Developing a Positive School Climate

St.Carlo’s gives priority to establishing a safe and supportive school environment where positive relationships are targeted in policy, programs and practices. This emphasis recognises that the physical, social and emotional health of the student is a critical foundation for effective learning and personal development.

Restorative Practices, our whole school approach to promoting resilience and contributing to the building of positive relationships has helped students become aware of the impact of their behaviour on others through personal accountability and learning from a conflict situation. An important component of restorative practices is the focus on restoring relationships after harm has been done.

Restorative Practices at St Carlos involves asking children a set series of questions when conflist arises to help children move past the conflict.

These are known as Affective Questions, questions designed to affect (change) children's behaviour.

  1. What happened?
  2. How did it happen?
  3. How did you act in this situation?
  4. Who do you think was affected?
  5. How were they affected?
  6. How were you affected?
  7. What needs to happen to make things right?
  8. If the same situation happened again, how could you behave differently?