Pastoral Care, Affirmation and Rewards

Affirmation and Rewards

Central to the Marist Charism is the belief in a person’s worth.  Affirmation reaches to all aspects of the school life, from formal school assemblies, to individual presence in the classroom. It also seeks to challenge peer group behaviour which inhibits or stunts the giftedness of other students. Special Achievements are recognised by the Principal via the noticeboard at the College Entrance and through the College Newsletter and assemblies. Students and parents are encouraged to advise the College of special achievements so that students can be appropriately recognised. The Champagnat Awards is another way in which students are identified for displaying the qualities of our founder Saint Marcellin Champagnat and these awards are usually given on a yearly basis as part of the Champagnat Day celebrations. Yearly awards are also given to recognise academic, sporting and cultural achievements at the College. Also part of the Affirmation Policy is the Merit Award System which sets out to recognise students’ achievements in a positive way.

Merit Award System
The Merit Award System at Marist College has been designed to provide positive reinforcement to all students in recognition of their contribution to any aspect of their schooling. It is therefore envisaged that any student, regardless of his academic ability, will be eligible for the attainment of awards in this system.

In order to gain maximum benefits, the Merit Award System must be seen as an integral component of the educational philosophy at Marist College Eastwood. Through staff co-operation it is possible to acknowledge and offer praise to every student's individual academic achievements. This can only occur if we constantly encourage all our students to work to their fullest capacity. If used properly, the Merit Award System can be made to work in conjunction with and enhance the College's Behaviour Management Policy.

Bronze Award by Class teacher/Year Co‑ordinators during class.
Silver Subject Award by Year/Subject Co‑ordinator at Year assembly.
Gold Award by Assistant Principal at school assembly.
Principal's Award

All Awards must be signed on the back by either the KLA Co-ordinator or Curriculum Co-ordinator when they are presented for the attainment of higher awards. This permits the student to keep each certificate but not cheat the system by reusing certificates.

An adequate supply of Bronze Awards is be maintained in the teacher's staffroom.  The size of a Bronze Award is half an A4 page ‑ this makes it suitable to be easily stored in the College Diary. Silver and Gold Awards are printed on A4 size parchment paper.

It is the responsibility of the student to look after all of his Merit Awards. No new ones will be reissued if they are lost.  
Any Bronze, Silver or Gold Award which is presented to a student is valid for that year only, as a new Merit Award System will begin each year.

Students should be strongly encouraged to take pride in being presented with Silver, Gold and Principal’s Awards.

Bronze Awards
These may be awarded by any staff member to a student in recognition of any form of good performance/behaviour in any aspect of academic performance/school life. The following list has been designed to provide teachers with a guide as to what can constitute giving a student a Bronze Award.

* Excellent assignment work
* Good assignment based on the student's ability
* Excellent class room work throughout the term
* Good class room work (based on student's ability) throughout the term
* Consistent and improved effort throughout the term
* Excellent student performance in an assessment task (essay, AFT, experiment, etc.)
* Improved effort displayed by a student in an assessment task
* Good Interim Report/performance
* Outstanding achievement in class room tests/ competitions
* Active participation in an important school event associated with a particular subject
* Reading at liturgies, school masses, etc.

Silver Subject Award
In years 7-10 when a student receives three Bronze Awards in any area, it is then his responsibility to present them to the relevant Year Co-ordinator.

He/she will then sign the back of these Bronze Awards, return them to the student and then organise for this student to be presented with a Silver Subject Award at a Year meeting.

Gold Award
When a student receives any three Silver Awards, it is then his responsibility to present them to the Assistant Principal. They will then be signed and returned to the student. This will then result in the presentation of the “Gold Award” at a school assembly.

Principal's Award
Once a student has received any three Gold Awards he may now present them to the Curriculum Co-ordinator. He will then sign the back of these Gold Awards and return them to you. This will result in the presentation of the “Principal's Award” at a full school assembly by the Principal.

Award System
Number of Bronze Awards awarded

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After being awarded 3 bronze awards, a student is able to apply to his Year  Coordinator for a Silver Award. After receiving three silver awards, a student can see the Assistant Principal for a Gold award. After receiving three Gold awards, a student can see the Curriculum Coordinator for a Principal’s award.

