Sutton Park School

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INTRODUCTION The School strives to provide the maximum educational experience to support academic achievement and personal development, leading to a purposeful and satisfying life. Sutton Park School prepares students for entrance into the best universities in Ireland and abroad. Good communication amongst teachers, parents and students is essential to assuring a successful experience for each student. The Handbook is designed to make information readily available to parents and students. The Handbook is divided into three main sections: The Senior School, Intermediate School, and Junior School. The Senior School and Primary divisions are separated as the students are clearly at very different stages of their development and the policies, questions and concerns parents and students may have are very different. Much of the Senior School Handbook is addressed directly to the student as they are becoming young adults and the greatest commitment must come from them. A Reference section contains the broader matters of concern to the whole school, such as transportation information and the School telephone directory. The Academic Calendar, which can change so rapidly throughout the year, can be found on our website, with updates provided throughout the year.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION............................................................................................................ 2 MISSION STATEMENT ................................................................................................. 8

How the Mission informs Policy in the School Community ........................9 Spiritual and Moral Development .....................................................................9 Intellectual Development .................................................................................9 Instructional Goals & Objectives .................................................................... 10 The Curriculum .............................................................................................. 10 Non-Discrimination Policy ..............................................................................11 Teacher-Pupil Relationship ............................................................................11 Aesthetic Education ....................................................................................... 11 Athletic Programme ....................................................................................... 11 Citizenship .................................................................................................... 12
ATTENDANCE & ABSENCE ........................................................................................14

Absence ........................................................................................................ 14 Excused Absence .......................................................................................... 14 Lateness ....................................................................................................... 15 Registration ................................................................................................... 15
BOARDING ..................................................................................................................15 CODE OF CONDUCT ...................................................................................................16

Behaviour In School ...................................................................................... 16 Behaviour In Class ........................................................................................ 17 Guiding Principles ......................................................................................... 17 Rights............................................................................................................ 17 Honour Code ................................................................................................. 18
DISCIPLINE..................................................................................................................18

Introduction ................................................................................................... 18 Detentions ..................................................................................................... 18 Discipline Detention ................................................................................... 19 Suspension ................................................................................................... 20
External Suspension Principles..................................................................................20 Suspension Procedure................................................................................................22

Suspension Removal..................................................................................... 22 Expulsion Principals ...................................................................................... 23 Exclusion Procedure...................................................................................... 24 Exclusion Appeals ......................................................................................... 25
DROPPING OR CHANGING A SUBJECT.....................................................................26

Procedure ..................................................................................................... 26 Changing a subject level................................................................................ 26
DRUGS & ALCOHOL POLICY .....................................................................................26

Anti-Bullying Policy ........................................................................................32
HOMEWORK................................................................................................................40 Page 3

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Presentation ................................................................................................. 40 First Year .................................................................................................. 40 Second and Third Year .............................................................................. 40 Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Year ....................................................................... 40 Aids To Effective Study.............................................................................. 40
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) ...................................... 41

ICT Acceptable Use Policy ............................................................................ 41 School¶s Strategy .......................................................................................... 41 Rules ............................................................................................................ 41 World Wide Web ........................................................................................... 42 Email ............................................................................................................ 42 Internet Chat ................................................................................................. 43 Students¶ Data .............................................................................................. 43 School Website ............................................................................................. 43 Sanctions...................................................................................................... 43 Legislation .................................................................................................... 43
LIBRARY ..................................................................................................................... 44

Library Rules................................................................................................. 44
LOCKERS ................................................................................................................... 44 MEALS & CATERING .................................................................................................. 44 MEETINGS .................................................................................................................. 45

Senior School Parent- Teacher Meetings ...................................................... 45 Individual Parent Meetings ............................................................................ 45 Senior Staff Meetings .................................................................................... 45
MUSIC DEPARTMENT ................................................................................................ 45

Senior Choir & Orchestra .............................................................................. 45 Musical Instruments Tuition........................................................................... 45
PERMISSIONS ............................................................................................................ 46

Leaving the School Premises During the Day ................................................ 46 Boarding Students-Weekend Permission ...................................................... 46
PROBATION, ACADEMIC ........................................................................................... 46 REPORTS.................................................................................................................... 47

Report Grading ............................................................................................. 47 Academic Grades ......................................................................................... 47 Citizenship .................................................................................................... 48 Financial Aid & Needs-Measured Bursary Fund ............................................ 48
SPORTS ...................................................................................................................... 48

Physical Education Classes .......................................................................... 48 Sports Houses .............................................................................................. 49 Matches ........................................................................................................ 49 Coaching & Tuition........................................................................................ 49 Sport Special Activities.................................................................................. 49
SPORTS UNIFORM ..................................................................................................... 50

Compulsory Sports Uniform .......................................................................... 50
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...............61 INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT)...............................................................................................................................63 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TUITION ...........................................................................................................................................62 Library Rules ..............................................................58 Anti-Bullying Policy ............................................................................................................................................51 Study Hall......................................... 50 STUDENT DRIVERS .................................................................................51 Student Council ....61 HOMEWORK....................................................................................................................................................65 Page 5 ................64 STAFF MEETINGS ......................................................................56 ASSEMBLIES .63 PARENT-TEACHER MEETINGS ................................................................................. 62 MEALS & CATERING...........................62 LEAVING THE SCHOOL PREMISES DURING SCHOOL HOURS ...............................................................................64 REPORTS ............... 55 JUNIOR SECTION....................60 CLUBS......53 TRIPS.................................................................................................................................................. (JUNIOR) ......................................................62 LIBRARY ............................................................................................................................51 Supervised Evening Study ............................................................................................................................................54 School Uniform from First to Fifth Year Students .................................................................61 HANDWRITING & PRESENTATION ........................................................53 Modern Language Exchange Trips .................................................... EDUCATIONAL & SOCIAL.......................58 BEHAVIOUR .................................................................................................... 53 Learning Resource Teacher ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................62 ICT Acceptable Use Policy ............................ 53 UNIFORM / DRESS CODE ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................63 Exceptions ...................................................................................................................................................... 51 SUPERVISED STUDY .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 58 DISCIPLINE............................................................................ 52 SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS....... 62 LEARNING RESOURCE DEPARTMENT ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................64 PLAY AREA ..........57 ATTENDANCE ............................................................................. 63 MOBILE PHONES & TELEPHONE CALLS...............................................58 What is Bullying? ...................................... 53 TRANSITION YEAR PROGRAMME.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Afternoon Study .....................51 Senior Prep .........................50 STUDENT LEADERSHIP.................................. 52 Guidance Counsellor ................................ 51 Prefects..........................................................................................................Handbook Optional Sports Uniform ......................................................... 54 Dress Code for Sixth Year Students .................64 PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES ................................................................64 SCHOOL HOURS .....................52 Student Support Services Team ..............57 ABSENCES ..........................

..................... 75 Open Evening / Open Days........... 69 Communications Between the School and Parents.................................................. 76 Senior School Sports Day ................................................................................................................................. 72 FIRE & SAFETY............................................................................................................................................................................................... 75 PTA Barbeque .................. 75 SPECIAL EVENTS........................................................................................ 76 Junior & Intermediate School Sports Day .............................................................. 69 Procedure .... 69 Parents¶ Role in the Communication Process ................................................................ 65 Optional Junior Sports Uniform ............................................................... 73 HEALTH SERVICES ........................... 69 School Communications to Parents..................................... 65 Compulsory Junior Sports Uniform ...........................................Study Abroad .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 65 UNIFORM ............................................................................................................................................................................ 74 Medical or Dental Appointments during School Time .................................................................................................................................... 79 Page 6 .................................................. 76 The Young Musician Competition .................................................................................................................................... 72 Special Transition Year .......... 77 BOARD OF GOVERNORS ................................................................................................................................. 70 Telephone Contact................................................................................................ 70 The School Website .................................................. 70 Parent-Teacher Meetings ...... 70 Family Contact Details ....... 71 Notice of Withdrawal ................................. 76 North Dublin Arts Festival............................................................. 73 Accidents & Illness ... 67 ACCREDITATION ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 66 REFERENCE SECTION ............................Handbook SUPERVISION ............................................................................. 70 FINANCIAL INFORMATION.............................................................................................................. 74 Dispensing Medications ........... Bursaries & Grants ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 68 CALENDAR ........................................................................... 75 PTA Annual General Meeting .............. 72 Scholarships.................................................. 74 Inoculations ..... 74 HIRE OF FACILITIES............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 74 Nurse / Medications ............................................................................................................... 77 Summer Camp..................................................... 65 Compulsory Junior School Uniform .................... 76 Graduation ................................................................................................................................................................................... 68 COMMUNICATIONS .......................................... 71 Payment Methods ............................................. 75 School Carol Service............................ 78 BOARD OF MANAGEMENT .............................................................................................. 75 Junior School Christmas Concert .............................................................

......82 SCHOOL HOURS ..........................................................................................80 TRAFFIC & TRANSPORT ....................80 Traffic Safety on School Grounds ............................83 SCHOOL ACCESS NUMBERS.....85 Page 7 ................................................................................................................................. 81 Public Transport .................. 80 Parking..................................................................................... 82 TELEPHONE ......................................................Handbook PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)................................ 81 Private Transport ...........................84 ABSENCE REPORT FORM .........................................................................................................84 SCHOOL PERSONNEL ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

´ y y We are committed to fostering a sense of identity and self-worth in each of our students. staff and parents) and the wider community is a cornerstone of our philosophy. while at the same time fostering an appreciation of Irish culture in which the school is rooted. spiritually and physically ± in a caring. aesthetically. attitudes. intellectually. y y y y Page 8 . and we are committed to developing in each student innovative capabilities to participate in a dynamic world environment. We are committed to striving for high academic standards and in so doing we seek to challenge each of our students to achieve the best that they can. We are committed to developing a well-rounded individual with skills. confident adult. We recognise that serving both the school (students. sensibilities and personal initiative that will allow each to grow into a mature. We are committed to developing the whole person ± morally.Handbook MISSION STATEMENT ³We nurture and develop all that is best in each of our students. We are committed to ensuring that each of our students embraces the whole world community and culture. multidenominational environment. innovative.

permit self-expression within the limits of the school¶s standards of personal conduct. direct all our resources towards an effective teaching/learning opportunities balancing our financial resources equitably between academic staffing. b. d. Pupils are made aware of their own worth. recognise our responsibility to work in co-operation with the home and other relevant social agencies towards meeting the intellectual. g. They are helped to see through and. A programme of sex education spanning both Primary and Secondary divisions stresses the essentially human aspects of sexuality and promotes individual responsibility. base our teaching on the conviction that every human being is valuable and deserves the opportunity to strive for his best self-realisation as an individual and as a member of society. thinking and problem-solving and by the provision of a challenging and broad academic curriculum. A programme of community action projects enriches the school community and develops an awareness of the wider community. and encouraged to show concern for and tolerance of. Intellectual Development Sutton Park School aims to foster in its students the attainment of academic excellence appropriate to individual ability and is committed to encouraging intellectual awareness and curiosity. e. curriculum and physical plant. strive towards a continuity of the curriculum throughout all the divisions of the School using up to date teaching methods and materials. Page 9 . withstand pressures from outside and from peer groups. Sutton Park is committed to a coherent programme of moral development. physical and emotional needs of the student. c. In order to achieve these purposes the Board.Handbook How the Mission informs Policy in the School Community Spiritual and Moral Development The School encourages a sense of individual and collective responsibility. f. Head of School and staff of Sutton Park School will: a. hold high academic standards individually applied to challenge the best in each student. if necessary. others. accept primary responsibility for meeting the intellectual needs of the individual student by teaching the basic skills of learning.

to acquire the habits and attitudes associated with responsible citizenship. c. to acquire. and enable him or her to take full advantage of life¶s rewarding opportunities. d. c. cultural. The curriculum in each subject area reflects an orderly progression through the grades. Academic excellence. and the Arts. to acquire a positive attitude towards education and the learning process as a lifelong activity e. to understand the opportunities open to him or her for a productive. h. to the full extent possible. the curriculum shall show an awareness of developments and trends in international education. Where possible. The curriculum within the Junior & Intermediate Schools is based upon that prescribed for the national primary schools in Ireland and the senior curriculum follows that issued by the Irish Department of Education for Secondary Schools. g. the social sciences. The Curriculum To achieve these goals the curriculum of Sutton Park School will reflect the following guidelines: a. The Senior School curriculum is directed towards the Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level Examination. i. j.Handbook Instructional Goals & Objectives The School will strive to provide quality education that will permit and assist every student: a. Particular attention is given to curriculum co-ordination between the transition points: Grade 3 ± Grade 4 Grade 6 ± First Year Seniors th th Transition Year ± 5 & 6 Years Page 10 . b. b. to understand and appreciate human achievement through the natural sciences. and national groups different from his own. happy life. to acquire an understanding of and develop the conditions necessary for maintaining one¶s physical. within the parameters of individual ability is a priority and the School uses a robust mentoring system to ensure student progression. to acquire the greatest possible understanding of himself and an appreciation of his worth as an individual and as a member of society. a mastery of the basic academic skills. to prepare for and live in a world of rapid change and unforeseeable demands in which continuing education throughout his adult life will be a normal expectation. to acquire an understanding and appreciation of persons belonging to the many social. the humanities. to receive the opportunity and the encouragement to be successful and creative in one or more fields of endeavour. mental and emotional well-being. f.

which is co-educational and multi-denominational in character and which accepts pupils from the Irish and international community regardless of race. Page 11 . and team spirit are the primary objectives. Teacher-Pupil Relationship A strong tradition of the School is that of the personal commitment of the academic staff to the advancement and welfare of the individual pupils in his/her care. Athletic Programme Sutton Park School is committed to ensuring that all of its pupils participate in a structured sports programme that offers opportunities for students to develop a lifelong interest in physical fitness through the enjoyment of both team sports and individual challenge and achievement. Offer educational opportunities for exceptional students. Non-Discrimination Policy Sutton Park School is a non-profit Charitable Trust governed by a Board of Directors. 3. The curriculum is continuously reviewed by the professional staff and periodically evaluated to ensure that it meets the needs of all our students and to support the identification and implementation of best practice(s). the participation of all and the development of personal skills. An atmosphere of trust and friendship is encouraged between staff and pupil. e. Aesthetic Education Sutton Park believes that an education in the Arts is essential to the full development of the human person and is committed to a coherent and broadly based Arts education for all of its students. Within the limits of our resources the curriculum will 1. The atmosphere at Sutton Park is open and friendly with person to person communication the norm. based upon professional concern on the part of the teacher and mutual respect. nationality or creed. Offer special help for students for special needs. character. 2. While great individual achievement is supported and recognised. Offer an EFL programme.Handbook d.

