New Zealand Schools are undergoing a huge shift in how they deal with young people and help them to engage with adults and learning in a positive way. These pages are designed to give you a flavour of how Restorative Practice is implemented at Tawa College. There are also links to documents and web pages which you will find useful if you are interested in Restorative practice and want to find out more.
We are extremely proud of the statement;
"Teachers' use of restorative practices, together with the high profile they give to college values, underpin the positive relationships evident school wide. Students know what is expected of them and learn to take full responsibility for their behaviour."
Education Review Office 2012
"The essence of restorative practices is disarmingly simple: that human beings are happier, more productive and more likely to make positive changes in their behaviour when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them."
Adapted from Wachtel 2004
We see parents contacting the college more and more, seeking guidance for bringing up young people in a caring and structured way. We feel Restorative Practice provides a framework for positively managing behaviour….providing students with an environment in which they can be confident outgoing people who feel part of the school community. We encourage teachers and students to develop positive relationships and strive to make every student feel connected to the college in one way or another. These positive relationships are essential when it comes to problem solving and finding ways forward if things go wrong.