Our Policies

See below a table of the Coláiste's Policies. Complete policies can be requested from school office. Our Code of Behaviour, Child Protection, Anti Bullying, IT and Social Media Policies can be seen below. These are reviewed yearly.

Ratified Policies

Policies being updated at present

Future Policies




Induction of NQTs


Child Safeguarding

Code of Behaviour

Critical Incident


Health and Safety



School Tours


Social Media Guidelines

Special Needs

Substance Misuse

Ist Year Induction/Transition

Intimate Care/Toileting

IT Acceptable Use Policy




(Revised: May 2017)

In devising this code, consideration has been given to the particular needs and circumstances of the Coláiste.

Aims of the Code

  • To promote good behaviour and to encourage self-discipline in all.
  • To create an environment in which quality teaching and learning can take place.
  • To ensure the health, safety and welfare of everyone within the school.
  • To promote the moral and social development of all students giving them the necessary skills to enable them to play their part as responsible members of society.
  • To foster respect for ourselves and others in the school community.


  • Under the Education Welfare Act it is the parents/guardians responsibility to ensure that their son/daughter attends school each day.

The Coláiste is legally obliged to inform the National Educational Welfare Board if a student is absent for 20 days or more in any school year.

  • Whenever possible, medical or dental appointments should be arranged outside school hours. The onus is on the students to catch up on work missed whenever they are absent from class.
  • When a student is absent, parents/guardians should;

  1. Telephone the Colaiste before 8.50am to report the absence.

  1. Provide a written note in the journal on the day of return to school explaining absence. Failure to do so will result in a lunch-time detention.


  • Students are expected at morning assembly by 8.50am. If a student is late for school, he/she must sign in at the office with an explanatory note.
  • If a student is late for school on two occasions in a calendar month without a written explanation, a Monday detention will be given.
  • Lateness to class will be dealt with by the subject teacher and a sanction will be applied.

student Journal

  • The journal is a key element of the school’s homework policy and on communications between the school and home. It is a valuable record for pupils and parents. The journal is not a private diary.
  • Students must take the journal to each class, place it on the desk at the beginning and keep it in a neat condition, using it to record homework/study set in each subject.
  • If a student does not bring his/her journal to class, he/she will be liable to a sanction.

  • Lost or misused journals will have to be replaced at a cost of €10 to the student.
  • A student must bring his/her journal when attending parent teacher meetings.
  • A student is required to present his/her journal to teachers when requested.

  • Parents are requested to sign the journal every Thursday. Students must take responsibility for this. If the journal is not signed, then the student will receive a lunchtime detention on a Tuesday.
  • Forging parents’ signatures in the journal will be treated as a most serious misdemeanour.

Required texts/equipment

  • In order to facilitate learning, students are asked to have required texts, materials and equipment for each class.
  • It is important that all students’ belongings, clothing, books and equipment be marked with students’ name.

  • The school cannot accept responsibility for items lost or stolen.
  • Students will be asked to pay for books damaged or lost in school book lending scheme.
  • Students may be removed from the school book lending scheme if books are lost/in very poor repair.

School Uniform

  • Students are required to wear full school uniform during school hours, and during state examinations.

If a student is not in full school uniform then the following will apply:

Stage 1 Student will receive a uniform note in his/her journal.

Student may only come to school the next day if he/she is in full school uniform.

Stage2 Student will receive a uniform note in his/her journal.

Non uniform items will be confiscated for one week.

Parents/Guardians will be contacted by the Class Teacher.

Stage 3 Student sent to the office.

Parents/Guardians contacted and student sent home.

  • The school uniform may be purchased at Philips in Mallow and consists of a navy school jacket with crest, calf-length blue check skirt (optional for girls), navy pants (girls & boys), blue pullover with school crest, blue blouse/shirt, and black/navy tights/socks. Safe suitable black or navy shoes to be worn, runners and boots are not allowed. Between November 1st and March 31st, girls have the option to wear navy uniform pants, purchased at Philips only.
  • A navy tracksuit with blue polo shirt and runners are required for P.E. Classes.

  • Helmets must be worn for hurling and camogie.
  • Facial piercings have to be covered for all practical classes and games due to Health & Safety reasons. All piercings must be in stud form.
  • For Junior Cycle students make up is not allowed but an exception can be made by the school on receipt of a doctor’s certificate.
  • Senior Cycle students may wear discreet make up.
  • For health and safety reasons students with mid to long hair must wear their hair tied back at all times.