Handbook Citizenship The School aims to imbue its students with a sense of pride in their own country and a sense of confidence in and commitment to its future. Page 12 . They are encouraged to recognise that personal endeavour. integrity and a sense of social justice can provide an adequate level of prosperity at both a personal and national level. while also recognizing their role as members of the world community.

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it negatively impacts on their ability to do their best work and achieve their potential. y All students are expected to remain at the School during school hours.  A wedding. If such notice is not received. y Students must submit in advance a letter signed by a parent. all students must submit during Registration. and reduces the educational experience for their peers who depend on their participation. explaining the absence. explaining the absence. It is essential for each student and their parent(s) to recognise that they have a broader responsibility to participate in the programme and limit absences and lateness¶s. y Page 14 . birth or death in the immediate family. Excused Absence The following guidelines apply to students and their parents when seeking permission to be absent. Parents may use the Absence Report Form at the back of the Handbook.) Please notify reception by telephone by 9.  A religious holiday observed by the immediate family. Senior School parents who wish their children to go home for lunch or prep on a regular basis must provide written permission before the student will be allowed to leave the School premises (see details under Permissions). (Parents may use the Absence Report Form at the back of the Handbook. the School may telephone parents to confirm that there is a genuine reason for the student¶s absence. a letter signed by a parent.00 am on the day of absence. which may be photocopied as often as required. y Absence After any period of absence from School.  A family emergency.Handbook ATTENDANCE & ABSENCE Any time a student is late to a commitment or absent. which may be photocopied as often as required. Students will be granted permission to be absent from school for:  A medical concern requiring immediate attention. Students with more than 20 unexcused absences in one school year are in violation of the law and will be reported to the Department of Education and Science.

our boarders enjoy a happy and relaxed homelike atmosphere. commanding magnificent views from Lambay Island to Dublin Bay. In cases where no one holds responsibility for the damage. Families interested in a boarding place for their child should contact the School Office early. Registration The school day begins with Registration at 8. students are expected to complete all assigned work by the date agreed with the teacher. The modern. will be placed in Detention. the student must bring written confirmation from that teacher. or more than three times in any half-term. Additional policies regarding the residential programme are available from the Main Office. he or she is responsible for notifying the appropriate Staff member or the School Office prior to the absence. Under the supervision of the Boarding Parents. No retrospective notes will be accepted. replacement will be split between all boarders in the house. All Senior School absence and request notes should be given at Registration. In the case of all excused absences. Senior students should move quickly between classes prepared with all necessary materials. BOARDING Westbury House is a purpose built boarding house situated on the grounds of Sutton Park School. A student who is late for class twice in any single week. y Lateness Any Senior student arriving late must sign in at Reception to be marked present. If any item(s) of furnishings from boarders bedrooms or communal areas that are used solely by boarders are broken or damaged in any way by one or more boarders a replacement will be arranged and the cost of such replacements will be billed to parents of those students responsible for the damage. as places are limited. All Boarding students must abide by all standard school rules and regulations. the cost of replacement will be split between all sharing the bedroom or in cases of communal areas.40 am. Page 15 .Handbook y If a student knows in advance that he/she will be absent from a commitment. If a teacher keeps a student late for another class. spacious family-type house accommodates 16 to 18 boarders in two-bed and three-bed rooms.

All work should be produced on time and neatly presented. or supervised by a teacher of the School. is contrary to the spirit of the School and will result in disciplinary action. Camera phones are discouraged. Smoking on School grounds is forbidden by law. The student must sign out at the Reception desk when leaving and sign-in when returning. Infringement of this rule will incur suspension. or with the permission of the Head of Year. Any form of disrespect. All members of the school community. During school hours a student may only leave the school premises when accompanied by their parents. We are committed to the following Code of Conduct:y y y y y y y y y We expect students to honour the commitment to do their best that they made when choosing to attend. Physical violence may result in immediate expulsion from the School. drugs.Handbook CODE OF CONDUCT Behaviour In School We are a community of people whose joint responsibility is to protect the well being of each member and to create a learning environment that encourages creativity. students and professionals.e MP3 players. Any student found using one during school hours will have it confiscated. The School Drug Policy is listed elsewhere in the Handbook and all members of the School community are expected to be familiar with it. or behaviour-affecting substances. or threat of violence towards another person. All music electronics i. A general atmosphere of orderliness and quiet is expected in and near the School buildings. materials. are not permitted. Page 16 . as a fire would put the lives of all members of the community at risk. iPods can however be used in Study Hall and during prep. This includes being a good citizen. or Head of School. Punctuality is expected at all times. and any student found to have used without specific permission a camera phone or other digital device to take photographs on the school premises will have it confiscated and he/she will be liable for immediate suspension. or the property of other people. risk-taking and cooperation. Actions that hurt other people. and continued infringement may lead to expulsion. walkmans etc and mobile phones must be fully switched off during lessons. Students may not be in possession of potentially dangerous implements. Smoking inside any school building is a serious offence. iPods. must respect the sensitivities and well-being of others. any humiliation. including cigarettes and alcohol. Exercise and prep notebooks should be kept clean and tidy. Deputy Principal. The School operates a strict no-smoking policy for students and adults.

cooperation. whether intended or unintended. Rights At Sutton Park all are entitled to certain rights that include: y y y y the right to pursue an education and personal excellence in a non-threatening. Page 17 . Guiding Principles y y y y I respect myself and others at all times. individually. the right to develop emotionally and socially. Dress and appearance should always be clean and tidy. and responsibility. All students should come to school dressed in a manner appropriate to a working atmosphere. undermine the climate of trust and respect that holds the community together.Handbook y Students are required to wear the defined school uniform. with dignity and respect. should be dressed in a respectful manner that is not distracting to others and recognises that they are also role models for younger students. We all recognise that certain behaviours. encouraging. Sixth Year students. Students must arrive at class with all necessary equipment. will not yell from windows or speak in a tone or volume that is disrespectful. I will do nothing that would undermine the climate of mutual respect and trust upon which this community is based. Behaviour In Class y y y y The norm expected in each classroom is attentiveness. healthy environment. to common standards of respect. At Sutton Park we agree to treat all members of the community with the same respect and dignity with which we would wish to be treated. who are not required to wear the School uniform. I endeavour to do my best in all that I do and encourage others to do the same. sweets or chewing gum are allowed in class. To achieve our shared goals and vision. we make the following community agreements that bind us. will treat others as we wish to be treated. the right to be treated with dignity. which could make someone uncomfortable. particularly bad language. the right to earn the respect of others through my thoughts and deeds. We all agree that we: y y y y will not litter. No food. I seek to be helpful and to contribute at all times. will refrain from using language. Students should not answer out of turn or without raising his/her hand.

by doing all the work expected of me and taking credit only for work that is my own. by treating all people and their possessions with respect.Handbook Honour Code As a student at Sutton Park School I intend to let my life speak: y y y y y y y by attending all my commitments and endeavouring to arrive on time. successful. seeking to help students develop the values that will assist them in being happy. by doing my best in all that I do. by appropriately crediting and honouring the thoughts. then the Year Head and then the Deputy Principal. Support by parents for the detention system is critical if their student is having difficulty developing the academic and/or social self-discipline to do their best work. ideas. and are specifically designed to encourage students to take responsibility for their own actions. and responsible citizens of the Sutton Park School and ultimately adult members of the world community. Detentions Detentions are given for failure to meet academic or social responsibilities. by taking responsibility for my own actions and belongings. In the first instance. DISCIPLINE Introduction The primary goal of the Discipline System is educational. by refraining from the illegal use of drugs and helping others to do the same. and/or words of others. healthy. responsibility for discipline is with the classroom teacher. Page 18 . and helping others to do the same.

Handbook Discipline Detention Students are expected to follow clear rules and regulations. (After three Red Cards parents will be called in for a meeting with the Head of Year ( AA . A letter will be sent out on Monday mornings by the HOYs notifying parents detailing the reason why the Student has been put into detention. If students misbehave they will be giving either a Yellow or Red Card. A Discipline Pyramid is posted in every classroom stating our expectations. A return slip at the bottom of the letter should be handed to the Form Head. Page 19 . YELLOW CARD ± Offences for which a Yellow Card should be expected are included in the Yellow Section of the ³Pyramid of School Rules Infringement´. RED CARD ± Offences for which a Red Card should be expected are included in the Red Section of the ³Pyramid of School Rules Infringement´. The number of yellow/red/blue cards received by a student will be noted on student reports at the end of each term by the form head. SATURDAY DETENTION Saturday Detention will run from 9am ± 11am. Work not completed during the detention should be completed at home. A reminder text from reception will be sent to parents on the Thursday prior to the Saturday Detention and a list of detainees will also be given to the Head of School. Any student who fails to turn up for Saturday Detention without prior permission will be required to do two further periods of Saturday Detention. Teachers should leave sufficient work for Students to keep them busy for 2 hours. (behavioural contract .report card etc. The Head of Year will contact the parents of any student who fails to turn up on Monday morning. One Red Card will automatically result in a Saturday Detention.) BLUE CARD ± Positive behaviour will be affirmed through the use of the Blue Cards. A Detention Register will be kept at Reception and posted on the Staff Notice board. Further disciplinary measures will/may be taken. Blue cards may be awarded for:Helpfulness to Students/Teachers / Picking up Litter & Extra Cleaning Duties / Any student who displays Good Citizenship/ is Good Ambassador of School / Shows good Example / Fosters ethos of school/ Students showing huge improvement in attitude and work etc. DP Guidance Counsellor may also be required to be in attendance). after two Red Cards parents will be contacted by the Head of Year. Students in receipt of 3 Yellow cards may be put in Saturday Detention at the discretion of the Form Head. 3 Blue cards may cancel a Red Card at the discretion of the Form Head.

Page 20 . No retrospective notes will be accepted. Suspensions beyond 3 days are the responsibility of the BOM. Education Welfare Act 2000. Under the Articles of Management for Secondary Schools. to remove the student from the school for a period of time. Suspension In cases where students fail to observe the Code of Behaviour it is necessary. The Head of School / BOM will exercise this authority in a fair and non-discriminatory manner having regard to their responsibility to the whole school and to the principles of natural justice. for the good of the school community as a whole to impose sanctions on such students. Equal Status Act 2000 and the principles of fairness and natural justice. EXTERNAL SUSPENSION PRINCIPLES In certain cases of unacceptable behaviour it will be in the best interests of the school community and / or the student involved. Any student who is late (unexcused lateness) more than twice in one week will automatically be placed in Saturday Detention. This policy outlines the school¶s approach to suspension and exclusion and has been formulated taking due consideration of the rights and responsibilities inherent in the Education Act 1998. the Head of School has the authority to suspend a student from attending school for a period of up to and including 3 days.Handbook LATES & ABSENCES Lates and Absences are covered under our Absence & Lates section of our current Handbook. including suspension or exclusion [expulsion].

Deliberate vandalism. or in the course of any school related activity. In addition to being serious breaches that incur suspension. including the writing of graffiti. under the supervision of their parents / guardians to reflect on their unacceptable behaviour. use or supply of prohibited substances [including alcohol. In general there are two sets of circumstances under which suspension will be imposed: a. Possession. in relation to school property or the property of a member of the school community. abusive or otherwise inappropriate language. Serious breaches of the Code of Behaviour include but are not limited to: y y y y y y y y y Endangering the safety or health of any member of the school community. b. these are criminal offences that will be reported to the appropriate authorities. Exception will be made for legitimate medicinal use with the proper notification of the school authorities. Interference with and persistent disruption of teaching and learning. It is the intention of the school that suspension allows students the time. In such cases a formal written warning detailing the unacceptable behaviour will have been submitted to parents / guardians along with an explanation of what is required of the student. Page 21 . accept responsibility for the behaviour that led to the suspension and to change their future behaviour to meet the expectations of the school. fighting or the possession of offensive weapons. Repeated less serious breaches of the Code of Behaviour that have not been rectified by disciplinary measures short of suspension. Stealing. Refusal to obey clear and reasonable instructions of staff members on a repeated basis The use of obscene.Handbook The primary purpose of suspension is one of corrective support rather than punishing students for misbehaviour. Repeated truancy. drugs. Serious breaches of the Code of Behaviour that indicate that the student should be removed from the school environment. on school trips. or associated paraphernalia] in the school. In some cases where health and safety could be a risk it may be necessary to suspend a student with immediate effect pending an investigation and following due procedures. Disrespect or defiance towards or harassment or intimidation of a member of staff or bullying of another member of the school community.

it will be expunged from the student¶s record. Information regarding this right of appeal will be provided with formal notification of the suspension. Students will not be sent home during a school day unless collected by a parent / guardian. 5. However. a student or his/her parents may appeal the Principal¶s decision to suspend to the Board of Management. Beyond success in such appeals. Page 22 . a suspension may be rescinded in the following circumstances: y New circumstances come to light after the suspension has been applied that would have mitigated the sanction had they been known beforehand. 2. if applicable. 4.Handbook SUSPENSION PROCEDURE In the event that the Head of School exercises his/her authority to suspend a student for a fixed duration the following procedure will be used: 1. In cases where the suspension is to take effect immediately parents/guardians will be informed by telephone. In the event that an appeal is successful. 3. 6 7. Note: An appeal of a suspension decision may also be made under Section 29 of the Education Act where a student has been suspended for 20 days or more. with a written follow up. Suspension Removal As the principles of natural justice demand that there should be available a right of appeal to a higher authority. There will be a written record of the outcome of this meeting. The student will be informed of the precise grounds that gave rise to a potential suspension and will be given the opportunity to respond before a suspension decision is formalised. The parents/guardians of the student will be informed and invited to come into school for a meeting. the suspension will be lifted and if the suspension has already been served. the school may insist that the student remain at home while the appeal proceeds. Such an appeal must be made in writing to the Chairperson of the BOM stating the grounds on which the appeal is being made. All suspension decisions will include a formal letter of notification that will include: y Notice of the suspension y Effective date of the suspension y Duration of the suspension y Reasons for the suspension Information regarding appeal rights and procedures should also be provided Requirements to be met for the students return to school should be stated.

y A written or verbal apology may be required for the student for his/her misbehaviour. in accordance with the principles of natural justice. In cases where the Head of School judges that a student¶s actions are such that exclusion should be considered. y The students conduct acting as a source of serious bad example and having an adverse influence on other students in the school. In general. y When guarantees of reasonable behaviour following repeated suspensions are not forthcoming or not being met. will only be exercised by the Board of Management in relation to cases of extreme indiscipline. the Head of School will refer the matter to the Board of Management. Expulsion Principles Exclusion is the ultimate sanction imposed by the school on a student and as such. y The student is being uncontrollable and not amenable to any form of school discipline or authority. will investigate extreme indiscipline cases thoroughly in advance of any hearing that could result in exclusion. Page 23 . y The student may be required to enter into a contract of good behaviour or other conditions that may be specified before returning to school. the following procedures may apply for the formal re-introduction of the student into the school: y Parents may be requested to attend with the student upon his/her return to school. Given the severity of the potential sanction. Cases where the in-discipline of a student is so pervasive that teaching and learning become extremely difficult. Suspension Completion Upon completion of a suspension. there are two sets of circumstances in which exclusion may be considered to be appropriate by the school: a.Handbook y Other mitigating factors consistent with the application of the principles of natural justice. y Parents/Guardians being unable or refusing to exercise their responsibility for the student. y The student being a danger to himself/herself or to others. Such cases include but are not limited to: y The student being so disruptive that he/she is seriously preventing other students from learning. the school.

