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    Naomh Pádraig Measc, Cathair Leithín. Traigh Lí

    Summary of Organisational Policies/Practices Full policy document: Plean Scoile which is available in the office for inspection. The contents of

    this summary may be altered from time to time.

    Introductory Statement, Rationale, Vision, Mission, Aims pg.2 Pastoral Care Statement pg.3 Policy on Religion Education and Faith Development pg.4 Promotion of Pupils pg.8 Weight of School Bags pg.9 Code of Behaviour pg.10 Anti-Bullying Policy pg.20 Sanctions pg.24 Attendance pg.25 Admissions/Dismissals pg.26 Healthy Lunch Policy pg.27 Procedures for Reporting Allegations/Suspicions of Child Abuse pg.29 Relationships and Sexuality Programme (RSE) pg.33 Stay Safe Programme (SPHE) pg.36 Parent/Teacher Communication pg.43 Homework Policy pg.44 Access to Records pg.45 Custody/Separation Policy pg.49 Health and Safety pg.50 Exit and Entry Routines pg.56 Dress Code pg.57 School Practises pg.58 Complaints Procedure pg.59 Letter of consent for use of medication/inhalers pg.61 Substance Use Policy pg.62 Enrolment Policy and Forms Pg.63 Overview of Relationships and Sexuality programme (RSE) pg.71 Overview of Stay Safe programme (SPHE) pg.72 Illness pg.73

    Dónal O’Connor P.Oide

Each person through positive learning experiences will be stimulated to achieve his/her full potential, face 1 life confidently, find fulfilment and be respectful in an ever-changing world.

    Naomh Pádraig Measc, Cathair Leithín. Traigh Lí

    INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT

    The enclosed summary policies and statements were ratified by the Board of Management on the Ratified on 8 May 2003. The policies, procedures and practices recorded in this school plan have been written, reviewed and subsequently redrafted over a number of years. Draft copies were given to members of the BOM, Parents‟ Association and staff during the year 2003 – 2004.

    Feedback was sought and documents redrafted taking cognisance of comments made. Documents will be continuously reviewed. This document is available on the school web site at www.caherleaheen.com

    RATIONALE

    The rationale in recording these summary policies, practices and procedures is:

    ; To conform with legislation

    ; To provide clear guidelines for teachers, staff, parents, the Board of Management and

    other relevant parties within the school community.

    ; To ensure consistency in practice within the school community

    VISION

    Each person through positive learning experiences will be stimulated to achieve his/her full potential, face life confidently, find fulfilment and be respectful in an ever-changing world.

    MISSION

    Naomh Pádraig Measc is a Catholic school which nurtures a positive, co-operative educational environment.

    AIMS

    1. To enable our pupils to have full lives as children

    2. To equip them to avail themselves of further education

    3. To prepare them to live full and useful lives as adults in society

    Each person through positive learning experiences will be stimulated to achieve his/her full potential, face 2 life confidently, find fulfilment and be respectful in an ever-changing world.

    Naomh Pádraig Measc, Cathair Leithín. Traigh Lí

    PASTORAL CARE STATEMENT

Aim:

    The aim of this policy statement is to safeguard and protect the rights of staff, pupils, parents and all who visit our school. All members of the school community have a right to be treated with respect and to work in a safe environment. Teachers have a right to teach, pupils have a right to be taught, parents and visitors have a right to be shown respect and courtesy. Behaviour that interferes with the rights of others is unacceptable.

Implementation:

    The climate in Naomh Pádraig Measc is one of trust, respect, love, joy, care, concern, support, welcome, understanding and acceptance where learning and teaching are enjoyed. A holistic education is provided and every effort is made to nurture the innate love children have for learning. We help our pupils to acquire knowledge, skills and practical abilities and the desire to use them. Self esteem and confidence are qualities that we seek to instil. While recognising that children have different abilities and learning styles every effort is made to help children reach their full potential. Opportunities are provided for children to discover and develop their talents. Efforts are made to ensure that children taste success regularly.

