Speech Day is one of the highlights of our BSM calendar. It is an event that celebrates our students’ academic attainment and academic progress, as well as their outstanding contributions to the wider life of the school and the wider community. The breadth of awards on offer reflects our vision and mission and is testament to our commitment to offering a holistic education.
Speech Day is for students and parents in Years 6-13 and will take place this year on Saturday 22 June. The event begins with a staff breakfast followed by a morning ceremony and then a lunch for our whole school community. We would be delighted if as many of you as possible can join us.
The awards are highly valued by our students and we have developed a methodology over many years that ensures consistency and fairness. The awards on offer, and the criteria and methods we use to decide upon the recipients, are outlined below.
SPEECH DAY PRIZES 2019
Subject Awards for Achievement
Curriculum leaders and teachers are provided with a summary of the SSA grades throughout the year; these are converted into numbers so that we can average and rank the students’ performance. It is the highest year average that will determine the winner of the subject award in most cases. In cases where progressive levels apply, the student with the highest final grade may be the prize winner. It may be the case that the nomination from the curriculum area may differ slightly from that which is suggested by the SSA averages – for example, at IB level, a Higher Level (HL) student with a lower average than an Standard Level (SL) student may be considered to be the highest-performing student in the subject in the year. Subject teachers explain the reasons for their nominations when necessary and the Senior Leadership Team review these decisions to ensure fairness.
Subject Awards for Progress
Subject levels and grades are converted into numbers and the difference between SSA1 and SSA2 is calculated. The award is given to the student who has made the most progress using this methodology. In the event of a tie, then the student most frequently judged as Excellent against our Approach to Learning criteria is awarded the prize. In the event of a tie, the award winner will be selected in discussions within the curriculum area. Subject teachers explain the reasons for their nominations when necessary and the Senior Leadership Team review these decisions to ensure
Overall Achievement Awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold)
The individual subject levels and grades are converted into numbers and an average for all subjects is calculated and ranked. In the event of a tie, the student with the highest number of ‘top’ grades across the year to date will be the recipient of the award. In the event of a further tie here, then the student most frequently judged as Excellent against our Approach to Learning criteria is awarded the prize.
Overall Progress Awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold)
The levels and grades are converted into numbers and the difference between SSA1 and SSA2 is calculated; an average for all subjects is calculated and ranked. In the event of a tie, then the student most frequently judged as Excellent against our Approach to Learning criteria is awarded the prize.
Global Citizen Awards 2019
Community Building (Bronze, Silver and Gold)
These awards recognise students whose day to day behaviours contribute to fostering a sense of community which is positive, warm and caring. The recipients will be students who show that they are respectful, honest and kind; they are likely to be upstanders, and be students who are responsible for random acts of kindness and who take care of others. These students show leadership, acting as role models for their peers and as exemplary ambassadors for BSM in the wider community.
Contribution to the Wider Life of the School (Bronze, Silver and Gold)
These awards recognise students who have been active citizens and who have made outstanding contributions to our community in positions of responsibility or in our co-curricular programmes. The students will be realising their potential, thriving when challenged, responding positively to adversity and acting with integrity. The award winners will be individuals who inspire others to participate and lead by example. This may be in, but not limited to, one or more of the following areas; Music, Arts, Drama, sports teams and events, house activities, residentials or Activities Week, MUN or through active participation in Whole School events.
Service Learning (Bronze, Silver and Gold)
These awards acknowledge students who demonstrate a sustained commitment to caring for others, who model compassion and empathy and who act on these values through service learning. The recipients will have demonstrated the vision to initiate work with service partners or to ensure our work with existing partners is strong and sustainable. They will have encouraged others to become engaged in service learning. Their involvement may involve fundraising in new and imaginative ways to ensure we can extend our reach in our local community. The outcomes of their work will make their world more peaceful, sustainable and fair.
In order to be eligible to receive an award a student must have an attendance percentage of above 90% in the period from 13 August 2018 to 21 May 2019. (Written by Mr Chris Jones, Deputy Head)
Next week is Week B.