Bronze Awards
Bronze Award                    /       /               Teachers                    
Bronze Award                    /       /               Teachers
Bronze Award                    /       /               Teachers                    
After being awarded 3 Bronze Awards, a student is able to apply for a Silver Award


Silver Awards
Silver Award                       /       /               Year Coordinator     
Silver Award                       /       /               Year Coordinator     
Silver Award                       /       /               Year Coordinator               
After being awarded 3 Silver Awards, a student is able to apply for a Gold Award

Gold Awards
Gold Award                        /       /               Assistant Principal   
Gold Award                        /       /               Assistant Principal
Gold Award                        /       /               Assistant Principal   
After being awarded 3 Gold Awards, a student is able to apply for a Principal’s Award

Principal's Awards
Principal's Award               /       /      
Principal's Award               /       /      
Principal's Award               /       /      

Semester Awards
In both Semester one and two awards are presented to students based on the guidelines that follow. Academic based awards are collated by KLA coordinators and are to be forwarded  for collation once the semester marks are finalised.

Some Guidelines for the Awards

* Subjects with 10 students or less are only to have 1st place
* Subjects 20 students or less are only to have 1st & 2nd place
* Subjects with more than 20 students have 1st, 2nd, 3rd place
* Subjects with whole year groups doing it have 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th places
* No Ties

The information needed for each award is the FULL CHRISTIAN AND SURNAMES, correctly spelt; the CORRECT TITLE for the Award, and the HOMEROOM of each student. These details are to be forwarded by the KLA coordinator or in the case of non academic awards, the Year Coordinator by the  due published date to ensure awards are distributed to students at awards assemblies and so that prompt publication of the names of the recipients occurs.  All Certificates are to be typed, not written by hand.  The criteria for each award must be typed on, especially for (e) so that its value is clear.
Semester courses are to be treated as two separate subjects - results are not to be amalgamated or compared across different semesters.

Mid Year/Course Awards
Certificates of Merit (Maroon): Presented in Semester One and Two. The students are nominated by the class teacher and the award is based on students effort in the semester. Up to three students in each class are nominated. Year coordinators arrange for the distribution of certificates of merit and the names are published in the newsletter.

Certificate of Merit (Yellow): Presented in semester one and two. These awards are nominated by subject teachers and are awarded for the top three places in each class. Once these awards are forwarded the certificates are produced and Year coordinators arrange for the presentation of these certificates and the names are published in the newsletter.

In the Preliminary HSC Year and the HCS Year students are awarded certificates of merit in the mid-course. These are based on the results in the mid-course reports.

Certificates of Improvement: Awarded to students in Years 7-9 by the subject teacher and are based on the students improvement throughout the semester. Two nominations are made per class.

Cooperation awards: Awarded to students in Years 7-9 by the subject teacher and are based on cooperation in class during the semester. Two nominations per class.

End of Year/Course Awards
All mid year/course awards above are presented for the second semester. Students are presented with these awards at the prize giving ceremony held for each year group. These are significant events and involve parents as well as a formal ceremony concluding the school year for each year group. The awards presented are:

Respice Finem Award: Is awarded to one student in each year group following a consultation process led by the year coordinator.

Dux and Top 4 Aggregate awards: These awards are based on the rankings and marks achieved in each subject area. These results are forwarded by KLAC’s once ranks and marks have been finalised for reports and are collated to produce the Dux and top four aggregates achievers for that year’s group. Certificates and relevant awards are presented at the prize giving ceremony.

Subject Awards: These awards are based on the achievement in each subject are as per the table for numbers of students per subject  (above). These results are forwarded by KLAC’s once ranks and marks have been finalised for reports and are collated to produce subject awards for that year’s group. Certificates and relevant awards are presented at the prize giving ceremony.

Excellence in Studies in the Junior School: Awarded to one student in years 9 following consultation with KLAC’s and the Year coordinator.

