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Edmund Rice College, Glengormley


Edmund Rice College is committed to providing a drugs free environment and appropriate drugs education programmes for all it’s pupils.

Overall Aim of the Drugs Education Programme

To promote positive attitudes to personal health and develop skills to enable young people to live a drug free lifestyle in a drug orientated culture.

An Overview of Drugs Education

In Edmund Rice College drugs education is taught as part of a health education programme, to develop a positive healthy lifestyle.
Drugs education is taught in a cross-curricular manner throughout the five years, with the PSE programme providing the main backbone and major contributions being made by Science, Physical Education and Religious Education. Other subjects include small units relevant to drugs in their programmes of study. This work will be supplemented by invited guest speakers talking to the students about the subject of drugs.

The school is committed to helping pupils develop attitudes and social skills that will help them resist pressures and avoid influences which might lead to drug misuse.

Opportunities for drug use inside school boundaries are minimized through close vigilance by staff both inside and outside the school building.

School Procedure

(i) The Principal is the person responsible for all arrangements and information regarding all suspected, identified or rumoured cases of drug misuse in school.

(ii) The Senior Management Team, including the Head of Pastoral Care will assist him in this.

(iii) Where it is established that pupils have been in possession of illegal drugs, within the confines of the school, they will be immediately suspended for five days while the incident is investigated.

Expulsion may follow such incidents.

Pupils are not allowed to be in possession of any materials that give off intoxicating vapours.

It is hoped that the measures pursued in Edmund Rice College, with regard to drugs, will prevent any experimenting with these substances and makes the school a safe environment for all.
(The complete Policy is available in the school.)