School Rules

Respect for Staff

  1. Students should show respect for all staff members. Bullying or verbal abuse of staff will warrant immediate suspension.
  2. Students must comply with instructions given to them by all staff members. Direct refusal to do so will warrant suspension.

Respect for Students

  1. Students should show respect for their fellow students at all times. Bullying, physical or verbal, is completely unacceptable and may incur immediate suspension.
  2. Stone throwing, the use of bangers, fireworks, lasers or other dangerous objects is forbidden. Students guilty of the above will be suspended.
  3. Bad language or language of an abusive nature are completely unacceptable.

Respect for Property

  1. Students should respect their fellow student’s property and school property. Failure to do so will at least require that all losses are paid for or made good.

Respect for the School

  1. Student’s behaviour on the way to and from school as well as during lunchtime is important to the reputation of the school, its students and staff. Behaviour bringing the reputation of the school into disrepute will not be tolerated.
  2. The use of or possession of drugs or alcohol by students is very serious and will be dealt with very seriously, including notifying the Gardai, where appropriate.
  3. Full uniform must be worn at all times including on the way to and from school and during lunchtime. Students failing to comply may be sent home without prior notice.
  4. Students must attend school every day. Students must be on time for school. Students who have been absent must provide a note in their diary from parent /guardian. Failure to comply with either of the above may incur sanctions.
  5. Students are expected to complete all homework and study work when assigned. Failure to do so may incur sanctions.
  6. Students must carry a school bag containing their diary as well as the correct books and equipment. Failure to do so may incur sanctions.
  7. Toilet breaks are to be taken at morning and lunch break. Toilet breaks at other times are not allowed other than in exceptional circumstances or where the school has been notified of relevant medical condition.
  8. Students must remain within school boundaries during school hours. Under no circumstances should students leave school without permission. Failure to comply will be treated severely.
    • You may have a phone in the school building if it is turned off and in your bag.
    • If your phone can be seen or heard by staff or other students, you will be asked to put it into the “PHONE BOX” on the teacher’s desk for the duration of the class. The phone will be returned to you at the end of day.
    • If your phone can be seen or heard by staff or other students on the corridor, you will be asked to switch it off and put it into your bag.
    • If you choose not to co-operate, your refusal will be regarded as a serious breach of school discipline. It will be recorded in your diary and the teacher’s diary. Your Class Teacher and Year Head will be notified. Your refusal will mean SUSPENSION and your parents will be contacted.
  9. The following are forbidden: the use of personal music systems, chewing and eating in classrooms and corridors, the wearing of headgear in the school building and smoking in the school and school grounds.
  10. Students must comply with the school’s policy regarding the use of computers.

Coláiste Dhúlaigh Anit-Bullying Code

Coláiste Dhúlaigh’s Mission Statement says that learning should take place in a safe respectful and stimulating environment.

In view of this it is important that all students –

  • should feel safe from all forms of bullying in school and on the way to and from school.
  • are clear as to what bullying is, how to report it, to whom to report it and and what procedures to follow.
  • can look forward to attending school.
  • can easily approach teacher with their difficulties.
  • can look forward, without fear, to all breaks.
  • Know that if anything goes wrong, and it is reported, that it will be taken seriously and everybody therefore can have confidence in the system.

Making a false claim of bullying will be viewed very seriously and may incur suspension or exclusion.

Definition of Bullying

Bullying is repeated aggression, verbal, psychological or physical conducted by an individual or group against others. Bullying can often be racist, sexual or relational in nature, and those targeted often find it difficult to defend themselves against it.

Bullying is when a group or an individual repeatedly

  • slags a person or calls him/her names. This includes making personal or demeaning comments.
  • spreads rumours or lies about a person or his/her family or friends.
  • excludes or isolates a person.
  • intimidates a person physically or mentally, laughs at someone, looks at someone in a threatening or demeaning manner.
  • uses any form of physical violence to another, this can be hitting or pushing or serious assault.
  • makes racist remarks
  • makes unwelcome sexual comment or contact
  • manipulates relationships as a means of bullying
  • uses text messages, e-mail, Internet or other IT against someone
  • steals or demands money
  • steals or damages property.

