We are committed to developing caring and respectful relationships within our community by teaching our young people to be responsible, empathetic citizens.
Restorative Practices refers to the way in which classrooms work to promote genuine relationships, resulting in better behaviour and enhanced learning opportunities. It also refers to the way in which our young people are asked to think about, and take responsibility for, their behaviour and its effects on others. Restorative Practices seeks to build a caring community, that refuses harmful behaviour, and accepts that when conflict occurs both parties must find a respectful and constructive way to move forward.
In practical terms this means seeking acknowledgement from the parties involved that a conflict or argument has taken place and an agreement to repair the harm or damage caused. All those involved are provided with an opportunity to give their point of view and express how they wish for such issues to be avoided in the future. Although the process may still involve specific consequences or discipline procedures, relationships are healed and contributing factors are identified for follow up.
A typical restorative discussion might take place informally in the classroom, corridors or playground when a child’s behaviour has caused some harm or significant disruption. For more serious situations, a similar format is followed but in a more formal setting, with an agreement then reached at the conclusion of the meeting or conference.
We encourage our students to respect and consider other points of view and expect them to treat all those with whom they interact respectfully, as well as be treated respectfully themselves. Our highly qualified counselling team help them to communicate their thoughts and feelings, as well as learning to listen to those of others. Most importantly they are encouraged to support others through friendship, and to contribute to the wellbeing of the whole through their behaviour.