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1.Every pupil is entitled to the use of a school locker

2.Each pupil is responsible for securing his/her own locker with a pad lock and the subsequent care of that locker

3.Pupils are allowed to use their lockers at the following times:

a.Before 9.00am

b.11.40am – 11.50am

c.1.10pm – 1.40pm


4.Any defacement or damage to a school locker will be dealt with by the school discipline system

5.The school authority reserves the right to inspect the lockers at any time

6.Breaches of the above policy may result in the use of the locker being withdrawn from the pupil


  • Department of Education and Science rules: each student must be 12 years of age by January 1st in the year following the child’s entry to Secondary School.
  • The Board of Management shall have regard for Department of Education and Science provisions concerning class size, staffing provisions and other relevant requirements concerning accommodation such as physical space and the health and welfare of children.


In the event of excess applications resulting in the school not being able to provide places for all applicants due to lack of space, priority will be given on the following basis:

a.All students from within the catchment area

b.Brothers and sisters of existing or past pupils, children of past pupils and children of staff


a.Invitations to an Information Night are sent to all pupils without prejudice.

b.The school adopts a policy of openness to all prospective pupils including pupils with disabilities. An entrance assessment is administered but it is not used as a way of selection or rejection of pupils

c.Application forms will then be sent to parents to be returned within 14 days

When applying for admission, please ensure that you have read the following:

a.Admissions Policy

b.The School’s Code of Behaviour and Conduct ….. (signed and returned)

c.School Prospectus

Note: Other school policies i.e. substance abuse / anti-bullying, will be issued to you in September.


In the context of main-stream schooling, St. Declan’s is committed to providing for students with special educational needs where possible. In order to cater coherently for these students, their previous educational records are assessed in advance of entry to St. Declan’s. Consequently this allows for application to be made to the Department of Education and Science for key resources and support for the students

The school may request a copy of a student’s medical, psychological report or Individual Education Report, to assist their placement

  • All information concerning students with special needs will be given to class teachers at the beginning of the academic year, enabling staff to provide appropriate and immediate support


Students may transfer to St. Declan’s at any time from another school, subject to the school’s Admission Policy. However the school must be satisfied with the reasons for the transfer and to this end information will be requested from the student’s former schools concerning attendance, educational progress, disabilities and special needs.

With the best interest of the student in mind and his educational welfare and considering the issues relating to mid-year transfer which may include subject choices, class sizes and available resources, the School Board may decide to refuse admission at that time and advise his parents/guardians to reapply if they so wish at the start of the following school year.


Where admission to a school is refused, the parent and child (or a student who is over 18 years of age) shall be informed of the appeals procedure in accordance with the Education Act 1998 and the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.

This Admissions Policy will be reviewed on a regular basis


1.The School Secretary will record absences each morning. A list of absentees will be posted in the staff room.

2.When a student is absent for part of a school day, a full school day or more than a school day, parents/guardians must supply a written explanation of the reasons for the absence. This is a legal requirement under the Education Welfare Act.

3.Students must attend all scheduled classes each day.

4.Any student leaving the school during school hours must provide a written note to be given to the Principal or Deputy Principal and then sign OUT from the Secretary’s office. On return the student must sign IN.

5.If a student is absent more than 20 days on aggregate the Principal is obliged to notify the Education Welfare Officer.

6.Full attendance for the school year will be rewarded by the presentation of a Certificate of Attendance.

The school authorities cannot accept responsibility for students who absent themselves from school for any purpose without prior permission. Parents are responsible for students when they sign out during the school day.


1.Classes will begin punctually at 9.00am

2.All students are expected to be punctual for each class, each day

3.Students who are late at 9.00am must report to the office to sign in

4.Persistent offenders will be sanctioned

5.Students who report late to class at other times will be sanctioned by the class teacher


1.The student may return to school only when accompanied by a parent/guardian

2.A first offence merits detention

3.A second or further offence may merit suspension.

4.Any student who has been truant may be denied privileges e.g. school trips etc., at the discretion of the Principal



Substance Abuse Policy

Introduction to the Policy

School Position

The school is committed to addressing the needs of the whole school in relation to drugs.

