NCC Seychelles

Tips for teaching good manners

The following as the basics that should be taught at an early age

  • To say hello.
  • To say "please," "thank you," "excuse me" and "I'm sorry."
  • To show respect for older people.
  • To respect parents' and other people's privacy.
  • To speak when spoken to.
  • To not interrupt conversations of grown-ups.
  • To be quiet in public places.
  • To not touch or play with other people's possessions unless invited to.
  • To get along with siblings or other children. 

When your child meets someone new are they confident enough to introduce themselves?


Do they always wait their turn to speak in a group situation?

Do they answer the telephone in a manner you approve of?

Do they take down a telephone message and make sure it reaches   the relevant person?

Are you confident they will always be polite when visiting other people’s homes?

Do they know how to be a good dinner guest?

Do they understand how to write and send thank you notes?



“Miss. Viviene, may I please read this book?” 

Thank you! 


“Thank you for letting me read the book.”

It is polite to say

You’re welcome!

“Miss. Vivienne , thank you for letting me pass out papers.” “You’re welcome, John!”

One important rule is to…

Always raise your hand!

This is a nice way to show the teacher you wish to speak.

At the dinner table:

  • Chew with your mouth closed
  • Ask someone to pass the food you would like to eat
  • Use your napkin, not your sleeve!
  • Don’t talk with food in your mouth
  • Keep your elbows off of the table
  • When you have a cold
  • Cover your mouth when you cough
  • Use a hankie or tissue   when you sneeze.  (If you can’t find a hankie or tissue ask to go wash your hands)!
  • Keep washing your hands!!!  If we don’t, we will spread germs to all our friends
  • When you are speaking with someone you know and someone new approaches, always make an introduction.
  • LISTEN to and concentrate on conversations—don’t just wait for your turn to talk!
  • Resist the urge to jump into a conversation when someone pauses in thought.  Wait a second or two, then respond.
  • Avoid vulgar references and swear words.