Pastoral Care

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The first year at Secondary School is a crucial and formative year in the education of a child. We place great importance on the Pastoral aspect of education by providing a secure base for every pupil to build on. In delivering Pastoral provision, teachers adopt a positive attitude to pupils; encouraging, guiding and treating them with respect. The teaching staff accept pupils as individuals of worth and value them as important members of the school community. Teacher-pupil and pupil-pupil relationships are enhanced through a meaningful Personal and Social Education programme which cultivates the growth of responsibility, develops self-confidence and engenders self-discipline. Pupils can also avail of Pupil Support and Counselling provided by the school and external agencies. The school operates a Discipline Policy and has a code of Conduct to which it is expected that every pupil will adhere and that every parent will support. The school also has a Charter which clearly emphasises the need for PARTNERSHIP in a child’s education. The school also operates a child protection policy in line with Department of Education requirements. A designated teacher liaises with appropriate agencies to ensure that the school’s responsibilities in relation to the physical and emotional well-being of pupils are fulfilled.

As with all school policies this is available to parents on request and can be accessed on our Policies page.

Bullying Policy

The school has a comprehensive bullying policy which is available to all parents. During the first term after enrolment all Year 8 pupils

are involved in a workshop designed to give pupils strategies to overcome bullying. The topic of “Bullying” is dealt with in PSE classes. Each year there is a whole school focus on aspects of bullying, keeping safe and respect for others.

School Charter and Code of Conduct

The school operates an important charter and code of conduct. Many people contribute to our school community - pupils, parents, teachers, support staff and visitors. All work together so that everyone can make worthwhile progress and experience fulfilment.

The key to this is respect by and for everyone concerned.

- Respect yourself

- Respect other people

- Respect the environment