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Environmental Policy

Dominican College Environmental Policy

 

Effective implementation of the Environmental Policy requires a whole-school approach.

Our mission statement states that 'we strive to realise each individual's full potential in a catholic environment.' Developing each individual's potential involves an awareness of, and participation in, stewardship of the environment.

Rationale for this School Policy

All human and natural life is linked, whether at local, national or global level. The things we do or leave undone impact directly or indirectly on the lives of others.

Under the Education Act 1998, schools are required to have a policy on the Environment.

All schools have an obligation under The Litter Pollution Act 1997 to keep their grounds free of litter, as far as is practical.

Goals of this Policy

The main objective of this policy is to establish a clean and healthy environment where all members of the school community benefit from and share respect for our surroundings.


Roles and Responsibilities in Developing and Implementing this Policy

Those responsible for developing the Environment Policy will include staff, students and Board of Management.
It is the responsibility of the whole school community, Trustees, Board of Management, Teaching Staff, Non-Teaching Staff, Parents, Students and others who use the school facilities to implement this policy. The development and implementation of this policy will be co-ordinated by a Special Duties post-holder with the help of a Student Environment Committee.

Content of Policy

The school was registered for the Green-Schools Programme in October 2001.

The seven steps required to achieve and maintain the Green-Schools award have become an integral part of our policy. These steps include:

  1. The establishment of a Green-Schools Committee.
    The Environmental Committee meet with the Healthy School Environment Officer every week.
  2. The Environmental review.
    This is a process of examining the schools environmental impacts in order to identify targets for action and improvement.
    A review should take place before new action is taken in a particular area e.g. waste review was carried out in 2001 and 2005.
  3. Action Plan
    This is a timetabled series of specific targets, which will be developed from the results of the review. Actions taken follow themes outlined by the Green-Schools programme i.e.
    Waste Management and Recycling
    Energy conservation
    Water etc.

Themes followed and therefore action plan will change every two years following initial attainment of Green-Schools Award.

2005/2006

Theme: Waste Management and Recycling

Actions taken:

  • Review of current practices regarding waste management and recycling. Staff and students were surveyed and results were posted on Green-Schools notice board and in staff room.
  • As a result of the review a group of second year students introduced a bring back the lunchbox campaign. This campaign encouraged all students to use a reusable lunchbox instead of cling film and tinfoil. Letters were sent home to parents, students were informed at assembly, on the intercom and by a poster campaign around the school.
  • Recycling zones were maintained throughout the school. Paper, cans, tetra pak and plastic bottles can be recycled.
  • Water saving hippo bags were installed in all toilets by TY students
  • Action Day - Environmental Awareness Day and Spring Clean Day take place once a year. These events are organised by the Environmental Committee and the Healthy School Environment Officer and supported by staff.
  • A member of the Environmental Committee attends weekly Students Council meetings to keep the student population updated on the progress of the Green-Schools Programme.
  1. Monitoring and Evaluation (Record Keeping and Measuring progress).
  2. Curriculum Work: All subjects to a greater or lesser degree, touch on environmental issues. Teachers should be mindful of this and use opportunities as they arise in their subjects to support and promote the implementation of this policy.
  3. Informing and involving the school and wider community.
  4. Green Code: A statement of the objectives demonstrating the school's commitment to environmentally friendly actions. This code should be displayed on the Green-Schools notice board.


Review of classroom 'clean up' procedures after break and lunchtime will take place each year.

11th December 2006

Dominican College, 204 Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.

Safety Policy

Board of Management Philosophy
The Board of Management recognises and accepts not only its statutory responsibilities but also its obligations as an employer to direct, manage and achieve in so far as is reasonably possible, the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work of every employee, student and visitors alike. The Board of Management believes that each employee, student, and visitor accepts his or her legal and moral responsibilities for improving and maintaining Safety, Health and Welfare in the workplace and for behaviour which does not jeopardise the individual's personal Safety, Health and Welfare or that of others.
This policy has been prepared in accordance with the Fire Service Act 1981 and associated legislation, Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989, Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1993, Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations 1991 and the Safety, Health and Welfare (Miscellaneous Welfare Provisions) Regulations, 1995.

