Students and staff at Newquay Tretherras are proud and honoured to have received an award presented by HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, in recognition of the school’s work in establishing a dedicated team of restorative mentors.
On Thursday 11th January 2018, students and staff from Newquay Tretherras were invited to attend a celebration event at Truro Cathedral, attended by HRH The Princess Royal and a dozen schools who had been running a pilot scheme to introduce these ideas and principles of restorative practice into their school communities.
Natalie Taylor and Matti De Beer, two year 11 Tretherras students who have been part of the mentor team, received the award from HRH Princess Anne who talked to them about their experiences of introducing the programme into school. The award is a piece of Jo Downs glassware shaped like the ripples on the surface of water, in recognition of the intended “ripple effect” that the mentors are kick-starting through their work with year 7 students.
The school has been working with an award winning company, RJ Working, to introduce the principles and practises of setting up restorative approaches primarily by establishing a team of “Ripple Effect Mentors” who have been working with year 7 tutor groups to develop strong social skills, encourage empathy, and to help rebuild relationships in the case of friendships breaking down. The team, including two dedicated members of the staff team at The Wave (the Integrated Health Centre at Newquay Tretherras) were trained in being able to understand and then apply these restorative principles to real life situations.
Since September 2017, the mentors have been going into year 7 tutor groups every Thursday, to work with small groups of students to help develop their social skills and NT character traits.
Mr Grahaeme Jones, who is Lead Teacher of SMSC at Newquay Tretherras, commented: “The celebration at Truro Cathedral was a fantastic event to be invited to, and we are very honoured to be one of only a dozen schools in the whole of Cornwall to be awarded this. It was amazing to see HRH Princess Anne take the time to talk to Matti, Natalie and Leslie about their experiences of using the skills of restorative approaches. It has certainly been excellent to see our year 7 students respond so positively to the work of our mentors, and see their social skills and friendships becoming so strong as a result. ”