Discipline - RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
The school discipline system is based on the premise that there are consequences for actions. It endeavours to be consistent and fair and is underpinned by the principles of natural justice.
For the school community to operate as a safe learning environment where all strive for personal excellence, it is important that clear boundaries are established. Along with the mission statement, school values are embedded in the Code of Conduct and School Rules.
What happens when things go wrong?
The Hamilton Girls' High School teaching staff are committed to restorative processes. Classroom teachers, HOD's, deans, guidance staff and Management all aspire to build relationships with our students. We seek to address an issue in a low key way, to communicate with the students so that the problem is addressed and the behaviour corrected. We also value communication with parents/caregivers as we seek solutions.
Restorative processes are a part of classroom and school-wide practices and could include:
In the case of serious issues, a formal restorative conference may take place.
Consequences for actions are a part of the discipline process. Students are encouraged to identify who has been harmed by their actions and to put right the wrong. By recognizing their behaviour, students can then receive support to change or improve. We also endeavour to listen to their concerns and build relationships based on respect.
Consequences differ according to the situation. They may include a detention, cleaning graffiti, behaviour contracts, or in the case of repeated or serious misconduct, or for the non-recognition of misbehaviour, a suspension could be a last resort.
At all times, the needs and rights of each individual member of the Hamilton Girls' High School community must be considered so that all students and staff can work in an environment conducive to effective learning.
Time Out Rooms
A teacher may send you to Time Out if your behaviour or attitude is interrupting a class or you are not focused on completing your work.
If told to go to Time Out what should I do?
You should go to the Time Out Room without arguing.
What happens in Time Out?
You will be given instructions - usually you will fill out an information sheet and continue with your class work.
Will I be punished for being sent to Time Out?
It depends upon the circumstances. If you go quietly there may not be further consequences, if you correct your behaviour. Repeated occurrences or serious misbehaviour will incur a consequence.
What if I think it is unfair?
You must still go to Time Out. However, if there are issues that you believe you need to talk through with the teacher you should meet with your teacher to discuss them at another time. After meeting with your teacher you can make an appointment to see your Dean if there are unresolved issues.
What will happen if I refuse to go to Time Out?
A member of the Management or Guidance Team will become involved. There will be a consequence for disobedience.
TIME OUT IS JUST THAT - time out for you to reflect on what has happened and what can be done to prevent it happening again. It gives each party breathing space.