At Hamilton Junior High School we believe in growing success for all learners. We have high expectations for our students.
Our Restorative Ethos
“The problem is the problem, the person
is never the problem”
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.
conversations are key to maintaining our school welfare and mana.
“Care before censure”
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
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
· Mana - mana is the sense of self or pride that everyone carries
· 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.