St Francis aims for the highest standard of behaviour. ALL children are encouraged to have positive attitudes to their work, respect for their own and other people’s property, and to consider the needs and wishes of others. We hope that, as parents, you will support us in this.
At St Francis we are proud of the children’s behaviour and constantly recognise and praise high standards. It is however important that as parents you are aware of the following points, but also stress their importance to your child.
The school is really a very large family. We need a code of conduct to ensure the safety of your child and to help provide a calm atmosphere.
Code of Conduct
The nature our school `rules’ are that they set standards of behaviour, which require respect and consideration for others and contribute to the efficient and effective organisation of our school. These fall under two main headings:
1: Consideration of Others
¨ All members of our school community are asked to respect each other. The children are expected to respect their own and other people’s property and to take care of books and equipment.
¨ We encourage our children to exercise self-discipline and to take responsibility for their own actions.
¨ Children are expected to be well behaved, well mannered, truthful and attentive.
¨ We expect children to play and relax in a sensible manner during breaks. Rough play which leads to quarrels or accidents is not encouraged and fighting and bullying will not be tolerated.
To minimize the risk of accidents in school the children MUST…
¨ Walk when inside the building or on the path to the playground area.
¨ Not bring dangerous items to school.
¨ Because of the risk of loss and also of the risk of accident in physical activities, jewellery must NOT be worn in school (please see section on ‘Jewellery’). If studs are worn they must be removed for swimming and all physical activities. Hair attire should be simple and preferably in school colours. We recommend that girls with long hair have their hair tied back.
¨ For reasons of hygiene, children should wear appropriate clothing for PE.
¨ Children are NOT to bring toys to school unless requested to do so.
¨ To ‘bring home’ to the children the importance of dental hygiene, no sweets, chewing gum or crisps are allowed at playtime in school (Infant children are given fruit each day and Junior children may bring fruit from home).
¨ Children should not throw stones, hard objects, ice balls etc.
The Code of Conduct has been formulated with the safety and wellbeing of the children in mind and to enable the school to function as a safe and efficient place of learning.
When difficulties arise, on any of these points, but particularly with behaviour, and when it persists, it is our intention to work closely with parents/guardians in the belief that mutual co-operation and understanding will solve the problems. If this fails then outside agencies (e.g. medical, welfare, psychological) will be involved. In extreme cases suspension or expulsion will be considered.