We believe that Staff, Parents, Board of Management, Parents Council, Students and visitors to the school need to work together and that co-operation is essential to the acceptance and implementation of the policy.

It has been agreed that a drug is Any substance (other than food) which changes the way the body functions physically, mentally or emotionally”.

The school recognises that drugs – both legal and illegal are available in the local community and that the school being part of this community has and will have drug incidents which need to be handled in a consistent and sensitive way. This school also acknowledges that it has an important role to play in drugs education, both in terms of prevention and offering support to those who use drugs.

This policy applies to teachers, parents, students, the Board of Management, all other school staff and visitors.

The School Ethos

This school believes that the personal and social development of each member of the school community is important. Education flourishes in an environment where good relations are encouraged, where people feel valued and respected and where there is genuine tolerance, fairness and support for those in difficulty.

This philosophy underpins and informs all the work we do and is central to this policy document.

Where This Policy Applies:

This policy is to apply to students, all staff, visitors and all users of the school building and grounds at all times, also on all school related activities including trips. Please note it is hoped that students would adhere to the school policy while in the school uniform/vicinity.

Our Rational for having a Drugs Policy:

  1. For everybody to know procedure for any related incidents.
  2. Protection of students and all other school users.
  3. Drug information education.
  4. Awareness of drug use in culture and a preventative response.
  5. Standards of our school, what we aspire to as a body of people in relation to drug use and misuse and the education of this.

For the purpose of this policy a drug is:

Any substance (other than food) which changes the way the body functions physically, emotionally or mentally.

The categories of drugs covered in this policy are


  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Solvents
  • Prescription and over the counter drugs
  • Any other relevant substances


  • Everything

Goals hoped to be achieved by implementing this policy

  • To educate and inform through religion, S.P.H.E. and assembly for students, workshops for parents, in-service days for staff, passive education e.g. signs, posters, taking part in European Drug Awareness Week.
  • Protect all members of the school community from use and misuse of drugs.
  • Encourage a responsible attitude to use and misuse of all substances.

1. Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Education Programmes

The school has a commitment to drug awareness education. This program is incorporated across the curricular e.g. science, home economics, religion, C.S.P.E. and is a major part of the 1st and 4th year S.P.H.E. courses and also part of the L.C.A. syllabus.

2. Management of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Related Incidents

The school has a procedure for each scenario as described below; this is to ascertain that incidents are treated in a uniform manner and if an incident occurs all involved will know exactly what to do. The following procedures apply on all school-related activities and trips when possible.

  1. Suspected Use

The teacher (or other person) will inform the principal who will include class-master and year head (if available). The incident will be dealt with in a fair and equitable manner. If evidence of use is found, both the student and parents will be informed and the principal will then look at a range of appropriate sanctions which will be processed through the board of management if necessary.

2. Disclosure

Person that is disclosed to inform the principal, proceeds as above.

3. Finding Substances

The finder passes the substance on to the principal.

If illegal, the principal will be obliged to contact the Gardai immediately and the parents, following an investigation. Procedure as above to be followed.

If legal substances are found an investigation by the principal will follow and parents will be contacted. Procedure is as above.

4. Possession/Supply on Premises

This is dealt with in the same manner as finding substances.

5. Prescription

A medical file for each student is in use in the school. The school expects to be informed of the use of prescription drugs as outlined in the school rules.

3. Provisions for Training for Parent and Staff Development

There will be training for parents as often as needed/demanded.

For teachers In-Service days / ½ days will be arranged.

Roles and Responsibilities

The School Staff, Board of Management, Parents Council and Students Council are all responsible for development and implementation of this policy.

Success Criteria

The policy will be considered a success when:

  • Drug education is provided for students
  • Drug education is established for parents and staff
  • Procedure is successfully followed in the event of substance misuse incident
  • Commitments outlined such as signs, posters, participation in Drug Awareness Week and ongoing education for all, are met

Monitoring Procedures

1 year after policy is put in place, all groups responsible will be consulted about the success of the policy and asked to evaluate. The working group will then amend the policy if necessary. Policy will be reviewed annually thereafter.


