Parent Handbook 2019/2020 - Belvedere College

Parent Handbook 2019/2020 - Belvedere College
Parent Handbook 2019/2020
Parent Handbook 2019/2020 - Belvedere College

                                                                             College Mission Statement                        1
                                                                             College Crest                                    3
                                                                             Contact Information                              1
                                                                             Characteristics & Aims of a Jesuit Education     5
                                                                             Prayer Of Saint Ignatius of Loyola               6
                                                                             Child Protection Guidelines for Post-Primary     8
                                                                             Schools                                          8
                                                                             Welcome                                          9
                                                                             Your Handbook                                    9
                                                                             Year & Class Names                             10
                                                                             Year Heads                                      11
                                                                             Key Information                                 31
                                                                             Co-Curricular Activities                       35
                                                                             Sports                                         42
                                                                             College History, Campus and Buildings          44
                                                                             Events                                         45
                                                                             Parent Matters                                 47
                                                                             Communications                                 48
                                                                             Miscellaneous                                  50
                                                                             Past Pupils                                     51
                                                                             Frequently Asked Questions                     53
                                                                             Child Protection Policy                        55

For almost five centuries, Jesuit    Founded in 1534, the Society of Jesus
education has existed as a model     emphasises the pursuit of wisdom
of academic excellence throughout    in the tradition of its founder, St.
the world. Jesuits are synonymous    Ignatius of Loyola.
with excellence in education and
commitment to caring for the whole
person – mind, body and spirit.

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Editor's Note                                                                                                                     Contact

                                                                                                                                 Rector                                  Fr Paddy Greene SJ       01-8586600
                                                                                                                                 Headmaster                              Mr Gerry Foley           01-8586604
                                                                                                                                 Headmaster's Secretary                  Ms Yvonne O'Brien        01-8586604
                                                                                                                                 Deputy Principal (Elements/Rudiments)   Mr Paul Bryce            01-8586662
                                                                                                                                 Deputy Principal (Grammar/Syntax)       Mr Colin McCarthy        01-8586674
                                                                                                                                 Deputy Principal (Poetry/Rhetoric)      Mr Tom Doyle             01-8586768
                                                                                                                                 Director of Faith & Service             Mr Padraig Swan          01-8586639
                                                                                                                                 Director of Finance & Administration    Ms Mary Brady            01-8586632
                                                                                                                                 School Fees, Trips/Exchanges            Ms Louise Deane          01-8586635
                                                                                                                                 SDP                                     Mr Simon O'Donnell       01-8586620
                                                                                                                                 Fundraising/SDP Sponsorship             Mr Jonathan Harvey       01-8586633
                                                                                                                                 Additional Educational Needs (AEN)      Ms Val Hamilton          01-8586684
                                                                                                                                 Gamesmaster                             Mr Andrew Wood           01-8586642
                                                                                                                                 PE Dept                                 Mr Ronan Duggan          01-8586618
                                                                                                                                 Guidance & Counselling                  Ms Roisin O'Donohoe      01-8586625   roisinodonohoe@belvederecollege.
Belvedere College SJ and its community extend a warm             A sincere thanks to all who contributed to this handbook                                                Ms Angela Curran         01-8586678
welcome to all families and particularly to new families         and to the Parents’ Association for their support and
joining us this year. We hope you find your time as part of      sponsorship.                                                                                            Ms Aoife McArdle         01-8586790
the College community a rewarding one. We look forward
                                                                                                                                 Reception                               Ms Denise Reddy          01-8586649
to your son’s journey over the next six years and hope that      PLEASE NOTE:
together we can contribute to the development of citizens        VISITING THE COLLEGE – APPOINTMENTS WITH STAFF                                                          Mr Fionbarr O'Brien      01-8586600
who will contribute to a just and fair society.
                                                                 All visitors to the College, including parents/guardians, are   Housekeeping                            Ms Breda O'Dwyer         01-8586603
Situated in the heart of Dublin City, Belvedere College SJ       required to register at Reception and collect and wear a
                                                                                                                                 Information Technology                  Ms Noelle Russell        01-8586682
is a school for boys founded in 1832. It continues today in a    Visitor Pass.
tradition rooted in the Jesuit approach to education.                                                                            Library                                 Ms Aileen Ivory          01-8586699
                                                                 At no time should parents/guardians go directly to their
The school has over 1000 pupils enrolled and has a number        son’s classroom or the staffroom or student toilets.            Elements Year Head                      Mr Pat Rogan             01-8586688
of famous alumni in the world of the arts, politics, science,    Meetings are arranged by appointment in the designated
                                                                                                                                 Rudiments Year Head                     Mr Brendan O'Shea        01-8586612
sports and business                                              meeting rooms.
                                                                                                                                 Grammar Year Head                       Mr Shane Moran           01-8586652
This handbook is designed specifically for all Belvedere         These procedures are necessary in the interests of
parents and guardians. We recommend you read it through          Health and Safety and Child Protection.                         Syntax/TY Year Head                     Mr Stuart Colohan        01-8586630
once and then keep it to hand as an easy reference guide                                                                         Poetry Year Head                        Mr Stephen Carey         01-8586610
throughout your son’s six years in the school.                   Louise Deane, Editor
                                                                                                                                 Rhetoric Year Head                      Ms Edel Ni Bhriain       01-8586631
Further information on any topic is available in detail online
on the College website or by                                                                             Form Tutors & Subject Teachers          via Reception            01-8586600
contacting the College directly on 01-8586600.                                                                                                                                                    01-8586600
We would be delighted to receive feedback and suggestions        Belvedere College SJ, Great Denmark Street, Dublin, Ireland     Chaplain                                Mr Robert Altman         01-8586782
for future editions of this handbook to ldeane@                  Dublin D01TK25 - Phone 01-8586600 |                                                                                                              Chaplain                                Mr Eoghan Keogh          01-8586621
                                                                                                                                 Chaplain                                Ms Aoife McArdle         01-8586790

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Mission                                                                                                                        The College
           Statement                                                                                                                      Crest

           Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam
The College is a Catholic school under      Belvedere has dedicated teachers             The mission of the Belvedere           The redesign of the College crest              1                                          2
the trusteeship of the Society of Jesus.    who are committed to high academic           Community - Jesuits, Board, Staff,     reinstates the original form of the            The seven black stripes reference St.      The Loyola family’s generosity in
Set in the centre of Dublin city, it con-   standards. The College provides a rich       Parents, Present Students and Past     Loyola coat of arms, while taking              Ignatius coat of arms and the college      feeding their soldiers was such that
tinues today a tradition since 1832 in      and diverse curriculum catering for          Pupils - is to ensure that graduates   the opportunity to acknowledge                 colours.                                   the leftovers in the pot were enough
the Jesuit approach to education.           the needs of each individual student.        of the College by their relationship   the college colours, founding date,                The family coat of arms of St.         to feed the countryside wolves that
   The school is fee-paying but pro-        It strives for excellence also in areas of   with Jesus Christ and through living   and Jesuit ethos within its form.              Ignatius combines two ancient and          came at night. The pot symbolizes
vides a bursary scheme, independently       sport and culture, social concern, and       Gospel values, shall be persons for                                                   distinguished families, the Oñaz and       their generosity. The name Loyola can
funded, out of a desire to be socially      spiritual values, wherein students are       others in leadership and example in    The previous crest was created in 1962,        the Loyola families. In 1321 seven sons    be interpretted as the contraction of
just.                                       encouraged and challenged to realise         the pursuit of a just world.           replacing one Fr. Jeffcoat SJ designed         of the Oñaz family fought beside           the Spanish lobos y olla, ‘wolves and
   The family, as the primary edu-          their full potential as human beings.                                               in 1907. The article in the 1962               their king with bravery and great          pot’ or ‘an abundance of loam’.
cator, through its commitment to                                                                                                Belvederian by Fr E. Murphy SJ traces          distinction. In recognition of this,
the values of the school, shares the                                                                                            some of the changes to the crest                                                          3
                                                                                                                                                                               they were awarded a coat of arms of
responsibility for the students’ educa-                                                                                         since 1907. This new crest is part of a        seven red diagonal stripes on a field      IHS is a christogram, a combination
tion.                                                                                                                           refreshed visual identity that expresses       of gold. These possibly commemorate        of Greek letters to represent ‘Jesus
                                                                                                                                the history and provenance of the              the seven brothers of the family who       Christ’. The christogram has had other
                                                                                                                                college, while recognising the Christian       fought with distinction in the battle of   meanings attributed to it including
                                                                                                                                values that guide our path forward.            Beotíbar near Tolosa in 1331.              ‘Iesus Hominium Salvator’ — Jesus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Saviour of Men. St. Ignatius of Loyola
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          adopted the christogram in his seal as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          general of the Society of Jesus (1541),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and thus it became the monogram of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the Jesuits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Society of Jesus founded St
                                                                                                                                                                                3                                         Francis Xavier's College in a disused
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          convent on Hardwicke Street with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nine students in 1832, three years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          after Catholic Emancipation, making
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          it the second oldest Catholic college
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in Ireland for lay students. We share in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a long Ignatian tradition of ‘Educating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Men for Others’. (Men & Women for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Others by Pedro Arrupe SJ, Valencia,

                                                                                                                                                                           2                                              The motto Per Vias Rectas (‘By straight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ways or paths’) was adopted by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          College in 1934 by the Rector, Fr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Morris SJ.

