Code of Behaviour

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Code of Behaviour


Every member of the school community has a role to play in the implementation of the Code of Behaviour. If the school is to achieve a happy, secure environment in which children can develop to their full potential, it is necessary to provide a framework, which promotes constructive behaviour and discourages unacceptable behaviour. The aim is to strike a balance between allowing for the individuality of each child while acknowledging the right of each child to an education in a relatively undisruptive environment. This Code of Behaviour places a greater emphasis on acknowledging and rewarding positive behaviour. There are times however when it will be necessary to impose sanctions in order to maintain good order and to discourage unacceptable behaviour. Where difficulties arise, parents will be contacted at an early stage.


This Code of Behaviour Policy has been developed by The Board of Management, in collaboration with staff, students and parents in the context of the school’s aims and values.  It is integral to the school’s ethos to enable learning and development for all pupils.  Parental co-operation and support is fundamental to the implementation of this Code of Behaviour.  It is a condition of attendance of Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa, Glendalough that pupils abide by the rules and regulations specified in this Code of Behaviour and that parents sign their agreement with this Code of Behaviour Policy on enrolment.


The aims of the Code of Behaviour are as follows:

  • To provide guidance for pupils, teachers and parents on behavioural expectations.
  • To develop an understanding of self-discipline based on consideration, respect and tolerance for others.
  • To help create an environment that is positive, safe, stimulating and conducive to learning
  • To develop a true sense of community with respect for the school environment and the community in which they live.
  • To foster understanding and co-operation between staff, pupils and parents.
  • To enable all members of our school community to work collaboratively and to treat each other with respect and courtesy.
  • To facilitate the education and development of every child.
  • To foster caring attitudes to one another and to the environment.
  • To enable teachers to teach without disruption.
  • To endeavour to implement an approach to discipline in an open, reasonable, fair and consistent manner.


Procedures to Reward Good Behaviour

Individual Incentives

  • Reward specific behaviours.
  • Recognise ‘good’ behaviour’ with genuine enthusiasm and praise.
  • Reward intermittently and state what is being rewarded.
  • Use a variety of incentive programmes to respond to the pupil diversity in the classroom.
  • Multiple reward systems have an added effect as it allows the teacher to target different behaviours.

Group Incentives

  • Group incentives acknowledge positive social behaviours and team work.
  • Peer pressure can be a powerful motivator.
  • Group incentives may also help reward a child who has difficulty obtaining individual rewards.

Whole School Group Incentives

We aim to promote good relationships so that people can work together with the common purpose of helping everyone to learn. This incentive is designed to promote good behaviour rather than to deter anti-social behaviour.


This overview is but a brief snapshot of The Code of Behaviour Policy for Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa which is an extensive document detailing a vast plethora of approaches to encourage and foster good behaviour while also detailing a system of sanctions for inappropriate behaviour.  It’s core principle is that discipline in schools is an essential element in the socialisation of children, in the formation of their characters and in the process of education and that this requires the use of certain controls which, while not threatening children’s independence, self-esteem and self-confidence will enable them to appraise their behaviour rationally in terms of what is right and wrong or appropriate and inappropriate.  It involves a systematic approach that embraces the needs of the whole school community working together to create an environment in which quality teaching and learning can occur.  Correspondingly, in order for this policy to fulfill its objectives it is beholden on all parties; teachers, pupils, parents and any relevant others to strictly adhere to its principles.

A full copy of the Code of Behaviour Policy V2.4 Jan 2014 will be provided to each parent upon admission to the school and is available to all parents upon request from the school office.