Code of Behaviour

Positive Behaviour Policy / Code of Behaviour

Ratified BOM: 02-06-2010


1. All Students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to speak Irish in and outside of class rooms.
2. All Students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to be in attendance every day and that you arrive on time, latest at 9.05 a.m. and before the commencement of classes.
3. All Students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to come in properly prepared for your subjects and your classes.
4. All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to have respect for teachers, staff and visitors of the School.
5. All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to power off mobile phones and other electronic devices, such as MP3 players, I-pods, Nintendo during school time and/or school activities.
6. All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to wear full school uniform.
7. All students in Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to be respectful and have consideration for other students.
8. All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to strive for excellence in their class work and homework.
9. All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to observe the legal requirements regarding the drinking of alcohol and refrain from drinking alcohol associated with all school activities, regardless of age.
10.All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to treat the school building, furniture, equipment, and grounds with the utmost care and respect.
11. All students on Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to observe the Department of Health directive which forbids the smoking of cigarettes on the school grounds premises at all times
12. All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to abstain from taking illicit substances and drugs.
13. All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected not to bring chewing gum into the school and that you refrain from eating food, sweets etc. outside designated areas and times.

Positive Behaviour Policy / Code of Behaviour

Gaelcholáiste Chomáin believes that its Positive Behaviour Policy/Code of Behaviour is firmly rooted in mutual respect for all traditions, justice, the common good and concern for health and safety.

The policy applies: 
Students, parents, principals, administrative staff, teachers from the Coláiste, MSLETB.


1. All Students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to speak Irish in and outside of class rooms.

This means:
    •    That you must speak Irish on school grounds.
    •    That you speak Irish during and between classes.
    •    That you use Irish on the Playing field and during school activities every day.
    •    That you speak Irish on school outings, events away, tours, matches etc.


Because:
    •    It is required as Coláiste Chomáin is a Gael Coláiste
    •    In order for you to participate fully in class. Subjects are taught through Irish.
    •    It causes disruption to the teaching process and the learning environment if you are not fully prepared to use Irish.
    •    You are ambassadors representing the school during activities and trips


2. All Students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to be in attendance every day and that you arrive on time, latest at 9.00a.m. and before the commencement of classes.

This means:
    •    That you are expected to come to school each day it is open unless it is absolutely unavoidable. If you are absent, your parents should contact the school before 9.10am on the day in question. You must also have a medical cert if absent for more than 3 days consecutively/ if you are absent for one day/ two days a note is required signed by your parents explaining your absence on your return.
    •    If you have to leave the school premises for any reason you must first present a note to your year head from your parent/guardian requesting permission or a phone call to the school from a parent/guardian and then sign out at the office where your parent/guardian must also sign once they collect you.
    •    If you are late please report to the school office to sign the late book and present a note from your parent/guardian. If no note is presented for lateness you must sit a lunch time detention.

Because:
    •    Time missed is hard to make up.
    •    The school is entitled by Law to an explanation and the onus is on parents/guardians to provide this explanation.
    •    The school is responsible for the care of all the students during the day.
    •    To avoid disruption to classes
    •    To avoid missing information especially at morning assembly

3. All Students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to come in properly prepared for your subjects and your classes.

This means:
    •    That you have proper pens, textbooks, materials and copies,
    •    That you bring any special equipment needed, e.g. P.E. gear, drawing equipment etc.
    •    That you bring your school journal to each class every day.

Because:
    •    It is impossible to participate fully in class and you cannot do the subject without them.
    •    It causes disruption to the teaching process and the learning environment if you are not fully prepared.

4. All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to have respect for teachers, staff and visitors of the School.

This means:
    •    Being respectful to your teachers, both inside and outside the classroom.
    •    Obeying and carrying out the instructions without causing disruption.
    •    Behaving in a mannerly and respectful way towards all staff in and around the school.
    •    Continuing to show the same respect to all concerned outside the school.

Because:
    •    It is essential that the educational process within the class be allowed to develop and progress in a harmonious fashion.
    •    All persons are entitled to proper respect
    •    All staff members are entitled to their dignity inside and outside the school

The School Management require everybody’s co-operation in making the school a happy and safe place for all.

5. All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to power off mobile phones and other electronic devices, such as MP3 players, I-pods, Nintendo during school time and/or school activities.

This means:
    •    That you are not allowed to use mobile phones or other electronic devices
    •    That you do not borrow some other person’s mobile phone and use it.

Because:
    •    Ring tones cause disruption during class.
    •    Mobile phones and electronic devices have games installed, which tempt users to play them when their minds should be on their work.