It is envisaged that pupils will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s Internet resources in a safe and effective manner. Internet access and use is considered a school resource and privilege. Therefore, if the school rules are not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions will be imposed. The following rules govern the access to and use of the Internet in the school:


Students will not use the Internet without the permission and supervision of a teacher

Uploading and downloading of non-approved software will not be permitted

The use of personal floppy disk or CD ROMs by student is not permitted

Students will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute

All passwords to be kept secure. Students are responsible for all use under their password

World Wide Web

Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only

Students will not visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials

Students will never disclose or publicise personal information relating to themselves or others

Students will be aware that any usage, including distributing or receiving information, school related or personal, may be monitored for unusual activity, security and/or network management reasons

Students are not permitted to use the school network for E-mail and Internet chat


Abuse of Internet access will result in rigorous enforcement of the School Code of Behaviour, including withdrawal of access privileges

The school also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities


A new Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act came into effect on 1st September 2005. St. Declan’s must now be committed to securing the welfare of all its staff and students and any others who may visit or interact in any way with the school.

We are required to comply with all the legislation set out for employers in this Act. This involves two main processes to be undertaken by the school managers:

  1. (a)Draw up its own relevant Health & Safety Policy
  2. (b)Carry out and keep a clear record of a risk assessment for the college and its environs

The responsibility for this lies primarily with (Safety Manager) and Mr. Power overall as college Principal. Our function is to see that safety standards are maintained in line with Government legislation. Any issues of a personal welfare nature will be dealt with when reported and in a confidential manner.

As trained teachers we are expected to be competent in dealing with safety issues in our areas within the school. The VEC and the DES are responsible for resources to enable us to implement Health and Safety measures in the college.

A written report on all accidents must be submitted to office.




The school has a strict Anti Litter Policy in keeping its Green Flag status. Bins are provided in all areas of the school.

Sanctions will be imposed for littering inside the school and on the school grounds.

Adolescence is a time of physical growth and development which requires adequate intake of energy and nutrients. Good eating habits should be developed and maintained during this period, promoting growth and development, healthy body image and more physical activity, at the same time preventing deficiency i.e. anaemia and calcium deficiency diseases, especially among girls.

The following foods are encouraged:

Intake of wholegrain brown bread

Intake of wholegrain products:

- brown crackers

- have slower release of energy and delay the feeling of hunger.

Dairy products – milk, cheese, yogurts etc. provide calcium.

Fruit & vegetables – increase iron absorption.

There is a drinks machine available in the school with water and juice

The following foods are not allowed:


Popcorn (makes a huge mess on the floor)

Fizzy drinks

Chewing gum

These high sugar/high fat foods are major contributors to overweight and obesity as underlined by The World Health Organisation.

N.B. If fizzy drinks and unhealthy snacks are handed in at the office as part of a lunch, these items will be returned to parents.

The following good eating habits are recommended:

-Eat three main meals and three smaller meals daily.

-Eat breakfast daily

-Eat healthy snacks in school and before homework/study.

-Eat well balanced meals.

-Choose red meat frequently.

-Include 5 servings/day of dairy

-Include 5 servings/day of fruit and vegetables.

For those on restrictive diets:

Remember to include alternative sources of protein and iron in the diet.

The more restrictive the diet, the more attention must be paid to avoid deficiencies arising.

Vegetarian diets are not any healthier than omnivorous (meat eating) diets.

For those who participate in sport the following nutritional guidelines should be followed:-

Eat regularly and do not skip meals

Include carbohydrates rich snack foods before and after training and sports events.

Choose complex carbohydrate rich foods from the bottom of the food pyramid as the basis for all meals and snacks.

Fluid balance is vital – drink before, during and after sports.

In addition to nutrition

Access to sunlight on the skin will improve Vitamin D requirements and will increase calcium absorption.

Teenagers need at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity each day apart from school activities.



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