Restorative Practices

At St Mary’s we believe that school should be a positive and enjoyable experience for all. We have embedded the Restorative Practices Approach to behaviour management and problem solving conflicts. Restorative practices includes:

  • reaffirming relationships through developing social and emotional skills
  • repairing relationships in the classroom, small groups, individual conferences

Restorative Practices (RP) provides a proactive whole school approach for building a school community based on cooperation, mutual understanding and respect. Restorative Practices provides processes for holding students accountable for their choices, actions and behaviour while at the same time building and repairing relationships within a nurturing school environment. In class the teachers and students have ‘Circle Time’ and class meetings to discuss issues and build positive relationships.

Conflict is a disagreement or argument between two or more individuals where one or both sides may feel their needs are not being met. Conflict occurs in all human relationships and in all school communities. Helping the students to speak up, to have the skills to deal with conflict and to seek assistance is an important aspect of the partnership between home, parents and the school.As part of the Restorative Practices approach, teachers use a common language and ask following ‘ Eight Affective Questions’ to all those involved in a conflict to explore the issue, focus on the relationship, find possible solutions and learning with an ‘Apology of Action’ and a future focus.

1. What happened?
2. How did it happen?
3. Who was involved?
4. How did you act in this situation?
5. Who do you think was affected?
6. How were they affected?
7. What needs to happen to make things right?  ‘Apology of Action’ – doing something to repair the relationship.
8. If the same situation happens again, what would you do?