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St. Laurence’s National School Baldoyle
Code of Good Behaviour


1. In devising the code, consideration has been given to the particular needs and circumstances of this school.  The aim is to ensure that the individuality of each child is accommodated while acknowledging the right of each child to education in a relatively disruption free environment.

2. 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 code offers a framework within which positive techniques of motivation and encouragement applied in the school for many years, will continue to be utilised by teachers.

3. The school places a greater emphasis on the rewards than on sanctions in the belief that this will, in the long run, give the best results.

4. The school recognises the variety of differences that exist between children and the need to accommodate these differences.

5. It is agreed that a high standard of behaviour requires a strong sense of community within the school and between staff, pupils and parents.

6. The rules are being kept to a minimum and are positively stated in terms of what pupils should do.

7. All efforts will be made to match the curriculum to the abilities, aptitudes and interests of each pupil.

8. The overall responsibility for discipline within the school rests with the principal teacher.  Each teacher has responsibility for the maintenance of discipline within his/her classroom while sharing a common responsibility for good order within the school premises.  A pupil will be referred to the principal teacher for serious breaches of discipline and for repeated incidents of minor misbehaviour.


9. The following strategies may be used to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour.

(a) Reasoning with the pupil.
(b) Reprimand (including advice on how to improve).
(c) Temporary separation from peers, friends or others.
(d) Loss of privileges.
(e) Detention during a break.
(f) Prescribing additional work.
(g) Referral to principal teacher.
(h) Communication with parents/guardians.
(i) *Restricted day.
(j) Suspension (temporary).
(k) Expulsion.

*A restricted day will be considered where the school authorities feel it necessary to curb the effect of repeated disruptive behaviour by a pupil on the progress of a class and, in particular, where the safety of children and staff are concerned.

10.    Before resorting to serious sanctions e.g. suspension, the normal channels of communication between school and parents/guardians will be utilised. Parents/Guardians will be involved at an early stage, rather than as a last resort.
Communication with parents/guardians will be verbal or by letter, depending on circumstances.  The parents/guardians concerned will be invited to come to the school to discuss their child’s case.  For gross misbehaviour or repeated instances of serious misbehaviour suspension will be considered.  Aggressive, threatening, violent or seriously disrespectful behaviour towards a teacher or pupil will be regarded as serious or gross misbehaviour.
Where there are repeated instances of serious misbehaviour, the Chairperson of the Board of Management will be informed and the parents/guardians will be requested in writing to attend at the school to meet the Chairperson and principal teacher.  If a satisfactory undertaking is not received that the pupil will behave in an acceptable manner in the future, the pupil may be suspended.  Suspension will be in accordance with the terms of Rule 130 (5) of the Rules for National Schools.


In the case of gross misbehaviour the Board will authorise the Chairperson or Principal teacher to sanction an immediate suspension, pending a discussion of the matter with the parents/guardians.  Expulsion may be considered in an extreme case in accordance with Rule 130 (6).

11. Every effort will be made to have a child with emotional behavioural difficulties referred for psychological assessment without delay with permission of parents/guardians.

As part of the formulation process, the Board of Management circulated all parents/guardians with a copy of the Draft Code of Good Behaviour  and invited them to forward opinions and suggestions to the school which were considered for inclusion in the final document.

All members of the teaching staff have been involved in planning the code.

12. In the belief that the most effective schools tend to be those with the best relationships with parents/guardians, every effort will be made by the principal teacher and staff to ensure that parents/guardians are kept well informed, that the school provides a welcoming atmosphere towards parents/guardians and that parents/guardians are not only told when their children are in trouble but when they have behaved particularly well.

13. The Code will be revised at agreed intervals.

14. The Code is presented to all Junior Infants parents/guardians at the annual induction meeting, to all new parents/guardians on enrolment and to all parents/guardians of Third Class pupils on entering the Senior Cycle of the school.

15. The right to appeal is accepted and will be provided for.  If parents/guardians wish to appeal a decision of the Principal Teacher they may do so to the Board of Management within a ten day period.  If they wish to appeal a decision of the Chairman of the Board of Management the Board will identify, in conjunction with the Patron, a suitable person(s) to hear the appeal.  All documentation will be provided to the appeal hearing and the appeal will be dealt with within one month of the lodging of same.  The decision of the appeal hearing will be considered by the Board of Management who will have ultimate authority in the matter.



1. Children should be courteous and respectful to all: -  pupils,
school staff and visitors to school.

2.   Children should show respect for school property e.g. no
litter, no vandalism etc.

3.   Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated.

4.   PUNCTUALITY:  Pupils must be on time for school.  The
     school is open to receive pupils at 9.00a.m.  Pupils should
     arrive not later than 9.20a.m.  Junior /Senior Infants are
     dismissed at 1.40p.m. and all other classes are dismissed
     at 2.40p.m.

5.   Pupils must line up quietly when bell rings.

6.   School play yards, corridors etc., are walking areas at all
7. Pupils should not leave Yard or Field without permission.

8. Parents/Guardians should write a note to the class teacher explaining
a child’s absences from school.


    (i)   School uniform should be worn each day with the
           exception of those days that a child has Physical
           Education class when a school tracksuit may be worn.

 Uniform consists of:-    Navy jumper
    White shirt
                                            Grey skirt/ trousers
    Blue & Navy tie,


     School tracksuits supplied by  Pat O’Farrell  SchoolL Wear
     Portmarnock.  Telephone:  8463512.

    (ii)    Pupils are not allowed wear earrings of any kind while
            at school or involved in school related activities.  If parents/
            guardians wish that a child wear an earring stud, it must be  
            small and discreet.

10. Where applicable, only parents, guardians or nominated
adults may collect a child before normal school closing
time.  In all such instances children must be signed for in the o


   Pupils are expected to keep the school environment clean
   and litter free.  Classrooms should be kept neat and tidy and
   care should be taken to keep the school grounds litter free.
   A high level of respect for personal and public property is
   expected at all times.


   Any infectious illness or disease should be reported to the
   school immediately.  It is the policy of the Board of
   Management to notify parents it there are infectious
   illnesses in the school.  


   A child involved in any accident or who is hurt in any way
   must report or be reported to the teacher on yard/field
   supervision or to another teacher.  The teacher will follow
   agreed school policy.  First aid if required will be
   administered initially by the Principal Teacher or School
   Secretary.   Accidents requiring further attention will be
   notified immediately to parents/guardians by contacting
   home or emergency telephone number.


 To be successful at school requires, among other things,
 energy and good health.  Your child needs nourishing food to
 maintain his/her health and energy.  Parents/Guardians are
 requested to supply an adequate, balanced and healthy lunch for their

 Milk and sandwiches/fruit may be ordered for your child
 in school, free of charge.


 Glass bottles or containers may not be brought to school for
 safety reasons.


 Please ensure that ALL clothing is labelled.


 Fingal County Council provides a School Traffic Warden
 Service at opening and closing times.  All classes are
 dismissed by their teachers to the gate.  Cyclists must
 dismount and walk when entering or leaving the school;

Guardians are forbidden to drive into the school when
 dropping off or collecting children at school opening/closing times.

Approved at Board of Management Meeting on:                Date………………………

Corinne Walsh
(Chairperson BOM)

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