“To create a school environment where positive behaviour is promoted and reinforced, and students develop and display a pride in their academic, cultural and sporting endeavours. This will enable students to engage as life-long learners and achievers, inspiring them to contribute positively to their communities.”
Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) is a Ministry of Education directed programme aimed at improving the outcomes for students by teaching them what the expected values are at school.
If a student performs poorly in a class test we teach what they need to know, if they struggle at a particular skill in their sports team we teach them to improve, if they can not play a musical instrument we teach them to play and, traditionally, if they behave differently than expected we… punish them. PB4L aims to use teaching behaviour as a tool for improving behaviour.
TBHS began the programme in 2014 with the support of the school community. Since its inception at TBHS we have seen the creation of the POWER values, as well as a new rewards system and a new pastoral process. A highlight of PB4L has been the weekly prize draw. A number of generous sponsors have supported the school and allowed us to reward students who are consistently displaying the POWER values of TBHS. The culmination of the year is centred around the Noel Leeming major prize draw in Term 4 where students who have earned gold cards throughout the year are able to win numerous fantastic prizes. In recent years, these have included laptops, televisions and other electronic goods. PB4L is now strongly embedded in the culture of Timaru Boys' High School and will continue to be a framework that assists our success moving into the future.
When a student shows behaviours that reflect the theme from the school POWER values, teachers give students a stamp on their PB4L card. Each card has 12 spaces to be stamped and each department has a unique shape (Note: One card can only have 5 stamps from each teacher). Once a student has gained 12 stamps they will take it to the Student Office.
Junior: 3x bronze, 2x silver, 1x gold
Senior: 2x bronze, 1x silver, 1x gold
Cards are put into separate junior and senior boxes. This will ensure each year group is to be represented in the prize draw at the end of the year. At each prize draw a bronze card from the junior and senior barrels is drawn to go into the draw for the ‘Platinum’ prize at the major draw (Fast tracked). House points are also given for each card handed in: - 1 point bronze; 2 points silver; 3 points gold.
- BRONZE DRAWS (WEEKLY) - Canteen voucher or Subway voucher draw
- SILVER DRAWS (MONTHLY) - Community prize draw
- GOLD DRAW (TERM 4) - BIG prize draw
- PLATINUM DRAW (TERM 4) - 1 MASSIVE Senior Prize and 1 MASSIVE Junior Prize
Steve Blair (Team Leader), Abbey Bruce (Team Coach), Ella Wright, Tony Bunting, Graham Melrose, Grant McFarlane, Sam Nelson, Paul Bennison, Ros Bennett, Michelle Bower, Sally Hilton, Gary Ivamy