ECA Code of Behaviour

Extra-Curricular Activities (ECAs) should be fun for all the children involved. Parents/Guardians and children can help us by:
▪ Only enroll child(ren) in activities they are interested in attending
▪ Ensure the child(ren) is picked up on time
▪ The relevant guidelines, rules and approaches from the SETNS code of behaviour followed in the school are continued during all ECAs to ensure that all children can enjoy ECAs without disruption and upset. However the response to minor and major misdemeanours will be dealt with as outlined below in points 4-7. Please discuss the rules of the ECAs with your child(ren). To guarantee the
smooth running of classes, all children enrolled in any programme are expected to abide by the following rules:
1) Children will respect the rights of others to learn in a secure and happy environment and behave in a way that allows this.
2) Full co-operation, courtesy and respect for the teacher, other children and equipment is
required from everyone.
3) Children should always speak to each other and the adults involved in a polite fashion. Personal remarks - remarks about another person's family, personal habits, clothes or belongings, for example - can be hurtful. In the same way as they have no place at school, they have no place at ECAs.
4) Where children consistently show that they are not interested in the activity or in joining in with the group, or are being disruptive, parents will be advised. Please see other examples of minor/major misdemeanours below.
5) In the case of inappropriate behaviour, the teacher may ask the child to leave the class and stay with the ECA supervisor until pick up time to avoid disruption for other children.
6) Any inappropriate behaviour will be discussed by the teacher with parent/guardian.
7) If, after a warning, the inappropriate behaviour continues, or there is a serious misconduct, the child may be asked to leave the class permanently. No refunds will be given.

Examples of minor misdemeanours include:

  • Lack of respect, for example talking out of turn
  • Inappropriate comments
  • Lack of attention
  • Distracting others
  • Messing/mock fighting/jostling and pushing
  • Shouting and loudness
  • Spitting on the ground
  • Throwing things (other than at people)
  • Unsupervised climbing/running inside the school
  • Bad/derogatory language
  • Not following instructions
Examples of major misdemeanours may include:

  • Persistent minor misdemeanours
  • Disrespectful language/attitude towards the ECA teacher or supervisor.
  • Leaving the class, yard, park or activity without permission
  • Abusive/threatening or violent language directed to a person
  • Persistent refusal to take instructions
  • Bullying (see Anti-bullying policy)
  • Hitting out in a threatening manner at another person
  • Stealing or deliberately damaging property
  • Bringing any dangerous objects or illegal substances to school
  • Sexual harassment of a person by word, action or gesture

 

If you have any feedback or comments about ECA or these code of behaviour, please contact us at pac@stepasideetns.ie.