Student achievement awards: the menai scheme
Praise certificate scheme
This scheme is designed to give instant recognition for the efforts of students in all years who work well in class and contribute to the school community. Students are recognized through the award of a series of certificates, which culminates in a Principal's Award for those who make a consistent effort across many subjects throughout the year.
The merit scheme
This is a student-initiated scheme. Students are invited to nominate themselves to complete these awards.
Bronze, silver, gold and diamond Awards can be achieved through positive student participation and initiative. Students must not be on a discipline level if they wish to participate in the scheme. The following criteria define the requirements for each of the levels.
1. Bronze award
To gain a Bronze award, a student should achieve and maintain a high standard for a period of 10 weeks in one subject, be punctual, be polite and respectful, wear full school uniform and present a neat and tidy appearance.
2. Silver award
Available to students in year 8 and above who have received a bronze award. To gain a silver award a student should achieve and maintain a high standard for a period of 10 weeks in all subjects, be punctual, be polite and respectful, wear full school uniform and present a neat and tidy appearance
3. Gold award
This is a class and school involvement award and is available to students who have received a silver award. To gain a gold award a student should achieve and maintain a high standard in the criteria for the silver award. In addition, the student should demonstrate extra effort in a variety of ways, depending on the subject area. The students behaviour on excursions must be of the highest standard. In addition, the student must be suitably involved in at least two ‘out of class' school activities such as committees, debating/public speaking, zone sport, fundraising, peer support, lifesaving instruction or other areas approved by the supervisor. This award takes 15 weeks to complete
4. Diamond award
This is a class, school and community based award. To gain a diamond award a student should hold a gold award and maintain an excellent standard in the criteria for the gold award. In addition, the student should demonstrate initiative in a variety of ways depending on the subject areas. The student should show that they are striving for excellence in at least two of the following areas:
- Academic achievement
- Sporting or cultural achievement
- Community involvement
This award takes 20 weeks to complete. Achievement of awards is recognised at special presentation assemblies where certificates and trophies are presented.