Student Support


Murupara Area School is a part of this three year programme. Positive Behaviour for Learning believes:

  • positive behaviour can be learnt and difficult and disruptive behaviour can be unlearnt
  • individual children are not a ‘problem’ – we need to change the environment around them to support positive behaviour
  • punishing and isolating children doesn’t bring about long-term and sustainable changes in behaviour
  • we need to concentrate on a small number of evidence-based programmes and frameworks that we know work
  • there are no quick fixes, behaviour change takes time 

PB 4L stands for and is about fostering good relationships between staff and students to improve student achievement. As part of this - and what the research shows - is that praise and acknowledgement are important.

The best ratio to build children’s confidence is 5:1. That is;

  • 5 points of praise to every 1 note of disapproval. The PB 4L Programme will ensure we will build together a safe physical and emotional environment for learning. 


Our students with diverse needs are catered for within our inclusive environment with the support of our Specialist Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and teacher aides in and outside of the classroom. Continued consultation with parents/caregivers and MoE Special Education will see our students receive the teaching and learning that best suits their needs. 


It is important to us that all students and staff feel safe, valued, cared for and respected as individuals. Our smaller size means we will all know each other and our whanau. We aim to ensure the well being of our students in an inclusive school wide culture that promotes meaningful relationships, care for the environment, oneself and others. Community and whanau support and input are vital in ensuring our tamariki are well cared for. 

The whanau support group is an essential avenue in which interested parents/caregivers and community members can participate in the education of their tamariki. Current and new parents/caregivers are welcome to join at anytime. 

We have a full time Guidance Counsellor to ensure a confidential service to help students and parents. Other services attached to our school are two Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), a social worker in school and a public health nurse. 


Restorative practices are an integral part of Murupara Area School’s evolving behaviour management system. It is a process that looks to repair relationships when there are issues or conflict between students and staff. It is a process that does not look to punish or assign blame. The process focuses on exploring the harm done, building understanding, putting things right and also planning a way forward. A restorative school builds resilience and teaches and models emotional intelligence so that high end incidents are less likely to occur. 

Whanau involvement is vital and we encourage and expect parents to be fully involved. When things continue to go wrong we draw on a wider range of support mechanisms to support the student.



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