Learner Recognition

 

At Normies, we endeavor to spread the base of recognition, from sporting codes to culture clubs, from service to discipline. Assemblies are held each term and recognition falls into three broad bands:

  1. Achievement: top in each subject and Top 20 in EACH GRADE
  2. Improvement: most improved in each subject
  3. Sport/Culture/Service/Leadership Awards

Two major formal awards’ ceremonies are held at which awards are given to deserving pupils:

  1. Matric Honours Ceremony
  2. Grade 8 – 11 Honours’ Evening.

A Colours Constitution guides the Colours’ Committee in awarding colours. Colours are awarded for school codes as well as for non-school codes. Strict criteria are applied so that colours are for excellence in achievement across ACADEMICS, SERVICE, OLYMPIADS, CULTURE and SPORT.

COLOURS CONSTITUTION (HONOURS)

COLOURS CONSTITUTION

 

The following policy has the following motivation:

  1. Recognition of achievement
  2. Motivation of achievers and potential achievers

The following rule/s applies:

  1. The Constitution will be the only document that will be used to determine the awarding of colours.  A colours committee consisting of the following people will meet quarterly to grant awards and annually to amend the constitution:
  • Principal
  • Head of Learner Recognition
  • Two members of the MCL (Head of Academics and Extra-murals)
  • The Sports Coordinator/s
  1. Learners who have been granted colours may have their colours stripped for misconduct. This will be done at the discretion of the school’s Board of Governors, in consultation with the parents and learner/s concerned.
  2. Parents are responsible for the cost carried by the awarding of colours to their child/ren.
  3. Learners who are chosen to represent Western Cape/South Africa may wear their WC/SA Blazer [Fridays only] and their Honours Blazer [refer to paragraph 1.2 below] for the rest of the week.

ACADEMIC HONOURS POLICY

1. Academic Honours Policy

1.1       Preamble

  • Academic Honours are awarded on the Promotion Mark only in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11 and are presented at the final Academic Assembly of the school year.
  • In grade 12 Academic Honours are awarded based on the year mark and are awarded at the Annual Honours’ ceremony.
  • A learner must pass ALL 7 subjects in Grades 10 to 12 and ALL NINE learning areas in grades 8 and 9 to qualify for Academic Honours.

 

  • Categories and Criteria
  • A* Honours

[a]        Grades 8 and 9: a learner achieving an average percentage of 90 % with a minimum of 8 code 8s [over 80 %].

 

[b]        Grades 10 to 12: a learner achieving an average percentage of 90 % with a minimum of 6 code 7s [over 80 %].

 

[c]        Dress code:

  • Navy blue blazer with thick white braiding
  • A white academic scroll
  • A* badge
  • Pocket badge [white]
  • Navy blue tie [academic in white]

 

[d]       Learners receiving A* will be awarded a scholarship to the value of

 

  • Honours Gold

[a]        Grades 8 and 9: a learner achieving an average percentage of 80 % with a minimum of 7 code 7s [over 80 %].

 

[b]        Grades 10 to 12: a learner achieving an average percentage of 80 % with a minimum of 6 code 7s [over 80 %].

 

[c]        Dress code:

  • Navy blue blazer with gold braiding
  • An academic scroll [gold braiding]
  • Pocket badge [gold]
  • Navy blue tie [academic in gold]

 

[d]        Learners receiving Gold Honours will be awarded a scholarship to the value of

 

1.2.2       Honours Silver

[a]        Grades 8 and 9: a learner achieving an average percentage of 80 % with a minimum of 6 code 7s [over 80 %].

 

[b]        Grades 10 to 12: a learner achieving an average percentage of  80 % with a minimum of 5 code 7s [over 80 %].

 

[c]        Dress code:

  • Navy blue blazer with silver braiding
  • An academic scroll [silver braiding]
  • Pocket badge [silver]
  • Navy blue tie [academic in silver]

 

[d]        Learners receiving Silver Honours will be awarded a scholarship to the value of

 

1.2.3         Honours Bronze

 

[a]        Grades 8 and 9: a learner achieving an average percentage of 75 % with a minimum of 5 code 7s [over 80 %].

