Behaviour Management

At Titahi Bay North School we operate under the maxim that busy, happy, engaged students tend to be well behaved students.

Managing behaviour relies on applying expectations and strategies to promote positive student behaviour.

We’re whanau here at TBNS so we look after, look out for, and care about one another.


We have policies and procedures in the School docs area on this matter.

Teachers work to maintain positive learning environments and relationships with students.

We make clear statements of expected behaviour known to staff, parents, and students.

All members of the school, including the students themselves, have a responsibility to recognise bullying and to take action when they are aware of it happening.

We apply a number of approaches to try to address unacceptable behaviour.

The school uses procedures outlined by the Ministry of Education for the stand-down, suspension or exclusion of students in cases of extreme and persistently bad behaviour.

Individual programmes and strategies for students with particular behaviour difficulties are devised with staff, parents and outside agencies as necessary, and these students may be dealt with outside the school's usual behaviour plan.

What is expected from TBNS students

Conduct in Class

  • We are kind and use good manners.
  • We are respectful to each other and all staff and visitors.
  • We take responsibility for our actions.
  • We try to ‘be nice’
  • We try to solve problems in a fair manner. If that is hard, we ask a teacher to help.
  • We make positive choices.
  • We take ownership of our learning.
  • We always try our best in all we do.
  • If we are not sure we ask.
  • We listen to others carefully.
  • We work independently when asked.
  • We value our own property and other people’s property.
  • We treat the resources we get to use carefully and look after things, putting them away when finished with.

Conduct in the Playground

  • We are kind and respectful to each other and we play friendly games.
  • We display fair play.
  • We take responsibility for our actions.
  • We try to ‘be nice’
  • We talk to each other and try to work out the problems. If that is hard, we ask a teacher for their help.
  • We don’t hurt people or property.
  • We cooperate with others.
  • We share the playground, courts and fields.
  • We encourage one another to learn and try new things.
  • We value our own and other people’s property.
  • We value and look after school property.
  • We return all school equipment borrowed.

We utilise our weekly assembly time to talk about expectations, desired behaviours, areas we need to focus on and/or things that need to stop (or start) happening. These weekly reminders and expectations are then reinforced consistently by all staff. Weekly assembly is, also, a time when good behaviour and meeting expectations is acknowledged, celebrated and recognised.

We’re ‘into’ low level resolutions to issues, difficulties and problems, wherever possible. We all want to achieve the following when raruraru (difficulties, troubles) occur

But when things do go wrong (as they do sometimes…)

At TBNS we utilise the A-B-C model of behaviour analysis and management in trying to identify the causes of negative behaviour and ways in which the issue can be addressed.

In this approach, A represents the antecedent, which means the conditions or stimulus that are present before a behaviour occurs; B is for the behaviour or response to the stimulus; and C represents the result of the behaviour.

Using an ABC analysis helps to understand why and how negative behaviour is arising. Changing the antecedent is our most potent tool to minimise an undesirable behaviour occurring. We endeavour to change the conditions, stimulus or triggers where possible. If this is not possible and/or if the undesirable behaviour occurs then consequences are utilised. Effective punishments decrease the likelihood of an undesirable behaviour occurring while effective reinforcers increase the likelihood of desired behaviours being exhibited. We take care to monitor situations so that intended punishments are not unanticipated reinforcers (such as ‘time out’ being an avoidance tactic so becomes a reinforcer of bad behaviour rather than a supposed punishment).

1. When the expectations are not met or demonstrated some discipline procedures are followed (these appear below)

2. The seriousness of the behaviour will dictate the step on the discipline process the situation might commence on

3. Classrooms have ongoing programmes and approaches to teach children appropriate and peaceful ways to deal with conflict.

4. Stand downs, suspensions and exclusion processes may need to be followed where necessary

5. Stand downs, suspensions and exclusion processes may need to be followed where necessary


These guidelines ensure that the learning and well-being of children is not adversely affected by the behaviour of visitors, including contractors, contract staff, parents, caregivers, or relatives of children, and that all children are safe.

Visitors to Titahi Bay North School are required to make their presence and their purpose known to the office staff before visiting a classroom. Visitors should also notify the Principal or office staff if they are picking up a child during school hours. If the visitor is a worker other than employed staff, then they need to sign in at the office and will be directed to the emergency procedure notice to read before commencing any work, as well as wearing an appropriate ID lanyard as required.

Teachers’ instructions to children must at all times be supported by visitors; visitors should not distract children from the tasks they have been set or in any other way undermine the authority of the teacher. Visitors who are working with children should ensure that they maintain a positive relationship with the children, especially by finding things to praise in their work; discipline is the responsibility of the teacher.

Children’s progress and behaviour in the classroom is confidential to the school and to their own parents/caregivers; visitors are expected to refrain from discussing or comparing children in outside situations. Smoking in the school grounds is prohibited at all times. Alcohol is not permitted or to be consumed on school activities, trips or E.O.T.C. activities.