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Restorative Practices Survey

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At Hamilton Junior High School we believe in growing success for all learners. We have high expectations for our students.

  • We believe that everyone will be supported and nurtured as individuals
  • All students are given the opportunity to develop the attributes of an HJHS Learner
  • All learners are given support to demonstrate the HJHS Expectations towards students, staff and our community
  • We believe that all students have the right to learn in an environment where they feel safe and valued
  • We place daily importance on responsible thinking practices which allow students to think through choices and consider the impact their decisions have on others
  • We have a restorative ethos and practice this through our behaviour management programme

Our Restorative Ethos

“The problem is the problem, the person is never the problem”

Restorative Practices and Relationships are about making a stand, being committed to journeying alongside people in relationship with them. It focuses on building healthy relationships and as a result makes it possible for everyone in the community to experience success.

It is about treating people as equals, caring for them and working in collaboration with them. Restorative Practices honour relationships and ensure that there are opportunities to heal the hurt and damage done to them.

Restorative conversations are key to maintaining our school welfare and mana.

                                “Care before censure”

Positive Relationships

Using these preferred adult behaviors will impact on student affect, compliance and learning:

  • proximity - communicate privately with students, reserve communicating across the room for whole class instruction

  • listening - pause, attend thoughtfully to the student

  • eye contact - communicate at eye level, look student in the eye when instructing or directing, hold eye contact briefly for compliance

  • pleasant voice - use a calm pleasant voice when talking with, praising and correcting students

  • smiles - pleasant facial expressions and frequent smiles

  • touch - appropriate brief nurturing touch

  • use of student’s name - begin interactions with student’s name and use frequently when interacting

HJHS Expectations


We have four core expectations at HJHS and these are woven into all of our teaching and learning programmes. We explicitly teach the skills required to meet these expectations:

·    Mana - mana is the sense of self or pride that everyone carries with them

·  Manaakitanga - is our ability to take care of others

·  Respect - is the way that we treat one another

·  Awhinatia - is how we show that we care

Students, teachers and whanau have constructed the following rubrics that describe how each of the expectations is practised and demonstrated.


HJHS Expectations award, these cards are awarded to students for showing the HJHS Expectations Awhinatia, Respect, Mana and Manaakitanga in all areas of HJHS school life.


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