School Policies

Healthy Eating Policy

Healthy Eating Policy

This policy was drawn up by the staff of Grange Ns in consultation with parents and the Board of Management.

Reasons for this Policy:

  • To promote good eating habits among the pupils.

  • To counteract the on-going problem of childhood obesity and diabetes.

  • To make children more aware of food groups as covered in the SPHE programme.

What does this Policy entail?

  • That children endeavour to bring a variety of foods from the four major food groups to school for their lunch.

  • That children will refrain from bringing fizzy drinks, sugary snacks and crisps to school.

  • Every Friday will be “Treat Day”, meaning children are allowed to bring one small sugary snack or bag of crisps on that day.

  • School staff will endeavour to provide a good example to children by refraining from eating sugary snacks or crisps while on supervision duty.

Rewards:

  • Rewards will generally be based on points or stickers and not food items.

  • Rewards in the form of sweets or chocolate will only be given on Fridays.

Review:

This policy is currently under review and may be updated in the near future.

 

Cyber Bullying Policy
Introduction

Bullying can be very damaging to individuals, and disruptive to school life. Though new technology brings incredible opportunities for educators as well as young people, it is crucial that everyone knows how to use this technology responsibly and that policies are in place to support and encourage responsible use.

The anti-bullying policy of St. Brigids NS was amended in order to comply with the requirements set out in Circular 042/2013.

Scope 

This document is aimed at combating cyber-bullying. Cyber bullying includes (but is not limited to) communicating via electronic means with the objective of causing hurt, fear, embarrassment, humiliation, alarm and/or distress to one or more persons. Cyber-bullying includes the use of mobile phones and the internet with the objective of upsetting someone. It may take the form of general insults or impersonation, defamation or prejudice based bullying.

While this policy addresses issues related to cyber-bullying of students (i.e. situations in which one or more students are the victim(s) of bullying), the policy also applies to teaching and other school staff, parents/guardians, and others insofar as measures under the policy relate to them.

This policy applies to activities and events that take place:

  • During school time (including break times)
  • Going to and from school
  • School tours/trips
  • Extra-curricular activities

St. Brigids NS. reserves the right to take action against bullying perpetrated outside the school which spills over into the school.

Objectives: 

This policy aims to ensure that:

  1. Students, staff and parents know about cyber bullying and its effects;
  2. Members of the school community have the knowledge, policies and procedures to prevent and, if necessary, to deal with cyber-bullying in school or within the school community; and
  3. The school monitors the effectiveness of its procedures and amends them where necessary.

Relationship to characteristic spirit of the school (school’s mission/vision/aims) 

St. Brigids NS. is committed, to the extent permissible by available resources, to helping members of the school community to enhance their learning experiences through the use of modern technology. The school acknowledges that information and Communication Technologies can play an important role in supporting learning, but also that they can be misused and can present risks.

The School aims to equip members of the school community with the skills and knowledge needed to use these technologies in a safe and responsible manner and to assisting those that encounter difficulties. The School also recognises that it must be vigilant towards bullying perpetrated outside School which spills over into the School.

St. Brigids NS. aims to create a caring environment where those in the school community can work and learn without fear of being bullied. St. Brigids N.S. aims to educate and inform its students as to how to use communications equipment responsibly and about the serious consequences of cyber-bullying and will continue to inform and educate its pupils in these fast changing areas.

Goals 

  1. To create a school ethos which encourages students to disclose and discuss incidents of cyber-bullying behaviour.
  2. To raise awareness of cyber-bullying as an unacceptable form of behaviour with school management, teachers, students, parents/guardians.
  3. To ensure that the school’s Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) programme (Friends for Life) raises awareness of the factors associated with cyber-bullying behaviour and develops appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours.
  4. To take practical actions to prevent incidents of cyber-bullying behaviour e.g. to ensure comprehensive supervision and monitoring measures through which all areas of school activity are kept under observation.
  5. To develop procedures for reporting and recording incidents of cyber-bullying behaviour.
  6. To develop procedures for investigating and dealing with incidents of cyber-bullying behaviour.
  7. To develop a programme of support for those affected by cyber-bullying behaviour and those involved in cyber-bullying behaviour.
  8. To work with, and through, the various local agencies in countering all forms of cyber-bullying and anti-social behaviour.

