Our Values

Elm Park is a PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) School.

We have three core Values:

  • Respect
  • Resilience
  • Responsibility

Teachers, students, parents and the BOT were all consulted when our three values were chosen. Hearing from these different groups was an important part of the selection process.

The values are displayed in every classroom and are explicitly taught by teachers.

Students are rewarded for demonstrating their use of them.

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Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

The Positive Behaviour for Learning School-wide framework or PB4L is helping New Zealand Schools build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life. PB4L looks at behaviour and learning from a whole school as well as an individual child perspective.

PB4L School-Wide is based on Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework developed at the University of Oregon in the 1990s. There are over 700 schools in New Zealand, implementing PB4L Elm Park School is one of these schools.

It is not about changing the students; it is about changing the environment, systems and practices that we have in place to support the children to make positive behaviour choices.

Collaboration is essential for PB4L to be successfully implemented school-wide. Therefore all staff must be consulted and kept informed.

PB4L takes at least 3-5 years to put in place.

Over time our school should see:

  • Incidents of problem behaviour decline
  • the behaviour of students improve
  • teachers spending more time teaching
  • students more engaged and achieving

Opportunities for learning and achievement increase if:

  • the school environment is positive and supportive
  • expectations are consistently clear
  • students are consistently taught desired behaviours
  • students are consistently acknowledged for desired behaviours and undesirable behaviours are responded to in a fair and equitable way

PB4L schools go through the following tiered process

  • Tier 1 is the foundation on which the other two tiers are built. It looks at the support systems and processes across the whole school – things that impact on all students and adults
  • Tier 2 looks at interventions for students who require additional behaviour and learning support
  • Tier 3 looks at more individualised and intensive support for students who experience chronic, severe and challenging behaviour

The school has a committed team including a community representative who lead and guide the school in the implementation of PB4L. The school team is trained and advised by the Ministry of Education and who remains in contact with the school as a reviewer and advisor.