Te Ahi Kaikōmako Rolleston School

Our Values

Standing together ignites our learning

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E Tū Tāngata

Growing An E Tū Tāngata MindsetTe Ahi Kaikōmako Rolleston School’s Ongoing Commitment

At Te Ahi Kaikōmako School we believe that through our school values that a person must understand and believe that you have value (ME). This flows on to understanding the worth of others and identifying how, collectively, a classroom, workplace or community can succeed together (WE).
Finally, an individual understands what it means to be a part of something bigger than themselves. This involves looking outside of their classroom, workplace or community and recognising that others matter (OTHERS). This inspires the question: how can we E Tū Tāngata demonstrate throughout the wider community?
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Since the beginning of 2019 our school has embarked on professional development with the Ministry of Education around implementing the learning and behaviour initiative called Positive Behaviour 4 Learning (PB4L).

This initiative complements and strengthens the positive behaviour plan that we already have in place at our Kura.

PB4L is a long term, school wide framework that is aimed at enhancing our school climate by explicitly teaching and acknowledging positive behaviours. As well as this, it focuses on ensuring that expectations are consistently clear and that undesirable behaviours are responded to in a fair and equitable way. It is a highly regarded programme that is already used by over 800 schools in New Zealand.

PB4L School-Wide takes schools through a tiered process. We have started at Tier 1.

  • Tier 1 is the foundation on which the other two tiers are built. It looks at the support systems and processes across the whole school – things that impact on all learners and adults.
  • Tier 2 looks at interventions for learners who require additional behaviour and learning support.
  • Tier 3 looks at more individualised and intensive support for learners who experience chronic, severe and challenging behaviour.

For more information about PB4L please visit their website.

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In 2023 we will continue to implement the KIVA – Anti Bullying Programme at Te Ahi Kaikōmako Rolleston School. This programme strengthens our PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) approach and further develops our E Tū Tāngata mindset.

KiVa is an evidence-based bullying prevention program that has been developed by the University of Turku, Finland. The effectiveness of KiVa has been proven through randomised control trials, together with a range of different studies. KiVa is being used around the world in over 18 different countries.

The goal of KiVa is to prevent bullying and to teach how to manage cases of bullying effectively. The program has been developed from decades of extensive research into bullying and is based on three main elements: prevention, intervention, and monitoring.

Prevention – to keep bullying from happening

The preventive actions focus on all students learning how to prevent bullying. Student lessons and online games are examples of these kinds of actions and form the foundation of KiVa.

Intervention – Tools to tackle bullying

The interventions in KiVa are targeted specifically at students who have been involved in bullying. The goal is to provide schools and students with solution-focused tools used to put an end to bullying.

Annual monitoring

KiVa offers tools to monitor the situation in schools through an annual online survey for students. This feedback provides schools with information on how to improve their bullying prevention work.

Harmful behaviour/degrading treatment, which is:

  • deliberate and targeted at a specific person(s)
  • repeated
  • targeted at a relatively defenseless or a less powerful person

Bullying is not:

  • a conflict or disagreement
  • an argument
  • a fight
  • an accident
  • an emotional response
  • a one-off incident (usually)

Instead, it is a manifestation of a repressive relationship; an abuse of power and strength.

We look forward to continuing to educate our students in strategies and approaches to recognising and dealing with bullying.