Benefits of a Policy
The benefit of having this written policy is to act as a reference document for staff, students and visitors.

SAFETY ORGANISATION
Safety is a line management responsibility. Each member of staff is responsible for safety in their own area/s and for the implementation of relevant safety procedures. This includes the instruction and training of students in these areas. The Safety Officer shall monitor safety generally and the operation of safety procedures. The Principal shall ensure that in the interest of the operation of correct safety procedures each staff member will be given a copy of the Health and Safety Policy and shall be familiar with its contents.

SAFETY OFFICER & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE
The Board of Management has approved the appointment (under the provisions of the Safety, Health And Welfare Act, 1989) of  Ms Claire Butler  Principal, as Safety Officer. The Safety Officer will be responsible for overseeing the safety provision on behalf of the college.
The Board of Management has appointed (under the provision of the Safety, Health And Welfare Act, 1989) Ms. Carol Clancy Pitcher as the Safety Representative.
They should be consulted, as appropriate, if any of the employees have queries regarding any of the safety provisions mentioned in this statement.


Their main duties and responsibilities are as follows:-
(a) To guide and advise on all health, safety and welfare matters
(b) To ensure that the College fulfils all statutory requirements in respect of the above Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Acts.
(c) To ensure that the appropriate safety education and training are provided using both in-house and external resources.
(d) To undertake regular and appropriate revision and auditing of all safety procedures and to ensure that they are kept up to date.
(e) To ensure that adequate fire protection and prevention measures are provided.
(f) The Safety Officer shall investigate all accidents and dangerous occurrences, and shall ensure that an accurate record is kept of all such incidents. Causes of accidents shall be determined as far as practical and where appropriate, remedial action shall be specified.

POTENTIAL HAZARDS
The following hazards (in as much as can be identified) are considered by the college to be a source of potential danger and are brought to the attention of all concerned:
(i) Main ESB Meter Room, all Power Distribution Boards and Boiler Houses
(ii) General Kitchens, Windows and Toilet Areas
(iii) The following classrooms: Art Rooms, Cookery Kitchens, Computer Room, Demonstration Room, Dress Design Room, Gym, Hall and Drama Room, Music Room, Oratory, Science Rooms and all their fittings and equipment.
(iv) AV Room
(v) Office equipment: photocopiers, paper shredders, guillotines
(v) Machines for Cleaning and Maintenance
(vi) All computers and VDUs
(vii) Fire extinguishers
(vii). Trailing Leads; Low level seating;
(viii). Floor mats, ladders, broken furniture/fittings, school & other bags left in passages in classrooms, on corridors and in staff areas.
(ix). Chemicals in all areas
(xii). Kettles in all areas
(xiii). Lack of order on corridors
(xiv) Obstructions at gateway restricting access
(xv). Cars /car park
(xvi). Extra curricular activities

MINIMISING THE DANGERS OF POTENTIAL HAZARDS
To minimise these dangers the following safety/protective measures must be adhered to:-
(a) Limiting access to and operation of plant/equipment to qualified members of staff whose job function is that of running, maintaining, cleaning or monitoring itmes of plant in course of normal duties.
(b) In addition, all such plant and machinery is to be used in strict accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and recommendations.
(c) Where applicable, members of staff will be instructed in the correct use of plant, machinery and equipment.
(d) All machinery and electrical equipment to be fitted with adequate safeguards.
(e) Precautionary notices, in respect of safety matters are displayed at relevant points.
(f) Notices of slippery floor surfaces to be displayed where appropriate.
(g) Emulsion polish with non-slip properties to be used.
(h) Employees and students are advised to wear shoes with non-slip soles and heels.
(i) To ensure the continued welfare of employees/students, toilet and cloakroom facilities are provided. Staff/students must co-operate in maintaining a high standard of hygiene in these areas.
(j) Members of staff using chemicals, solvents, detergents, copier toner, etc. should familiarise themselves with any hazards associated with the materials and precautions which should be taken in the event of spillage, splashes etc.
(k) Maps of all fire exits should be provided in each place of assembly - classrooms, staffrooms, offices etc.

