Our current PB4L initiative is: 'Being in a Litter Free Area'

This is in line with our Darfield High School Expectation: Respect For The Environment (Dispose of waste in the appropriate place)

During Week 3 of Term 2 we will be focusing on rewarding the behaviour of students who are seen to be in a litter free area. A variety of activities will be run to encourage student participation, including a student led assembly, special form time quizzes, and our DHS Reward Shop where students can cash in their Respect Tokens for a variety of rewards.

Check out this video, created by our PB4L student Team:

PB4L:SW is a framework used by schools to develop initiatives that “support students to improve their behaviour, resilience and wellbeing.  They  (the initiatives) help to create more positive home and school environments and deter bullying.  By removing barriers to engagement, we improve students’ chances to achieve at school and beyond” Ministry of Education Positive Behaviour for Learning Update 2013. 

Darfield High School became involved in PB4L:SW in 2012, when over 90% of teachers voted to be part of the initiative.  It was felt that although expectations were high and behaviour generally very good in the school, we would benefit from a united approach and from having a focus on teaching and rewarding desired behaviour rather than on punishing unwanted behaviour. 

During 2013 a PB4L team was established and work began.  The team was made up of teaching staff, board members and students.  The team attended numerous training sessions run by the Ministry of Education along with other primary and secondary schools from throughout Canterbury.  One of the key tasks for the team was to establish a vision for the initiative and decide on the core values that would underpin all other work.  This was achieved by consulting with parents, staff, students and board and the result follows:

Our Mission: To work with our community to develop citizens who have the knowledge, wisdom and skills needed to contribute and participate successfully throughout their lives.

Our Core Expectations:  

  • Respect for Ourselves
  • Respect for Each Other
  • Respect for the Environment                                  

These core Expectations are underpinned by a matrix of behaviours that we expect students to demonstrate...

Wherever they are learning:

classrooms, gyms, library and hall
  • hallways and seating areas
  • playground, field, courts and quad
  • canteen, student support and student office
  • buses
  • sports fields and field-trips. 
Whenever they are learning: 
  • before school 
  • in class
  • break-times
  • after school
  • In the community. A reward system was developed to acknowledge students who demonstrate these values and consequences were established for those who don’t.

PB4L Prefects

For the first time two students have been named PB4L Prefects, Josh Cook and Leigh McConchie.  Their role is to promote the initiative among students and to provide the PB4L team with student perspectives.  



Staff have begun rewarding positive behaviour with “Respect Tokens” during intervention weeks each term. Students can then save these tokens towards a desired reward at the DHS Shop.

The PB4L reward system is also linked closely with our existing Teacher Point system, where students earn points in their diaries for positive behaviour. Once a student reaches 20 points they earn a Dean's award, which can in turn be saved until five are achieved towards a Principals Award. 

We are in the process of organising a range of Blazer Badges which student will be able to display with pride on their school blazer:

Bronze will be awarded following one Principal's Award

Silver will be awarded following three Principal's Awards

Gold will be awarded following five Principal's Awards

At each PB4L meeting referral data is analysed to identify areas in which specific teaching of positive behaviour needs to be taught. 

New developments will be featured here as they occur.

Do you have a suggestion for the PB4L web page? Email Mrs Seaward: se@darfield.school.nz