PB4L Positive Behaviour For Learning

The Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide framework, otherwise known as PB4L School-Wide, is helping New Zealand schools build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life. The framework can be tailored to your school’s own environment and cultural needs.

It’s not about changing the students; it’s about changing the environment, systems and practices you have in place to support them to make positive behaviour choices.

For Arakura, we are looking at a range of aspects in how PB4L can work positively at our school. We know for a fact that it will require a whole community effort to build a positive behaviour culture in our students.

Arakura School Values Review

The team decided that as part of PB4L it would be a good chance to review our school values. They previously were:

  • Positive Choices
  • Respect
  • Effort
  • Pride

We worked our way through the responses from the a community survey about our school values, and decided on the following. These are a combination of various popular choices and values that were selected. 

Our New Values Are:  MANA
Making Positive Choices

Every day we are faced with choices. Depending on which choice we make often determines an outcome. Making the right choice will lead to a better outcome more often than not.

Act with Respect

Respect is a key element to getting along with other people. We are all different in different ways, and all require respect from others.

Never Give Up Attitude

Putting in additional effort; going above and beyond what is expected; bettering themselves, and striving for excellence in every moment of every day are all great ways of never giving up.

Always show Empathy

Thinking of others first is not an easy thing to do, but is vital to every day life; getting to know others and working with others on a day to day basis is a key skill. Understanding things from others point of view is important.


As part of developing our new values, we decided to have a competition for the students to design the new logo for them.

We had many, many entries and decided to have a winner from the junior school, and a winner from the senior school.

Well done to the winners of our Logo competition, and thanks to all those who entered. We enjoyed all your wonderful entries.

Below is our New MANA Logo for our values, using aspects from both our winning entries.

Junior Winner: Rhett Silvester

Senior Winner: Kyla Peebles

Expectations Matrix

Arakura School Expectations Matrix (PDF)

We have developed a series of expectations for behaviour in different parts of the school. We have developed some overall behaviours for all settings, and then for places like the classroom, the school library, the playground, and even down at the school gate.

Please feel free to explore this document for yourself here.