Exclusion Procedure Except in exceptional circumstances. 8. take account of the following factors in determining an exclusion. and the likelihood of recurrence The extent to which the behaviour impaired or will impair the normal functioning of the student and others in the school community The degree to which the behaviour was a breach of the Code of Behaviour Whether the incident leading to the suspension was a result of the student action alone or as part of a group. The severity of the behaviour. 7. First time offences of a very serious nature. 4. or other pressure might have contributed to the behaviour. Recorded all action taken and copied all correspondence. Informed the parents/guardians of his/her intention to recommend exclusion to the Board of Management. The age and state of health of the student The student¶s previous record of behaviour at the school Any mitigating circumstances unique to the student that might reasonably be taken into account in connection with the behaviour leading to the suspension. Invited the parents/guardians to the Board of Management hearing Page 24 . 3. 9. its frequency. Provided formal verbal and written warnings at appropriate times dealing with such behaviours and provided clear expectations of what was required of the student in the future. 6. Ensured that discussion has occurred with the student and parents/guardians regarding specific misbehaviour that the school considers unacceptable and that may lead to permanent exclusion. Such cases include but are not limited to: y y y y y y y Serious assault Trafficking in drugs Arriving in school under the influence of alcohol or drugs Serious burglary or theft Causing major damage to school property Gross insubordination to the Head of School or other staff members Brandishing of a weapon In the interest of ensuring a fair and even-handed system for the imposition of an exclusion. The degree to which parental. 2. among other things. The degree to which the student recognises and accepts that her behaviour was unacceptable and is prepared to exhibit genuine contrition. peer. the Board of Management will. 1. 5.Handbook b. exclusion will only be resorted to after the Head of School has: y y y y y y Ensured that all discipline options under the Code of behaviour have been applied and documented.

Heard the response of the parents/guardians. by a student (over 18 years). which should be made in the presence of the Head of School Examined all the documentation Considered the student¶s record in the school Ensured that the Head of School is not present for the Board¶s decision of the matter. statements. Page 25 . Discussed the case in detail Considered all the commitments made in the Code of Behaviour Made a final decision to exclude Communicated the decision to exclude to the parents/guardians formally by registered letter Informed the Education Welfare Officer under Section 24(1) of the Education Welfare Act 2000 The formal letter of notification will include: y Notice of the exclusion y Effective date of the exclusion y Reasons for the exclusion y A statement that the Education Welfare Board has been informed of the exclusion y A statement that the student is under the care and responsibility of the parents/guardians for the period of 20 days required by the Education Welfare Officer to examine alternative provisions for the education of the student y Information and documentation on Appeal rights Exclusion Appeals Parents/guardians have the right to appeal a decision of the Board of Management to exclude a student to the Minister for Education or to an authority delegated for such appeals by the Minister under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 Permanent exclusion may be appealed by a parent/guardian.Handbook y y y Invited the parents/guardians to make a written submission in advance of the Board Meeting. Provided in advance the parents/guardians with a full. which should be made in the presence of the parents/guardians. or by the National Education Welfare Board. Any such appeal must be lodged within 42 calendar days of the decision of the Board of Management. exclusion will still only occur after the Board of Management has: Heard the Head of School¶s case against the student. together with copies of all documentation. Made a formal recommendation to the Board with full supporting documentation following these actions by the Head of School. and other materials supporting the case. written description of the allegations against the student and the case being made at the Board.

The school is mindful of the law in all situations surrounding all substances. In accordance with the education (Welfare) act. DRUGS & ALCOHOL POLICY Sutton Park School has an obligation to educate. alcohol and illegal drugs. the substance abuse policy forms part of the schools code of behaviour. Page 26 . discipline our students in its care with regard to substances and illegal drug use. No student may give up a subject or cease to attend a class in that subject until a signed letter has been received by the School. smoking. µSutton Park School promotes a drug±free and alcohol±free environment for all students¶ It is our belief that values are formed primarily in the home and that parents have the main responsibility for the behaviour and attitudes of their children with regard to substances. Changing a subject level Occasionally a teacher will feel that a student is best suited to take a subject at a level (Ordinary or Honours) different from the wishes of the student or his/her parents.Handbook DROPPING OR CHANGING A SUBJECT Procedure Students wishing to make a change in their subjects must first speak with their Head of Year and subject teacher to discuss the implications of the change. 2000. Although the ultimate decision rests with the student and his/her parents. The aim of the school is that each pupil should develop to his or her full potential and become a constructive and caring member of society. Given this. ** The school includes the boarding house throughout this policy. They should therefore consider the matter very seriously before making a final decision. The student should then discuss with the Deputy Principal and Guidance Counsellor the implications in the wider terms of the Leaving Certificate and university placement. protect and where necessary. If you have any problems with this process please do not hesitate to contact the Head of School. both parents and student should understand that a teacher¶s recommendation is based on professional experience and is not lightly made. we feel it is essential to do all that we can to ensure that pupils are in a safe environment while in the school. All subject changes are considered at a Monday Student Support Group Meeting.

school social events and to and from school. Parents of students under 16 who are found with cigarettes will be notified immediately. outings or duties. If cigarettes are found on a student.Handbook SCOPE This policy addresses all substance misuse issues. Students caught breaking this school rule will engage in school sanctions. but not limited to smoking.g. outings or duties. supply of substances on school grounds will be dealt with by the official authorities.g.g. Substance abuse incidents dealt with by the school include those incidents. students. teachers. while in school uniform. on school trips or activities. staff retain the right to confiscate. e.  Incidents of a more serious nature. Students caught off school grounds during the day will be sanctioned for leaving the school grounds during the school day without permission. on school trips or activities. including but not limited to sports trips. e. school trips. alcohol use. including but not limited to sports trips. while in school uniform. Alcohol Being in possession of. MANAGING ISSUES RELATING TO SUBSTANCES Smoking Smoking is prohibited during school hours. as per discipline procedure. school trips. or in the presence of. alcohol is prohibited during school hours. including.  Within school  To and from school  School trips  Extra curricular activities  Incidents of substance abuse outside of these times will be dealt with by the school only in certain circumstances. to educate and inform To develop procedures for reporting. parents and guardians To take practical actions to prevent incidents of misuse e. school social events and to and from school. such as detention. discipline and supporting students involved in substance abuse. Parents will be informed by notification of detention. on school grounds. Gardai / Juvenile Liaison Officers GOALS AND OBJECTIVES     To create a school ethos which encourages students to disclose and discuss concerns surrounding alcohol and substance abuse To raise awareness of alcohol and substance abuse with school management. illegal drug use and misuse of prescribed drugs. on school grounds (this includes school lockers). Page 27 .

All breaches of the illegal substances rule will be notified immediately to parents. School functions such as the debutante drinks reception will be alcohol free events. school trips. debs.). on school trips or activities. outings or duties. (older brothers / sisters. etc. while in school uniform. This involves the Board of Management and will result in a permanent school record. Page 28 . these concerns should be addressed to the Deputy Principal or Guidance Counsellor.g. It is therefore best practice and strongly advised that 6 year students organize a chaperone service for the evening. Support in the form of counselling (either in school or externally) will be recommended and may be mandatory. illegal substances is prohibited during school hours. suspension. parents. Students will have an opportunity to discuss the incident in a supportive manner. are invited guests and are not th in a supervisory capacity. It will always be imperative to establish who is influencing and who is supplying the substances within the school. as mentioned in the introduction. The school graduation. Illegal Substances Being in possession of. the situation and the student will be immediately referred to the Gardai. If this information is established or if a student is caught with substances and intent to supply. will reinforce the parental role and invitations state that alcohol will not be served to students and that the onus is on parents to decide. Three day suspension can and will be issued for a first offence. Support in the form of internal counselling or preferably external counselling will be mandatory. Support in the form of internal counselling or preferably external counselling will be mandatory.Handbook All breaches of the alcohol rule will be notified immediately to parents. If staff have concerns regarding a student. For further offences or if first offence is deemed suitable serious (at school discretion) a four day suspension can be issued. relatives etc. school social events and to and from school. e. or in the presence of. including but not limited to sports trips. The school endeavours to educate and promote responsible drinking. on school grounds (this includes school lockers). Further sanctions will include permanent exclusion from the school. Staff attending student events off school grounds. but sanctions will also include detentions.

) Education Education and Prevention is at the heart of this policy and Sutton Park School is committed to providing a comprehensive drug education programme for all students which will form part of the Social. (see addendum 1) In the matter of external speakers. 4th. 2. 5th and 6th years to encourage the active reporting and communication of concerns about fellow students. Sutton Park School retains the right to drug test a student on contract with parental consent. Drug testing is seen as an important part of this contract to ensure the student is abiding by the school rules and that they are keeping a good health record.Handbook Students who have been sanctioned for illegal substance misuse will be placed on a contract of behaviour drawn up between the Head of School. Sutton Park School retains to right to search school property (including lockers. Teachers involved in SPHE will be required to attend the specific in-service on substance misuse 3. To increase the self esteem and confidence of students 2. While trained teachers are in the best position to carry out drug education. This is best practice as recommended by the Department of Education and Science. it is accepted that all students will respond to different approaches. it may sometimes be appropriate to use an outside speaker to supplement or reinforce the work done in the class. Sutton Park School will endeavor to provide speakers who will deal with the issues surrounding alcohol and substance misuse from a medical. Page 29 . healthy and responsible choices 4. Guidance Counselor and signed by Head of school. To equip students with personal and social skills 3. These aims will be supported through the following actions: 1. parent and student. To enable students to make informed. All staff Teachers will be offered drug information and drug awareness training. Our aims in relation to drug education are: 1. toilets etc. Parents will be notified if the school feels a student on contract would benefit from testing. To seek to prevent experimentation with and/or the use of illegal substances. Parent evenings on Drug and alcohol information will be available The school will administer questionnaires biannually to 3rd. text book approach while acknowledging the personal impact. To provide honest and age appropriate information on substances 5. 4. Personal and Health Education programme.

2. prescription medicines brought into school by students must be disclosed to the school Nurse and Form teachers or for senior students to the Deputy Principal. 4. ROLES AND RESPONSIBLITIES     The Board of Management will oversee the ratification of the policy. Non prescription medicines Students should attend the school nurse for all non prescription medical needs during the school day. confidentiality will be maintained insofar as is practicable. The student(s) involved must be informed about what is happening and why.Handbook Prescription medicines Sutton Park School acknowledges and respects the need for prescription medicines. For students in the Boarding House all Prescription Drug use must be informed to the school Nurse and boarding staff by parents and / or students. Confidentiality 1. Sutton Park School recognises that the issue of confidentiality is complex. Adults in receipt of information must be careful not to break trust. Staff members cannot offer total confidentiality to a student involved in a drug or alcohol related incident and must comply with duty of care In the case of a student reporting an incident or disclosing information. Information must remain private and only be disclosed on a strict µneed to know¶ basis. The Guidance Counsellor will oversee the implementation of this policy through communication with staff and management. 6. This is in keeping with Health and Safety Guidelines. Class teachers will be responsible for delivering education and preventative modules especially through the SPHE programme All staff members will have a responsibility for identifying and reporting any behaviours which warrant concern. The well being and welfare of the student and the staff member must remain the priority. At admissions. 3. For the health and safety of the students this information may need to be shared with relevant staff members. It is important that confidentiality and its limits are discussed with students during the drugs education programmes and the duty of care is discussed. For more transient medical requirements. students¶ ongoing medical needs must be disclosed to the school and this information is kept on medical records in the Nurses Office and in the main school office. Non prescription medicines should not be brought into school. Page 30 . 7. IMPLEMENTATION ARRANGEMENTS. 5.

Mr Michael Moretta Ms Anne Dowling Staff members Patrick McLoughlin Eimear Fitzgerald Jennifer Ryan Students Eoin O¶Reilly Alex Horgan PTA Nicola Gorman Board of Management Michele Ridgeway Jane Economos Education Officer. At the end of each quarter of the school year. REVIEWING POLICY This policy will be reviewed yearly to meet the needs of the students and the whole school community.ie This policy was developed with input from the following parties. to both alert staff and offer them a chance to make suggestions or provide feedback on the policy.ie www.drugs. HSE Ms Bernie Maguire Boarding house representatives Mr Tomas Porczynski & Ms Frances Buchanan Page 31 (Head of School) (Deputy Head of School) (Teacher) (Teacher) (Guidance Counsellor) (Head Boy) (Deputy Head Girl) (Chairperson) (Chairperson) (Parent Representative . the procedures for dealing with incidents will be raised at staff meetings. Following a substance abuse incident the policy will be considered in terms of successful outcomes and amended as necessary.Handbook MONITORING OF POLICY The policy will be monitored by the committee members throughout the school through staff meetings and feedback from teaching staff and management. Parent information For more information on substance abuse in adolescence. school staff will be kept up to date at staff meetings.crosscare. please see:www.

