Many of you, when attending class assemblies, will have seen the pride that the children demonstrate as they come out to the front of Stage One and hear why they have been selected by their teachers. Each certificate is a personal recognition of a child's particular achievements and means so much to them. And they get the BISS Lion Cub to take home too!
We believe that children learn best when they are encouraged, and the Star Pupil certificates are one of a variety of ways we do this. Children also work on a daily basis to be awarded House Points and wear the golden stickers with pride, particularly in Key Stage 1 when sweatshirts and collars are covered with them. Then again at assembly they share the excitement of having contributed to their house total and wait with anticipation to hear which of the houses is the weekly winner.
My favourite award is the recently introduced Head of Primary Award which is red and shiny and very special. The children come personally to my office – what a treat! – bringing their work, and I look forward to chatting to them about their learning and have some fun getting to know them better.
But the 'daddy' of them all is the Principal's Award, which is for really outstanding work and/or achievement. To meet Mr Foyle and be congratulated by him personally and then photographed with him is the best accolade; a truly memorable occasion.
By noticing children's effort and achievements we encourage them to recognise their own successes and they learn a 'can do' attitude that is the foundation for future success. They grow in confidence and become motivated to learn more, feeling secure in the praise of the adults around them. These awards give parents opportunities to celebrate the children's school achievements together with us. They are another example of our wonderful parent/school partnership that helps grow our children as successful learners.
Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary