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Award System

At St. Peter’s we believe in the recognition and reward of student achievement. Our policy of Positive Referral is designed to foster students’ connectedness and sense of belong to the St. Peter’s community. It is also formulated to build students’ positive regard both for themselves and their school.

Our policy encourages staff to openly and regularly recognise student achievement in academic, community, cultural and sporting domains as well as for general support and commitment to the college community. The Positive Referral Program allows for the recognition and celebration of present and ongoing achievement.

Commendation

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Awarded to students by teachers for positive achievement in the following areas:

  • Academic endeavour
  • Community involvement
  • Cultural participation
  • Commitment to the Catholic ethos
  • Sport involvement
  • Pastoral activities

Commendations are awarded at teacher discretion and accumulate, taking them through the levels of the program culminating in the Student of Excellence Award. All students begin afresh when commencing each Stage.

Merit Award

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12 Commendations

Contributing commendations must be in at least three areas of achievement. This is also the criteria for all subsequent awards.

  • The third Merit Award received makes the student eligible for consideration for a Bronze Award for Consistent Application.
  • The fifth Merit Award received makes the student eligible for consideration for a Silver Award for Dedication and Commitment.
  • The seventh Merit Award received allows the student to be eligible for consideration for a Gold Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Bronze Award for Consistent Application

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3 Merit Awards (i.e. 12 Commendation Awards in total)

The recipient of a Bronze Award (and all further awards) must demonstrate consistent positive commitment to the college in terms of both uniform and behaviour

  • The third Merit Award received makes the student eligible for consideration for a Bronze Award for Consistent Application.
  • The fifth Merit Award received makes the student eligible for consideration for a Silver Award for Dedication and Commitment.
  • The seventh Merit Award received allows the student to be eligible for consideration for a Gold Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Silver Award for Dedication and Commitment

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Bronze Award and 2 further Merit Awards (i.e. 20 Commendation Awards/5 Merit Awards in total)

  • Student is given recognition in the College Newsletter.
  • Presentation of the Bronze Award is at a Year Assembly by a member of the Positive Referral Program Panel.
Gold Award for Outstanding Achievement

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Silver Award and two further Merit Awards (i.e. 28 Commendation Awards/7 Merit Awards in total).

The award is determined by the Positive Referral Program Panel.

  • The award is determined by the Positive Referral Program Panel. All awards from this level are determined by the Panel.
  • Student is given recognition in the College Newsletter and College Year Book.
Student of Excellence Award

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2 Gold Awards for Outstanding Achievement. This is a major award which is determined by the Positive Referral Program Panel.

  • This is a major award which is determined by the Positive Referral Program Panel and is conferred at the annual Presentation Night. A Medal of Excellence is awarded.
  • Student is given recognition in the College Newsletter and College Year Book.
Student of Distinction Award

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  • Achieved Student of Excellence Award
  • Achievement of Excellence in more than one area of endeavour
  • Record of community service
  • Exemplary in terms of uniform and behaviour
  • This is the highest award a student can achieve for each stage.
  • The Student of Distinction Award is determined by the Positive Referral Program Panel and is conferred at the annual Presentation Night.
  • A Student of Distinction Medal is awarded.
  • Student is given recognition in the College Newsletter, College Year Book and on the Students of Distinction Honour Board.