All students participate in the Virtue Based Restorative Discipline Program. This program highlights virtues and promotes a culture of kindness at our school.
Virtue Based Restorative Discipline
- A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.
- The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline offers SMMA teachers, parents, and students a way to cultivate virtue while repairing harm from bullying and other hurtful behaviors.
- Jesus specifically rejects ‘an eye for an eye’
- What can we consider low, mid, high level incidents and low, mid, high level response
Goals of Restorative Discipline:
- To understand the harm and develop empathy for both parties
- To listen and respond to the needs of both parties
- To encourage accountability and responsibility through personal reflection within a collaborative planning process
Components for prevention:
- Staff Development – we work to identify problems/refine the process
- Class Meetings – we are committed to helping students grow emotionally
- Parent Discussions – a way to build stronger families committed to the process
- Building Community – expand our efforts to build healthy relationships among adults
VBRD and Bullying – A post by Lynne Lang, Founder of VBRD