SAFETY TRAINING
All staff members will be:
(a) Instructed in lifting and handling methods where relevant.
(b) Advised of the protective clothing and safety equipment available and the areas where they must be worn.
(c) Advised of the nature and location of fire equipment and how it is safely operated. Training courses will be provided for all staff when required.
(d) Notified of any changes in safety policy and procedures

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
Arrangements will be made for all electrical appliances to be checked when appropriate. Before using any appliance the user should check that:
- All safety guards which are a normal part of the appliance are fitted and in working order
- Power supply cables/leads are intact and free of cuts or abrasions
- Suitable undamaged fused plug tops are used and fitted with the correct fuse.

CHEMICALS, SOLVENTS, DETERGENTS, COPIER TONER, ETC.
Safety data sheets are supplied with all such materials. Members of staff using these materials will familiarise themselves with the hazards associated with the materials and precautions to be taken in event of spillage, splashes etc. Disposal of above materials is to be carried out following the appropriate recommended guidelines.

PERSONAL WELFARE
To ensure the continued welfare of employees, kitchen, toilet and cloakroom areas are provided. Staff and students must co-operate in maintaining a high standard of hygiene in these areas.
All members of staff will note that:-
(a) Any person who is under medical supervision or on prescribed medication and who has been certified fit for work, should notify the Principal of any known side effects or temporary physical disabilities which could hinder their work performance and which may be a danger to either themselves or their fellow workers or pupils.
(b) Illicit drugs and alcohol: staff, students and visitors are not allowed to attend the premises or carry out duties whilst under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol. Any person found doing so will be requested to vacate the premises.
(c) In the interest of the welfare of both staff and students it is advised that social occasions outside of school where alcohol is involved should be avoided.
(d) To support the welfare of staff occasional inputs on e.g. stress, conflict management, will provided.
(e) First Aid box(es) will be provided in the Secretary's Office and key areas to deal with minor injuries.
(f) Smoking is forbidden on the premises and grounds.

FIRE PROTECTION & PREVENTION
Day-today fire management in the College will be designated to the person holding the post of Health and Safety Officer.
This person will:
(a) Appoint Fire Marshals for each section of the College.
(b) Organise training for Management and Staff.
(c) Organise regular Fire Drills.
(d) Fulfil all statutory obligations regarding the provision and maintenance of fire protection equipment
(e) Draft and co-ordinate a pre-fire plan for the College
(f) Ensure the effective use of escape routes at all times

General fire prevention requirements are carried out as followed
(a) Fire extinguishers are provided and correctly sited to meet statutory and insurance requirements.
(b) All fire fighting equipment is regularly tested and serviced by specialised contractors.
(c) All fire exits and emergency paths are marked using the standard symbols.
(d) Fire Drill will be held during the school year.
(e) Fire safety inspections and analyses of potential fire hazards are carried out on a regular basis
(f) An evacuation procedure is in place and the attention of each staff member, students and visitors drawn to it. These individuals must familarise themselves with these procedures so that fast and effective evacuation of the premises can be accomplished in the event of an emergency.


SMOKING
In line with National legislation, 2004, the whole school building, field and gym are smoke free zones.

DUTIES OF STAFF MEMBERS
The attention of staff members is drawn to the following duties of persons employed as laid down in Section 9 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989.
"1. It shall be the duty of every staff member while at work:
(a) to take reasonable care for his/her own safety, health and welfare and that of any person who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions while at work;
(b) to co-operate with his/her employer and any other person to such an extent as will enable his/her employer or the other person to comply with any of the relevant statutory provisions;
(c) to use in such manner and so as to provide the protection intended, any suitable appliance, protective clothing, convenience, equipment or other means or thing provided (whether for his/her use alone or for use by him/her in common with others) for securing his/her safety, health or welfare of which he/she becomes aware.
2. No person shall intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse any appliance, protective clothing, convenience, equipment or other means or thing provided in pursuance of any of the relevant statutory provisions or otherwise for securing the safety, health or welfare of persons arising out of work activities."

The Board of Management expects total compliance with the above from all members of staff.