    We celebrate difference and nurture tolerance and respect for all children. With us, respect is the key component. Each person is special and unique. All children irrespective of gender, race, or culture are given equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life. The school is a microcosm of society within which all children, their languages, beliefs, traditions and cultures should be embraced. We nurture in our pupils a sense of cultural identity and an appreciation of the diversity of cultures which exists on the island of Ireland. Children are taught Irish and encouraged to use Irish informally in daily conversation. Through music and dance children enjoy learning about our Irish traditions and culture. Children from other countries in the school are encouraged to teach us about their culture and traditions. Every day we learn from each other. As we teach we learn.

    Our School Policies on Discipline and Anti-bullying are implemented fairly and consistently by all staff. Pupils are taught the standard of behaviour that is accepted in the school. Our School Rules, which help to create a positive climate in the school, are displayed on the school walls. Positive behaviour is affirmed.

    A safe, sensitive, positive environment within the school allows the child to be open and respond to care. Teachers are made aware of pupils‟ needs and every effort is made to respond sensitively to individual needs in a confidential manner. All our children, as individuals, have different needs at different times in their lives. There is a keen interest taken in children at risk. Efforts are made to identify early, children with a specific need (social, emotional and/or academic) and depending on that need, catering to the best of our ability, for that child, using the available human and physical resources within the school, liaising with parents, and when necessary making referral to outside bodies.

    Teachers in the school are also encouraged to use their talents. The Board of Management recognises the importance of and supports the professional development of the staff.

    There is a strong sense of community within the school and a high level of co-operation is evident among staff/pupils/parents/visitors. Children are taught to show respect for their environment through the Green Schools programme.

    There is a spirit of prayer in the school not just imposed on the children, but is seen to be a value for the teachers. In each classroom there is an atmosphere of openness, forgiveness, and understanding and above all love. A sense of awe and wonder at the goodness, beauty and love of God is developed in the children.

    Each person through positive learning experiences will be stimulated to achieve his/her full potential, face 3 life confidently, find fulfilment and be respectful in an ever-changing world.

    Naomh Pádraig Measc, Cathair Leithín. Traigh Lí

    Religious education/Faith Development

    Naomh Pádraig Measc is a Catholic school under the patronage of the Bishop of Kerry. The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life of Jesus Christ.

    It promotes Religious Education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic Faith.

    Subject to the terms of the Admission Policy, we enrol pupils of other faiths or no faith in the school and respect their beliefs and practices. Consultation with parents of these pupils takes place on enrolment. Each child is welcome to attend and benefit from the Catholic religious education programme. If parents have difficulty with this, the Principal shall meet with them to see if an accommodation can be reached. Parents are welcome to view the Religious programme taught at its core is the commandment „Love God and love your neighbour‟. Sensitivity is always shown when pupils cannot participate in liturgical celebrations. The school cannot, however undertake to educate children of other faiths in their own faith, nor can it provide supervision during the religious education period apart from the class.

Religious Education Programme

The Board of Management and the teachers have adopted the Alive O Catechetical Programme

    approved and recommended by the Irish Hierarchy for use in Catholic Schools.

    The programme incorporates the recommended approach to religious education for the reception of the sacraments of Penance, Holy Communion and Confirmation.

    The programme is studied each day for one half-hour. A Christian ethos however permeates the school day and the life of the school.

Whole School Dimension

    Meaningful pictures and artworks are on display throughout the school building.

    The major Catholic and local feasts are celebrated. They are marked with the aid of signs and symbols displayed throughout the school

    Advent the Advent wreath and Jesse tree

    Christmas tree and crib

    Feast of St. Brigid traditional crosses

    Feast of St. Patrick depiction of story and shamrock

    Lent symbols of repentance and ashes

    Easter symbols of the new life of resurrection, the empty tomb

    Pentecost artistic depiction of the coming of the Holy Spirit

Liturgical celebrations are held on some occasions e.g.

