Awards and Celebrations
At Katherines pupils are recognised for achievements that are personal to their own ability. Milestones are marked with a gold stars on their class wall chart. Pupils are then awarded with a metal pin badge of their respective star in the weekly celebration assembly, for each band of 10 gold stars they have received. Pupils are then encouraged to wear these pin badges as part of their school uniform.
We open our doors once a week, by personal invitation, to parents and careers of those pupils who will receive a GROW Certificate from their class teacher in the celebration assembly. We reward our children for demonstrating traits from our GROW program such as, but not extensively, resilience, outstanding personal achievement and playing an active role in the community.
Reading at Home
At Katherines we recognise that parents have the most to offer when it comes to hearing their child read. You know their favourite spot to sit to ensure that they are comfortable, you can control the noise around the house to make sure that it is quiet and the TV is turned off and you can offer 5 minutes of your time to listen to your child read spending quality one on one time together in the home. To reward your child’s efforts we have placed a reading chart in every child’s home school reading record. Once you have signed your child’s reading record, noting what your child has achieved and what they still need to improve on, a sticker will be placed on your child’s chart. Every time you hear your child read a sticker will be added until the chart is complete; they will then receive a small prize in school to recognise their efforts when reading at home.
The 100 square is used to celebrate whole class achievement. For example a target that they are working on as a group - we will all know our four times table by December. Or to recognise whole class achievement - walking through the school quietly, starting reading at the beginning of the day anything that is achieved as a collective is rewarded with a cross on their 100 square. The class then choose their own reward which they work to, together.