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School-wide expectations have been developed through consultation with staff and learners. A matrix of behaviours was created and posters are visual throughout the school to reinforce expected behaviour in the differing spaces (for example general learning spaces, library, gymnasium, on field trips and so on). Time is spent teaching expected behaviours and R2L expectations are also outlined at the start of each lesson.
Rolleston Spirit Card
A junior acknowledgement system was developed to acknowledge students who demonstrate the Rolleston Spirit and are R2L. Junior learners have a Rolleston Spirit card and staff will click the card when they see learners displaying the expected behaviours. The cards are linked to the school Whanau Competition as well as having individual incentives attached.
Senior Spirit Badge
A senior acknowledgement system was developed to acknowledge students who demonstrate the Rolleston Spirit. This system was created in consultation with students and staff to reflect the school’s values and student voice. Senior learners apply for a badge by completing an application form that outlines evidence of their involvement in C.A.S.E.S (cultural/arts, academic, service, EOTC, and sport), how they have demonstrated the Rolleston Spirit and written endorsements from staff and peers. There are four badges that students can apply for in their senior years; bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.
Restorative Practice is a relational approach to school life grounded in beliefs about equality, dignity, mana and the potential of all people. As outlined on the Ministry of Education PB4L site:
The Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) Restorative Practice model focuses on building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships across the school community and offers school staff best-practice tools and techniques to restore relationships when things go wrong. By building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships within a school, staff to staff, staff to student and student to student, issues are more easily managed. Click here for further information.
Why Restorative? At Rolleston College the learner is at the centre and is at the heart of all that we do. Restorative Practices are about teaching learners the next step rather than punishing them without looking at how the behaviour occurred. Young people need help to learn social skills just as they need help with Maths and English. Restorative Practice is relationship based and removes barriers to learning. Ready to Learn, Ready to Flourish.