Our school has made a very important decision lately and that is to become a Restorative School. It’s all about teaching students that they are responsible for their own actions, to encourage engagement and build pride, respect and responsibility in each individual student. Restorative Practices seeks to value and support our students so that they feel empowered to take positive action to address challenging situations and move forward.
Using Restorative Practices isn’t something we take lightly. It aims to build a strong school culture, build effective positive relationships, assist in resolving conflict, improve student behaviour, and prevent bullying.
Working restoratively is really all about asking the right questions to students when things go wrong. You see, most approaches have us putting our detective hats on and focusing everything in the past. It really doesn’t get us very far because we never get to the present or the future.
Put simply, we’ll be asking your children questions like:
- What happened?
- How has that made people feel?
- What action needs to be taken to make that better?
Our ongoing Partnership with Real Schools is supporting and resourcing us to make this change. We will be keeping you updated via Epsilon so stay tuned for more information on this exciting development for our school.
Please contact Jayde Cannon via School office if you have any further questions.