 

[b]        Grades 10 to 12: a learner achieving an average percentage of 75% with a minimum of 3 code 7s [over 80 %].

 

[c]        Dress code:

  • Cherry red blazer with red/white braiding
  • An academic scroll [no braiding]

 

[d]        Learners receiving Bronze Honours will be awarded a scholarship to the value of

2. Sports Honours' Policy

2.1 Preamble

  • School Sports are as follows: Athletics; Chess; Cricket; Cross-Country; Hockey; Netball; Soccer; Softball; Swimming; Rugby; Volleyball.
  • Non-school sports will be recognized [at the discretion of the Colours’ Committee] e.g. karate/squash/gymnastics

2.2. Categories and Critieria

2.2.1 Honours Gold

[a] Selected to represent a sport at International level.

[b] Top 3 places at a South African Championships [any sport]

[c] Dress code: [i] Navy blue blazer with gold braiding and a sport scroll [gold braiding] + bar badge [ii] navy blue tie [sport in gold] [iii] sky blue jersey.

2.2.2 Honours Silver

[a] Selected to represent a sport at provincial level Western Province A team OR only team e.g. Angling/Western Cape/ SA Development team.

[b] Dress code: [i] Navy blue blazer with silver braiding and a sport scroll [silver braiding] + bar badge [ii] navy blue tie [sport in silver].

2.1.1 Honours Bronze

[a] Selected to represent a sport at local level [District] OR winning a league OR Victor/Victrix Ludorum [Junior/ Senior] at Inter-House championships OR Winning House Captains [annual]

[b] Dress code: [i] Cherry red blazer with white/red braiding and a sport scroll [white plain] + bar badge

3. Leadership/Service Honours' Policy

3.1 Preamble

Leadership/ Service Honours are based on the following criteria:

[a] Serving as an RCL/ MCL member during the year

[b] Being elected to the School Council Executive Committee

[c] Service to the community [at the discretion of the Board of Governors/ School Leadership]

[d] Serving on the Junior City Council

3.2. Categories and Critieria

3.2.1 Honours Gold

[a] Elected as the Chairperson of School Council OR as JCC Mayor

[b] Dress code: [i] Navy blue blazer with gold braiding and a leadership scroll [gold braiding] [ii] a navy blue tie [ leadership in gold] [iii] sky blue jersey.

3.2.2 Honours Silver

[a] Elected as an Executive Member of the School Council [elected by peers]; Deputy Chairperson; Vice-Chairperson; OR Exceptional leadership [at staff’s discretion and with a full motivation e.g. captains of sport]; Member of the Executive committee of the Junior City of Cape Town Council.

[b] Dress code: Navy blue blazer with silver braiding and a leadership scroll [silver braiding] AND a navy blue tie [leadership in silver]

3.2.3 Honours Bronze

[a] Elected as an RCL member for the period of one year OR and MCL member OR recipient of the Selfless Service Award/Service to the Community Award at the annual prize giving.

[b] Dress code: Cherry red blazer with white/red braiding and a sport scroll [white plain] + bar badge

4. Cultural Activities Honours Policy

4.1 Preamble

School cultural activities are as follows: Dance, Debating, Drama, Public speaking, Choir, Christian Union, GKQ, MSA, Poetry Recitals, Sound Crew, Project 90, Yearbook [editorial committee]

4.1.1 Honours Gold

[a] Selected to participate at national level/international level

[b] Dress code: [i] Naby Blue blazer with gold braiding and a ‘Culture’ scroll [gold braiding] + bar badge [ii] a navy blue tie [culture in gold] [iii] sky blue jersey

4.1.2 Honours Silver

[a] Winner at an inter-schools festival at any of the codes listed above OR recipient of the Culture Award at the Annual prize giving.

[b] Dress Code: [i] Navy Blue blazer with silver braiding and a ‘Culture’ scroll [silver braiding] + bar badge [ii] a navy blue tie [culture in silver]

4.1.3 Honours Bronze

[a] Recipient of the Cultural Award at the annual prize giving.

