Twice a term at their Big Blue awards, the school takes the opportunity to honour children who through random acts of kindness have demonstrated their school values of faith, generosity and courage.
The whole school is present for the ceremony, and children are presented with a coveted award and a $25 book voucher for their efforts.
Principal Julie Caldwell said the awards are just one part of a whole school positive education framework designed to reward kind behaviour towards other students.
The award makes you feel very special and valued
“The awards are used alongside our anti-bullying lessons, our cyber safety lessons, our child protection lessons and our weekly rule promotion by our Student Representative Council,” she said.
“The students learn about how to develop their character strengths, and are encouraged to display those at school.”
Sacred Heart is continually making the awards a greater part of their life together – their 5 March gathering also acted as an introduction to their incoming SRC, and invited parents to attend the school to congratulate students and enjoy a beverage from a visiting coffee cart. An April ceremony will include a performance by their Dancefever team.
Year 5 student Angus Lechner recently received an award and said he felt the program rewarded students for becoming “the person they aim to be”.
Sienna Spellacy, also in Year 5, was given her award for being a good role model and leader.
“I was very happy and honoured to receive my award for displaying the character strengths of kindness and fairness,” said Sienna.
“The award makes you feel very special and valued because it acknowledges your good behaviour,” Angus said.