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.
The Library is open each school day from 8.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. It is for quiet and silent study and research, and all are expected to respect the needs of others in this respect.
The directions and instructions issued by the Librarian - written or verbal - should be followed at all times. Students have access to the Library before, after school, and at break times. Homework must never be done before or during the school day in the library. Students may join the Homework Club in the Library between 3.20 and 4.30pm . each school day.
Most of the 12,000 plus books may be borrowed for two weeks. Videos are borrowed for one week. Reference books are issued on an overnight basis and must be returned before form class the following day.
After three reminders for overdue books letters are sent to a pupil’s parents. Lost books must be paid for in order that replacements may be purchased. Pupils who do not co-operate in returning books will forfeit access to the library and its facilities.
New students are issued with a library card which lasts them throughout their time in the school. Loss of this card must be reported to the Librarian immediately and a charge for replacement will be made. Students in Years 8-12 may borrow up to five items at a time, provided that no item already borrowed is overdue.
All of the stock purchased has been selected by the Librarian with the assistance of the teaching staff. Students should feel free to put forward their own suggestions for items they would like to see in the Library. The Library also provides extensive CD-ROM and Internet access. This should be used purely for school work and each session should be fully logged in the appropriate book at the Issue Desk. Year 14 students are expected to use the Library for non-classwork in preference to the Miguel
Centre. During such study periods students are expected to arrive promptly, sit one to a table and remain there until the end of the period. Students in Years 13-14 may borrow up to ten items at a time provided that no item already borrowed is overdue.