Code of Conduct

Code of Behaviour

  • The student and his/her parents are requested to read carefully the following Code of Behaviour. Attendance at Cashel Community School implies acceptance of this Code of Behaviour. Students and Parents/Guardians are required to sign this Code of Behaviour in the spaces provided in the Student Record Book.
  • Respect for each other is central to maintaining a happy school community for all who attend and work here. The promotion of mutual respect is central to this Code of Behaviour.
  • Cashel Community School endeavours, to the greatest possible extent, to provide an appropriate education for all students, and in that context, the right to education of the overwhelming majority of pupils must not be subverted by a disruptive minority.
  • It is a fundamental requirement that students adhere to the Code of Behaviour and further requires that no action of a student in or out of school would damage the reputation of the school.

1. Student Record Book

(a) Each student is provided with a Student Record Book at the start of the School year.
(b) The Student Record Book is designed to:
· Monitor the students attendance and punctuality
· Monitor the day to day behaviour of each student and record detention
· Provide a number of permission forms which require the signature of the student’s parents/guardians
· Provide a journal to organise homework on a daily basis
· Provide information on the progress of the student
(c) Each student is required to have his or her Student Record Book with them in all classes. In order to facilitate entries in the Absence Record or Permission to Leave School sections and to facilitate parents checking the Student Record Book it is essential that students bring home the Student Record Book each evening.
(d) The record book is to be used for official purposes only. It is not a personal diary.
(e) The record book is an invaluable link between home and school. Parents are requested to check their son’s/daughter’s Student Record Book at regular intervals during the school term.
(f) Each student is responsible for the safe keeping of his/her Student Record Book. Loss of the Student Record Book must be reported immediately to the Class Tutor. Loss of the Student Record Book will result in sanctions plus a replacement fee of €10 for the first and €20 for subsequent replacements of the Student Record Book.

2. Role of Parent/Guardian

The partnership between parents/guardians and Cashel Community School will create a positive and caring learning environment. The support and co-operation of parents/guardians is essential to the effective operation of the Code of Behaviour. 

Parents/guardians could foster this partnership by:

a) Monitoring your son’s/daughters behaviour, progress, attendance and punctuality by regularly checking Student Record Book.
b) Ensuring that your son/daughter attends school regularly, on time, in full uniform and is in possession of all materials necessary for their education as stipulated by the school.
c) Contacting the school if you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s behaviour and/or progress.
d) Providing all necessary information to the school.
e) Providing a note explaining a student’s absence from school as required by the Education Welfare Act 2002.
f) Making appointments through the school office (062-61167) to request a meeting with a teacher, Year Head, Deputy Principal or Principal.
g) Attending meetings as requested by the school.
h) Checking in at the office if you wish to meet a student or bring a student home early from school.
i) Reading and becoming familiar with all of Cashel Community School policies and procedures.
j) Highlighting the importance of respect to your son/daughter. We are confident that if support and co-operation are received from parents that this Code of Behaviour will help enable your son/daughter to achieve their full potential while attending Cashel Community School.

3. Bullying


(a) Every child has the right to pass safely through childhood in to adulthood. This right, which no person should take from another, includes the right not to be bullied. Bullying happens when one person or a group of people tries to upset another person.
(b) Students are expected and encouraged to report any instance of bullying which they experience or observe.
(c) lt is the policy of Cashel Community School that all incidents of bullying will be investigated and that decisive action will be taken to resolve such a serious breach of the accepted code of behaviour.

4. Punctuality and Absenteeism


Students who attend class regularly and on time make progress in school. Poor standards of punctuality and attendance disrupt teaching and learning for all.
(a) Classes commence at 9:00am and students are required to be present in the school at 8:50am. Similarly, students are required to be present in the school ten minutes before classes resume in the afternoon. Students must be present between 8:50am and the end of the final class each day.
(b) Students who are late for school in the morning or the afternoon must report to the Main Office on arrival with a written explanation from his/her parent/guardian.
(c) Students must arrive to all classes on time.
(d) When a student has been absent, Parent/Guardians must fill in an absence form in the Student Record Book and sign it. The student must produce the completed form at roll call or on request.
(e) lt is expected that students will use the toilet facilities before 8:50 a.m., during morning break and during lunch break. lf a student needs to use the toilet facilities at a time other than those stated above, then the permission of the teacher of the class that the student is entering must be obtained.
(f) Loitering in the toilet areas is not allowed.
(g) Students who feel unwell may report to the rest room having first sought permission from the subject teacher. Students must provide the teacher with proof of attendance in the rest room when they return to class.
(h) In accordance with the terms of the Education Welfare Act the school will send a report to the Education Welfare Board on students who are absent in excess of twenty days.
(i) School Management cannot accept responsibility for students who absent themselves from the school without permission.

