Code of Behaviour







Dominican College

Griffith Avenue


Catholic Secondary School
 for Girls.







Code of Behaviour


 

Table of Contents

 

Introduction. 3
1.Aims. 3
2.Rights and Responsibilities. 4
3.School Rules. 5
4.Plan for promoting good behaviour. 8
5.Discipline Procedure. 9
6.Suspension. 10
7.Expulsion. 12
8.Implementing the Code of Behaviour. 14
9.Plan for reviewing Code of Behaviour. 14
10.Date of approval by Board and Trustee. 14


 

Introduction

Dominican College Griffith Avenue

is a secondary school for girls in the Roman Catholic tradition whose motto VERITAS imbues all aspects of school life.  The fundamental concern of Dominican education is the development of the whole person and in Dominican College , we strive to develop each student’s self-confidence and to ensure that she realises her full potential in a Catholic environment.  
                          

Mission Statement

 Inspired by our motto VERITAS we strive to realise each individual’s full potential in a Catholic environment.

Context

This Code of Behaviour for Dominican College Griffith Avenue was drawn up in accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, and has been revised in accordance with the NEWB Guidelines (2008) and the values of the school’s mission statement, after consultation with the Board of Management, the Principal, Teachers, Parents/Guardians and Students.  The Code of Behaviour applies to all students who are registered at

Dominican College Griffith Avenue

.  Parents/Guardians and students should familiarise themselves with this code.


The Code of Behaviour is the set of practices and procedures that form the school’s plan for helping students in the school to behave well, to learn well and to help prevent unacceptable behaviour.
It includes:
                The standards of behaviour expected in the school.
                The plan for promoting good behaviour.
                The measures taken in response to unacceptable behaviour.
                The procedures to be followed before a student may be suspended or expelled from the school.                    
 

1.Aims

The aims of the Code of Behaviour  are:
(a)           to educate and train each student to develop self-control, the intelligent use of freedom, and the ability to make decisions in the light of Christian values.
(b)           to develop skills which will enable each student to play an active role in her own learning and to seek a standard of personal excellence.
(c)                 to provide a safe learning and working environment for the whole school community.
(d)                 to encourage school spirit.
(e)                 to ensure that the whole school community is aware of school policies.




 

2.Rights and Responsibilities

Each member of the school community is entitled to courtesy and respect in a safe, learning and working environment.

Students
It is the responsibility of each student:
               
(a)                 to attend school on time every day
(b)                 to wear the full school uniform
(c)                 to participate fully in class and in other school activities as arranged.
(d)                 to observe all school rules

Parents/Guardians
It is the responsibility of each parent/guardian to ensure that students abide fully with this Code of Behaviour.


Teachers
It is the responsibility of each teacher to familiarise him/her self with the Code of Behaviour and to facilitate learning in a supportive and disciplined atmosphere.

Class Tutors
The Class Tutor cares for each student assigned to her/him in the area of Pastoral Care, discipline and communication with parents/guardians, staff and others. It is the responsibility of the Class Tutor to explain and promote the Code of Behaviour.

Discipline Committee
The Discipline Committee is formed by arrangement each year and consists of (a) a Class Tutor (b) an appointed Assistant Principal and (c) the Deputy Principal.  As part of the Discipline Procedure, if a student’s behaviour fails to improve following repeated suspensions/Reports, then the student will appear before the Discipline Committee.  Parents/Guardians may be present at this meeting.

Deputy Principal
The Deputy Principal shares with the Principal the responsibility for making such policies and procedures known to all students, parents/guardians and staff and to ensure, as far as possible, consistency and fairness in their application. The Deputy Principal assumes the responsibility of the Principal in the Principal’s absence.

Principal
The Principal shares with the Board of Management the responsibility for making such policies and procedures known to all students, parents/guardians and staff and to ensure, as far as possible, consistency and fairness in their application.
The Principal is responsible to the Board of Management for implementing policies and procedures which will ensure acceptable standard of behaviour by students. 