The school phone in the secretary’s office is available for sending and receiving of urgent messages for students.

6. All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to wear full school uniform.

This means:
    •    The school expects high standards with regards to dress and appearance.
    •    When you wear the uniform, you are an ambassador for your school in the community. The uniform consists of -Blue shirt/Charcoal trousers Boys, Pinstripe trousers & skirt Girls/ School Jumper with crest.
    •    Facial jewellery should not be worn
    •    Students are expected to wear a full uniform at all times. This is to include occasions when students are off the school premises but are still present as representatives of the school.

Because:

    •    This is the uniform agreed by the parents/guardians, students and school authorities.
    •    It guarantees that all students are treated equally.
    •    It is in line with the Health and Safety Guidelines


7. All students in Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to be respectful and have consideration for other students.

This means:
    •    Being respectful and treating others with good manners and respect.
    •    Not picking on, or bullying others but looking out for each other
    •    Not fighting, either within the school grounds, or arranging fights outside of the school property.
    •    That you do not push or shove your way around but walk.
    •    That you do not get involved in “running games”, messing or hyper-activity inside the school building.
    •    That you respect other students’ property.
Because:
    •    Like you, they are entitled to respect.
    •    This causes fear, misery and hurt and makes school an unhappy place for some
    •    It can cause serious injury
    •    It can lead to serious trouble as well as causing accidents.

8. All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to strive for excellence in their class work and homework.

This means:
    •    That you listen to the teachers
    •    That you don’t disturb the class
    •    That you do your homework each night, written and oral
    •    That you always carry your homework journal and record your homework in it.
Because:
    •    Journals must be signed by parent/guardian each week
    •    The teacher is only trying to help and support you in your learning
    •    It’s unfair to others who wish to learn
    •    Homework is a back-up to the work done in class
    •    It helps you remember what you have to do.

9. All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to observe the legal requirements regarding the drinking of alcohol and refrain from drinking alcohol associated with all school activities, regardless of age.


This means;
    •    That if you are under the legal age limit you do not participate in the drinking of alcohol.
    •    That students are not allowed to bring alcoholic drink onto the premises at any time, regardless the age.
    •    That if you are involved in any school activity that you do not drink alcohol while so involved, regardless the age.
    •    That if you have recently consumed any alcoholic drink that you are not allowed on the school premises, regardless of age.

Because;
    •    It is against the Law
    •    It damages young’s people health.
    •    It can cause serious disruption of the atmosphere of the school.
    •    It is very important to attend in a fit and sober state with your full faculties to participate in all school activities.

10.All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to treat the school building, furniture, equipment, and grounds with the utmost care and respect.

This means;

    •    That you do not destroy or deface any part of the structure of the school.
    •    That you do not break or damage any of the schools property.
    •    That you do not litter or dirty any of the schools classrooms, corridors, general areas or grounds.

Because

    •    The standard of cleanliness of the school reflects on all the occupants of the school, both staff and students.
    •    The cost of repairing and replacing broken equipment may be a burden on you, your parents.
    •    It is important for each individual to protect the school environment and to make sure that it remains a clean and healthy place to work and study in.

11. All students on Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to observe the Department of Health directive which forbids the smoking of cigarettes on the school grounds premises at all times

This means;
    •    That you do not smoke cigarettes inside the school building or school grounds at any time.


Because;
    •    It is against the Law
    •    It cause danger of fire
    •    Smoking is unhealthy.
    •    School is a smoke free zone.

12. All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected to abstain from taking illicit substances and drugs.


This means;
    •    While you are associated with Gaelcholáiste Chomáin, you do not possess or take any illegal drugs or substances.
    •    That you do not bring any such items onto the school premises at any time or attempt to sell them to others.


Because;
    •    It is against the Law.
    •    It is very unhealthy and dangerous habit to form which can lead to serious ill- health and death.
    •    It is morally wrong to involve others in this activity.
    •    This school and its community have a duty to lead by good example and nothing should be allowed to tarnish this good reputation.

13. All students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin are expected not to bring chewing gum into the school and that you refrain from eating food, sweets etc. outside designated areas and times.

This means;
    •    That no chewing/ bubble gum is allowed inside the school premises and that it must be disposed of in the bins provided
    •    That eating in classrooms and during classes is prohibited

Because;
    •    Chewing / Bubble gum destroys carpets, clothes, furniture etc,
    •    Chewing in class is disruptive and food disposed of in classrooms is unhygienic and draws vermin.
The Code of Positive Behaviour Policy / Code of Behaviour has been explained to me and I fully understand it and agree to compile to the rules.


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