[b] Recipient of an award at a once off event e.g. poetry writing competition, design indaba competition

[c] Dress Code: [i] Cherry red blazer with red/white braiding + a scroll [white plain] + bar badge

5. Olympiads

Colours will be awarded by the committee at its discretion for excellence in achievement in national/ provincial Olympiads [academic/ general knowledge].

A Gold Certificate in an Olympiad will NOT entitle the recipient to colours unless it is deemed to be of such a standard that colours are conferred e.g. TOP TEN in the country/ province.

EXTRA-MURAL HONOURS POLICY

  • Preamble
  • School Sports are as follows:  Athletics, Hockey; Softball, Netball, Soccer, Rugby, Cricket, Cross-Country, Swimming, Tennis, Table Tennis, Basketball, Chess, Touch-Rugby
  • Non-school sports will be recognised [at the discretion of the Colours’ Committee] e.g. karate/squash/gymnastics/ ice-hockey
  • Categories and Criteria
  • Honours Gold

[a]       Selected to represent a sport at International level.

 

[b]       Top 3 places at a South African Championships [any sport].

 

[c]        Dress code:

  • Navy blue blazer with gold braiding
  • A sport scroll [gold braiding]
  • A pocket badge (gold)
  • Navy blue tie [sport in gold]

 

[d]       Learners receiving Gold Honours will be awarded a scholarship to the value of

 

  • Honours Silver

 

[a]        Selected to represent  a sport at provincial level [Western Cape/SA Development team].

 

[b]        Dress code:

  • Navy blue blazer with silver braiding
  • A sport scroll [silver braiding]
  • A pocket badge (silver)
  • Navy blue tie [sport in silver]

 

[c]        Learners receiving Silver Honours will be awarded a scholarship to the value of

 

  • Honours Bronze

 

[a]        Selected to represent a sport at local level [Western Province, Champs of Champs or District] OR winning a league OR Victor/Victrix Ludorum [Junior/Senior] at Inter-House championships OR Winning House Captains [annual]

 

[b]        Dress code:

  • Cherry red blazer with white/red braiding
  • A sport scroll [no braiding]
  • Navy blue tie [sport in white]

 

[c]        Learners receiving Bronze Honours will be awarded a scholarship to the value of

 

 

LEADERSHIP / SERVICE HONOURS POLICY

LEADERSHIP/SERVICE HONOURS POLICY

 

  • Preamble

 

  • Leadership / Service Honours are based on the following criteria:

[a]       Serving as an RCL / MCL member during the year

[b]       Being elected to the School Council Executive Committee

[c]        Service to the community [at the discretion of the Board of Governors/School Leadership]

 

  • Categories and criteria

 

3.2.1    Honours Gold

 

[a]        Elected as an Executive Member of the School Council [elected by peers]: Chairman; Chairlady OR a member of the executive committee of the Junior City of Cape Town Council.

 

[b]        Dress code:

  • Navy blue blazer with gold braiding
  • A leadership scroll [gold braiding]
  • A pocket badge (gold)
  • A navy blue tie [leadership in gold]

 

[c]        Learners receiving Gold Honours will be awarded a scholarship to the value of

 

  • Honours Silver

[a]        Elected as an Executive Member of the School Council [elected by peers]: Deputy Chairman; Deputy Chairlady; Secretary; Heads of the School Council Pillars  OR Exceptional leadership [at the staff’s discretion e.g. captains of sport]

 

[b]        Dress code:

  • Navy blue blazer with silver braiding
  • A leadership scroll [silver braiding]
  • A pocket badge (silver)
  • A navy blue tie [leadership in silver]
  • Honours Bronze

 

[a]       Elected as an RCL member for the period of one year OR an MCL member

 

[b]       Dress code: [i] RCL:  Leadership scroll [plain][ii] MCL:

  • Cherry red blazer with red/white braiding
  • A leadership scroll (no braiding)
  • Navy blue tie [leadership in white]

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HONOURS POLICY

  • Preamble
  • School cultural activities are as follows:  Debating, Public Speaking, Drama, Dance, Poetry Recitals, Yearbook, Choir, Quiz

 

4.1.1         Honours Gold

 

[a]       Selected to participate at national level/international level

 

[b]        Dress code:

  • Navy Blue blazer with gold braiding
  • A ‘Culture’ scroll [gold braiding]
  • A pocket badge (gold)
  • A navy blue tie [culture in gold]

 

  • Honours Silver

 

[a]        Winner at an inter-schools festival at any of the codes listed above OR recipient of the Culture Award at the Annual Honours ceremony.

