All students are encouraged and expected to always give their best efforts in all aspects of their learning and to look for ways to be of service to others. As a learning community, we strive to recognise excellent effrorts in a wide variety of ways
Doing the Right Thing Awards
These should be used in any situation in which a student meets our expectations and deserves some recognition.
Some possible situations include:
- Meeting uniform expectations
- Maintaining a clean and tidy environment
- Completing homework
- Contributing positively to learning activities
- Using the diary well
The College Merit Award Scheme aims to encourage students to achieve their personal best in all areas of College life. Because it focuses on the student competing with herself, and not necessarily with others, all students should be capable of achieving the Gold Award which is presented by the Principal at a College Assembly or the annual Presentation Ceremony.
The scheme aims to:
- encourage students to strive for excellence rather than settle for less than their best
- provide positive reinforcement for personal and group effort and achievement
- allow for the talent and effort of students across a wide range of endeavours to be formally recognised.
These should be issued, as detailed below, for significant achievements by an individual student. These achievements should represent the student’s “personal best”.
Merits are awarded for each assessment or other major task to:
- The top 10% (up to 3 students) for the best results and
- Another 2 or 3 students who have shown substantial improvement
These awards should be given when the task is returned.
Merits could also be awarded for:
- Extra work, completed to an appropriate standard, for example, submission of optional drafts and then incorporating feedback in final response,
- Maintaining a high standard of work above normal expectations,
- Evidence of improvement/significant ongoing engagement in class activities,
- Peer mentoring/leadership,
- Other actions as determined within the faculty in accordance with the College’s expectations.
Merit Awards should be seen as a significant acknowledgement of a student’s performance and so students in the class should be aware when awards are issued to their peers.
Maintaining Records of Merit Awards
All teachers are required to maintain records indicating the date an award is given to a particular student. Details about the nature of the award are not required.
KLA Leaders will monitor these records to ensure that all faculty members are using the awards system to provide appropriate recognition and timely feedback to students.
Presentation of Certificates
When a student receives 6 Merit Awards she becomes eligible for a Certificate of Excellence.
Certificates of Excellence need to be issued within one week of the student achieving the required 6 merits. To facilitate this timely feedback, the Certificates will be presented by the homeroom teacher or Year Leader.
Bronze and Silver Awards will be acknowledged at Year Assemblies.
The overall operation of the scheme in each year level is supervised and monitored by the Year Leaders.
When a student receives 12 merits she will receive a Bronze Award. When she receives 24 merits she will receive a Silver Award. Both these awards will be presented at Year Assemblies and will be acknowledged in the College Newsletter and on the College website.
When a student receives 36 merits and meets the required hours for College Service she becomes eligible for a Gold Award. The full details for eligibility for this award are shown on the college website. This award is presented by the Principal at the Annual Presentation Assembly.
Class Based Awards
Some teachers may wish to implement their own award system to encourage and motivate their students. Such initiatives should be clearly distinguishable from the two college systems.
Principal's Semester Reports Awards
These awards are presented to students who are identified as meeting the requirements for excellent commitment to their studies, as shown in the Personal Profile Section, in all their subjects. Students must also satisfy the criteria identified in the previous flowchart.
Students must receive a Principal's Award for their Semester Report as part of the requirements of a Gold Award.