New Lynn School is a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) school.

PB4L is all about understanding and drawing on effective practices that enhance student’s behaviour, engagement, participation and learning. New Lynn School has been a PB4L school for 5 years. This has created and supported a very inclusive environment for our school community. At New Lynn school we teach positive behaviour through the use of school values and a problem solving approach that promotes culturally responsive practices.

Our school values are:

Respect yourself

Respect your Environment

Respect Others

At New Lynn school, each week we focus on positive behaviours we expect to see around the school. These behaviours are closely aligned to our school values. Students are given the opportunity to discuss and share ideas around feelings and outcomes of certain behaviours, both positive and challenging.

The positive outcomes we see through being a PB4L school are:

  • Student are more engaged and supported to manage their learning

  • Students take responsibility for their behaviour when they make a mistake

  • Students regularly receive verbal praise and recognition for positive behaviour

  • Students learn how to communicate and interact with each other respectfully

  • Students are encouraged to set goals and self reflect on their learning and behaviour

  • Students feel cared for and develop positive relationships which are central to the development of a supportive learning environment

  • Positive behaviour is celebrated in class, syndicates and across the school


New Lynn School is also a Restorative Practice School. Restorative Practice is part of PB4L and focuses on positive relationships, a culture of care, mutual respect and taking responsibility of own behaviour.

When students make wrong choices around their behaviour or learning in class or in the playground, in most cases, we deal with the situation by having conversations and getting the students to tell their story, explore the harm, repair the harm and reach an agreement. This is done with a teacher or with their peers.

PB4L and Restorative Practice are both well supported by the Ministry of Education. Please click through for more information

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