For at least the last decade the MPS STARs have been the cornerstone of our learning and behavioural beliefs at Methven Primary School. Even in the early days the children have had a hand in developing the language and the concepts of the stars. Our first images representing the stars date back to the very first days when the school worked with Janine Peters to create something unique to our school. Our Star People have served the school incredibly well through the years as the physical representation of what we have endeavoured to achieve.
The school began its PB4L-SW journey in 2014 and during this time we have come to understand how important our Stars are to our school. In recognition of their importance we asked Craig Burton to update our original iteration.
What is PB4L-SW?
Positive Behaviour for Learning School-wide is a framework to support schools with student’s behaviour and learning from a whole school and individual approach. It’s about changing our environment, practices and systems to cater to the needs of all our children. The framework was developed at the University of Oregon and is now in practice within thousands of schools across the US and NZ. Methven Primary School is in the 3rd year of a 3-5 year development and we have established a strong Tier 1 foundation, which impacts all students and adults at our school.
Throughout the Tier 1 journey, MPS have developed a positive and supportive school environment, created positively stated behaviour expectations and are consistently acknowledging and rewarding desired behaviours. The process relies on collecting and reviewing data to guide our decision-making and problem-solving within our school.
We look forward to continuing into Tier 2 in 2017, which looks at interventions for students requiring further behaviour and learning support.
It is very important to us that our students have a voice in our PB4L journey. At every stage in the journey and with each concept that is put forward, the ideas are shared with the students in all of the classes. The students discuss the positives and negatives, put their spin on things and then put forward their thoughts and ideas for consideration. The new MPS STAR with the re-worded values, the posters and collectors cards that sit alongside it are all products of the collaboration between the staff and students. The students have ownership of the concepts, beliefs, figures and wordings.
We have a positive reward system operating at play and lunch times, through STELLAR cards. These are little slips of paper given out to students who are ‘spotted’ for demonstrating one of the STARS in the playground. Students who get a STELLAR card place it in House boxes. Each week, our school leaders draw out to 4 students from each house colour box. These students are then rewarded with being able to attend ‘Fun Friday’. Fun Friday involves a number of new, and exciting games and activities like remote control cars, lego, special pens, board games, rebounder net etc. We aim to continue building on these resources to make ‘Fun Friday’ a really positive and fun reward. All STELLAR cards gained during the week are counted towards house points. House points are added up each term with a House Reward held for the winning house on the last Friday of each term.
MPS STAR – How do you earn them?
The students & teachers brainstormed all of the things that each value stood for at each age level, and then chose the most important skills for their team. Each Team has a set of posters that explain what ‘Sporting’, ‘Trustworthy’, ‘Accepting’ & ‘Responsible’ looks like at their level. Each value is broken down in to 4 key statements.
During the year students will endeavour to demonstrate these specific skills in order to get a star on their certificate. Once all of the stars are filled for an MPS STAR, the student will be awarded the collector’s card for that value.
Once a student has been awarded all of the collectors cards, they will be given their MPS STAR band and will be added to our STAR Wall of Fame.