Code of Behaviour
The purpose of this document is to set out our values and a code of behaviour we expect each student to adhere to. This will allow everyone to have a good time and have the best possible experience while attending Rockjam. In the event that unacceptable behaviour is taking place during our camps or classes we have put in place a system that will allow for these situations to be deal with in a fair and transparent manor.
In Rockjam we believe that all children deserve access to music education. Our mission is to provide the very best possible experience to every student regardless of their background, circumstances or any other factor. We believe that music lessons should take place in a spirit of mutual respect, kindness, openness and fun. It is vital that both student and teacher feel safe and are safe within this environment.
We do not accept any form of bullying or harassment inside our Camps/Sessions, outside the grounds or on Social Media. Please read our Anti Bullying and Inclusion statements for full details and our process for dealing with such issues.
If you see another student hurt or upset, help them and report this to an assistant or Coach.
Respect your Coach and Camp Assistants
Respect your fellow students
Do not use any equipment without permission
Do not deliberately damage equipment, furniture or property
No eating or drinking in the Jam room
Keep the jam room tidy
Do not leave the Camp grounds without permission.
No student is permitted to smoke or vape within the grounds of our Camps/ Sessions.
No taking photos or videos of staff or students without consent. While we will discourage any filming/ recording during camps, we recognise that this is now a part of student life and how they express themselves. It is sometimes appropriate to take a selfie, record a guitar part or take a photo of some chords. Filming pranks, other students rehearsing, or any voyeuristic filming is not allowed. Your phone/ recording device will be confiscated and both sets of parents will be informed.
Consent is considered a verbal acknowledgement of the question : “Is it ok if I take a photo/Video?” Consent must be asked for each time. Any misuse of images, or audio taken during Rockjam camps/ Sessions will be passed onto Gardai.
Rockjam will take disciplinary action up to and including expulsion for breaches of these provisions.
The disciplinary process for breaches of any of the above or any behaviour that breaches our values is as follows;
The relevant people for investigating and dealing with unacceptable behaviour are in ascending order:
If a student is in breach of one of the rules set out in this Code of Behaviour, appropriate sanctions may be imposed by Rockjam. Each Coach and the Director may exercise discretion and professional judgement to decide on the appropriate sanction, if any, in the circumstances. Any disciplinary action is a private matter, as between Rockjam, the student and the student’s parents.
If it is determined that a student has breached this Code of Behaviour they will be asked to explain to the relevant teacher, orally or in writing, the rule they have breached, to describe what effect this breach has had on themselves and on other members of the Rockjam community, and how they could act differently in the future to avoid being in breach of the rule. This is done to develop the student’s sense of agency, responsibility, sensitivity and consideration for others and to assist them in upholding acceptable norms of behaviour in the future.
The following is the process for dealing with a breach of the code;
1. Verbal warning. The Coach/ Camp Manager will issue a verbal warning, letting the student know that they have broken a rule. For minor rule breaking, this will suffice as long at the student responds appropriately.
2. Second Verbal warning. The Camp Manager will take the student aside and explain how their behaviour is effecting others in the group. The student will be removed from classes for a short time to allow for a cool down period. If the student responds appropriately they will return to class. If not, a parent will be called. At the discretion of the Camp Manager, the parent may be asked to collect the student.
3. Written warning. The Camp Manager will write an email/ text to the parent letting them know about the behaviour and asking if they would intervene. This will be for persistent rule breaking, a failure to respond positively to a verbal warning or for more serious breaches of rules.
4. Suspension. The parent will be called and asked to collect. The student will not be allowed back to camp/session for a period determined by the Camp Manager/ Director.
5. Expulsion. The parent will be called and asked to collect. The student will not be allowed back to camp/session. This will be used in cases where there has been a serious breach of our code or persistent, disruptive or disrespecting behaviour.