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©2019 by Halswell Residential College. 

Philosophy of Care

We believe in the rights of children and have developed the following
actions to underpin our practice.

  • We will involve students, whanau and IWS in creating student learning goals.

  • We will provide a warm, nurturing, stimulating, developmentally appropriate learning environment.

  • We will seek ways to engage every student. 

  • We will ensure students experience  and celebrate their success.

  • We will recognise students’ potential and build on their strengths. 

  • We will provide a range of activities where students can relax, play and have fun.

  • We will provide a programme that is consistent and responsive to individual student needs.

  • We will ensure that consequences are a learning opportunity.

  • We will maximise incidental teaching moments.

  • We will keep students physically and psychologically safe. 

  • We will ensure students can make mistakes without fear.

  • We will work co-operatively with whanau and support agencies to maximise students’ safety.

  • We will respond professionally to hostile behaviour and model restorative practice.

  • We will uphold students’ dignity and privacy.

  • We will listen and speak to students respectfully.

  • We will support students to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas.

  • We will capture the collective student voice.

  • We will give students an opportunity to be part of decision- making that affects them.

  • We will provide opportunities for students to ask for help or advocacy.

  • We will have professional and collaborative partnerships to best meet student needs.

  • We will have rules so that actions of students respect other students’ rights.

  • We will accommodate students’ physical, emotional, social,  intellectual, spiritual and cultural needs.

  • We will reflect on our practice and look for how we can do things better.

  • We will model persistence and resilience.