KingsWay School provides an environment conducive to the spiritual growth and development of young people. A standard of conduct based on Biblical principles is necessary to provide such an environment. Students are expected to:
- Be respectful to others, themselves and the school environment
- Be responsible members of our community demonstrating Christ-like discipline in word and deed.
- Pursue learning in all facets on school life, whether academic, spiritual, social and physical domains.
Students are expected to abide by these standards throughout their time at KingsWay school.
We appreciate that as students seek to grow in maturity mistakes are made. KingsWay School adopts a restorative approach to managing student behaviour and development.
The Restorative Practice Model
The Restorative Practice Model is used throughout KingsWay School to resolve all conflict whether it be between adults or students. Restorative Practice is an intentional strategy aimed at restoring and rebuilding relationships damaged through any conflict. This practice can be used in diverse contexts including education, counselling and social work
We believe that restorative practice inspires students towards Christlikeness, personal responsibility, reconciling relationships, emotional well-being and building community.
Restorative practice is adopted in all student management situations. A variety of scaffolds may be put in place to support students in their attempts to restore relationships and build community. In addition, serious events are managed by members of the pastoral care team dependent on whether it be in the Junior, Middle or Senior School context, including Deans, HOLA’s, Assistant Heads of School, and in the most serious cases an Associate Principal.
Restorative questions for when things go wrong
- What happened?
- What were you thinking of at the time?
- What have you thought about since?
- Who has been affected by what you have done? In what way?
- What do you think you need to do to make things right?
Restorative questions for when someone has been hurt
- What do you think happened when you realised what had happened?
- What impact has this incident had on you and others?
- What has been the hardest think for you?
- What do you think needs to happen to make things right
The Restorative Practise approach in Primary is introduced to the students through the Young Peace Maker Program which teaches the students how to resolve personal conflicts in a biblically faithful manner and how to enjoy the freedom of restored relationships.
Discipling our young people in their decision making is an important part of supporting our Middle School students. We believe that relationship is at the heart of everything we do and we, therefore, have a Restorative Practice discipline system. The biblical foundation for this is that God restores and redeems. The nature, regularity and impact of student’s behaviours will ascertain as to who works with the student. It could be their Homeroom teacher, the Head of Learning for their year level or a Dean from the Wellbeing Team.
Our Wellbeing Team is led by Yvonne Neville, Assistant Head of Middle School. This team of teachers has the dual role of working with students due to choices they have made and also in leading a mentoring programme for our young people.
In any event, the Homeroom teacher is the first point of contact should parents have any concerns.