Bullying affects everyone. The reporting of bullying incidents is responsible behaviour Scope This policy addresses bullying behaviour. harassment and sexual harassment. Reports of staff to student bullying will be referred directly to the principal or the BOM. and drawing some students to participate in bullying by group pressure. and it rarely sorts itself out.g. history between students etc. the school management complies with the requirements of the Employment Equality acts 1998 and 2004 and the school is developing an anti ± bullying and anti ± harassment policy in place for staff. student. Only when all issues of bullying are addressed. Page 32 . Incidents of student to staff will be dealt with according to the procedures as laid out within this policy. parents / guardians. Every person.Handbook All staff. This policy mainly focuses mainly on student to student bullying. ANTI-BULLYING POLICY Introductory Statement Sutton Park School believes that our students have the right to learn in a supportive.      Within school To and from school School trips Extra curricular activities Incidents of bullying outside of these times will be dealt with by the school only in certain circumstances (e. not just the bullies and their targets.) and will be at the discretion of the school management. As employers. including the school nurse has had opportunity to read and contribute. will a child best be able to benefit from the opportunities available at this school. It affects the culture of the entire school making those children who watch feel less safe in school. as far as possible. The school will be proactive to ensure. that bullying does not take place. caring and safe environment without the fear of being bullied. staff member and parent in Sutton Park School is entitled to respect and to be free of any type of bullying. Bullying incidents dealt with by the school include those incidents. Bullying is not an inevitable part of school life or a necessary part of growing up. it also applies to the teaching of all school staff.

school management. to ensure comprehensive supervision and monitoring measures through which all aspects of school life are observed. To develop procedures for reporting and recording incidents of bullying. To develop a programme of support for those affected by bullying and those involved in bullying behaviour. To involve and encourage all members of the school community. No school is immune to bullying and the demand for such policies is a matter of priority. To develop procedures for investigating and dealing with incidents of bullying behaviour. parents and guardians To take practical actions to prevent incidents of bullying behaviour e. The nature of School Bullying: A Cross national perspective Goals And Objectives       To create a school ethos which encourages students to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour To raise awareness of bullying as an unacceptable form of behaviour with school management. staff. and no parent should need to worry about such things happening to his / her child. 2. students. The Department of Education and Science requires schools. Relationship To Spirit Of School School Mission Statement ³We nurture and develop all that is best in each of our students. For a long time. Professor Dan Olweus in ³Sweden´. as part of policy.g. to have a written policy on bullying. intentional humiliation implied in bullying.´ Bully / victim problems in school really concern some of our basic values and principles. No student should be afraid of going to school for fear of being harassed or degraded. I have argued that it is a fundamental democratic right for a child to feel safe in school and to be spared the oppression and repeated.Handbook Rationale 1. implementing and reviewing this policy. Page 33 . 3. parents and students in developing. teachers.

2. by physical action or otherwise. directly or indirectly. Usually there is a power imbalance between the perpetrator and his / her target (this sets inappropriate behaviour apart from µfair fights¶) Distinguish between teasing and bullying. Is innocent in motive 8. Maintains the basic dignity of everyone involved 4. clever and benign way. Page 34 . by one or more persons against another person or persons which can undermine the individuals right to personal dignity. Is discontinued when the person teased becomes upset or objects to the teasing. Isn¶t intended to hurt the other person 3.Handbook Identify Behaviour Involved Bullying consists of repeated. 5. Pg 37) µTeasing is a fun thing you do with friends ± with people you care about. Is only a small part of the activities shared by kids who have something in common 7. Pokes fun in a lighthearted. Is meant to get both parties to laugh 6. (taken from The Bully. Taunting is a choice to bully someone for whom you have contempt. deliberate inappropriate behaviour whether by word. the bullied and the bystander. Allows the teaser and the person involved to swap roles with ease.¶ Teasing ± 1.

prejudice. verbal or psychological in nature  Harassment based on any of the nine grounds in the equality legislation e.g. Lesbian  Discrimination.g Gay. MSN / pictures  Online polls / fake pages / camera phone abuse  Spreading rumours about a persons sexual orientation  Taunting a person of different sexual orientation  Name calling e. pictures or other materials aimed at intimidating another person  Graffiti  Extortion  Intimidation  Gestures  The µ look¶  Invasion of personal space  A combination of any of the types listed  Silent phone calls  Abusive phone calls  Abusive text messages  Abusive email  Abusive website comments / blogs. ethnic background This involves manipulating relationships as a means of bullying. display or circulation of written words. social class.  Physical aggression  Damage to property  Name calling  Slagging  Production. sexual harassment. comments or insults about colour. homophobic bullying. Queer. religious beliefs. racist bullying etc. culture. Behaviours include:          Sexual   Malicious gossip Isolation and exclusion Ignoring Excluding from a group Taking someone¶s friends away ³Bitching´ Spreading rumours Breaking confidence Talking loud enough so the victim can hear The µ Look¶ Unwelcome sexual comments or touching Harassment General Cyber Homophobic Racial Relational Page 35 . nationality.Handbook Type of Bullying Examples of behaviour (not exhaustive) Theses may be physical.

humiliates. As part of this programme. when possible. to the BOM. induces fear. Any allegation will be dealt with sensitively and support provided for staff. students are asked to fill out 3 questions with yes / no answers every four weeks to monitor the occurrence of bullying. There is safety in numbers. to ease transition Junior and intermediate school will work until the cool school ethos. or causes students substantial emotional distress¶. Actions to prevent bullying behaviour        All year groups. including counselling when necessary. all social type websites and encourages active reporting by parents and students regarding unsavoury or malicious internet µchat¶ For students who are being bullied (best advice)      Remember that your silence is the bullies greatest weapon Tell yourself that you do not deserve to be bullied and that it is wrong Be proud of who you are.Handbook Staff to student incidents Bullying by teachers is defined as µa pattern of behaviour that threatens. harms. Sutton Park School monitors. usually a student from the same year group to which they have joined. This provides them with a safe outlet for reporting. Personal and Health Education) programme which incorporates a module of anti bullying education. using the stay safe lessons and lessons designed for the younger year group. In the context of allegations or suspicions of bullying by a staff member. where 6 year students are paired with a 1 year at the beginning of the school year. but a bully thrives on your fear. Stay with a group of friends / people. New students in other years. All complaints about a staff member will be directed to the principal or in the case of a complaint against the principal. is part of the Department of Educations¶ Cool School. th st A mentor / buddy system is in place. However. school employees may be subject to malicious or false allegations. This is hard. anti Bullying programme which reviews policy and trains staff to be aware and consistent in management of bullying behaviours. as of September 2008. up to senior cycle. the primary goal is to protect the students within the school. The employee will be treated fairly which includes the right not to be judged in advance of a full and fair enquiry. are facilitated through the SPHE (Social. Sutton Park School. Page 36 . It is good to be an individual Try not to show that you are upset. in the secondary school are allocated a buddy.

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Be assertive. Walk confidently away. Go straight to a teacher of member of staff. Teachers will take you seriously and will try to deal with bullies in a way that will end the bullying and will not make things worse for you. All incidents of bullying must be reported to the anti ± bullying coordinator in the relevant section of the school. Remember ± the bully is the one with the problem Don¶t be tempted to fight back physically

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Take action. Watching and doing nothing is supporting the bully. It makes the victim more isolated, vulnerable and unhappy If you feel you cannot get involved, tell an adult immediately. Teachers have ways of dealing with the bully without getting you into trouble. Do not be, or pretend to be, friends with a bully If you¶re not part of the solution ± you are part of the problem

If you think you are bullying someone (best advice)        Think before you speak ± ask yourself; Is what I¶m going to say / type true? Does it need to be said? Would I like it if it was said to me? If you answer to any of these is no ± don¶t say / type it Count to 10 Walk away

Procedures In Dealing With Reported Incidents   Reports of all incidents and completed questionnaires are sent from other members of staff, to the coordinator and are dealt with accordingly. A written / typed record of all reported incidents will be kept by the Anti ± bullying coordinator. These will be kept for the duration of the students education within the school. Those on the schools pastoral team (form teachers, vice principal) will have access. There will be an anti ± bullying coordinator to oversee that such matters are dealt with seriously and consistently. Within each section of Sutton Park School, Junior, Intermediate and Senior School, there will be a named person responsible for overseeing all bullying procedures. Junior School Emer Hoy Intermediate School Liam Burns Senior School Joanne Hanratty (?) 



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Steps In Dealing With Incidents All incidents of alleged bullying will be investigated and will be dealt with in the following manner;  Appropriate personnel* will interview all of the students involved in a bullying incident;  The bully and the bullied will be met separately and incident report forms will be filled out and kept by the interviewer and the coordinator.  Parents will be informed as necessary. Often calling parents can make a incident of perspective taking into a big deal and discretion will be used for first time situations.  All incidents in Junior and Middle schools will be communicated to the parents.  Depending on the circumstance, the two parties involved may be encouraged to solve the problem together with a member of trained staff overseeing.  Records of all incidents will be kept by the coordinator  The form teacher will be informed of all incidents and will receive copies of all written records.  Students involved will be monitored by relevant staff. Staff will be notified at weekly meeting to monitor the situation.  If it is a minor incident, a verbal warning and some perspective taking to see the situation from the victims¶ point of view as well as explaining their behaviour will usually be appropriate.  In serious cases of if behaviour persists, parents / guardians will be informed and the Head of school will be involved. Appropriate sanctions will be imposed and this can result in a discipline meeting.  Sanctions may include:  A contract of good behaviour,   School community service,   Withdrawal of privileges,   Suspension,   Expulsion  Both bully and bullied will be offered support from the school. This support will be in the form of internal counseling or referral to an external counseling agency.

*Appropriate personnel; vice principal, principal, guidance counselor, form teachers. Links To Other Policies Internet use policy Child protection guidelines Critical incident Staff anti ± bullying policy Dignity in the workplace SPHE policy Guidance policy Page 38

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Implementation arrangements, roles and responsiblities;      The Board of Management will oversee the ratification of the policy. Jennifer Ryan, Guidance Counsellor will oversee the implementation of this policy through communication with staff and management. The Anti ± Bullying Committee will oversee any changes to the policy and communicate this to the coordinator and or BOM. Class teachers will be responsible for delivering lessons through SPHE and CSPE in conjunction with the cool schools programme All staff members will have a responsibility for identifying and reporting any behaviours which warrant concern.

Monitoring Of Policy The policy will be monitored by the committee members throughout the school through staff meetings and feedback from teaching staff and management. Following a bullying incident the policy will be considered in terms of successful outcomes and amended as necessary. Reviewing Policy This policy will be reviewed yearly to meet the needs of the students and the whole school community, school staff will be kept up to date at staff meetings. At the end of each quarter of the school year, the procedures for dealing with incidents will be raised at staff meetings, to both alert staff and offer them a chance to make suggestions or provide feedback on the policy. References: Child protection Guidelines and Procedures for Post Primary Schools, Department of education and science, Coloroso, B. (2005) The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander, London, Picadilly Press. McEvoy, A. (2005) Teachers who bully students; Patterns and policy implications. Wittenberg University

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HOMEWORK Presentation All students are provided with a Homework Diary at the beginning of the academic year to log what homework they have been given. Homework will only be accepted in the designated copybook, or on proper lined paper, ruled, dated and bearing the student¶s name, year and class. Dirty or torn-out copybook pages or scraps of paper will not be accepted. No doodling or graffiti is allowed on books or homework journals and copies. Written homework must be neat and should reflect the student¶s best effort. Students who consistently fail to present homework punctually or who fail to learn an assignment sufficiently will be given a Saturday morning detention from 9.00 to 11.00 am. First Year Some work can be completed at school if students stay for Supervised Study. One to one-and-a-half hours of revision each evening at home is expected. Second and Third Year Two to three hours of study and revision each evening is expected, moving to the top of this scale as students prepare for the Junior Certificate Examination. Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Year Two to four hours of homework and revision each evening is expected with proportionally more time allocated in the Leaving Certificate year. In conjunction with each student¶s Academic Adviser, The Deputy Principal monitors the academic work of Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Year students. Aids To Effective Study Place: Choose one suitable place to study and stick to it. Time: Make out a timetable and start to study at a particular time each day or evening. Interruptions: Avoid giving way to interruptions, e.g. friends calling, phone calls, etc. Say you won¶t be available at certain times and stick to it. Communicate this to parents, brothers and sisters so they won¶t ask you to do certain things either.

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Useful Indicators: Straight line . which have to be learned. etc. It is envisaged that a School and Parent Representative Committee will review the AUP annually. These strategies are as follows: Rules y y y Students will only be granted access to School computing resources once they and a parent/guardian have agreed to the terms of the School¶s acceptable usage policy (this document). Filtering software and/or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material. Internet sessions will always be supervised. Take short breaks in between each period of study and test yourself on what you have just studied when you return.important points. formulae. School¶s Strategy The School will employ a number of strategies in order to maximise learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the Internet. µWavy line¶ if you need some help in understanding sections and need to go over it again to make it clear to yourself. each student and his/her parents will be required to sign and return the ICT Permission Form. this AUP should be read carefully to ensure that the conditions of use are accepted and understood. At the beginning of each academic year. phrases. Page 41 .Handbook Breaks: Divide periods of study into 20 to 40-minute intervals depending on your concentration span. Highlighting & Underlining: Useful to use methods like this to make important points stand out to help you remember them and bring them to mind easily when you look at the book later. INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) ICT Acceptable Use Policy The aim of this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to ensure that pupils will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school¶s computing resources in a safe and effective manner. Notebook: Keep a notebook beside you to write down keywords. Network and Internet use and access are considered a school resource and privilege. Before signing. Therefore. sentences. if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions ± as outlined in the AUP ± will be imposed.

such as addresses or telephone numbers or pictures. Students will be responsible for activities conducted using their personal network accounts. Any use of the School¶s computing resources or Internet connection that could be considered µBullying¶ is in breach of this policy and will be treated accordingly. may be monitored for unusual activity. illegal. Students will note that sending and receiving email attachments is subject to permission from their teacher. including distributing or receiving information. Students will not try to circumvent the World Wide Web content filters in any way to access blocked content. Students will be aware that any usage. Students will be familiar with copyright issues relating to online learning. CD-ROMs or other storage devices in school requires a staff member¶s permission. Students will observe good ³netiquette´ (i. The use of personal floppy disks. Students will never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they only know through emails or the Internet. hateful or otherwise objectionable materials. Students will not send or receive any material that is illegal.. Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only. Students will choose a secure password and will ensure this is not shared with other students. Students will never disclose or publicise personal information. obscene.e. World Wide Web y y y y y y Students will not visit Internet sites that contain obscene. Page 42 . etiquette on the Internet) at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute. Students and teachers will be provided with training in the area of Internet safety. school-related or personal. Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis. defamatory or that is intended to annoy or intimidate another person.Handbook y y y y y y y y y The School will regularly monitor pupils¶ Internet usage. Email y y y y y Students will use approved email accounts under supervision by or permission from a teacher. security and/or network management reasons. Uploading and downloading of non-approved software will not be permitted. Students will not reveal their own or other people¶s personal details.

