Loreto College - Coleraine, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
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School Rules

The College’s Code of Behaviour is designed to facilitate a school environment in which mutual respect is fostered and within which everyone can make the best possible use of the opportunities available.

This Code is summarised in the ten points below and is followed by a more detailed account of what the College expects from its students.

• Have respect for themselves and for others.
• Be courteous, honest and considerate in dealings with others.
• Use common sense and act in a responsible manner which is safe for themselves and others.
• Behave in such a way that the learning of others is not compromised.
• Respect the belongings of others.
• Care for the buildings, equipment and grounds of the school.
• Be punctual.
• Wear correct school uniform.
• Carry out classwork, homework and home study commitments.
• Co-operate with all members of staff
• Comply with the College's Code of Behaviour when representing the school.

Courtesy, Manners, Respect
In any institution the quality of relationships depends to a large degree on courtesy and good manners. 
• Pupils should treat all others as they would expect to be treated themselves - with good manners and respect.
• All members of staff should be addressed in the appropriate way – Mr, Mrs, Miss, Sir, Sister.
• Pupils should line up quietly outside the classroom until the teacher's arrival.
• On entering the classroom pupils should take their places and prepare immediately for the lesson.
• In class attract the teacher's attention by raising your hand and respond on the invitation of the teacher.
• The classroom equipment should be used only on the instruction of the teacher.
• At the end of the lesson pupils should tidy the room/furniture, thank the teacher and leave in single file.
• If late for class, pupils should knock, enter, excuse themselves to the teacher, offer an explanation and enter the details in the class late book.
• If delivering a message, pupils should knock, enter, excuse themselves to the teacher, give the message and thank the teacher.
• Pupils should greet teachers with Good Morning, Good Afternoon etc.
• When a visitor or the Principal enters the room pupils should stand.
• In class keep bags etc. under the desk/chair to keep walking area free.
• Pupils should hold doors open for others, stand back to let teachers through, offer to carry items.
• Mobile phones and pagers are not allowed in school.
• Visual and audio recorders of any kind are not allowed in school.

Safety
Pupils have the right to go about their business in a safe environment.
• Do not engage in behaviour likely to cause injury to others.  Where such behaviour occurs it should be reported immediately by the most senior student present.
• Do not run anywhere inside the building.
• Never interfere with safety equipment or notices of any kind.
• A similar code of behaviour and conduct extends to travelling to and from school and when attending events off the premises.
• Chewing gum and Tippex are not permitted and may not be brought to school.
• Drugs, alcohol, solvents, cigarettes, matches, lighters, aerosols, lasers, fireworks and other objects likely to cause injury or damage are not permitted in the school or on the person of a pupil.

Absences
Pupils are encouraged to maximise attendance to make the best use of the opportunities available.
• Attendance at school is a legal requirement.  The College cannot give its consent to inappropriate absences.
• As far as possible avoid appointments during school hours.
• Immediately on return after an absence present to your Form Teacher/Head of Year your Diary/Planner in which a parent/guardian has entered and signed the reason for absence.
• For a temporary absence a similar note is entered in the Diary/Planner and presented to the Head of Year before leaving the premises.  When possible it should be presented a day in advance.
• Sign the Temporary Absence Book before leaving school and on return to school (noting times).
• No one may leave the school premises without permission.
• Anyone feeling unwell in school should report to the secretary at Reception.
• Any pupil who, for medical reasons, is permanently excluded from class/activity e.g. swimming, should inform the Head of Year and Head of PE and use the time as instructed.

Punctuality
The school functions within a short block of time between 8.55 am and 3.15 pm daily.  Everyone gains from being where they should be at all times.
• Come directly to school to arrive before 8.55 am (buses permitting). This gives time to visit your locker and prepare for the day. 
• Be on time for classes and other school events.
• Go directly to Assembly and line up in alphabetical order.
• Move quickly between classes keeping to the left on corridors and stairways.
• Pupils arriving late to school must sign the Late Book.  This is necessary even when it is not the pupil's fault e.g. a bus being late.
• When a teacher is delayed for class the class prefect should inform Reception.

