Restorative Practices

St Columba’s College employs Restorative Practices to help us transform and enhance our College culture through focusing on what really counts – committed teachers, caring students and connected communities.

Committed teachers who model the lifelong learning that we want to foster in our students.

Caring students who desire to do the right thing and engage in healthy relationships.

Connected communities where members work together for a better future.

Restorative Practices are focused on promoting resilience and contributing to the building of positive relationships in school communities. This approach aims to help young people become aware of the impact of their behaviour on others, through personal accountability and learning from times of conflict. An important component of restorative practices is on restoring relationships. This occurs by building on each student’s capacity for empathy and an understanding of the consequences of their actions, not just for themselves but for the wider community.

Relationship restoration and strengthening does not just occur amongst students. Restorative practices aim to also build strong connections between teachers and students. When there is a healthy and strong relationship between a student and their teacher, profound learning can occur.

St Columba’s College is committed to continual improvement through professional learning, self-assessment, and innovative practices; ensuring a positive culture for all members of our College community.