Our teachers understand that the most natural and effective reward is a genuine smile and a simple "Well done!" However, we also operate a formal rewards system within the Secondary phase. The rewards system aims to acknowledge noteworthy achievements, to reinforce positive attitudes and to promote such achievements and attitudes amongst all students.
Our highest profile rewards are housepoints, two of which (one for achievement and one for attitude) are awarded in every lesson. Housepoints are also awarded for competition success, other special achievements and service activities, in accordance with the Housepoint System.
Throughout the Middle and Upper Departments, students whose net points are at or above zero, and whom the Department Coordinator also deems suitable, are invited to attend a range of fun events, including those listed below.
The Sixth Form Coordinator and Sixth Form students also organise a range of privilege events. These vary from year to year, having recently included a scavenger hunt and a video game competition. Upper Department students whose academic performance puts them on track for a place in the Sixth Form and/or whose net points are above certain threshold values are sometimes also invited to Sixth Form events.
All students who manage to avoid receiving any negative points over the course of Term 1, 2, 3 or 4 become members of Club Zero for the following term and receive a letter of commendation from the Head Teacher. Club Zero members receive 10 bonus housepoints for each term of membership and their names are published on the Club Zero webpage.
Year 6 students, and those who are new to the school, have done particularly well if they manage to avoid any negative points during Term 1, so they receive 20 bonus points instead of the usual 10 for Term 1. This higher bonus does not apply to any student who leaves the school and then rejoins, or to any student who joins after Term 1.
Excellence Award certificates are presented to returning Year 7-11 students whose end-of-year reports contained grades A* or A in at least half of their graded subjects. Excellence Award winners are all-round achievers across a range of subjects.
Note: Year 6-9 French, German and PE and Year 6-9 Drama report only National Curriculum levels, not grades, because the normal level-grade equivalence system does not apply to these subjects in these year groups. As a consequence, A* or A grades are not reported for these subjects. However, if a student achieves the same National Curriculum level in French, German, PE or Drama that would be considered to be an A* or A grade in other subjects, then for purposes of deciding whether or not the student receives an Excellence Award, it will be counted as an additional subject and as an additional A*/A grade.
Subject Awards are presented, in October, to returning Year 7-11 students who each achieved the highest result in their year group in the internal end-of-year examination for any Year 6-10 subject. In the event of equal results, or for subjects which do not hold end-of-year examinations, formal assessment results are compared in reverse chronological order until a winner is identified. However, in Physical Education, the full skills rotation is considered. In the unlikely event of equal marks across all formal assessments, the subject team will consider other differentiating factors.
Subject Awards are presented, in April, to Year 11 students who obtain the top marks in their January mock examinations, and to AS and A2 students who obtain the top marks in the internal midyear examinations held in January. In the event of equal results, formal assessments are compared in reverse chronological order. For subjects in which there are no mock or midyear examinations, the top performing student is identified using internal criteria.
The prestigious Head Teacher's Award is given to one student in each of the incoming Years 7-11 whose performance, in the opinion of the Head Teacher, has best exemplified the overall achievements and attitudes which we value at BSK.
The annual Awards Evening, held in October, recognises students in the incoming Years 6-13 who have received Subject Awards, Excellence Awards and a range of Special Awards.
The annual Festival of Achievement, usually held in early April, celebrates those students who are in their graduating year of school: whether Year 11, 12 or 13.
As well as Subject Awards for Year 11-13 students, a number of Special Awards are presented, including:
In recent years, other Special Awards presented at the Festival of Achievement have included a Leadership Award, a Service Award and a Creative Arts Award. Ambassadors also sponsor special awards for language proficiency.
Students will be awarded medals, during Sports Day, at morning line-up or in assemblies, for:
The names of school sports record holders are listed at www.bsk.edu.kw/records.
The Secondary Leadership Team (SLT) may award School Colours to any Year 6-13 student who, in their opinion, has represented the school or served the school community in an exceptional way.
The award is in the form of a tie with twin gold diagonal stripes. School Colours may be worn for the remainder of the student's time at the school.
However, SLT may decide to remove School Colours from any recipient whose standards of work, behaviour or attitude fall below the very high level expected of the holder of such a prestigious and visible award.
If a student has achieved any two of the following within the same academic year, they will be awarded Sports Colours at the Sports Award Ceremony in May.
This is reckoned per sport (eg swimming, football, athletics) not by separate sub-events within sports (eg different swimming strokes or different athletic disciplines).
An exception is made so that a student who achieves ISACK Gold in the same sport but in two age categories is also eligible for the award of Sports Colours.
The award is in the form of a tie with twin maroon diagonal stripes. Sports Colours may be worn for the remainder of the academic year in which they are received, and for the entire following academic year, but must be re-earned the following year to retain the entitlement to wear the special tie.
The Secondary Leadership Team (SLT) may decide to remove Sports Colours from any recipient whose standards of work, behaviour or attitude fall below the very high level expected of the holder of such a prestigious and visible award.
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