Virtue Based Restorative Discipline
Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) is a huge component of our school. Our goal as a school is to teach students about the virtues and help them live those virtues in their daily lives. We define a virtue as a holy habit that imitates God.
The essence of Christian discipline is formation in virtue. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.” (CCC 1803)
The purpose of VBRD is twofold:
Increase faith practices
Reduce/prevent anti-social behavior
This school-wide initiative includes these components:
Staff, parent and student spiritual formation in practical application of virtue, defined with students as: Holy habits that imitate God.
Training in restorative practices, which hold relationships as the highest priority, assuring high responsibility and high accountability for repairing harm to relationships and property when such harm occurs.
When harm occurs, Restorative Discipline seeks to do the following:
What happened: Establish the injustice, or harm that occurred
What needs to be done: Restore equity, repair harm to property and restore relationships Establish appropriate future intentions (How can we guarantee a better future?)
What can be expected: Establish appropriate future intentions