A Relational Foundation for school Culture.
Restorative Practice is a relational approach to school life grounded in beliefs about equality, dignity, mana and the potential of all people. This approach supports the development of the five key competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum and ensures our school values of aroha, whanaungatanga and Rangatiratang are alive and lived within our school community.
The Restorative Practice model focuses on building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships across the school community and offers school staff best-practice tools and techniques to foster positive Whanaungatanga.
These powerful strategies help all our community members act with Aroha and provide a framework to foster Rangatiratanga for everyone and restore relationships when things go wrong.
By building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships within a school, staff to staff, staff to student and student to student, any issues that may arise are more easily managed.
Restorative Practice & Relational Approach
At Wellington East Girls’ College, RP & RA includes prevention and responsive work, embedded with the kaupapa of the school - our core school values.
We aim to work through issues in ways which demonstrate non-judgement, openness, transparency, mutual respect and inclusion.
To be “restorative” means to believe that decisions are best made, and conflicts resolved, by all those most directly affected by them, through collaborative problem solving and “co-creation.”
The aim is to help facilitate the development of empathy and change behaviour whilst keeping all parties safe.
Restorative cooperation with local communities can help those most affected by an issue to work together to problem solve some of the toughest problems and conflicts.