Mission Statement
Child Protection Policy
Homework Policy
Anti- Bullying Policy
Healthy Eating Policy
Medicine Policy Split Class Policy
Unexpected Closures
INTO/CPSMA Complaints Procedure
Minor Injuries Policy


These are a few of the Tineteriffe N.S. school policies.All others are available on request (from parents), in the school office. Please check with office for updated policies.

Healthy Eating Review News!!!

Thanks for all your Healthy Eating review suggestions. 90% of families took part in our recent questionaire, April 2014.

Cereal Bars; 63% in favour, Homemade scones; 87%, Homemade flapjacks; 79%, Fruit winders; 27%, Choc Rice cakes; 59%, and Popcorn; 78%.

It was agreed by committee that Fruit winders become a 'treaty item', but no other chages be made. Instead the school will encourage water and fruit to be brought to the school each day by children. A fruit-ometer and water-ometer will be created to give positive reinforcement. Drinks and sandwich options are at the parents's discretion with all heathier options encouraged.

 

Tina Terrific (our school Healthy Eating mascot) says:

Mission Statement

Tineteriffe is a co-educational, Catholic primary school which strives to provide a well-ordered, caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupil are identified and addressed.

While Tineteriffe is a school with a Catholic ethos, is also had due recognition for all other religions.

Tineteriffe will strive to promote, both individually and collectively, the professional and personal development of teachers though staff development programmes.

Tineteriffe will encourage the involvement of parents through home/school contacts and through their involvement in the Tineteriffe Board of Management and Parents Association.

Tineteriffe will endeavour to enhance the self-esteem of everyone in the school community and to develop in pupils, an appreciation of art, music, poetry and awareness of the beauty of the world around them and of their responsibility on its preservation.

Tineteriffe will aim to awaken in the pupils a sense of belonging, responsibility and civic pride in their home, school and local environment.

Tineteriffe will promote gender equality amongst the teachers and pupils.

Every effort will be made to promote a love of all things Irish – Language, music, singing, drama, dancing and literature.

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A nti-bullying policy

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 Tineteriffe N.S. 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.

The Board of Management recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:

  1. In accordance with the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools bullying is defined as follows:

Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical conducted, by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time.

The following types of bullying behaviour are included in the definition of bullying:

Isolated or once-off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once-off offensive or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall within the definition of bullying and should be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

However, in the context of this policy, placing a once-off offensive or hurtful public message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying behaviour.

Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

Additional information on different types of bullying is set out in Section 2 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.

 

  1. The relevant teacher(s) for investigating and dealing with bullying is (are) as follows: (see Section 6.8 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools):

Class Teachers

Principal

  1. The school’s procedures for investigation, follow-up and recording of bullying behaviour and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing with cases of bullying behaviour are as follows (see Section 6.8 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools) :

Recording;

1. Yard duty incident book ( used by all teachers while on yard to record misbehaviour / incidents on yard.)

2. Anti bullying Record Book; ( used to record an approach made by pupils/parents of an allegation of bullying.)

Investigation

Restorative Questions used to investigate a complaint / issue (as needed).

Restorative Questions to ask child who has been bullied.

 

Restorative Questions to ask the bully

Established Routines;

Warning from teacher

#Possible options; Encouraging friendship / pairing activities. Encouraging home/school liason ( parental involvement.) Changing yard /playground divisions appropriately.

Referred to principal

School will use appropriate lessons from SPHE to encourage children to socialize with consideration for others. These taught on an annual basis.

Issues regularly reviewed at staff meetings.

 

 

  1. The school’s programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying is as follows (see Section 6.8 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools) :

Regular checks with child to ensure that bullying behaviour has not reoccurred

SPHE self esteem lessons.

 

  1. Supervision and Monitoring of Pupils

 

The Board of Management confirms that appropriate supervision and monitoring policies and practices are in place to both prevent and deal with bullying behaviour and to facilitate early intervention where possible.

 

  1. Prevention of Harassment

 

The Board of Management confirms that the school will, in accordance with its obligations under equality legislation , take all such steps that are reasonably practicable to prevent the sexual harassment of pupils or staff or the harassment of pupils or staff on any of the nine grounds specified i.e. gender including transgender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller community.

