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Restorative Justice

“We will try to have authority over our pupils, young and old: that is to say, a certain ascendancy which brings respect and obedience. Let us note well that it is not age, nor physical size, nor the tone of the voice, nor threats which bring this about, but a manner of acting which is always fair, firm, moderate, self-possessed and reasonable and which never acts out of impulse, temper, or the mood of the moment … Let us never put on an austere or imperious air, otherwise we will close a boy’s heart and cut him off from us, and any further attempts concerning his education will be fruitless. Never demand an exactitude or seriousness beyond their age.” Fr Colin on discipline.

The College employs a process with graded consequences for students’ misbehaviour. The school-wide approach uses restorative practices, with the repairing of relationships seen as essential. This may be seen in a student renegotiating with their teacher to return to lessons, or in mediation between students to restore classroom or school yard relationships.  Restorative conferences are held at both House Tutor and Senior Management level to allow those involved to be heard and for harm to be repaired.  A restorative process is also important in ensuring enhanced teaching and learning.  Improved relationships in the classroom lead to improved learning.

Students are identified through Pastoral Care systems who may be struggling with learning and behaviour issues. This allows House Tutors and teachers to seek out ways to attend to student needs. The school Guidance Counsellor is critical in this process as are the House Tutors and Form Tutors. It is a system that works for both staff and students and demonstrates fairness within positive support structures.

BPS – Bedean Pastoral System

At St Bede’s we want to have a system that is fair, allows you to learn from your mistakes and gives clear consequences for chosen actions. The system has two aspects: Academic and General Behaviour. Worked into this is the opportunity to mend relationships between students and teachers and with other students.

Classroom Rules

Follow the teacher’s instructions promptly.

Arrive on time, prepared and ready to work.

Don’t interrupt other people.

Keep hands, feet etc. to yourself.

Respect yourself, other people and property.


Weekly Notes

Each week your subject teachers will give you a grade 1-5 for effort in the subject they teach you in. 1 is the lowest mark and 5 is the highest mark.  Obviously 3.5 is an average mark. Each week all the subjects are added up and the overall average that you get for all your subjects gives some indication to everyone what sort of effort you are putting in. The Form Tutor will give you your notes on Friday of each week and your House Tutor will publish a list of the House’s notes each Friday. Also your Weekly Notes are e-mailed home to your parents on Friday.

Good Weekly Notes

If you get an average of four or more you gain a point for your House in the House competition. If you get the highest average in your year level you gain three points for your House and obtain a certificate. At the end of the year the student who gets top Weekly Notes the most regularly gets his school fees paid for him in the following year. You also get the satisfaction of knowing that you have worked hard and to the best of your ability.

Poor Weekly Notes

If you get an average for your subjects that is below 3 you are ‘off the board’.  If you are off the board your name will be published in the daily notices on Friday morning and you will have to go and see your House Tutor at the end of form time. You will then have a detention to do after school on that day to catch up on work that you have not done well. You will be expected to see the teachers who gave you bad notes for work to do in that detention.

Form Teacher Weekly Notes

Each week your Form Tutor will give you a grade between 1-5. This will be for general cooperation, participation in form class, tidiness, punctuality etc.  This grade will be averaged out and put on your reports so that your parents can see how you are getting on in tutor group time.

Positive Consequences of Meeting Expectations

You may get forms of praise from the teacher, written positive comments praising good work, a positive weekly note, a gold card or other things according to the discretion of the teacher. Parents may be contacted to affirm good behaviour and rewards in class considered suitable by the teacher may be given.

 Not meeting Expectations in the Classroom:

There are three steps:

Step One: first verbal warning.

Step Two: second verbal warning. You are to remain behind at the end of the period to see the teacher or will be spoken to individually during class.

Step Three: third verbal warning resulting in a withdrawal from class. You will be sent to the withdrawal room for the remainder of the class.

NB: Severe clause still operates where actions require immediate withdrawal.

