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St Vincent De Paul Infant School, Marino, Dublin 9

Code of Behaviour

In devising the code consideration has been given to the particular needs and circumstances of this school. The aim is to ensure that the individuality of each child is accommodated while acknowledging the right of each child to education in a relatively disruption free environment.


Every effort will be made by all members of staff to adopt a positive approach to the question of behaviour in the school. The code offers a framework within which positive techniques of motivation and encouragement are utilised by teachers.


The school places greater emphasis on rewards than on sanctions in the belief that this will, in the long run, give the best results.


It is believed that a high standard of behaviour requires a strong sense of community within the school and a high level of co-operation among staff and between staff, pupils and parents/guardians.


The school recognises the variety of differences that exist between children and the need to accommodate these differences.


The overall responsibility for discipline in the school rests with the Principal Teacher. Each teacher has a responsibility for the maintenance of discipline within his/her classroom while sharing a common responsibility for good order within the school premises. A pupil will be referred to the Principal Teacher for serious breaches of discipline and repeated incidents of minor misbehaviour.


The following strategies may be used to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour:


(a)   Reasoning with the pupil.


(b)  Reprimand (including advice on how to improve)


(c)   Temporary separation from peers, friends or others.


(d)  Referral to the principal.


(e)   Communication with parent/parents/guardian.


Teachers shall keep a written record of all instances of serious misbehaviour as well as a record of improvements in the behaviour of disruptive pupils. Parent/Parents/Guardians will be involved at an early stage rather than as a last resort.



Here are our school rules which will allow all pupils to develop their full potential:



(1)  Be kind and have respect for all other children and adults.


(2)  Have respect for all property, your own and that of the school and others.


(3)  Work hard in class and do not distract other children. Do all work given carefully and well.


(4)  Keep our school clean and tidy.


(5)  Do not run at any time within the school or its grounds.


(6)  When entering and leaving the school use the side gates only and keep off the grass and railings.


To help implement the above rules we use “I Care rules”.


(1)   We listen to each other.



(2)   Hands are for helping not for hurting.


(3)   We use “I Care Language”.



(4)   We care about each other’s feelings.


(5)   We are responsible for what we say and do.




Any incidents of bullying will be treated seriously in accordance with our Anti-Bullying Policy.


The Anti-Bullying Policy is available in the office on request.