“Treat other people in the way you would like to be treated”

This is the GOLDEN RULE of St. Paul’s National School.

The following rules are based on this principle of respect for others, so that school can be a place where children and adults can work, learn and play in a safe, healthy and happy environment.

The rules are kept to a minimum and are at all times devised with the health, safety and welfare of the school community in mind.

General Rules
  • Teachers and other staff member are in school to facilitate learning and to ensure good and safe behaviour. Pupils should follow instructions from a member of staff at all times.
  • The behaviour of pupils in school should be respectful to the other children and to the teachers and staff.
  • The language used in school should also be respectful to others, and should be positive in tone and manner.
  • School property and equipment should be treated with respect.
  • The school has a uniform, chosen by the Parents Committee.   Children should wear this while in school.
  • The school has a ‘Healthy Lunches” policy. Children should bring food to school which is in keeping with this policy.
  • Children should not bring certain items to school.  These include:
    1. Any item which may be deemed dangerous to other children
    2. Any expensive item or any item, which would be difficult to replace if, mislaid – e.g. jewellery, expensive toys, Gameboys, cameras, mobile phones etc.
Classroom Rules
  • For children to learn properly the classroom environment should be one which facilitates learning. Any behaviour, which undermines this, is unfair to the other pupils and is not allowed.
  • Within the school buildings children must move and behave in an appropriate and safe manner.
  • Children should present themselves at school with the necessary books and equipment for learning.
Yard Rules
  • Behaviour in the yard should be appropriate and safe at all times.
  • Pupils are not allowed to leave the yard at any time without the express permission of a teacher. Pupils may only enter and leave through the school gates.
  • Running around corners is forbidden in the interests of safety.
  • It is expected that older children will protect and care for other children.
  • Litter must be disposed of in the correct manner.