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 PB4L team have decided that now would be a great time to review our school values. They previously were:

  • Positive Choices
  • Respect
  • Effort
  • Pride

Our MANA Values

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 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

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

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.

The MANA Logo

To create our new logo, we invited students and members of the school community to create a Logo for MANA. 

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

Junior Winner: Rhett Silvester
Senior Winner: Kyla Peebles
The Final Logo Design incorporating elements from both designs.

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. 



While we encourage positive behaviour through our school values, we must also discourage negative behaviours. 

Of course, we all make mistakes at times, and children are no different. We all muck up. It is important however, that we teach children that it’s okay to make mistakes and muck up, but that we need to always put things right. We hold them accountable for their actions by involving parents early, rather than when it is too late.

To this end, we have STOPS. Four stops along the pathway that increase in response and support depending on the level of inappropriate behaviour that is occurring at school.


  • First Major misbehaviour
  • Repeat misbehaviour after more than 5 days

Students complete MANA reflection sheet.

This is sent home and signed by parents then returned to school.


  • Second Major misbehaviour within 5 days of last incident

Students complete MANA reflection sheet as with Stop 1.


Parents will be notified about this with a phone call or a message home by the classroom teacher.



  • Third Major misbehaviour within 5 days of last incident
  • Third Stop 1 in 5 weeks

Students complete MANA reflection sheet as with Stop 1.

A phone call or message home as with Stop 2.

An informal meeting, held in the child’s classroom with their parents / caregiver, classroom  teacher and Team leader.



  • Fourth Major misbehaviour within 5 days of last incident
  • All Severe Incidents

Students complete MANA reflection sheet as with Stop 1.

A phone call or message home as with Stop 2.

A formal meeting held in the Principal’s office with the child, their parents / caregiver, classroom teacher, SENCo and Team leader or Senior manager. 

An individual behaviour plan established to support the student’s behaviour while at school.