Hallam Senior College acknowledges that student wellbeing is everyone’s responsibility and is a high priority.

Social and emotional wellbeing underpin effective student learning and positive behaviour (Victorian Student Engagement Policy Guidelines, 2010).

The College values relationships built on respect and responsibility where the relationships between people, learning and the environment frame our actions.

The recognition of positive effort, achievement and pro social behaviour will enable staff and students to express their gratitude for members of the school community who demonstrate behaviour that is consistent with our college values. This will lead to enhanced wellbeing and thus encourage positive behaviour of members of the school community.

Gratitude is considered to be one of the most reliable methods for increasing happiness and life satisfaction. It boosts feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure and enthusiasm whilst also reducing anxiety and depression and can lead to increased resilience, stronger relationships and increased teacher satisfaction and sense of accomplishment. (http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/gratitude/definition#how_to_cultivate)

 

Aim of the positive recognition program

  • Increase student connection with the school community
  • Encourage staff to reflect upon and recognise a student’s strengths and achievements
  • Provide feedback to students and families
  • Increase positive school climate and culture through an emphasis on positive behaviours
  • Promote the development of ‘gratitude’ as a source of wellbeing for members of the school community

 

Implementation: Hallam Senior College Awards

Award type

How / where  recognised

Person / group responsible

Teacher merits

Compass / Sub School

Classroom tchs & Sub School

Student of the week

Monthly morning tea with prins & recognition wall (electronic)
newsletter/ facebook

Sub Schools & AP Wellbeing

Ongoing Sub School awards ( 3 levels)

Sub School assemblies/ newsletter/ facebook/
recognition wall / screen

Sub Schools & AP Wellbeing

PANDAs
(Perfect Attendance No Days Absent)

Sub School assemblies/ newsletter/ facebook/
recognition wall / screen

Sub Schools & AP Wellbeing

Sports Awards

 Sports Academy October

Sport Health Science Sub School

Trades Gala Awards

Trades Gala Term 3

Trades Sub School

Excellence in Arts Awards

 

 

Excellence in Arts Awards

Year 12 Exhibition October

 

Year 10 & 11 Arts Exhibition November

Arts & Humanitiess Sub School

 

Science Awards

Science Night of the Notables

 

May / June

Science/ IT & Commerce Sub school

 

Sub school Semester Awards

End of semester assemblies

All Sub Schools

1. Outstanding work ethic (Effort merits)

2. Outstanding achievement  (Quality of work merits)

3. Citizenship (Positive Relationship merits)

High Achievers Awards Semester 1

End of Semester 1 Awards evening July

YAR & team

Year 12 Awards Semester 2

End of Semester 2 Awards evening December

YAR & team

Year 10 & 11 Awards Semester 2

End of Semester 2 Awards evening December

YAR & team

All students deserve the opportunity to achieve success and gain positive recognition in the following three areas;
Effort, Quality of work and Positive Relationships.
 

Teacher’s role

Teachers actively promote and use the positive recognition tools to assist with developing a classroom and school environment that fosters the above Effort, Quality of work and Positive Relationships.

Teachers will award a green note on compass (merit) when a student has demonstrated the Hallam Senior College ‘Effective Learning Behaviours’. See below.

Merits are designed to be earned and attainable. They are a way of acknowledging a behaviour that Hallam Senior deems to be representative of the College values.

 

Guidelines

A student shall receive a merit when they display some or all of the following behaviours in or outside of the classroom environment. Each lesson should be seen as an opportunity to reward and acknowledge a behaviour pattern. The patterns need to be seen consistently throughout the lesson.

 

Effort

Effort is about acknowledging a student who is working to the best of their ability to achieve success. These students may or may not be high academic achievers but they are demonstrating behaviours that show a desire to improve (persistence & resilience).

  • Seeks extra learning opportunities.
  • Seeks feedback and assistance.
  • Motivated to achieve.
  • Doesn’t give up.
  • Asks questions.
  • A student who assists others in their learning.
  • A student who consistently shares knowledge with the class (class discussions, presentations etc).
  • A student who volunteers to assist the teacher or other students achieve a successful class
    (pack up, set up etc).

 

Quality of work 

This area recognises students working toward academic achievement.

  • Seeks feedback.
  • Revises class work.
  • Contributes to class activities.
  • Aims for a high standard of work completion.
  • Students who receive excellent results (80% plus)
  • Students who show increases in results.
  • Students who consistently complete all set work.

 

Positive Relationships

Recognising students who are good citizens of the school, contribute to positive relationships and create a culture of belonging within the Hallam Senior College.

  • Respectful behaviour
  • Responsible behaviour
  • Going above and beyond to show support for peers.
  • Going above and beyond to show support for teachers.
  • Contributing to the school community in extra- curricular activities.
  • Demonstration of positive leadership.
  • Supporting a positive public image of the school.

 

Student of the week awards

To be determined by each sub school based upon compass merits.

Celebrated at a monthly morning tea with principals and student leaders.

 

Ongoing Sub school awards

These are staged awards which will be calculated monthly

  1. Bronze  5 merits
  2. Silver  10  merits
  3. Gold   15  merits

 

End of semester sub school awards

These are awarded to students in the individual compass categories

  1. Outstanding work ethic ( Effort merits)
  2. Outstanding achievement  ( Quality of work merits)
  3. Citizenship  ( Relationship merits)


Semester 1 High Achievers Awards

Students are awarded for Academic Achievement & Application by teachers writing the reports.

This information is collated and translated into High Achievement Awards. Generally, students are awarded for 4 or more awards across both fields. However, this can vary year to year depending upon numbers of students achieving awards.

 

Semester 2 High Achievers Awards

Year 10  & 11 students are awarded for Academic Achievement & Application by teachers writing the reports.

This information is collated and translated into High Achievement Awards. Generally, students are awarded for 4 or more awards across both fields. However, this can vary year to year depending upon numbers of students achieving awards.

  • Year 10 Highest academic achiever
  • Year 10 Applied Learning Award
  • Year 10 Long Tan Award (Youth leadership & team work)
  • Year 11 Highest academic achiever (VCE)
  • Year 11 Applied Learning Award

 

Year 12 Achievement Awards Semester 2

Subject awards are determined by program & subject leaders. Special achievement awards:

  • VCE Highest Achiever: Highest ATAR
  • VET Highest Achiever
    (Brian Burgess Award – determined by VET LT)
  • VCAL Highest Achiever
    (VCAL DUX – determined by VCAL LT)
  • Caltax All Rounder
    (Citizenship and student leadership across the school)
  • Year 12 Long Tan Award
    (Youth leadership & team work)
  • Joan Finlay Library Award
  • Eckersley’s Award: Leadership & contribution to the Visual Arts
  • Media Flex Award: Digital Media Production Excellence
  • Arts Acquisition Award