Healthy Eating Policy

Francis St. C.B.S. encourages children to eat food that is healthy. Good nutrition is critical for a child’s long and short term health including both their physical and cognitive development.
The boys have two breaks during the school day one before 11 where they have an opportunity to eat a small snack and one at 12.30 where the children eat the rest of their lunch. All school lunches are provided by the school. The children get a menu of lunches they may choose from and this is provided in a personalised lunch bag each day. The school also provides milk. For children who do not participate in the school lunch scheme for whatever reason, the school encourages these children to eat healthy food such as fruit, sandwiches, crackers and yogurts.
We do not allow crisps, popcorn, sweets, chocolate or fizzy drinks in the school.
Teachers in tandem with the S.P.H.E. curriculum teach strategies that are supportive of healthy eating, this includes cooking.
Parents are encouraged to become involved in food preparation and cooking programs in the school.
The school from time to time becomes involved in Healthy Eating initiatives such as Food Dudes.
We are aiming to achieve our first Green Flag, as such as part of our waste reduction policy we ask that children take home all rubbish from their lunch.
Food is not permitted on the yard.
This policy was ratified by the Board of Management in 2009. Reviewed April 2010.

Internet Access Policy

This policy, in accordance with guidelines published by the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE), outlines our purpose in providing access to the internet and e-mail facilities and explains how the school is seeking to avoid the potential problems which may arise through unrestricted internet access.
Internet use by is growing rapidly and the staff and Board of Management of Francis St. C.B.S. believe that providing access to the Internet in school will raise educational standards and support the professional work of staff. Teachers and pupils have access to web sites world-wide (including museums and art galleries) which offer educational resources, news and current events. There are opportunities for discussion with experts in many fields and for communicating and exchanging information with schools and others world-wide.
In addition, staff have the opportunity to access educational materials and good curriculum practice, to communicate with advisory services, professional associations, colleagues and to exchange curriculum and administration data.
Many schools are now publishing websites on the Internet, and some include pupil photographs and pupil related information. The publication and availability of such material require us to implement procedures, which will protect children. This we aim to achieve by implementing our school policy.

Pupil accessing the Internet
Internet access is now available to pupils. The school is pleased to offer this tool as an available resource to both pupils and teachers for reference purposes and for researching project materials. Pupils have ready access to thousands of libraries and databases on every subject written.
Electronic information research skills are now fundamental to preparation for living and working in the coming Information Age. The school will integrate such information as appropriate within the curriculum and staff will provide guidance and instruction to pupils in the appropriate use of such resources.
Pupil use of telecommunications and electronic information will be provided and only be permitted upon submission of permission and agreement forms by parents of pupils and by pupils themselves
What are the advantages of Internet access?
There are three main categories of risk associated with Internet usage:
The Internet is freely available to any person wishing to send e-mail or publish a web site. In common with other media such as magazines, books and video, some material available on the Internet is unsuitable for pupils. Pupils in school are unlikely to see inappropriate content in books due to selection by publishers. The school will take every practical measure to ensure that children do not encounter upsetting, offensive or otherwise inappropriate material on the Internet.
The following key measures have been adopted to help ensure that our pupils are not exposed to unsuitable material:

  • The NCTE provides the filtering of inappropriate websites.
  • All websites accessed are logged and checked by IT co-ordinator.
  • Children have their own password and username.
  • Children using the Internet will be supervised by the teacher at all times.
  • Staff will check that the sites pre-selected for pupil use are appropriate to the age and maturity of pupils.
  • Staff will be particularly vigilant when pupils are undertaking their own.

Search and will check that the children are following the agreed search format.

    • Pupils will be taught to use e-mail and the internet responsibly in order to the risk to themselves and others.
      • Our Rules for Responsible Internet Use will be posted online and in classrooms.
      • The IT co-ordinator will monitor the effectiveness of internet access strategies.
      • The IT co-ordinator will ensure that checks are made on files to monitor compliance with the school’s Internet Access Policy.

It is the experience of the NCTE that the above measures have been highly effective. However, due to the international scale and linked nature of information available via the Internet, it is not possible to guarantee that particular types of material will never appear on a computer screen. The school cannot accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences thereof.
All boys will be expected to adhere to the Rules for Responsible internet use. These rules were devised in consultation with the staff, parents and pupils of Francis St. C.B.S.

Rules for Responsible Internet Use

These rules will help keep us safe and help us be fair to others.
Using the Computers:
1. I will only access the computer system with the login and password I have been given.
2. I will not access other people’s files.
3. I will not bring in CD ROM’s from outside school and try to use them on the school computers.

