Restorative Practices at Fairholme
Repairing, resolving and restoring relationships respectfully through a proactive and purposeful problem-solving process.
Restorative Practices can take place in any setting and in many forms, ranging from a restorative chat, an informal discussion, a structured conversation, a class meeting or a full conference. Ultimately each approach is founded upon an aim of increasing understanding about self and others as we exist in community with one another. It is about responsibility for actions, understanding of effects and acceptance of consequences – ‘whatever we do, whether good or bad, will have an impact on someone else.’ (Thorsborne)
Restorative chat › Informal discussion › Structured conversation › Class Meeting › Conference
All restorative conversations - whether unstructured or structured, draw from the following questions:
To help me/us to understand what happened can you share with me/us:
- What happened?
- What you were thinking at the time?
- Was it the right or wrong thing to do?
- What you have thought about since?
- Who has been affected, and in what ways?
- What needs to be done to put things right again/or to fix the situation?
- What can you do or say to assure us that this won’t happen again?
- Is there anything anyone needs to hear from you?
- How can we help you?
The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway. Henry Boyle
Fairholme - a nurturing Christian school, is committed to the development of a vibrant learning community; one that challenges students to become confident and respectful contributors within our global society.
Restorative Practices @ Fairholme
Fairholme is committed to building and growing healthy relationships between all members of the College community. We believe that positive relationships and a demonstrated ethos of care are integral to the creation of a strong learning environment where collaboration, cooperation and negotiation are fundamental components. The use of a restorative practices methodology when resolving conflict, restoring relationship difficulties, or repairing harm reflects a commitment to the core value of respect, a belief in accountability and an acceptance of responsibility for our actions.
An enormous body of research supports this methodology which is underpinned by the following core tenets:
- Wrongdoing is harmful to people and to interpersonal relationships
- Damage to people or to interpersonal relationships creates responsibilities
- Responsibilities for one’s wrongful actions means putting right the wrongs, or fixing the harm that has been done
How Can Parents Assist?
The philosophy of restoration offers hope for those of us who want our children to grow up in a world where they understand that whatever they do, whether good or bad, it will have an impact on someone else. (www.thorsborne.com.au)
- By understanding the process and its philosophical underpinnings
- Incorporating the restorative questions within your own problem-solving
- Modelling a restorative, collaborative, conciliatory approach in your daily life
- Supporting your daughter and the College through engagement in this process, should the circumstance arise
- Seeking support from key members of Pastoral staff in relation to the process.