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  1. Alternative KidsAlternative LearningReal Outcomes International Forum For Child Welfare Education Through Alternative Settings. 2011

  2. Father Riley’s Philosophy Circle of Courage Service Learning So what makes us different? Staff Restorative Justice Integrated Curriculum

  3. Father Riley’s Philosophy • In life no-one is better or worse • Everyone has had a different lifeexperience. These life experiences have shaped our values. • By employing empathy we can endeavour to understand another person's point of view. • By doing this we show respect and this leads to trust.

  4. We provide a strength based intervention; highlight the positive. • We provide kids with a success based curriculum • We have the courage to believe that ALL kids have the ability to believe that they can achieve greatness. • That we have the courage to try different ideas and approaches. • Our role is to find opportunities for them to succeed.

  5. Father Riley’s Philosophy Circle of Courage Service Learning So what makes us different? Staff Restorative Justice Integrated Curriculum

  6. Circle of Courage (Brendtro, Bockern & Brokenleg)

  7. Circle of Courage- “The Resilience Code” • Belonging is developed through opportunities to build trusting bonds of human attachment. • Significance: “I am important to someone” (Brendtro & du Toit 2005 p.43)

  8. Circle of Courage- “The Resilience Code” • Mastery requires opportunities to creatively solve problems and meet goals for achievement • Competence: “I am able to solve problems” (Brendtro & du Toit 2005 p.43)

  9. Circle of Courage- “The Resilience Code” • Independence is fostered by opportunities to grow in responsibility and autonomy. • Power: “I am in charge of my life” (Brendtro & du Toit 2005 p.43)

  10. Circle of Courage- “The Resilience Code” • Generosity is shown through opportunities to show concern in acts of kindness and altruism. • Virtue: “I am considerate to others” (Brendtro & du Toit 2005 p.43)

  11. “He who helps in the saving of others saves himself as well”

  12. Father Riley’s Philosophy Circle of Courage Service Learning So what makes us different? Staff Restorative Justice Integrated Curriculum

  13. It takes courage to see our faults and to try to change. By making yourself the best person you can be, you improve the world. Your positive actions have a ripple effect. • By deciding to improve your community you agree to being part of the solution as opposed to being part of the problem. • We achieve this through Service Learning.

  14. What is Service Learning? • an innovative, values-based intervention program • for youth at risk • developed with Father Chris Riley • to address the cause(s) of violent and criminal behaviour amongst older adolescents. • The primary purpose is to help young people to develop a lasting moral framework for positive behaviour.

  15. Other Service Learning Projects • Swimming with adults- Vision impaired • Botanical Gardens – new growth • Eyeglasses- overseas • Emmaus Retirement Village aged care • River clean up and replanting- Landcare • Random Acts of Kindness- Newtown • Transition 6-7 high school • Blanket Distribution-homeless • Halvorson Homes- aged care • Preschool Reading

  16. Father Riley’s Philosophy Circle of Courage Service Learning So what makes us different? Staff RestorativeJustice Integrated Curriculum

  17. Focuses on accountability and repairing the harm rather then retribution and punishment Offers an opportunity for the victim to achieve closure The idea behind RJ • Enables the offender to be directly responsible to the victim • Transfers power from the ‘institution’ to the community

  18. RJ Circle • Start with a quote • Students and teachers sit in a circle in a shared space, equally • Use a talking tool • The circle is facilitated by a student leader. • Participation in the circle is a privilege. Students or staff who are unable to value the opportunity are asked to leave. • The student leader reads each white card and discusses an appropriate consequence. Who, the behaviour, how to restore • ‘Bring up the beef’ –students discuss issues they have either with other students, staff or other and use this time to communicate their feelings and resolve the issue. • To conclude students identify ‘How the day was’ and ‘something they are proud of’.

  19. Questions used in Restorative Justice • What happened? • How did it happen? • What part did you play in it? • How were you affected/who was affected? • What do you need to make it right? • How can we repair the harm? Suggested Quote;Anne Frank: I keep to my ideals because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.


  21. Father Riley’s Philosophy Circle of Courage Service Learning So what makes us different? Staff Restorative Justice Integrated Curriculum

  22. Integrated Learning -8 Modules • Australia’s National Identity • Facing Adversity • Environmental Issues • Natural Disasters • Protecting Life • Discrimination • Universal Human Rights • Healthy Lifestyles. All Modules are underpinned with Values and Aboriginal Studies.