 

  1. This policy was adopted by the Board of Management in February 2014.

 

  1. This policy has been made available to school personnel, published on the school website (or where none exists, is otherwise readily accessible to parents and pupils on request) and provided to the Parents’ Association (where one exists). A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department and the patron if requested.

 

  1. This policy and its implementation will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year. Written notification that the review has been completed will be made available to school personnel, published on the school website (or where none exists, be otherwise readily accessible to parents and pupils on request) and provided to the Parents’ Association (where one exists). A record of the review and its outcome will be made available, if requested, to the patron and the Department.

 

Date of next review; At first meeting of the BOM each year. Next review; September 2014

 

Medicine Policy

When administration of medication is necessary for a child during the school day. The following procedure will be used:

Parents will write a letter to the Principal requesting administration of medication. This letter should contain the following

§ Child’s full name and address
§ The name of the medication to be administered
§ The exact dosage and time of administration
§ Signature of parent / guardian

Parent’s are responsible for the provision of medication and should normally keep account to ensure that medication is available.

Medication should be sent to the Principal’s office and will be kept in a safe place, with the exception of children’s inhalers, which may be kept in their school bags.

Medication will be administered, (excepting inhalers), from the Principal’s office

Where there are changes in dosage or time of administration, parent/ guardian or other person designated by the parent / guardian should write a letter requesting these changes

Request for administration of medication should be renewed at the beginning at each school year

A record of administration will be kept in the office

A child will be allowed use an inhaler if it is imperative he / she does so.

Reviewed and Ratified: June 2009
Reviewed May 2013. Due for review; 2018

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Homework Policy

Introductory Statement
This plan was formulated by the staff on Dec 1st, 2006, reviewed by the Parents Council and ratified by the Board of Management in January 2007.

Rationale
Existing policy is due for review.

Relationship to characteristic spirit of the school
Scoil Toinn a Tairbh seeks to enable each child to develop his/ her potential. Homework encourages pupils to work independently and take responsibility for their assignments.

Aims
To benefit pupil learning
To reinforce work done in class
To develop study skills
To promote a similar approach to homework across all classes
To strengthen links between home and school.

Content of the plan
Junior infants shall get homework.(occasionally).
Provision is made for children with special needs.
There is a balance between oral, reading and written work.
Homework is seen as reinforcement of work done in class
For younger children homework is given at the end of the day. 5th & 6th class children are expected to write it down independently after each lesson.
Parents are expected to sign homework diaries.
Homework is given, Monday to Thursday, with occasional exceptions, e.g birthdays or special occasions.
The time recommended for homework is as follows
Junior infants Up to 10 min
Senior infants Up to 15 min
1st and 2nd Up to 25 min
3rd and 4th Up to 40 min
5th and 6th Up to 1 hour
Any homework not done or done untidily will be noted in the child’s homework diary to be signed by parents. Extra homework may be imposed.
Family circumstances are taken into consideration, however the child’s progress is our primary consideration.
Should a problem arise with homework, a note should be written in the child’s homework diary from the parents informing the teacher of the problem.

Success Criteria
Feedback from teachers, pupils, parents
Satisfactory homework exercises and assignments submitted by pupils.

Roles and responsibilities
Class teachers
Pupils
Principal
Parent / Guardian

Implementation Date
Jan / Feb 2007

Reviewed May 2013. Due for review 2018

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Unexpected Closures

Should an unexpected closure occur parents will be informed as soon as possible by text. There will also be a designated person at the school from 9.am to 9.30am to meet any who may not have received the message.

Updates on closure will be advertised on the school website.


Created and Ratified : April 2008

Reviewed : May 2013. To be reviewed again in 2018

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Minor Injuries Policy

Rationale
The formulation of this policy enables our school to effectively ;

Provide for the immediate needs and requirements of students who have sustained either a serious or a minor injury.
Ensure that adequate resources and arrangements are in place to deal with injuries/ accidents as they arise.
Ensure lines of communication with parents/guardians are in place if required.
Activate a known plan of action with which all staff are familiar.

