Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) represents a major shift in managing disruptive behaviour by students in our education system. It is built on the foundation that positive behaviour can be learnt, and difficult but disruptive behaviour can be unlearnt.

It moves away from seeing individual students as a ‘problem’, and towards proactively changing the environment around them to support positive behaviour.

Tarawera High School is an environment underpinned by the philosophies of whakawhanaungatanga and manaakitanga, that recognises Tangata-whenua and still valuing all knowledge, language and culture.

These operate in a partnership environment between the school, the student, and the community.

Our school behaviour expectations are MANA.

Respect for ourselves, for others, the environment and the traditions of the school.
To learn, study, instruct, teach and advise.
Integrity, being honest, trustworthy, responsible and accountable for your actions and decisions.
To care, mentor, to assist and to help.

Through modelling, teaching and rewarding positive behaviours, we will embed the tikanga/kaupapa of our school into the everyday lives of the whole school community.


Not all kids have the same start in life. Tarawera High School became part of the KidsCan Charitable Trust in 2017. The trust is based on the belief that education equals opportunity, and every child, regardless of their social economic background, should have an equal chance. For families struggling to make ends meet, providing raincoats, shoes, food and toiletries for their children can be a real challenge – thousands of Kiwi children go without these basic items. The cold winter weather keeps many at home, while others arrive wet and freezing, unable to concentrate and at high risk of illness. 

We are delighted to be able to support our students and their whānau in giving coats, shoes, food and toiletries to any students who needs them. Because all students wear the Vodafone Warriors raincoats, it also improves equality in the playground and reduces stigma. Massey University research confirms that the raincoats positively influence a child’s attendance, self-esteem, motivation, participation and engagement at school.