    The opening and closing of the school year

Carol service at Christmas

    Blessing of Ashes

    Times of trauma or crisis and for other occasions which from time to time are considered appropriate to celebrate or to mark.

The pupils of the school join:

    At the celebration of First Communion and Confirmation

    Family Masses throughout the year

    Each person through positive learning experiences will be stimulated to achieve his/her full potential, face 4 life confidently, find fulfilment and be respectful in an ever-changing world.

    Naomh Pádraig Measc, Cathair Leithín. Traigh Lí

Holy Week ceremonies

    Other liturgical celebrations in co-operation with the parish.

    The catholic education offered in Naomh Pádraig Measc is conducted in collaboration with the children‟s parents and the local parish of St John‟s. We see our role as being supportive of the role of parents and parish.

Spiritual Formation Of Teachers

    The spiritual nourishment of teachers is understood by the Board of Management to be an integral part of the religious education programme undertaken by the school.

    In-service on handing on the faith/ Alive O Programme

Teaching Methodologies Used To Achieve Aims

    Study of the Alive O Teacher‟s Guide

    Interactive learning

    Giving children prayer experiences that are meaningful

    Sacramental and non-sacramental liturgies

    Use of imagination in prayer

    Drama and role play on the theme of Christian Values

    Questions and answers helping children to use their own words

    Vocal prayer

Success Criteria

    We will know this policy is working in our school if:

    There is an acknowledged sense of God, Faith, Prayer and Worship within the school community There is an ordered community where respect for all is evident at all times There is an outward-looking care for the less fortunate in society

    There is evidence of parental interest in the religious education programme There are recognisable links between parish/home/school

    Children can speak confidently of their faith

Responsibility For Implementing This Policy

    The Board of Management in consultation with the Principal and the Religious Education Representative are responsible for facilitating the smooth implementation of the policy. The teachers teach the programme appropriate to their class.

    Teachers and Staff:

    Inform themselves through studying the Alive O teacher‟s manual

    Deliver and teach the Alive O programme appropriate to their class

    Cooperate with the Chaplain/ Parish and the Diocesan Advisers.

Avail themselves of in-service support provided.

    Actively support the spirit and ethos of the school remembering that Religion is not taught but caught!

Parents:

    co-operate and support the school in its effort, especially at times of sacramental preparation and at other school events to which they are invited. They are also asked to help with religious education homework and to read the parts of the Alive-O programme that are intended for them.

Principal:

    takes an active role in encouraging the whole school aspects of the programme and monitors progress throughout the school

    Liaises with the school chaplain in defining the role of the chaplaincy and the parish in the life of the school

    Helps to facilitate supportive interaction of all parties in implementing the programme

    Each person through positive learning experiences will be stimulated to achieve his/her full potential, face 5 life confidently, find fulfilment and be respectful in an ever-changing world.

    Naomh Pádraig Measc, Cathair Leithín. Traigh Lí

    (In the event of being unable to enrol a child(ren) from categories 2.1, 2.2, or 2.3, in a

    given class at the beginning of a year, such a child(ren) will receive priority (in order

    of 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 only) for the subsequent school year over other children on the class

    waiting list.)

    1. Other pupils may occasionally be enrolled during the school year depending on factors as

    outlined in the introduction to this document.

    2. Pupils wishing to transfer from other schools are enrolled subject to the Rules governing

    National Schools, as well as our own school‟s enrolment policy.

    3. The Board will decide, in good time, on the number of children to be enrolled for each

    School year.

    4. The Board will decide in January of every year on the names of the children to be

    accepted, based on the agreed criteria as outlined in this document.

    5. Parents will receive a written confirmation of their child(ren)‟s acceptance/refusal by

    post, as soon as is practicable thereafter.

    6. The list will be finalised only when all confirmation of acceptance slips have been returned

    to the school by the parents of those children who are offered places.

    Any additions to the list by reason of offer/refusal or otherwise will be determined by

    the criteria in section 2 of this document.

