At Brighouse High we have just completed the annual round of autumn term rewards assemblies and events, writes head teacher Liz Cresswell.
It has been fantastic to be able to recognise and reward the achievement and effort of our pupils and for their hard work to be recognised and celebrated by their peers.
We always take the time to hold awards ceremonies at this time of year and to make sure that governors are involved.
The Year ten students have their special awards evening; parents and staff are in attendance and VIP guests are invited along. This year the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress kindly agreed to come along and the visiting speaking was Jamie Andrew, a mountaineer and quadruple amputee.
Jamie’s message was one of positivity and determination and that whatever difficulties you face it is possible to overcome them. The students were truly inspired by what he had to say.
Key stage three awards are presented in an assembly setting but are nevertheless important in recognising the efforts of our pupils.
Form tutors and heads of year also select pupils who have made an excellent contribution to the life of the school in some way and these are rewarded with a special form tutor and pupil of the year shield.
As a school we continue to recognise hard work throughout the year with our system of stickers and post cards and house points. Students can exchange their reward points for prizes and are also invited to an end of year rewards trip, often to Alton Towers or similar theme park.
We find it helpful to link rewards to good work and behaviour; it helps to maintain the high standards we are so proud of. Students also enjoy the regular rewards lunches when, if they have collected sufficient points, they are invited to a free lunch with the head teacher and governors. Last term we had more than 300 pupils in attendance.
We make no excuse for keeping up the tradition of awards ceremonies and prizes giving. Our pupils deserve to be recognised for their hard work and positive attitudes.
Congratulations to all our award winners this term.
By Liz Cresswell, Brighouse High School head teacher