  • A student leaving school during school hours must have a note from a parent/guardian in his/her journal. This note must be signed by class teacher at morning assembly or deputy principal/principal. Before leaving a student must sign out at the office. This must be witnessed by the office administrator, and co-signed by a parent/guardian.
  • Failure to sign out may result in suspension.
  • If a student becomes ill, he/she should go directly to the school office. Under no circumstances should a student make this call or text from his/her mobile phone.

School Grounds/ LUNCHTIME

  • 1st and 2nd year students must remain in the Coláiste during lunchtime.

  • Students from 3rd, TY, 5th and 6th years may leave the school premises at lunchtime.
  • Students may not go downtown during the 10.50 a.m. break.
  • Going into licensed premises or betting offices at any time while wearing the school uniform is not appropriate or acceptable and will result in an automatic suspension.
  • Students are asked to help care for the school grounds, furniture and equipment and to keep classrooms and grounds litter-free at all times.


  • Students may not park their cars on school grounds.

  • Students may not park their cars in the area directly outside the walls of the school grounds.
  • Students may not park their cars in, or at the entrance to, any of the Industrial Estates close to the school

  • Students may not park their cars outside of or on the grounds of private dwellings on Station Road including “O’ Brien’s Terrace” (Red brick houses across from school).

  • For Health and Safety reasons, students may not drive their cars downtown at lunchtime


  • Supervised Study is on offer to all students in the Colaiste. Students sign up for study on a term basis.
  • All relevant information including costs, times, etc with regard to study will be issued to all students at the start of each term.
  • Supervised Study is a service provided by the school for all students. However, a student’s attendance is the responsibility of parents/guardians. This can be checked through the journal which is stamped daily by the teacher on study.


  • Students are assigned a locker at the beginning of the year and must keep it locked at all times. Failure to do so will result in locker being taken from student.
  • Students are not allowed to go to their lockers during or between classes, unless a teacher gives the student a written note.
  • In the interest of safety, the school reserves the right to inspect lockers at any time.

Mobile Phones/Personal media players/ipads – see “acceptable use policy on i.t.” on school website.

  • The use of mobile phones/personal electronic devices is not allowed during school hours or on the school premises. If a student needs to use a phone they may make a call home from school office.
  • Students should leave their mobile phones/personal electronic devices (switched off) in their lockers or in the secretary’s office during school hours.

  • It is absolutely prohibited to photograph/film/record another person without his/her permission and approval and/or for that material to be shared with other people either from one device to another or on the internet. It will lead to suspension.
  • If a student is found with a mobile phone/personal electronic device during school hours, the mobile phone (complete with sim-card) or personal electronic device will be confiscated.

1st confiscation – returned after one week to student

2nd confiscation – returned after two weeks to parent/guardian

3rd confiscation – returned after one month to parent/guardian

  • Refusal to hand over any of these will result in an automatic suspension.


Students are expected to complete homework given. Persistent failure to present homework will result in a student being placed on a Homework Monitoring Card. A subject teacher or class teacher may put a student on this card. Failure to complete the card will result in the student being placed on a second card. Failure to complete a second homework card will see the student placed on a behavioural Record Card.

Chewing Gum / FoOD / DRINKS

  • Chewing gum is not allowed. Clean up duties will be given to students who chew gum during school hours.
  • Food is not allowed in the classrooms unless a medical condition deems otherwise. Students may only eat during break or lunch time.
  • Water and milk are the only drinks allowed on the school grounds.

  • Peanuts and any related foods are banned from school. This is due to some students suffering from serious, life threatening allergies to peanuts!!


  • Smoking/possession of cigarettes & E cigarettes is strictly forbidden throughout the school, travelling to and from school, on all school trips and while in school uniform.
  • The sanction for smoking is suspension.


  • Consumption/possession of alcohol before school, during school or on any related school activity is strictly forbidden.
  • The sanction for a breach of this rule is suspension/ possible expulsion.


  • The possession of, being under the influence of, or supplying illegal substances is strictly forbidden.
  • A breach of this rule will lead to suspension/expulsion.


  • Students are expected to comply with the Code of Behaviour during the school day and on all school related activities.
  • The Code of Behaviour continues to operate during the period of the State Examinations.


  • A student may receive a Monday detention for two Notes of Concern in journal or 2 lates to school in a calendar month where no note has been presented.

