Restorative Practices at Toorak Primary School

Our school has made a very important decision lately and that is to become a Restorative School.  Using Restorative Practices isn’t something we take lightly.  We’ve been watching what’s been happening in the world of education when it comes to creating a strong school culture, to building effective relationships, to resolving conflict and to improving student behaviour and bullying.  

Restorative Practices is that way.  Working restoratively is really all about asking the right questions to students when things go wrong.  You see, most approaches have us putting our detective hats on and focusing everything in the past.  It really doesn’t get us very far because we never get to the present or the future.

Put simply, we’ll be asking your children questions like:

  • What happened?
  • How has that made people feel?
  • And what action needs to be taken to make that better?

It’s all about teaching responsibility for your actions and knowing that nobody is going to do it for you.  Our job is to help them do just that … better and better and better.

There’s a LOT more to Restorative Practices and we’re going to ensure you find out all of it.  Our ongoing Partnership with Real Schools is supporting and resourcing us to make this change.

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting development for our school.