Year 7 to 13 Catholic Boys School, Auckland New Zealand

Statement to Students

Sometimes things go wrong. Perhaps it is our fault, perhaps it is the fault of others. When problems happen, we need to remember that Liston College is a restorative school. We follow a system of Justice that places relationships at the heart of our ethos. It means that if and when we do wrong, we are to consider the harm we have caused others and so are expected to make things right – for them.

Staff and students are all expected to take responsibility for their actions and how they affect others. Restoration puts into practice true justice as it is understood in the light of Edmund Rice’s charism and the Gospel Values upheld by Liston College.

Simply put Restorative Practices at Liston College is a process where relationships can be “put right” through:


At Liston College there are three levels to our “restorative practice”:

  • Restorative chat
  • A mini conference for more serious wrong doings
  • Major Restorative Conferences for major offences

Such practices usually involve:

  • the acknowledgement of wrongdoing
  • accountability for actions
  • the repair of harm or some sort of reparation (consequences)
  • and a plan to support both wrongdoer and the person wronged in, collaboration with wider support networks

Restorative Questions:

  1. When things go wrong:
  • What happened?
  • What were you thinking at the time?
  • What have you thought about since?
  • Who has been affected / upset / harmed by what you have done? In what way?
  • What do you think you need to do to make things right?
  1. When someone is hurt:
  • What did you think when you realized what had happened?
  • What impact has this incident had on you and others?
  • What has been the hardest thing for you?
  • What do you think needs to happen to make things right?

Learning Right

You have a right to a good education by:

  • receiving help and assistance when you need it
  • learning unimpeded
  • being offered a range of educational opportunities
  • receiving regular feedback on your progress at school
  • being well taught ie. receiving lessons that are interesting and that meet your ability level in an environment where there are high standards of work and behaviour.   

Learning Responsibility

Your responsibility is to try your hardest in class and help others learn by:

  • following school / class rules and procedures
  • being at school and to class / activity on time
  • bringing the correct equipment / books necessary for the class or activity
  • being attentive and doing quality work
  • completing all the class work and homework
  • participating in activities
  • not interrupting the learning of others
  • acting on advice given to assist your learning

Safety Right

You have the right to feel safe and secure by:

  • your property being safe and respected
  • being protected against threats to your safety
  • having a classroom / school environment that is clean, pleasant and well maintained

Safety Responsibility

You have the responsibility to ensure that other people and property is safe, secure and cared for by:

  • following school / class rules and procedures
  • keeping the school environment / equipment free from litter, graffiti and damage
  • returning all found property to the school office
  • labelling your own property
  • being honest and trustworthy
  • not bringing to school / using prohibited substances and or forbidden articles
  • ensuring that others’ property is free from interference

Treatment Right

You have the right to receive respect from others by:

  • being free from discrimination and harassment
  • being treated respectfully and fairly

Treatment Responsibility

You have a responsibility to treat others as you would like them to treat you by:

  • avoiding “put downs” verbal and physical abuse
  • listening to others
  • using polite language
  • celebrating other peoples’ successes
  • treating others with fairness, respect and dignity
  • following school / class rules and procedures
  • Not using social media to disparage staff, students, their families and or the College itself

Loyalty Right

You have the right to expect the College to be highly regarded by its students and community

Loyalty Responsibility

You have the responsibility to act in such a way so that the name of the College is respected by:

  • wearing the school uniform correctly at all times
  • being well groomed
  • behaving in a manner that reflects well on you and the College outside school and at functions
  • being welcoming to visitors to the college
  • representing the college with pride
  • living out the school motto “In Christ we live”