Board of Management
It is the responsibility of the Board of Management to prepare the Code of Behaviour in respect of students registered at the school, after consultation with the Principal, teachers, parents/guardians and students, and in accordance with such guidelines as may be issued by the National Education Welfare Board.  It is also the responsibility of the Board to ensure that the Code of Behaviour is reviewed on a regular basis.  

 


 

3.School Rules

Summary

  1. Politeness, courtesy and respect for all members of the school community are essential at all times.



    1. Students will attend school every day, unless prevented by a serious reason.
    2. Students will be in school by 08.35 at the latest.
    3. Students will be in time for each class.
    4. Students will stay within the school grounds during school hours unless they have written permission to leave.
    5. Students will have School Journal, books and all other requirements with them at each class



    1. Students will co-operate with all members of staff (teaching and non teaching)  at all times.
    2. Students will study diligently both in class and when doing homework.



    1. Full school uniform will be worn at all times.
    2. Gym uniform, Science coat and Home Economics coat will be worn as appropriate.


The detailed implications of these rules will be explained by the Class Tutor at the start of each school year.  A copy is incorporated in the School Journal.

The Board of  Management, in consultation with the Principal, has the right to change these rules as necessary.

The Board of Management cannot accept any responsibility for the property of students or others.
Respect

All members of the school community have the right to work in an atmosphere conducive to learning and free from intimidation

  1. Students are responsible for their own good behaviour.
  2. Students will use appropriate language at all times
  3. Students will show respect to all members of staff (teaching and non teaching) in the following ways:
    1. Students will give way and open doors.
    2. Students will stand and greet members of staff who enters classroom/hall.
    3. Students will address teachers appropriately and follow all directions exactly and immediately.
  4. Students will show respect to each other in the following ways:
    1. Students will walk in an orderly manner on the left hand side of the corridor.
    2. Students will allow others to pass unimpeded on the corridors.
  5. Students will show respect for the school environment in the following ways:
    1. Students will not chew gum.
    2. Students will leave all areas of the school perfectly clean and tidy at all times
    3. Students will place litter in appropriate bins
    4. Students will eat and drink in designated areas at designated times only.
    5. Students will avoid leaving bags unattended
    6. Students will position bags safely.
    7. Students will respect school property by not defacing or damaging it.  If damage is done it will be made good by student(s) concerned.
  6. Students will not smoke, drink or take illegal drugs in the school premises, grounds or while in uniform or at any school related activity.   This rule will also cover the possession of cigarettes, matches, lighters, liquid Tippex or other similar products, alcoholic drink and drugs.   It also extends to the supply, aiding or abetting of another in smoking, drinking or illegal drug taking.
    Smoking on the school premises and grounds is forbidden  by law and the authorities of the school have the right to inform the Gardaí if a student is found  doing so. The right to inform the Gardaí also applies in the case of a student found with illegal drugs.


  7. In order to prevent back/posture problems students will see that they put only what is necessary for class in their bags.


  8. For safety reasons Students will use the designated areas of school grounds. The back of the school and behind the school gym are “Out of Bounds” to students.  Students will respect the area outside the Staffroom, Secretary’s office, Principal’s office or Board Room.



Attendance and Punctuality

  1. Students will attend school in accordance with the school calendar.
    1. In the case of a necessary absence, a note will be written by the parent/guardian in the student’s Journal and given to the Class Tutor on the first day of the student’s return. This note will specify clearly the reason for, and duration of, absence as required by law. If absence can be anticipated a note will be given to the Tutor beforehand.
    2. If a student must leave school early a note will be written in the student’s Journal requesting this permission and given to the Tutor.   A telephone call will not suffice. Students will sign out of school before leaving early.    Appointments for dentists and doctors will be made for times outside school hours, as far as possible.
    3. Student attendance will be marked by the class teacher at first period each morning.  Students who arrive late to school will register their presence with the office staff or teacher on supervision
  2. Students will be in time for all classes.
  3. Students will take out books, Journals and other requirements in readiness for class as soon as they enter the class room.
  4. As far as possible students will use toilets during breaks and, with prior permission, between classes.
  5. Students will use lockers before first class, at Break and Lunch and after last class only.
  6. All students will attend Social Education class and no other activity can be carried out at this time.