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The Aim of                                                                                                                     Jesuit Prayer
           Jesuit Education                                                                                                               & Ignation Tradition

           Per Vias Rectas                                                                                                                Prayer in the Ignatian Tradition
           We aim to form leaders in service, in imitation of Christ Jesus; men and
           women of competence, conscience and compassionate commitment.

                                                                                                                               Ignatian prayer is imaginative,             1. Become aware of                       4. Choose one feature
                                                                                                                               reflective, and personal. St. Ignatius         God’s presence.                          of the day and pray from it.
                                                                                                                               Loyola encouraged people to                    Look back on the events of the day       Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you to
                                                                                                                               develop an intimate relationship               in the company of the Holy Spirit.       something during the day that God
                                                                                                                               with a God who loves them and                  The day may seem confusing to            thinks is particularly important. It
                                                                                                                               desires the best for them. Ignatius            you—a blur, a jumble, a muddle.          may involve a feeling—positive or
                                                                                                                               Loyola trusted human desires. He               Ask God to bring clarity and             negative. It may be a significant
                                                                                                                               believed that our deepest desire is            understanding.                           encounter with another person
                                                                                                                               to return God’s love. Ignatius Loyola                                                   or a vivid moment of pleasure or
                                                                                                                               also trusted feelings. He believed          2. Review the day with gratitude.           peace. Or it may be something
                                                                                                                               that feelings of joy and sorrow,               Gratitude is the foundation of           that seems rather insignificant.
                                                                                                                               peace and distress, were important             our relationship with God. Walk          Look at it. Pray about it. Allow the
                                                                                                                               indicators of the path toward                  through your day in the presence         prayer to arise spontaneously from
                                                                                                                               fruitful decisions and deeper union            of God and note its joys and             your heart—whether intercession,
                                                                                                                               with God. At the heart of Ignatian             delights. Focus on the day’s gifts.      praise, repentance, or gratitude.
                                                                                                                               prayer are the Spiritual Exercises             Look at the work you did, the
                                                                                                                               and the Daily Examen.                          people you interacted with. What      5. Look toward tomorrow.
                                            Characteristics of
                                                                                                                                                                              did you receive from these people?       Ask God to give you light for
                                            Jesuit Education
                                                                                                                               How Can I Pray?                                What did you give them? Pay              tomorrow’s challenges. Pay
                                                                                                                               A great way to pray is to look for             attention to small things—the food       attention to the feelings that
Competence (The Head) —embraces             Finding God in All Things                In Service of the Church
                                                                                                                               God’s presence in your life. More than         you ate, the sights you saw, and         surface as you survey what’s
a broad spectrum of abilities;              Facilitating the discovery of and        Jesuit schools are part of the Church’s
                                                                                                                               400 years ago St. Ignatius Loyola              other seemingly small pleasures.         coming up. Are you doubtful?
academic proficiency (including the         encounter with God is its core value.    mission to serve and humanise the
                                                                                                                               encouraged prayer-filled mindfulness           God is in the details.                   Cheerful? Apprehensive? Full of
ability to reason reflectively, logically                                            world and give glory to God.
                                                                                                                               by proposing what has been called                                                       delighted anticipation? Allow these
and critically), technological and          Cura Personalis
                                                                                                                               The Daily Examen. The Examen is             3. Pay attention to your emotions.          feelings to turn into prayer. Seek
vocational skills, an appreciation of the   Caring for the individual and inviting   The ‘Magis’ –
                                                                                                                               a technique of prayerful reflection             One of St. Ignatius’s great             God’s guidance. Ask God for help
creative arts and sports, and effective     them on their unique journey             Striving for Excellence
                                                                                                                               on the events of the day in order to            insights was that we detect the         and understanding. Pray for hope.
communication skills.                       of personal, moral and spiritual         Jesuit Education seeks to elicit great
                                                                                                                               detect God’s presence and to discern            the presence of the Spirit of
                                            development.                             desires and encourages students to
                                                                                                                               his direction for us. Try this version of       God in the movements of our          St. Ignatius encouraged people to
Conscience (The Heart) —                                                             strive for great things for God.
                                                                                                                               St. Ignatius’s prayer.                          emotions. Reflect on the feelings    talk to Jesus like a friend. End the
a person of conscience discerns what        Growth Towards Freedom
                                                                                                                                                                               you experienced during the day.      Daily Examen with a meaningful
is right, good and true and has the         and Responsibility                       Working as a Community
                                                                                                                                                                               Boredom? Elation? Resentment?        conversation with Jesus. Ask
courage to act according to those           Jesuit pupils are to be men and          All involved in Jesuit Education
                                                                                                                                                                               Compassion? Anger? Confidence?       forgiveness for your shortcomings. Ask
values.                                     women of conscience, able and willing    collaborate in the service of shared
                                                                                                                                                                               What is God saying through these     for God's protection and help. Ask for
                                            to stand up and be counted in the        values. A common task, and an
                                                                                                                                                                               feelings?God will most likely show   God's wisdom about the questions you
Compassion (The Hands) —                    name of truth and justice.               overarching vision.
                                                                                                                                                                               you some ways that you fell short.   have and the problems you face. Do
a compassionate heart recognises
                                                                                                                                                                               Make note of these shortcomings.     all this in the spirit of gratitude. Your
Christ present in the faces of those in     Christ is The Model                      Adaptable and Open to Growth
greatest need, and walks with them in       for Human Life                           To nurture a capacity to adapt flexibly   It is dangerous to make                         But look deeply for other            life is a gift, and it is adorned with gifts
                                                                                                                                                                               implications. Does a feeling of      from God. End the Daily Examen with
solidarity and empathy.                     Jesus is at once the face of God and     to the demands of new circumstances       everybody go forward                            frustration perhaps mean that God    the Our Father.
                                            the model of compassion love.            and challenges, intellectual and
                                                                                     existential.                              by the same road: and                           wants you consider a new direction
                                                                                                                                                                               in some area of your work? Are you
                                            A Faith That Does Justice                                                          worse to measure                                concerned about a friend? Perhaps
                                            Forming men and women for a life of
                                            active social commitment.                                                          others by oneself.                              you should reach out to him/her in
                                                                                                                                                                               some way.
                                                                                                                               SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

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The Examen
          of Conciousness

          A way to be in tune with yourself,
          God and the world around you.

