St Malachy's Primary School





The Principal and Staff of St Malachy’s are committed to the use of positive approaches in maintaining school discipline.  We continually look for ways of rewarding those pupils who behave well.

The main thrust of this is reflected in the curriculum content and teaching methods adopted for use within the school.  We recognise the need to ensure the active co-operation of parents in thei child’s education and we encourage their support in helping to maintain good discipline within the school.  To be effective we need the help and support of all parents.

Subsequently, we have a code of behaviour for our pupils which is implemented consistently by all staff .  This is as follows :-


‘We care for ourselves and others,’ therefore :-

  • We show good manners.
  • We let grown-ups go through doors before us.
  • We tell the truth.
  • We care for everything in our school.
  • We keep the school neat and tidy.
  • We are kind to each other.


‘We always try our best’ therefore :-

  • We come to school ready for work.
  • We start our work quickly and always try to finish.
  • We keep busy.
  • We ask for help when we need it.
  • We share our ideas with others.


‘We listen to each other’ therefore :-

  • When the teacher speaks we STOP, LOOK and LISTEN.
  • We listen to each other.
  • When we want to speak, we put up our hand and wait.
  • Work talk is soft talk.


‘We want a safe school’ therefore:-

  • We line up sensibly, especially on the stairs.
  • We always walk quietly and safely.
  • We sit safely in our seats.
  • When we leave our seats we try not to disturb others.
  • We handle all equipment carefully.
  • We need special permission to leave class and / or school.
  • We use the toilets properly.


When out of school and easily identified as St Malachy’s pupils, children are expected to behave at all times in a manner which brings credit to the school.

As stated previously, the use of positive action in maintaining good standards of behaviour will be encouraged at all times.

Towards this end, the school has established a Merit / Demerit scheme which encourages all pupils to earn merits and avoid earning demerits.

Accordingly, teachers are encouraged to give merits to pupils who abide by the aforementioned Code of Behaviour and demerits to pupils on occasions when they do not.

Teachers keep a formal record of all merits / demerits awarded to a pupil during any given month.  These totals are forwarded to the principal’s office at the end of each month.  Those pupils who have more merits than demerits in a month are suitably rewarded by receiving an end of month treat, certificates, pens / pencils, etc.  Special awards are also given to pupils who achieve 100 / 200 / 300 / 400 merits within a school year.

Class Merit Winners

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