From time to time in any community, relationships can be harmed in various ways and to varying degrees. It is therefore essential that St Pius X High School is a community that promotes the resolution of conflicts between community members and the restoration of relationships between these community members. The Restorative Justice Policy at SPX provides a framework within which this can be achieved.
Restorative Justice at SPX is based on the belief that when relationships are harmed we must work with the students, teachers and parents involved to restore the relationships.
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
At SPX we do not simply do things to people, a punitive approach, nor do we simply do things for the people involved, a permissive approach. Restorative justice is a commitment to inclusiveness so that we make every attempt to reintegrate our troubled students, even those with severe behaviour difficulties. It is a commitment to a high degree of discipline with clear limits and consequences, coupled with a high degree of support and care.
Restorative measures assist students to learn from their mistakes, reconcile their differences and resolve problems with others. Restorative measures can effectively address a wide variety of harm done in school settings including truancy, bullying, harassment, classroom or yard misbehaviour or non-cooperation, alcohol and other drug use and many other cases.
The Restorative Justice Policy at SPX is an essential element of the Pastoral Care Policy and guides the application of all discipline at the school.