At Barrenjoey High School we are proud of the achievements, participation and efforts of our students. Our merit system acknowledges students’ accomplishments across all fields of endeavour and encourages improvement and sustained application.
The Barrenjoey High School Merit System is a cumulative process throughout one academic year and recognises achievement at a number of levels, allowing all students to experience acknowledgement of success.
Teachers reward students who display core Barrenjoey values of Respect, Effort, Challenge with positive entries on our welfare system, Sentral. These may be given for:
- Active participation in class
- Improved effort and application in course work
- Outstanding effort in an assessment or homework task
- Excellent achievement in school and community pursuits
- Compliance with school rules and teacher direction
- Positive interactions with students and teachers
- The wearing of exemplary school uniform
- Regular attendance.
Once students have collected 15 of these positive entries, they are presented with a Bronze Merit certificate in Roll Call, their achievement will be celebrated in the Peninsula Press and a letter will be sent home to congratulate them and their parents.
Silver Merit Awards are awarded to students who gain a total of 30 positive welfare entries. When students attain this award a letter will be sent home to congratulate the students and their parents. The Silver Merit will be presented by their Year Advisor and/or supervising Head Teacher at a year group meeting and the student’s name will be recorded in the Peninsula Press to publicly recognise their achievement.
Gold Merits are awarded to students who gain a total of 45 positive welfare entries in one academic year. When students attain this award a letter will be sent home to congratulate the students and their parents. The Gold Merit will be presented by a Deputy Principal and/or Principal at a Formal School Assembly and the student’s name will be recorded in the Peninsula Press to publicly recognise their achievement.
Barrenjoey High School Gold Medal
Barrenjoey High School Gold Medals are awarded to students who achieve Gold Merit and complete their required number of REC Service Hours (see below). This award will be presented at Achievement Night by the Principal.
Barrenjoey High School REC Trophy and Honour Board
Any student who gains a Barrenjoey High School Gold Medal for every year of their time at Barrenjoey High School will receive a Barrenjoey High School REC Trophy at Year 12 Graduation, presented by the Principal and/or distinguished guests, and will have their name recorded on the Barrenjoey High School REC Honour Board.
REC Service Hours
Students who wish to attain a Barrenjoey High School Gold Medal need to complete 8 service hours each year.
Service hours are those spent working for the benefit of the school or community that do not have another value or award attached to it.
Examples of Service Hours could include:
- Participation in school working bees
- Producing work for or selling at the Barrenjoey Fete or representing Barrenjoey at other local fetes
- Volunteer Work and Fundraisers
- Representing Barrenjoey in the community for sport, arts, music or other pursuits
- Volunteer involvement in school events such as serving food to parents at Student Parent Teacher Evening or taking school tours on Open Night
- Acting as a reader/writer for other students sitting exams
Students must take responsibility for recording their hours of service in their REC Service Hours booklet and ensuring a supervising teacher signs off.
The following chart summarises the process: