We strive to show care and support equally to every student, parent and colleague regardless of their personal beliefs, abilities, behaviour or circumstances. This derives from our belief that, because God loves us regardless of whom we are or what we do, so we should love others. This commitment is the basis of our Pastoral Care Policy which includes Restorative Practices, Behaviour Management and Anti-Bullying.
At Grace Lutheran Primary School we take seriously the command of Jesus “to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.” (Mark 12:31)
We aim to assist students to make positive choices and take ownership of their actions and behaviours.
What Is Restorative Practice?
Our school defines restorative practice as a participatory and democratic practice. It focuses on the harm caused by an incident and not just the wrongdoer. It is an approach to harmful behaviour and conflict that sees wrongdoing as a violation of people and their relationships with others.
A restorative practice school provides a structure and setting “where victims, wrongdoers and their communities are active participants in processes that ensure justice and fairness. Victims are empowered through having their experiences validated and having their needs met. Wrongdoers are able to tell their stories and be given the chance to make amends.” (Thorsborne & Vinegrad: 2008) This collaborative approach seeks ways to prevent a reoccurrence of the incident.
All staff receive regular training on Restorative Practices to provide them with the best skills possible in handling student behavior and helping students resolve issues.
Our Beliefs About Restorative Practices
- conflict causes harm that needs to be repaired;
- conflict needs to be addressed by all parties, preferably face-to- face, in a structured, safe environment (fight or flight are generally inappropriate responses to conflict);
- people involved in a conflict, wrongdoing or misbehaviour need to be actively involved in the process of resolution;
- accountability and commitment to relationships is core to restorative practices;
- participants learn social and emotional skills they will use throughout their lives; and
- logical consequences and sanctions are still used but in the context of restorative practices.
The following list is a selection from the GLPS Pastoral Care Policy.
- Be accountable for their own choices
- Report harmful behaviours and conflict
- Model helpful and positive behaviours
- Take part in the resolution of any wrongdoing.
- Follow GLPS behaviour management procedures
- Act in a fair and just manner
- Communicate with those involved
- As needed, determine logical consequences.
- Report incidents or concerns to the class teacher or Deputy Principal
- Support the policies and procedures of the school
- Work cooperatively to support the decisions made by the staff and administration team
- Support the behaviour expectations of the school.
It is expected that all parties fully support the Pastoral Care Policy and Procedures of the school.