Key Measures 

  • The Principal will act, or will appoint a staff member to act, as a Cyber-Safety Officer, to oversee the practices and procedures outlined in this policy and monitor their effectiveness.
  • The Cyber-Safety Officer will ensure that the school maintains details of agencies and resources that may assist in preventing and addressing bullying.
  • Staff will be trained to identify signs of cyber bullying and will be helped to keep informed about the technologies that children commonly use.
  • A code of advice will be developed, periodically reviewed and communicated to help students protect themselves from being involved in bullying (as perpetrator or as victim) and to advise them on reporting any incidents.
  • Students will be informed about cyber bullying in the course of their education at the School.
  • Students and staff are expected to comply with the school’s policy on the use of computers in the School.
  • Parents will be provided with information and advice on cyber bullying.

Definition of Cyber-Bullying: 

Cyber-Bullying is aggression conducted by an individual or a group against others – such aggressive behaviour being committed via electronic means or via exclusion from electronic communities or interactions.

Cyber bullying includes (but is not limited to) the communicating via electronic means with the objective of causing hurt, fear, embarrassment, humiliation, alarm and/or distress to one or more persons. Cyber-bullying includes is the use of mobile phones and the internet with the objective of upsetting someone. It may take the form of general insults or impersonation, defamation or prejudice based bullying.

Types of behaviour involved 

These guidelines provide assistance in identifying and describing the types of behaviour involved in cyber-bullying. The means of cyber-bullying are constantly changing and the following list of types of bullying behaviour can be expanded in light of the experience of the school community:

Hate sites 

  • Building websites that are dedicated to making fun out of someone.
  • Encouraging other people to join the bullying by publishing someone’s personal details or linking to their social network page.

Abusive messages 

  • Transmitting abusive and/or threatening messages.

Chat rooms and discussion forums 

  • Posting cruel and/or or abusive comments about someone.

Mobile phone 

  • Sending humiliating and abusive video messages or photographic images messages.
  • Making silent or abusive phone calls.
  • Sending abusive text messages.

Interactive gaming 

  • Locking victims out of games.
  • Spreading false rumours about someone
  • Hacking into someone’s account.

Sending viruses 

  • Sending hacking programs to another person.
  • Unauthorised interference with a computer device.

            Abusing personal information 

  • Transmitting personal photos, videos emails

            Blogs 

Posting blogs where others could see them without the owner of the blog’s permission.

Prevention and Response 

The school informs students about cyber bullying and also takes available steps to counter and respond to it.

The following measures represent the core of the School’s anti cyber-bullying activities:

  • A positive school culture and climate;
  • School-wide approach;
  • Effective leadership;
  • A shared understanding of what bullying is and its impact;
  • Anti-bullying policies;
  • Consistent recording of reported bullying behaviour;
  • Education and training;
  • Prevention strategies including awareness raising;
  • Intervention strategies.

St. Brigids NS trains its staff to respond effectively to reports of cyber-bullying or harassment and has systems in place to respond to it.

St. Brigids NS schools record all reported incidents of bullying behaviour including anonymous bullying reports.

St. Brigids NS. provides information on cyber-bullying to all members of the school community.

St. Brigids NS engages prevention and awareness raising measures and implements strategies to engage students in addressing problems when they see them.

St. Brigids NS is a “telling school”. If a member of the school community “speaks out” and reports an incident of cyber-bullying appropriate action will be taken.

St. Brigids NS endeavours to block access to inappropriate web sites, using firewalls, antivirus protection and filtering systems and no pupil is allowed to work on the internet in a classroom, or any other location within the school which may from time to time be used for such work, without a member of staff present.

Whilst education and guidance remain at the centre of what we do, St.Brigids NS. reserves the right to take action against those who take part in cyber-bullying.

St. Brigids NS supports victims and, when necessary, will work with the Gardaí and other State agencies to identify those involved in criminal acts and to support victims.

St. Brigids NS will use, as appropriate, the full range of sanctions to correct, punish or remove pupils who bully fellow pupils or harass staff in this way, both inside and outside the school.

