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Scoil Treasa's Policy

Code of Behaviour

Anti Bullying Policy



Code of Discipline

Code of Behaviour

The aim of the code of behaviour in Scoil Treasa is to provide a framework for
reasonable and responsible behaviour by all involved in our school – Board of
Management, staff, parents and pupils and to ensure that every reasonable effort is
made to accommodate the individuality of each pupil, while acknowledging the
right of each pupil to education in a disruption free and unthreatening environment.
The school therefore promotes a culture and climate that is welcoming of diversity
and where all relationships are respected.

The school code therefore places emphasis on all members of staff adopting a
positive approach to the question of behaviour in the school. The code offers a
framework within which positive techniques of motivation ,encouragement and
rewards for positive behaviour are utilised by teachers. All children will be
encouraged to behave in a positive, respectful and friendly manner.
The school community will be empowered to prevent, discuss, disclose and deal
with all breaches of the code of behaviour and written records will be kept of all
serious misdemeanours.

Every effort will be made to ensure that the code of behaviour is implemented in a
reasonable, fair and consistent manner It is agreed that a high standard of
behaviour requires a high level of co-operation between staff, parents and pupils..
For this reason before resorting to serious sanctions, channels of communication
between school and parents will be utilised and the active co-operation of parents
sought at an early stage rather than a last resort. Also for this reason every effort
will be made by the Principal and the staff to ensure that parents are kept well
informed and that the school provides a welcoming atmosphere towards parents.



Safety: For my own safety and that of others-

(a) I should always be prepared for the school day.
(b) I should always remain seated in my place unless I have permission to go somewhere . (c) I should always put my hand up before speaking.
(d) I should keep my table and classroom clean and tidy.
(e) I should always show respect for others around me.
(f) I should always follow the agreed classroom rules.
(g) I should always be honest and try my best.

Caring for myself:
(a) I should respect myself and my property, always keeping my school bag, books and copies in good order.
(b) I should always be in my class line at 9:15 am.
(c) I should show respect for my school and wear the complete school uniform every day. (d) I should always be aware of my personal cleanliness.
(e) I should always bring a sensible, healthy lunch to school.
(f) 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:
(a) I should be kind and respectful to all members of the school community by being mannerly and polite, by taking turns and by respecting other people’s personal space.
(b) I should behave well in class and always do as I am asked by school staff so that my fellow pupils and I can learn.
(c) I should show respect for the property of all members of the school community, the school building and grounds.
(d) Be truthful and honest at all times.
(e) I should not provoke bad behaviour in others by name-calling or slagging.
(f) All pupils have a right to an environment free of intimidation. All Forms of bullying are unacceptable (see Anti Bullying Policy)



1. Pupils are expected to work to the best of their abilities and present written work neatly.
2. Pupils are to show respect for their classmates and to follow teachers’ instructions and follow agreed classroom rules.
3. Unless otherwise advised, pupils whilst in the classroom are to remain seated.
4. Children should keep their classrooms neat and tidy.
5. When pupils must remain in the classrooms during break times please obey the supervising teacher’s instructions at all times.
6. When visiting other classrooms & offices:-
a. Children should knock at the door and wait until told to enter.
b. Enter, close door and relay message
c. When exiting close door quietly.
7. The general school rules apply at all times.

Positive behaviour may be acknowledged in any one of the following ways:
• A quiet word or gesture to show approval.
• A comment/stamp/merit sticker 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/reward.
• Delegating some special responsibility or privilege.
• A mention to parent, written or verbal communication.

Unacceptable minor misdemeanours will be dealt with in some of the following ways:
• Reasoning with pupils.
• Verbal Warning (including advice on how to improve).
• Time Out /temporary separation from peers (within the class).
• Note home/Extra work
• Referral to Principal.
• Time Out in another class
• Meeting with parents/class teacher
• Meeting with parents/class teacher/principal and drawing up of contract of acceptable behaviour signed by all parties including pupil

Serious Misdemeanours ……..including
 Constant disruptive behaviour
 Constant disregard for others and school/class rules.
 Disrespect for staff members
 Aggressive ,threatening, insulting language or behaviour towards other children or staff members
 Interference with or damage to property belonging to others or the school.
 Stealing, fighting or lying

Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with serious misdemeanours
 Immediate referral to Principal
 Written record of misdemeanour
 Parent informed either by phone or letter
 Meeting with principal/parent /class teacher

For serious/continued misdemeanours a pupil may be suspended in accordance with the procedures as outlined in Chapter 11 ‘Developing a Code of Behaviour: Guidelines for Schools 2008. In the case of serious misbehaviour the Board of Management has authorised the Principal to sanction an immediate suspension pending discussing the matter with the parents.
Expulsion will be considered in extreme cases only and will take place in accordance with the procedures as outlined in Chapter 12 ‘Developing a Code of Behaviour: Guidelines for Schools 2008.

