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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Code Of Behaviour

The St. Martin de Porres progressive Discipline Policy 

He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD. Psalm 33:5

The St. Martin de Porres code of student conduct is built on the complementary principles of community life and reconciliation. All of us have experienced the pain of alienating ourselves from our families and friends through our actions. Taking ownership for our wrong doings, honestly admitting our faults, and then working towards right relationship with those we have wronged are all central in our ability to live as constructive members of our families and communities. This process of contrition, articulation, and rebuilding is a core piece of our growth as a person and community member. Forgiving and being forgiven are important tenets of our faith. Forgiveness marked the ministry of Jesus, the apostles, as well as the early Christian church.

Three aspects of reconciliation hold fast from these earlier times:
  • CONTRITION: assuming a contrite heart – approaching our wrong doings with regret and a real belief in doing what is right from this time forward;
  • ARTICULATION: naming our wrong doing – being able to articulate and understand what we did wrong; and
  • REBUILDING: making amends or making right our relationships – working hard to rebuild the trust, affection, and love that are the hallmark of our relationship with those we have done wrong.
A truly Catholic understanding of reconciliation is not distinctively individual. Rather, we seek to address our personal wrongs in relation to the effects on our community life. When we wrong others, we undermine our relationships with our community. As members of a common school family, each of us is responsible for each other, each in community is due our respect (as others constructed in the image and likeness of God), and each of us must continually demonstrate that we are reliable and can be counted on to hold the interests of the community in balance with our personal interests. As parents and educators, we expect our children and students to make mistakes. Our first task is to educate them concerning the ways of living a good, Christian life. When students make mistakes, we seek to deal with their “discipline” within the context of our shared community life in the halls, yards, and classrooms of St. Martin de Porres.
 
Student Code of Conduct
 
Being RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, and RELIABLE are the three broad aims of our code of conduct. Generally, we expect students as members of our school community to: exercise self-discipline and self-control;
  • be accepting of and attentive to conversations about inappropriate behaviours;
  • be courteous to fellow pupils and responsive and courteous to teachers;
  • show respect for school property;
  • comply with all school expectations, procedures and codes of behaviour; and
  • give respect and co-operation to all persons entrusted with authority in the school.
We believe that the expectations above are achievable and aligned with three broad character traits – that is, being respectful, responsible, and reliable. To this end, we provide a code that attempts to encourage and promote the positive growth within community life. The three character traits present a simple yet comprehensive way of promoting a set of reasonable rules and regulations for student conduct. This code of conduct applies to all school related activities as well as on transportation to and from school.
 
Responsible
  • Students are expected to take responsibility for their actions and be honest in assuming ownership for their part in disputes or mistakes.
  • Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds during recess or lunchtime. Students may leave the school grounds when accompanied by their parents.
  • Students are expected to keep their classroom space neat and clean and to take an active role in ensuring the school environment is kept organized and clean.
  • No iPod’s or electronic games are to be brought to the school. Cell phones must be turned off and placed away during the school day. Cell phones may not be used on school property.
  • Students must treat personal and public property with care.
  • Students are responsible for keeping their textbooks neat and tidy. Students will be held accountable for purposely defacing any book or other school property, including their classroom desk and chair.

Respectful

  • Students are not to participate in any form of bullying behaviour, be it physical, verbal, emotional, or cyber-bullying.
  • Students are to be polite with staff, students, and parents – using the key words to success: Thank-you, excuse me, pardon me, please, and you’re welcome.
  • Students are to use positive and affirming language with their peers.
  • Students are to acknowledge the personal space of others and refrain from inappropriate contact.
  • Students are to appreciate the importance of the personal belongings of others.
  • Students are to dress in an appropriate manner for school activities, including gym or excursions. Offensive language or logos on clothing is not permitted.
  • Students should not wear inappropriate clothing such as overly short skirts or shorts, and tank tops.
  • Students are to follow the lunch rules, sitting where assigned and speaking in a reasonable tone and manner.

Reliable

  • Students are to arrive on time for school at 8:30 a.m. and head directly to their lines when the bell rings.
  • Students arriving late must receive a late slip from the school office.
  • Students are to arrive prepared for the school day with all their homework completed and supplies ready for the day.
  • Students are encouraged to participate fully in all school liturgies, classroom prayers, and masses.
  • Students are responsible for providing all communication and correspondence from the school to their parents.