As a Choice Theory, positive psychology school, we know that acknowledging achievement before peers is an important developmental right of passage. Everything we do at Joey Banks is well researched and with good reason.
Sir Joseph Banks High School's Excellence Awards acknowledge growth and success. Rewards are ineffective long term, as the motivation is the reward, not the achievement.
Our merits acknowledge growth and achievement. They recognise the development of the ‘whole child’ across three areas:
Community Champions are THINK awards that recognise a student’s contribution to our school community. Students can earn THINK awards for being Truthful, Helpful, Inclusive, Necessary and Kind. This could take the form of Volunteering, Exceeding Expectations and Representing the School.
Zero Heroes are RESPECT awards that recognise attendance, punctuality, attitude and application. Students can earn RESPECT merits for ZERO absences (95% attendance with a satisfactory note for any absence), ZERO lateness (95% punctuality with a satisfactory note for any lateness), ZERO negative incidents on Sentral and ZERO N-warnings/Lack of application letters.
Learning Legends are LEARN awards that recognise learning growth, academic and sporting excellence. Students can earn LEARN merits for Academic Excellence, Academic Growth and Sporting Excellence.