Code of Behaviour

Rationale:
The Code of Behaviour is necessary and requires regular review for the following reasons:
 To ensure an orderly climate for learning in the school
 To fulfil the requirement under the Education Welfare Act 2000, Section 23 (1) which refers
to the obligation on schools to prepare a code of behaviour in respect of the students
registered at the school. It details in Section 23 (2), that the code of behaviour shall specify:
A. The standards of behaviour that shall be observed by each student attending the school;
B. The measures that may be taken when a student fails/refuses to observe those standards;
C. The procedures to be followed before a student may be suspended or expelled from the
school concerned;
D. The grounds for removing a suspension imposed in relation to a student and
E. The procedures to be followed relating to notification of a child’s absence from school.
Aims:
In the Limerick School Project we wish to:
1. Ensure the right of each child to education in a safe and relatively disruption free environment.
2. Ensure that all children will share an understanding of the high standard of behaviour which is
expected in the school environment.
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3. Develop in the child, qualities of independence, self reliance, tolerance and self discipline. It is
our ideal that every child should have a strong sense of responsibility. We would like to see
each child taking responsibility for his/her own actions and being aware of how these actions
affect others as well as his/her own self. In order for quality teaching and learning to occur,
there must be an orderly environment.
4. Develop pupils’ self-esteem and promote positive behaviour.
5. Facilitate the education and development of every child.
6. Foster an atmosphere of respect, tolerance and consideration for one another and the
environment.
7. Promote positive behaviour and self-discipline, recognising the differences between children
and the need to accommodate these differences wherever possible within the confines of
large classes.
8. Assist parents and pupils in understanding the systems and procedures that form part of the
Code of Behaviour and to seek their co-operation in the application of these procedures.
9. Ensure that the system of rules, rewards and sanctions are implemented in a fair and
consistent manner throughout the school.

General School Rules
I agree to:
Respect:
 Follow the “Golden Rule” i.e. treat everybody as I wish to be treated.
 not make personal remarks about another person’s family, their personal habits, their test
results, their clothes, belongings or appearance as remarks can be hurtful and therefore
have no place in our school.
 Include everybody.
 Always be in school at 8.30 a.m.
 Keep my school clean by bringing unfinished food and drinks, cartons, wrappers etc home.
I must use the proper bins.
 Show respect for the property of my fellow pupils, the school building and grounds.
 Be truthful and honest at all times.
 be kind and respectful to all staff and fellow pupils by being mannerly and polite by using
‘please’ and ‘thank you’, taking turns and by remaining silent and orderly in my class line.
 Knock on doors and say ‘excuse me’ when going on messages.
 Not bring toys to school.
 Label my coats/jackets and hang them properly on coat racks.
 Not answer back to any staff member
 Not engage in mock or real fighting.
 Not to upset or embarrass my classmates by sharing small confidences told to me by them.
Safety:
 Be careful coming to and going home from school.
 Move around the school building quietly. This means never running, shouting or pushing,
but being helpful by opening doors, letting people pass and helping to carry things.
 Never leave the school grounds without the permission of the principal.
 Not wear flip-flops.
 Not take a phone to school unless my parents have requested in writing and received
written permission from the principal.
 Never use hands and feet for hitting, pushing or hurting.
 Follow the “Stop and Tell” rule. This means I will ask a child who is hurting me or being
mean to me to stop. If they continue with the bad behaviour I will tell the teacher on duty.
If I see other children getting hurt or being bullied by pupils I will tell a teacher.
Health:
 Take a sensible, healthy lunch to school. Crisps, minerals, chocolate, sweets or chewing
gum are not permitted.
 Be aware of my personal cleanliness.
Class Rules
I agree to:
Respect:
 Behave well in class so that my fellow pupils and I can learn.
 Always do my best in school by listening carefully and working as hard as I can.
 Respect myself and my property, always keeping my bag, books and copies in good order.
 Listen to everyone’s point of view.
 Put my hand up during lessons if I wish to ask or answer a question.
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 Ask permission to use the bathroom.
 Not break or take things in the classroom.
 Follow additional class-specific rules as determined by children with their teacher.
Safety:
 Remain seated at all times in class and while eating lunch.
 Keep my classroom clean and tidy.
 Not use hands and feet for hitting, pushing or hurting.
 On wet days I will sit during breaks and play class games as provided.
 Obtain permission to leave the class from the teacher.
 Sit properly on my chair.
Yard Rules
I agree to:
Respect:
 Follow the instructions of the teacher or SNA on yard duty.
 Play fairly and include everybody in all games.
 Not go through the junior classes to get to my class on the senior side from the yard, unless
directed by a staff member and not enter through the junior classrooms in the morning.

Safety:
 Never run aggressively in the school yard and always show respect for my fellow pupils.
 “Freeze” on the first bell and walk quietly to my line on hearing the second bell.
 Play safely at all times. Anti-social, dangerous or hurtful behaviour is forbidden (e.g.
wrestling, head locks, all forms of the game bulldog, jockey backs, bullying, intimidation,
teasing, jeering, fighting, spitting, kicking, charging in groups, bad language, exclusion).
 Follow the rules of 4 Square, soccer or other yard games.
 Use only one ball per class for four square except for soccer and basketball days (matches
allowed for soccer but only shooting baskets is acceptable).
 Not run through the junior yard.
 Not swing off the gate or trap children against the gate by holding onto the railings.
 To stay out of the garden during yard time.
 Remain in the designated play area and get permission to leave the yard from a teacher.
 Stay out of the alcove and car area in the senior yard.
 Not return unsupervised to the building or classroom for any reason other than the toilet.
 Not lift other pupils on my back.
 Refrain from doing handstands or gymnastics in the yard.

 

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