Second Level Policies


Our Mission Statement

We, in Greenhills College, are committed to providing a comprehensive integrated education that will enable each individual to fulfil his/her potential in a positive, caring, respectful, learning environment where skills and attitudes for life-long learning are developed. We will promote equality, innovation and partnership in the delivery of our services.

Aims and Objectives

  • To foster the growth of the students of the College morally, socially, academically, emotionally and physically regardless of their social background, education achievements or intellectual ability.
  • To educate students from all religious and cultural backgrounds.
  • To provide a comprehensive curriculum to assist each student to make the most of their talents, skills and abilities.
  • To operate the College as a partnership between the staff, students, parents and the wider community in accordance with the Education Act 1998 and the Education Welfare Act 2000.
  • We aim to establish an inclusive work environment free from discrimination in accordance with the Equal Status Act 2000.
Child Safeguarding Statement
To view our 2018 Safeguarding Statement, please click here.
Mobile Phone Policy

In order to assist the college in implementing this policy, parents/guardians are asked to arrange not to contact students by mobile phone at any time during the school day, which may necessitate the student breaking the school rules. Contact may be made through the office on 01 450 7138.

  • Mobile phones must be switched off and kept out of sight during the school day. (9:00am-4:00pm), (Wed 9.00am – 1.10pm)
  • Teachers will confiscate phones if they are switched on during the school day. Phones will be returned on the production of a note from a parent/guardian produced at the end of the following day.
  • Students causing a second disruption will not have their mobile phone returned until collected by parent/guardian.
  • The use or possession of picture phones/voice recording phones while on school premises or on school related activities is strictly forbidden.
  • Personal Stereos, MP3s, iPods, Earphones, etc are not to be brought to school. These items may be confiscated if observed in the student’s possession.
  • Students found breaking this rule will have these items confiscated immediately Parents/guardians must arrange to collect them. Parents/guardians may also have to enter into an agreement with the school that the student will not bring the phone onto the premises in the future.
  • Irresponsible use of picture phones can lead to serious infringements of people’s rights. Bullying or harassment in any form, including sexual harassment involving picture phones, will be severely dealt with by the school, and the relevant authorities including the Gardai.
  • Any student found using a camera/voice recording phone may be considered, depending on the circumstances, to have committed a serious infringement, meriting sanction up to/including suspension. The Principal, in consultation with relevant staff members, will determine sanctions.
  • A condition of its return will be that the parent/guardian will display all recordings saved on the device to the school and that the school has the right to insist that all recordings of school staff, whether taken inside or outside the school premises, and all recordings of students taken inside the school premises, will be deleted before the phone is handed over.
  • Depending on the nature of content, the school reserves the right to contact relevant outside bodies to determine appropriate course of action, i.e. Gardai, Legal Advice etc.
  • Students may not contact their parents during school hours on their mobile phone, if any student has an emergency the school secretary will make the necessary phone call.
  • Greenhills College accepts no liability whatsoever in relation to theft or damage to a phone while a pupil is in school.

When a student’s mobile phone interferes with the learning environment, teacher requests the mobile phone and if not handed to the teacher immediately the student is sent to the Principal/Deputy Principal or Year-head and the appropriate action will be taken.


The school actively endeavours to prevent bullying. Students are encouraged to tell members of the teaching staff, or parents of any incidents of bullying, intimidation, or any other unwelcome attention. All incidents reported to the school authorities will be investigated. Parents are encouraged to inform school authorities of incidents of bullying of which they become aware.

Anti Bullying Policy

As set out in Section 1.2 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2013,and in accordance with the Education (Welfare) Act. 2000 all schools must use the following template;

  1. In accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the code of behaviour guidelines issued by the NEWB, the Board of Management of Greenhills College has adopted the following anti-bullying policy within the framework of the school’s overall code of behaviour. This policy fully complies with the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools which were published in September 2013.