It should be noted that these lists consist of examples only: It is not meant to be a totally comprehensive list of misdemeanours and procedural steps. You appreciate that we cannot predict all possible eventualities. Examples not listed here will be dealt with as the principal and Board of Management see fit.


It is the policy of the school to assign homework each night except at weekends. Parents are strongly advised to take an active interest in their child’s homework and must sign their Homework Journal /Homework copy each night (ensuring that it is done).

Failure to complete homework is dealt with in the following manner.
1. A standard note is sent home to parents to be signed the following day informing them that their child’s homework was not completed. The child is required to complete the homework in question and also that night’s homework by the following day.
2. Phone call or letter to parents from class teacher.
3. Meeting between parent, teacher and pupil.
4. Meeting arranged between parents, pupil, teacher and principal.
5. Second meeting arranged between parents, class teacher and principal


1. Pupils must not behave in any way, which endangers themselves and others.
2. No mess fighting, tripping, wrestling, or other dangerous play accepted.
3. Any instructions or directions given by supervising teachers must be complied with.
4. When a child has to re-enter school for coat/toilet, etc. child must report to yard teacher for yard pass.
5. ‘Little break’ starts at 11.00am and finishes at 11.10am.
6. ‘Big Break’ starts at 12.40pm and finishes at 1.10pm.
7. Depending on weather conditions, children will either be on tarmac area or tarmac and grass area.
8. 1st bell informs that break is over, children line up in twos at designated area. 2nd bell informs that classes are ready to enter school in an orderly fashion.
9. Please do not interfere with play of others.
10 All pupils have a right to an environment free of intimidation. All forms of bullying are unacceptable (see section on Bullying)
11. Swinging out of basketball/goal posts is dangerous and is prohibited.

Positive behaviour may be acknowledged in any one of the following ways:
• A quiet word or gesture to show approval.
• A comment to child’s teacher.
• A class merit mark .
• A word of praise in front of a group or class.

Unacceptable minor misdemeanours will be dealt with as follows:
• Reasoning with pupils.
-Verbal Warning (including advice on how to improve).
-Name/misdemeanour recorded in Yard Book.
-Repeated occurrences - note home and removal from yard activities for a period of time . -Referral to Principal

Serious Yard Misdemeanours
 Name/record of misdemeanour entered into yard book.
 Principal.
 Note home
 Removal from yard activities for a period of time
 Class teacher meets parents
 Class teacher, principal meet parents.


Scoil Treasa Dress Code:-
School Uniform A: Grey Jumper; blue shirt/blouse; Grey skirt/pinafore/trousers; School tie and black shoes.

Sports Uniform B: School tracksuit; white polo shirt; Runners. School polo shirt or plain T/Shirt to be worn with tracksuit

School Uniform A should be worn at all times except on the following occasions:-
 When Sports, Uniform B should be worn.
 On P.E. / Swimming and Gymnastics days.
 When pupils have school related sports activities after school.
 Name tags should be attached to all personal clothing
 Note required when child is not wearing school uniform
 In the interests of safety we request that earrings not be worn to school.
 No jewellery of any sort to be worn during P.E. class (in the interest of safety)
 No make-up to be worn to school at any time.

When a child does not wear the school uniform a standard letter will be sent to the parents/guardians.


An explanatory note is required from parents/guardians:
 When a child has been absent
 When a child wishes to get off early
 When children miss school because they are brought on holidays. No child shall leave the school during school hours without permission of the appropriate authority

When a pupil is absent (for any reason) for 20 or more school days, the school authorities are obliged under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 to report such absences to Túsla.



1. When a child becomes ill at school; parent/guardian/minder is contacted and appropriate arrangements made for child’s collection.
2. If a child is ill he/she should not attend school on this particular day/days.
3. If you wish your child (under certain circumstances i.e. injuries/crutches) to remain in please contact the Office.