    7. Children enrolled in our school are required to co-operate with and support the School/

    Board of Management‟s Code of Behaviour as well as all other policies on the curriculum,

    school organisation, and school management. The Board of Management holds Parents

    and/or Guardians responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) co-operates with the said

    policies in an age-appropriate way.

     This policy may be added to and revised from time-to-time.

    ; An induction meeting for parents of Junior Infant parents will be held in June where

    school uniform, books, Code of Behaviour, other policies etc, will be discussed.

    ; New entrants to Junior Infants are invited the garden fete in June. Parents are informed

    by letter of the teacher their child will have, prior to this event.

Admission Day stJunior Infant pupils are encouraged to attend school from the 1 of September of each new thschool year. Children who are four after September 30 will be admitted to the Junior Infant

    class the following school year. Admission to the Junior Infant class takes place once a year during the month of September except when a child is transferring from another school.

Enrolment of Children with Special Needs

    In relation to the enrolment of children with special needs, the Board of Management of Naomh Pádraig Measc may request a copy of the child‟s medical and/or psychological report. If this is not available the Board will request that the child be assessed immediately. This report is requested to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or special education needs and to profile the support services required. Following the receipt of the report, the Board will assess how the school could meet the needs specified in the report. Where the Board deems that further resources are required, it should, prior to enrolment, request the DES to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological or medical report. These resources may include for example, Each person through positive learning experiences will be stimulated to achieve his/her full potential, face 6 life confidently, find fulfilment and be respectful in an ever-changing world.

    Naomh Pádraig Measc, Cathair Leithín. Traigh Lí

    access to or the provision of any or a combination of the following: teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment for furniture, transport services or other.

    The school will meet with the parents of the child to discuss the child‟s needs and the school‟s suitability or capability in meeting those needs. If necessary, a full case conference involving all parties may be held. The Board may decide to defer enrolment of a particular child, pending

    ; The receipt of an assessment report and/or

    ; The provision of appropriate resources by the DES to meet the needs specified in the

    Psychological and/or medical report.

Pupils Transferring

    In keeping with the Education Welfare Act 2000, a parent may transfer his/her child from one National School to another, at any time of the year, either with the consent of the Minister or when the transfer is made because of a change in the ordinary residence of the child. This is also subject to school policy and available space. When the application is made the Principal shall ascertain from the parent whether the pupil was previously enrolled in another National School, and if so, should request the parent to obtain a certificate to that effect from the Principal of the school which the pupil previously attended. An enrolment form must be completed and the procedures outlined in this document are then followed. Information concerning the pupil‟s attendance and the child‟s educational progress should be communicated between the schools.

Review

    This policy will be reviewed and updated whenever deemed necessary by the Board of Management. Each person through positive learning experiences will be stimulated to achieve his/her full potential, face 7 life confidently, find fulfilment and be respectful in an ever-changing world.

    Naomh Pádraig Measc, Cathair Leithín. Traigh Lí

    Promotion of Pupils

    The provision of a Special Needs team and a range of other resources in the school provide considerable support for pupils with learning difficulties from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. The level of provision available should enable pupils to make progress in keeping with their needs and abilities and to move consecutively through the different class levels in our school in keeping with their peers.

    Regulations governing the retention of pupils in Primary Schools is outlined in the Department of Education Circular 11/01.

    ; The Primary School Curriculum is designed as an eight year course, including a two year

    infant cycle followed by six years in standards from first to sixth: with children

    progressing to the next grade at the end of each school year.

     th; As a rule, a pupil should not be retained in an infants class beyond the 30 June following

    the date on which he/she has

    (a) been enrolled in the school for one and a half years

    (b) reached the age of six and a half years, whichever is earlier.

    ; The promotion of pupils to the next standard will normally take place at the beginning of

    the school year.

    ; The principal, may following consultation with the class teacher, Special Education

    Teachers and parents of the pupil conclude that a pupil would benefit educationally by

    being retained for a second year in a class. A record outlining the educational basis for

    the decision to retain a child in class for a second year will be kept for any pupil so

    retained (Appendix B).