Work

 

In order to realise their individual potential, students will pay careful attention in class.  Students will not disrupt class in any way.

  1. Students will have books and all requirements for class.
  2. Homework is to be recorded in the school Journal for every class.
    Homework consists of:
    1. a thorough review of all work covered in class
    2. set oral and written work
    3. revision.
  3. All written work will be handed up in time and be of the highest quality in terms of effort and presentation.  Oral work will be known thoroughly.


Parents/Guardians are requested to see that all work is done each night and at weekends.
The minimum time that should be spent on study each night and at weekends is as follows:
1st/2nd Year - 2 hrs, 3rd Year - 3 hrs, 4th Year - as arranged,  5th/6th Year  - 3.5 hrs.
               


 

Uniform and other property


1                     Full uniform, as prescribed in Suppliers Uniform List, will be worn each day.
2                     Students are expected to be clean and tidy and have “a natural hair colour”.
3                     All personal belongings will be kept in good condition and will be clearly marked with student’s full name, with indelible marker and in a clearly visible place.  A second ‘secret’ mark is also advisable.
4                     Students will wear the prescribed school jacket from the day after midterm in November to St Patrick’s Day and on all other wet or cold days.   Alternative jackets may not be worn.
5                     Only low heeled, or flat black leather walking shoes will be worn, except at Gym/games, where white supported runners will be worn.
6                     Students, who, for a serious reason, do not have the correct uniform, will have a note, from a parent/guardian, written in their Student Journal explaining the reason.   This excuse will normally stand for one day only.  Students may be sent home for failure to wear full uniform.
7                     Make-up will not be worn.  Jewellery is limited to one small pair of earrings/studs, one watch and one ring.   Under no circumstances will rings, pins etc.  be worn in nose, eyebrows etc.
8                     Students will take responsibility for their own belongings.  Valuable items are advised to be left at home.   Money should not be left in the pockets of coat/skirt.  Should it be necessary to bring a large sum of money to school it should be placed in an envelope, with name of student, and given to the Principal/(via the office staff) to put in the safe until required. 
9                     To facilitate a good learning environment, and prevent distraction, CD players, I–pods and MP3 players will not be brought to the school.  
10                  In accordance with our Health and Safety Policy and Dignity in the Workplace guidelines, videoing or recording of staff/students is not permitted.  All mobile phone will be switched off on entry to the school grounds and left in the student’s locker for the entire school day.  They must not be used again until the student has left the school grounds.


Please note
Parents/Guardians who wish to contact a student urgently during the school day will ring the school office.
Students who need to contact their parents/guardians during the school day will request permission from their Class Tutor/ School office.


 

General

1                     School is officially open from 08.25 - 15.40.
2                     Supervised study is offered to students who wish to stay on after school, under the following arrangements. Supervised study is announced at the start of each term and is offered to examination students first and then, if there are places, to 5th and 2nd years on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
3                     Parents/Guardians wishing to meet teachers or the Principal will make an appointment except in cases of real emergency.
4                     All notes will be written in the Student Journal and dated.
5                     Students will take responsibility for work missed due to absence of any kind.

4.Plan for promoting good behaviour.


In line with our mission statement, we aim to reinforce positive behaviour. Teachers and other school staff promote good behaviour by;
a.                    involving students and parents/guardians in the development of the Code of Behaviour.
b.                   ensuring that the Code of Behaviour is understood and implemented in a fair and consistent way.
c.                    setting high expectations for students’ behaviour.
d.                   modelling the behaviour that is expected of students.
e.                    ensuring good school and class routines.
f.                     using the positive legends provided in the School Journal to acknowledge good behaviour and effort.

Good relationships are fostered between teachers and students through positive everyday interactions.