  2. The Board of Management recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:

    • A positive school culture and climate which -
      • is welcoming of difference and diversity and is based on inclusivity;
      • encourages pupils to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour in a non-threatening environment; and
      • promotes respectful relationships across the school community;
    • Effective leadership;
    • A school-wide approach;
    • A shared understanding of what bullying is and its impact;
    • Implementation of education and prevention strategies (including awareness raising measures) that -
      • build empathy, respect and resilience in pupils; and
      • explicitly address the issues of cyber-bullying and identity-based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying.
    • Effective supervision and monitoring of pupils;
    • Supports for staff;
    • Consistent recording, investigation and follow up of bullying behaviour (including use of established intervention strategies); and
    • On-going evaluation of the effectiveness of the anti-bullying policy.

  3. In accordance with the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools bullying is defined as follows:

    Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical conducted, by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time.

    The following types of bullying behaviour are included in the definition of bullying:

    • deliberate exclusion, malicious gossip and other forms of relational bullying,
    • cyber-bullying and
    • identity-based bullying such as homophobic bullying, racist bullying, bullying based on a person’s membership of the Traveller community and bullying of those with disabilities or special educational needs.

    Isolated or once-off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once-off offensive or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall within the definition of bullying and should be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

    However, in the context of this policy, placing a once-off offensive or hurtful public message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying behaviour.

    Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.

    Additional information on different types of bullying is set out in Section 2 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.

  4. The relevant teacher(s) for investigating and dealing with bullying is (are) as follows:

    Middle Management, Assistant Principals, Year-heads, Principal, Deputy Principal or any teacher who feels that they may be able to assist.

  5. The education and prevention strategies (including strategies specifically aimed at cyber-bullying and identity-based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying) that will be used by the school are as follows: S.P.H.E. and C.S.P.E., Religion teacher with Leaving Certificate Students, N.B.S.S., H.S.C.L. & Guidance Counsellor/s

  6. The school’s procedures for investigation, follow-up and recording of bullying behaviour and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing with cases of bullying behaviour are as follows Section 6.8.9 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools :

  7. The school’s programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying is as follows (see Section 6.8.11- of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools : every assistance will be given to any student reporting bullying. All in school supports and opportunities will be provided for any student affected by bullying to participate in activities designed to raise their self-esteem, to develop friendships and socials skills and build resilience i.e.

    Pastoral care system, peer mentoring, Tutor Year-head system, Core Team/student support, Group Work.

    If students require counselling, the college will endeavour to liaise with the appropriate agencies to organise same, this may be for the student affected by bullying or involved in the bullying behaviour. Students should understand that there are no innocent bystanders and that all incidents of bullying behaviour must be reported to a teacher.

  8. Supervision and Monitoring of Pupils

    The Board of Management confirms that appropriate supervision and monitoring policies and practices are in place to both prevent and deal with bullying behaviour and to facilitate early intervention where possible.

  9. Prevention of Harassment

    The Board of Management confirms that the school will, in accordance with its obligations under equality legislation, take all such steps that are reasonably practicable to prevent the sexual harassment of pupils or staff or the harassment of pupils or staff on any of the nine grounds specified i.e. gender including transgender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller community.

  10. This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on ________________ [date].

  11. This policy has been made available to school personnel, published on the school website (and is readily accessible to parents and pupils on request) and provided to the Parents’ Association .A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department and the patron if requested.

  12. This policy and its implementation will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year. Written notification that the review has been completed will be made available to school personnel, published on the school website and be readily accessible to parents and pupils on request) and provided to the Parents’ Association . A record of the review and its outcome will be made available, if requested, to the DDLETB and the Department.

Examination Policy

State examinations and in-school examinations.

The following rules and regulations apply to these examinations,

A candidate is liable to have his whole examination cancelled if he/she

  • brings into the examination hall or has in his possession or under his control any books, notes, papers, mobile phone, electronic address book, data bank, etc., other than his examination paper or answer books etc., supplied to him by the Superintendent/teacher.
  • Aids or attempts to aid another candidate;
  • Obtains or attempts to obtain aid from another candidate;
  • Communicates, or attempts to communicate, in any way with another candidate.

A candidate who violates the Regulations may also be debarred from entering any of the examinations run by the State Examinations Commission/College.

