Pastoral Care Programs

​Restorative Practices

Through Restorative Practices we seek to enhance relationships among students, and between students, teachers, and parents, so as to nurture our sense of community at the College.

A positive school climate, in which young people feel connected, is the best environment for learning.

Restorative Practices is a way of viewing conflict and wrong-doing that focuses on the harm these cause to people and to relationships, and the obligation to repair that harm. RP is an approach to behaviour management and discipline that emphasises the importance of relationships rather than punishment and making 'an example' of a wrong doer. RP is a way for students to develop better understanding of, and empathy with, others.

Mt Maria Restorative Practices Brochure .pdf

Restorative Processes.pdf

Just Relationships - RP in a Catholic School.pdf

RP In Everyday Life by Ted Wachtel.pdf

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​​​​​​​Positive Behaviour 4 Learning (PB4L)

Mt Maria College follows the Positive Behaviour 4 Learning (PB4L) strategy to maximise student wellbeing and achieve effective behaviour supports.

What is PB4L?

PB4L is about people, practise and processes. It is not a program, but is about the way we 'do' work. Integrated into the PB4L strategy are:

  • ​A focus on learning​​​

  • Wise and thorough use of data​

  • Capability build​ing​

  • Identifying and spreading good evidence-based practice

The goal of having a systematic PB4L is to achieve effective school-wide behaviour supports for all members of the school community and all involved with its implementation. It is based on three levels of support:

  1. Level 1 - Universal and academic support for all students, with the focus on creating a whole school positive learning   environment, prevention of problem behaviours and early intervention for those at risk.
  2. Level 2 - Targeted support such as small group social skill instruction, academic supports and self-management strategies.  Early intervention at this level is designed to stop problem behaviours becoming intense or chronic.
  3. Level  3 - Intensive or individualised support offered to students who require highly individualised behaviour support which at times will include mental health professional support and community services.

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