If you are a student needing support or a parent needing support for your child please contact our Student Wellbeing team via email studentwellbeing@portside.sa.edu.au

Restorative Practices and KARR

Relationships are the heartbeat that thread us together at Portside. We believe that God created us for relationships, and that His grace and love for us can be shown through our relationships with those around us. We use restorative practice to help us in this. Restorative practices helps to establish a culture that is supportive and respectful, helping students be accountable for their actions. It empowers individuals to repair harm that may have been caused  to others or self through their actions. We partner this with our KARR framework.

KARR stands for Kindness, Agency, Respect and Responsiveness. KARR supports our restorative approach in modelling how we can use kindness in our words and actions, how we can have agency over our choices and be responsible for them, how we can show respect even in challenging times, and how we can be responsive by connecting and engaging with those around us in healthy ways. This all happens through zones of regulation. When we are regulated and feeling calm we are able to engage in our learning and with others around us. When we become dysregulated, we are feeling big emotions or withdraw, both of which stop us from engaging in the world around us. 

Restorative practices have been highly successful in helping our young people understand natural consequences and the responsibilities of life. We all know that relationships can be hard and that everyone experiences conflict, frustration and disappointment at times. Through Restorative practices and KARR we are able to maintain a safe and supportive environment where healthy relationships can be built and every individual can flourish. 

Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is explicitly taught throughout our college. Each fortnight, students across the college have a focus of learning and developing a new disposition and skill to help build their SEL.  These learning dispositions are based on the Habits of Mind by Art Costa and Bena Kallick. In addition to exploring this in care group classes, students also engage in SEL lessons with skilled teachers who teach a variety of strategies to support developmental needs, building self-awareness and supporting them in outworking KARR and Restorative practices in their everyday. 

Wellbeing Centre

Student wellbeing is a central part of our everyday process at the College. At Portside our main aim is to make sure that students are regulated, feel safe and are able to engage with their learning and connecting with others. Our wellbeing center helps us to facilitate, social skill groups including ‘What’s the Buzz?’, SEL learning, restorative conversations, counselling and a safe place for students to regulate. 

The wellbeing team partner with the students and teachers in work with the students to learn  when they are starting to dysregulate (we call that yellow zone) and give them strategies of how to regulate. When this behaviour gets more intense and they can not regulate on their own we call that the orange zone. This is where they need an adult to step in and help them. We then have the red zone which is dangerous dysregulation, where they are not able to control their actions or reactions at all. .

The wellbeing team are able to support students across the college in co-regulation, providing counselling and referrals to outside organisations, and offering strategies to small groups and individuals. We also provide parenting and family support through one-on-one conversations and online webinars, knowing that it is a privilege to walk alongside students and families, to truly help equip students for life. 

For out of hours assistance, please see the resource list below:

24 hour Crisis Support
Emergency situations
(including immediate risk of harm to yourself or others)
Phone: 000 or 112
Lifeline – Suicide and Crisis Support
Phone 131 114 and www.lifeline.org.au
Sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service

Ph: 1800 737 732

Mental Health Triage Service
(For assistance in a mental health emergency)
Ph: 13 14 65
Parenting Support Services
Triple P Parenting www.triplep-parenting.net.au
Child and Youth Health – Parent Helpline
Ph: 1300 364 100
ReachOut -Parents
Helping parents support teenagers through
everyday issues
Local Resources

Headspace – Port Adelaide
Counselling service for young people aged 2-25.
Services include both individual and family counselling
78-80 St Vincent St, Port Adelaide SA 5015
Ph: (08) 8215 6340
CAMHS Western
Child and adolescent mental health services

78-80 Dale St, Port Adelaide SA 5015
Ph: (08) 8341 1222
Port Adelaide Police Station (open 24/7)
244 St Vincent St, Port Adelaide SA 5015
Ph: (08) 8207 6444
Counselling Services
Available 24 Hours a day 7 days a week
Kids Helpline [ages 5-25]
Ph: 1800 551 800
Suicide Call Back Service [ages 15+]
Ph: 1300 659 467
Youth beyondblue
Ph: 1300 224 636
Other Services
Ph: 1800 551 800
The Butterfly Foundation
Foundation for eating disorders

Ph: 1800 33 4673

Suicide Prevention

Relationships Australia

Ph: 1300 364 277
eSafety Commissionerwww.esafety.gov.au
Helpful Apps

Smiling Mind
Mindfulness exercises to assist in dealing with the challenges of life

Calm Harm
Includes tasks to help manage
the urge to self-harm

The Resilience Project
Practicing gratitude, empathy and mindfulness

Mindfulness and sleep

Guided mindfulness

Clear Fear
Helping manage anxiety

Combined Minds
For families/friends of people experiencing ill mental health
The Niggle App
Track your wellbeing and get personalised information
ReachOut WorryTime
Interrupts repetative thinking by setting aside worries for a more helpful time