Legislation You may wish to familiarise yourself with the following legislation relating to use of the Internet: y Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 y Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998 y Interception Act 1993 Page 43 . artwork. However. Face-to-face meetings with someone organised via Internet chat will be forbidden. Chat rooms. audio or video clips of individual students may be published on the school website unless parents have advised the School in writing that they do not want this. Video clips may be password protected. in extreme cases. Students¶ Data The school will provide students with limited storage for their own files on the network. suspension or expulsion. discussion forums and other electronic communication forums will only be used for educational purposes and will always be supervised. School Website y y y y y y Pupils may be given the opportunity to publish projects. withdrawal of access privileges and. Pupils will continue to own the copyright on any work published Sanctions Misuse of the Internet may result in disciplinary action. Pupils¶ work will appear in an educational context on Web pages with a copyright notice prohibiting the copying of such work without express written permission. Digital images. The publication of student work will be co-ordinated by a teacher or School staff member. Usernames will be used to avoid disclosure of identity. discussion forums or other electronic communication forums that have been approved by the school. including written warnings. The School also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities. audio and video clips will normally focus on group activities. it is the responsibility of each student to ensure they have a proper back-up of all important data. schoolwork or records of school activities on the World Wide Web. Personal pupil information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages. Photographs.Handbook Internet Chat y y y y Students will only have access to chat rooms.

Students may use audiocassette machines after receiving permission from the Librarian and filling in the appropriate form.Handbook y y Video Recordings Act 1989 The Data Protection Act 1988 LIBRARY The School Library is open daily. No eating or drinking is allowed in the Library at any time. then complete the sheet stating their name. Library Rules y y y y y y Up to four books may be borrowed for a maximum period of two weeks and must be renewed or returned at that time. Snacks are also available to purchase during other breaks. Students may also bring their own packed lunches.sps. The Library contains approximately 12. journals and newspapers.45am .Friday. MEALS & CATERING Hot and cold lunches are available to both Junior. Magazines. The Library subscribes to a variety of magazines.5. One of the Librarians is normally in attendance. Intermediate and Senior School students during their allocated breaks.ie.00pm. Any books used during Evening Study should be left on the trolley at the door and not put back onto the shelves.000 resources and houses a multimedia area. The Library is used as a source of reference for project work and students are shown how to obtain all relevant information. CD-ROMs and certain reference books may not be removed from the Library. easily accessible from the Site Map or the Library¶s own web page. The language section contains numerous audiotapes which can be borrowed for up to two weeks. Page 44 . 8. The resources are continuously reviewed and up-dated in order to keep abreast of developments in the curriculum as recommended by the Department of Education. LOCKERS Lockers are available for every Senior School student. Students wishing to use computers must first ask permission from the Librarian. Monday . time and reason for use. with full Internet access and a photocopier with a card system for students¶ use. The Library maintains and regularly updates a list of Project Research Links on the School website www.

except for Third and Sixth Year. Meetings are held on an open basis. to the Head of School. All members of staff would appreciate it if parents would telephone or write in advance for appointments. we suggest that a short two to three minute discussion with each teacher should be sufficient. if the problem has not been resolved. All First Year students are required to participate in the choir. The Music Application Form and current Fees List are available from the School Office and/or Reception. As attendance is usually heavy. Head Of School. Form or Subject Teacher.Handbook MEETINGS Senior School Parent. Musical Instruments Tuition Individual tuition in singing and in musical instruments including piano. Choir practices are normally held on Monday and Orchestra on Tuesday afternoons and there are usually at least two performances annually. flute and recorder is available. Please see the School Calendar for dates. Page 45 . Please look at the School Calendar on the website for times of these meetings. which are held twice yearly.Teacher Meetings Parent-Teacher Meetings for each class are held once a year. we urge parents to schedule an alternative appointment with the teacher(s) concerned. violin. Senior Staff Meetings Senior School staff meetings take place occasionally throughout the year. MUSIC DEPARTMENT Senior Choir & Orchestra Students are encouraged to participate in the School choir and orchestra. Individual Parent Meetings Parents should make a separate appointment if they require a lengthier interview with the Academic Adviser. Parents and students will be notified of any change to the scheduled meetings on the Calendar. Sixth Year students are encouraged to attend with their parents. giving students an opportunity to display their musical talents. guitar. If a more in-depth discussion is needed. Musical Evenings are held once a year. Lesson Fees are detailed on the current Fees List. Urgent queries during the term should generally be addressed first to the Subject Teacher or the Academic Adviser and then.

ie.Handbook PERMISSIONS Leaving the School Premises During the Day Any student needing to leave the School premises during the school day for a dentist¶s appointment. and must bring the note in the next day.. he or she is putting their return the following year in jeopardy. If there has been no improvement in the designated time the student will be put on Report Card. the support available to improve. how they will be assessed and the consequences for failing to make the necessary changes. ACADEMIC Students are expected to do their best work at all times and are assessed according to their potential.00 pm on the day before school begins. etc. Step 2 Page 46 . must bring in a note signed by a parent and give it to the Registration teacher on or before that morning. PROBATION. Boarding students are expected to return to School no later than 8. If a student is consistently failing to perform well and/or is exhibiting poor commitment and effort. The intent of this policy is to ensure that the School knows where a student is in case of an emergency. Students are expected to return at the time indicated and must notify the Receptionist if they are going to be late for any reason. Amy student leaving the School premises during school hours must sign out and sign back in at the Reception Desk. This meeting will be documented and a letter will be sent to the parents. Realistic goals will be set for the next meeting. Day parents hosting a boarding student must contact the School Office to confirm arrangements. The Academic Adviser will call a meeting with the student to review his or her progress. the student must obtain permission from the Duty Teacher or the Deputy Principal. The student will be given a verbal warning and advice on how to improve.sps. Boarding Students-Weekend Permission When a boarding student wishes to leave the grounds for the weekend (including to stay with a local day student¶s family) the student¶s parent must complete a Weekend Permission Form and return it to the School Office no later than the Thursday evening before the intended weekend. This form is available to download from the school¶s website at www. The following steps have been defined to provide the student with a clear understanding of what needs to be improved. In the absence of a note. The Boarding Parents should be notified if a student will be late. Step 1 The Academic Adviser will call a meeting with the student.

Handbook A letter will be sent to parents asking them to sign the Homework Journal/Study Timetable and the Report Card on a daily basis. Fifth and Sixth Year students are issued between those periods to keep parents informed of individual progress during these important examination years. Any student who receives three Academic Detentions in one term will automatically go to Step 3. Step 4 Each case will be looked at individually and the decision to put a student on probation will be at the discretion of the Head of School. The student may be put on contract until the end of term or for the remainder of the academic year. comprehensive Reports are issued at Christmas. Review of student¶s progress. The parents and students will meet with the Head of School to review the final decision. Effort grades indicate the level of the student¶s application and progress based on homework and classroom work as follows: Academic Grades Junior Cycle A 85 ± 100% B 70 ± 84% C 55 ± 69% D 40 ± 54% E 25 ± 39% F 10 ± 24% NG 9% and under Senior Cycle A1 90 ± 100% A2 85 ± 89% B1 80 ± 84% B2 75 ± 79% B3 70 ± 74% C1 65 ± 69% C2 60 ± 64% C3 55 ± 59% D1 50 ± 54% D2 45 ± 49% D3 40 ± 44% E 25 ± 39% F 10 ± 24% NG 9% and under Effort Grades Excellent Good Average Below Average Poor / Unsatisfactory 1 2 3 4 5 Page 47 . This letter will notify the parents that the student will go on probation if there is no improvement. evaluating each student¶s academic and social progress. Short academic progress reports on Third. Easter and Summer. REPORTS Generally speaking. Step 3 A full meeting with the student/parents/Academic Adviser/Deputy Principal/Head of School and any of the student¶s teachers concerned will be called. Report Grading Grades for academic standing follow the Department of Education system.

the main sports offered are: Autumn & Winter: Hockey. The Bursary Application Form comprises a Confidential Statement of family and financial circumstances. except in cases of disability or illness. the PE staff should be informed immediately. In the case of colds or minor ailments that temporarily restrict or prevent participation.Handbook Citizenship The school values citizenship equally with academic achievement and therefore each report will also contain a citizenship comment based on an overview of the student from the form teachers. Applications are reviewed annually. both natural parents must submit financial information to assess the genuine need. SPORTS Physical Education Classes Physical Education classes are obligatory for all students. Where the natural parents are separated or divorced. which is then considered in the strictest confidence by the Bursary Committee. athletics. Parents are asked to complete a Bursary Application Form. If a child suffers from any condition that might need special observation. swimming and rounders Page 48 . Financial Aid & Needs-Measured Bursary Fund The aim of the Financial Aid Bursary Fund is to enable Sutton Park School to support talented students who may not otherwise be able to continue their education at Sutton Park School. soccer and basketball Spring & Summer: Cross-country running. Bursaries are granted on a needs-measured basis. Parents wishing to make a Bursary application should request the relevant documentation from the Business Director as soon as possible. Depending upon the age of the student. supported by copies of original documentation. parents are asked to send a note. badminton.

Because of the wide range of sports offered. Mountaineering and other outdoor activities. with trophies for major events during the year. Contact the Head of the Sports Department for further details. we occasionally need additional drivers and we encourage parents to volunteer. Baily. Page 49 . Lambay or Balscadden. For all team members. Coaching & Tuition The Sports Department runs a Hockey Camp for First Year students before the beginning of the new school year. and a good refresher course for those who have. particularly hockey. This is invaluable preparation for students who have never played hockey before. The Wednesday matches and sports training sessions held after school may interfere with supervised study. We normally give an estimated time and students are asked to advise their parents beforehand. Contact the Head of the Sports Department for further information. The School encourages all First Year students with any interest in Hockey to take part. and the Ivy Hadden Cup is presented to the winning house at the end of the year. the School also supports Sailing. Sport Special Activities When appropriate and adequate staff supervision is available. attendance at Saturday morning matches is compulsory. However. It is not always possible to give an exact time when teams will arrive back at the school. A notice is sent out to parents in early August.Handbook Sports Houses Every student coming into the Senior School is assigned to one of three sports houses. badminton and athletics. we cannot guarantee that these times will be accurate. Matches y y y y Senior School matches are normally played on Wednesday afternoons or Saturday mornings. Inter-school competitions are held at various levels and in a number of sports. All assignments must then be completed at home. Inter-house competitions take place at all levels. due to possible traffic (or other) delays.

Co Dublin. Tel: +353 1 8463512 STUDENT DRIVERS No students are allowed to drive onto School property during the school day from 8. Portmarnock. outdoor gym shoes.30am ± 5. all sports gear must be taken home at weekends. When the pool is open students should bring swimwear.00pm. with studded soles are necessary. Equipment: a hockey stick and badminton/tennis racquets when necessary. Basketball boots are not suitable for hockey or badminton. Ask a member of the Sports Department or a sports shop assistant for advice. goggles (optional) and flip-flops. Unit 4-5 Strand Road. and hockey/soccer boots as necessary. We also recommend the use of swim socks. hardwearing shoes. Additional Equipment: Hockey players must wear shin guards and gum shields for hockey as a blow to the mouth can cause severe and irreparable damage to teeth. All students should equip themselves with a secure and lockable sports bag that may be left in the changing rooms during the week.00 will be due prior to release of clamp. Optional Sports Uniform y y y y Navy fleece hoodie with gold piping * Navy micromesh shorts with gold trim (compulsory for boys hockey teams) * Navy microfibre sports skirt with gold trim (compulsory for girls hockey teams) * Running singlet (compulsory for cross-country and athletics teams) * All items of clothing must be clearly marked The Sports Department holds an inspection of games equipment each term. Any student found parked on site will be clamped and a release fee of ¼50.Handbook SPORTS UNIFORM Compulsory Sports Uniform y y y y y y y y y Navy microfibre tracksuit bottoms with gold piping Navy and gold rugby top (short sleeve) Showerproof gold & navy jacket Gold and navy sports socks Footwear: white-soled gym shoes. hat. For hockey. Page 50 . suitable for use on the Astro-Grass pitch. All Senior Sports Uniforms are available to purchase from Pat O¶Farrell Uniform Shop. However.

but have the responsibility to report information to the appropriate staff. The cost is based on attendance for five evenings or three evenings and is charged in two separate phases Sept-Dec & Jan-June. Towards the end of school year. SUPERVISED STUDY Senior Prep . the School appoints a number of Sixth Year students as Prefects.8. to foster staff/student communication and to raise money for student projects. Attending Supervised Evening Study is a privilege. Prefects To encourage a greater degree of student participation in the day-to-day running of the School and to promote a sense of responsibility among the students. Form can be downloaded from the ³Back To School section of our website.45 pm. There are a variety of duties which a Prefect may be asked to take on. assisting in the Science Labs or Music Room. No reduction is given for attendance at fewer than five evenings or for occasional absences. The Student Council meets regularly with the Dean of Students to voice student opinions and discuss student problems and aspirations. This facility is particularly beneficial to Third and Sixth Year students or to those who require a structured study programme and an opportunity to work without interruption. The Deputy Principal monitors the Prefects. etc.Handbook STUDENT LEADERSHIP Student Council Senior School students elect two representatives from each class to the School Council. including lunchroom supervision. Any student who is not using it appropriately may have the privilege suspended at any time.45 to 4.30 .45 pm is available for all Senior students and is charged in two separate phases Sep-Dec and Jan-Jun. They also appoint a Head Boy and Head Girl.Afternoon Study Daily attendance at the Afternoon Study period 3. Supervised Evening Study Supervised Study is offered each evening from 5. representing the School on ceremonial occasions and Open Evenings. If you wish your child to take part in supervised study could you please fill in the form and return it to your son/daughter¶s Form Teacher. selected from staff nominations of Sixth Year class members. becoming a Big Brother/Sister to incoming First Year students. Page 51 . Prefects do not have the power to punish pupils. with an optional evening meal. The Head Boy and Head Girl normally lead the Student Council. Fifth Year students volunteer to become Prefects in the following year.