What is the Examen?                       How ‘to do’ the Examen                         Ignatian concepts of
The Examen is a prayerful reflection      There are five steps to the Examen. It         Consolation and Desolation
from the Spiritual Exercises of St        can be helpful to think of each step           St Ignatius' use of the concepts
Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the        as a finger of your hand and one of            of Consolation and Desolation are
Jesuits) which has become a key           5 R's, i.e. Relish (your day), Request         critical to understanding and practising
part of Jesuit life and which can         (help in being honest with yourself),          the Examen.
have a powerful impact on the lives       Review (your day), Repent (for any
of those who use it. It consists of       wrongdoing), Resolve (to be a better           Consolation is when something
setting time aside each day (for          person in future)                              is deeply and genuinely good for
Ignatius twice a day, at midday                                                          us, good for our souls, leads us
and the end of the day) to reflect        1 Give thanks (Relish)                         towards God and away from our
prayerfully on the events of the day        Spend a few moments in gratitude             preoccupations.
and where God has been in those             for the gifts and blessings of the
events.                                     day.                                         Desolation is when something is not
                                                                                         good for us, when we are wrapped
The Examen is a simple exercise in        2 Ask for light (Request)                      up in ourselves, and careless of God's
the practice of attentiveness to my         Ask God to enlighten you, showing            gifts and grace working in us, when we
lived experience and also in the art        where God has been at work and               substitute other things in place of God.
of discernment - becoming aware of          present in your day through events,
the ways in which God is active in my       people and places.                           Note that Ignatius means spiritual
life and resolving to co-operate better                                                  consolation / desolation. While these
with God’s gifts and calling.             3 Examine the day (Review)                     may be found in our thoughts and
                                            Review the moments of the                    emotional responses, they are not the
The Examen should be embedded in            day, noticing what has led                   same as our feelings of delight and
the life of Jesuit schools as a way of      to consolation and what has led              despair.
encouraging pupils and staff to reflect     to desolation and my reactions
on their experience and to explore the      to these events, people and places           St Ignatius gives us a quick rule of
ways in which God is present in that        (see consolation and desolation).            thumb to 'test' whether something is
experience. The Examen might take 10                                                     truly consolation or truly desolation:
to 15 minutes to complete but can also    4 Seek forgiveness (Repent)                    by noticing the faith, hope and love in
be done in a much shorter time.             Ask God's forgiveness for the times          us. Something that is truly consolation
                                            when you have acted, spoken or               will show itself in an increase in faith
                                            thought contrary to his grace and            (i.e. self-confidence in myself, in my     T H E P R AY E R O F
                                            calling for you. (This may also              family, in my colleagues and pupils,
                                            involve seeking forgiveness from a
                                            person you have been rude to or
                                                                                         in society in general and in God), an
                                                                                         increase in hope (i.e. I am positive
                                                                                                                                    St. Ignatius Loyola
                                            mistreated in any way during your            about things, always seeing the best,
                                            day)                                         seizing the little opportunities that
                                                                                         come my way, having a reason to get        Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous,
                                          5 Resolve to change (Resolve)                  out of bed in the morning), and an         Teach me to serve You as I should,
                                            Decide what in your behaviour or             increase in love (ie. the loving and
                                            attitude you will try to improve             compassionate ways I treat those           To give and not to count the cost,
                                            tomorrow.                                    around me, especially those I find         To fight and not to heed the wounds,
                                                                                         difficult to love).
                                                                                                                                    To toil and not to seek for rest,
                                          Using a gratitude journal helps notice the movement of Life in your days, weeks,          To labour and ask not for reward,
                                          and months. Take time to write a few notes each day. For more practical tips on           Save that of knowing that I do Your most holy will.
                                          using the Examen please visit:

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Jesuit Education
           Year and Class Names

The primary aim of Jesuit education is to create                           1st Year         Elements    The basics of the language
the vir eloquens – literally eloquent man who
                                                                           2nd Year         Rudiments   Enhancing the basics
is able to think and speak for himself. Thus the
classes in a Jesuit College are named after the                            3rd Year         Grammar     The grammar of the language
stages in the learning of a classical language,
                                                                           4th Year         Syntax      The word order of the language
e.g. Latin. Following the tradition of Jesuit
educational institutions around the world, each                            5th Year         Poetry      The literature of the language
year group is assigned a name based on the
Renaissance Jesuit tradition.
                                                                           6th Year         Rhetoric    Public Speaking
                                                                                                                                                                          ‘When the Jesuits opened St Francis
Understanding The Terms We Use                                           Form Tutor
                                                                                                                                                                           Xavier’s College in 1832, there were
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. A Latin phrase, it translates as “To
                                                                         Each class is led by a Form Tutor, thus there are 36 in the
                                                                         College. The Form Tutor is assigned to a class in its first
                                                                                                                                                                           just nine students’ names in the
the greater glory of God”. Students must write AMDG on
every piece of written work.
                                                                         year and normally stays with that class for its six years.
                                                                         The Form Tutor is the primary carer for the student and
                                                                                                                                                                           roll-book. Nearly two centuries later,
                                                                                                                                                                           Belvedere remains by conscious choice
                                                                         is also the main point of contact for the students and
CURA PERSONALIS                                                          parents/ guardians. He/she meets with his/her class every
Personalised care and concern, lies at the core of the                   morning during Form Tutor Period at 8.40am for 5 minutes.
mission of Belvedere College SJ and is taken to mean that
staff are deeply involved in developing the intel-lectual,
                                                                         Registration is taken at this time. The Form Tutor gives
                                                                         guidance and advice to the boys. S/he also assists parents/
                                                                                                                                                                           in the heart of Dublin within the
social and spiritual growth of each student.
                                                                                                                                                                           Jesuit-run parish of Gardiner Street’.
                                                                         guardians by giving an overview of their son’s development
                                                                         both at Parent-Teacher Meetings and in the report which
PER VIAS RECTAS                                                          accompanies academic results twice a year. The Form
A Latin phrase, it translates as, ‘By straight ways/ paths’ and          Tutor has a responsibility to address any issues in relation
is the College motto.                                                    to academic achievement, engagement, punctuality,
                                                                         attendance and uniform. Form Tutors also complete the
“MEN FOR OTHERS” - FR PEDRO ARRUPE S.J.                                  final reference for their students, therefore it is important
A key dimension of Jesuit education is developing each                   that students keep them informed of their achievements
student’s awareness of their responsibility to engage in                 in the College. Please contact your son’s Form Tutor if you
social justice activity.                                                 have any concerns about your son and his performance or
                                                                         wellbeing at Belvedere.
                                                                                                                                             Elements    Mr Rogan
                                                                                                                                                                                                            •   monitor uniform code and address any issues in
Class Names                                                              For matters relating to issues in specific classes,                                                                                    relation to punctuality/attendance
                                                                         correspondence should first be directed to the subject              Rudiments   Mr O'Shea         •   support and advise tutors/teachers with regard to
There are six classes in each year and each is given
                                                                         teacher. It is always best to talk to the individual teacher                                                                           students.
individual names: Loyola (St Ignatius Loyola, founder of
                                                                         if possible, most issues can be solved in a spirit of               Grammar     Mr Moran
                                                                                                                                                                                                            •   communicate and liaise with parents/guardians
the Jesuits), Aylmer, (Fr Charles Aylmer SJ, founder & first
                                                                         collaboration.                                                                                                                         regarding their son’s engagement and achievement
Rector of Belvedere College SJ) Xavier (St Francis Xavier,                                                                                   Syntax      Mr Colohan
co-founder of the Society of Jesus and patron of Belvedere                                                                                                                                                  •   monitor breaches of discipline and implement
                                                                         Email while convenient, is a very poor substitute for               Poetry      Mr Carey       sanctions.
College SJ).Kenney (Fr Peter Kenney SJ, superior of the
                                                                         discussion and clarification and should only be used where                                                                         •   monitor students’ reports and address issues relating
restored Jesuits in Ireland & provincial when Belvedere
                                                                         a conversation was not possible.                                    Rhetoric    Ms Ni Bhriain
was founded), Finlay (Fr Thomas Finlay SJ, a prolific writer                                                                                                                                                    to academic achievement and engagement
and second Rector of Belvedere College SJ, and Scully (Fr                                                                                                                                                   •   liaise with Career Guidance/Chaplain and Special
Thomas Scully SJ, teacher of Physics at Belvedere College                                                                                                                                                       Education Department regarding students’
                                                                         Year Head
SJ with a long association with SVP. The Scully Science                                                                                  The Year Head will also endeavour to:                                  achievement and engagement
medal is awarded every year in his name)                                 Each year group is co-ordinated by a Year Head, an                                                                                 •   prevent bullying by consistent monitoring of student
                                                                         experienced teacher with overall responsibility for the         •      support students in achieving their academic potential          behaviour; organise assemblies/ workshops/ surveys/
Each class group retains its name, so a boy in first year,               discipline, safety and the smooth running of the year group.    •      create a positive climate within the year group with            activities to promote a profound respect for the dignity
Elements Scully (ES), will graduate in sixth year in Rhetoric            S/he liaises with Form Tutors, the Deputy Headmaster and               emphasis on good behaviour, respect and study skills            of others.
Scully (RS).                                                             Chaplains.

