East Otago High School is an SWPB4L school, focussing on a school-wide approach.
SWPB4L is a programme which aims to build a sustainable school culture of respect and competence, enabling students to strive to reach their full potential. It is developed by on-going consultation parents, students, community and all staff.
Integral to this SWPB4L is the development of a caring culture where students and staff feel valued, and the whole school community feels safe. An essential element of this programme is the development of consistent expectations across the whole school. This will enable students to identify their strengths and strive for their potential.
It is a matter of working smarter, not harder; as relationships and behaviour across the school community improve so too will student engagement in their learning and academic achievement.
As SWPB4L is implemented there should be noticeable improvements in behaviour and learning but long term commitment is necessary to effect a sustainable change in school culture. It is not a “quick fix”.
At EOHS the SWPB4L team consists of Lennox Sharp, Dyanne Ford, Tony Jenkins, Sarah Nielson, John Musket, Lynda Gemmill, Stefan Witehira, Peter Murray and Kirsty McLachlan. Their job is to assess and monitor behaviour, support practices and patterns across the school and then develop, oversee, monitor, evaluate and update the school-wide action plan.