bins to keep the school and the grounds tidy.are expected to wear the school tracksuit or school uniform.are not permitted for boys in the school.only are permitted for girls.all pupils participate in daily Physical Education activities, necklaces or rings are not to be worn in school.absences shall be explained by written notification, preferably in the homework diary.is encouraged at all times.  Children should arrive in school no later than am.use of mobile phones is strictly forbidden during school hours. The school phone is accessible for a pupil to contact home in urgent situations.    your child is in school he/she will be known by the names (Christian name and Surname) that is on his/her Birth & Baptismal Certificate.  The school will only change the name if evidence of changing name by deed poll is made available to the Principal of the school.  Slang name-calling, surnames or nicknames is discouraged, as we would like all children to be treated with respect.following are not permitted on the school premises:
Eating during class time.articles, i.e. knives, sharp objects, aerosols, matches, lighters or any object that is considered a danger to any pupil or others.drinks, crisps, sweets, chewing gum or any other junk food.most serious view will be taken by the Board of Management of the introduction of abusive substances to the school.

Examples of Misbehaviour

In Class:  Continuously talking / Disrupting out of turn / Cheeky behaviour / Distracting others / Untidy work/ Regularly not listening/ Little or no effort at class or homework/ Leaving place if teacher is out of class/ Telling lies.

In Playground:     Fighting / Kicking / Rough play / Foul language /
Name-calling / Spitting / Littering.

Serious Misbehaviour:Bullying / Mitching / Stealing / Aggressive, threatening or violent behaviour towards a teacher or pupil / deliberate damage to school property / Leaving school grounds without permission.

Procedures to Deal with Misbehaviour

The class teacher deals with it and may impose a sanction on the child. The class teacher will also record incidents of misbehaviour in his/her class journal.the problem persists the teacher shall consult the Principal or parents, in the hope of solving and helping the child. The Principal may record such incidents in his School Journal.the case of serious misbehaviour the Principal, the teacher and the parents may need to have ongoing discussions to monitor the situation.school will also keep a yard incident book to record both good and poor behaviour.


The following strategies may be used to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour:
Reasoning with pupil.reprimand, including advice on how to improve.separation from peers, friends and others (eg detention).additional work signed by parents.call from teacher or principal.with a more junior class.good behaviour in a more senior class.of incident of misbehaviour in the incident book signed by the offender.signed by pupil (& parents) to behave.during breaks.to Principal.

Pupils who misbehave frequently (particularly pupils who refuse to obey a teacher) and who have no remorse for their actions will not be allowed to participate in school outings for their own safety and that of others.  Although incidents of misbehaviour are recorded, the emphasis is on encouraging children to behave well and praise is given for commendable behaviour.  Parents will be informed at an early stage if problems occur and not simply at the point where a crisis has arisen.  At times, it has been suggested by some parents that the matters to which their attention is being drawn are of a trivial nature, and that there was no necessity to have informed them that their child had misbehaved.  The response to this is that while the misbehaviour may appear to be of a trivial nature, it is the cumulative effect of such breaches of the rules, which is important as it undermines the ethos of the school.

For gross misbehaviour or repeated instances of serious misbehaviour, suspension will be seriously considered by the Board of Management.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Bullying is repeated aggression, either verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against others.  Isolated incidents of aggressive behaviour, which should not be condoned, cannot be described as bullying.  It may manifest itself in many forms such as physical aggression, damage to property, extortion, intimidation, isolation, name-calling and “slagging”.  At the centre of our school’s response to bullying is the continued development of a positive school climate, which focuses on respect for the individual.  It is an important element of school policy to raise awareness of bullying as a form of unacceptable behaviour.

Procedures for Noting and Reporting an Incident of Bullying Behaviour

All incidents of bullying, no matter how trivial, will be investigated and dealt with by the teacherscases of bullying behaviour by pupils are to be referred immediately to the Principal.involved will be interviewed individually and then collectively.with parents will be necessary if behaviour continues.will keep a written record of all serious incidents of misbehaviour.

Anti-bullying Code in Whitecross Primary School

Every pupil has the right to enjoy his/her time in Whitecross Primary Schoolfree from bullying, both in school and on their journey to and from school.
Our school will not tolerate any unkind actions or remarks, even if these were not meant to hurt.
Pupils should support each other by reporting all instances of bullying.
Bullying is regarded as a very serious matter; no child has a right to strike another, even in “self-defence”.

Definition of Bullying: When a student is teased repeatedly in a way he or she does not like.

It is made clear to pupils that when they report incidents of bullying they are not telling tales but are behaving responsibly.  It is important to counteract a culture which may associate “telling” with “informing”.  Encouraging a child to strike back is mistaken because it does not address the reasons for the bullying behaviour and it could also result in a child being seriously hurt if the bully is more adept at fighting.

Examples of Positive Discipline employed in the school.

  • Praise

  • Comments in copy

  • Comments in Homework diary

  • Phone call home

  • Student Council

  • Extra computer time

  • Visit to principal

  • Commendation at assembly

  • Special jobs

  • Certificates

  • Point system/merit marks

  • Class Groups

  • Special class treats

  • Homework Passes

  • Regular reassignment of seating positions in class.

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