Homework
Homework is an extension of work done in school.  It must be properly done to ensure that pupils make the most of their opportunity to get a good education.
• The homework diary/planner must be brought to school every day. 
• All homework must be done at home.  The recommended amount of time should be given to it.
• Homeworks must be entered in the homework diary/planner.
• If, for any reason, homework is not completed, the homework diary with an explanatory note from a parent should be presented to the subject teacher.

Uniform
An important aspect of education is learning to present oneself properly.  While pupils are here their appearance and behaviour reflect directly on the College.
• Uniform as stipulated in the School Prospectus is compulsory.  The raincoat and scarf are the only optional items of uniform.
• The school blazer should be worn while travelling to and from school and when representing the school.
• Non-uniform items will be confiscated and held by the Head of Year.
• All belongings must be marked with the owner's name.
• Non-uniform clothing should not be brought to school.

Dress & Grooming
Personal appearance and safety are central to the College's regulations on dress and grooming.
• Pupils should maintain a good standard of dress and grooming.
• Girls may wear a single pair of ear studs or sleepers.  No other jewellery is permitted.  Junior skirts are worn at knee length; senior skirts are worn below the knee.
• All shoes must have flat heels with no coloured trim.
• Make-up and nail lacquer should not be worn, and students will be asked to remove it.
• Boys are expected to be clean-shaven and have short hair acceptably styled, avoiding fashions and it should not touch the collar.
• Girls should have hair acceptably styled, avoiding fashions.
• Dyeing of hair is not permitted.
• If for any medical reason uniform shoes cannot be worn the Head of year may give permission for alternative black footwear.

Respect for Property
The school is for the benefit of its students and they are expected to look after it.
• The building, its contents and its equipment are to be treated with care and respect.
• Pupils will be expected to pay for lost or damaged school property.  Any school property brought out of class without permission is considered as stolen.
• Damage, unreported, will be treated as vandalism.
• Pupils should not interfere with notices, equipment, fittings, windows, curtains etc. except on the instructions of a teacher.
• Obey any rules specific to particular rooms/departments.
• Graffiti is not permitted.  It is treated as vandalism.
• Keep the building and grounds litter-free by using the litter bins.  There are special barrels to collect cans for recycling.
• Keep to the paths outside to avoid damaging grass, shrubs and plants.

Buses and Out of School
Pupils travelling to and from school are expected to behave as they would in school – the same rules apply.
• Pupils should be courteous and respectful to bus drivers and personnel.
• Pupils should always carry and show their pass.
• No abuse of passes is acceptable.
• Damage, unreported, to a bus is treated as vandalism.
• Abuse of a bus is treated as vandalism.
• Pupils are expected to respond to directions/instructions given by the bus prefect.
• Pupils must have parental permission to go down town after school (note to Year Head).

Bounds
For a variety of reasons including safety, courtesy and efficiency, pupils are asked to observe the following:
• Pupils are asked not to use the door at Reception.
• Pupils may not enter the staff rooms or any offices.  They should knock and wait to be attended at the door or hatch.
• The lawn in front of the school building, the gate lodge porch and garden are out of bounds.
• Pupils may not climb onto the roof of a building for any reason.
• Lunch should be taken only in the Main Study or in the square in front of the Vice Principals' offices.
• As far as possible pupils should stay on the ground floor at lunch time.
• Pupils may stay in school after 3.15 pm only if supervised by an authorised member of staff.
• The name of the school may not be used for any social or other function arranged by pupils.  The school takes no responsibility for such functions.
• Cars brought by pupils may be parked in the west end of the main car park provided the appropriate form has been given to a Vice-Principal and provided there is sufficient space in the designated areas.

Lockers
• Lockers remain the property of the school.
• Each locker should be used only by the designated student – no sharing is allowed.
• Lockers may be visited only before 8.55 am, at break, at lunch and prior to going home.
• Belongings should not be left on the tops of lockers during class or after school.
• Valuables (including money) should not be brought into school, and should not be left in the lockers.

Correspondence
• Letters addressed to parents should not be opened by pupils.
• Telephone calls from the kiosk may be made only outside class time.
• Letters written by students on behalf of the school should be directed through the Principal.
• Reports signed by a parent/guardian should be returned promptly on the instruction of the Form Teacher.
• Pupils wishing to change or drop a subject must present to the Principal a written request from a parent/guardian.