Rights & Responsibilities

Student Wellbeing

Rights and Responsibilities

Clonard aims to encourage all members of its community, students, parents and staff, to come to know and live out the ideals of Strength and Kindliness. 

As a Kildare Ministries School, Clonard’s Code of Conduct is based on the right of all students to learn and be safe, the right of teachers to teach, and the key principle within the Gospel of respect for the dignity of all persons.

Clonard College promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all students

School Environment and Personal Property

Students have a right to enjoy the facilities of the school and have their own property respected. Students are required to:

  • Respect school property and that of other students at all times.
  • Refrain from deliberate or careless damage of other people’s property.
  • Share in the responsibility of cleaning classrooms and the yard.
  • Use litter bins for the disposal of rubbish.
  • Refrain from bringing chewing gum into the school.
  • Carry personal money, and place bags and books in designated areas such as lockers and bag racks.
  • Hand school monies into the general office on arrival at school.

The Good Name of Clonard College

All students have a right to share in the good name of Clonard College Students are required to:

  • Act responsibly outside the school and respect members of the public
  • Wear the uniform of the school in the correct manner.
  • Observe all instructions and codes of conduct on public transport.
  • Refrain from smoking or any other form of irresponsible behaviour while wearing the school uniform.
  • Speak in a manner that is polite and non disturbing of others when out of the school grounds.

General Participation

Students have a right to participate in all activities and experiences offered by the school. 

Students are required to:

  • Participate fully in extra curricular activities such as reflection days, sporting events and special occasion days.
  • Refrain from excluding or hindering other students from participation in school activities.
  • Follow all of the procedures and instructions regarding excursion and other activities.


Students and teachers have a right to speak and be heard Students are required to:

  • Communicate politely with each other and with teachers.
  • Respect the views of other people.
  • Refrain from argument or contesting of teachers’ instructions.
  • Discuss differences of opinion in a courteous manner
  • Deal with members of the public in a respectful and polite manner.
  • Be welcoming and helpful to visitors.

In Class

Students have a right to learn and teachers a right to teach Students are required to:

  • Respect the right of others students to learn and receive assistance from the teacher.
  • Participate in all learning activities to the best of their ability and complete all set work on time.
  • Follow the instructions of the teacher.
  • Refrain from interruptions or conduct with prevents the teacher from conducting the lesson in the desired manner.
  • Be punctual and bring the required materials to class.
  • Be welcoming and cooperative with guests and replacement teachers.
  • Use the student diary to record homework and other communications from school to home.

Personal Safety and Welfare

Students have a right to be safe and experience a sense of security Students are required to:

  • Act so as not endanger the safety of self or others.
  • Follow the rules that apply in special areas of the school such as science laboratories and art rooms.
  • Show respect and be polite to others.
  • Refrain from conversation or actions that are personally hurtful or damaging to others.
  • Work constructively to reconcile disagreements and differences of opinions.
  • Never bring into the school alcohol, cigarettes, illegal drugs, weapons.
  • Items such as personal mobile telephones and portable music players are not to be used at school.