Code of Disciplin...

  • CBS Primary School, Wexford

Code of Discipline

CBS Primary, Wexford                                  

Code of Discipline updated Nov 2019




  • In devising the code, consideration has to be given to the particular needs and circumstances of this school. The aim is to create an ordered and orderly environment in which pupils can, through developing self-discipline, feel secure and make progress in all aspects of their development
  • Every effort will be made by all members of staff to adopt a positive approach to the question of behaviour in the school




  • The school recognises the variety of differences that exist between children and the need to tolerate these differences
  • It is agreed 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, parents and pupils
  • Every effort will be made to ensure that the code of discipline is implemented in a reasonable, fair and consistent manner



School Rules for Pupils   


Safety: For my own safety and that of others;


  • I should be careful coming to and going from school
  • I should always walk while in the school building
  • I should remain seated at all times in class and while eating lunch
  • I should always show respect for my fellow pupils
  • I should never leave the school grounds without the permission of the Principal


Caring for myself:


  • I should respect myself and my property, always keeping my school bag, books and copies in good order
  • I should be on time for school (the bell rings at 9.00a.m.)
  • I should show respect for my school and wear the complete school uniform every day (PE days to be decided by my teacher)
  • I should always be aware of my personal cleanliness
  • I should always bring a sensible, nutritional lunch to school. Crisps, minerals, sweets or chewing gum are not permitted
  • I should always do my best in school by listening carefully, working as hard as I can and by completing my homework as assigned.


Caring for others:


  • I should be kind and respectful to teachers and fellow pupils by being mannerly and polite, by taking turns and by remaining silent and orderly in my class line
  • I should behave well in class so that my fellow pupils and I can learn
  • I should always keep my school clean by bringing unfinished food and drinks, cartons, wrappers etc home. I should show respect for the property of my fellow pupils, the school building and grounds
  • I should be truthful and honest at all times



I should never bully others. I should never allow others to bully me and if it happens, I should tell my parents and my teacher. Bullying is always unacceptable.



Clár ama na Scoile:


  • School begins:  9.00a.m.
  • School Closes:  Junior Infants 1.40p.m.

Senior Infants 1.40p.m.

Other Classes 2.40 p.m.



It is the policy of the school to assign homework on a regular basis. Parents are strongly advised to take an active interest in their child’s homework and to sign their homework journal each night (ensuring that it is done).




1. Praise may be given by means of any one of the following;

  • A quiet word or gesture to show approval
  • A comment 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
  • Delegating some special responsibility or privilege
  • A mention to parent, written or verbal communication
  • Giving a ‘Maith Thú’ stamp daily for expected good behaviour


2. Disapproval of unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with as follows;

(The nature of the behaviour will determine the strategy)


  • Reasoning with pupils
  • Reprimand (including advice on how to improve)
  • Prescribing extra work
  • Child being put ‘On report’ see appendix 1
  • Communication with Parents
  • Temporary separation from peers and/or loss of privileges.
  • Referral to Principal/Deputy-Principal
  • Note to parents
  • Noting of unacceptable behaviour in the school report book
  • Referral to Board of Management if unacceptable behaviour(s) persist(s)
  • Suspension/expulsion (in accordance with Rule 130 of the Rules for National Schools as amended by circular 7/88).



The degree of misdemeanours i.e. minor, serious or gross, will be judged by the teachers and/or Principal based on a common-sense approach with regard to the gravity/frequency of such misdemeanours, as follows;


1. Examples of minor misdemeanours:

Interrupting class work/arriving late for school/running in the school building/talking in the class line/leaving assigned seat without permission at lunch time/placing unfinished food/drink cartons in class bin/leaving litter around the school/not wearing the correct school uniform/being discourteous/unmannerly/not completing homework without good reason/not having homework signed by a parent/endangering self/fellow pupils in the school yard at break time.