Bullying can take many forms and applies to Student/Student, Student/Staff, Staff/Student, Parent/Staff or Staff/Parent Bullying.

Prevention

Prevention is the backbone of our anti-bullying policy. Each Year the school will organise a Friendship Week to heighten awareness of our Anti-Bullying Policy among all staff, students and parents/guardian. This will inform all parties of consequences of bullying and procedures for dealing with complaints. All these groups will, therefore, learn more about bullying so as to be able to identify and deal with it correctly.

Anti-Bullying is included in the Social & Health Education, Civic, Social & Political Education and Religious Instruction Programme for each year.

Our Anti-Bullying Charter is publicly displayed in prominent places around the school.

This Anti- Bullying Policy will be included in the Staff Handbook each year.

Procedures for supporting students being bullied

Reporting

All cases of bullying should be reported. Students, Parents/Guardian and Teachers may report an incident of bullying to someone they feel comfortable talking to. This may be a Subject Teacher, Class Teachers, Year Head, Guidance Counsellor, Deputy Principal or Principal, any member of Staff or any member of the Friendship Team. Reports should be passed on to Year Head and reported to the Deputy Principal or Principal.

Procedures for dealing with a complaint

For the Student reporting bullying:

  1. The Report will be taken seriously and investigated by the Year Head. Students will be asked to give written or verbal report.
  2. The student will be listened to in confidence.
  3. The student will be assured that he/she is not the problem.
  4. School procedures for dealing with bullying will be explained. The student will be kept informed of what is happening.
  5. The student will be given additional support through the Class teacher/Year Head system and the Guidance Service.
  6. when a student reports a serious or repeated incident, his/her Parents/Guardian will be informed.
  7. The student will be checked up on again to ensure the problem has not re-emerged.
  8. A report will be written and filed in the Deputy Principal’s Office.

Sanctions for people who bully

Supports will be offered to both bully and victim at all stages. Counselling will be offered and repeated incidents may result in further referral. Sanctions linked to the School Code of Conduct will be imposed.

  • Verbal warning to stop. The individual will be interviewed by Class Teacher or Year Head. It will be explained that his/her behaviour is unacceptable and hurtful to the victim. A written apology may be provided by bully to victim. Extra work and/or Detention may be given.
  • Action taken formally noted in Anti-bullying record book
  • In the case of a serious incident or repeat incident, parents/guardian will be required to attend a meeting. A suspension may follow. A contract would be drawn up to ensure no repeat.
  • The Support Services (Pastoral/Guidance/Friendship Team) of the school may be used to help the person involved in bullying behaviour, to change his/her behaviour
  • In the event of a very serious incident* (which endangers the health and safety of staff or students or prevents teaching/learning from taking place), there will be immediate, automatic suspension.
  • In the event of a class or large group being involved in bullying fellow students or staff, the Guidance/Psychological Service will work with the class or group.
  • There will be follow-up to ensure that bullying does not continue or recur.
  • A report will be written and filed and kept in Deputy Principal’s Office.

 

*A very serious incident may result in referral to the Board of Management for permanent exclusion.

 

Coláiste Dhúlaigh Anti-Bullying Charter

We would all like Colaiste Dhulaigh to be a place which is free from bullying and where –

  • There is no name calling/slagging
  • Everyone feels safe and respected
  • No physical or mental abuse takes place, i.e., hitting, pushing, harassing, demanding/stealing money or property
  • No one is made to feel isolated ? Students should feel safe to talk to their teachers,Problems can be shared in confidence with teachers, parents/guardian and mentors

 

We all have the responsibility to ensure bullying is not tolerated.