A.B. PATERSON COLLEGE
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

Academic Awards

Academic Awards Criteria

During the last few years, we have worked hard to implement the new Australian Curriculum and to develop resources based around the Teaching for Understanding framework that will deliver the knowledge, understanding and assessment required in an effective and engaging manner.

It remains important to the College that our pedagogy is founded in credible research and is adaptive to the needs of our students. Research and studies have shown a positive correlation between the development of 21st century skills, and student aspiration and engagement in schools, and so we have continued to incorporate these skills into our planning. Data demonstrates that in order to have a true impact on future work accessibility, developmental work on 21st century skills must be experienced by students frequently and consistently.

This has meant that over the last few years our curriculum has changed considerably in response to both the Australian Curriculum and the development of these essential skills, and will quite rightly continue to change as we prepare students for higher education and employment.

Academic Awards

In order to celebrate the success that such an effective pedagogical approach brings to our students, twice each year we hold an Academic Awards Assembly.

Years 7 to 9

To calculate which students will receive these awards, grades are translated into points, with each subject weighted to reflect its proportion of the total academic lesson time. A formal Academic Awards Committee is then responsible for the assignment of Academic Awards.

Years 10 – 12

Academic Colours are awarded. As each subject studied has roughly the same amount of curriculum time, there is no weighting applied.

Years 4 – 6

Students in these year groups receive Work Ethic awards.

Academic Awards are presented at the end of each semester and are based upon the reporting grades.

The criteria are as follows;

Years 10 -12 Award criteria

Colours Awards

Achievement of a minimum of 5As and 1B

Full Colours

Achievement of a minimum of 4As and 2Bs

Half Colours

Achievement of a minimum of 3As and 3Bs

Merit Award

Years 6 – 9 Award criteria

 

Approximately the top 10% weighted Grade Point Average or Above

Excellence

Approximately the next 10% weighted Grade Point Average

Commendation

Work ethic awards:

Outstanding Work Ethic 

= 80% Level 1 and no Level 3 or 4

Consistent Work Ethic  

= 50% Level 1 and no Level 3 or 4

Speech Night

Speech Night Awards are presented once a year, in Term 4, and are based upon the reporting grades for an entire year, running from the beginning of Term 4 in the preceding year, to the end of Term 3 in that year.

The criteria will be as follows;

Years 10 -12 Award criteria

Colour Award

Top ranked student in the subject in Year 10

Subject Award

Top ranked student in the subject in Year 11

Subject Award

Top ranked student in the subject in Year 12

Subject Award

Years 4 – 9 Award criteria

 

Approximately the top 10% weighted Grade Point Average or Above

Excellence

Approximately the next 10% weighted Grade Point Average

Commendation