School Policies

In accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the code of behaviour guidelines issued by the NEWB, the Board of Management of St. Mary's Primary School has adopted the following anti-bullying policy within the framework of the school’s overall code of behaviour. This policy fully complies with the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools which were published in September 2013.

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Only those complaints about teachers which are written and signed by parents/guardians of pupils may be investigated formally by the Board of Management. Unwritten complaints, may be processed informally as set out in Stage 1 of this procedure.

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Individuals have a number of rights in relation to their personal information – i.e. personal data – and these rights have been enhancedby the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).This Data Protection Statement describes how we atSt. Mary’s Primary Schoolcollect and process personal data, in accordance with the GDPR and the school’s legal obligations generally in relation to the provision of education. Processing is the legal term used to describe various acts including - the collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, alteration, use of, retrieval, disclosure or transmission of information.

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Saint Mary’s Primary School Code of Behaviour is the result of the ongoing consultation and collaboration between the Principal, staff, parents, and Board of Management. It was reviewed and reformulated in January 2010 in the light of “Developing a Code of Behaviour – Guidelines for Schools”, issued by the National Educational Welfare Board (TUSLA). The revised code was drawn up in consultation with the Board of Management and the Parents, and in discussion with the Pupils. This will ensure a whole school approach to behaviour in our school.

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A Child should be enrolled by a parent or legal guardian. Enrolment for Junior Infants will take place during the common enrolment week as agreed in the Parish. All applications throughout the school will be considered by the Board of Management.

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We all have a duty of care to the pupils and to each other. Pupils are not to be left unattended in the yard at any time.

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In St. Mary’s we see ourselves as attempting to cater for the holistic development of each individual child: spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically, in an atmosphere of Christian love, acceptance and compassion.

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This policy is aimed at students participating in teaching practice orwork experience in either mainstream or special classes.

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The language component of the Primary Curriculum is for all pupils and comprises both English and Irish. In exceptional circumstances, some pupils may be granted an exemption from the study of Irish.

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This is our policy for Covid-19.

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