Roles and Responsibilities
The overall responsibility for the day to day management of school supervision/routines rests with the Principal. The class teacher is responsible for classroom supervision and teachers on yard duty are directly responsible for the supervision of pupils at break time. The schools Health & Safety officer is Denis Leonard. The First Aid boxes are maintained by Margaret Meskell. Fire Drill coordinator is Mrs Sheehan.

School Ethos:
This policy re-enforces the elements of the school mission statement which advocates providing a safe and secure learning environment for each child and ensuring a duty of care at all times when the school is in operation.

Aims/Objectives
To ensure the physical safety and well being of all staff and pupils.
To develop a framework of procedures whereby all injuries are dealt with in a competent and safe manner.
To comply with all legislation relating to safety and welfare at work.

Procedures:
Safety of pupils and staff is a priority for the Board of Management, and robust measures have been put in place to ensure no children or staff are put at risk;

The school has a comprehensive Safety Statement in which hazards are identified and remedial measures are outlined.
The school is insured under Allianz.
Each classroom teacher regularly instructs his/her class on issues relating to safety in the class/yard.
Certain procedures are in place in the event of accidents.
There are two teachers on yard duty at any one time.

Minor Accident/Injury
The injured party is initially looked after by the teacher on yard duty. No medicines are administered but cuts are cleaned and bandages/plasters applied if deemed appropriate. The use of plastic gloves is advised at all times.

More Serious Accidents/Injuries
Parents/guardians are immediately informed, particularly if there is a suspicion of broken bones/head or eye injury. The child is kept under observation until parents/guardians arrive, with the emphasis on making the child as comfortable and as settled as possible.

Very Serious Injury
In the event of a very serious injury, parents/guardians are immediately contacted. If the considered opinion of the staff is that immediate professional help is required, an ambulance is called. On rare occasions the staff may agree that taking the child to Accident & Emergency in a private car is a more prudent option particularly in the case of rapid blood loss. Parents are kept informed of developing situations.

Categories of Injury/ School Procedures.

Minor Cuts and Bruises
Clean around cuts
Gloves are used at all times to reduce risk of spread of infection.
A check is carried out to locate small bodies which may be embedded in the wound.
Plaster, gauze or lint is placed on the wound if deemed appropriate.
Teacher observation is maintained.
Children are advised to show/tell parents.
In sports, helmets must be worn.

Sprains
In the event of a sprain the process of rest, ice, compress and elevate is implemented.
If in doubt, parent/s are contacted.
Teacher observation is maintained.

Faints
Lie the casualty down
Raise the legs above the level of the heart
Loosen any tight clothing
Ensure there is fresh air
Keep crowds away
Reassure casualty when they recover
Contact parents
The event is subsequently recorded in the Accident Book

Severe Bleeding
Act instantly – Go, Go, Go1
Set or lie the injured party down
Press down on wound using gloves
Lift (if possible) the injured part above the level of the heart.
Put a clean dressing over the wound and secure it firmly with a bandage
If blood shows through the dressing then place another one over the first and bandage firmly
Treat for shock by raising legs above level of heart, loosen tight clothing, fresh air, crowds away
GET HELP
Contact parents
If very serious contact casualty immediately
Record in accident book.

Burns/Scalds
Immediately remove child from danger area
Cool burnt area with cold running water
Remove rings etc. and other tight fitting accessories if possible
Do not remove object stuck to skin
Contact parents
Record in accident book.

Unconsciousness
Ring for medical help
Place child in recovery position
Ring for parents
Other children are kept away
Record in accident book

Stings/Bites.
Spray applied
If case is serious, parent/s are contacted.
Record in accident book
The First Aid Policy is based on collective teacher input. The teacher on yard duty is automatically assisted by others in the case of a serious injury.

Resources
First aid boxes are located in the office. The contents of such boxes are replenished when deemed necessary by the designated staff member.

Record Keeping
Serious accidents/injuries are recorded in the Accident Report Book which is located in the staff room. One Accident Report Book covers all children in the school. The accident report form lists date and time of accident, witnesses, nature of injuries, a brief description of the circumstance of the accident, procedures followed by staff etc. Very serious injuries will be notified to the schools insurers. Relevant medical information on all pupils is obtained at time of enrolment. This section asks parents to list allergies and other medical conditions their child may have.