Procedures Which Apply to the School Web Site rules for responsible Internet use.
Using the Internet:
1. I will ask permission from a teacher before using the internet.
2. I will report any unpleasant material to my teacher immediately because this will help protect other pupils and myself.
3. I understand that the school may check my computer files and may monitor the internet sites I visit.
4. I will not complete and send forms without permission from my teacher.
5. I will not give my full name, my home address or telephone number when completing forms.

Using E-mail:
1. I will ask permission from a teacher before checking the e-mail
2. I will immediately report any unpleasant messages sent to me because this
would help protect other pupils and myself.
3. I understand that e-mail messages I receive or send may be read by others.
4. The messages I send will be polite and responsible.
5. I will only e-mail people I know, or my teacher has approved.
6. My e-mail may be checked by a teacher.
7. I will not give my full name, my home address or telephone number.
8. I will not use e-mail to arrange to meet someone outside school hours.
9. I will not disclose my e-mail password to others, except to my parents.

Safety with regard to e-mail
Electronic mail or e-mail allows pupils to communicate with peers and educationalists around the world. Pupils will learn how to use an e-mail application and be taught e-mail conventions.
E-mail will be used to communicate with others, to request information and to share information.
In relation to school projects key-pals internet relay chat (IRC) or e-mail correspondences, the following procedures shall apply:

        • No personal information about the child, his family, the teachers or the school will be disclosed without the permission of the supervising teacher and without the child’s parents giving permission.
          • The supervising teacher will monitor all email received before being passed to a child.
          • Pupils will not be permitted to use e-mail at school to arrange to meet someone outside school hours.
          • Children will have the e-mail messages they compose checked by a teacher before sending them.
          • Pictures or images, which might be used in helping to identify an individual pupil/teacher/parent, may not be transmitted without permission.
          • E-mail messages containing information, which makes a pupil uncomfortable, must be reported to the teacher.

          The following information is important with regards to using the internet:

          • An important element of our Rules of Responsible Internet Use is that pupils will tell a teacher immediately if they encounter any material that makes them feel uncomfortable.
          • Internet sessions will not be allowed without the close monitoring of the children’s activities.
            • Unmonitored chat-room sessions are not allowed.
            • Registration or the signing of visitor books on web sites is not allowed without the permission of the teacher in charge.
            • Pupils are not allowed to bring CD ROMs other than CD’s associated with class work to school. This protects against the danger of introducing unsuitable materials externally.
            • Access to the computers will be restricted to class time. Pupils may not log on to the Internet at these times unless a supervisor is present and permission has been given.

            School email address: francisstcbs.ias@eircom.net
            School website address: www.francisstcbs.ie


            • Pupils are responsible for good behaviour on the Internet just as they are in all aspects of school life. General school rules apply and pupils must adhere to the schools Code of Positive Discipline.
            • Access is a privilege, not a right and requires responsibility. The right of access may be withdrawn following a breach of rules.
            • If any of the rules are broken, it will result in a temporary/permanent ban on internet usage and/or computer use.
            • Additional disciplinary action may be taken in line with existing approved school practice on inappropriate language or behaviour.

            Our school web site is intended to:

            • Provide accurate, up-to-date information about our school.
            • Enable pupils to publish work to a high standard, for a very wide audience including pupils, parents, staff, members of the local community and others.
            • Celebrate good work.
            • Provide pupils with the opportunity to publish their work on the internet.
            • It may be used to publish resources for projects.
            • All classes may provide work for publication on the school web site.
            • Class teachers will be responsible for ensuring that the content of the pupils’ work is accurate and the quality of presentation is maintained.
              • All material must be the author’s own work, crediting other work included and stating clearly that author’s identity and/or status.
                • The teachers are responsible for up-loading information to the school website, the I.T. team ensures that the links work and are up-to-date, and that the site meets the requirements of the site host.
                • The point of contact on the web site will be the school address, telephone number and e-mail address.
                  • We do not publish pupils’ full names or photographs that identify individuals on our web pages.
                    • Home information or individual e-mail identities will not be published.
                    • Permission will be sought from other individuals before they are referred to by name on any pages we publish on our web site.

                    Procedures which apply to the school website.

                    • Pupils’ work will appear in an educational context on web pages with a copyright notice prohibiting the copying of such work without written permission.
                      • Children’s telephone numbers, home addresses or other personal information will not appear on the web-site.
                        • Pupils, who wish to make contact with other Internet users, must use the school email address only.
                          • Pupils are not allowed to register or complete forms on-line.
                          • Particular care will be taken where photographs of pupils are being used on the school web-site. They will not be accompanied by names or personal information.

                          This policy was ratified by the B.O.M. in 2010.

Our Policies October 27, 2010