Code of Good Behaviour


The overall emphasis of this code of behaviour is to ensure that the individuality of each child is accommodated, while acknowledging the right of each child to education in a nurturing environment since in order to function effectively any group of people must have a certain level of shared understandings, expectations and beliefs.
The standards set are simple and designed for both person and property. It produces an atmosphere for staff and pupils that is conducive to good teaching, effective learning, enlightened self-control and emphasis on consideration for others. The support of parents is essential for attaining these standards.
General Behaviour
Class begins at 8.55 a.m. Punctuality is necessary at all times. Boys are supervised from 7.45 a.m. and children may not enter the school premises before this time.
 Classes are dismissed at 2.30 p.m. except on Wednesdays when they conclude at 12.40 p.m.
 The school bears no responsibility for children on the premises outside of acknowledged supervised hours.
 All visitors to the school must report to the Secretary’s office.
 Parents wishing to meet the Principal or Class Teacher should make an appointment in advance through the school secretary. (Parents are encouraged to come and talk to teachers if their child is experiencing any problems.)
 The Academic Calendar is circulated to parents early in the school year. Parents are reminded to respect the integrity of the academic year.
 Signed notes from the parent/guardian should be given to the class teacher in the following circumstances.
o Following absence from school (required under the Education Welfare Act)
o If a child has to leave during school hours
o If a child is late for school
o If homework is not completed
o If full uniform is not worn
 Non camera phones only are allowed in school. They may never be turned on except with permission from a teacher.Mobile phones turned on in school will be confiscated and returned only to parents. Camera phones and similar technology are absolutely prohibited.
 Please refer to the Acceptable Usage Policy for Technology.
 Boys are encouraged to be neat and tidy in their personal appearance and to take pride in their school uniform
 The uniform comprises grey trousers, grey shirt, grey jumper with distinctive blue and white stripe and school crest, navy tie with school crest, and black shoes. Official school uniform is available through Irish Items, Dunlaoghaire or in school.
 School tracksuit, white polo tee-shirt with school crest or plain white tee-shirt and runners must be worn on P.E. days.
 All clothing must be clearly marked with the child’s name.
 Nutritious lunches are recommended and actively encouraged.
 Popcorn, crisps, chewing gum, sweets, chocolate and fizzy drinks are not allowed.
 Plastic bottle should be used for drinks
 Glass bottles are not allowed.
 Homework is a useful means of:
 Reinforcing the learning done in school
 Developing a sense of responsibility
 Developing the habit of study at home
 Involving parents in their children’s studies
 Parents are requested to ensure that homework is monitored to ensure that it is completed to the highest possible standard.
 If a pupil’s homework is not completed over a period of time the school staff will contact the parents/guardians to discuss the matter.
Time spent for each year group as outlined in the policy document on homework is approximately as follows:
20 minutes for Form2/2.1
30minutes for Form3/3.1
40 minutes for Form4/4.1
50minutes for Form 5/5.1
One hour for Form 6/6.1
If your child is consistently spending too much time on homework, please discuss with the class teacher/Principal.
The school places strong emphasis on safety and to support this, the following regulations are in place:
 Running within the school building is prohibited
 Pupil’s enter/exit classes through the designated door and play in designated yards.
 If a pupil falls or is injured during the school day first-aid is administered by a designated staff member. This generally involves washing with warm water and applying a plaster. If your child is allergic to any of these materials please advise the class teacher.
 In the case of serious accidents, parents/guardians will be contacted by phone. Please ensure that an emergency telephone number is on record at the school office, to be updated each year.
If a pupil becomes ill at school the parents/guardians will be contacted. Consideration should be given to the health of other pupils by not sending pupils to school if they are ill.
 If a pupil is on medication the Class Teacher should be notified.
 No tablets or medicine will be administered by any member of staff to a pupil.
 If your son has allergies or has any particular medical condition that we should be aware of, please inform his teacher.
In keeping with this emphasis on safety, fire drill is performed regularly by staff and pupils and an account is kept of all reported accidents.
Code of Behaviour
 To allow the school to function in a orderly and harmonious way

 To enhance the learning environment where children can make progress in all aspects of their development

 To create an atmosphere of respect, tolerance and consideration for others

 To promote positive behaviour and self-discipline recognising the differences between children and the need to accommodate these differences

 To ensure the safety and well being of all members of the school community

 To ensure that the system of rules, rewards and sanctions are implemented in a fair and consistent manner

Unacceptable behaviour is identified as
1. A lack of respect for other children, school staff or school property
2. Continuous disruptive behaviour
3. Disrespect to teachers/school staff.
4. Behaviour which risks the pupil’s safety.
5. Behaviour which adversely influences the conduct of other pupils.
6. Behaviour which adversely affects the education of other pupils.
7. Adverse influence by a pupil on the conduct of others.
8. the use of bad language, disobedience, insolence, theft, bullying, fighting and damaging school property.
9. Breaches of discipline, such as those outlined above, are recorded in an incident book. The support of parents is expected when a pupil is disciplined following behaviour which is unacceptable to the school authorities.
Strategies for dealing with unacceptable and or serious behaviour (cf. CPSMA Guidelines, Appendix 55):
 Reasoning with the pupil

 Reprimand (including advice on how to improve)

 Temporary separation from peers, friends or others

 Loss of privileges

 Detention during school break if misbehaviour is affecting others

 Prescribing additional work

 Referral to Principal or Assistant Principal

 Communication with parents

 Detention after school when parents have been notified

 Suspension by Principal for serious breaches of discipline

 Expulsion by the B.O.M.

