SHARP kids

SHARP KIDS @ GREYTOWN SCHOOL

At Greytown School, we are a “Positive Behaviour for Learning” (PB4L) school.  This school-wide approach endeavours to provide a safe, consistent and supportive system for children and staff, and is based on a nation-wide initiative. Our focus is to be proactive and teach and encourage student’s appropriate ways of behaving and acting responsibly in all contexts.  We work with children, parents, wider whanau and our community to reinforce this.  We see this partnership as the key to helping our children be truly SHARP kids where they can make great choices instinctively and stand up for themselves and others bravely if needed.

At Greytown School, these values are based around the acronym S.H.A.R.P

 

On enrolling to our school students are introduced to our SHARP values.  Over their time at school, they deepen their understanding as teachers and staff deliberately teach, in-still and refer to our SHARP values in all contexts of school life.  They are also enriched by our other schoolwide Hauora initiatives and learning pedagogy eg: Pause, Breathe, Smile programme (Building resilience and mindfulness), Growth Mindsets, FISH philosophyLearning Pit/Challenge etc

Using a positive approach we celebrate children demonstrating the SHARP values in a variety of ways eg: daily praise, class certificates, school SHARP certificates, SHARP trophies, SHARP postcards sent home, school newsletter etc…

Implementation

  • At Greytown School, we endeavour to be proactive and fair when responding to inappropriate behaviour.  This means our leadership team regularly review our recording and analysis process to ensure they are providing for the needs of our staff and children.
  • Our staff undertake regular professional development to ensure we are catering for the educational and social needs of our children.  The Deputy Principal represents our school on the Wairarapa PB4L initiative and works with the staff on a one-to-one basis when needed.
  • All repetitive minor and major inappropriate behaviour or events are recorded on to our SWIS (School-Wide Information System called HERO) by teachers or the Deputy Principal.  This information is reviewed by the PB4L team each month to analyse the needs of classes and patterns of behaviour across the school with the goal of being proactive in our responses.
  • Student’s good behaviour is recognised and rewarded accordingly through a multitude of strategies and reinforcements.
  • For the majority of our daily consequences for not following our SHARP expectations, we focus on learning from our mistakes and developing responsibility for future behaviour.  However, if the actions of a child are deemed as serious and put others at risk; the consequences will be in accordance with our school behaviour systems to ensure children are provided with a safe environment.

(Please refer to our PB4L and SHARP booklet available at the school office for more specific information)