All members of the School community are aware they have a duty to bring to the attention of the Principal any example of cyber-bullying or harassment that they know about or suspect.

ENROLMENT POLICY

SECTION A: GENERAL INFORMATION

This enrolment policy is being set out in accordance with the provisions of the Education Act (1998). The Board of Management trusts that by so doing parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters. The chairperson of the Board of Management, Larry Kavanagh and the principal teacher, Maria O’Rourke, St. Brigid’s National School, Grange, will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

School Name: St Brigid’s National School.

School Address: Grange, Tullow, Co. Carlow.

Telephone Number: (059) 9163881

Denomination Character: Catholic.

Name of Patron: Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.

No. of Teachers: Principal, 7 Classroom Teachers, 1 Learning Support Teacher , 2 Special Class Teachers and 1 Resource Teacher

Range of Classes Taught: Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

Opening Hours 9.20 am to 3.00 pm. (2.00 pm for Infants)

The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and it operates within the regulations laid down, from time to time, by the Department. School policy has regard to the resources and funding available.

The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998).

Within the context and parameters of Department regulation and programmes, the rights of the patron as wet out in the Education Act (1998), and the funding and resources available, the school supports the principles of:

  • Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability or other special educational need,

  • Equality of access and participation in the school,

  • Parental choice in relation to enrolment and

  • Respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.

SECTION B: ENROLMENT PROCEDURES

Application Procedure:

During the second term each year, an advertisement will be placed the parish newsletter, inviting parents who wish to apply to enrol pupils in Junior Infants to contact the school. They will then be invited to fill out an application form providing key information as outlined below. Parents will be informed whether their child has secured a place. The children will be invited to an informal meeting in June to familiarise them with the school, staff and requirements in relation to uniform and books for September.

Provision of Key Information by Parents:

Certain information will be required when children are being enrolled. This will include the child’s date of birth and any medical condition the child may have. It will also include contact details of parents in case of an emergency. The parent will be required to sign the enrolment form to testify that all the information is true and accurate. In the event of a child having special needs, assessments or medical reports will be requested.

Decision making:

Decisions in relation to applications for enrolment are made by the Board of Management in accordance with school policy. The Board will notify parents of their decision within 21 days of receiving such information, as per Education Welfare Act (2000). As a general principle and in so far as practicable, having regard to the school’s enrolment policy, children will be enrolled on application, provided that there is space available.

The Board will have regard for relevant Department of Education and Science guidelines in relation to class size and staffing provisions and/or any other relevant requirements concerning accommodations, including physical space and the health and welfare of children.

The Board is bound by the Department of Education and Science’s Rules for National Schools which provides that pupils may only be enrolled form the age of 4 years and upwards, though compulsory attendance does not apply until the age of 6 years.

In the event that applications for enrolment exceed/are expected to exceed the number of places available, the following decision making process will apply. The Board will exercise its discretion in the application of the following criteria:

Priority will be given to children:-

  1. Who have siblings already in the school and who have reached their 4th birthday before March 1st of the proposed year of enrolment.
  1. Who live in the Grange School catchment area and who have reached their 4th birthday before March 1st of the proposed year of enrolment.
  1. Whose parents are permanent staff members of the school and who have reached their 4th birthday before March 1st of the proposed year of enrolment.
  1. Whose parents are past pupils of the school and who have reached their 4th birthday before March 1st of the proposed year of enrolment.
  1. Who are from Catholic families in the Parish and who have reached their 4th birthday before March 1st of the proposed year of enrolment.

Should further places be available, children of school going age whose 4th birthday is

after March 1st will be considered under the above categories.

All things being equal, a first come first served policy will apply and closest to the school. Other ethos considerations deemed suitable by the Board will be taken into account.

There is a separate Enrolment Policy for ASD Unit.

In relation to applications for enrolment of children with special needs, the Board of Management will request a copy of the child’s medical and/psychological report, or where such a report is not available, will request that the child be assessed immediately. The purpose of the assessment report is to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs of the child relevant to his/her disability or special needs and to profile the support services required.