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Principal Dates
          Academic Year 2019 | 2020                                                                                                            W-F    11-20   House Exams
                                                                                                                                               F-F    20-3    School Closes today for Christmas Holidays
              Please note that dates are subject to change, please try to arrange family holidays, etc. around these dates.                    Su-T   22-24   Sleep Out
                                                                                                                                               M      24      Christmas Eve Mass                                                      7.30pm
 MONTH         D AY     D AT E   ACTIVITY                                                                    TIME

AUGUST         T        13       Leaving Certificate Results for Rhetoric 2019                               9.30am           J A N U A RY     M      6       School Re-opens today

               M-T      19-20    Elements Induction                                                          9-1pm                             Th     16      Rhetoric Parent Teacher Meeting                                         3.45-6.50pm

               M-W      19-21    Prefects’ Induction                                                         2-4pm                             T      21      Junior Cycle Cluster Day – CPD for Staff – No School for Students

               T        20       Viewing of Leaving Certificate Scripts                                      Afternoon/Eve.                    W      22      DATs for TY students

               W        21       Viewing of Leaving Certificate Scripts                                      All Day                           M      27      Grammar Parent Teacher Meeting                                          3.45-6.50pm

               W        21       Elements Induction (concluding with Mass with parents)                      9–2.30pm                          W      29      Subject Options Meeting - Elements 2020                                 7pm

               W        21       Elements Parents’ Induction (concluding with Mass with students)            12-2.30pm                         F      31      CAT Exams for incoming Elements 2020 (3 Sessions)                       All Day

               W        21       Induction for New Staff                                                     2.30-4.30pm      F E B R U A RY   W      5       Parents' Association Talk No 2                                          7pm
               Th       22       Staff Day                                                                                                     F-F    7-14    Rhetoric Mocks Commence
               F        23       Rhetoric/Poetry/Grammar Return to School plus Staff Dept./CPD               9-11am                            F      14      Poetry Form Trips (all Day)
               M        26       Syntax/Rudiments & Elements Return to School plus Staff Dept./CPD           9-11am                            M-F    17-21   School Closed –No School for Students - Midterm Break
               M        26       Information Evening for Rhetoric Parents                                    7pm                               M      24      TY Information Evening for Grammar Parents                              7pm
               W        28       New Staff Formation Part 1                                                  1.30-3.30pm                       T      25      Poetry Parent Teacher Meeting                                           3.45-6.50pm
               W        28       SCT Parents Evening                                                         6pm              MARCH            F-Su   6-8     Senior Play
               W        28       Information Evening for Poetry Parents                                      7pm                               M      16      School Closed - No classes for Students
SEPTEMBER      M        2        JCT Parents Evening                                                         6pm                               T      17      School Closed - No classes for Students - St. Patrick’s Day
               M        2        Information Evening for Grammar Parents                                     7pm                               Th     19      Poetry Careers Clinic                                                   6.30pm
               W        4        Opening School Year - Whole School Mass                                     11.30am                           F      20      Windband Concert                                                        7pm
               W        4        Information Evening for Rudiments Parents                                   7pm                               Th     26      Official School (Sports & Societies) Photographs Day 1
               Th-F     12-13    TY Form Outings                                                                                               M-T    30-31   Rudiments Form Outings
               M        16       Parents' Association AGM & BOM Elections                                    7pm                               T      31      Closing Date for Applications for entry 2021
               F        20       Official School (Class) Photographs                                                          APRIL            W      1       Parents' Association Talk No 3                                          7pm
               F        27       School Closed - No School for Students                                                                        F      3       Grammar Form Outings (TBC)
OCTOBER        M        14       Social evening for parents of Elements Students                             7pm                               F-Su   3-5     Elements - First Year Play
               M        25-27    Junior Musical                                                                                                M-F    6-17    School closes today for Easter Holidays
               M-F      28-1     School Closed –No School for Students - Midterm Break                                                         F      24      Official School (Sports & Societies) Photographs Day 2

NOVEMBER       T        5        Rudiments Parent Teacher Meeting                                            3.45-6.50pm                       M      27      Elements Form Outings (TBC)

               W        6        New Staff Formation Part 2                                                  3.45-7.45pm                       T      28      Information Evening for Prospective Parents 2021 Group A

               T        12       Study Skills Talk – Presentation for Parents (PA Talk No 1)                 7.30pm                            W      29      Elements Grandparents’ Day                                              1.30-3pm

               Th       14       Elements Parent Teacher Meeting                                             3.45-6.50pm      M AY             F      1       Musical Evening                                                         7pm
               W        20       Annual College Fair                                                         7pm                               T      5       Information Evening for Prospective Parents 2021 Group B
               W        27-30    Senior Musical                                                                                                Th     14      Rhetoric Passing Out Ceremony - Classes for Elements and Poetry only.

DECEMBER       M        2        Syntax Parent Teacher Meeting                                               3.45-6.50pm                       F      15      Rhetoric Graduation                                                     4pm

               W        4        Whole school Mass for Feast of St Francis Xavier                            11.30am                           F-F    22-29   House Exams

               S        7        Carol Service including Christmas Food/Craft Fair                           5pm                               Th     28      TY Graduation                                                           7.30pm

               M        9        School Closed – No School for Students - Junior Cycle CPD for Staff                                           F      29      School closes today for Summer Holidays

               M        9        TY Trip Information for Grammar Parents                                     7pm              JUNE             W-T    3-23    Leaving/Junior State Examinations

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Parent Handbook 2019/2020 - Belvedere College
Exchanges & Trips                                                                                                    TY—Important Dates
          2019/2020                                                                                                            2019/2020

          Please note that all dates are approximate                                                                           Please note that all dates are approximate
          and are subject to change.                                                                                           and are subject to change.

Lourdes      Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes                                Tuesday    3rd    September 2019   August            Monday 26th                   TY Induction
             Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage return from Lourdes                       Tuesday    10th   September 2019   September         Thur-Fri 12th-13th            Syntax Form Outings
             Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes                                 Sunday     8th    September 2019
                                                                                                                                       Monday 16th                   Submission of 1st Work Experience forms
             Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage return from Lourdes                        Sunday     15th   September 2019
                                                                                                                                       Tuesday 24th                  Work Exp. preparation / Lecture Theatre 1:35 -3p.m.
             Oblate Pilgrimage to Lourdes                                         Thursday   12th   September 2019
                                                                                                                     October           Mon 14th - Fri 25th           Work Exp. 1. Boston, China, Vienna and Camino trips
             Oblate Pilgrimage return from Lourdes                                Thursday   20th   September 2019                                                   also away at this time
Austria      Belvedere Students travel to Vienna                                  Friday     11th   October 2019
                                                                                                                     November          Monday 11th                   Deadline for the submission of Community Care 1 forms
             Belvedere Students return from Vienna                                Friday     25th   October 2019
                                                                                                                                       Thursday 14th                 Work Experience and Trip Reflections in the afternoon
             Austrian Students arrive in Dublin                                   Sunday     19th   April 2020
                                                                                                                                       Tuesday 19th                  Community Care Preparation afternoon
             Austrian Students return to Vienna                                   Thursday   30th   April 2020
Boston       Belvedere Students travel to Boston                                  Friday     11th   October 2019                       Friday 22nd                   Assessment 1 results due to TY coordinator

             Belvedere Students return from Boston                                Friday     25th   October 2019     December          Monday 2nd                    Parent Teacher meeting
             Boston College High Students arrive in Dublin                        TBC        TBC    TBC                                Monday 9th                    TY Trips application and selection information evening for
                                                                                                                                                                     Grammar parents. 7pm in the O'Reilly Theatre
China        Belvedere Students travel to China                                   Friday     11th   October 2019
             Belvedere Students return from China                                 Friday     25th   October 2019                       Mon 9th - Fri 20th            Community Care I begins (concludes on Friday 20th)

Camino       Belvedere Students travel to Spain                                   Saturday   12th   October 2019     January           Thursday 16th                 Community Care review in the afternoon
Italy        Belvedere Students travel to Italy                                   Monday     21st   October 2019     February          Monday 3rd                    Subject Choice Meeting for parents of TY students (TBC)
             Belvedere Students return from Italy                                 Friday     25th   October 2019
                                                                                                                                       Monday 10th                   Deadline for Submission of Community Care 2 Forms
Kolkata      Belvedere Students travel to Kolkata                                 Friday     9th    November 2019
                                                                                                                                       Monday 24th                   TY Evening for Grammar parents. 7pm O'Reilly Theatre
             Belvedere Students return from Kolkata                               Sunday     24th   November 2019
                                                                                                                     March             Friday 6th                    Assessment 2 results due to TY coordinator
             Kolkata Students arrive in Dublin                                    TBC        TBC    TBC
France       Belvedere Students travel to Lyon                                    Saturday   1st    February 2020                      Mon-Fri 9th-13th              Community Care 2 begins (concludes on Friday 13th)