    ; No pupil, generally, will be held back for longer than one year throughout his/her national

    school career.

    ; Pupils who completed sixth class in another Primary School are not accepted for

    enrolment in our school.

    Each person through positive learning experiences will be stimulated to achieve his/her full potential, face 8 life confidently, find fulfilment and be respectful in an ever-changing world.

    Naomh Pádraig Measc, Cathair Leithín. Traigh Lí

    WEIGHT OF SCHOOL BAGS

    Naomh Pádraig Measc wishes to remind parents of the problem of overweight school bags. Teachers are aware of the potential health hazards posed by overweight schoolbags. In Naomh ndthPádraig Measc pupils from 2 6 classes are asked and reminded regularly by their class

    teachers, to bring home in their school bags, only the books they require to do their homework.

    Doing so encourages pupils to develop their organisational skills. Teachers include back care as part of the SPHE programme. Parents are asked to check the weight of their child‟s school bag regularly and inform the school if they are concerned. Parents are encouraged to purchase correctly designed school bags.

    Each person through positive learning experiences will be stimulated to achieve his/her full potential, face 9 life confidently, find fulfilment and be respectful in an ever-changing world.

    Naomh Pádraig Measc, Cathair Leithín. Traigh Lí

    Code of Behaviour

Introduction

    In compliance with Section 23 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, the Board of Management of School Name has prepared and made available a Code of Behaviour for its Pupils, Staff and Parents.

    General Details

    This policy covers the following areas:

    The standards of behaviour that shall be observed by each pupil attending the school;

    The whole school approach in promoting positive behaviour;

    The measures that shall be taken when a pupil fails or refuses to observe those standards;

    The procedures to be followed before a pupil may be suspended or expelled from the

    school concerned;

    The grounds for removing a suspension imposed in relation to a pupil

    The school‟s Anti-Bullying Policy; and

    The procedures to be followed in relation to a child‟s absence from school.

    The Code of Behaviour of Naomh Pádraig Measc has been developed in accordance with „Developing a Code of Behaviour: Guidelines for Schools‟, National Educational Welfare Board, 2008.

Policy Formulation

    In formulating and revising this policy the Board of Management of Naomh Pádraig Measc completed the following steps;

    Parents and Staff were informed that an initial draft of the Code of Behaviour was

    available and they were invited to make submissions on the content of the code within a

    specified timeframe.

    Class teachers were requested to discuss the topic of „rules‟ with their classes and submit

    a list of pupils suggestions to the Principal.

    The initial draft of the Code of Behaviour was reviewed and where appropriate amended

    in-line with the feedback received.

    The finalised draft of the policy was submitted for the Patron‟s Approval.

Aims and Objectives of the Code

    The aims and objectives of this code of Behaviour are:

    To allow the school to function in an orderly way where children can make progress in all

    aspects of their development

    To create an atmosphere of respect, tolerance and consideration for others

    To promote positive behaviour and self-discipline, and recognise the differences between

    children and the need to accommodate these differences

    To ensure the safety and well being of all members of the school community

    To assist school staff, parents and pupils in understanding the systems and procedures

    that form part of the code of behaviour and to seek their co-operation in the application

    of these procedures

    To ensure that the system of rules, rewards, and sanctions are implemented in a fair and

    consistent manner throughout the school.

Whole School Approach

    The Board of Management recognises the importance of creating consistent values, policies, practices and relationships that support the Code of Behaviour. Such an environment may only be formed by involving the entire school community and in this respect the Board acknowledges the importance of the roles played by, the principal, teachers, ancillary staff and parents in the review and operation of the Code. School rules are kept to a minimum and are devised with regard for the health, safety and welfare of all members of the school community.

    Each person through positive learning experiences will be stimulated to achieve his/her full potential, face 10 life confidently, find fulfilment and be respectful in an ever-changing world.

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