Code Of Behaviour

St. Joseph’s C.B.S. Primary School, Drogheda 

1. The purpose of a code of discipline is the creation of a safe, positive learning environment in which a child may enter fully into the life of the school and progress educationally. There is a need in all schools for rules and regulations, and it is accepted that no community can hope to prosper without some form of discipline.

2. In a class situation, it is expected that the teacher should not have to interrupt the teaching process, nor the pupils the learning process, in order to deal with disruptive behaviour.

3. The school acknowledges the right of each pupil to education in a relatively disruptive-free environment. It is the duty of the school authorities to see that pupils behave responsibly, and conform to the rules which have been carefully devised so as to reflect the general ethos of the school.

4. It is the aim of the school to encourage and foster positive behaviour in our pupils and this is central to our code of discipline.

5. Our code provides a framework within which positive techniques of motivation, reward, and encouragement, are used by the staff. Every effort will be made by all members of the staff to adopt a positive approach to the question of behaviour in the school.


The school uniform - grey slacks, grey shirt, navy pullover and tie is to be worn on all days except when P.E. classes are held, requiring the wearing of a school tracksuit.

A neat appearance and appreciation of personal hygiene are an important part of the personal development of all pupils in the school..

Pupils may wear watches but no other form of jewellery.

Mobile Phones are not allowed in school time.


School commences at 9.05a.m. and resumes after lunch at 1.30 p.m. Every pupil is expected to be punctual at all times. A note explaining his late arrival is required.


When a pupil is absent from school, even for half a day, he will, on returning to school, be expected to furnish a note from a parent/guardian giving the reason for his absence.

Notification is also required should the parent/guardian wish a pupil to leave the school for appointments etc. During school hours pupils are not permitted to leave school unless accompanied by an adult.


Every boy is expected to prepare and produce homework when required to do so by his teacher. When a pupil fails to do homework a short note in the Homework Journal should be furnished to the teacher.

Repeated failure to do homework will be regarded as a serious breach of school discipline, and parents/guardians will be contacted.



A boy’s progress in school is related to good behaviour in class.
Every boy should remember that indiscipline in class affects not only his own progress but that of his fellow pupils.
Constant disruption during class will be classified as serious indiscipline and action will be taken to protect the interests of both the class as a whole and the teacher.



During break-time,all boys are encouraged to enjoy their games and play in the yard.Everyone is expected to behave in such a manner that play can go on uninterrupted and free from interference.
Rough, dangerous play, bullying, harassment and fighting among pupils will not be tolerated under any circumstances.



Having respect for teachers and fellow pupils leads to a better school atmosphere and instils in everybody a feeling of good-will and cooperation.



It is expected that every boy will create a good impression by respecting adults who are associated with the workings of the school or those who are visitors to the school.



Every boy is expected to respect the property of fellow pupils in the classroom and the school property in general. It will be regarded as serious indiscipline when property is vandalised or stolen.



When engaged in school-related activities outside school e.g. football, school tours, Confirmation, each boy is representing the school. The good name of the school depends on the positive image created by all when taking part in, or representing the school on such occasions.


Implementation of Discipline Techniques

Every effort will be made by all members of the staff to adopt a positive approach and to encourage good behaviour among pupils in the school. When this fails however, the following strategies may be used to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour.

(a) Reasoning with pupil and / or reprimand and advice from teacher.
(b) Temporary separation from rest of class.
(c) Additional work.
(d) Loss of privileges
(e) Detention.



(a) Referral to Principal
(b) Communication with parents (Letter No. 1)



Letter No. 2 will be sent to parents/guardians requesting them to come to the school, where they will be informed of the gravity of the pupil’s misbehaviour, by the class teacher and/or Principal.



Where there are repeated instances of serious misbehaviour, the Chairperson of the Board of Management will be informed and the parents will be requested, in writing,to attend at the school to meet the Principal.
If the parents fail to attend, or refuse to give an undertaking that the pupil will behave in a satisfactory manner in the future, the pupil may have to be suspended for a temporary period.



In the case where a pupil persists with bullying behaviour despite the above sanctions, then in the interest of safety and care of our pupils the offending boy will not be allowed to participate in play in the school yard.

In the event of persistent and blatant refusal of a pupil to accept the school Code of Conduct the Board of Management recommends
“That the pupil’s guardians be obliged to remove the pupil from the confines of the school yard for the duration of the school break,at 1 p.m. and on completion of the break period return the pupil to the school.”

After a defined period and on receipt of assurances and guarantees from the guardians, the pupil would then be allowed to remain in the school grounds during break times.



Abusive language, threatening or violent behaviour towards a teacher/pupil will be regarded as gross misbehaviour and the Board may authorise the Principal to sanction immediate suspension, pending discussion with the parents.

We feel that this code of behaviour is fair and that it is reasonable to expect all pupils to observe the rules involved. Every effort will be made by the principal and staff to ensure that parents are kept well informed of their son’s behaviour. Any parent, however, who feels the need to discuss a problem with an individual teacher is welcome to do so at a prearranged time convenient to both.


Anti-bullying Policy

The prevention of bullying is an integral part of our written Code of Behaviour and Discipline. Bullying behaviour will be firmly and positively addressed through a range of school-based measures and strategies through which all members of the school community are enabled to act effectively in dealing with this behaviour.

Our policy aims

(i) To create a school ethos which encourages pupils to talk freely and openly about incidents of bullying behaviour.
(ii) To make children aware and to assure them that bullying is totally unacceptable behaviour and will not be tolerated by teachers, pupils, parents of management.
(iii) To ensure comprehensive supervision and monitoring measures through which all areas of school activity are kept under observation.
(iv) To follow procedures for noting and reporting incidents of bullying.
(v) To develop procedures for sourcing and dealing with incidents of bullying behaviour.
(vi) To develop a programme of support for those affected by bullying and for those responsible for bullying.

At the commencement of the school year and on other occasions during the year, if necessary, the Principal will address the boys on “Our School Rules and Code of Discipline and Behaviour.”
Special emphasis will be laid on the non-bullying ethos of the school.

The awareness of bullying in the school community and of anti-social behaviour will be discussed with pupils and they will be encouraged to report incidents of bullying This will help the development and adoption of our anti-bullying code.


Procedures for noting and reporting an incident or bullying behaviour.

The following procedures for formal noting and reporting an incident of bullying behaviour shall be an integral part of our Code of Behaviour and Discipline.

(i) All reports of bullying will be noted, investigated and dealt with by the class teachers. This will give confidence to the victim to “tell.” It shall be made clear to all pupils that when they report incidents of bullying they are not telling tales but are behaving responsibly.
(ii) Serious cases of bullying behaviour shall be reported immediately to the Principal who shall source the bullying.
(iii) Parents/Guardians of victims and bullies shall be informed by the Principal of incidents before a crisis occurs and when they can be in a position to help and support their children.
(iv) Individual teachers will record and take appropriate measures regarding reports of bullying in accordance with the school’s policy and Code of Discipline.
(v) In the case of a complaint of bullying by a staff member, this should, in the first instance, be raised with the staff member in question and if necessary with the Principal.
(vi) Where cases of bullying relating to either a pupil or a teacher remain unresolved at school level, the matter will be referred to the Board of Management.
(vii) If not resolved at Board level, then the matter will be referred to the local inspector.

The effectiveness of our school policy in preventing and dealing with bullying will be subject to evaluation and continuous review in the light of incidents of bullying behaviour encountered.