Restorative Practices

Building Repairing & Maintaining Healthy Relationships in Schools

Model of Delivery

1. Staff Training

  • Day 1 – One day with whole school staff.
  • Day 2, 3 or 4 – Students Workshops (30 to 60 mins)
  • Evening and or daytime training sessions for parents. Workshop of 90 minutes.

This three tier style of delivery was developed at Mary MacKillop Primary, South Penrith in 2004. The design of the MacKillop Model of Restorative Practices was the result of our collaboration with Terry O’Connell of Real Justice, Australia.

The model recognises that consistency in response to behaviour has the potential to create a safe learning space. When teachers, students and parents respond to wrong doing in the same way, that is, seeing aberrant behaviour as an opportunity for learning, then a passionate and peaceful learning environment is created.

2. Embedding and sustaining Restorative Practices in schools with continued Leadership and team development.

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A question about relationships

If we agree that relationships are important, why is this so?

Recently a school staff gave these responses.....

  • Safety for Learning
  • Helps define myself
  • Develops a collaborative society
  • We learn the nuances necessary for effective communication
  • Relationships are the glue that holds us together
  • We all need to be valued
  • Learning social skills from each other
  • We don’t want to be alone
  • We require strong trust
  • No positive relationships without trust.