He waka eke noa
A canoe which we are all in with no exception
At Dio, we believe that positive relationships are the key to a happy school. When people are happy, they learn well and enjoy the things they are doing. Good relationships are based on respect, fairness, honesty and open communication. Sometimes, however, things don’t always go as we would like and problems occur between people. More often than not, these problems start off as little problems and if they are not dealt with they tend to become big problems.
Restorative Practice is central to Dio’s philosophy and is based on the development of respectful relationships and the awareness of how our behaviour affects others.
The core of Restorative Practice is the coming together of all people involved in the problem to discuss a way forward. Problems within school and between people occur at different levels of seriousness and this means that one type of restorative discussion does not fit all situations. The different types of restorative discussions that take place at school will depend on the level of the problem.
All classroom teachers at Dio base their practice in the classroom around the principles of
respectful relationships. However, if a student breaches any of the rules or expectations set
out in the School Handbook/Student Diary they can still expect possible consequences for their
At Waikato Diocesan every teacher has the right to set classroom expectations and every student has the right to learn in a friendly and respectful environment. It is the student’s responsibility to:
- Be in class on time and pack up on the teacher’s signal.
- Come to class prepared; bring the correct equipment, work to deadlines and complete homework.
- Listen respectfully to the teacher and other students.
- Follow instructions the first time given and ask appropriate questions if you don’t understand.
- Wear the correct uniform.
- Respect others and the classroom environment.
- Encourage and support each other.
- Use class time wisely to enhance each others’ learning.
- Look for opportunities to extend yourself.
- Be willing to contribute.
- Be willing to work with a range of people.
- Use initiative in your learning.