Most Improved student in years 7 and 8 (Stage 4): Awarded to a year 8 student following consultation with the Year coordinator and KLAC’s

Most Improved student in years 9 and 10 (Stage 5): Awarded to a year 10 student following consultation with the Year coordinator and KLAC’s

In Year 10 the Pop Rubie award and Stan Howard Award are also presented to a student following a process led by the Year Coordinator.

Other Awards Presented to Year 12 Students include:

Scarf Foundation Award
Patrick Neary Award
Caltex All Rounder Award
Caltex Environmental Award
Rotary Award for Leadership
Sportsman of the Year
The Most Improved Student Award
 Excellence in Studies Award.

Sports Awards

Sports Awards for the Summer/Winter Sports Selections
The Titles of the awards are dependent upon the coach/manager of the particular squad or group. These have been some of the titles used in the past:
Swimmer of the Month
Sports masters Award
Best Forward/Best Back Rugby league
Best Player (Coach's Award) Soccer/Basketball
Best Batsman/Best Bowler Cricket
Best Player Aussie Rules
Cricketer of the Year
Swimmer of the Year
Golfer of the Year
Athlete of the Year
Footballer of the Year
Cricketer of the Year
Basketballer of the Year
Soccer Player of the Year
Tennis Player of the Year
Junior Sportsman of the Year

The Number of recipients per sport is less flexible, MCS TEAMS allow two awards per team, the MCS Swimming Squad if over 30 boys, four awards may be made.

Criteria for the awards:
Excellence in terms of effort and/or achievement at each student's particular area of or capacity for involvement and participation.  These awards are both to acknowledge students' actual involvement over the season.

What Has to be Done?
The teacher or teachers who look after each MCS team/MCS Squad have to:
*  Determine the boys who will receive awards
*  Complete this information on one of the information slips and forward to the Sports Master at those times of the year when they are called for.


Student Leadership
Marist College Eastwood aims to develop citizens who make a difference.  The College therefore has a commitment to foster future leaders, leaders who practise Catholic/Christian values such as those exemplified by the life and vision of Saint Marcellin Champagnat. Our leadership programme endeavours to enable students to meet the challenges of leadership with confidence. It allows a wide range of students to exercise leadership in some aspect of College life.

Leadership and service go hand-in-hand. Marist College Eastwood aims to equip students with the skills to lead and the drive to be of service to our community and beyond. We ask our students to be team members and team builders and we teach them about decision making, problem solving, questioning skills, goal setting and prioritising.
Older students model leadership for younger students. There are opportunities for students to take the initiative and lead in the achievement of student-set goals. Students host and manage some occasions such as our College Assemblies, the house assemblies, carnivals and Year 7 Orientation. We seek to develop student’s co­operative and leadership skills through the prefect body, which operates as a consultative body in policy making in the College. The Prefect body, the House system, and Peer Support offer opportunities for students to be trained in leadership and provide forums for them to exercise their skills.  Our students are active participants in the development of their own community and we seek their voice.

Student Leadership in the Senior College
Years 11 & 12, the Senior school cohort has a significant priority in the life of Marist College Eastwood. The partnership that exists between parents/guardians and the College staff in the education of these young men is one of the cornerstones of their success. In years 11 and 12 the increased maturity of the boys and the added responsibilities they encounter at this stage of their post compulsory education also brings with is privileges and responsibilities.

The Prefect Body
In term 3 of each year, the Principal after consultative voting among students and the staff appoints from the Year 11 students the following year’s Prefect Body and the College Captain, Vice captain, House Captains, House Vice Captains and House prefects. All of whom will provide the focus of student leadership for the year ahead. Appointment is both an honour and a responsibility.  At the same time, the entire group is educated to realise that everyone of them shares in the responsibility of leadership at MCE.

Opportunities for Leadership Development
The highest form of leadership is that of service. Jesus left us in no doubt about it. Both by word and example his life was one of service. “I came to serve, not to be served”, he said and then washed the feet of his followers before laying down his life for them. Marcellin Champagnat wanted his schools to turn out “Good Christians and Good Citizens”, in other words, leaders who served their community.

