Awards at Formal Assembly and Speech Day

Mrs Kay Hiscox

Mrs Kay Hiscox, Director of Studies

Awards at Formal Assembly and Speech Day

At this time of year parents and girls are interested in how they might qualify for the various Speech Day prizes and awards. The following is an outline of our selection process for both Formal Assembly and Speech day awards.

formal assembly is scheduled early in Term 3 to acknowledge achievements in Semester 1 of that year. There are 2 types of awards given at Formal assembly:

  1. Academic Proficiency. Recipients of this award have gained first or second place in a number of subjects. These students are identified by taking the rankings from the reports in Years 10, 11 and 12 and, where junior reports do not have rankings, teachers identify the first and second place-getters in their subjects. The award is given to up to 15% of the year group. Larger year groups will have more recipients than smaller year groups.
  2. Consistent effort. Recipients of this award are identified by year advisors and based on the personal profile on the reports. The students with the greatest number of nominations in the “Always” boxes will be considered for the award. The award is given to up to 15% of the year group.

Speech Day at the end of the year is recognition of achievement over the whole calendar year.

There are a variety of Speech Day awards:

  1. Dux of the subject. This is awarded to the first place-getter in the year. Where 2 classes do the same course the recipient will be the first place-getter over the entire cohort.
  2. Academic Proficiency. Students who have not received a dux award may be eligible for an academic proficiency award if they have a number of second or third places in subjects. Again this is awarded to up to 15% of the year group.
  3. Consistent Effort. Recipients of this award are identified by year advisors and based on the personal profile on the Semester 2 reports. The students with the greatest number of nominations in the “Always” boxes will be considered for the award. The award is given to up to 15% of the year group.
  4. Special prizes. A variety of prizes for community service, school citizenship, special prizes and Principal’s prizes are awarded. Where necessary, these are decided by staff who vote on students who have been nominated. Community service awards may be based on the records of the number of hours completed in the students’ year book or by being nominated by the Year Adviser.

What ever the outcome on Speech Day each girl who has applied herself to her studies and made some “personal bests” should be proud of her achievements at the end of the year.