Restorative Practice

Through Restorative Practices we seek to enhance relationships among students, and between students, teachers, and parents, so as to nurture our sense of community. The Restorative Practices philosophy provides Sorrento PS students with the opportunity to develop self-discipline and positive behaviours in a caring, supportive environment.


The aim of our behaviour management philosophy and practice is for students to learn to be responsible for themselves and their actions and to make genuine, positive contributions to their community. A restorative approach sees conflict or wrong-doing firstly as an opportunity for students to learn about the consequences of their actions, to develop empathy with others, and to seek to make amends in such a way as to strengthen the relationships that may have been damaged.


Key Questions used in resolivng issues restoratively are outlined below.


When things go wrong

What happened?

What were you thinking 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?


When someone has been hurt

What did you think when you realized what had happened?

What impact has this incident had on you and others?

What has been the hardest thing for you

What do you think needs to happen to make things right?