             Belvedere Students return from Lyon                                  Saturday   15th   February 2020                      Tuesday 31st                  Community Care Reflections in the afternoon

             French Students arrive in Dublin                                     TBC        TBC    TBC              April             Friday 24th                   Deadline for submission of Work Experience 2 forms
Taizé        Belvedere Students travel to Taizé                                   Sunday     5th    April 2020       May               Friday 15th                   Assessment 3 results due to TY Co-ordinator
             Belvedere Students return from Taizé                                 Sunday     12th   April 2020
                                                                                                                                       Monday 18th                   Work Experience 2 begins and finishes Fri. 29th May
Greece       Belvedere Students travel to Greece                                  Saturday   30th   May 2020
                                                                                                                                       Thursday 28th                 TY Graduation at 7.30p.m. in the O’Reilly Theatre
             Belvedere Students return from Greece                                Saturday   6th    June 2020

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Parent Handbook 2019/2020 - Belvedere College
Men & Women                                                             Belvedere College
for Others                                                              Key Information

‘We foster honesty, integrity, hard                          App. Flexibuzz - Communication
                                                             The College strives to communicate with
                                                             parents/guardians in an effective way:
                                                                                                           provided a Flexibuzz notification should
                                                                                                           be sent from a parent/ guardian outlining
                                                                                                           the reason. Normally two recorded lates
                                                                                                                                                         Parents/guardians must make every
                                                                                                                                                         effort to schedule family holidays in
                                                                                                                                                         accordance with the scheduled breaks

 work and a strong sense of justice’.
                                                                                                           in any one week results in a detention        published in the calendar as absence
                                                             getting important messages to our par-        (either early morning before school or        from College during term time is not
                                                             ents/guardians while avoiding informa-        after school)                                 encouraged. Permission for any absenc-
                                                             tion overload. As a result of feedback on                                                   es during the school term for holidays or

 These are values, that when                                 the existing SMS system and investiga-        Students who live a long distance from
                                                                                                                                                         otherwise should be directed in writing
                                                             tion of suitable alternatives, the College    the school may request a ‘Late Pass’ to
                                                                                                                                                         and in advance to the Headmaster.
                                                             has elected to use Flexibuzz, a commu-        present in case of traffic delays which
                                                                                                                                                         Principal Academic Dates & Holidays are

 neglected lead to materialism
                                                             nications app, to keep parents/guardians      allows them to arrive up to 9.20am with-
                                                                                                                                                         available on the College website under
                                                             informed of College events. The purpose       out having to account for their lateness.
                                                                                                                                                         the Parents’ tab and in your son’s journal.
                                                             of using the App is to streamline the         However students should make every
                                                                                                           effort to arrive as early as possible. This

 and relativism’.
                                                             communication channels between the
                                                                                                           late pass is only issued for one year and
                                                             College and parents, teachers, staff and
                                                                                                           a new application must be made each           Additional Educational Needs
                                                             other associated bodies. The App can
                                                                                                           year. Contact Mr Bryce pbryce@belve-
                                                             be downloaded onto phones and /or                                                           The Additional Educational Needs De-
                                                             mobile devices, desktops, MacBook’s and                                                     partment (AEND) supports students who
                                                             laptops. All parents/guardians will receive   The College attendance database is up-        have been diagnosed with a learning or
                                                             a guide-sheet and passwords specific          dated to record lateness or absence of a      physical need that falls within Department
                                                             to their parents/guardians group at the       student. If a student has not registered      of Education and Skills guidelines. It is
                                                             start of the academic year.                   each morning by 11am a text is issued to      grounded in the context of fulfilling the
                                                                                                           parents/guardians to advise. This is an       central aim of the College, to provide an
                                                                                                           automated service                             education based on the characteristics of
                                                             Absences, Late Arrivals, Scheduled                                                          a Jesuit education. It is also based on the
                                                                                                           Please note. Same date notifications to
                                                             Absences And Holidays                                                                       principle of inclusiveness, which underlies
                                                                                                           leave school early using Flexibuzz will not
                                                                                                                                                         any policy for special educational needs,
                                                             When a student is absent from school,         be accepted after 9.00am.
                                                                                                                                                         and our Mission Statement that states
                                                             a signed notification from his parents/       In the case of an emergency/unavoidable       ‘students are encouraged and challenged
                                                             guardians must be sent to the College         situation, parents/guardians must con-        to realise their full potential as human
                                                             via Flexibuzz detailing the reason for the    tact the Year Head to obtain permission       beings.
                                                             absence e.g. illness, medical appoint-        for the student to leave the College.
                                                                                                                                                         Currently, support from the DES falls
                                                             ment, family event etc. Parents have a
                                                                                                           Any student who has arrived in the Col-       under the guidelines for students who
                                                             responsibility to ensure that their son
                                                                                                           lege on time, but for some valid reason       receive additional teaching support hours
                                                             does not have access to this facility as it
                                                                                                           is unable to attend their Form Tutor          for designated learning or physical needs.
                                                             is a serious breach of the College rules
                                                                                                           Period, must inform their form tutor          Applications for additional teaching
                                                             for a student to authorise their own          before 8.45am                                 support are applied for on an individual
                                                             absence.                                                                                    basis through the SENO assigned to
                                                                                                           Every effort should be made to schedule
                                                             Students should be in their classroom                                                       the College by the National Council for
                                                                                                           medical and dental appointments during
                                                             for Form Tutor Period at 8.40am at                                                          Special Education. These applications are
                                                                                                           non-school hours. If this is not possible,
                                                             the latest, as a centralised register is                                                    made once a year to the NCSE.
                                                                                                           parents/guardians must send a Flexibuzz
                                                             completed at that time. Students who          notification to the College requesting        Students are provided with support based
                                                             arrive at the College after 8.40am            appointment leave. This notification          upon their individual needs and on the
                                                             are late. They must report to the Lates       must be sent before 9.00am on the             resources available to the College. This
                                                             Monitor (before 9.20am) or to Recep-          appointment day. Students will not be         support involves liaison with the students
                                                             tion (after 9.20am) where they will be        permitted to leave the College campus         themselves, their Form Tutors and other
                                                             recorded as a late arrival. Their lateness    until this notification has been received     members of staff. Parents/guardians play
                                                             will be registered and if not already         by Reception staff.                           an integral part in this support system.

