April 8, 2016
CRC Office of Social Justice
Restorative Justice Spotlight
Mark Nill, Principal at Surrey Christian School, Surrey, British Columbia
At Surrey Christian School, we use restorative circles to build and strengthen relationships within our community. Not only do circles create a space for all students to be equal, but they also allow all students to have a voice in the class. Whether in a Biology 12 class, English 10, Humanities 8, or Physical Education, circles are used for students to proactively get to know each other, for pedagogical reasons and to resolve conflicts. More specifically, circles are used to brainstorm and problem solve as a way to make decisions and to instill a fair process.
To learn more about restorative practices, Mark recommends the International Institute for Restorative Practices.