We wanted to inform you of some changes being made to the Intermediate Department this year. Highroad Academy always endeavours to celebrate student achievement. However, we have increasingly felt that awards have become more and more detrimental to the growth of our students. Schools should be about learning and creativity in a safe and caring environment. In fact, our core values for Highroad Academy include:
- Strengthening the unique value and character of each individual.
- Inspiring passionate, creative, and responsible learners.
These values are all about empowering all students, not just the ones that are academically strong at the core subjects. We feel that handing out school academic awards at a year-end assembly promotes the opposite. The year-end awards promotes individuals as opposed to the efforts of all students working together.
For that reason, the Intermediate Department will no longer be giving out trophies for year-end academics or Term citizenship awards at a year-end assembly. Instead, students who receive A honours certificates for achieving marks above 86% in the four core subjects will receive a certificate in their report cards at the end of the year. We feel that this change will not only keep us aligned to the Primary and High School departments, but also help us to convey to our students that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is important to our school.