Following receipt of the report, The Board will assess how the school can meet the needs specified in the report. Where the Board deems that further resources are required, it will, prior to enrolment, request the Department of Education and Science to provide the resources required to meet the needs of the child as outlined in the psychological and/or medical report. These resources may include, for example, access to, or the provision of, any or a combination of the following: visiting teacher service, resource teacher for special needs, special needs assistant, specialised equipment or furniture, transport services or other.

The school will meet with the parents to discuss the child’s needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting those needs. Where necessary, a full case conference involving all parties will be held, which may include parents, principal, class teacher, learning support teacher, special class teacher, resource teacher for special needs or psychologist, as appropriate.

I may be necessary for the Board of Management to defer enrolment of a particular child pending:

  • The receipt of an assessment report; and/or

  • The provision of appropriate resources by the department of Education and Science to meet the needs specified in the psychological and/or medical report.

Pupils transferring:

Pupils may transfer to the school at any time, subject to school policy, available space and, in some cases, the approval of the Department of Education and Science. As per the Educational Welfare Act (200), it is a requirement of the Board of Management that information concerning attendance and the child’s educational progress be communicated between schools.

Enrolment Policy: Appendix

The Board is aware that under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, parents have the right to appeal certain decisions made by the Board of Management in relation to refusal to enrol. This appeal must be made within 42 calendar days.

Parents in this situation will be informed of this right of appeal and associated time frame.

Code of Discipline 2014

Anti-Bullying Policy 2014

 

St. Brigid’s N.S. Twitter account   

The purpose having of a school Twitter account is to provide;

  • Communication with parents regarding specific events & activities
  • Communication with new or prospective parents
  • Communication with wider audience regarding positive advertisement of school & enrolment dates
  • Communication with wider audience of school life via photos of pupil’s projects, notice boards, etc.
  • Communication with other schools and accounts with similar educational interests

 

St. Brigids N.S. Facebook page 

The purpose having of a school Facebook page is to provide;

  • Communication with parents regarding specific events & activities
  • Communication with new or prospective parents
  • Communication with wider audience regarding positive advertisement of school, promotion of school & enrolment dates
  • Communication with wider audience of school life via possible communication tours -photos of pupil’s projects, notice boards, etc.
  • Communication between parents especially new parents
  • Continued advancement of our school communication system with information shared via paper notes, email, website & now Facebook

Those using our social networking site must abide by the following;

  • Users cannot advertise products or services on our school Facebook page
  • Users should not post anything on the page that could be deemed as offensive – inappropriate or harmful comments/content will be removed immediately
  • Users should not ask to become “friends” with staff as failure to respond may cause offence
  • Users cannot tag or post photographs of children on the page
  • Users should not add comments that can identify children
  • To use Facebook, one must be 13 years of age or older. Therefore current pupils cannot be accepted as users.

The sanction for breaking these rules is automatic removal from our Facebook page.

 

St. Brigid’s N.S. Twitter account   

The purpose having of a school Twitter account is to provide;

  • Communication with parents regarding specific events & activities
  • Communication with new or prospective parents
  • Communication with wider audience regarding positive advertisement of school & enrolment dates
  • Communication with wider audience of school life via photos of pupil’s projects, notice boards, etc.
  • Communication with other schools and accounts with similar educational interests

 

St. Brigids N.S. Facebook page 

The purpose having of a school Facebook page is to provide;

  • Communication with parents regarding specific events & activities
  • Communication with new or prospective parents
  • Communication with wider audience regarding positive advertisement of school, promotion of school & enrolment dates
  • Communication with wider audience of school life via possible communication tours -photos of pupil’s projects, notice boards, etc.
  • Communication between parents especially new parents
  • Continued advancement of our school communication system with information shared via paper notes, email, website & now Facebook

Those using our social networking site must abide by the following;

  • Users cannot advertise products or services on our school Facebook page
  • Users should not post anything on the page that could be deemed as offensive – inappropriate or harmful comments/content will be removed immediately
  • Users should not ask to become “friends” with staff as failure to respond may cause offence
  • Users cannot tag or post photographs of children on the page
  • Users should not add comments that can identify children
  • To use Facebook, one must be 13 years of age or older. Therefore current pupils cannot be accepted as users.

The sanction for breaking these rules is automatic removal from our Facebook page.

 

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