People research a lot of things. They research what mobile phone they are going to buy, where they are going to stay when they are on holiday, how fuel-efficient a particular car is and even (and I’m just speaking for myself here) how many fruit and vegetables you need to eat in order to stay healthy. In terms of what motivates people, research has consistently shown that recognition of one’s efforts and achievements are much more highly valued than money. If you transfer that to a school setting, it means that students are much more motivated by the intrinsic value of that activity – such as learning for enjoyment or because they see it as an opportunity to reach their potential - rather than any external reward system.
Celebrations such as the Academic Awards Assembly are therefore an authentic way to recognise that motivation. Celebrating students’ efforts and accomplishments in their studies honours the work and commitment that students have made inside the classroom, while at the same time validating the internal drive they demonstrated in order to do well. On a side note, this recognition, in turn, has a positive impact on a student’s self-confidence, sense of accomplishment, and reinforces the motivation to keep improving.
We congratulate all Years 10 and 11 students who were recognised at Thursday’s Academic Awards Assembly, as well as girls who continue to strive towards this goal with determination and perseverance. Well done!
Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Deputy Principal - Head of Curriculum