Breaches of behaviour are recorded in an Incident Book.
Good behaviour is acknowledged and commended and consequently reinforced so that it becomes habit-forming. It is expected that parents will support teachers where breaches of discipline occur.
Anti – Bullying Policy
St. Mary’s College aims to build a caring Christian community which recognises the dignity of each person in the school and endeavours to ensure that each one’s dignity is honoured.
Bullying is defined as repeated aggression, verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against others, which may include
 Verbal – name-calling, ridicule, sneering, bad language

 Psychological bullying e.g. intimidation, isolation, exclusion

 Physical bullying e.g. – hitting, kicking, punching, spitting, theft

If you are concerned please report to the class teacher.
Educational programmes are implemented to allow for the enhancement of each pupil’s self worth and to develop pupils’ skills to deal with bullying behaviour.
Procedures for noting and reporting incidents:
 Reports of bullying will be noted, investigated and dealt with by the class teacher. Individual teachers will record and take appropriate measures in accordance with procedures as outlined below. A special incident book will be kept in the office for this purpose only.

Cases will be referred to the principal, as appropriate.
 Parents of the children involved may be notified by the Principal in appropriate circumstances and invited to discuss the matter.

 The strategies for dealing with unacceptable behaviour will be employed if pupils are found to be in breach of the anti – bullying policy.

Procedures for investigating and dealing with bullying
 Teacher will talk separately to the pupils involved
 Answers will be sought to questions of What, Where, When, Who and Why
 Members of a group will be met individually and as a group
 Parents will be asked when appropriate to come and meet the Teacher/Principal.
The three important rules to help children in the event of their being bullied are:
If pupils are aware of others being bullied they should inform a member of staff. We ask parents to be aware of signs, which might suggest that their son is being bullied.
School Enrolment Policy
The Management of St. Mary’s College is setting out its enrolment policy in accordance with the Education Act 1998, Section 15.2 (d).
Mission Statement
St. Mary’s College is a Catholic fee-paying day school for boys aged from 8 to 18 years. The Patron of the college is the Des Places Educational Association. The college was founded and owned by the Holy Ghost Fathers, the Spiritans, in 1890 at the request of the Archbishop of Dublin and the people of Rathmines. The college comprises senior and junior schools, with separate Principal and separate Boards of Management. The senior and junior schools are structured to facilitate the seamless transition from primary to secondary departments without a break in outlook, aims or spirit.
Today, faithful to its traditions, it continues to be a community of faith and learning that fosters idealism, inspires hearts and informs minds in the wisdom, which enables people to know and do what is right. All involved in the educational process accept and undertake to carry out the mission of St. Mary’s.
1. Operating Context
A Board of Management is composed of nominees of the patron together with parents and teachers. The Junior School has been managed by a Board of Management since October 2004, following more than a century of management by Spiritan personnel. The current Principal is Mrs. Mary O’Donnell who also will act as Secretary of the Board of Management.
St. Mary’s offers a complete education from second to sixth class, characterised by a professional and dedicated team of teachers under the guidance of the current Principal. The National Curriculum is followed, with specialist teachers providing tuition in Art, Music, French and P.E.
Teachers qualified in special education facilitate children with particular educational needs.
As a Catholic school, religion plays a central part in the life of the College, with great emphasis placed on sacraments such as Communion and Confirmation.
The college offers an extensive extra-curricular programme including Irish conversation, piano , basketball, tennis, table tennis, swimming golf and Karate. These may change from year to year.
Facilitating partnership in education, there is an active Parent’s Association, and a Past Pupil’s Union. Each operates under its own constitution to support the work of the school.
2. School Resources
St. Mary’s does not receive grants from the Department of Education and Science. The College operates within the regulations laid down from time to time by the Child and Family Agency. Implementation of the School Plan and school policy must have due regard to the resources and funding available.
3. Application Procedures
St. Mary’s is a catholic school that supports inclusiveness with respect to the enrolment of children and it is expected that all prospective students and their parents will subscribe and actively support the spirit and ethos of St. Mary’s college. Prospective parents may first signal their intention to apply for a place in the College by contacting the school for an application form or by visiting the website, On completion and return the application is placed on file. Early application is advised.
Admission to St. Mary’s College Junior s School is at 2nd class level, i.e 7/8 years of age. Those on a waiting list are contacted in the October prior to their year of admission, if still interested, parents and boys, are invited for interview and assessment in February. It is emphasised that as we are a mixed ability school and pupils are not streamed, the assessment is for our files only and has nothing to do with a child being offered a place, however we reserve the right to decline an application if we feel we do not have the resources for a particular child’s needs. By a specified date, parents are offered a place and asked for a deposit and only on receipt of this non-refundable deposit currently set at €800, is that placed secured. If we are over subscribed, management makes the decisions relating to applications in accordance with the following criteria:
1) A brother already attending, the school must be informed 3 years in advance.
2) A brother of a past pupil
3) A son of a staff member
4) A son of a past student
5) A close relative of a member of the Holy Ghost congregation
6) Date of application
7) In the event of criteria being exhausted a lottery will take place
8) School Management reserves the right to allocate a limited number of places tp applicants on the grounds of compassion, or other special circumstances. The decision to award any such place will be based on an objective assessment of the particular pupil and his circumstances, including an interview with the pupil and his parents or guardians.
4. Special Needs
As an inclusive, caring community ,where applicants with special needs are eligible to attend the College, the Management will request an up to date copy of the applicant’s medical/psychological and individual educational reports or an immediate assessment. This is in order to assist the school in establishing educational and training needs of the child relevant to his ability or individuall needs and to profile the support services required. All information is passed to the relevant teachers and again if we feel we have the resources, a place will be offered.
5. Right to refuse
The College Management reserves the right to refuse admission in certain circumstances including as outlined above.
The College Principal will be happy to clarify further matters arising from this policy.
This policy document may be updated from time to time. Any subsequent amendments will supercede any previous versions of this policy document.