The Code of Behaviour of Saint Francis, Rochestown, is directed towards maintaining conditions of good order within the school and thus creates an atmosphere that is conducive to educational achievement. The Code of Behaviour reflects our desire to stimulate the civic virtues of tidiness; punctuality, diligence and courtesy while the moral principles of honesty and justice are also evident. Admission to the school implies the acceptance of school rules and regulations.
- Pupils are expected to treat each other with respect and dignity. Each pupil has the right to an education free from fear and intimidation in school, and on the way to and from school. Bullying in all its forms i.e. physical or psychological, which includes name-calling and teasing, is anti-social and will not be tolerated. If a pupil sees or is the victim of bullying he should report it to a member of the teaching staff.
- The keeping of a homework journal is compulsory. The journal is the most important means of communication between parents, pupils and the school. Journals should be kept neat and tidy. Pupils must record their homework and complete it on time. Teachers may insert comments which parents are requested to countersign. Parents/guardians are also invited to use the journal to communicate with teachers. (Journals will be available in the school from September onwards).
- Pupils are provided with their own lockers and are responsible for them. Interference with or theft of another’s property is a serious offence. All mobile phones must be switched off. Picture phones are not allowed in the school.
- Pupils who are found to have caused deliberate damage to school equipment and fittings will be required to pay the cost of repair or replacement of it. Pupils must not interfere with fire and safety equipment.
- The school uniform is compulsory. Pupils of 1st, 2nd,3rd and 4th years must wear blazers. The school pullover is optional for these classes. A blazer is optional for other years. The school uniform consists of the school jacket, blazer, a dark grey shirt, school tie, charcoal grey trousers, grey socks and black shoes. Runners are not allowed. The uniform can be bought in Finns, Grand parade, Cork.Pupils must wear the uniform coming to and going from school.
- Pupils must arrive to all classes promptly with the appropriate books and materials. Pupils must conduct themselves on their way to and from classes.
- Behaviour, which interferes with the learning of other pupils, is unacceptable.
- Smoking and use of alcohol and other illegal substances within the school precincts, in transit to and from school, and on any school related activity is strictly forbidden.
- Pupils are expected to show respect for teachers and other employees of the school, at all times.
- Pupils must obey all rules of safety regarding:
- use of equipment;
- conduct in specialist areas;
- conduct on school grounds;
- conduct on buses to and from school;
- Pupils should familiarise themselves with the route, congregation and counting area of all safety drills.
- Hair must be worn above the collar. The school does not allow beards, ponytails, bleached hair or jewellery. The Principal, Deputy Principal and teachers are the judges of what is acceptable in this area.
- Chewing gum is not permitted. Pupils must eat in the recreation hall and canteen area only. In the interest of hygiene, litter should be placed in the bins provided.
- No pupil is allowed to leave the school during school hours without the permission of the Deputy Principal/Principal and he must ‘sign out’ at the office and ‘sign in’ on his return.
- The public telephone is only for use during break-times and with prior permission.
- Senior pupils must park their cars or motorcycles to the rear of the school near the Sport’s Hall.
To treat pupils with care, respect and fairness. To facilitate the pupils’ academic, spiritual and moral development.
Parents are the primary educators and we strive to facilitate them in this role. The following points are worth noting:
- Parents are asked to read the Code of Behaviour and to co-operate with the school in its administration.
- Parents are asked to write all absences in the journal. Parents wishing to meet a teacher outside of Parent / Teacher meetings are invited to contact the teacher in order to find a mutually suitable time.
- Parents are asked to ensure that their sons attend school regularly and punctually. Casual absence for trivial reasons interferes with academic progress.
- Parents are encouraged to attend the appropriate Parent / Teacher meetings.
- Parents are encouraged to inspect the school journal periodically.
- Parents are reminded that the school believes part-time work is detrimental to study and homework.
- Parents are asked to arrange doctor and dentist appointments outside school hours if at all possible. If this is not possible, a note should be given to the Deputy Principal.
When a pupil is found in breach of school discipline, the following sanctions will apply:
- rebuke by teacher and suitable deterrent (i.e. extra work, detention or fine);
- Note to parent in journal and/or referral of matter to class teacher.
If improvement does not take place;
- Parent interview in consultation with class teacher;
- Report Card – monitoring behaviour for a period of time;
- Referral to Deputy-Principal/Principal;
Serious breaches of school discipline will merit immediate referral to Deputy-Principal or Principal. A pupil will be suspended from school for serious misconduct.
The Board of Management may decide to expel a pupil in grave circumstances.