  • Detention will take place on Monday between 1.10 p.m. and 1.40 p.m. Time in detention is spent in silence doing prescribed work. Students must present themselves on time and with a pen. No eating or drinking is allowed during detention.
  • At least one full day’s notice will be given in the student’s journal.
  • Should a student fail to turn up for detention a letter will be sent home and he/she will be given a detention the following week. Failure to turn up for the second detention will result in students’ removal from classes.


Learning is the most important activity in the Colaiste. If you interrupt learning these are the consequences which follow.

Stage 1 If you interrupt learning, you will be given a Note of Concern in your journal. If you receive two Notes of Concern in a single term, you will receive a Monday detention by your class teacher.

A note will be sent to your parent(s)/guardians(s)

Stage 2 If you interrupt learning, you will be given a Note of Concern in your journal. If you receive three Notes of Concern in a single term, you will be placed on a Record Card by your class teacher for one week. This card will be reviewed at the end of the week and may be extended if necessary.

A letter will be sent to your parent(s)/guardian(s)

Stage 3 If you interrupt learning, you will be given a Note of Concern in your journal. If you receive four Notes of Concern in a single term, you will be placed on a Record Card by the ‘co-ordinator of behaviour’ for one week. This Record Card will be reviewed at the end of the week and may be extended if necessary.

You will meet with the ‘co-ordinator of behaviour’ to discuss your behaviour.

A letter will be sent to your parent(s)/guardians(s).

Stage 4 If you interrupt learning, you will be given a Note of Concern in your journal. If you receive five Notes of Concern in a single term, you will be placed on a Record Card by the behaviour committee. A meeting will be arranged for you and your parent(s)/guardians(s) to discuss your behaviour.

Stage 5 You will be suspended for any interruption of learning.

Stage 6 You will be suspended for any interruption of learning. Your file will be referred to the Board of Management.

Any serious breaches of The Code of Behaviour will take a student directly to stage 4 or further.


  • Any suspension/s of longer than 20 days in any school year or permanent exclusion may be appealed firstly to the Board of Management of the school, then to Cork ETB and then to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science (Ed Act 1998, section 29)
  • On occasions a student may be referred to the school guidance counsellor or to a private counsellor to offer support in making the necessary changes to behavior.


  • Through our annual Awards Ceremony, the school recognises achievement, participation and contribution to the school climate across a wide range of areas; attendance, behaviour, academic, sporting, music, drama etc


The following strategies and sanctions may be used to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour:

  • Reasoning with a pupil
  • Verbal warning or reprimand
  • Additional work or exercise
  • Note to parents/guardians in the school journal
  • Reduced break
  • Referral to the Class Teacher/Co-ordinator of Behaviour/Deputy Principal/Principal
  • Withdrawal of privileges
  • Doing school community service, e.g. litter pick-up etc
  • Homework monitoring card
  • Exclusion from class
  • Temporary separation from peers
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

The following are amongst the privileges which may be removed to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour:

  • Attendance on school tours
  • Representing school on teams, debates, etc.
  • Attendance on school day trips, e.g., cinema, theatre, etc.
  • Permission to attend swimming, coaching courses or any courses organised by C.M.
  • Participation in school walks, sports days, etc.
  • Permission to take part in lunchtime games.
  • Permission to go downtown at lunchtime.

I have read through the Code of Behaviour of Coláiste Mhuire and understand how it will help me behave in a positive manner throughout the school year. I agree to adhere to the code and agree to the consequences should I fail to do so.

______________________ Date: __________________


___________________ Date: ___________________



Coláiste Mhuire Child Safeguarding Statement 18’19

Colaiste Mhuire is a post-primary school providing post-primary education to pupils from First Year to Leaving Certificate Year.

In accordance with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 and Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Child Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management of Colaiste Mhuire has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.

  1. The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement

  1. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Mr Donal O Sullivan

  1. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP is Ms Gail Gyves

  1. The Board of Management recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in all of the school’s policies, procedures, practices and activities In its policies, procedures, practices and activities, the school will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:

The school will:

  • recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations;
  • fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children;
  • fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters
  • adopt safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protect workers from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to accusations of abuse or neglect;
  • develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children; and
  • fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.

The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.

