At Muirfield, we encourage students to do their best by developing strong relationships between teachers and students, extrinsic rewards and working in partnership with parents. We recognise and reward students for:
- commitment to the school values of respect, participate and learn
- outstanding academic achievement
- sustained hard work and effort
- commitment to and involvement in extra and co-curricular activities
- significant and positive contributions in service and leadership to the school community
Forms of Commendation or Awards
Teachers use a variety of ways to commend or give awards to students.
- Verbal praise
- Terms 1 and 2 Recognition Assemblies – for all year groups. Classroom teachers nominate up to two students per class. Parents are invited to attend the assembly and morning tea
- Term 3 Recognition Assembly for Years 7 to 10. Classroom teachers nominate up to two students per class. Parents are invited to attend the assembly and morning tea
- Annual Presentation Assembly – first in course, academic achievers, sport, CAPA, special subject and citizenship awards
- Positive phone calls and letters home from teachers
- Online merit notification
- The Merit Card system
The Merit Card system
Students can progress to a Principal’s Award through the accumulation of Merit Awards and Certificates of Merit. When a student has been awarded 5 Merit Awards, they submit them to their Year Adviser to receive a Certificate of Merit. Students can also achieve a Certificate of Merit for significant achievement or contributions to the school. Certificates of Merit can be issued by a Year Advisor, Head Teacher or Deputy Principal.
Once a student has accumulated 5 Certificates of Merit, they are to submit their Certificates of Merit to their Deputy Principal who will arrange for the award of a Certificate of Student Achievement.
Once a student has accumulated 5 Certificates of Student Achievement, they are to submit their Certificates of Student Achievement to the Principal who will arrange for the award of a Principal’s Award.
To progress to the Highest Accolade at Muirfield, the student will need to have achieved a Principal’s Merit Award, and have evidence of sustained school service (eg leadership, sport, volunteering, CAPA performances) and undertake a special project for charity or community service. The student should discuss their intention to attempt the Highest Accolade at Muirfield and negotiate their special project with their Year Advisor.
It is the student’s responsibility to submit awards and certificates to the relevant staff member.