The Code of Behaviour of Presentation Community College,Terenure is determined by the Board of Management in collaboration with staff, students and parents in the context of the school’s aims and values. It is an integral part of a positive school ethos where learning and development can take place. In support of the school’s Mission Statement, it is policy to encourage and reinforce positive behaviour.
This policy applies to all of the students of the college and relates to all school activities both during and outside of normal school hours; it applies both on and off the campus and anywhere students are clearly identified or identifiable as students of the school.
Parents/Guardians will be informed of all school closures in writing by the school authorities. To maximise their opportunities for learning students will attend school and all classes each day between 8.45a.m.and 3.30p.m. Monday-Friday, except for Wednesday, when the school day ends at 1.00pm.
Reasons for a student’s absence must always be communicated to the school in writing, on the first day back after an absence. This is in addition to any communication by ‘phone. Notes of explanation are filed for College records. To facilitate this, all communications must be in the Homework Journal. If for any reason a student has to leave school early, written permission from parent or guardian must be presented to the Year Head at before leaving the school premises, and must also sign out at the main office.
Anyone feeling unwell should speak with the class teacher, have journal signed and go to reception. A member of staff will telephone home, where appropriate, to arrange collection. Students are expected to attend for field trips and class trips as organised by teachers. These are normal, valuable school-days. In the event of a student being sick on the day of an activity, parents/guardians are asked to contact the school (01-4902404). This assists with the general organisation of the trip.
The school-day begins at 8.45a.m with class registration and students are required to be at their registration classrooms at 8.40a.m. Late coming interferes with the learning of others, therefore all students must be on time for all classes. Students who arrive late must sign in at the main office. Failure to sign in may result in the school recording and reporting a student who has arrived late as absent.
Students are at all times responsible for their personal property. The school authorities are not responsible for any articles lost or stolen. The school discourages students from bringing Mobile Phones, MP3 players and other electronic devices to school. If a student brings such devices to school, they must be switched off and out of sight during class times and between classes.
Respect and Courtesy
The quality of relationships depends on respect for each other, on courtesy and good manners. Such respect should be experienced by all members of the school community, students, staff, visitors and parents, and those with whom the school community engages.
Homework and School Journal
Homework plays an important role in the learning process. In Presentation Community College Terenure, homework is viewed as a means of reinforcing class-work to ensure understanding and learning. It allows for flow between one day’s work and the next. We consider homework to be a means of promoting responsibility, self-discipline, co-operation, independent learning and an interest in learning which will benefit students throughout their lives. Homework, including written exercises, oral work, research, learning and revision, is given on a regular basis and students are required to complete it neatly and to the best of their ability. The student journal is designed to help students organise their work and should be used as advised.
Health and Safety
To ensure their own and others safety, students are requested to:
Regularly read the notices regarding safety posted around the School buildings and grounds. Students are asked to move about the school campus, and between rooms in an orderly manner. Consumption of Food/Drink is permitted in designated areas only. The school encourages students to consume healthy food and drink and avoid items such as fizzy drinks, crisps and/or other junk foods.
Students are required top respect school property. Littering is forbidden as is any form of defacement.
Smoking, the use/possession of alcohol, tobacco, lighters or matches, solvent abuse, substance abuse, the illegal use of controlled drugs, vandalism, or any form of disruptive behaviour, which undermines school stability and credibility is forbidden.
As parking space is limited, the car park is for staff use only. Parents and/or students may not bring cars onto the School grounds during the school term.
Bullying is unacceptable behaviour, is prohibited in the school and any alleged breaches will be dealt with in accordance with the anti-bullying policy of the school.All staff members and students have the right to be treated fairly and with dignity, in an environment free from disruption, intimidation, harassment and discrimination. To achieve this, the school needs to maintain high standards of behaviour.