Teachers are required to keep a student¶s Adviser informed of any issues identified and encourage the student to use this support. In any matter that could involve the safety of the student. Student should not speak without special permission from the Study Hall supervisor. for academic or in-class issues or the Guidance Counsellor. for pastoral or university placement issues and concerns. each student has an Adviser who is responsible for having a very complete picture of what is going on with each of his or her students. Student Support Services Team The Student Support Services Team is comprised of the Deputy Principal/Head of Transition Year/Head of Learning Support and the Guidance Counsellor. Page 52 . Any student or their parent(s) who feel a student may benefit from formal counselling or tutorial support outside of school should discuss matter with the student¶s Adviser and/or with the appropriate member of the Student Support Services team. learning style. Confidential health issues should be raised with the School Nurse or Guidance Counsellor. the student¶s Adviser and the Deputy Principal should be notified immediately. At the end of each study period the chairs are to be re-arranged neatly by the students and papers collected from the floor. and the various factors that may affect them. Gum chewing is prohibited at school. to identify students having academic and/or social difficulties and to chart and implement the best possible support. in their class.Handbook Study Hall The Study Hall must be a place conducive to working. E-mail is the most efficient way of communicating information as it allows you to µcc¶ the information to all members of the Student Support Services team and the student¶s Adviser simultaneously. No food or drink or is to be consumed in the study hall. However. academic or social. After the Adviser the next µPort of Call¶ is the most appropriate member of the Student Support Services team: the Deputy Principal. The team meets on a weekly basis. SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS It is part of the ethos of the School that Staff members are prepared to listen to and help when they encounter students who may be experiencing difficulties. Collectively the team have a comprehensive picture of a student¶s social and academic performance.

TRIPS. which are specially designed to develop cooperation and teamwork and improve students' self-image and interpersonal skills. The Learning Resource Teacher attends Student Support Services meetings. Parents may consult Ms Fee if they have concerns about their student¶s particular needs. EDUCATIONAL & SOCIAL Trips to places of social and educational interest are regularly scheduled. Page 53 . the Guidance Counsellor administers aptitude tests. Further details may be obtained from Mr Walsh. Outdoor Pursuits. The organising staff member(s) advise parents and students by letter. First Aid. Modern Language Exchange Trips Exchange Programmes to Germany are organised annually for Second Year students. TRANSITION YEAR PROGRAMME The Transition Year Programme includes a number of valuable and integral special options and courses. among others. career and third level (university placement) guidance. The full-time Careers & Guidance Counsellor is available by appointment to advise students and parents throughout the school year. Contact Reception to make an appointment with Ms Ryan. Mathematics. and provides Career advice. Transition Year students are expected to participate fully in all the courses provided. Learning Resource Teacher The School employs a Learning Resource Teacher to give extra tuition to both Senior and Junior students who may benefit from additional support in Reading.Handbook Guidance Counsellor The Guidance Counsellor is responsible for providing pastoral. Other than in exceptional circumstances. Study Skills and Personal Development. Although the Guidance Counsellor supports all Senior School students. The School has worked successfully with students with mild dyslexia in a sensitive and unobtrusive style of support. Self-Defence. and Study Skills. Some trips are open to the entire School. The Guidance Counsellor is a member of the Student Support Services Team. Coordinator of the Transition Year Programme. Community Action. Contact a member of the Modern Languages Department for details. advises on third level application choices. These include. priority is normally given to students in examination years (Third and Sixth Year). Contact Reception to make an appointment. As well as counselling students in difficulties. Students may also contact The Learning Resource Specialist directly themselves. some only to individual Years.

Students should come to school dressed in a manner appropriate to an atmosphere of work and study. Please consult our website for further information and a visual depiction of the appropriate uniform. The only logo allowed on clothes worn to School is the SPS logo. Hair colouring and highlighting should be as close as possible to the student¶s natural hair colour. or waists below the hips. or plain respectable* regular cut. th The Hoodies produced as part of our 50 Anniversary last year may remain school uniform. such as lip or nose piercings are not part of school uniform and are prohibited. ³Raw´ and ³Blade 1´ haircuts are not permitted. blouses and polo shirts are acceptable when worn under a School crested sweatshirt. male and female. no logos or patches are permitted. single shade (of mid to dark blue) denim jeans may be worn. Page 54 .Handbook UNIFORM / DRESS CODE School Uniform from First to Fifth Year Students y y y y Dress and appearance must always be neat and tidy.both the School jacket and the school PE jacket are acceptable. Other piercings. The shoe should not come above the ankle. Any student who is not dressed in accordance with the dress code may be sent home or offered clearly marked lost property to wear for the day. School Uniform is Compulsory for students in First to Fifth Year y y y y y y y y Top: Students must wear a School crested top at all times. Jackets: must be dark blue . No runners or runner-like shoes may be worn except during PE classes or sporting activities. Jewellery: Only discreet ear piercings may be displayed by all students. Plain (white. Makeup: must be appropriate to school environment. Hair: must be neat and clean. worn with socks. and may not fall in front of the eyes. School blue or red) shirts. * No torn hems. Trousers or skirt: Navy trousers or skirt (not above knee height). Shoes and socks: Plain black or navy low heeled shoes.

Unit 4-5 Strand Road. Flip Flops are not allowed as part of the dress code. y y y y y y Ripped clothing and clothes that expose the midriff or inappropriate amounts of flesh are not acceptable. Sixth Year students must set a good example by wearing clothes that are clean. Portmarnock. as the most senior members of the school community. This Policy is a Sixth Year privilege. Co Dublin. st th th The same hair and jewellery rules for 1 -5 Year apply to 6 Years. Tel: +353 1 8463512 Page 55 . Any violation of it may result in the student being required to wear official School uniform for a minimum period of one week. appropriate sandals may be worn.Handbook Dress Code for Sixth Year Students Sixth Year students are not required to wear the school uniform. Skirts worn without tights must be knee-length Casual shorts may be worn but they must be respectable Any form of beach/swim wear is not allowed. However smart. They may also be sent home or offered clearly marked lost property to wear for the day instead of the inappropriate clothing. However. neat and appropriate for a learning environment. Sports Wear ± See heading SPORTS UNIFORM All Senior Sports Uniforms are available to purchase from Pat O¶Farrell Uniform Shop.

Handbook JUNIOR SECTION Junior & Intermediate Page 56 Section .

Students with more than 20 unexcused absences in one school year are in violation of the law and we are obliged to report such students to the Education Welfare Board. Parents are very welcome to attend. Attendance and participation is an expectation. it negatively impacts on their ability to do their best work and achieve their potential. and reduces the educational experience for their peers who depend on their participation. y y y All students are expected to remain at the School during school hours.Handbook ASSEMBLIES Junior & Intermediate School assemblies are held frequently on a Friday. Parents will be advised when individual class assemblies are scheduled. ATTENDANCE At Sutton Park School. Any time a student is late to a commitment or absent. It is essential for each student and their parent(s) to recognise that they have a broader responsibility to participate in the programme and limit absences and lateness. artistic and athletic excellence. students work independently and in groups in pursuit of academic. Page 57 .

feel ill regularly.to property. will a child best be able to benefit from the opportunities available at the School. Only when all issues of bullying are addressed. Anti-Bullying Policy Bullying affects everyone. whether staff or student. Bullying is not an inevitable part of school life or a necessary part of growing up. kicking. not just the bullies and their victims. Page 58 . insults. It is clear that certain jokes. Take an active role in your child¶s education. physical threats to force the victim to hand over property to them. caring and safe environment. they may suddenly not wish to attend school. What is Bullying? y y y y Physical . Inappropriate behaviour is wrong and will not be tolerated.excluding one from discussions. or not complete work to their normal standard. The School has a clear policy on the promotion of good citizenship. who they have spent their time with. Completed forms should be given to the appropriate class teacher. As a Parent: y y y Look for unusual behaviour in your children. and drawing some students to participate in bullying by group pressure. and it rarely sorts itself out. should accept this type of behaviour. etc. etc. BEHAVIOUR The School believes that its students have the right to learn in a supportive. written abuse and violence are to be found in and have a negative impact on our society.punching. theft. No one person or group. If you feel your child may be a victim of bullying behaviour. ethnic origin. activities. For example. etc. intimidating /threatening behaviour. which may be photocopied as often as required. spitting. hitting. physical/social disability. inform the School immediately. where it is made clear that inappropriate behaviour such as bullying is a form of anti-social behaviour. with those believed to be friends Damage .name calling (directed towards gender.) Exclusion . Enquire how their day has gone. how lunchtime was spent. Verbal .Handbook ABSENCES The completion of an Absence Report Form is necessary for all absences. It affect the culture of the entire school making those children who watch feel less safe in school. You will find a copy of the form at the end of this Handbook.

Encourage students to discuss how they get on with other people and to form positive attitudes towards other people. Make sure your child is fully aware of the School policy concerning bullying and that he/she is not afraid to ask for help. Advise your child not to fight back. or national and ethnic origin. techniques. firmly and fairly with any complaints. Disciplinary Steps When an incident of bullying In the Junior School has been confirmed of anyone involved.Handbook y y y y Your complaint will be taken seriously and appropriate action will follow. Assure your son or daughter there is nothing wrong with him or her. policies that discriminate on the basis of race. we: y y y y y y y Consider bullying a serious offence and take every possible action to eradicate from our school. As a School. It is not the victim¶s fault that they are being bullied. Encourage all members of the community to treat each other with respect and dignity. religion. Bullying is an expellable offence. Do not use teaching materials. parents will be contacted immediately. The bully will be required to stop the offending activity. creed. sex. Organise the community in order to minimise opportunities for bullying. Action to be taken when bullying is suspected: y The actions taken when bullying is suspected or confirmed are clearly defined in the Whole-School Anti-Bullying Policy. It can make matters worse. Page 59 . Please refer to this area for further information. Discuss bullying and anti-bullying techniques in the RSE in Junior School and other programmes. Respond quickly.

friends or class. Temporary separation from peers. To strive to provide for each pupil an education in a relatively disruptive free environment. The overall responsibility for discipline within the school premises rests with the principal. To adopt a positive approach to the question of behaviour and discipline in the school. in consultation with the pupils.Handbook DISCIPLINE 1. Communication with parents. f. To this end each class operates a Target/ Reward system. Loss of privileges. All forms of positive behaviour are recognised. b. Each teacher has responsibility for the maintenance of discipline within his/her classroom while sharing a common responsibility for good within the school premises. As soon as a serious breach of discipline is identified. To develop a strong sense of community within the school. d. b. e. the parents of the pupil involved will be notified as soon as is reasonably possible. in the belief that this is ultimately in the best interest of each pupil. The teachers shall keep a written record of all instances of serious breach of discipline as well as a record of the improvements in the behaviour of the pupils concerned. The principal will inform parents of this and a written record will be kept. in terms of what pupils should do. h. A pupil will be referred to the principal for a serious breach of discipline and/or for repeated incidents of misbehaviour. Reasoning with the pupil. g. 3. c. The following strategies may be used to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour: a. To ensure that every effort will be made by the principal and the teachers to keep all parents well informed. Page 60 . c. To place greater emphasis on encouragement and reward than on sanctions. To keep rules to a minimum and to state them positively. Referral to principal. e. 4. Expulsion. g. To ensure that the individuality of each pupil is acknowledged. The aims of the code are: a. Suspension (temporary). The Target (a set number of stars) & Rewards are established by the class teacher. d. f. by verbal and/or written communication. 2. Reprimand (including advice on how to improve).

Time allocated for Intermediate School homework should fall within the following guidelines. Where there are repeated instances of serious misbehaviour. suspension will be considered. depending on circumstances. 7.45 pm. All work is to be presented legibly and to the best of each child¶s ability. 5 and 6 on Mondays. In the Intermediate School children are encouraged to present their handwriting in a joined format. A variety of other activity options is offered to the pupils of Grades 4. 5 and 6 on Wednesday from 1. The Head of School has ultimate responsibility for discipline in the school.Handbook 5.05 pm to 3.15 pm every Wednesday. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3. (INTERMEDIATE) Sports clubs are offered to Grades 4. CLUBS. while all classes up to Grade 3 go home at 1. The parents concerned will be invited to come to the school to discuss their child¶s case. HANDWRITING & PRESENTATION It is Junior School policy is to ensure pupils achieve legible and efficient handwriting. The School reserves the right to require a student with on-going disciplinary or emotional issues to be referred for a psychological-educational assessment to ascertain the best approach for support. HOMEWORK From Junior Infants onwards all classes are set some age-appropriate homework from Mondays to Thursdays and parents are asked to check and sign homework journals nightly.45 pm. Grade 6 Grade 5 Grade 4 1 ± 1hr 30min 1 ± 1hr 15min 50min ± 1hr Page 61 .05 pm to 3. threatening or violent behaviour towards a teacher will be regarded as serious or gross misbehaviour. 6. For gross misbehaviour or repeated instances of serious misbehaviour. Failure to support and complete a required assessment would be grounds for requiring a student to withdraw from the school. Teachers may often write notes home in journals. Aggressive. If the parents do not give an undertaking that the pupil will behave in what the school deems is an acceptable manner in the future the pupil may have to be suspended. the Head of School will be informed and the parents will be requested in writing to attend a meeting with the Head of School and the Principal of the Junior School. Communication with parents will be verbal or by letter.

