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School Handbook


 Acceptable Behaviour

Acceptable Behaviour
What Behaviours are Not Permitted.
The following lists are designed to give students an indication of the types of behaviour that are not acceptable.
  1. Physically Inappropriate Behaviour: aggression, punching, kicking, pushing, bullying and intimidation, spitting at or on someone, choking, fighting and/or "play fighting", the possession of items that could be used as "weapons", using items with intent to injure and other behaviours not listed but deemed inappropriate.
  2. Inappropriate Verbal Behaviour: not telling the truth, profane language (swearing),threats, rude responses and gestures, racial/religious comments, screaming at someone, put-downs, inappropriate tone of voice.
  3. Stealing: taking property belonging to another student, school staff members,
    volunteers or the school without the owner's consent.
  4. Vandalism: wilfully destroying or defacing school property or the property of
    other students, staff or volunteers.
  5. Inappropriate Electronic Communication: cyber bullying via MSN, Facebook, Youtube, Myspace, text messaging, and all other forms of social media or technology either at home or at school. Cell-phones must be handed in at the office during school hours. In case of emergency, parents are asked to phone the school if they need to speak with their child during school hours. Inappropriate cell-phone use will result in the phone being confiscated. The school does not encourage use of electronic devices (i-pods, PSP, MP3, etc.) during school hours and as a result will not be responsible for broken, lost or stolen equipment.
Consequences for Unaccepatble Behaviours.
The consequences of misbehaviour will include the following strategies:
  1. Contact parents.
  2. Supervised detentions.
  3. Withdrawal of privileges including bus transportation.
  4. Restitution - paying for damages.
  5. Suspension.
Log Book.
A log book will be kept in the office which will be used to record any incidents of misbehaviour that occur during the school year and the name of the student involved in it. If a student's name appears in the log book three times, the following will take place:
  1. The student will be given a warning and will write an explanation of proper behaviour which the student will sign.
  2. A letter will be sent to the parents to inform them of the behaviour and the parents will be requested to sign it as confirmation that communication was received.
  3. If inappropriate behaviour continues, the parents will be called to a meeting with the principal and the teacher.
    For further details see TCDSB Policy S.S.09
Safe Schools Progressive Discipline
Possible Consequences for Minor Incidences
1st Minor
  • Staff intervention 
    Logged in classroom code of conduct notes, or on a Safe School Incident Report 
2nd Minor
  • Same as first
3rd Minor
  • Same as 2nd
  • Office to speak to student and phone call home
4th Minor
  • Office Intervention
  • Suspension
  • Speak to student and parent/guardian upon returning to school
    Progressive Discipline Continuum
Possible Consequences for Major Incidences
1st Major
  • Office Intervention
  • Suspension
  • Speak to student upon returning to school
2nd Major
  • Suspension
  • Speak to student upon returning to school with parents
  • Set up behaviour plan
  • Specialist support
3rd Major
  • Suspension
  • Speak to student upon returning to school with parents
  • Behaviour plan re-explored and alternatives considered
Mitigating factors shall be considered with every incident.
Suspensions/Expulsions can occur with any incident depending on type and severity.
For further details consult TCDSB Policy S.S.09
Strategies for Recognizing and Encouraging Positive Behaviour
Our strategies for recognizing and encouraging positive behaviour are based at two levels: in the classroom and in the school as a whole.

In the classroom, teachers encourage positive behaviour in a variety of ways.
  • Creating a positive classroom atmosphere which is congenial, relaxed and caring
  • Clear positive expectations about student behaviour
  • Verbal praise and recognition
  • Written praise and recognition
  • Giving students incentives
  • Giving students special privileges
  • Weekly or monthly certificates of merit
  • Report card comments that are made in positive ways to encourage student growth.
In the school as a whole, teachers encourage positive behaviour in a variety of ways.
  • Clear positive expectations about student behaviour.
  • Monthly awards assemblies.
  • Written and verbal praise.
  • A consistent focus on student self-respect and self-esteem












 Behaviour Code

Behaviour Code
Students learn to work independently, cooperatively in small groups, and in a whole class setting. The ability to work together is a vital factor in the learning process. Mutual respect, cooperation, and positive interaction are values that are encouraged at St. Aidan. As a Catholic school community we endeavour to uphold Gospel values, in our teaching and in our daily activities, in accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines we therefore emphasize respect for self, for others, for authority, and for property. Positive behaviour and reinforcement of good behaviour are stressed. However, if a student demonstrates lack of consideration for others or for school rules, then the school will proceed to involve parents in dealing with unacceptable behaviour and its consequences.
Guidelines for Behaviour
  1. Show Respect for God and the Catholic Faith
    Students must participate fully at Mass and in all religious activities in a prayerful, respectful manner.
  2. Show Respect for Yourself and Others
    Students must appreciate every person as a member of God’s family and value the unique gifts of each individual.
  3. Show Respect for All Adults
    Students must recognize the efforts of all adults who contribute to their learning by demonstrating polite manners, appropriate tone of voice and body language and deference.
  4. Show Respect for Our School
    Students demonstrate pride in their school by treating all school property respectfully and upholding the school’s positive reputation in their daily encounters and on school excursions.
Following the Guidelines
A. What the School Will Do
  1. Ensure, to the best of our ability, the safety and well-being of our students.
  2. Model, teach and support positive behaviour and respond to negative behaviour with appropriate consequences.
  3. Teach and encourage positive self-esteem and strategies for conflict resolution.
  4. Communicate, collaborate and celebrate with parents all aspects of their child’s school experiences.
B. What the students will do
  1. In the Schoolyard
    Play safely in the yard.
  2. Remain outside during recess, lunch hour and before 9:00 a.m. unless the student has a teacher's permission to enter the school.
  3. Cooperate with the teachers on duty.
  4. Leave snow, sticks, dirt and grasses on the ground.
  5. Keep the school yard clean.
At Lunch
Students are encouraged to stay at school over the lunch hour. From time to time parents may give permission for their child to leave the school to purchase lunch or go home for lunch. Parents are asked to notify the school in writing each time they give their child permission to do so. Students eat lunch in their classrooms under supervision.
  1. Remain seated at lunch.
  2. Talk quietly and eat politely.
  3. Stay on the school grounds. Students may only leave at lunchtime in the care of a parent or with written permission from a parent.
  4. Follow the instructions of classroom monitors and supervisors.



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