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Each year the SEN department applies                who have excelled in their co-curric-     Bullying                                     snacks. The New Ref provides afforda-         permeate its structures and polices             Choir
for reasonable accommodations for State             ular activities.                                                                       bly-priced hot dinners (€4.40 approx)         and the entire school community
                                                                                              Bullying is forbidden in any shape or                                                                                                      The College has a vibrant choir for
examinations in conjunction with the                                                                                                       as well as soup, smoothies, salads,           realises its responsibility in ensuring
                                               3.   Service/Social Justice (blue) –           form. See the Code of Behaviour in the                                                                                                     senior and junior students. Further
Headmaster and the Deputy Prinicipals, in                                                                                                  snacks and vegetarian options. Aller-         that these pastoral values are upheld in
                                                    awarded in recognition of outstand-       Journal, see also the College’s Fair Play                                                                                                  information is available from Ms
May of Fifth Year for Leaving Certificate                                                                                                  gen Champions are on site in both refs        the daily life of the school.
                                                    ing contribution by students who          Policy and other detailed College policies                                                                                                 Frances Stoker-Phelan fstokerphelan@
students, and in November of Third Year                                                                                                    to assist students with food allergies
                                                    have engaged fully in one of the          on the College website www.belvederec-                                                                                            and Mr Ruaidhri O
for Junior Certificate students. Parents/                                                                                                  and/or intolerances. Students are most        Pastoral care is a dimension of Cura
                                                    many social justice activities.                                                                                                                                   Dalaigh
guardians may be requested to update                                                                                                       welcome to bring in their own packed          Personalis that enables the seeds of
professional reports for students with         There is also a choir tie to recognise the                                                  lunches and eat them in the Refs or in        religious faith and religious commitment
learning or physical needs to assist in this   contribution of choir members to school                                                     the courtyard. There are microwave            to grow in each individual by enabling
                                                                                              Cashless Canteens                                                                                                                          Classrooms
application process.                           life; a debating tie is awarded to recog-                                                   ovens available in the Old Ref for            each one to recognize and respond to
                                               nise achievement in this area, a Matteo        Baxter Storey operates the canteens in       students to reheat food brought in            the message of divine love: seeing God at       The College operates a tutor-based
For any parent who is concerned about
                                               Ricci SJ tie for excellence in Chinese         the College. The menus are appealing         from home. Eating is NOT permitted in         work in his or her life, in the lives of oth-   classroom system for all years from
their son’s academic performance and
                                               Studies and a school council tie for           and varied and place a huge focus on a       classrooms or elsewhere in the school         ers, and in all of creation; then respond-      2nd to 6th year which means each
is considering getting an educational as-
                                               elected members of the School Coun-            balance of healthy options in addition       and on-the-spot fines may apply.              ing to this discovery through a commit-         Form Tutor has his/her own classroom
sessment, it is essential that they contact
                                               cil. See the College website for further       to traditional favourites. Healthy foods     Students should dispose of all eating         ment to service within the community.           and students travel to different rooms
the SEN department before doing so.
                                               updates,               are given priority over high sugar           utensils, drink cans, papers etc in the                                                       throughout the school day. Elements
This gives the AEN department the op-                                                                                                                                                    Each year-group within the College is
                                                                                              and high fat offerings. Food is freshly      appropriate place.                                                                            students are classroom-based, except
portunity to complete initial testing and                                                                                                                                                assigned a Chaplain who is available to
                                                                                              prepared on site. The weekly menu is                                                                                                       for certain subjects such as Music, Sci-
helps establish if there is any evidence                                                                                                   The Old Ref is in the basement of the         students at least once during the ac-
                                               Board Of Management                            available on the website.                                                                                                                  ence, Art and PE. Students are strongly
of an underlying educational need. The                                                                                                     Junior House and the New Ref is in            ademic year, but also as a need arises          encouraged to keep the classrooms
AEND team are also involved in provid-         The Board of Management oversees the           Following on from a successful first         the Science Wing. The New Ref opens           at any time during the year. While the          neat and tidy.
ing background information in relation         running and management of the College.         year in operation, the College canteen       for hot and cold breakfasts at 7.30am.        chaplaincy team is primarily concerned
to how the student is performing in            It is composed of four nominees of Fa-         will remain a cashless environment.          Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate are also
                                                                                                                                                                                         with the moral and spiritual develop-
mainstream classes, which is an essential      ther Provincial, SJ (on behalf of the Trus-                                                 available.
                                                                                              As well as dispensing with the need to                                                     ment of students, it also plays an im-          Code Of Behaviour
part of the educational assessment.            tees, the Society of Jesus), two elected
                                                                                              give your son(s) cash on a daily/weekly                                                    portant role in integrating these with
                                               parents and two elected lay-members of                                                                                                                                                    The College’s code of behaviour is out-
Any queries regarding SEN support in                                                          basis for meals and or snacks, this will                                                   other dimensions of education, (social,
                                               the College staff. All members contribute                                                   Care For Students                                                                             lined in detail in the College Journal.
the College should be addressed to                                                            also enable you to track spending and                                                      personal, academic and physical). The
                                               on a voluntary basis. The Headmaster                                                                                                                                                      Students, parents/guardians must read
AEND Co-ordinator,                                                                            help ensure the money is spent on a          Cura personalis (a Latin phrase) that         Chaplains and Guidance Counsellors
                                               is non-voting Secretary to the Board.                                                                                                                                                     and sign it at the beginning of each ac-
                                                                                              suitable lunch/snack.                        translates as ‘Care for the Whole             work closely with the Form Tutors,
Ms Val Hamilton, at vhamilton@belve-           The Board is supported by sub-commit-                                                                                                                                                     ademic year. Belvedere is a large com-
                                                                                                                                           Person’ refers to care for each person        Year Head and Care Team to provide                                 tees on Education, Strategic Planning,         Payment for all meals, snacks and vend-                                                                                                    munity of people principally composed
                                                                                                                                           in the community with his/her unique          support to Staff. The Chaplain works
                                               Finance, Buildings, Publications, Jesuit       ing machine items will be by smartcard                                                                                                     of those who work in pursuit of certain
                                                                                                                                           gifts, challenges, needs and possibilities.   to guide and encourage the develop-
                                               Identity, Health and Safety and the Social     technology (small credit card type fob).                                                                                                   common goals. Because of the values
                                                                                                                                           It summarises a key part of Ignatian          ment of each student’s faith. He has
Award Ties                                     Diversity Programme.                           No cash will be accepted.                                                                                                                  we hold in common, to ensure the cli-
                                                                                                                                           Education, and lies at the core of the        the support of the Pastoral Depart-             mate in which these values can flourish
At the beginning of each academic year         A new Board of Management will take of-        For further information contact sup-         mission of Belvedere College S.J.             ment staff, under the guidance of the           and to facilitate the orderly running
the Headmaster presents Award Ties             fice in October 2019, please see website or belvederecol-                                                         Director of Faith and Service Pro-              of the College, certain standards of
to students for achievements in three          for further information www.belvederec-                         This means that every teacher is              grammes. Please refer to the website            behaviour need to be prescribed. For
categories:                                                                                                             deeply involved in developing the             for information regarding your son’s
                                                                                              Students may purchase food in both                                                                                                         further details and policy documents
                                                                                                                                           intellectual, social and spiritual            Chaplain, Guidance Counsellors and
1.   Academic (maroon) – There is a                                                           the Old and New Refs. The Old Ref                                                                                                          on the Code of Behaviour, please visit
                                                                                                                                           growth of each student. However, the          the role of the Care Team.
     rigorous programme to support                                                            offers hot rolls, wraps, drinks and                                                                                                        the College website.
                                               Book Lists                                                                                  Characteristics of Jesuit Education
     academic excellence. This includes                                                       snacks. The New Ref provides afforda-        goes further in stating that Cura
     academic tracking and detailed            Book Lists for Elements students and all       bly-priced hot dinners (€4.40) as well       Personalis “is not limited to the             Change Of Address /Contact Details
     feedback. Students also engage in         other students are available to view on        as soup, smoothies, salads, snacks and                                                                                                     College Officers & Prefects
                                                                                                                                           relationship between teacher and
     self-review and target setting.           the College website www.belvederec-            vegetarian options. Allergen Champi-         student; it affects the curriculum and        Any change of address and/or contact            The College Officers are Rhetoric stu-
                                      under the Parents’ tab, please       ons are on site in both refs to assist
2.   Co-curricular (green) – All students                                                                                                  the entire life of the institution.” The      details must be notified by a parent/           dents, appointed by the Headmaster
                                               ensure you choose the correct list.            students with food allergies and/
     are expected to develop their tal-                                                                                                    core values of Belvedere College S.J.         guardian immediately to reception@              from the list of students nominated by
     ents, and awards are given to those                                                      or intolerances. Students are most           outlined in the mission statement                                students. They are the Captain and a

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Key Information | Contd.

