We look to celebrate success, and our teachers are always on the look out to ‘catch students doing things well’. We like informal praise, where teachers look to find opportunities to praise students every day as part of their normal classroom practice.
We also have formal systems for rewarding students.
Any student in the school may receive a Principal’s Commendation.
Students may be recommended for a Principal’s Commendation by members of staff at any time, for outstanding performance in any of the following ways:
- a top quality piece of work in a subject area;
- outstanding effort or improvement;
- high level performance or contribution in sports, music or ECAs;
- a selfless act of good citizenship or contribution to the school community;
- anything else determined by the Principal to be worthy of a commendation.
Students receive a certificate, presented by the Principal. Parents are informed by letter when a Principal’s Commendation is awarded, and the students name is entered into the Commendation Book.
Certificates of Endeavour
Students who achieve high effort grades in trackers across a range of subjects are presented with Certificates of Endeavour, recording their high levels of effort in class, on homework, in their behaviour and in their organisation.
These certificates are awarded up to six times every year, after each set of trackers.
Merits are awarded singly. Any member of staff may award a merit. A merit is accompanied by a sticker which is pasted into a student’s planner and signed by the member of staff who gave it. Merits are totalled each term and contribute to the overall House competition.
Teachers award students a Merit Certificate when students have received five merits in their subject area. As students collect an increasing number of merits in a range of areas and subjects, they are presented with certificates to reflect this.
- Bronze Certificate: 25 Merits
- Silver Certificate: 50 Merits
- Gold Certificate: 100 Merits
- Platinum Certificate: 150 Merits
Opportunities for service arise in many areas of school life, including in Activities Week, as part of the CAS programme in the IB Diploma, through our charities programme, as part of the International Award, as part of curricular programmes, or just because students see an area they wish to help out with.
Students who have participated in service projects, inside or outside school are presented with Service Awards. These are special certificates that recognise a number of hours spent in service to other people.