Learning how to restore relationships after conflict is an important life skill we care deeply about in our school.
Conflict is a natural part of life whether it takes place in the school-yard, at home or at work. It can arise from miscommunication, differences in personal values, frustration or sometimes simply wanting to get our own way.
St Augustine's Parish School adopts a restorative practice approach to conflict arising from disagreements and poor behaviour or choices.
We believe that each of us has the capacity to learn from our mistakes and that we all need to be given the opportunity to make things right.
We typically ask questions like:
- What happened?
- What were you thinking at the time?
- Who did it effect? And how?
- How did it make you / them feel?
- What could you have done differently?
- What needs to happen to fix it?
We teach our children to consider the impact of their choices on others and promote three principles of healthy relationships: the first is to be kind, the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.