  1. The following procedures/measures are in place:
  • In relation to any member of staff who is the subject of any investigation (howsoever described) in respect of any act, omission or circumstance in respect of a child attending the school, the school adheres to the relevant procedures set out in Chapter 7 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and to the relevant agreed disciplinary procedures for school staff which are published on the DES website.

  • In relation to the selection or recruitment of staff and their suitability to work with children, the school adheres to the statutory vetting requirements of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 and to the wider duty of care guidance set out in relevant Garda vetting and recruitment circulars published by the DES and available on the DES website.

  • In relation to the provision of information and, where necessary, instruction and training, to staff in respect of the identification of the occurrence of harm (as defined in the 2015 Act) the school-

  • Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
  • Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
  • Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
  • Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training
  • The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training

  • In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusla, all school personnel are required to adhere to the procedures set out in the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, including in the case of registered teachers, those in relation to mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015.

  • In this school the Board has appointed the above named DLP as the “relevant person” (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the s child safeguarding statement.

  • All registered teachers employed by the school are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015.

  • In accordance with the Children First Act 2015, the Board has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while attending the school or participating in school activities. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the school’s procedures for managing those risks is attached as an appendix to these procedures.

  • The various procedures referred to in this Statement can be accessed via the school’s website, the DES website or will be made available on request by the school.

  1. This statement has been published on the school’s website and has been provided to all members of school personnel, the Parents’ Association and the patron. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and the Department if requested.

  1. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed annually or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which this statement refers.

This Child Safeguarding Statement was adopted by the Board of Management on 18th October 2018.

Signed: _________________________ Signed: ____________________________

Chairperson of Board of Management Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

Date: __________________________ Date: __________________­­­­

Anti-Bullying Policy



In accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the Code of Behaviour guidelines issued by the NEWB, the Board of Management of

Colaiste Mhuire has adopted the following anti-bullying policy within the framework of the school’s overall Code of Behaviour. This policy fully complies with the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools which were published in September 2013.

The Board of Management recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:

  • A positive school culture and climate which-
    • is welcoming of difference and diversity and is based on inclusivity;
    • encourages pupils to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behavior in a non-threatening environment;
    • promotes respectful relationships across the school community;
  • Effective leadership;
  • A school-wide approach;
  • A shared understanding of what bullying is and its impact;
  • Implementation of education and prevention strategies (including awareness raising measures) that-
    • build empathy, respect and resilience in pupils;
    • explicitly address the issues of cyber-bullying and identity-based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying.
  • Effective supervision and monitoring of pupils;
  • Supports for staff;
  • Consistent recording, investigation and follow up of bullying behaviour (including use of established intervention strategies);
  • On-going evaluation of the effectiveness of the anti-bullying policy.

The school reserves the right to apply its anti-bullying policy in respect of bullying that occurs at a location, activity, function or program that is not school related, if it is in the opinion of the Principal and/or Board of Management that the alleged bullying has created a hostile environment at school for the victim, has infringed on the rights of the victim at the school and/or has materially or substantially disrupted the education process or the orderly operation of the school.


In accordance with the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools,

bullying is defined as follows:

“Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour (verbal, psychological or physical) conducted by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time.”

The following types of bullying behaviour are included in the definition of bullying:

  • deliberate exclusion, malicious gossip and other forms of relational bullying,
  • cyber-bullying
  • identity-based bullying such as homophobic bullying, racist bullying, bullying based on a person’s membership of the Traveller community and bullying of those with disabilities or special educational needs.

Isolated or once-off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once-off offensive or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall within the definition of bullying and will be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s Code of Behaviour.

However, in the context of this policy, placing a once-off offensive or hurtful public message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying behaviour.

Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s Code of Behaviour.

Additional information on different types of bullying is set out in Section 2 of the Anti- Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.

The relevant teachers for investigating and dealing with bullying in Colaiste Mhuire are as follows:


Deputy Principal

Coordinator of Behaviour

Guidance Counsellor

The education and prevention strategies (including strategies specifically aimed at cyber- bullying and identity-based bullying, e.g.homophobic and transphobic bullying) that will be used by the school are as follows:

  1. Publishing an Anti-Bullying Code
  2. Supervision and Monitoring
  3. Inclusion in the Curriculum, e.g. SPHE, CSPE, RSE
  4. Involving Parents, Guardians and the wider community – Parent Talks
  5. Friendship Week
  6. Class Teacher system
  7. Student Support Team
  8. Buddy system
  9. Buddy Box
  10. Student seminar at beginning of 1st and 2nd year
  11. Use of resources, e.g. “Be Safe, Be Webwise”, CSPE pack on Interculturalism, etc
  12. Continued Professional Development for teacher