5. School Uniform and Appearance


Cashel Community School uniform worn with pride portrays a positive image of you and your school.
(a)The school uniform is:
(i) A navy school pants/school skirt
(ii) White Shirt
(iii) School tie
(iv) School jumper
(v) Black/brown shoes
(vi) Reversible Fleece jacket (Optional)

(b) Each student must wear full school uniform every day and be neat and tidy in his/her overall appearance. A breach of these rules is perceived as being a deliberate and calculated disregard for school rules.
(c) Hair must be neat and tidy at all times and of a natural colour. Hairstyles that are deemed to be in contravention of the spirit of the school rules are prohibited.
(d) The wearing of excessive jewellery, facial piercing and accessories is not permitted. Boys may not wear jewellery on their ears.
(e) The use of make-up is not allowed.
(f) School PE.Gear is obligatory for all junior students.
(g) Junior cycle students must wear the official school tracksuit for Physical Education. The official school tracksuit incorporates the school coat of arms and is available locally.
(h) All senior students must wear appropriate PE.Gear.


6. Respect and Consideration


A positive attitude to staff and fellow students allows teachers to teach and students to learn.
(a) Students must show respect and courtesy to all staff and fellow students at all times.
(b) Students must carry out their teachers’ instructions, show interest in their class work and complete all homework as directed
(c) Students must move between classrooms in a quiet and orderly manner. Students must only walk on the left hand side of the corridor. The top corridor is one way only.
(d) All students must wait in an orderly manner outside the classroom until their teacher arrives.
(e) Offensive language will not be tolerated.

7. Respect for Property


Responsible management of your property and of school facilities ensures that you are prepared for class. School facilities are for everyone and damage to property costs time and money.
(a) All students are required to have a locker. Students should use the locker facilities before 8:50 am, during morning break/lunch and after school.
(b) Students should respect books provided through the Book Rental Scheme by covering books, keeping them securely and returning all rented books in good condition at the end of each year.
(c) Students must show respect for school property. Writing on desks, walls, lockers, etc. is unacceptable.
(d) Students must respect the personal property of staff and other students,
(e) Each student is responsible for his/her own property and all items must be clearly labelled. The school cannot accept responsibility for goods lost in school.
(f) Each student must provide himself/herself with a complete set of books, copies, equipment, etc. as instructed by the teacher.
(g) In the interest of safety, schoolbags and equipment must not be left carelessly on the corridor.

 

8. Procedure for leaving school during school day
 

Cashel Community School is responsible for you during the school day and the following procedures are necessary to ensure your safety.
(a) (i) ln order to obtain permission to leave the school, the student’s parent/guardians must complete and sign the permission form in the Student Record Book.
(ii) No student is allowed leave the school grounds without the permission form signed by the Year Head, Deputy Principal or Principal.
(iii) The student must show the signed permission form at the office when signing out and likewise when signing in.
(b) Students in sixth year are allowed to leave the school grounds at lunchtime for the purpose of purchasing their lunch. In order for students to avail of this privilege, parents/guardians must complete the lunch pass in the Student Record Book.
(c) Students up to and including fifth year are not allowed leave the school grounds at lunchtime. Students from Cashel may however go home for lunch. In order for students from Cashel to avail of this privilege, parents/guardians must complete the lunch pass in the Student Record Book.

9. Extra Curricular Activities 

Participation in extra curricular activities is a privilege, which requires high standards from all involved. While recognising that extra curricular activities are an important part of school life they should not unduly interfere with a student’s academic progress.
(a) Students who have an unsatisfactory discipline record in the school will be withdrawn from extra curricular and other school activities
(b) The Code of Behaviour applies to all outings, activities and tours.
(c) Any student guilty of misbehaviour during extra curricular or other school activities will not be allowed to participate in similar future events and/or be subject to other sanctions.
(d) Full school uniform must be worn by all students for out-of-school activities unless otherwise advised by the relevant school authorities.
(e) lt is the responsibility of each student involved in activities to complete, on time, the classwork/homework that was given in their absence.

10. General Points


In order to enhance social and personal development and personal safety the following rules are essential.
(a) The use of a mobile phone is prohibited and mobile phones must be out of sight and powered off from the time a student enters the school grounds or building in the morning until he/she leaves the building and the grounds in the afternoon after school and/or in the evening after study.
(b) Should a student have urgent reason to make contact with his/her parent/guardian in the course of the school day, then he/she is to seek permission to avail of the school landline phone.
(c) The use of personal electronic equipment, whether powered by electricity, cell or battery is prohibited from the time a student enters the school grounds or building in the morning until he/she leaves the building and the grounds in the afternoon after school and/or in the evening after study.
(d) Students who drive to school should park their vehicle in good time before school begins. The vehicle should not be moved until the student is leaving the school at the end of the school day or at the end of evening study. All vehicles are parked at the owner’s risk. The privilege of parking a car on the school grounds is reserved for Sixth Year students who are properly licensed and insured. Failure to comply with these guidelines and with normal safety standards will result in the withdrawal of the privilege of bringing a car to school.
(e) Smoking is prohibited throughout the school building, the school grounds and its environs and on all school activities/outings.
(f) The possession, purchase or consumption of alcohol or addictive substances is prohibited during the school day or during school activities/outings.
(g) Students using the school shop or the lunchtime facilities should queue in an orderly manner at all times.
(h) Students are required to dispose of all litter in the bins provided and leave all areas clean and tidy.
(i) Chewing gum is not allowed.
 

 

The Code of Behaviour is subject to review and revision on an ongoing basis.