At Marymount Primary we encourage conflict resolution strategies which promote the dignity of all. For further information please refer to our Grievance Brochure.
Situations of conflict arise in the school community – we are human. Conflict is a necessary ingredient for growth and change in an individual and in a community or organization. Conflict is a sign of difference in a community. As Christians however we have an obligation to work at resolving conflicts peacefully, with due respect for the dignity of all people involved. We have an obligation also to restore relationships broken or affected by the conflict. We have an obligation also, through open, honest and respectful communication, to avoid initiating unnecessary conflict.
Differences in opinion might lead to conflict if there is either no room for negotiation or little attempt from either person or group to listen to and respect the rights of another to express a point of view. As Christians we are compelled to broaden our understanding and acceptance of difference. In fact, we are called to celebrate difference.
2. Personal conflicts and disagreements are matters to be worked through by the parties concerned and cannot be allowed to interfere with professionalism in the school environment.
3. Complaints regarding the professional integrity of another staff member need to be substantiated and presented in writing. Hearsay information and gossip can be damaging and will not be acted upon. The Principal will exercise discretion as to how matters are dealt with and this is expected to be maintained in all professional grievance procedures. Confidentiality is essential in dealing with such issues in the school setting.
Parents are concerned about the welfare, safety and the holistic education of their children at Marymount Primary. As co-educators of their children and vital members of the Marymount Primary community, parents have a right to be involved in their child’s learning, to be informed about their child’s progress and to voice concerns when issues arise.
‘Carpark gossip’ slanders the good name of staff, other parents and children. When issues arise, there are usually explainable, reasonable and understandable reasons behind them. With due respect for the dignity of all people involved, issues should be resolved through open, honest and respectful communication with concerned parties.