Good inter-student relationships are fostered through the promotion of our Anti-Bullying Policy throughout the year, and in particular during Friendship Week.

The school commendation/reward system acknowledges good behaviour and ensures recognition of positive contributions to school life in the following ways;


a.                    congratulations are extended to students following successful outcomes at matches, debates and  competitions over the PA System and at Assembly on a regular basis.
b.                   All Years have end of year award ceremonies to celebrate their achievements in academic, sporting and civic spirit areas.
c.                    The Transition Years have an Open Night which allows them to proudly display their work for the year to their parents/guardians, the Board of Management, the members of the staff and to their fellow students. They are presented with certificates for their work and special awards are made to those who made outstanding contributions in a variety of areas.

Students with special educational needs may require help to understand and observe the Code of Behaviour . Students with learning difficulties may need to be taught how to relate cause and effects of behaviour in more tangible ways.  Sanctions may be needed to help a student with special educational needs to learn about appropriate behaviour and skills, as in the case of any student. 





Failure to obey the school rules will make students subject to the Discipline Procedure of the school.


 

5.Discipline Procedure

1.      Teacher to correct the student and/or write in Student’s Journal
2.      Serious offences will be given a weighting of two marks and less serious offences will be given a weighting of one mark.  If a student acquires six bad marks in her journal in any one week the TUTOR, using appropriate discretion, will put the student on DETENTION.  If more than six bad marks are acquired the student will be put on Report (see Journal – Report Form to be signed at start or end of class as directed by Tutor) as well as Detention.
3.      Attendance at Detention supercedes all other activities.  Should a student be more than 5 minutes late for Detention she will be given a second Detention.
4.      If student has been given two Detentions (in any 8 week period) or  does not turn up for Detention,  the Tutor will  put the  student on Report for one week, (unless she is absent on the day of Detention – in which case she will do the Detention when she returns).
5.      Repeated or very serious ‘wrong doings’ will be   written by the teacher in the REPORT BOOK as well as in the Student Journal.
6.      If the student makes a significant improvement a ‘good’ report will be written in the Journal/Report Book.
7.      Tutors will put student ON REPORT for unexplained absences from school, repeated late coming, poor work and misconduct as appropriate.
8.      In the event of continued misconduct/lack of work/late coming or unexplained absences – the Tutor will ring parents/guardians and put student on Report for two weeks.
9.      If there is further misconduct/lack of work/late coming, the Tutor will require parents/guardians of student to come to school to discuss the matter.
10.   If student does not make a significant improvement or in the case of very serious misconduct the matter is to be reported to the Principal/Deputy Principal who will speak to the student.
11.   If after this a student does not make significant improvement or in case of serious misconduct the matter is to be reported by the Tutor to the Principal/ Deputy Principal.  Discussion will take place as to the best next step.  (e.g. further report/suspension/parents/guardians to come in again)
12.   All above steps will be accompanied by reports written in Student Journal and Report Book.
13.   Re instances of grave misconduct some or all of the above steps (1 – 9) may be omitted by Tutor/Deputy Principal/Principal.
14.   Accompanying and in conjunction with the above, help, if appropriate, can be given by the Chaplain/Career Guidance Counsellor.
15.   When deemed appropriate, the Tutor will meet with Class Teachers to check on Class/individual Students.
16.   Suspension will be considered by the Principal (in accordance with agreed procedures for suspension) when the above steps have not proved fruitful.
17.   Automatic suspension will be imposed for the following:
a.                 bad language/offensive actions used to or in reaction to any Member of Staff
b.                 blatant disobedience/refusal to do as told when it is obvious that the  student is at fault
c.                 physical violence towards any person.
d.                 smoking,  having/taking/distributing drugs or alcohol.
e.                 having camera or recording mobile phone in school (not in their locker)
18.   If repeated suspensions/Reports fail, then the student will appear before the Discipline Committee.  Parents/Guardians may be present at this meeting.
19.   Students who are suspended will be reported to the Board of Management.
20.   The Principal may ask the Board to consider further action, e.g. longer suspension or inviting parents/guardians to meet with Board.  When all else has failed, the Principal (in accordance with agreed procedures for expulsion) will make a recommendation to the Board to consider expulsion.  The Board of Management reserves the right to expel the student permanently.
21.   The Board of Management reserves the right to decide if students who are involved in criminal activity, e.g. drug offences, violence etc., within or away from the school campus, should be expelled from the school.
22.   Cases of suspensions and expulsions may be appealed to the relevant authorities.
In all cases the principles of natural justice will be observed