The school’s procedures for investigation, follow-up and recording of bullying behaviour and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing with cases of bullying behaviour are as follows:

  • Preliminary investigation by teacher informed to establish facts
  • Teacher to fill in the department template for recording bullying behaviour
  • Teacher to report to Office (Principal / Deputy Principal)
  • All pupils involved to be interviewed individually
  • Restorative Practice to be the preferred intervention – pupils involved to be brought together in an attempt to find a solution
  • If it is confirmed that bullying has occurred, the response to a first offence will be a verbal warning (parents to be informed immediately), the second offence will incur a written warning and the third / subsequent offence will result in suspension.
  • Staff to be informed as required
  • Counselling for all involved
  • Follow up includes monitoring behaviour of all involved for 20 school days after the incident
  • If the reporting teacher feels the incident has not been adequately addressed, he/she fills out Form A3 (as per Department Guidelines).
  • The school will continue to liaise with the parents of those involved
  • Where a parent is not satisfied that the school has dealt effectively with the case, he/she is referred to the school’s complaints procedures.
  • If a parent has exhausted the school’s complaints procedures and is still dissatisfied, the school will advise them of their right to make a complaint to the Ombudsman for Children

The school’s programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying is as follows:

  • Counselling for all involved
  • Notification of all staff to be vigilant
  • Support through the Student Support Team and Class Teacher system
  • Support from NEPS
  • Monitoring of the situation for 20 school days after the incident
  • Continuous liaison with parents / guardians of those involved

Supervision and Monitoring of Pupils

The Board of Management confirms that appropriate supervision and monitoring policies and practices are in place to both prevent and deal with bullying behavior and to facilitate early intervention where possible.

Prevention of Harassment

The Board of Management confirms that the school will, in accordance with its obligations under equality legislation, take all such steps that are reasonably practicable to prevent the sexual harassment of pupils or staff or the harassment of pupils or staff on any of the nine grounds specified i.e. gender including transgender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller community.

This policy will be made available to school personnel, published on the school website and provided to the Parents’ Association. A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department if requested.

This policy and its implementation will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year. Written notification that the review has been completed will be made available to school personnel, published on the school website and provided to the Parents’ Association. A record of the review and its outcome will be made available, if requested, to the Department.


_____________________________________ _____________________________________

Chairperson Principal

Date: ______________________

Date of Next Review: _____________________________________________




Colaiste Mhuire’s information technology resources, including iPads, email and internet access, are provided for educational purposes. Adherence to the following policy is necessary for continued access to the school's technological resources:

Online Code of Conduct:

In school, students must:

  • Respect and protect the privacy of others.
  • Use only assigned accounts.
  • Not view, use, or copy passwords, data, or networks to which they are not authorized.
  • Not distribute private information about others or themselves.
  • Respect and protect the integrity, availability, and security of all electronic resources.
  • Observe all network security practices.
  • Report security risks or violations to a teacher or network administrator.
  • Not delete or damage data, networks, or other resources.
  • Conserve, protect, and share these resources with other students and internet users.

  • Respect and protect the intellectual property of others.
  • Not infringe copyrights (i.e. making illegal copies of music, games, or movies, blogs, posts, and social media.
  • Not plagiarise.
  • Respect and practice the principles of community.
  • Communicate only in ways that are kind and respectful.
  • Not send spam, chain letters, or other mass unsolicited mailings.
  • Report threatening or discomforting materials to a teacher.

When online, students must:

  • Always follow the teacher’s instructions when using the internet in class
  • Not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that violates the school's code of conduct (such as messages that are pornographic, threatening, rude, discriminatory, or meant to harass).
  • Not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that is illegal (such as obscenity, stolen materials, or illegal copies of copyright works).
  • Not use the resources to further other acts that are criminal or violate the school's code of conduct.
  • Not buy, sell, advertise, or otherwise conduct business, unless approved as a school project.