REPORTING OF ACCIDENTS/INCIDENTS
All accidents/incidents no matter how trivial, whether to employees, students or members of the public must be reported as appropriate and written into the Accident Report Book which will be retained for recording all accidents in the College and will be available fro such reports and for inspection by the Safety Officer. This is necessary to monitor the progress of safety standards and to ensure that proper medical attention is given where required. The Accident Report Book will be retained in the Principal's Office.

GENERAL SAFETY
The aim of the Board of Management/Manager is to provide a healthy and safe working environment. This can be achieved with the help and assistance of all staff members and students by -
(a) Observing the general rules of safety
(b) Using all plant, machinery and equipment in a safe and proper manner
(c) Employing the proper procedures when carrying out tasks and ensuring that no practices are used which may act as a source of danger to themselves and/or others.
(d) Keeping work areas clean and tidy at all times.
(e) Making sure all corridors and passageways, particularly those leading to escape routes, are kept free of obstructions at all times. Taking care that fire points are not blocked or covered up in any way and that they are ready for use if the need arises. Staff and students will be reminded of this frequently by the Safety Officer.

CONCLUDING COMMENT
This Health and Safety Policy has been prepared based on conditions existing in the premises of the College at the time of writing. It will be altered, revised/updated as appropriate so as to comply with any changes in conditions/legislation.

11th December 2006 Revised 2008:

Dominican College, 204 Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.

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

Gaeilge na hIdirbliana 2007

Saol

Nuachtán na hIdirbliana

OÍCHE OSCAILTE

(Ruth, Megan, Phillipa & Alison)

Tá oíche oscailte ar siúil ar an 17ú Bealtine. Beidh go léoir taispeantais timpeall na scoile. Rinne gach cailin san ídirbhlian obair le gach ábhar. Beidh seastán ag gach ábhar agus beidh posteri ar an mballa. Rinne gach dalta sa bliain tionscnamh. Tá siad ar fheabhas!!! Beidh cúpla duine ag tabhairt cainteanna sa halla faoi "Recess" no "Form and Fusion" "YSI" agus "Young Scientists". Beidh thuismitheoirí gach duine sa bhliain ag teacht go dtí an oíche oscailte. Beidh bród an domhain orthu dá hiníon! Ceapaimid go mbeidh an oíche oscailte ar fheabhas!

AN TODHCHÁN

(Louise, Clare, Ailbhe, Sarah, Michelle, Orla)

Beidh buchaillí agus cailiní na hÉireann ag dul go dtí an íonad votala mar beidh todhchán ar síul ar an 24ú Bealtaine. Beidh sé an-thábhachta mar beidh na daoine a thofar i gceannas ar an tír.

Tá a lán cathaoireacha sa Dáil agus an grúpa leis is mó suíocháin ar fud na tíre a bheidh i gceannas; iad leo féin nó le grúpa beag eile. Mar shampla, Fianna Faíl agus na Progressive Democrats.

Tá a lán pictúirí crochta thart nuair a shiúlann tú síos an bothair. Tá a lán daoine ag rith - ach níl ann ach cúpla suíochán!


**PICS

1.Enda Kenny 2.Bertie Ahern 3.Pat Rabbitte 4.Trevor Sargent

NA LAETHANTA SAOIRE

(Laura, Clare, Ciara, Megan, Rebecca)

Táimid ag fail ár laethanta saoire ar an 21ú Bealtaine. Beidh an-chraic againn. Tá na múinteoirí agus na daltaí ag súil le laenthanta saoire mar ní fheicfidh siad a chéile ar feadh trí mhí. Beidh a lán daoine ag dul amach as an tír nó ar thuras timpeall na tíre. Agus beidh daltaí ag obair i rith na laenthanta saoire agus déanfaidh said a lán airgead. Is breá le muinteoirí na laenthanta saoire mar tá siad íoctha.

Taimid ag súil lena laenthanta saoire. Rachaidh mé go dtí an trá agus an páirc nó linn snámha. Rachaidh mé go dtí an pictiúrlann agus feicfidh mé ar an scannán 'Shrek' nua. Níl mé abálta fanacht le na laenthanta saoire!