Handbook Homework Club runs on Mondays. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3. with full internet access and a photocopier with a card system for students¶ use. The Library contains approximately 6. Library Rules y y y Depending on the age group up to four resources may be borrowed for a maximum period of three weeks and must be renewed or returned at that time. and pupils are shown how to obtain all relevant information. Children must register for the club on a daily basis and may attend when it is convenient for them to do so. LEAVING THE SCHOOL PREMISES DURING SCHOOL HOURS Junior & Intermediate School pupils must have permission from their parents if they wish their child to be released to a named other person. who may be asked for identification. Monday . Page 62 . INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) ICT Acceptable Use Policy Please refer to this Heading in the Senior Section of this Handbook. The Library is a source of reference for project work.00 pm. LEARNING RESOURCE DEPARTMENT The School employs a Learning Resource Teacher to provide extra tuition to Junior & Intermediate School pupils who may benefit from additional help with literacy skills. LIBRARY The School Library is open daily.000 resources and houses a multimedia area.Friday.45pm to 4. The resources are continuously reviewed and updated in order to keep abreast of developments in the curriculum. All parents are invited and encouraged to go to the Library with their children at the end of a school day to pick out books and enjoy this resource.5. No eating or drinking is allowed in the Library at any time.00 am .45pm. Parents will be consulted before any pupil is referred. 9. They are encouraged to work independently but the supervising teacher may offer some assistance when necessary. One of the Librarians is normally in attendance.

Handbook MEALS & CATERING Hot and cold lunches are available to pupils of Grade 4. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TUITION Individual tuition is available to pupils from Grade 1 upwards on a variety of musical instruments including piano. Page 63 . A Junior School Music Assembly is held once a year. When you need to contact your child. pupils should not bring or consume sweets or chocolate in school. It may be possible to arrange instruction in other instruments. Exceptions On the occasion of a birthday. providing our music students an opportunity to display their musical talents. he/she will be allowed to use one of the school¶s phones. All food allergies must be reported to the school. If your child ever needs to make a phone call. flute and recorder. Fizzy drinks and crisps are not allowed in the Junior School. They may only be switched back on and used at the end of the official school day. The School supports a healthy food policy. The current Fees List and Music Application Form are available from the Receptionist. including break periods. If a pupil is found to have used a mobile phone during school hours. Water is available from cooled water fountains located on each floor and each pupil should bring a bottle suitable for water. Tuition Fees are detailed on the Current Fees List. guitar. Pupils from Junior Infants to Grade 3 must bring their own packed lunches. MOBILE PHONES & TELEPHONE CALLS Parents may deem it necessary that your child bring a mobile phone to school and you should be aware that the following rules apply: y y y Mobile phones may not be used during school hours. it will be confiscated. please call the school main number 839 9400 and a message will be passed on to your child¶s class teacher. violin. Contact the Director of Music for further information. parents may provide a birthday cake for the class. They must be fully switched off during school hours. End of term class parties and school tours are also occasions when exceptions to the healthy eating policy are permitted. 5 and 6 who do not wish to bring a packed lunch. The school takes no responsibility for lost or stolen mobile phones.

safe fashion. PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES Physical Education classes are obligatory for all pupils. SCHOOL HOURS See details in the REFERENCE SECTION. REPORTS Parents should check homework books for any comments or recommendations teachers make throughout the term. The meetings are organised by pre-arranged appointments with parents. may be worn while participating in any sporting activity. If a child suffers from any condition that might need special consideration. with swings. teachers are available for a brief consultation with prior notice (a note in the Homework Journal will suffice). is across from the Main Entrance. Junior pupils must not climb the trees at any time. No jewellery. the Head of the Sports Department and the School Nurse should be informed immediately. Parents who have collected their children. parents are asked to send a note. are asked to ensure that their children abide by this rule and use the playground in an appropriate. climbing frames and playhouse. During term time. other than stud earrings.Handbook PARENT-TEACHER MEETINGS Parent-Teacher Meetings are held twice yearly in Autumn and Spring to allow parents to confer with individual teachers about their child¶s progress. PLAY AREA The Junior playground area. but are remaining in the area. Formal reports are issued in advance of the Parent-Teacher Meeting in November and at the end of the Summer Term. except in cases of disability or illness. Page 64 . In the case of colds or minor ailments that temporarily restrict or prevent participation. The Astroturf pitch is used as a play area during break times when available.

white or red. Parents are asked to record these meetings on their calendars. There is an extra charge for this facility. A change of footwear for use at break times is essential.15 pm. UNIFORM All items of clothing should be clearly marked with students name. Compulsory Junior School Uniform The following Junior School Uniform is compulsory for all classes y Navy or red trousers (not jeans) or skirt or dress.3. the Junior & Intermediate School closes at 1.Handbook STAFF MEETINGS Junior & Intermediate School staff meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every school month. Contact Reception for a Junior Supervision Booking Form. y Shoes with Velcro fasteners are recommended for children up to Grade II. and there is no afternoon supervision. SUPERVISION Supervision is available from 2. On these days. y The new sports uniform is entirely suitable and acceptable as a day uniform for Junior School.30 pm for those who need to remain in school because of transport arrangements. Compulsory Junior Sports Uniform Junior Infants to Grade 3 y y Navy microfibre tracksuit bottoms with red piping * Navy and red fleece top with half zip * Grades 4. 5 & 6 y y y y Navy microfibre tracksuit bottoms with red piping * Navy and red rugby shirt * Navy and red fleece top with half zip * Red and navy sports socks * Page 65 . y Navy or red sweater.45 . which you should return to the Business Office. shirt or blouse in navy. y Children must wear coats during the Autumn/Winter and Winter/Spring terms.

When swimming. Tel: +353 1 8463512 Page 66 . Portmarnock.Handbook All Classes y y y y White soled sports shoes (for hall only). Unit 4-5 Strand Road. Co Dublin. towel. swimsuit. We strongly recommend the wearing of swimming socks. Shoes with Velcro fasteners are recommended for children up to Grade II. hat. Optional Junior Sports Uniform y y y Showerproof jacket with fleece lining Navy micromesh shorts Navy microfibre sports skirt (girls) All Junior School Uniforms and Junior Sports Uniforms are available to purchase from Pat O¶Farrell Uniform Shop. Pupils are required to wear shin guards and gum shields for hockey as a blow to the mouth could cause severe and irreparable damage to teeth. Equipment: A hockey stick and badminton racquet when necessary.

Handbook REFERENCE SECTION Reference Section Page 67 .

Reminders of events are texted to parents. The main aims are:y To foster excellence in primary and secondary education. y To assure the school. CALENDAR The School Calendar for the year is on our website.Handbook ACCREDITATION In 1997. a set of written standards developed and endorsed by educational peers. In May 2009 we were reaccredited by the European College of International Students (ECIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Schools seeking accreditation must undergo a rigorous self-examination followed by an objective external valuation by recognised international educators. The guiding principle is that a school will be evaluated in terms of its own Philosophy and Objectives. This was the reward for undergoing a rigorous year-long process of self-assessment and external evaluation. Sutton Park is one of only two schools in Ireland accredited by both ECIS & NEASC. so we ask that you ensure we have your correct mobile phone number. which may be consulted and downloaded throughout the year. our own Philosophy and Objectives and the Standards for Accreditation. These common standards do not pre-suppose any specific model of excellence or seek to impose the methods of one school on another. Page 68 .sps. designed to ensure that a school is offering a broad general education of a high quality. Changes are regularly made to the Calendar on the School website (www. and the constituencies it serves. Sutton Park School was evaluated against two basic benchmarks. y To encourage school improvement through a process of continuous selfstudy and peer review. that it provides a quality educational programme for students based upon clearly defined goals and objectives that are appropriate for its unique school population. and we are justifiably proud of our achievement. This places the School in the company of the best schools in the world today. Sutton Park School received full accreditation to the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).ie).

exhibitions.please ensure that the School has up to date mobile phone number Email Letters The School's Open Days. and to share your thoughts. It is the School's aim to keep parents informed so that they can fully understand any measures the School is taking. attending as many School meetings as possible. to show an interest in and ask questions about. School Communications to Parents Apart from Parent-Teacher Meetings. aspirations. at its most effective. Parents and pupils' views are invited and highly valued as a contribution to the process. their child¶s work. information evenings. ideas. parents are requested and encouraged: y y y to ensure that their child has at least the basic equipment necessary for their proper participation in lessons.Handbook COMMUNICATIONS Communications Between the School and Parents Sutton Park School is committed to the belief that. On an on-going basis we invite you to share your knowledge with us. anxieties and difficulties. and comment meaningfully on. productions or events Parents¶ Role in the Communication Process To help fulfil their important role in their child¶s education. We encourage you to be actively involved in the education of your children. directly or indirectly. the work and activities in which their student is currently engaged at School and/or at home. by means of: y y y y y y The School Handbook The School website Text messaging . interests. as we believe that a close parent-teacher working relationship plays an important part in ensuring that each pupil reaches his or her academic potential. the School normally communicates with parents. to look at periodically. Page 69 . and to be as informed as possible in any communications or discussions with teachers. concerns. ask questions about. parents and the pupils themselves. skills. and observations. the education of young people is a collaborative enterprise involving teachers. Parents (and guardians) know a great deal about their children and have insight into their strengths. preferences.

All members of staff would appreciate it if parents would telephone or write in advance for appointments. The PTA maintains a page which gives details of its activities. Check the list on Page 76 of this Handbook. Page 70 . and you will also find reports and pictures of sporting and academic events during the year. Your email will also aid in efficient and timely communication. Form or Subject Teacher. or that are seriously affecting. the best time to reach them is during break times. Telephone Contact If parents wish to contact a member of staff. that are either specific to. a separate appointment should be made.Handbook y y y to ensure that their child completes any set homework on time. Should parents require a lengthier interview with the Academic Adviser. interests or aspirations. to communicate to the Academic Adviser or Student Support Services team any concerns or difficulties. to make time to discuss their child¶s work and progress and to look at some of the work displayed. their child¶s education. and when so doing. Family Contact Details Parents. to make every effort to attend the School¶s Parent Evenings. Intermediate and Senior School several times a year. Parent-Teacher Meetings Parent-Teacher Meetings are arranged in both the Junior. A Contact Update Form will be sent to parents at the beginning of each year. messages will normally be taken. they should firstly consult their child¶s Class Teacher / Form Teacher / Academic Adviser. Find further details in the relevant sections. Principal.sps. Procedure When a parent needs / seeks clarification concerning the education of their child. Your mobile phone number(s) are particularly important for emergency contact.ie regularly for updates to the Calendar and notices about upcoming events. The School Website Parents are encouraged to check the School website www. Open Days and any other pertinent events. Some members of staff have direct lines and voicemail on which you may leave a message. During class time. please notify the School immediately of any change in contact details.

IE54 AIBK 931225 4083 7333 AIBKIE2D IBAN: BIC: For Credit/Debit card transactions please contact either the Business Director or Accounts Manager in the Business Office. 20th November and 20th February. Cheques and Drafts should be made out to Sutton Park School and clearly marked on the reverse with the name of the student and the student¶s class or grade. The full year¶s fees for boarding students and non-resident families must be paid in advance. bank transfer or by debit/credit cards. draft. payable on 1st September. particularly if the employer or an international or multi-national organisation funds the fees. 40/41 Westmoreland Street. Invoices will be issued during the year for all other charges. Page 71 . Some parents may find it more convenient to clear their standard fees for the academic year as a single payment. Insurance is available to provide fee rebate in cases of illness.Handbook FINANCIAL INFORMATION The school fees are due in three equal instalments annually. An annual account will include Fees. Grants and Bursaries. To effect payments by Bank transfer see details below:Bank: Bank Sort Code: Bank Account No: Account name: Reference: AIB Bank. Discounts. which include: Examination fees School Bus (Mornings & Afternoons) Music tuition Relevant transport charges Special tuition Materials School trips Payment Methods Payments can be made by cheque. Dublin 2 93-12-25 40837333 Sutton Park School Please give a reference name (of the student) which will identify the payment when it arrives at our bank.

regardless of the student¶s status. This is deductible from the fees on return.Handbook A Fees List with full details of current year fees and deposits is available from the Business Office. Applications should be made to the Principal before the beginning of the school year. Page 72 . one term¶s fees must be paid in advance as a deposit to reserve a place in Fifth Year. Bursaries are reviewed annually. Dr Jack Sheppard Bursary The Dr Jack Sheppard Bursary Fund offers assistance towards the payment of fees for students in need of financial aid. This deposit will be forfeited in the event of the student not returning to the School. Scholarships. Parents are asked to complete a Bursary Application Form. no remission of fees will be given for periods of less than one year. Notice of Withdrawal Parents should provide a term¶s notice in writing of the withdrawal of a student.Study Abroad If permission is granted for a student to study abroad during Transition Year. If the period is of a year¶s duration. withdrawal or dismissal. both natural parents must submit financial information to assess the genuine need. Parents wishing to make a Bursary Application should request the relevant documentation from the Business Director as soon as possible. Applications are reviewed annually. which is then considered in the strictest confidence by the Bursary Committee. Bursaries & Grants Financial Aid Bursary Fund The aim of the Financial Aid Bursary Fund is to enable Sutton Park School to enrol talented students who may not otherwise have access to an independent school education. Where the natural parents are separated or divorced. The Bursary Application Form comprises a Confidential Statement of family and financial circumstances. Special Transition Year . Bursaries are granted on a needs-measured basis. Please note that it is a condition of your contract that no refund or cancellation of any portion of the annual tuition and fees will be made. Further queries may be directed to the Business Director. including but not limited to the circumstances of absence. supported by copies of original documentation.

