Introduction

Coláiste an Átha has a comprehensive Code of Behaviour. It has been reviewed in consultation with Parents, Staff and Students and in line with NEWB (National Education Welfare Board) guidelines 2008. Every effort has been made to ensure that the Code is fair and equitable to all members of the school community thus helping them gain maximum benefit from what our college offers.

The purpose of the Code of Behaviour is to provide a safe and effective environment by stating the high expectations of all members of the school community.

Attendance at Coláiste An Átha means acceptance of the Code of Behaviour of the College.

The Code is compulsory for all enrolled students.

A declaration of acceptance of the Code is signed by parents / guardians at the time of enrolment.

The Code is in accordance with latest education legislation and guidelines. During the development of the Code the Teaching Staff, Parents Association and Students were consulted.

When enrolled as a student of the college the parents/guardians and the students agree to accept the Code of Behaviour.

Coláiste an Átha’s Code of Behaviour prioritises the promotion of good behaviour.

  1. Coláiste an Átha encourages commitment and standards of excellence in all school work and extra-curricular activities. Full attendance is required to attain these high standards. Students who have the honour to represent the school are expected to attend practices and events consistently.
  2. Respect must be shown for all staff and visitors to our College at all times. Students must respect each other. Bullying of any sort will always be considered a serious offence.
  3. Good order and attention are required in class so that students can pursue their right to learn effectively. Students must not talk at will during class or be involved in any other form of disruption.
  4. Students are required to make their very best effort to present high quality homework. This must be recorded in the student’s journal which each student must be in possession of on each school day. Students must get their journal signed each weekend by parent/guardian.
  5. Students should be punctual for all classes to prevent disruption and to ensure good learning.
  6. Students should present themselves in a tidy and acceptable way. School uniform must be worn and consists of navy jumper with school crest, navy trousers or skirt, light blue (polo) shirt and black shoes. Only school jackets with crest are permitted to be worn in school. Wearing additional garments over uniform is not acceptable. The wearing of facial jewellery is not allowed.
  7. Physical Education is an essential timetabled part of the curriculum for which students must be properly attired.
  8. Attention should be paid to the health and safety of all the community. Smoking is not permitted and students should not have any substances or items deemed to be unacceptable on the premises, grounds or school outings. Students should not congregate around entrances/exits which should be kept clear at all times. Students must use racks provided for storing all bags.
  9. Respect should be shown for College property and that of other students. Compensation may be required for offences in this area. Classrooms must be kept tidy, litter bins used and all eating/drinking should be confined to the canteen and grounds.
  10. The use of mobile phones for calls and texts is only permitted before registration and during morning and lunch breaks. The use of mobile phone camera and video facilities is banned while students are on school premises and grounds. Phones are to be switched off during class time. Mobile phones will be confiscated if students are found to be in breach of College policy. The return of confiscated phones will be in accordance with the College policy.
  11. All absences must be accounted for by completion of slip in student’s journal. The reason for the absence as required by NEWB. If any absence exceeds 3 days contact should then be made with the school. Mitching is considered a serious offence and will be dealt with accordingly.
  12. The sanctions of the College include extra written work, removal from class, detention and suspension. The College reserves the right to expel/exclude students who do not comply with the Code of Behaviour.
  13. The implementation of this policy, in so far as is practicable, will allow for the special educational needs of individual students.

The educational needs of the student whose behaviour is unacceptable will be balanced with the educational needs other students in the College.

Guidelines for dealing with indiscipline

Suspension After School Detention IRF Subject Teacher Sanction
  • Abuse to Teaching, Administration or Ancillary Staff.
  • Bullying.
  • Substance Abuse.
  • Sexual Harassment of Other Students or Staff.
  • Theft.
  • Absence from College Grounds without permission.
  • Fighting.
  • This list is not exhaustive.
  • Damaging or defacing College Property.
  • Smoking within College grounds. Smoking in school uniform.
  • Failure to attend Lunchtime Detention
  • Breach of Health & Safety rules.
  • Constant disruption of class.
  • Disrespectful to a member of school staff.
  • This list is not exhaustive.
  • Absence from class without permission.
  • Using classroom equipment in a dangerous manner.
  • Dangerous behaviour on school grounds.
  • Failing to comply with an instruction from a member of teaching staff.
  • Failure to complete subject teacher sanction.
  • This list is not exhaustive.
  • Continuous Low Level Disruption.
  • Late for class.
  • Not having correct books or equipment.
  • Chewing gum.
  • Eating within classroom.
  • Drinking without teacher’s permission in class.
  • Using inappropriate language within College grounds.
  • Use of mobile phone in class 
  • Littering.
  • Not completing classwork or homework.
  • This list is not exhaustive.