- We will strive to create a positive climate in which pupil's self esteem is nurtured and misbehavior becomes a less attractive way to gain attention.
- DPS has such an environment where effective teaching and learning can take place.
- Everyone will work together to encourage good behaviour.
- A high level of parental involvement is encouraged and expected.
- We will work closely with other agencies to ensure that children with complex needs and difficulties, and their families are given appropriate support.
DEALING WITH INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR:Our five simple school rules are
- I will walk and talk quietly in our school
- I will be helpful and polite to everyone
- I will look at and listen to people who are talking to me
- I will look after everything in our school
- I will always try my best in everything I do Minor rule breaking will be ignored. Members of staff will provide attention to those who are behaving correctly. When pupils have to be reminded of the rules, this will be done quietly and calmly with the aim of getting the pupil back on task as soon as possible. The inappropriate behaviour will be criticized, not the child.
All children new to the school, should be aware that the social environment may be very different to that at home. Large numbers of children working and playing together necessitate the imposition of rules of behaviour to ensure the safety and well-being of each individual. Thus, while there exists no official list of regulations, each child is, for example, expect to be polite to other pupils and visitors; exercise tolerance in relationship with peers; be prepared to offer, assistance when and where it is needed; exercise initiative and show respect for others (adults and children). Children should also be receptive to the school's efforts to develop his or her own esteem. From time to time it will be necessary for the teacher to issue instructions which may need to be acted upon promptly without question and the child should understand that, in such circumstances, the member of staff is acting either for the pupil's own benefit or with the general welfare of the school in mind. Thus, although corporal punishment has been prohibited in country schools and voluntary controlled schools since September 1986, standards of discipline are high and other punishments of a non-physical nature may be imposed in cases of regular failure to comply with the school's code of behaviour the child's parents will be informed of the situation. They may subsequently be invited to attend a meeting with the Principal in order to determine how the parents may best support the school's efforts to maintain the good standard of discipline for which the school is renowned.