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.


SWPB4L cards are issued to students by teachers if they act with respect, responsibility or motivation. Cards are put into a box at the office for the weekly draw at assemblies.

Badges are gained if you receiver a number of SWPB4L cards.

  • Bronze: 30 cards

  • Silver: 60 cards

  • Gold: 100 cards

Rewards System

SWPB4L provides a structure for the many initiatives already in place in our school. It is designed to address our needs and support our strategic plan. Young people, through direct teaching, will learn appropriate behaviour. It is based on reinforcement for “doing the right thing”. Most students will succeed when a positive school culture is promoted. It is sustainable because decisions about actions are based on consistent data.

  • This SWPB4L rewards system is to promote an understanding of our three overarching values – respect, responsibility and motivation

  • All staff (This includes teacher aides, office staff, library staff – and even the drivers of the minibuses) will have reward cards to hand out to any student that they see showing respect, or responsibility or who have been motivated.

  • Staff will tick, name and sign the card. They will also tell the students what behaviour they observed.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to place the card in the box on the office bench.

  • At each Assembly two cards will be randomly pulled out to receive a weekly prize. (These prizes are significant and desirable!)

  • All cards will be kept for both the end of term and end of year prize giving when special prizes will be drawn for.

  • When a student gets five cards then a letter will be sent home to tell parents that they have displayed positive behaviour on these occasions.