Charter for Our Conduct
The Charter for our conduct is designed to make the school a productive and rewarding place for all those who choose to work and study here.
“As a pupil at Oakgrove I will…
Do my best in class and with my homework.
Always behave myself well.
Do as I am asked by ALL staff.
Allow others to work undisturbed.
Be receptive to the views of others.
Wear uniform correctly at all times.
Walk on the left side of corridors and stairways and do not push others.
Keep school tidy – don’t litter.
Above all, respect the rights of others.
If I am positive and do as requested
I can expect to be praised and rewarded.
I will help to make Oakgrove a happier place for everyone.
If I am disruptive in any way
I must accept that there will be consequences.
School will react in order to help me to learn from my poor behaviour.
Oakgrove Integrated College is one of a small number of post-primary schools in the UK recognised by UNICEF as a “Rights Respecting School”. This means that all of us should ensure that our actions protect the rights of others. We must do so if we want to remain a Rights Respecting School when re-assessed. As an integrated school, all of us should make others feel welcome; no-one in our school should feel left out. If we see someone in difficulty, it is up to all of us to offer help. Integration isn’t just for a week: it is for life! If you have ideas about more we can do for integration, don’t keep it to yourself, tell someone!
You should make sure that your notes and work are neat and kept up to date. Underline titles and put a date on your work: this will help you to revise in preparation for tests and examinations. At the start of each term, you should think about what progress you have made in each subject. If you want to improve your work, you should think carefully about the comments which teachers make and the advice they give. If you try to make each piece of work better than the last, then you will make progress throughout the year.
If you need help with organising your work or with revision, ask your teachers or your form teacher to help you. You can also go to the Homework Club where there is always help at hand. All years are welcome and there are some refreshments provided free of charge!
In order for all pupils to have a fair chance, it is important that everyone listens at the same time. By interrupting a member of staff in any way, you waste valuable lesson time and break the Charter for our conduct. When the teacher is talking, listen carefully to, and concentrate on, the details of the instructions and follow them first time!
The correct equipment…
Basic writing and drawing equipment, which would include:
a pencil case;
a red biro;
a 30cm ruler;
a small packet of colouring pencils;
a scientific calculator;
a protractor; a compass;
a recorder, when needed for music;
an apron for Home Economics;
and anything else requested by your teachers.
The extra equipment needed for Technology, PE, HE and so on.
Your personal diary.
Your homework, when required.
It is YOUR responsibility to come equipped for class and to unpack what you need quickly at the start of each lesson. You will need to keep this equipment organised in a school bag. You should pack your bag the night before school so that you are ready for the day ahead. The Whole School Council recommends that you bring only those books which you need for each day so that you are not carrying a heavier load than you need.
Treat Others With Respect
As an Integrated College and a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, Oakgrove should be a caring community. Being part of a caring community means that you must always be reasonable and treat others and their property as you would want to be treated. Avoid physical contact with others, using bad language, name–calling and teasing. These can all cause upset and hinder progress and learning. It is better to be able to work with others in a pleasant atmosphere. One of the most important things which you can do is to tell the truth. All of us make mistakes at times. When you do make a mistake and get things wrong, and someone is talking to you about it, telling the truth is the best way of showing that you are sorry.
Examinations and assessments are an important way of monitoring how successful you have been academically. If you are to do well, it is important that you revise your work, going over it regularly to check understanding. You should organise your revision so that you have time to prepare for all of your examinations. If there are areas where you need help, you should ask your teacher. Revision is not a substitute for working during the year, but should help you to be able to do your best in examinations to show what you have learned. Before your examinations, make sure that you:
Follow a revision plan;
Allow enough time to cover each topic;
Build in breaks;
Work in a place which is comfortable and suitable for study; and
Use visual aids, diagrams and mnemonics to help you.
Each autumn, your teachers will set targets for you. This is where they will point to certain things which you need to do in order to improve. You will be graded at five Assessment Points during the school year. The first Assessment Point is based on homework. Assessment Points use the following grades:
E = Excellent;
S+ = More than satisfactory;
S = Satisfactory;
S - = Less than satisfactory;
U = Unsatisfactory.
You need to plan ahead if you want to achieve success. In Oakgrove, success does not just mean doing well in examinations, so it is important for you to set targets for all areas of your life.
What do you hope to achieve this year? If you want to achieve something, you should make up your mind and work towards it! You should also review the targets which you set, and set new ones so that you keep improving! Targets might include:
1. Things at which you might like to get better.
2. Things with which you need more help.
3. Something that you want to do for the first time.
4. An ambition you hope to achieve.
5. Interests you hope to pursue further.
6. Achieving a qualification.
7. Someone or something with which you would like to help.
You might think of other things which should be your targets. On the following three pages, there is space for you to record your targets for each term. Make sure to set and review your targets!
Setting targets is a very important way of getting better at what you do. It means that you look at the current position and think of how you would like it to be different in the future. You decide how you will know if your target has been met. You then work to achieve the target, and when you review it you decide whether you have met it or not. If you need help to meet targets, ask!