6.Suspension  

According to NEWB Guidelines, suspension is defined as requiring the student to absent herself from the school for a specified, limited period of school days. 

Authority to suspend.
The Board of Management has the authority to suspend a student.  This authority is delegated to the Principal in the case of suspensions of up to three days.

Grounds for suspension.
Suspension should be a proportionate response to the behaviour that is causing concern.
A proposal to suspend a student is a serious step, warranted only by serious breaches of the school’s Code of Behaviour; either a pattern of persistent misbehaviour or a serious once-off incident.

Procedures to be followed in the event that a suspension is being considered.

1.        The issue will be fully investigated by the Principal or Deputy Principal or a person with delegated responsibility, other than the offended party.  Witnesses to the event(s) may be interviewed as appropriate. 

2.        The student against whom the complaint is made will be given an opportunity to present their side of the story. The student may be asked to give an account in writing.

3.        Parents/Guardians will be informed by phone or in writing that suspension is being considered. They will be informed of the alleged misbehaviour, the investigation procedure and of their right to respond to the allegation before a decision is made.

4.        In the case of immediate suspension (which will occur in exceptional circumstances only and where the Principal considers that the continued presence of the student in the school at the time would represent a serious threat to the safety of school community), parents/guardians must be notified, and arrangements made for student to be collected. The student may be required to stay at home until their parents/guardians meet with the Principal / Deputy Principal.

5.        When the Principal makes the decision to suspend a student, or in the case of automatic suspension, parents/guardians will be advised in writing of this decision.  The letter will include the following

a.        Notification of the decision & reason(s) for same
b.       The effective date and duration of the suspension
c.        A clear statement that the student is under the care of the parents/guardians for the duration of the suspension
d.       Expectations of a student while on suspension
e.        Arrangements for returning to school including any commitments to be entered into by parents/guardians and students
f.         Information on the right to  appeal to Board of Management, or Section 29 Appeal (if applicable as in (11) below)
g.       If consideration is being given to expulsion as a sanction in this instance, the letter must state this unambiguously.
6.        The Principal may suspend a student for up to three days.  All suspensions will be reported to the Board of Management at their next ordinary meeting (except in circumstances set out in (8) below). 


7.        Suspensions for a period longer than three days will normally be considered by the Board of Management.  However, a Board of Management may wish to authorise the Principal, with the approval of the Chairperson of the Board, to impose a suspension of up to five days in circumstances where a meeting of the Board cannot be convened in a timely fashion (except in circumstances set out in (8) below).

8.        However, the Board should formally review any proposal to suspend a student, where the suspension would bring the number of days for which the student has been suspended in the current year to twenty days or more. See (11) below.

9.        The Board of Management should normally place a ceiling of ten days on any one period of suspension.

10.     When the Board of Management makes a decision to suspend a student, parents/guardians and student will be informed of this decision, as in (5) above, along with notice that the NEWB has been informed(as is necessary for all suspensions longer than 5 days) and information on the right to appeal to the Trustee.

11.     Where the Board of Management suspends a student, and the cumulative number of days suspension for that student reaches twenty in any one school year, parents/guardians, and student if she is over eighteen years of age, will be informed of their right to appeal the decision to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science (under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998). 

12.     Where a proposal to suspend a student is before the Board of Management and a student is involved in a further serious disciplinary incident that student may be required to stay at home or suspended for a period up to three days, until the matter is decided upon by the Board of Management, whichever is the earlier. In that event the Board will take the further incident into account in reaching its decision.