Parents may contact the SEC directly if they prefer. It is essential to note any allergies to foods and/or medications. Your student will not be allowed to attend school if the appropriate medical forms and records have not been received. The grant is awarded on the basis of the family¶s net income. Pupils must recognise the seriousness of this activity and cooperate fully with members of staff in evacuating the School quickly and quietly. These Government grants have been made available to assist Protestant parents to send their children to Protestant secondary schools. under which category Sutton Park School is represented. A fire drill is practised during each term to prepare students in the event of fire. monitors all matters pertaining to fire and hazard safety.Handbook Secondary Education Committee Grants Provided at least one parent is a member of a Protestant denomination. and families who might think that their gross income could preclude them from grant assistance may be eligible for a partial grant. any family may apply to the Secondary Education Committee for a grant towards payment of their Sutton Park School fees. These forms are mailed with registration materials in early August. The closing date for applications is usually in April and the Business Office normally sends the forms out to eligible parents. FIRE & SAFETY Mr Keilthy. The School Nurse administers First Aid from the Nurse¶s Station in the Lobby. Page 73 . HEALTH SERVICES The Medical Form and Consent to Treat Form must be completed before the start of each school year. the Safety Officer. Applications are confidential and not disclosed to any other agency. Parents with concerns about their children¶s health may discuss them with the Nurse.

minor tummy upsets and headaches will be dealt with and the pupil will be sent back to class. Your child will also be given the 4in1 booster which vaccinates against Diphtheria. Parents will be notified in advance and will be asked to sign a permission form. When the children are in Grade 6 their vision will be tested once again. or to limit or add to this service. Tetanus and Whooping cough. Each year all children in the Senior Infants class will have their hearing and vision tested. Vision tests are also administered. sore throats. you should expect the following:At the ages of 4-5 the children will receive the MMR vaccine against Measles. From the age of 9 on your child should visit their G. For Junior School students this should be sent to the student¶s teacher and for Senior School students this should be delivered to the Deputy Principal. Medical or Dental Appointments during School Time Parents are asked to schedule appointments outside School hours if at all possible. Please note that if you do not return this form. a request note should be sent in. In the case of more serious illness or injury. etc. period pain. Mumps and Rubella.P who will give your child a booster shot at no extra charge. the Nurse will contact a parent and care for the pupil until s/he can be collected. When pupils are not well enough to return to class. Dispensing Medications The Nurse may dispense paracetamol or other over-the counter remedies to pupils with headaches. If the pupil does have an appointment during School hours. the child may be taken to a local GP or hospital while the parents are being contacted and arrangements made for parents to take over the care of the child. Page 74 .Handbook Accidents & Illness Minor cuts and bruises. and they should indicate this on the Medical Consent Form. Parents are entitled to withhold permission to issue non-prescription medications. we will assume that you have given permission to dispense non-prescription medications. Inoculations A doctor from Eastern Health Regional Authority visits the School annually to administer essential vaccinations. Polio. Nurse / Medications During the course of your child¶s school years.

New families are particularly encouraged to attend and meet other parents. and administrators. which welcome prospective students and parents to Sutton Park School to see and hear about the School. the pool is also open for a final autumn swim! Open Evening / Open Days October All parents are invited to these events. The PTA provides large BBQ grills and beverages. Please contact the Office for details. tennis courts and swimming pool are available for use by parents and others by arrangement. School Carol Service December This Service takes place annually in one of the local churches. including the pitches. students and teachers host displays of their work. The first event on the PTA calendar is the Annual General Meeting and is a good place to start. All parents are invited. SPECIAL EVENTS PTA Annual General Meeting September Parents are invited to become involved in the activities of the PTA. Throughout the School. It may be possible in some years to open the tennis courts and swimming pool during the summer for pupils and their families at a small charge. relaxed and hugely enjoyable affair. teachers. Families bring their own meat and/or fish for the grill and a salad or dessert to share.Handbook As many families join the school during the course of their child¶s school life. HIRE OF FACILITIES School Sports Facilities. The PTA holds various fund-raising events throughout the year. it may be necessary for parents to make their own arrangements for necessary vaccinations. gym hall. The Choirs and Orchestras of both the Junior and Senior Schools lead this very popular celebration of Christmas. Page 75 . and all willing helping hands are very welcome. When the weather cooperates. Prospective parents and students are met in the Reception by Sutton Park students and are given a guided tour of the School culminating in refreshments in the Atrium. The prospective parents find meeting parents of current students particularly helpful. PTA Barbeque October This annual event organised by the PTA early in the year is a wonderful.

Junior & Intermediate School Sports Day May Normally organised along the lines of an international Sports Meet. All parents are invited to attend. All parents are welcome to attend the Prize-Winners¶ Concert. and provides a platform for the artistic talents in our primary schools and to highlight and encourage the valuable contribution made by our primary teachers in fostering these talents. So parents. Mr Walsh¶s running commentary is a show in itself. all parents are invited to attend. Again. the Inter-House Trophy. North Dublin Arts Festival Spring The Festival is open to children of primary-school-going age across North Dublin. at which the principal award of the Competition. Parents are informed well in advance of the details. It is open to students who reside in North Dublin or attend a music teacher in the area. The Young Musician Competition Spring The Young Musician Competition is run concurrently with the Young Artist Competition. your student(s) will be delighted to have you there to cheer them on even if they say otherwise! Page 76 . Colourful flags and face-painting and much partisan rooting makes this an extremely enjoyable day for parents and pupils alike. For those who have not yet attended. The races for parents are good fun and always raise a laugh! So come dressed in relaxed clothing and enjoy the day! Senior School Sports Day May This is another wonderful spectacle for parents to attend. don¶t be dissuaded from coming. is awarded. are at stake.Handbook Junior School Christmas Concert December Every year a number of Junior classes present a Carol Concert. Sutton Park Junior children present a show at the prize-giving ceremony. the Dr Patrick Hillery Perpetual Trophy.highly coveted school records and the ultimate prize. The students take the competitions very seriously . the children compete for the different countries represented in the School.

and their teachers and staff come together to share a festive Summer buffet and bid farewell to the graduating class. The camp includes a wide range of activities and sports suited to the different age groups. Summer Camp The School runs an annual Summer Camp in the first two weeks of July for children in the locality aged 4 . their parents. Graduates.14.Handbook Graduation May Sixth Year Graduation is one of the most-loved events on the School calendar. Page 77 . Brochures are circulated to parents during the Summer Term.

Board of Management Chair. budget approval. long-term planning.Handbook BOARD OF GOVERNORS The School is a registered charitable trust. and hiring and evaluation of the Head of School. Finance Committee Business Director (Attendee) Page 78 . The School is overseen by a self-perpetuating Board of Governors (Trustees) who are responsible for defining the Mission and Ethos of the School. financial and admissions policies. Board of Governors Chair. owned by Sutton Park School Ltd. Board of Governors Name Mr David Brophy Mr Clive Lucas Ms Michele Ridgway Mr Malachy Taaffe Mr Eoin Scott Mr Nick Pheifer Ms Patricia Flood Mr Prof. Board of Governors Secretary. Ferdinand von Prondzynski Mr Mark Newman Ms Emer Crowley Board Position Chair.

The Board of Governors devolves to the Board of Management consideration of any and all immediate concerns that may arise in the daily operation of the School. safety and facilities issues. The Board of Management advises the Head of School and/or the Board of Governors in areas such as the educational programme and its implementation. and long-term planning.Handbook BOARD OF MANAGEMENT The Board of Management is a sub-committee of the Board of Governors. The Board of Management is responsible for producing a School Plan annually for initiatives to be implemented during the academic year. Board of Management Name Ms Michele Ridgway Mr Michael Moretta Ms Geraldine McGuire Mr Liam Burns Mr Mark Newman Ms Patricia Flood Ms Christine Ellickson Mr Patrick McLoughlin Position Chairperson Head of School Junior School Principal Intermediate School Principal Board of Governors Representative Board of Governors Representative Staff Representative Staff Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative Page 79 .

from which a path leads straight into the school. Parents of older pupils are encouraged to drop their children off at the school gate. Parents must not park in these areas. All parents and teachers are automatically members of the Association. which have been established for the protection and safety of our children. Page 80 . parents are requested to cooperate with the parking regulations. Fifth and Sixth Year student drivers may not give lifts to other students without written permission to the Deputy Principal. Drivers are asked to drive slowly and carefully at all times. TRAFFIC & TRANSPORT Traffic Safety on School Grounds All persons who drive onto the School grounds do so at their own risk. or at the drop-off point in the lower car park. stopping as briefly as possible. which normally include a major fund-raising event and several social occasions. Safe Bus Drop-Off and Collection Zones are marked out in front of the Main Building. Further information is available on the PTA web page on the School website. Parking is only permitted in the designated parking areas. mindful that children may run out into their path at any time.Handbook PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA) The primary aim of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is to foster the friendly and hospitable atmosphere characteristic of our School community. Alternatively. Please note that there is a safe pathway to the left of the drive. Due to traffic congestion at the beginning and end of the school day. A committee of parent representatives and staff representatives is elected each Autumn to serve as Officers and organisers of PTA activities. Parents of younger children may drive up slowly and carefully and drop them off at the School entrance. Funds raised through PTA functions are used to provide items of equipment which enrich the educational experience of our students. but which might not be obtainable within the School budget. The School accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage to automobiles or property contained therein while on the School grounds. they may drop children off near the cemetery on Carrickbrack Road.

for use only by those persons with the proper ID on their car. We have one marked Wheelchair Only parking space.45 am. The nearest rail stations are Portmarnock and Howth Junction. Page 81 . one of which departs from Campion¶s Pub. Malahide Road and travels via McAllister's Garage in Malahide at 7.50 pm bus to Malahide. Trains The nearest DART station is at Sutton. Student Parking Due to the lack of parking space. Students may time their arrival at Sutton or Portmarnock Stations to catch one of the School-Link buses.20 am. The second bus departs from Seabury at 7. Portmarnock and Sutton DART Station and arriving at school at approximately 8. and stops by the School in the mornings and evenings. The return bus leaves from the school at 4. The school is served by two special Dublin Bus School-Link buses. from which a path leads straight to the School. also stopping at Malahide Train Station. Parking is prohibited in any areas indicated by yellow lines.50 pm following the same route. Please consult the most recent Dublin Bus timetable for details of these services. Public Transport Bus The 31B bus from Dublin City Centre and Howth Village serves both the Howth / Sutton and Clontarf / Raheny areas. students are not allowed to park on the school grounds during the school day. It stops either outside the School front gates or on Carrickbrack Road outside Sutton Cemetery. It is also possible to take the 31 bus to Sutton Cross.45 am and follows the same route through malahide to the school. although the service is limited.Handbook Parking Parents Parking Parking in front of the main school buildings is prohibited. Junior School parents please note that on Senior School staff meeting afternoons there is no 4. and walk up to the School.

We discourage the presence of camera phones on the school premises. Students must request permission from the Receptionist before using it. If a student is found to have used a mobile phone during school hours. Contact the Main Office for an Application Form. Parents should contact the private companies for details of their start dates. Drumcondra. Private Minibus A private minibus serves students living in the Glasnevin.Handbook Private Transport Sutton Park School Minibus The School minibus transports students from the Swords area. This service begins on the first school day at the start of each term. Mobile phones may not be used during school hours. including break periods. The school accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen mobile phones. Page 82 . Griffith Avenue and Clontarf areas (subject to numbers availability). Mobile phones may only be switched back on and used at the end of the official school day. They must be fully switched off during school hours. If any student is found to have used without specific permission a camera phone or other digital device to take photographs on the school premises. Parents are asked to cooperate with the School in upholding this rule. it will be confiscated. as they should be kept safely in lockers during the school day. Students who feel unwell must report to the School Nurse or Duty Teacher before calling home. They must not use their mobile phone to make this call. the phone will be confiscated and he/she is liable for immediate suspension. Places are limited. For details please contact Valerie Herbert at 834 5923 or 086 828 4898. TELEPHONE y y y y y y The Courtesy Phone in Reception is available to students in the case of an emergency or illness.

Thurs.00 pm 4.40 pm 10.45 pm 10. Tue & Thur Mon.40 pm 11.40 am 10. Thurs.05 pm 3.45 pm 1. Sports & Activities Study.15 pm ** 2.45 am 1.15 pm 10.40 am 1.Thurs Fri Mon .Fri ** After Autumn Half Term Mon.Fri Mon .25 pm 2.45 am 10. Fri Mon.00 pm Finish 4.05 pm 4.40 pm 1.40 am 3.15 pm Page 83 .30 am 8.30 pm 8.05 am 1.Fri Mon.05 am 11. Thurs. Thurs.25 am 1.Fri Mon . Tues.05 am 1. Clubs & Activities Break Lunch Break Wednesday Schedule Classes Clubs.45 pm 3. Fri Mon.05 pm 3.30 pm 4. Fri Wed Wed Wed Wed Wed Wed Start 8.Grade VI Break Lunch Homework Club Senior School Classes Study.45 pm 3.45 am 8.15 pm 11.40 am 8. Fri Wed Mon . Fri Mon. Tues. Thurs. Tues.45 pm 8.40 pm 11.45 am 1.45 pm 8.Handbook SCHOOL HOURS Office & Reception Junior School Junior Infants Senior Infants ± G3 Break Lunch Break Intermediate School Grade IV .25 am 12.50 pm 3. Tues.40 am 8.25 am 1.45 pm 2.05 pm 3.50 pm 3.05 am 12.30 pm ** 1.25 pm 3.Fri Mon . Fri Mon. Thurs.00 pm 3.45 pm 2. Sports & Activities Breaks Lunch Break Days Mon . Tues.Fri Mon . Tues.Fri Mon .

ie www.ie for any updated information.Westbury House Phone SCHOOL PERSONNEL Position Head of School Deputy Principal Principal of Junior School Principal of Intermediate School Assistant to the Head Of School Reception Business Director Accounts Manager Accounts Assistant Guidance Counsellor Learning Resource Specialist Library Library Nurse Staff Room Name Michael Moretta Anne Dowling Geraldine McGuire Liam Burns Caroline Moore Veronica Dean Emer Crowley Caroline Barnes Siobhan Lawlor Jennifer Ryan Nuala Fee Valerie Richmond Trina Stalley Anne Finnegan Teachers Ext 210 211 202 225 206 201 208 213 207 204 226 218 218 220 214 Tel 839 9412 839 9411 839 9402 839 9225 839 9406 839 9401 839 9408 839 9413 839 9407 839 9404 839 9426 839 9418 839 9418 839 9420 839 9414 (01) 839 9400 +353 (1) 839 9400 +353 (1) 832 5929 info@sps.sps.Handbook SCHOOL ACCESS NUMBERS Phone from inside Ireland Phone from outside Ireland Fax Email Website Boarding .sps. Page 84 .ie +353 (1) 832 3223 * Please refer to our website www.

Handbook ABSENCE REPORT FORM After any period of absence from School. which may be photocopied as often as required. all students must submit during Registration.00 am on the day of absence. This Form may also be used for requesting an Excused Absence. a letter signed by a parent. explaining the absence. For the attention of (Class Teacher) Pupil¶s Name Absent From Class To Reason for Absence . Reminder: Reception should also be notified by telephone by 9. Parents may use this Absence Report Form.Please tick the appropriate box below and give details where applicable Illness Hospital Appointment Bereavement Dental Appointment Holiday Other (Specify) Signature of Parent / Guardian Date Page 85 .

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