Nov 25 2010

Policies

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The following is a summary of our Code of Behaviour, Enrolment and Homework policies.

Code of Behaviour Policy

in Kilmainhamwood NS

Aims and Objectives

  • To help create a positive learning environment in which every child can benefit from the school in an environment as free from disruption as possible
  • To help the children to become more self-disciplined and encourage good standards of behaviour at all times
  • To help organise a large group so that school can operate smoothly for the benefit of all

 

 

Strategies

 

The following are a list of strategies intended for whole school use with the intention of promoting positive behaviour.                                   

 

1. Praise may be given by means of any one of the following

  • A quiet word or gesture to show approval
  • A comment in a pupil’s exercise book
  • A visit to another member of staff or to the Principal for commendation.
  • A word of praise in front of a group or class
  • A system of merit marks
  • Delegating some special responsibility or privilege
  • A mention to parent, written or verbal communication

 

2. Disapproval of unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with as follows

          (The nature of the behaviour will determine the strategy)

  • Reasoning with pupils
  • Reprimand (including advice on how to improve)
  • Prescribing extra work (complete a ‘behaviour sheet’ in which they must reflect upon their behaviour)
  • Communication with Parents
  • Temporary separation from peers and/or loss of privileges
  • Referral to Principal/Deputy-Principal
  • Note to parents
  • Suspension/expulsion (in accordance with Rule 130 of the Rules for National Schools as amended by circular 7/88)

 

Expected Standards of Behaviour 

 

 

Safety

For my own safety and that of others –

1.       I should be careful coming to and going from school.

2.       I should always walk while in the school building.

3.       I should remain seated at all times in class and while eating lunch.

4.       I should never leave the school grounds without the permission of the   Principal.

Caring for myself

1.       I should respect myself and my property, always keeping my school bag,        books and copies in good order.

2.       I should always be in school before the bell rings at 9.20a.m.

3.       I should show respect for my school and be proud to wear the complete         school uniform every day.

4.       I should always be aware of my personal cleanliness.

5.       I should always bring a sensible, nutritional lunch to school.

6.       I should always do my best in school by listening carefully, working as hard     as I can and by completing my homework.

Caring for others

1.       I should be kind and respectful to teachers and fellow pupils by being    mannerly and polite, by taking turns and by remaining silent and orderly in         my class line.

2.       I should behave well in class so that my fellow pupils and I can learn.

3.       I should show respect for the property of my fellow pupils, the school building and grounds.

4.       I should be truthful and honest at all times.

 

Bullying

1.       I should never bully others.

2.       I should never allow others to bully me and if it happens, I should tell my        parents and my teacher.

3.       If I know/see that someone is being bullied, I should tell.

 

 

 

Bullying is always unacceptable.

Homework Policy

in Kilmainhamwood NS

The aims of homework are

  • to consolidate work being done in school
  • to provide a link between teacher and parents, by which parents can see what their child is being taught
  • to encourage and develop the child’s concentration skills and a habit of independent study.

 

Frequency of Homework

  • Homework is given on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Extra homework may also sometimes be given during the week or at the weekend if a child has neglected to do homework, has not made a suitable effort or has presented untidy work.

 

Length of Time

  • Different children will complete the same homework in different lengths of time.  Time spent will vary from day to day and also from the beginning to the end of the school year.  It is important to remember that it is the quality and not the quantity that matters.
  • The amount of time spent on homework should not exceed:

Infants –       15 minutes          2nd – 4th Classes   – 45 minutes                  

1st Class –      30 minutes          5th and 6th Classes – 1 hour

Role of Parents

  • Parents should try to help their children with homework by providing them with a quiet, warm, well-lit, comfortable place for the child to work and time in which to do it.  Parents should also help by preventing interruptions or distractions (e.g. TV, other children)
  • Directly after school is probably the most suitable time for homework activities.
  • Children should do written homework themselves, and parents should only help if the child has difficulty.
  • If a child has difficulty with homework, the parent should help the child to overcome the difficulty with further explanation or example, but not by actually doing the homework for the child.
  • Where there is a problem with homework, the parent should write a note to the teacher explaining the problem.

Remember

If homework is a stressful experience between parent and child, something is wrong!  This leads to poor learning and defeats the whole purpose.  Should this happen on a regular basis, please contact the class teacher.

 

Enrolment/Admissions Policy

in Kilmainhawood NS

1.  Application Procedure

Parents/guardians who wish to enrol pupils in Junior Infants are required to complete a written application form, normally during the second term.  Enrolment forms can be obtained from the school principal.

The Board will communicate generally to the school community through appropriate channels, e.g. newsletter, parish bulletin, other appropriate media, outlining the application for enrolment procedures.

Parents/guardians who wish to enrol pupils during the school year are also required to complete a written application form.

2.  Provision of Key Information by Parents

Certain information will be required when children are being enrolled.  A specific enrolment application form is provided by the Board for this purpose.

Such information includes:

  • Baptismal Certificate (if applicable) or a Birth Certificate if child has not been baptised;
  • Child’s name, address, date of birth;
  • Names and addresses of child’s parents / guardians;
  • Contact telephone numbers;
  • Contact telephone numbers in case of emergency;
  • Details of any medical conditions of which the school should be aware;
  • Religion;
  • Details of schools attended, if any, and reasons for transfers, if applicable;
  • Any other relevant information (including any such other information as may be prescribed under the Education Welfare Act 2000)
  • School reports from the child’s previous school, where applicable.

3.  Decision Making

Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management of the school in accordance with school policy.  (The Education Welfare Act 2000 specifies that the Board of Management is required under the terms of the Act to notify parents of their decision within 21 days of receiving such information as will be prescribed by the Minister under the Act);

As a general principle and in so far as practicable having regard to the school’s enrolment policy, that children will be enrolled on application, provided that there is space available.

The Board has regard for any relevant DES guidelines in relation to class size or staffing provisions and / or any other relevant requirements concerning accommodation, such as physical space or the health and welfare of children.

The Board of Management is bound by the Department of Education and Science’s Rules for National Schools which provided that pupils may only be enrolled from the age of 4 years and upwards, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years.

Normally, all applicants will be admitted.  In the event that due to lack of space in the school, the Board will use the criteria for decision making and the Board shall exercise its discretion in the application of the criteria.  The criteria may include any of the following though not necessarily in that order:

  • Whether there are any siblings of the proposed new entrant already attending the school;
  • Ages of the children;
  • Parish boundaries / Diocesan Policies;
  • First come, first served;
  • Lottery;
  • Any specific provision for children of ethnic minorities, including travellers, refugees, asylum seekers etc;
  • Ethos considerations (Equal Status Act / Section 7), and
  • Any other.

Exceptional Circumstances

The school reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any pupil in exceptional cases.  Such an exceptional case could arise where either:

1.       The pupil has special needs such that, even with additional resources     available from the DES, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide  the pupil with an appropriate education or 

2.       In the opinion of the Board of Management the pupil poses an unacceptable     risk to other pupils, to school staff or to school property.

The parents of any pupil who has been refused enrolment, for any reason, are entitled to appeal that refusal pursuant to Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, and in such circumstances, should be advised in writing of their entitlement to such an appeal.

Code of Behaviour

Parents/guardians who apply to enrol their children will be given a copy of the school’s Code of Behaviour.  An agreement signed by the parents/guardians to abide by the Code of Behaviour must be returned to the school in advance of enrolment.

A parent’s/guardian’s signature on the application form is an indication of an understanding of and willingness to support the ethos of the school.

 A copy of the school’s Code of Behaviour will be made available to parents who request an enrolment form.

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