Grounds for removing a suspension.

Following a decision to suspend a student, the parents/guardians (or student over 18 years) may seek a meeting with the Principal to discuss the matter further and to make further representations.  Where the school is satisfied that new circumstances have come to light that have a bearing on the matter, the decision to suspend may be reviewed (by those who made the decision) and an alternative sanction imposed if deemed appropriate.


After the suspension ends.

A period of suspension will end on the date given in the letter of notification to the parents/guardians about the suspension.  

Re-integrating the student   The student, on return to school, will meet with the Principal to seek permission to re-enter the school and to formally apologise for her misbehaviour. Following this discussion the student should be enabled to find help and support from within the school support system and through the school Guidance and Care team.  All such interventions should be recorded.

Clean slate: When any sanction is completed, a student should be given the opportunity to exhibit the same behaviour as all other students.

 All stages of procedure should be recorded carefully.


 

7.Expulsion


According to NEWB Guidelines a student is expelled from school when the Board of Management makes a decision to permanently exclude her from school, having complied with the provisions of Section 24 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.

Authority to expel

The Board of Management of Dominican College has the authority to expel a student.

Grounds for expulsion.

Expulsion should be a proportionate response to the student’s behaviour.
Expulsion of a student is a very serious step, and one that should only be taken by the Board of Management in extreme cases of unacceptable behaviour, (either a serious once-off incident or a pattern of unacceptable behaviour).  The school authorities will have taken steps to ensure that all possible interventions have been tried and believe that they have exhausted all possibilities for changing the student’s behaviour.

Procedures to be followed in the event that expulsion is being considered

1.    The issue will be fully investigated by the Principal and /or Deputy Principal and/or a person with a delegated responsibility, other than the offended party.  Witnesses to the event(s) may be interviewed.  A written record of the investigation will be kept.

2.    The student against whom the complaint is made will be given an opportunity to present                                                        their side of the story.  The student will be asked to give an account in writing.

3.    Parents/Guardians will be informed in writing that expulsion is being considered. They will be informed of alleged misbehaviour and the investigation process.  They will be given an opportunity to respond to the complaint before a decision is made.   Where an expulsion is being considered a student may be required to stay at home until the matter is referred to the Board of Management. Where an expulsion may result from an investigation, an invitation to parents/guardians and student to meet with Principal is essential.  If parents/guardians and student fail to attend meeting, Principal should attempt to reschedule one, pointing out the duty of school authorities to make a decision to respond to the inappropriate behaviour. All invitations and responses should be recorded.

4.    Following the investigation and where the Principal forms a view that expulsion may be warranted, she will make a recommendation to the Board of Management to consider expulsion. An emergency meeting of the Board of Management, with single item agenda will be called as soon as is practicable and normally within six school days to consider expulsion and to hold a hearing.  A minimum of three days notice in writing will be given to parents/guardians in such a case. The Principal will provide members of Board with records of allegations against the student and of all interventions undertaken to date.

5.    Written documentation will be supplied to parents/guardians and Board members with the notice of the Board meeting. Such documentation will include:
a.        The details of the allegation against the student.
b.       A copy of the case to be presented against the student.
c.        A copy of any supporting documentation that may be used by the school in support of its case.
d.       A clear statement that expulsion is being considered as a sanction in this instance.
e.        An invitation to parents/guardians, or student if she is aged over eighteen years, to make a written submission and /or to be present and heard at the hearing.
f.         Expectations of the student while on suspension pending a hearing.