To “serve” means to put oneself out for others, willingly and cheerfully; to do something extra, over and above what is required by duty in order to help or assist others. This is not the same as “servitude”, or forced service, which can degrade the “servant”. On the other hand, “service” builds up the dignity of the one serving by building up the dignity of others. Service is at the heart of community.

All member of the Marist College Eastwood Community are invited to exercise leadership appropriate to their roles— as parents, as teachers and as students. But the base of leadership remains the service of others. 
In our community we do not take leadership of service for granted. We not only provide opportunities for service among all students but we acknowledge and thank them in various ways. For example, by certificates and awards (Champagnat Award), the “Thank You” on the Special Achievement Board, etc. The Logbook introduces another way of acknowledging and thanking students for their service to the College community.

The Logbook is the student’s invitation to exercise leadership of service as a Senior Student by recording what they have already done for others. As a Senior Student, they will be able to present their contributions to the College community and be acknowledged with the “Leadership Tie” a sign to the community that they have rightfully earned the status of a Student Leader.

What is Peer Support?
Peer Support is the practical support given by senior students, “Peer Leaders”, to Year 7 students starting school at Marist College Eastwood. Peer Leaders look out for and are “older brothers’ to their Yr 7 boys.

Why have Peer Support?
There are two main reasons, one is a right, the other a privilege:

High school can be an intimidating step for younger students who often feel lost in a bigger place after spending six years in a smaller and more ‘protective’ environment of primary school. This step can be made easier if older, responsible students, ‘Peer Leaders’, go out of their way to show an interest in and give practical support to younger students. At Marist College Eastwood we believe that it is the right of every Yr 7 student starting high school to expect care and support not only from staff but also from other students, their peers.

Members of any good family/community look out for each other, especially for the youngest (or weakest) members. The more a family/community look out for each other, the better do all its members grow and develop. At Marist College Eastwood we believe that it is a privilege to be a Peer Leader, to look out for and give support to the youngest or weakest members.  

Who are Peer Leaders?
All students ought to look out for and support the youngest students. Senior students especially have the responsibility to show leadership in this matter. For practical purposes, however, it is best if volunteer students in Year 10 become Peer Leaders who by their commitment and example help to set the tone of care and concern for the rest of the College towards the youngest students. Those who volunteer need to commit themselves to some basic training in their own time to help them become effective Peer Leaders. So, Peer Leaders are chosen from Year 10 students and are trained for their special task.

How are Peer Leaders Selected?
All Year 10 students will have the Peer Support scheme explained to them and will be invited to apply for selection via the Peer Leaders’ Application Form. There are a number of criteria outlined on the form that need to be read carefully.  Students are to hand in their form to the Year 10 Co-ordinator. A panel of staff will make the final selection; some will be selected as probables and will be informed and asked to undertake a couple of preliminary training sessions while others, the possibles, will be held in reserve. In all, about 30-35 Year 10 students will be required as Peer Leaders each year.

What are some responsibilities of Peer Leaders?
Peer Leaders undertake a number of responsibilities, this year and next year. These are detailed in the Application Form, but in summary they are:

* Some training sessions in their own time (Terms 3 & 4)
* Be available on specified days to meet the new students
* Each Peer Leader will be responsible for 5-6 Yr 7 students
* Some may be asked to attend the Year 7 Camp to help
* Attend the Year 7 Orientation Day
* Be available during/after school to help Year 7 students, especially during the first term.
* Some may be asked to attend the Yr 7 Camp to help.

The Privileges of Peer Leaders
Here are some privileges of becoming a Peer Leader:

* Help to build up the College community through service.
* Get to know the new Year 7 students on a personal basis.
* Help a group Yr 7s settle into high school and look out for them
* Become more responsible by being responsible for others.
* Earn the respect not only of those who look up to leaders for assistance but also of peers and teachers.
* Peer Leaders are recognised by the College in the following ways:
- presented with a Peer Leader’s Badge
- services to the College community as a Peer Leader can be recorded   in the Logbook which student’s present to earn Leader’s Tie as a Senior Leader.
- service to the College community will go in College reference.