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Positive learning behaviour all-round Greerton Village School is hoping parents will follow its initiative of encouraging positive behaviour towards learning by putting it into practice at home. By Zoe Hunter

Rayn-Hard Peka, Annelise Reid, Kaiseha King and Lincoln Nooroa performing a scene from the movie. “Our behaviour data is showing Since launching Ministry of Edu- matrix of expectations to be used we’ve had a decrease in playground before school, during lunchtimes cation initiative PB4L – Positive incidents through that one stratand assembly, as well as on the Behaviour 4 Learning – last June, egy,” says Heather. playground. GVS deputy principal Heather The school has produced a The expectations are divided into Langley says the school has noticed four ‘LEAD’ areas: Learn with pur- 45-minute film, where each group a significant improvement in showcases what they’ve been doing pose, Engage with pride, Act with student behaviour. to promote the initiative. respect and Dare to participate. “It’s not a behaviour programme The film was shown to parents Alongside the initiative, the at all,” says Heather. “It’s a consistat a movie night on Monday, in school also follows a SWIT proceent way of dealing with behaviour. the hope of encouraging parents dure, which stands for Stop, Walk We gather data about student to come up with their own set of away, Ignore the behaviour, and behaviour and we analyse it.” expectations for the whole family. Talk to someone who can help. The school has put in place a

Yarn bombers to strike again A group of needle-wielding women are getting ready to ‘bomb’ the city with their colourful woollen creations this June.

with yarn installations appearing overnight in public places. “For us it started as an idea from one of our members; Belinda Sands,” says Victoria. “And we didn’t ever in our wildest dreams imagine how many people The yarn bombing community art project is part would be keen to get involved and how awesomely of an initiative to add a splash of colour to Greerton, cool the public’s reaction was going to be.” in the hope of attracting more visitors to Admitting she can only knit the Cameron Rd and Chadwick St in straight lines, Victoria is shops. also picking up the neeThe women, known as dles to knit a creation the Guerrilla Knitters, of her own. will take to the streets “I had to re-learn,” of Greerton Village in says Victoria. “I also June to slip their creaenlist many people tions onto the trunks to help me, espeand branches of trees. cially as it seems I’ve Greerton Village gotten a bit ambiMainstreet manager tious this year.” Victoria Thomas Last year 20 cherry says the knitters are blossom trees were aiming to yarn bomb about 30 trees this Keen yarn bombers Vicki Reid, Virginia Fisher-Stirling and covered in coloured wool, says Victoria, year. Marie Hills knitting furiously for their next event. who describes the “We are super atmosphere in Greerton Village as “electric” excited to be able to display a tree created by Greerton during June. Kindy kids.” “Honestly, seeing people’s reactions when they seem Yarn bombing, also called guerrilla knitting, has them is joyful.” become a popular form of temporary public art since By Zoe Hunter the first recorded example in the Netherlands in 2004,

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