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Values & Key Comps

The Pt England Way
[a positive, intentional values programme for Pt England School]

The Pt England Values are delivered via the Key Competencies and are thoroughly integrated with all curriculum and school life.
The values of the Pt England Way have been thoroughly discussed with the school community and developed over years. They are:
  • Learning
  • Hope
  • Service
  • Co-operation
  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Caring
  • Joy

We believe these values easily cover the intent of the New Zealand Curriculum which encourages:

  • excellence
  • innovation, inquiry and curiosity
  • diversity
  • equity
  • participation
  • ecological sustainability
  • integrity

The values of the Pt England Way come under the expressed mission we have shared as a learning community for the last eighteen years:

"To work in partnership with our community to build a Path To Success for the children we share."

The Pt England Way is placed firmly under the kaupapa of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and seeks to honour and ensure the values of:

  • partnership
  • protection
  • participation

The Pt England Way is designed to make Pt England School and the Pt England Learning Community one of character where:

  • 'We will be honest about our weaknesses and work to remediate them.
  • We will celebrate our successes.
  • We will have a priority commitment to Hope."

The Pt England Way is designed to make our school a safe and joyful learning community for all who are part of it. It emphasises and teaches how to behave rather than teaching against how not to behave as we have evidence that this is what works in our community.

The Pt England Way does include consequences and disciplinary measures where necessary but the intentional instruction is toward the desired behaviour.

We believe this approach successfully covers the Curriculum, Good Practice and Ministry requirements for programmes that:

  • develop healthy habits
  • develop positive behaviour
  • reduce substance abuse
  • reduce bullying
  • reduce negative behaviour

1. Programme Delivery

3 of the nine values are embedded in the school culture and emphasised every year.
They are:

  • Learning
  • Hope
  • Joy

The other 6 values are each taught and emphasised for a year at a time so that by the end of a child's 6 years at Pt England, they have been exposed to each one intensively for a year. The other values get consolidated and maintained during each year.

Every Friday at School Assembly the 'Korero' for the week is presented by the principal and introduces or emphasises the aspect of the annual value or maintenance of one of the other values, that the staff have decided is timely or important.
These aspects are presented in a positive mode emphasising the desired behaviour or characteristic. Media used for this presentation include:

  • drama
  • movies
  • songs
  • stories
  • multimedia

Every Friday at School Assembly there is a quiz to see who can remember the values or aspects of the past weeks in the term. A weekly reward system acknowledges those who are noticed practicing the weekly virtue.

During the subsequent week the Korero is consolidated by teachers in classrooms, by playing an aspect of it on P.E.N.N. our daily television news service, by playing it weekly on schoolTV our weekly public broadcast, and by having students create digital work on the subject and publish it on the internet.

2. Programme Design

The Pt England Way is a responsive kaupapa that we develop over time. It is never finished and often is evolved to meet current needs. Within this design and change we have some constant parameters:

  • We identify desired behaviour
  • We agree on a 'saying' that everyone can use to identify and emphasise the desired behaviour
  • We agree on a school wide method for enculturing the behaviour
  • We integrate it with our Termly theme
  • We teach the desired behaviour throughout the term or the year
  • We model the desired behaviour all the time
  • We select appropriate media to deliver or emphasise the important idea (often these are songs we write)

Current Agreed Sayings:

  • Stop, Look, Listen
  • Stop, Think & Do
  • Use your W.I.T.S.
  • Go Round the Outside
  • Wear it with Pride
  • Walk in Line
  • Bin It
  • Be kind to visitors
  • Are you in the zone?
  • Keep it real

4. Programme Resources:

We have an extensive bank of songs, movies, animations, slideshows etc. on our school network. Some of these were created by students, some by staff, some co-created.

Our Student Care & Management structure is a network of caring people, rather than a ‘steps’ system that locks us into particular punitive consequences for particular student actions or infringements.

Our School Rules are:

  • I must always be respectful towards other people
  • I must keep my hands and my feet to myself
  • I respect school property and the property of other people
  • I must leave my toys and gum at home
  • I must ask permission from the office before I leave the school grounds
  • I must play in the correct places and stay outside at interval and lunchtime on fine days
  • I must be a good friend to others and have a good attitude when I’m working or playing
  • I should always eat healthy food at school

Consistent practices:

These are things that will help us as teachers and help our students behave well, whilst retaining a warm positive environment. The idea behind the proposal of these consistent practices is that, if they are by and large applied consistently across the year levels, as children move up through the school they will have become accustomed to and successful in these expectations. It is not to lock the teacher in so that they must be applied on each & every occasion.

Consistency of Application:

1. Classroom Time-Out

  • We will all use the ‘Stop, Think & Do’ form
  • Place will be referred to as the ‘Thinking Corner’
  • Time-Out must be followed up by reflection with the teacher.

2. Time-Out in Another Room

  • Use the ‘Look of Horror’
  • Letter of apology to the class
  • Reflection with time out teacher & class teacher.

General Behaviour

We will all insist on politeness; please, thank-you, excuse me, titles, polite language to strangers.

4. Corridor Travel

  • Lunchtime: No one
  • Classtime: Corridor Pass

5. Inside Classrooms

Only when teacher is present.

6 .Computers

Only when teacher is present

7. Rubbish

Weekly tidy class prize
Clean-up after morning Tea and lunch. Monitors only, -no more than 5 mins
Make offenders clean up
House Captains to help enforce

8. Friendly, kind behaviour
We will all work to reduce the culture of inappropriate challenge.

9. The Pt. England Way

We will all use this phrase to discuss appropriate and inappropriate behaviour.

Key Competencies Current Focus

Teaching Student Behaviour:

Managing self
  • Relating to others
  • Participating and contributing


  • Relating to others
  • Participating and contributing


  • Thinkers Keys

Using Language, Symbols and Texts

  • Reading & Writing, Speaking & Listening for a real Audience
  • Integrating Reading/Writing, Speaking/Listening with digital media

These are to be completely integrated into The Pt England Way


Participating in a Group

  • Global reasons for appropriate behaviour:
  • For everyone to be happy and safe
  • To have a successful life

Language for appropriate behaviour:

  • Using names properly
  • Using polite language; -words & body

Ideas for teaching behaviour:

  • Sharing Circle
  • Positive Statements
  • Thinking Activities
  • Scenarios
  • Short Cuts to Communication
  • Sports & Games
  • role play

Complete integration with Speaking & Listening, Social Participation, Specific Behaviours

Personal Responsibility

Taking Charge

  • Language of Responsibility
  • I can
  • Take Charge

Contexts for Teaching Responsibility

  • My Things
  • My Learning
  • Classroom [My Class/My House]
  • People
  • School
  • Environment

Integration with Individual Responsibility, Social Responsibility, Specific Behaviours