Policies

Our Admissions Policy

Stanhope Street Girls Secondary School is a Catholic Secondary school for girls under the trusteeship of the Religious Sisters of Charity. It was founded at the end of the 1930’s, and is rooted in the tradition of Mary Aikenhead, who promoted the idea of an equal educational opportunity for all.

Our school is a centre of learning where Christian values predominate, where each student is respected as a unique human being, where staff and students are imbued with an awareness of human dignity and where success in all aspects of life is seen as highly desired and highly promoted goal.

As trustees of Stanhope Street Girls Secondary School, the religious Sisters of Charity are committed to the successful implementation of the Education legislation, in particular the Education Act (1998), the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the Equal Status Act 2000. The central purpose of the school community is the religious, moral, academic, physical and social education of the student.

This Community seeks to create an atmosphere of Christian care and concern in which the girls can grow to maturity. The Religious Sisters of Charity fully subscribe to the principles of partnership, accountability, transparency, inclusion, and respect for diversity, parental choice and equality.

PROGRAMMES

The school operates within the context of Department of Education and Skills regulations and programmes as set out in the Education Act (1998). It also operates within the religious and educational philosophy of the Religious Sisters of Charity and the funding and resources made available to it. The school supports the principles of inclusiveness, equality of access and participation in the school including respect for diversity of traditions, values, beliefs and ways of life in society.

The financial and teaching resources of the school are provided by Department of Education and Skills grants, voluntary contributions and fund raising. The school operates within the regulations laid down from time to time by the Department of Education and Skills, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with section 9 and 30 of the Education Act 1998. Pupils at Junior and Senior cycles follow a core programme, with a number of optional subjects. Religious education and physical education are part of the core programme for all students.

ENROLMENT PROCEDURES

For those students wishing to enrol in Stanhope Street Girls Secondary School, the enclosed Registration Form and the Health Information form must be completed and returned to the school along with an original birth certificate, on or before December 31st of the year preceding entrance. An ‘Open Night’ for intending pupils and their parents is held in October. Pupils in local primary schools are notified in advance.

Anti Bullying Policy

Bullying affects everyone, not only the bullies and the victims. It also affects those children who watch, and less aggressive pupils can be drawn in by group pressure. Bullying is not an inevitable part of school life or a necessary part of growing up, and it rarely sorts itself out. Only when all issues of bullying are addressed, will a child best be able to benefit from the opportunities available at school.

The school believes that its pupils have the right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without the fear of being bullied. The school aims to promote good citizenship and decency where it is made clear that bullying is a form of anti-social behaviour. It is wrong and will not be tolerated.

Actions to prevent bullying behaviour 

  • Anti-bullying code to be promoted through parents meetings and especially to parents of incoming students.
  • Promoted through student council
  • All staff (teaching and non-teaching) involved in recording, reporting and following up on bullying behavior.
  • Senior students asked to observe and report any bullying type behaviour among junior students.
  • The internet usage is closely monitored by teachers
  • Modules on anti-bullying are taught in SPHE, Religion, Pastoral Care, Guidance programmes.

Steps to be taken in dealing with bullying incidents

1. Who to tell? Use current pastoral system:

  • Form teacher, counsellor, Deputy Principal, Principal

2. How to tell?

  • Direct approach to teacher at an appropriate time e.g. after class
  • Hand note up with homework
  • Anti-bully box
  • Get a parent or friend to tell on your behalf
  • Parents can make a phone call or send in a note with journal or call to school in person
  • Bystanders should also notify staff

CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

In order to promote a positive atmosphere and good behavior, the school operates an overarching Code of Behaviour which is a set of rules, practices and procedures that form the school’s plan for helping students to behave well and to learn effectively.

Purpose of the Code of Behaviour

  • to encourage students to take personal responsibility for their own behavior
  • to nurture a sense of self-respect and respect and consideration for others
  • to encourage good behaviour through positive affirmation – staff to students, students to staff and student to student
  • to create a positive environment for learning

Content

In accordance with Section 23 (2) of the Education Welfare Act 2000, the Code of Behaviour specifies:-

  • (1) the standards of behaviour expected from each student
  • (2) examples of unacceptable behaviour
  • (3) the procedures to be followed before a student may be suspended or expelled from the school.

1. STANDARDS

All students are encouraged and expected to:-

  • take personal responsibility for their own actions
  • be respectful to every person in the school
  • be prepared by having all books, materials and equipment as required for every lesson
  • co-operate with their teachers and follow all instructions given to them
  • complete all homework – written, reading and oral – set by teachers
  • wear full school uniform
  • attend school and all lessons punctually on each school day
  • respect school property and property of others
  • do nothing inside or outside while representing the school which lowers the reputation of the school
  • keep the school environment clean and tidy

2. Examples

(a) Unacceptable Behaviour

  • arriving late for school
  • talking out of turn
  • failure to have proper equipment/materials
  • distracting others and the teacher
  • attention-seeking
  • back-answering or refusing to answer
  • (this list is not exhaustive)

(b) Gross Misbehaviour

  • physical violence towards persons or property
  • threatening, aggressive behaviour
  • storming out of classroom and/or school building
  • fighting
  • using foul, obscene language
  • losing self-control
  • open defiance of a teacher or member of staff
  • bullying
  • vandalism of person or school property
  • mitching
  • leaving school premises without permission
  • use or trafficking of drugs both inside and outside the school building
  • (this list is not exhaustive)

3. PROCEDURES

  1. i. A student receives a Discipline Entry if she breaches the Discipline Code. A discipline is a detailed complaint form filled in by an individual teacher on a printed form.
  2. ii. After 3 breaches of the Discipline Code, the student will appear before the Discipline Committee which is made up of the Form Teacher and Principal (or Deputy Principal if Principal is unavailable). The matter may be satisfactorily resolved at this stage or may lead to (iii).
  3. iii. One further breach i.e. 4 Discipline Entries leads to Letter 1 being sent to Parents/Guardians informing them of the possibility of suspension.
  4. iv. Should the student commit 3 further breaches, she will accumulate 7 Discipline Entries which leads to automatic suspension. At this stage, Letter 2 is sent to the Parents/Guardians preceded by a phone call from the office. Suspension consists of 3 school days at the discretion of the Principal or the Board of Management.
  5. v. Discipline entries are kept in a Discipline Folder which is held in the name of the Form Teacher in the general office.
  6. vi. Persistent breaches of the Code of Discipline may lead to the Principal referring the matter to the Board of Management.

INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (IAUP)

The aim of this Acceptable Use Policy is to ensure that pupils will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s internet resources in a safe and effective manner. Internet use and access is considered a school resource and privilege. Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed. The school will employ a number of strategies in order to maximise learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the internet as follows:

General

  • Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher
  • Every effort will be made to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material
  • The school will regularly monitor pupils’ internet usage
  • Students and teachers will be provided with training in the area of internet safety
  • Uploading and downloading of non-approved software will not be permitted
  • Virus protection software will be used to protect from unwarranted intrusion
  • The use of personal CDs or portable devices in school requires a teacher’s permission
  • Students will observe good ”netiquette” at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute

World Wide Web

  • Students will not visit internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials
  • Students will use the internet for educational purposes only
  • Students will be familiar with copyright issues relating to online learning
  • Students will never disclose or publicise personal information
  • Students will be aware that any usage, including distributing or receiving information, school-related or personal, may be monitored for unusual activity, security and/or network management reasons