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Restorative Practices Awarded National Title

7th October 2023

Congratulations to Mr Raymond Herron who was presented with a National Award at the finals of the National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education in Worcester, England.

Mr Herron was shortlisted at the regional heats in Belfast in June where his leadership of the school’s work in promoting Restorative Practices for conflict and dispute resolution was recognised as an innovative and pioneering development in the provision of pastoral care for our students.

With schools from across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland in competition for the title, it is no small achievement that the embedding of Restorative Practices in St Mary’s CBGS Belfast was selected by the judges to take the award for ‘Pastoral Development of the Year.’

Restorative Approaches give our students the skills to develop healthy relationships and opportunities to develop their resilience, while teaching and demonstrating skills and values of self-care, good mental health and good communication.

Mr Herron expressed his gratitude to the organising committee of National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education for shining a spotlight on St Mary’s and its fantastic students and staff, and recognised the committed work of the passionate staff, both teaching and non-teaching in supporting the students in becoming the best version of themselves.

Well done to all involved in promoting restorative values across the school.

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