1.1. Examples of steps to be taken by teachers when dealing with minor misdemeanours:

  • Verbal reprimand/reasoning with the pupil
  • Informing class teacher of the issues at break(s)


1.2. Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with regular occurrences of minor misdemeanours


Phase 1 (within the classroom and in no particular order):


  • Write story of what happened Or one copy of school rules Or relevant rule to upper limit of 20 times—all to be signed by parent
  • Note in homework journal to be signed by parent/temporary separation from peers
  • Sending to another teacher/denial of participation in some class activity
  • Warning to pupils whose name appears in report book more than three times
  • Note to parents concerning further misbehaviour in yard (Misbehaviour in yard consists of any action that puts the safety of self/other pupil at risk)
  • Child to be put ‘On Report’ for a specified period. See appendix 1 for template.


Phase 2:


  • Send to the Deputy Principal
  • Send to the Principal
  • Class teacher meets one/both parents
  • Principal/Deputy Principal meets with one/both parents concerning behaviour
  • Referral to Board of Management



2. Examples of serious misdemeanours:

Constantly disruptive in class/telling lies/stealing/damaging other pupil’s property

Bullying/back answering a teacher/frequenting school premises after school hours without appropriate permission/leaving school premises during school day without appropriate permission/persistent refusal to engage with the learning/using unacceptable language/bringing weapons to school/deliberately injuring a fellow pupil


2.1 Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with serious misdemeanours;


  • Send to the Deputy Principal
  • Send to the Principal
  • Principal sends note in Journal to be signed by parent
  • Principal meets with one/both parents
  • Chairperson of Board Of Management is informed and parents requested to meet with the Chairperson and Principal


2.2 Examples of Gross Misdemeanours

Setting fire to school property/deliberately leaving taps turned on/aggressive, threatening or violent behaviour towards a teacher/pupil, any serious behaviour which has the potential to cause harm intended or otherwise, (this list in not exhaustive).


2.3 Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with gross misdemeanours;


  • Chairperson/Principal to sanction immediate suspension pending discussion with parents
  • Expulsion will be considered in an extreme case in accordance with Rule 130 (6) “No pupil can be struck off the rolls for breaches of discipline without prior consent of patron and until alternative arrangements are made for enrolment of pupil at another suitable school in the locality”.


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.



School Policy on Anti-Bullying:

Bullying is repeated intentional aggression, verbal, psychological or physical conducted by an individual or group against others. Please see Anti-Bullying Policy for more details.


Indications of Bullying / Behaviour:


  • Anxiety about travelling to/from school
  • Unwillingness to go to school
  • Deterioration in educational performance
  • Pattern of physical illnesses
  • Unexplained changes in either mood/behaviour
  • Visible signs of anxiety/distress
  • Possessions missing
  • Increased requests for money
  • Unexplained bruising
  • Reluctance and/or refusal to say what is troubling him/her



Programme for work with pupils:

Learning strategies should allow for the enhancement of each pupil’s self-worth.

  • SPHE Curriculum
  • Stay Safe Lessons
  • Weaving Wellbeing
  • Walk Tall
  • Webwise
  • Any other programme deemed suitable by class teacher of those supporting the class/specific group of children.





Appendix 1: On Report Card



Name:                                                                                                Date:


Your behaviour recently has been a cause of concern. You have now been put ‘on report’. This is part of our behaviour management for our pupils. In an effort to support you to be the best that you can be, your teacher(s) are required to sign this form daily for the next assigned number of days. There are 3 check-in points; after break, after lunch and home time. Your Parents will be asked to sign daily and give feedback if needed.

Assigned number of days you are on report:

Teacher assigning report to you:

Your behaviour warranting this action:

Date Time Comment Teacher/Supervising teacher Signature




Parents signature:                                                                          Date:



Reflection for students

At CBS we CARE about you, we BELIEVE in you and we want to SUPPORT you to be the best that you can be. Lately you have not been the best that you can be and you are now on report. This side of the report card is for you to reflect on your behaviour, how it has impacted on others and how you will take steps to improve.

  1. What did you do to be on report?



  1. Who was impacted/hurt by your actions/words/behaviour? (Think carefully about everyone who you may have caused hurt to).




  1. What could you have done differently?




  1. What will you do differently next time something like this happens?



  1. Have you apologised?




  1. How do you feel now?




Your signature here:                                                                     date:


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