Positive Behavior For Learning
Evans Bay Intermediate School is a PB4L (Positive Behaviour For Learning) school.
Here, we acknowledge and reward appropriate student behaviour, through the use of Yellow Slips, (leading towards Bronze Awards, Silver Awards and gold Awards) and Student Leader slips.
All classroom teachers and syndicate teams also have a variety of their own awards. As a staff we believe in ‘looking for great behaviour, celebrating and encouraging it’.
For the safety of all students, EBIS has a schoolwide behaviour management plan which staff follow. This involves investigating behavioural incidents and putting in place consequences for unacceptable behaviour.
Positive Behaviour for Learning initiatives help parents, whānau, teachers, early childhood centres and schools address problem behaviour, improve children’s wellbeing and increase educational achievement.
By strengthening relationships and creating more positive home and school environments we remove barriers to engagement and improve students’ chances to achieve at school and beyond.
PB4L is a long-term, systemic approach involving ten initiatives. These include whole-school change initiatives, targeted group programmes and individual student support services. Five of the initiatives are in development.
About Restorative Practices
Staff work with students in a model of Restorative Practice. This is a relational approach to school life grounded in beliefs about equality, dignity, mana and the potential of all people. By building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships within a school, issues are more easily managed. Feedback from New Zealand schools shows us to expect the following outcomes:
a calmer school environment, with less classroom disruption and more time for teaching
an increase in the engagement and learning of students in the classroom
growth in relational and problem-solving skills, both for adults and students across the school community
improvements in attitudes and relationships across the whole school community
a consistent best-practice approach across the whole school community that aligns with the school’s shared values.