At home, students should:

  • Discuss with their parent(s)/guardian(s) what they can do online, when they can go online and how long they can be online
  • Never give out personal information such as their home address, telephone number, work address or telephone number of their parent(s)/guardian(s), credit card numbers or the name and location of their school without the permission of their parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • Always tell their parent(s)/guardian(s) immediately if they see or receive anything on the internet that makes them feel uncomfortable or threatened; this includes e-mail messages, web sites or even anything in the regular mail or social media from online friends
  • Never meet anyone in person that they have met online
  • Never send pictures of themselves, family members or other people through the internet or regular mail without the permission of their parents/guardians.
  • Never give out their internet passwords to anyone (even best friends) other than their parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • Never do anything online that could hurt or anger other people or that is against the law
  • Never download, install or copy anything from disks or the internet without proper permission
  • Never do anything online that costs money without the permission of their parent(s)/guardian(s)

What to do if you are a target of cyberbullies:

  • Do not reply or retaliate! This only gives the cyberbully satisfaction and could make other people think you are part of the problem.
  • Save a copy of the message/messages that made you feel uncomfortable and try to figure out who the cyberbully is.
  • Make sure to tell your parent(s)/guardian(s) about it immediately and they can help you file a complaint.
  • Block the sender.
  • Always seek help. Remember, because it is digital, there is always a trace of it left online.

Personal Electronic Devices:

Personal electronic devices means all iPads, phones, mp3/4 players and all other devices which could be used to play music and to communicate with, record or film another individual. These guidelines also cover personal music equipment and any other device, which could interfere with health and safety regulations and could compromise the learning environment in Coláiste Mhuire.

  • All personal electronic devices must be switched off at the entrance to the school and must be put in a safe place and out of sight by the student until the end of the school day.
  • It is absolutely prohibited to photograph/film/record another person without his/her permission and approval and/or for that material to be shared with other people either from one device to another or on the internet.
  • Any parent(s)/ guardian(s) wishing to urgently contact their son/daughter may contact the school office to relay the message. Any student who needs to urgently contact their parent(s)/guardian(s) may only do so through the school office.
  • The Coláiste cannot be responsible for the safe keeping of various items of electronic equipment students choose to bring to school. They do so entirely at their own risk and against Colaiste advice.

Students may not have any personal electronic equipment turned on in the school building. Any equipment seen, heard or used without the teacher’s permission will immediately be confiscated, placed in a confiscation envelope and handed into the school office. Management at the Coláiste may check the device to ensure that it has not been used to photograph, film or record any other person or persons. If it has not been used inappropriately, it will be returned in adherence to the guidelines below:

1st confiscation – return after 1 week to student

2nd confiscation – return after 2 weeks to parent/guardian

3rd confiscation – return after 1 month to parent/guardian

iPads at Colaiste Mhuire

Parents/Guardians are responsible for purchasing the iPad and required Apps for their child. Colaiste Mhuire will install the required eBooks, iBooks, Google Drive, ‘Find My iPhone’ app and school email account.

Parents/Guardians are also responsible for the safe-keeping, repair and insurance of their child’s iPad. Parents retain ownership and possession of the iPad and agree to grant to teachers and school management the right to collect and/or inspect and/or confiscate (for a limited period) the iPad at any time. The school may also insist that apps be added or deleted.

Usage of an iPad within Colaiste Mhuire is a privilege and not a right. Students may lose this privilege to use their iPad and to have it in their possession if they abuse their responsibilities and breach this Policy.

Damage or Loss of Equipment:

Students must report any damage or loss of their iPad to their Class Teacher or the Principal, who will determine necessary action. iPads are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty of one year. The warranty covers manufacturer’s defects. If an iPad is lost or damaged by neglect or misuse it is the family’s financial responsibility to replace the iPad. If an iPad is damaged, the school will work with the student and supplier to resolve any warranty issues.

Students Responsibilities:

  • Arrive to school each day with a fully charged iPad.
  • Ensure there is a Pass-Code lock on the iPad.
  • Ensure that ‘Find My iPhone’ App is enabled.
  • Keep the iPad within the school supplied protective case.
  • Before arrival to school and at the start of each class ensure that all APPS are closed
  • iPad must be laid flat on the desk for all classes unless otherwise directed by the teacher.
  • iPads are to be left in lockers when not in class.
  • Do not let anyone use the iPad other than your parents and teachers.
  • Keep the equipment clean. For example, do not eat or drink while using the iPad.
  • Students may not permanently alter the iPad in any way, including; any serial numbers, identification or school labels placed on the iPad.
  • Report any problems, damage or theft immediately to your Class Teacher or Principal.
  • Report any issues and/or interference created by any other students because of iPad possession, use or ownership.
  • Adhere to this policy at all times.