number of Officers. Their appointment        starts in Transition Year. Soup Run stu-       CORRESPONDENCE below). Alterna-               facilities were provided by fundraising         students are then expected to either go     starts and after school from 3.50pm until
procedure includes nominations being         dents help prepare food and hot drinks         tively, messages and voicemails may be        programmes. We invite all those who             to the Library or go home and prepare       5.15pm. These study sessions are free
sought from students and staff. There        and offer them to the homeless on the          left by phone for teachers in the College     are in a position to do so to continue          for the next exam(s). It is unacceptable    of charge. Supervised study is available
are also approximately 45 Rhetoric Pre-      streets in designated areas on Wednes-         by contacting the main number (01-            to support and invest in the future of          for students to waste time when they        for Rhetoric and Poetry Students during
fects, appointed by the Headmaster.          days throughout the year; they are not         8586600) and asking to be transferred         Belvedere. Those who wish to offer their        should be studying.                         term time from Monday to Thursday
                                             allowed to say which school they come          to the relevant teacher. If a teacher is      time or services are asked to contact                                                       from 6pm to 9.15pm. An additional fee
The authority of Prefects within the                                                                                                                                                      Leaving and Junior Certificate exam
                                             from. Students are also encouraged to          unavailable and has voicemail, you may        the Campaign & Alumni Assistant on 01                                                       applies. Students must behave appropri-
College is to be respected by everyone.                                                                                                                                                   timetables are available at www.examina-
                                             engage in their local parish and social        leave a voicemail message. Alternatively,     8586633 or email campaignassistant@                                                         ately during all study periods.
Their function is to serve the commu-                                                                                                                                           
                                             justice/charity organisations.                 you may contact teachers via email or
nity by their leadership and sense of
                                                                                            leave your contact details at reception                                                       Please support us in reminding your
responsibility, and they should receive
                                                                                            for a call back.                                                                              son that cheating in an exam or having      Guidance And Counselling
co-operation from all.                       Complaints/Grievances                                                                        Emergency Procedures                            a mobile phone or smartwatch in an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In the spirit of Cura Personalis the
Class Captains and Vice-Captains are         Procedures are necessary to ensure fair                                                                                                      exam is a serious breach of the College
                                                                                                                                          Fire drills, evacuation and Lock Down                                                       Guidance and Counselling Department
elected within each class. They are          treatment for all in the school and there      Correspondence                                                                                rules and will result in serious sanc-
                                                                                                                                          exercises are carried out regularly                                                         is another link in the chain of supports
responsible for leading their own Form       are agreed procedures in the interest of                                                                                                     tions. A breach of this rule in state ex-
                                                                                            Correspondence relating to absentee-          throughout the year. During these                                                           available to students in Belvedere.
and taking responsibility with the Form      establishing good industrial relations and                                                                                                   ams may lead to the withholding of the
                                                                                            ism, lateness and requests for leave to       exercises, students and staff must follow                                                   “Check In” classes are organised for
Tutor for the overall atmosphere within      harmony in the College. Periodic review                                                                                                      result, or even more serious sanctions.
                                                                                            attend appointments should be sent to         the procedure for lockdown/evacuation                                                       Elements to ensure that the transition
the Form and ensuring that the class-        of these procedures takes place to en-         the College via Flexibuzz notification.       quickly and quietly.                                                                        from primary to secondary school is
room is kept free from litter and that       sure good practice and to adhere to any        Correspondence regarding student over-                                                                                                    as smooth as possible for all. Elements,
any damage is reported immediately.          developments in employment legislation                                                       The sounding of the Lockdown Siren              Trial (‘Mock’) Examinations
                                                                                            all academic performance or wellbeing                                                                                                     Rudiments and Poetry students have
                                             or case law. Concerns regarding your                                                         indicates that there is imminent danger
Elements and Rudiment classes (1st                                                          should be initially directed to the Form                                                      In addition to the formal Christmas         “Study Skills Seminars in October & No-
                                             son’s progress in a particular sub-                                                          in or outside the school. An immediate
and 2nd years) are assigned two                                                             Tutor. All other correspondence should                                                        examinations the College currently          vember. A Careers Evening is held on the
                                             ject should be discussed in the first                                                        lockdown requires that all classrooms are
Prefects from Rhetoric (6th year) to                                                        be directed to the Headmaster hmsec@                                                          runs trial exams (“mocks”) for Leaving      last Wednesday in November for Poetry
                                             instance with the particular subject                                                         locked, lights are turned off, and silence is
guide, assist and help them find their                                                                                                                       Certificate students in the week before     & Rhetoric students. Poetry students
                                             teacher. It is always best to discuss                                                        established until the emergency is cleared
feet within the College community.                                                                                                                                                        the Spring/February mid-term break.         participate in Mock Interviews organised
                                             these matters face to face rather than         For matters relating to issues in specific    by the College and local authorities. Com-
The Prefects meet with the class be-                                                                                                                                                      The purpose of these examinations is        in conjunction with the Parents’ Associa-
                                             using email as a first response. Full          classes, correspondence should first be       munication with parents/guardians is also
fore Form Tutor Period every morning,                                                                                                                                                     primarily to give the students an oppor-    tion in May. Parents’ Evenings take place
                                             details on the complaints and grievance        directed to the subject teacher. In gen-      part of the procedure.
and accompany the class on outings                                                                                                                                                        tunity to practise timing of answers and    for Transition Year and Rhetoric parents/
                                             procedures in the school are available on      eral, a conversation is better than emails.
and retreats.                                                                                                                                                                             to experience the conditions which they     guardians regarding Subject Choice and
                                             the College website on www.belvederec-         Concerns regarding homework should
                                                                                                                                                                                          will encounter (length of examinations,     CAO applications respectively.
The Student Council                                                      in the first instance be directed the         Examinations
                                                                                                                                                                                          dealing with the intensity of the exam-
                                                                                            relevant teacher. If unresolved, or in the                                                                                                Information on Open Days, Universities,
The School Council and Officers meet                                                                                                      Exams are held twice a year, at Christmas       ination period etc.) in the Leaving Cert
                                                                                            case of overall concerns, please discuss                                                                                                  Colleges, Counselling referral service
with the Deputy Principals regularly                                                                                                      (formal, usually in the Theatre and Gym)        period itself. The normal timetable for
                                             Contacting Students                            with the Form Tutor/Year Head.                                                                                                            and scholarship applications as well as
(once every mid-term) to discuss                                                                                                          and at the end of the Summer term               Rhetoric students is suspended for this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      studying abroad options are available in
how the College can improve in the           If you need to contact your son or get         Any anonymous complaint/report is of          (formal, in the Gym). Bi-annual reports         week and the exams are supervised by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Careers Office. The Guidance Coun-
promotion of nurturing growth and            books/sports gear/lunch etc. to your son       little use. A genuine concern can be          are available via VSWARE after the Christ-      their teachers in the examination cen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sellors are available to all students in the
development.                                 during the school day, please contact Re-      raised in confidence and will be managed      mas and Summer exams. A report from             tre(s). As with all examinations conduct-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      College should they be experiencing any
                                             ception. Reception staff will then advise      sensitively.                                  the Form Tutor and each of the subject          ed in the College the corrected scripts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      academic, personal or social difficulties.
                                             the Year Head/Form Tutor. Unfortunate-                                                       teachers is also included. Each parent is       are returned to the students and used
Community Service                            ly, we are unable to provide delivery of                                                     strongly encouraged to respond to these         as a basis for improving future perfor-     For further information contact, Ms
                                             items to students so it is their responsi-     Campaign Office (Fundraising)                 reports by using the Parent Reply forms         mance. The College reviews this policy      O’Donohoe roisinodonohoe@belve-
Belvedere students are encouraged to
                                             bility to collect these from Reception.                                                      provided with each report via Flexibuzz.        on a regular basis. There are no trial; Ms Curran acurran@
get involved in community service both                                                      The Campaign Office is at the heart of
                                                                                                                                          These can be addressed to any of the            examinations for Junior Cert students. or Ms McArdle
locally and through school trips. Locally,                                                  fundraising in the College. As a fee-pay-
                                                                                                                                          following; Deputy Principal, the student’s                                        
for example, students may volunteer                                                         ing school we are not eligible for any
                                             Contacting Teachers                                                                          Form Tutor, Headmaster and/or a specific
to help with flat-decorating and the                                                        state grants, so all improvements and                                                                                                     The College offers an extensive Careers
                                                                                                                                          teacher.                                        Extra Study/After School Study
Soup Run. Junior students can help with      Written messages may be submitted              developments within the College depend                                                                                                    Guidance Programme with a com-
flat-decorating for the elderly, however     to teachers via the Journal (excluding         on the support of parents, past pupils        Elements exams normally take place at           There are supervised study sessions in      prehensive system of assessment and
student involvement in the Soup Run          sick notes and requests for leave, see         and friends of the College. Our current       8.45am and are usually finished by 11am,        the Library from 7.45am until school        career investigation.

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Key Information | Contd.

