As we enter the middle of term, it is timely to give pause and reflect on the achievements of our students thus far this year. This opportunity allows us to forward-plan for the Academic Merit and Academic Excellence awards that are given to High School students at the end of each semester. The team of educators at Carmel School determined that the criteria for these awards are as follows: Academic Excellence

  • Students in Years 7-10 must achieve an A grade in 80% of their subjects. This criteria accommodates the different number of subjects students study and also does not penalise those who take advanced courses.
  • Students in Years 11 and 12 must achieve 5 A grades across their subjects.

Academic Merit

  • Students must receive a rating of ‘Excellent’ in 80% of their Performance Indicators.

These awards are given to celebrate those students who have achieved a high academic standard across the board and those students who have shown diligence and effort towards their studies. Since commencing at Carmel, I have had many parents ask why their child did not receive these awards. Some issues raised have been legitimate and we have dealt with them. But what I would really welcome is a discussion on why we haven’t yet formally recognised students striving to achieve menshalachkeit each semester. At the end of last year, we made steps to address this missed opportunity, with the goal of our community collectively placing equal emphasis on academics and citizenship. At Speech Night we placed the citizenship award with the Dux to show that it is as important, if not more important than academic achievement. Further to this we have now commissioned a board for the Breckler-Troy Hall that will display the names of those Year 12 students whose kindness, respect and integrity have been award-worthy. The citizenship awards at Speech night are yet to be named. If you would like to sponsor this prestigious award, please be in contact. You may wish to name it after a loved one whose character and moral courage should be emulated by our Carmel students. As our senior students move into exam mode, we wish them much luck. May they come into each exam feeling prepared and ready for the challenge that awaits them. But I hope that they also consider the wider implications of their school experience and look for the opportunity to do good, to be kind and to make an impact on our community. These are the qualities that have a lasting effect, long after the memory of grades received has faded.

Shabbat Shalom,