We are a Positive Behaviour for Learning School. PB4L is all about teaching children the right behaviour, just like we teach any other subject at school.

“If a student does not know how to read, we teach
If a student does not know how to swim, we teach
If a student does not know how to multiply, we teach
If a student does not know how to behave, we teach.”

Each week we focus on positive behaviours we expect to see around the school. These behaviours are closely aligned to the Konini Values and Rules. Students are given the opportunity to discuss and share ideas around feelings and outcomes of certain behaviours, both positive and challenging.

The positive outcomes we see through being a PB4L school include;
  • Students are focused on learning with less distractions
  • Students regularly receive verbal praise and recognition for positive behaviour
  • Students recognise how to communicate and interact with each other respectfully
  • Students take responsibility for their behaviour when they make mistakes
  • Students receive ‘Caught Ya’ reward slips that acknowledges their behavior, that go into their whanau colour box
  • Students receive certificates at team assemblies and school assemblies for positive behaviour and learning in class
  • Positive behaviour is celebrated in class and across the school 
  • Each whanau group has a chance of winning a group prize reward at the end of each term if they have the most ‘Caught Ya’ slips
  • Teachers on duty at break times give out ‘Caught Ya’ slips as well to acknowledge positive friendships and game playing.

Restorative Practice

Konini School is also a Restorative Practice School. This practice is part of PB4L and focuses on positive relationships, a culture of care, mutual respect and taking responsibility for your own behaviour.

So, when students make mistakes around their behaviour or learning choices in class or in the playground, in most cases, we approach the situation by having conversations and getting students to tell their story, explore the harm, repair the harm and reach an agreement. Sometimes this is with a teacher or with their peers.

‘Manaakitia te tangata, ahakoa ko wai, ahakoa no hea’.
‘Treat people respectfully, irrespectively of who they are and where they come from’.

PB4L and Restorative Practice are both well supported by the Ministry of Education. For more information you can visit the following website links http://pb4l.tki.org.nz/ or http://pb4l.tki.org.nz/PB4L-Restorative-Practice