Evaluation
The success of this policy is measured from set criteria;

Maintaining a relatively accident free school environment
Positive feedback from staff, parents, children.
Continual yard observation of behaviour by all staff engaged in supervision duties
Monitoring and evaluation at staff meetings.

Reviewed by staff; December 2009
Reviewed and ratified by BOM December;2009

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HEALTHY EATING POLICY

 Tineteriffe N. S has a healthy eating policy in place. Teachers, pupils and parents aim to develop positive attitudes to eating and to appreciate the contributions that good food makes to health.

 

Healthy food makes for ;

 

A healthy lunchbox should include some items from the first 4 rows of the pyramid and sparingly from the top row. Some of the healthy snacks encouraged from small break include plain popcorn, fruit, flapjacks, yogurt, fromage frais, crackers, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, raisins and cubed cheese, cheese strings, cereal bars preferably with fruit and nuts ( not chocolate covered).

Healthy drinks are water, milk and fruit juices.

Treaty Thursday

Thursday will no longer be just Thursday. It will be known as Treaty Thursday. This means that we are allowed to have a small treat from the top shelf of the food pyramid.

 

Green Flag

It is the aim of the school to be awarded “Green Flag”. To achieve this the school suggests the following :

Use a lunchbox instead of plastic bags

NOTES

This policy was developed in conjunction with the SPHE programme in schools.

This policy will be reviewed annually with the input of pupils, parents and teachers.

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CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

Introductory Statement

The staff, parents and management of Tineteriffe National School have developed and agreed this policy on child protection in line with the current recommendations and guidelines on

 

Aims

 

This policy aims to

Prevention

The Stay Safe programme is the primary resource used in this school to provide education for children on abuse prevention. This programme is taught as part of the schools SPHE curriculum under the strand unit Safety and Protection.


The formal lessons of the programme will be taught every second year in accordance with the school plan for SPHE. All topics of the programme will be covered.

 

Staff will make every effort to ensure that the message of the programme are reinforced whenever possible.

Procedures

All staff in this school will follow the recommendations for reporting concerns or disclosures as outlined in “Children First” and the Department of Education and Science document “Child Protection, Guidelines and Recommendations” – a copy of which accompanies this document

The Board of Management of this school has appointed

Kitty Sheehan as the Designated Liaison Person (DLP) and

Margaret Hickey as the deputy DLP.

The staff and management of this school have agreed :

Practice

The following areas have been considered by the staff and Board of Management of the school are areas of specific concern in relation to child protection. Following discussion and consultation the staff and board of management has agreed the following practices be adopted and that all parents should be informed of school practice in relation to child protection issues.

Children with specific toileting / intimate care needs :

In all situations where a pupil needs assistance with toileting / intimate care, a meeting will be convened, after enrolment and before the child starts school, between parents/guardians, class teacher, special needs assistant, principal and if appropriate the pupil. If impractical, this meeting will be convened in the first week of the child starting school. The purpose of the meeting will be to ascertain the specific needs of the child and to determine how the school can best meet those needs. The staff to be involved in this care will be identified and provision will be made for occasions when the particular staff involved are absent. A written copy of what has been agreed will be made and kept in the child’s file. Any deviation from the agreed procedure will be recorded and notified to the parents / guardians.

Toileting accidents

Clean underwear and suitable clothing will be kept in the school so that if a pupil has an “accident” of this nature, they will in the first instance be offered fresh clothing to clean and change themselves.

Parents will always be notified of such incidents.

If the pupil for whatever reason cannot clean of change themselves, parents/guardians of the pupil will be contacted with a view to asking the parent how they wish the school to deal with the matter. If the parent requests that the child will be changed/ cleaned by staff, this will be carried out by members of the staff familiar to the child. In all such situations two members of staff should always be present.

A record of incident should be kept.

One to one Teaching

It is the policy of this school that one-to-one teaching is often in the best interest of the child. Every effort will be made to ensure that this teaching takes place in an open environment.

Changing for Games / PE / Swimming

Pupils will be expected to dress and undress themselves for games/ PE/ swimming. Where assistance is needed, this will be done in the communal area. Under no circumstances will members of staff/ volunteers be expected to or allowed to dress/ undress a child in a cubicle/ private area. In such situations where privacy is required, the parent/ guardian of the child will be asked to assist the child.