Health And Safety Statement

Students are expected to behave in such a way as not to put their own safety or that of anyone else at risk. To help ensure this they are required to:

  • Take reasonable care in the school and the school grounds to ensure their own safety and that of others.
  • Not to leave the school grounds during school hours without permission. If they must leave for any reason they must sign out at the school office.
  • Familiarise themselves with the designated emergency exit route from each room that they use, and the congregation and counting area at safety drill.
  • Refrain from interfering with safety equipment such as fire alarms, fire extinguishers and hose reels.
  • Refrain from littering the school building or grounds, all accidental spills should be reported immediately to a member of staff.
  • Must obey all verbal and written safety instructions given to them by staff members.

Fire Safety

It is the responsibility of each student to familiarise himself and to comply with the fire drill

Fire Drill

When the alarm sounds

Students beside windows close windows

Walk quickly in single file towards your exit

Do not take personal belongings

Last person to leave the room should close the door.

At The Assembly Point

Look around for students who were with you in your class and if someone is missing inform the teacher immediately.

If In Toilets etc

Move with the traffic flow to the assembly point and join your class group. You must be aware of exit routes from every room in which you have a class.

You must never absent yourself from class.

Enrolment Policy

Application Process/Procedure

In addition to various procedures and processes associated with admission the following should be noted. Under Department of Education & Science rules secondary school students must be aged 12 years on the 1st January in the calendar year following the student’s entry into first year. The school will require an original birth certificate at registration. This will be returned immediately.

Preliminary Application

  • All feeder schools, (St. Peter’s N. S. Walkinstown, St. Kevin’s N. S. Kilnamanagh, St. Damian’s N. S. and Harold’s Cross N. S.), brothers of students.
  • Others apply in writing. Their names are put on a mailing list in order of initial contact.
  • All those who return completed Declaration of Interest forms by the date indicated on the form, are invited to an Open Night.

Formal Application

Formal applications for admission must be made by the date specified on the Application Form.

Places will be offered within 21 days of formal application.

  • The closing date for acceptance of a place is indicated on the form accompanying the offer of a place and must be accepted in writing otherwise the place will be forfeited.

Necessary Information from Applicants

School management requires the following details on the enrolment form:

  • Pupil’s Name & Address.
  • Names & Addresses of Parents/Guardians.
  • PPS Number.
  • E-mail address if available.
  • Pupil’s Date of Birth.
  • Contact telephone numbers, including mobile contact numbers.
  • Details of any medical condition of which the school should be aware.
  • Details of any disabilities or special educational needs.
  • Previous schools attended by the student.
  • Relevant information, if applicable, regarding custody, access arrangements, previous behaviour records and Court Orders pertaining to the student.
  • Further information which may be relevant to the school and/or its ethos.

Places are awarded in the following order:

  • Brothers of students.
  • Students attending the national schools mentioned above.
  • Students attending the following catchment schools: Crumlin, Walkinstown, Terenure, Templeogue.
  • Students not in the above categories will be considered in order of receipt of initial letter of application as per mailing list.

Mid Year-Mid Cycle Applications

Applications will only be considered at the start of a cycle. Those who move in and live in the catchment area see section on Transfer of Students from other Schools for specified requirements.

Transfer of Students from Other Schools

The following information, along with an original birth certificate will be required in the case of a student transferring from another school:

  • No transfers processed after 30th September of school year.
  • Student’s name, age, date of birth PPs Number, address and birth certificate.
  • Parents or Guardian’s name/address/telephone no. and mobile telephone no.
  • Emergency contact numbers including work telephone numbers etc.
  • Details of relevant medical conditions of student.
  • Details of any disabilities or special education needs of students.
  • Previous schools attended by student.
  • Two years continuous reports from his previous school must be provided.
  • A reference from his previous School must be provided.
  • Copies of all Examination Results to date.
  • Reasons for transfer of student if applicable together with information and records from previous/present school.
  • Relevant information, if applicable, regarding custody, access arrangements and Court Orders pertaining to the student.
  • Further information which may be relevant to the school and/or its ethos.
  • Basic school attendance requirements as set down in the Education Welfare Act 2002.