CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE PUPILS OF ST. PETER’S NATIONAL SCHOOL

 

GENERAL:
 
St. Peter’s National School is a Primary School dedicated to providing our pupils with a good academic education in a supportive, friendly and Christian atmosphere.  School by its nature is an ordered community where the educational activities it offers are designed to help develop the talents and gifts of each pupil.
 
The basis of the code is RESPECT:
a. Respect for self and fellow pupils
b. Respect for adults
c. Respect for property
 
The school day begins at 8.50a.m. PLEASE BE ON TIME. Late comers disrupt the class and lose out on valuable teaching time.  Encourage your child to be independent from an early age.  PLEASE LEAVE YOUR CHILD AT THE MAIN DOORS of the school and allow them to enter the school premises/classroom ON THEIR OWN.
 
School Timetable:
School closes for Junior and Senior Infants at 1.30p.m.
School closes for 1st to 6th Class at 2.30p.m.
There is a 10 minute break from 10.20a.m. to 10.30a.m.
Lunch break is from 12 noon to 12.30p.m.
 
Full school uniform must be worn EVERY DAY except on P.E. day when the school tracksuit will be worn.  PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHES ARE LABELLED.
 
 
HOMEWORK:
 
1. The interest that parents show in their children is of vital importance to the child’s success.  This code is for the benefit of everyone learning and working in the school.  Please read the rules with your child/children.
2. Homework is given for two main reasons – one as a consolidation of work done in school and the other to afford parents the opportunity to interest themselves in their child’s education.  Ensure that homework is done in a quiet area.  Regulate children’s television/computer use.
3. Parents should ensure that homework is allocated due time and effort by the child and is properly presented.  In the middle and senior classes ‘memory work is vital’ – tables, spellings, Irish, verbs, grammar, history, geography, summaries, etc.  Encourage your child to read.
4. Homework journals must be signed by parent/guardian each evening.  A note will be sent to parent/guardians of children who do not do homework.  Parents/Guardians should sign weekly tests also and ensure that corrections are done and learned.
 
 
 
MEANS OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PARENT/GUARDIAN AND SCHOOL
 
It is not necessary to phone the school if your child is sick – a note , NOT in the child’s homework journal – but on a separate sheet of paper on the day of the child’s return to school is sufficient.  Please do not phone or ask to speak to the class teacher during school times.  If you wish to make an appointment to meet the class teacher please send a note to make the appointment.
 
 
Parents/Guardians and teachers may communicate by:
 
1. Writing a note in the pupil’s homework journal.
2. Writing a letter or a note.
3. Making an appointment – put a note in the homework journal or telephone the school.  An annual Parent/Teacher meeting takes place to discuss and evaluate your child’s progress.  Further meetings are arranged by appointment.  Please do not disturb the teacher during class time or enter the school at 8.50a.m. to see the teacher.
4. Parents/Guardians contact the Principal or vice versa.
5. The school will advise Parent/Guardian of school closure via the  calendar at the start of the year and of events by notes home.
6. Parents are obliged to notify the school in writing regarding ALL absences, change of address or change of telephone numbers etc.
7. Please tell the Principal or the teacher, in confidence, anything you feel which might affect the child’s performance in school; of particular importance is that the teacher be made aware of any physical conditions i.e. hearing problems, vision problems etc.
8. Reports are sent to parents in  June.
 
 
PLAY PERIODS:
 
1. Be conscious of the safety and well-being of others.
2. Serious fighting, “pretend” fighting, pushing, shoving, wrestling, all forms of violence and general rough and rowdy behaviour within the school building are strictly forbidden.
3. Bad language, swearing, name-calling and cheek towards teachers or any member of staff are strictly forbidden.
4. Kicking, spitting or hitting other children forbidden.
5. No pupil may leave play sections in the yard or their classroom without permission of the teacher on duty.
6. Rules for break time must be observed, i.e. silence on the bell/whistle or freeze/walk to line/line up to roll book order.
 
CLASSROOM BEHAVIOUR:
 
1. Insolence in any form will not be tolerated by staff.
2. School bags must be kept inside the tables.
3. Room/floor area should be kept tidy.
4. No individual pupil will be allowed, through disruptive behaviour, to deprive any class of teaching time.
5. Pupils may never leave the room or building without permission.
 
All pupils are expected to behave in a manner acceptable to the school while wearing the school uniform.  Bad or unacceptable behaviour (i.e. fighting, bad manners, etc.) en-route to or from school will be treated as a serious breach of school discipline.
 
 
NO PUPIL MAY LEAVE THE SCHOOL PREMISES DURING SCHOOL HOURS WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION.  A PARENT MUST COME TO SIGN THE PUPIL OUT OF THE SCHOOL.  CHILDREN WILL ONLY BE BROUGHT TO THE OFFICE WHEN THE PARENT ARRIVES IN THE SCHOOL TO COLLECT THE PUPIL.
 
 
MEDICATION IN SCHOOL:
 
Parents are required to give the school a CURRENT accurate medical history of their child.  If your child requires medication during the school day – antibiotic etc. YOU MUST SEND IN A NOTE WITH YOUR CHILD GIVING THE SCHOOL STAFF PERMISSION TO ADMINISTER THE MEDICATION AND STATING THE TYPE OF MEDICATION, DOSAGE, AND TIME TO BE ADMINISTERED.  
 
This note, on a separate sheet of paper, must be signed by a parent.  In certain circumstances parents may be required to come to the school to administer medication to their children themselves.  NO MEDICATION SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL WITHOUT A COVERING LETTER.
 
 
BULLYING BY INDIVIDUALS EITHER PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY OR PSYCHOLOGICALLY WILL INCUR THE MOST SEVERE SANCTIONS.
 
 
 
 

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