  23. Stage 4/5 Integrated Unit 6 – Discrimination Content Links: English – My Place (Sally Morgan), Language surrounding the word and idea of “discrimination” using all aspects Literacy History – Experiences of migrants and aboriginal peoples Geography –Variety of Australian communities & Multiculturalism Aboriginal Perspectives – Stereotypes and attitudes towards aboriginal peoples PDHPE – Relationships, Bullying, Discrimination, Harassment, The Anti Discrimination Act Science – Interconnectedness and variety of life TAS – Climate and the growth of crops in certain countries influence the types of food, Multiculturalism & Australian food and tastes, IT/Graffiti Art Creative Arts – Graffitti Art, Music of Other Cultures Mandatory Technology – Graphics Technology: Graffiti Art

  24. RACIAL ISSUES • VALUES: • Courage • Justice/fairness • Citizenship • Equality/tolerance • Leadership • “I HAVE A DREAM” • Martin Luther King’s speech • Essay”What is your dream” • Writing Film/Play Reviews • FILM- The Story of Rosa Parks” • FILM: “Save the Last Dance” • Q &A • Question sheet • LISTENING • THE NEED TO LISTEN TO EVERY ONE • -Listening Sheets/games • LANGUAGE FORMS • -Basic grammar revision • Enhancing an essay • Basic essay writing • FILM /BOOK “Bridge to Terabithia” • BULLYING • Discuss past experiences. • Dealing with bullying. • What is Genre? • -Romance • -Drama • -science fiction • -Adventure • RESPECT/DISRESPECT • Make a web of what respect/disrespect means? • Making A Community Agreement/set of rules • Journey to Respect”-Aboriginal weekly program • MULTICULTURALISM IN AUSTRALIA • FILM- • “Lucky Miles” • “Romulus, My Father” • “They’re a Weird Mob” • BOOK-“Looking For Alibrandi”

  25. STEREOTYPING • EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT • ACCEPTING DIFFERRENCES • GAME:Ice breaker • Walking the Line • “Cinderella Man”-impact of gender perspective • DISCRIMINATION TOWARD YOUNG PEOPLE •  VALUES: • Courage • Justice/fairness/citizenship • Equality • Respect • Communication • Co-operation/teamwork • SPEAKING • SPEECH-WRITING • “bullying” • “It’s Unfair” • “The Big Whinge” • HAVE A SAY DAY • THE ABORIGINAL EXPERIENCE • NOVEL:MY PLACE • BY Sally Morgan • POETRY/COMPREHENSION • POETRY FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES • Limericks-Ireland • Haiku-Japan • Poetry- “Colour Bar”-Kath Walker • “The Black Tracker”-J.Davis • “Fourteen Men”-Mary Gilmore • Refugee-Jane Belfield • The Forgotten • FAMOUS POET-OodgerooNoonuccal • Book-“Whoever You Are”-Mem Fox • Empathy writing-journal

  26. Service Learning Opportunities: Discrimination • Visit to a “soup kitchen” • Visit to “Children’s Hospital” • Visit to “Special School” • Visit to Local school/kindergarten • Children’s Literacy Program - Cultural stories/Myths/dreaming stories/fairy stories/legends, After exploring these children’s stories students write their own children’s story.-focussing on an “injustice”/disadvantage” • Involvement in community projects (Macquarie Fields, Griffith, Walgett) • Visits to communities and interactions with elders • Restoration/preservation of sacred sites • Disability services (children, adolescents, adults) • Walking in My Shoes camp for children with Disabilities • Interactions with residents at retirement villages/aged care facilities • Maintenance at cemeteries

  27. Father Riley’s Philosophy Circle of Courage Service Learning So what makes us different? Staff Restorative Justice Integrated Curriculum

  28. Our kids know the can call anytime and we listen; discuss any problem and maybe we can help and offer further opportunities With passion and collaboration, we engage, challenge and change perceptions of the world. Staff The relationship between kids and us Non judgemental, open to all cultures. A melting pot of staff and kids. We have the freedom to work outside the box; most of our kids are from outside the box

  29. How do we measure Success?What do you look for?How do you record the changes?

  30. How do we measure Success? I am 17 years young and I'm living at a crisis refuge. Hopefully I won't be there long. I've decided to give up weed as it de-motivates me and holds me back from everything important in my life. Key College means so much to me and I'm so grateful to be here getting my Y.10  the support that I am getting is awesome as I see myself doing good and going somewhere with my life. My life is going where I want it 2 b going.

  31. So what makes us different in learning? • We work with great kids • Give opportunity for Youth to foster excellence in leadership in their community. • Have the Courage to Demand Greatness from ALL who we work with.

  32. Mrs Lou Single Principal Key College Principal Matthew Hogan School Director of Education      Youth Off The Streets LimitedPO Box 8, Merrylands NSW 2160Office:   02 9721 5718      Fax: 9721 3240 Mobile: 0409399192 Email: Web: • Service Learning with • YOUth Making a Difference