On the day of return from an absence, a student must present to the Form Teacher a note giving a reason for the absence. This note must be written, dated and signed by the parent or guardian. Doctor appointments, optical or dental appointments should be scheduled outside of school time.
Students are required to make arrangements to complete work missed due to their absence from class.
Family holidays should not be planned during school time. Ample time is provided in the school calendar for such planning. The school very strongly insists that parents follow this directive when organising family trips and outings. Each pupil’s attendance will be monitored regularly. If a student’s attendance drops below 95% over any term his/her parents shall be contacted. If attendance continues to be a cause for concern the pupil will be referred to the school’s Education Welfare Officer.
Students with an unsatisfactory attendance record will have their position in the school reviewed.
Students may only leave school during the day when they provide a written request from a parent. Before leaving they should:
- inform their Form Teacher and Year Teacher before morning registration;
- inform the subject teacher(s) whose classes they will miss;
- report to Reception to sign out (and on return to sign in).
Students are expected to treat each other and all property with respect and consideration. We should avoid doing or saying anything that causes hurt. Fighting with another student will result in suspension from school.
Students using any bus to or from school are expected to conduct themselves correctly and behave courteously. Loud or rough conduct is not tolerated. Bus prefects are appointed and their role is to ensure that the rules of good behaviour and conduct are observed. Students are expected to comply with the reasonable requests of the prefects. Misbehaviour of any kind is reported to the Vice Principals and will be met with strict disciplinary action. Translink may withdraw a bus pass in the event of bad behaviour; in this event the student is liable to pay fares.
If a student loses a bus pass and wishes to obtain a duplicate he/she should fill in a Translink Interim Educational Ticket slip (available at Reception). The slip is in three parts. The completion of the Blue part of this slip permits the student to travel for five weekdays. The White part of the slip should be completed by the student and sent to Translink headquarters so that a duplicate pass can be issued. A passport size photograph and a fee of £20 are required for a duplicate pass. A student who locates his/her original bus pass and returns it to Translink will receive a £15 refund. The Green part of the slip is left at the school Reception desk.
When using the school minibuses students are expected to follow the normal school rules of cleanliness and behaviour and the wearing of seat belts is compulsory. Any abuse of or damage to a bus will have to be made good or paid for by those causing the damage.
Cars - Students ’
Students driving cars to school must first obtain written permission from Mr McConville (Vice Principal) if they wish to park in the school grounds. Such students are reminded of the very serious responsibility of driving with extreme care (less than 10km/h) while entering or leaving school property. The least hint or report of recklessness on or off campus will result in losing the privilege of bringing their cars on to the school campus. Student cars are parked in the lower visitors’ car park and should not be used between 9.00am and 3.20pm .
The two major charity appeals are the Advent and Lenten campaigns. Permission for any other fund raising must be obtained from the Vice Principal, Mr McConville.
At all times students should help to promote a reasonable flow of traffic by moving quietly on the right hand side of corridors. In the interests of safety a one-way system operates on the 3A and 4A corridors. Directional signs and instructions should be followed at all times.
The carrying of large bags on shoulders can be dangerous to other students and is discouraged. Students use the Down and Lecale corridors when moving to and from the Arts and Science/Design blocks. The Reception corridor is an administration corridor and is used only when students need to go to Reception or to the Staff room.
This area is for quiet recreation. In the interests of safety, no ball games are played in the courtyard.
Detention is usually given for a pattern of misbehaviour or underachievement, but on occasions, it is used for more serious isolated incidents. A pattern of lateness to school or class, neglecting homework or coursework, breach of the dress code, truancy, missing classes are examples of reasons for being put on detention.
There are three levels of detention :
A student being put on detention is given a Detention Note, which is taken home to be signed by a parent. The signed copy is brought back by the student to the detention supervisor in Room 2S4
Dress and Appearance
St Patrick's’ students represent their school and their families at all times. Proper attire and good grooming, as well as neatness and cleanliness, is expected of our students. Quiet good taste is the guiding principle in matters of dress and appearance and students are expected to be neat, tidy, well groomed and clean shaven.
The school reserves the right to set appropriate standards in dress, appearance and personal hygiene. These standards are intended to provide a useful symbol of modesty, self‑respect and social courtesy which should characterise any student attending the school.
Grooming: Students have the responsibility to see that their hair conforms to good grooming. For boys hair below the shirt collar or closely shaved (less than No. 2 cut) is not acceptable. Neatness, tidiness and convention are the guiding standards in deciding the acceptability of hairstyles. Inappropriate hairstyles are not permitted. Hair extensions and braids are not permitted.
Jewellery & Makeup: Only girls may wear earrings and are restricted to one stud or small sleeper. No more than one plain ring is acceptable.
Students should enter and leave the school in an orderly manner. Students do not use the front doors at Reception except when they are reporting there to leave for or returning after an appointment.
School bags should not obstruct any doorway, stairway or exit.
Food and Drink
After finishing their meals, students must leave their places at table clean, using the proper receptacles provided.
During lunch breaks food and drink are consumed in the Miguel Centre only - eating and drinking is prohibited in all other parts of the school building.
The possession or eating of chewing gum is totally banned from the entire school campus. This is in the interests of hygiene, good manners and respect for school property. An after-school detention will be issued to any student found chewing gum.
Pupils wishing to go home at lunchtime should obtain a Lunchtime Absence Card from Reception have it signed by a parent and carry it for inspection at all times.