Each withdrawal will be worth 6 points. If you are withdrawn twice by the same teacher you will meet with your House Tutor. Your House Tutor may choose to have a restorative conference with you and your teacher or negotiate your return to class. For the first withdrawal the student must earn the right to re-join the class by:

  • Where possible you will be released from withdrawal 3 minutes before the end of the period with the intention of renegotiating with the teacher who withdrew you. All efforts should be made by both parties to ensure this happens. If unable—a time should be made ASAP to complete the renegotiation.
  • Apologising to the teacher.
  • Contracting to improve your behaviour.

The teacher who withdrew you will fill out a form that your House Tutor will send home so that your parents will know the withdrawal has taken place. If you are a boarder the withdrawal sheet also goes to the Dean of Boarders.

Points will continue to accumulate and the following will occur as you reach significant totals:

Behaviour Points

At St Bede’s points are allocated for the following behaviour:

  • Being withdrawn from class (6pts)
  • Did not renegotiate (2pts)
  • Failing to attend a Detention without an acceptable reason (2pts)
  • Bunking (3pts)
  • Failing to attend an Early Bird (3pts)
  • Defiance (3pts)
  • Dangerous behaviour (6pts)
  • Fighting (6pts)
  • General Harassment (6pts)
  • Continual lateness – 4 times within two weeks (3pts)


There are a set of consequences for accumulating points:

Step Four:  18 Points = you will meet with your House Tutor and Form Teacher. Your House Tutor will contact home.    

Step Five:   24 Points = your parents will be invited in for a meeting with your House Tutor, Mr Thorn (if required) and yourself.

Step Six:     30 Points = another meeting of your House Tutor, Mr Thorn, your parents, yourself and Mr Davidson

Step Seven: 36 Points = a meeting with Mr Boyle

 If you get to 18 points you can work off 3 points by getting Honours or an average of 4 or more for Weekly Notes twice in a row.  You may work off back to 6 points.

General Behaviour

White Bucket

A teacher may give you a white bucket and require you to pick up some rubbish if you have done something minor. This will be done at break times. It may be especially used if you are seen littering.

Work squad

Your teacher may give you a work squad for minor infringements. If they give you a work squad you will be expected to go and see the teacher at the end of the day and do a 10-15 minute punishment. These will take place every day except for Wednesday. Failure to attend a teacher’s work squad will lead to more serious consequences.


Your teacher can give you a detention for academic reasons such as not doing your homework, not doing the work set in class, not preparing for a test and other academic reasons. If you get a detention you will be given a green slip which the teacher will fill out indicating what work you will do in the detention. 24 hour notice will be given before you a do a detention. Detention is on Friday at 3.05 and goes for one hour. You must do your detention on Friday. If there is any reason why you can’t do it you must see your House Tutor.

Early Birds

If you get an Early Bird you have to come to school at 7am and spend the time until school begins with your House Tutor. Only your House Tutor or a member of the Senior Management can give you an Early Bird. However a teacher can go to your House Tutor and ask that you get an Early Bird.  Early Birds are given for more major discipline infringements.


Smoking is not permitted by law on the College grounds.  Students are also not permitted to smoke off the property in school uniform.  Students caught smoking will be sent to Mr Davidson and will receive an Early Bird.  Continued disobeying of this rule will lead to serious consequences.


If you are late to school or class you must collect a Late Pass from the Pastoral Office before you will be let into class. This pass needs to be presented to your teacher.


If you miss class or Assembly you get 3points. Please note that continual lateness will also result in 3 points. Non-attendance without prior permission to special school occasions you will be referred to Senior Management.

Final Comment

We believe it is important that you know what is expected of you and also what the consequences will be of the choices that you make.  We want to be fair and we want people to take responsibility for their actions.  We hope that the BPS will help you to become a man of principles who knows how to do the right thing. 


Classroom Rules

Follow the teacher’s instructions promptly.

Arrive on time, prepared and ready to work.

Don’t interrupt other people.

Keep hands, feet etc to yourself.

Respect yourself, other people and property.