School starts at 9:20 am. Children are expected to be on time and it is their parents/guardians responsibility to ensure that they are. When children are late they disrupt their class and their learning and constantly being late impacts negatively on the child’s own learning outcomes. A standard letter will be sent to parents if a child is always late.


Where a pupil brings a mobile phone to school, the phone must be kept out of sight, switched off during the school day and may not be used, for any purpose, on school premises, grounds or during off-site school activities (such as school swimming or sports activities, school tours). The only exception to this is with the prior approval of the B.O.M. / Principal.
Pupils who ignore this policy and use a mobile on school premises without permission will be required to hand over their phone to a teacher and parents will be asked to collect it from Mr. O’ Meara in the office.
If a pupil continually ignores this policy they will not be allowed bring a phone to school
The school will incorporate this plan in the school’s behaviour policy and will treat breaches as they would treat any other breach of school behaviour.
The school accepts no responsibility for replacing lost, stolen or damaged mobile phones. The safety and security of mobile phones is wholly a matter for pupils/parents.
Pupils using mobile phones to bully other pupils or send offensive messages/calls will face disciplinary actions as per the School Code of Behaviour. The use of the camera element of a mobile phone is also prohibited and is considered a serious misdemeanour if used in the school, on yard or off site during any school –related activities.

Anti Bullying Policy


  • In accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the code of behaviour guidelines issued by the NEWB, the Board of Management of Scoil Treasa, Firhouse has adopted the following anti-bullying policy within the framework of the school’s overall code of behaviour. This policy fully complies with the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools which were published in September 2013.
  • The Board of Management recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:
  • A positive school culture and climate which-
    • is welcoming of difference and diversity and is based on inclusivity;
    • encourages pupils to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour in a non-threatening environment; and
    • promotes respectful relationships across the school community;
  • Effective leadership;
  • A school-wide approach;
  • A shared understanding of what bullying is and its impact;
  • Implementation of education and prevention strategies (including awareness raising measures) that-
    • build empathy, respect and resilience in pupils; and
    • explicitly address the issues of cyber-bullying and identity-based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying.
  • Effective supervision and monitoring of pupils;
  • Supports for staff;
  • Consistent recording, investigation and follow up of bullying behaviour (including use of established intervention strategies); and
  • On-going evaluation of the effectiveness of the anti-bullying policy.


  1. In accordance with the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools bullying is defined as follows:

Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical conducted, by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time.
The following types of bullying behaviour are included in the definition of bullying:

  • deliberate exclusion, malicious gossip and other forms of relational bullying,
  • cyber-bullying and
  • identity-based bullying such as homophobic bullying, racist bullying, bullying based on a person’s membership of the Traveller community and bullying of those with disabilities or special educational needs.

Isolated or once-off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once-off offensive or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall within the definition of bullying and should be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.
However, in the context of this policy, placing a once-off offensive or hurtful public message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying behaviour. 
Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.
Additional information on different types of bullying is set out in Section 2 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.

  1. The relevant teacher for investigating and dealing with bullying is the class teacher.
  • The education and prevention strategies (including strategies specifically aimed at cyber- bullying and identity-based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying) that will be used by the school are as follows (see Section 6.5 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools):
  1. The school’s procedures for investigation, follow-up and recording of bullying behaviour and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing with cases of bullying behaviour are as follows (see Section 6.8 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools)
  1. The school’s programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying is as follows (see Section 6.8 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools)
  1. Supervision and Monitoring of Pupils

The Board of Management confirms that appropriate supervision and monitoring policies and practices are in place to both prevent and deal with bullying behaviour and to facilitate early intervention where possible.

  1. Prevention of Harassment

The Board of Management confirms that the school will, in accordance with its obligations under equality legislation, take all such steps that are reasonably practicable to prevent the sexual harassment of pupils or staff or the harassment of pupils or staff on any of the nine grounds specified i.e. gender including transgender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller community.

  1. This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on
  1. This policy has been made available to school personnel, published on the school website and provided to the Parents’ Association. A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department of Education and Skills and the patron if requested.
  1. This policy and its implementation will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year. Written notification that the review has been completed will be made available to school personnel, published on the school website and provided to the Parents’ Association.  A record of the review and its outcome will be made available, if requested, to the patron and the Department.