Parental Responsibilities:

  • Parents should inspect the iPad and the installed Apps on a regular basis to ensure it is in working order and that there is no inappropriate material on it.
  • Parents should report, immediately, any damage, interference or issues relating to ownership, possession or use of the iPad to school management.
  • Parents should monitor students’ use of iPads when not in school, particularly during homework and study times.

School’s Responsibilities:

  • To enforce this policy and the Code of Behaviour.
  • To provide a locker for safe storage for all students who use an iPad.
  • to make every effort to resolve any reported issues relating to ownership, possession or use of the iPad.

Carrying the iPad:

  • Transport the iPad in the closed iPad case while in school and in the school bag when travelling to and from school.
  • Leave the iPad in the locker when not in class - including break times.

Screen Care:

Clean the screen with a soft, dry anti-static cloth or with a screen cleaner designed specifically for LCD type screens only.

Cover – Screen Cover prevents against scratches.

Personal Health & Safety:

  • Take frequent breaks when using the iPad for long periods of time. Look away from the iPad approximately every fifteen minutes.
  • Avoid extended use of the iPad while resting directly on your lap. The bottom of the iPad can generate significant heat.
  • Do not provide your personal information to anyone over the internet.
  • Do not share your passwords with anyone.
  • Keep the iPad in a secure location when it is not at school.
  • iPads are only to be used during class time or with the permission of the teacher. This is to ensure that students don’t become over reliant on their device and to enable them to socialise with their peers.

Restricted Use & Confiscation:

Students who breach this Policy will be subject to sanction. Their iPad may also be confiscated for a limited period because of misuse either by the student or any other student. Books will be provided on loan to pupils whose iPad is confiscated. Reasons for placing a student on Restricted Use and/or confiscation include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Non-acceptance and/or compliance with this policy.
  • Inappropriate use of any App, camera, voice recorder or messaging.
  • Inappropriate, inaccurate, defamatory, obscene, or illegal material found on the iPad.
  • Violating standards for Personal iPad Care.
  • Failing to co-operate with school’s investigations of iPad misuse.
  • Repeated failure to bring iPad to class.
  • Once-off serious incident
  • Over-reliance on device (at school and/or at home)

During a confiscation period hard copies of class work or notes will be supplied in lieu of the student’s iPad.

Substitution of Equipment:

In the event that a student’s iPad is inoperable, the school will try to provide a spare iPad or books for use while the student’s iPad is repaired or replaced. This policy remains in effect for the substitute iPad. However, only one substitute iPad will be provided to a student at any one time. If the student damages the replacement iPad , the cost of repairing or replacing must be borne by the parents.

forgets to bring this replacement iPad to school, or comes to school with it uncharged, a replacement iPad will not be provided.

Supervision and Monitoring of IT at Colaiste Mhuire:

School and network administrators and their authorized employees monitor the use of information technology resources to help ensure that users are secure and in conformity with this policy. Administrators reserve the right to examine, use, and disclose any data found on the school's information networks in order to further the health, safety, discipline, or security of any student or other person, or to protect property. They may also use this information in disciplinary actions and will furnish evidence of crime to law enforcement.


The main aim of this school ‘Social Media Guidelines Policy’ is to keep everyone within the school community safe and within the law. These guidelines are divided into three separate sections directed at staff, parents and pupils.

Staff Requirements:

  • Not requesting or accepting friend requests from current pupils or ex pupils under the age of 18 years
  • Notifying parents if a student sends a friend request
  • Using extreme caution when corresponding with parents and students and using only the school email address or school work flow systems for such communication. It is advisable to phone parents direct as a first port of call
  • Not discussing anything other than school related work when using the school email or other agreed school work flow systems/school social media sites
  • Only discussing things by email that you would be happy to be attributed to you as a teaching professional
  • If placing school photos of students on school email/school website/school social media sites, ensuring that you have permission from parents to do so (Contact school office if in doubt).
  • Using the tightest privacy setting possible

If as a staff member you are using your own social media account you must be mindful not to:

  • Bring the school into disrepute
  • Lead to valid parental complaints
  • Be deemed as derogatory towards the school and/or its employees
  • Be deemed as derogatory towards pupils, parents/carers
  • Bring into question their own appropriateness to work with children