The Careers department aims to:               like us on facebook - Belvedere College        Students may not always view home-            wheelchairs, casts, walking boot, etc. in        Ipads                                        College Journal
                                              Careers. Contact Ms Roisin O’Donohoe           work as a pleasant experience. But if the     order to attend school. There is poten-
•   Foster students’ self-knowledge and                                                                                                                                                     Belvedere College SJ has a proven            The condition of the Journal generally
                                              at 01-8586625 or rodonohoe@belve-              assignment serves a good purpose and          tial risk to a student or others if this
    self-awareness                                                                                                                                                                          track record for excellent learning and      reflects the student’s organisational
                                                                     parents/guardians reinforce the comple-       equipment is not used properly or if
                                                                                                                                                                                            teaching. Building on that tradition, we     skills.
•   Provide students with opportunities                                                      tion of the tasks, students will benefit by   steps are not taken to ensure safe use
                                                                                                                                                                                            are now ready to embrace the technol-
    for exploration and discovery                                                            gaining improved grades, developing bet-      while on campus. Staff will ensure that                                                       Each student is issued with a College
                                                                                                                                                                                            ogy which will empower your son(s)
                                              Holidays                                       ter study habits, and achieving a more        student safety is maintained while such                                                       Journal at the beginning of each school
•   Support and encourage effective                                                                                                        devices are in use. A predetermined              as digital citizens. The iPad Initiative
                                                                                             positive attitude towards school and                                                                                                        year. This is an important document as it
    study patterns for students               At the beginning of each year parents/                                                       route to and from classrooms will be             was introduced in 2015 and current-
                                                                                             learning. In exam years the students are                                                                                                    contains many of the College rules and
                                              guardians will receive a listing of all                                                      used to minimize any risk from staircase,        ly over 800 students are using iPads
•   Direct students to useful tools and                                                      advised to regularly answer questions                                                                                                       guidelines and is used daily to record
                                              holiday and other key dates for students                                                     classroom or campus obstructions if              and e-books. Feedback from staff and
    important information                                                                    from past exam papers – there is never                                                                                                      homework, material covered in class and
                                              during the academic year. Parents/guard-                                                     needed. Toilet facilities will be designat-      students suggests that students are very
                                                                                             “no homework”. Learning is not always                                                                                                       other significant dates. It is an important
•   Help students tap into the wealth of      ians must make every effort to schedule                                                      ed to ensure that the location does not          engaged with the technology, enjoying
                                                                                             written work and making revision notes                                                                                                      aid which allows students to organise
    existing expertise within the Belve-      family holidays in accordance with the                                                       pose a risk to the student. Two students         the range of content e- books offer and
                                                                                             is essential. It is important to establish                                                                                                  and plan their work. Students must carry
    dere community.                           scheduled breaks published in the calen-                                                     will be assigned by the Form Tutor to            having 24/7 access to learning resources.
                                                                                             a routine at home, no mobiles phones                                                                                                        their Journal with them at all times. All
                                              dar as absence from College during term                                                      assist in carrying student’s books, bags,        All books are downloaded onto the iPads
•   Forge meaningful links with third                                                        during study as it’s a serious distraction.                                                                                                 parents/guardians are required to read it
                                              time is not encouraged. Permission for                                                       lunch trays and for emergency purposes           which reduces the physical strain on stu-
    level institutions worldwide.                                                                                                                                                                                                        and sign to say they have done so. Your
                                              any absences during the school term for                                                      if needed. Only school staff members are         dents carrying in large amounts of books
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         son will show you where to sign. Parents/
•   Foster confidence and empower             holidays or otherwise should be directed                                                     permitted to propel an injured student           each day. Another advantage of iPads is
                                                                                             ILLNESS                                                                                                                                     guardians should also check it regularly
    students to make their own in-            in writing and in advance to the Head-                                                       in a wheelchair, unless the student can          the ability of teachers and students to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         for notes from teachers.
    formed choices                            master.                                        If a student becomes ill or is injured        self-propel safely. Other students are           engage in a variety of learning experienc-
                                                                                             during the school day, he should notify       prohibited from pushing an injured stu-          es by using education Apps to enhance        The Journal contains sections on
The Careers department provides
                                                                                             his Year Head or Form Tutor or Deputy.        dent in a wheelchair.                            the learning experience.                     Academic Regulations and the Code of
support for students through a range of
                                              Homework                                       If they deem it necessary, the student                                                                                                      Behaviour. Parental/Guardian signature is
classes, group lectures, assemblies, one-                                                                                                                                                   The iPad programme (in conjuction with
                                                                                             will be sent to the Sick Bay at Recep-                                                                                                      also required here to demonstrate famil-
to-one sessions and an extensive pro-         (see Examples in Student Journal)                                                                                                             Wriggle) is subject to our published iPad
                                                                                             tion where his parents/guardians will be      Induction Week                                                                                iarity with and acceptance of the College
gramme of lunchtime talks. The Careers                                                                                                                                                      Policy, All iPads should have a protective
                                              Students will have homework every              contacted and arrangements made to                                                                                                          Regulations.
Department uses a range of assessment                                                                                                      Prefects And Elements                            case and screen cover and be pre-en-
                                              night. It is recommended that they have        collect him from the College. A student
and Careers-related tools, such as DATS,                                                                                                                                                    rolled in our iPad device programme.
                                              a daily homework schedule. There is no         may not leave the campus due to injury        The induction for Prefects (Rhetoric
Reach+, CareersPortal and Qualifax, to                                                                                                                                                      The College does not issue headphones
                                              such thing as “no homework”. Given the         or illness without consent from his Year      students) takes place over a three day                                                        Library And Learning Centre
help students increase their self-aware-                                                                                                                                                    or Bluetooth keyboards.
                                              fact that students are learning languages      Head or Form Tutor or Deputy. If your         period in mid-August. The Role of the
ness and explore their options.                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Library aims to provide a modern
                                              which involve a lot of memory work – 15        son contacts you via Reception to say         Prefect within Belvedere is clearly out-         Note: All students from Elements to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         resource centre with a welcoming,
Please check the website and the careers      minutes looking back over what was             that he is unwell please ensure that he       lined and they are assigned their duties         Poetry are required to have an iPad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         inclusive learning environment which is
webpage for excellent support resources       done in class results in over 2 hours of       has also made contact with his Year           for the year at this time.                       for educational use. If you have any
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         central to the school, actively supporting
                                              revision alone. Learning homework (oral/       Head /Form Tutor/Deputy and Reception                                                          queries please contact the IT Man-                                                                                                                    This is immediately followed by the                                                           teaching and learning within the school,
                                              aural) is a vital part of a good study plan.   Staff.                                                                                         ager, Ms Noelle Russell, nrussell@
                                                                                                                                           Elements Induction Week. The new                                                              recognizing and valuing each individual
Regular in-school events, such as the                                                                                                                                             
                                              All students should have a weekly study/       If a student requires medication e.g. Epi-    students meet with their Form Tutors,                                                         as a lifelong learner, supporting the de-
Belvedere Careers Evening, the Mock
                                              homework plan. The Journal is a useful         pen, inhaler, insulin or other, a backup      receive their timetables and participate         Mobile Phones and Smart watches are          velopment of independent learning skills
Interview Evening, Study Skills seminars
                                              mechanism for planning work. In Junior         supply should be left at Reception with       in various sporting activities. It is an ideal   not permitted as they compromise             and fostering a love and enjoyment of
are held annually as well as weekly talks
                                              cycle the journal should be signed by          his name and class clearly marked on          time for them to become familiar with            network security by providing hot-           reading in all its forms. We aim to offer
from visiting guests and third level insti-
                                              a parent/guardian on a weekly basis. In        it. The College does not administer           the Belvedere Campus before the school           spots. Please support us in creating a       the opportunity for all students to take
tutions. Students take part in external
                                              Senior years a parent/guardian should          any medication to students under any          returns in full. The week is concluded           distraction free environment.                responsibility for their own learning and
Careers events such as Higher Options,
                                              check the Journal regularly (fortnightly).     circumstances.                                with an Induction Briefing for Elements’                                                      recreation and provide an accessible guid-
University Campus Tours and Open Days.
                                              Please also check the Journal to make                                                        Parents/Guardians (being part of the                                                          ance platform when needed.For further
Work experience is an essential part of                                                      If your son is unwell, please collect him
                                              sure that your son has completed their                                                       Belvedere Community) followed by a                                                            information contact the Librarian, Ms
the Careers Programme.                                                                       as soon as possible as space in the Sick
                                              monthly Target Setting and Self Review.                                                      Mass in the College Chapel celebrated                                                         Aileen Ivory at
                                                                                             Bay is limited.
For more information, visit the Careers       It contains exemplars to guide the stu-                                                      by Fr Rector S.J. For further information
Section of the College website. You can       dent on its use.                               Occasionally students may need to             contact Elements Year Head, Mr Pat
follow us on twitter @ Belvoguidance or                                                      use assistive devices such as, crutches,      Rogan,

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