AN CEOLDRAMA

(Lorraine)

Bhí an ceoldrama an-mhaith, ba e:

The Sound of Music

Thosaigh se ar an de luain agus bhi se ag criocheah ar an aoine. Bhi cleachtai ann gach cead aoine deardaoin, de Satharn agus de Domach. Bhi a lan obair deachair don ceol drama. Bhi na daoine ag pairt agat le daoine:
Mar aisteoir Culan staitse Soilse Fuaim Thosnaiomar ag cleachtadh na headi Bhi an spoirt ann ar gach daoine agus tar eis an ceol drama d'fheachamar an ceol drama ar dvd. Bionn mise ag obair ar gruaig agus maisuichain, bhi an spoirt agam.

TAITHÍ OIBRE

(Lorraine)

Bhí mé ag obair le gruagaire - Head to Head. Bhí mé ag níochán gruaig daoine. Bhí mé ag freagairt an fón, freisin. Bhí mé ag obair ó naoi a chlog ar maidin go dtí a trí a chlog tráthnóna. Bhí sé an-mhaith!!!
Nuair atá mé críochnaithe leis an scoil, gheobhaidh mé post le 'Hession', thíos an bóthar i nDroin Conrach Is maith liom a bheith ag obair mar ghruaigaire agus ag caint le gach duine; bíonn spraoi ann gach lá!! Ba maith liom a bheith i mo ghruaigaire mar:
Tá sé suimiúil; Tá an-chraic ann; Tá a lán daoine difriúla ann; Tá deis ann cuma difriul a chur ar dhaoine; agus, Tá deis ann freisin áthas a chur ar dhaoine!
Ag deireadh an samhradh beidh athás oráinn ag dul ar ais ar scoil mar beidh scíth faighte againn.

LAETHANTA SAOIRE AG TEACHT!

(Edel)

Ta mé ag tnúth le mo laethanta saoire. Tá sceitimíní an domhain orm. Is aoibheann liom laethanta saoire mar níl aon scoil. Beidh mé ag dul go dti an Spáinn. Is maith liom an Spáinn mar tá sé an-the. Beidh mé ag dul go dtí Luimneach freisin. Tá daoine i mo chlann ina cónaí i Luimneach. Is maith liom Luimneach. Beidir beidh mé dul go dtí an Bhruiséal. Beidh mé ag dul go dtí an trá le mo chairde. Tá sceitimíní an domhain orm. Ach níl mé ag tnúth le nuair a chroichnaíonn mo laethanta saoire mar tá mé ag dul isteach sa cúigiú bliain.

Harry Potter Ar Ais Arís!

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Tá leabhair nua Harry Potter ar ais arís ar 21ú Iúil an blian seo. Tar eís an fanacht dhá bhlian. Ba chóir go mbeadh sé an-shuimiúil agus corraitheach. Níl mé abálta fanacht! Ní maith liom "Lord Voldemort" mar is fear DÁNA, DÁNA, DÁNA é. Tá mé ar fhoireann Harry mar is buachaill dathúil é! Is bréa liom na spéacáilí agus an éadan álainn! Ha ha ha ha ha! Is aoibheann liom Harry!







Laethanta Saoire

(Lorraine)

Is maith liom laethanta saoire, mar níl aon scoil ann! An samhradh seo, rá mé ag dul ag féachaint ar Justin Timberlake sa RDS ar an 30ú Meithamh agus tá mé ag dul chuig Oxegen ar an 6ú,7ú agus 8ú Iúil - tá a lán sceitimíní orm! Táim ag déanamh mo thaistáil teoraice tiomána fresin, mar gheobhaidh mé carr ar mo bhreithlá. Bíonn me ag obair i rith an tsamhradh freisin.

Laethanta Saoire

(Jessica)

Is brea liom na laethanta saoire. Tá siad go maith. Is maith liom an trá. Chuaigh mé féin agus mo chlann go dtí an trá ar laethanta saoire. Is fuath liom Nollaig. Tá me ag dul chuig na hOileáin Canaries le haghaidh mo laethanta saoire samhradh. Tá mé ag súill go mór le bheith ag siúl amach sa ghrian le gloine coke i lámh amháin agus uchtar róite sa lámh eile.