 

Links to other Policy Areas

Issues that relate to bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the Anti-bullying policy of this school.

Other issues involving health and safety are dealt with under the Health and Safety statement.

Review and Monitoring

This policy will be reviewed at the first board meeting every school year. Staff will be invited to make suggestions for change for that meeting. Staff training needs for the year will be decided at this meeting.

Reviewed and : September 2014

 

POLICY ON SPLITTING CLASSES AND RETENTIONS IN CLASS

  If a teacher feels that a student would benefit from retention in a class, the matter will be discussed with a class teacher, principal and parents. The decision to retain will always be made by the parents.

Occasionally it may be necessary to split classes. If necessary this will be the procedure :

Groups of boys and groups of girls will be split alphabetically. If split a second time, children will be split alphabetically in alternate order. Classes will not be split on consecutive years.

Reviewed: by staff and B.O.M – Oct. 2013

INTO / CPSMA COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

Introduction
Only those complaints about teachers which are written and signed by parents/guardians of pupils may be investigated formally by the Board of Management, except where those complaints are deemed by the Board to be:
(i) on matters of professional competence and which are to be referred to the Department of Education;
(ii) frivolous or vexations complaints and complaints which do not impinge on the work of a teacher in a school; or
(iii) complaints in which either party has recourse to law or to another existing procedure.
Unwritten complaints not in the above categories may be processed informally as set out in
Stage 1 of this procedure.
Stage 1
1.1 A parent/guardian who wishes to make a complaint should, unless there are local arrangements to the contrary, approach the class teacher with a view to resolving the complaint.
1.2 Where the parent/guardian is unable to resolve the complaint with the class teacher she/he should approach the Principal with a view to resolving it.
1.3 If the complaint is still unresolved the parent/guardian should raise the matter with the
Chairperson of the Board of Management with a view to resolving it.
Stage 2
2.1 If the complaint is still unresolved and the parent/guardian wishes to pursue the matter further she/he should lodge the complaint in writing with the Chairperson of the Board of Management.
2.2 The Chairperson should bring the precise nature of the written complaint to the notice of the teacher and seek to resolve the matter between the parties within 5 days of receipt of the written complaint.
Stage 3
3.1 If the complaint is not resolved informally, the Chairperson should, subject to the general authorisation of the Board and except in those cases where the Chairperson deems the particular authorisation of the Board to be required:
(a) supply the teacher with a copy of the written complaint; and
(b) arrange a meeting with the teacher and, where applicable, the Principal Teacher with a view to resolving the complaint. Such a meeting should take place within 10 days of receipt of the written complaint.
Stage 4
4.1 If the complaint is still not resolved the Chairperson should make a formal report to the
Board within 10 days of the meeting referred to in 3.1(b).
4.2 If the Board considers that the complaint is not substantiated the teacher and the complaint should be so informed within three days of the Board meeting.
4.3 If the Board considers that the complaint is substantiated or that it warrants further investigation it proceeds as follows:
(a) the teacher should be informed that the investigation is proceeding to the next stage; (b) the teacher should be supplied with a copy of any written evidence in support of the
complaint;
(c) the teacher should be requested to supply a written statement to the Board in response to the complaint;
(d) the teacher should be afforded an opportunity to make a presentation of case to the Board. The teacher would be entitled to be accompanied and assisted by a friend at any such meeting;
(e) the board may arrange a meeting with the complainant if it considers such to be
required. The complainant would be entitled to be accompanied and assisted by a friend at any such meeting; and
(f) the meeting of the Board of Management referred to in (d) and (e) will take place within 10 days of the meeting referred to in 3.1(b).
Stage 5
5.1 When the Board has completed its investigation, the Chairperson should convey the decision of the Board in writing to the teacher and the complainant within five days of the meeting of the Board.
5.2 The decision of the Board shall be final.
5.3 This Complaints Procedure shall be reviewed after three years.
5.4 CPSMA or INTO may withdraw from this agreement having given the other party three months’ notice of intention to do so.
In this agreement ‘days’ means schools days.