It is in the interests of pupils, parents and teachers that good relations should exist between home and school. The teachers are willing to discuss any problems that may arise from time to time. With mutual respect and goodwill, most problems can be resolved readily.
1. A parent who wishes to make a complaint about a teacher should arrange to meet firstly with the class teacher with a view to resolving the complaint.
2. If the matter is not resolved, the parent should then arrange to meet with the Principal.
3. If the complaint is still not resolved, a parent should meet with the Chairperson of the Board of Management. List of BOM members are readily available to all parents in school.
1. If the complaint is still unresolved, it should be lodged in writing with the Chairperson of the BOM.
2. The Chairperson should bring the precise nature of the written complaint to the notice of the teacher and seek to resolve the matter within 5 days of the receipt of the written complaint.
Each child, to whom the School Attendance Act applies (that is, those between the ages of 6 and 15) is obliged by law to attend school every day on which the school is in operation unless there is a reasonable excuse for not attending. The school authorities are obliged to notify the Education Welfare Officer when a child is absent regularly (20 days or more) or if a reasonable excuse has not been provided for an absence by the child's parents
1. St. Malachy’s is a Catholic school. Children of other faiths are all welcome to attend. Religious instruction other than that of a Catholic nature will not be provided. Parents who wish their child to be excluded from religious instruction should inform the school.
2. The pupils receive the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion when they are in Second Class, and they receive Confirmation when they are in Sixth Class. The preparation of the children for sacraments is a shared responsibility for pupils, teachers, parents and clergy. Those pupils who do not wish to be involved will be given alternative work, and may at times of practices for Communion for example, be requested to go to another classroom to complete assignments.
3. On certain occasions throughout the school year, the children may participate in prayer services or a class Mass
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
School rules are kept to a minimum and are devised with regard for the health, safety and welfare of all members of the school community. If a school is to function efficiently, it is necessary that rules and regulations are clearly stated and enforced consistently and wisely.
1. Pupils leave and enter the school building in an orderly fashion.
2. Pupils must not behave in any way that endangers themselves or others. Rough play comes into this category.
3. Any form of threatening behaviour to teachers or pupils is unacceptable.
4. All instructions or directions given by the supervising teacher and/or by the classroom assistant should be complied with.
5. Pupils line up in an orderly manner at the end of breaks.
(Available on request Entry Exit Policy)
6. Pupils are not allowed to run on corridors.
7. Pupils may not re-enter the school building during breaks without the express permission of a teacher.
8. If, due to inclement weather, the pupils are allowed to remain indoors, they must remain seated unless given permission to do otherwise by the supervising teacher or classroom assistant. Appropriate entertainment will be provided in each class by teacher.
Rewards for Good Behaviour
Most of the pupils are very well behaved and rewarding good behaviour is an important part of our Code of Discipline. The following strategies may be utilised to reward good behaviour.
1. Note in pupil's homework notebook to convey messages of approval from teachers.
2. A points table is at times kept on a class by class basis. Prizes for best-behaved classes are sometimes awarded.
3. Prizes may be awarded at the end of term for pupils who have not been noted on the yard discipline list.
4. Some free-homework may be given if particular targets are achieved.
5. Extra privileges may be given to those who assist with any aspect of school organisation eg entry exit yard etc..
The following strategies may be used to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour.
1. Reasoning with pupil.
2. Verbal reprimand, including advice on how to improve.
3. Temporary separation from peers, friends and others.
4. Recording of incident of misbehaviour by means of a misbehaviour mark or by a loss of credits.
5. Note in homework journal to parents.
6. Detention during breaks and (in extreme cases) after school detention with prior notification to parents.
7. Withdrawal of privileges. (outings etc… )
8. Extra exercises to write out.
9. Pupils who misbehave frequently may not be allowed to participate in school outings for their own safety and that of the other pupils.
10. Referral to Principal.
Disciplinary Procedures See Code of Behaviour
Truncated Version of Code of Behaviour below
a) Child's name and class recorded; nature of the incident is noted.
b) Report of incident is given to class teacher.
c) Written exercise is set as punishment and signed by both parents where possible.
If incidents are recurrant, a note will be sent home. This note should be signed by both parents where possible and returned to school.
If misbehaviour continues, a note will be sent to parents requesting that they call to the school to discuss the child's behaviour. The child may also be detained during lunch break on a specified day or refused permission to play on the field.
If a pupil misbehaves on a continuous basis, or if there is a serious incident of misbehaviour, it may be necessary to suspend a pupil. Procedures for the suspension of a pupil are as follows:
1. Parent is invited to discuss the matter with the class teacher and the principal.
2. If suspension is being invoked, the parent is informed, and then confirmation of the duration of the suspension is provided in writing.
3. The maximum period of an initial suspension is three school days.
4. A special decision of the Board of Management is necessary to authorise a further period of exclusion up to a maximum of ten school days to allow for consultation with the pupil’s parents. In exceptional circumstances, the Board of Management may authorise a further period of exclusion in order to enable the matter to be reviewed.