 

6.    At the start of the meeting the Chairperson shall enquire whether any member has a conflict of interest in respect of the matter being considered by the Board.  Where the Board is satisfied that a conflict of interest exists, the member(s) involved shall withdraw from the meeting at the same time as the parents/ guardians /student, and the Principal. The Board must satisfy itself that the investigation was properly conducted and will review all documentation and circumstances of the case. 
7.    The Principal will present the case against the student and will be available to answer questions from parents/guardians/student and Board members.
8.    The parents /guardians/student will present their case and will be available to answer questions from Principal and Board members.
9.    Once the Principal and the parents/guardians/student make their presentations they will withdraw from the meeting.
10. Should the Board require the professional advice of the Principal, the Principal may be invited to return to the meeting briefly for that purpose.  While the Principal is present there will be no discussion on the merits of the particular case being considered.
11. When considering an expulsion or a long term suspension the Board will ensure that the following factors are given due consideration.

  1.  
    1. The seriousness of the misbehaviour.
    2. The likelihood of a recurrence.
    3. The impact the misbehaviour is having on the learning of others.
    4. The safety of students and teachers in the school.
    5. The degree to which the behaviour was in violation of written Code of Behaviour.
    6. Whether the incident was perpetrated by the individual on her own or as part of a group; if as a part of a group, the extent to which the individual is responsible for the misbehaviour.
    7. The extent to which parental, peer or other pressure may have contributed to the misbehaviour.
    8. The frequency of misbehaviour from student.
    9. The cumulative discipline record of the student.
    10. What other sanctions/supports (School and other agency) have been tried and the level of success of the sanctions/supports?
    11. What interventions have been tried? Over what period?
    12. The responses of the student and her parents/guardians to any previous misbehaviour.
    13. The academic, attendance and extra curricular record of the student and the age of the student.
    14. Whether the student is of school leaving age.
    15. Whether the student is due to sit for any State Examinations in the near future.
  2. The Board of Management will reach its decision and will record the reason for deciding as it does.
  3. Where the Board of Management decides to expel a student, the parents/guardians will be informed by registered post. The letter will include the following:
    1. Notice of the decision to expel and the effective date of expulsion (this shall not be before the passing of 20 school days following the receipt by an Educational Welfare Officer of the notification to expel).
    2. The reasons for expulsion.
    3. A statement that the National Education Welfare Board has been informed. The parents/guardians should be informed that the E.W.O. will be in touch to arrange consultations to discuss and plan for the student’s future education.
    4. A clear statement that the student is under the care of the parents/guardians for the period of 20 days required by the Education Welfare Officer of the NEWB to examine alternative provision for the student.
    5. Expectations of the student while under the care of her parents/guardians. 
  4. The Board will notify the E.W.O. of its opinion that the student should be expelled and the reasons for this opinion.
  5. Where the twenty-day period following notification to the E.W.O. has elapsed, and the Board remains of the opinion that the student should be expelled, the Board will formally confirm the decision to expel.  Parents/Guardians will be notified immediately in writing that the expulsion will now proceed.  Parents/Guardians/Students aged over18 years will be told about the right to appeal the decision under section 29 of the Education Act and supplied with the standard form on which to lodge an appeal. The letter will include a clear statement that the student will remain out of the school until the outcome of an Appeal (if any) is known.


A formal record will be made of decision to expel student.

                
      

8.Implementing the Code of Behaviour.


  1. The Code of Behaviour  is communicated to the parents/guardians by
    1. including it in the initial invitation to registration,
    2. further promotion at Introductory Night for Parents/Guardians of incoming 1st Years,
    3. regular promotion at Parent Association activities,
    4. making it available on the school website. 
  2. The Code of Behaviour  is discussed and explained to students in class by Class Tutors and Teachers and during Student Council activities.
  3. The Code of Behaviour  is distributed to members of staff as part of Staff Handbook and they are facilitated in having regular discussions and reviews of its content. 




9.Plan for reviewing Code of Behaviour.

The Code of Behaviour will be reviewed on a regular basis to conform with any Department of Education and Science Circulars, guidelines and relevant legislation and as part of the school’s ongoing practice of self evaluation.




10.Date of approval by Board and Trustee.


Code of Behaviour: Ratified June ’07 (Dominican Education Office); Revised Feb.’09; Revised Jan.’10 (in line with NEWB Guidelines).  Board of Management approved 04/03/2010