 

[b]        Dress code:

  • Navy Blue blazer with silver braiding
  • A ‘Culture’ scroll [silver braiding]
  • A pocket badge (silver)
  • A navy blue tie [culture in silver]

 

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OLYMPIADS / SPECIAL AWARDS

5. OLYMPIADS

  • Colours will be awarded by the committee at its discretion for excellence in achievement in national/provincial Olympiads [academic/general knowledge].
  • A Gold Certificate in an Olympiad will NOT entitle the recipient to colours unless it is deemed to be of such a standard that colours are conferred e.g. TOP TEN in the country/province.

 

  1. SPECIAL AWARDS

 

  • Preamble
  • Special awards are awarded to learners at the final Academic Assembly for Grades 8 – 11 and at the Matric Prize Giving. Learners are either nominated by their peers, the educators or it is based on academic achievement.

 

  • GOOD FELLOWSHIP:

 

Nominated with motivation by peers.  The matriculant that has been a friend to the entire group.  The one who has been the shoulder to cry on, who listens and helps those who are struggling with something, the one who is brave enough to care and not be afraid to show it.

Learners will be asked to nominate one of their peers on a piece of a paper. The Grade Head will then calculate the votes and either there will be one clear winner with more than half of the grade’s votes or there will be at least two to three learners with the most votes. The grade will then get an opportunity to vote again using only the top names from the previous round.

 

  • 4I’S:

 

The four I’s are Intelligence, Involvement, Integrity and Industry. This award goes to the learner who has displayed all of the above character traits. The one who has a level of intelligence which has shown him/her capable of problem solving and carrying out tasks without much assistance. The learner is involved in activities outside the class, not only with extra-murals or sports but who supports school functions and events. The integrity (honesty) of the person is never in question. This learner also has proven him/herself committed to academics and consistently in and out of the classroom.

 

  • ROLE MODEL:

 

Reserved for one of the males.  The learner who has set an example for his peers (from Grade 8 to Grade 12).  Well-mannered, polite, courteous, quietly gets on with doing what he believes is right.  The epitome of a gentleman.

6.1.4    YOUNG WOMAN:

 

Reserved for one of the ladies.  A young lady of strong character, determined to succeed, displays self-confidence (from Grade 8 to Grade 12).  Others can learn from her tenacity.

 

6.1.5    YOUNG SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR:

 

This award is for the learner who has an intuitive grasp of Science; one who is capable of lateral thinking and who is able to use an analytical ability to solve problems.  One who can apply scientific theory to real-life situations.

This will be decided by the Physical Sciences department.

 

6.1.6    PATRICK NORTHCOTT:

 

An award which only a matriculant can receive.  For the learner who has overcome tremendous odds, the one who works hard on a daily basis, staff have been able to see the commitment and dedication to work, the one who never gives up, even though they do not shine academically

 

6.1.7    ORAL COMMUNICATION:

 

This trophy is awarded in recognition of the ability to communicate well in both official languages.  Someone who is fully bilingual, well versed and articulate.

This will be calculated based on the learner with the highest average for their English and Afrikaans orals.

 

6.1.8    HENSHILWOOD AWARD:

 

This award is reserved for a learner who has served as a member of the MCL.  One who has applied him/herself to studies, who has participated in extra-mural activities and served in a leadership capacity within those extra-murals at school and who has also displayed a sense of integrity and commitment.

 

6.1.9    SELFLESS SERVICE AWARD:

 

For the learner/s who are just that:  selfless.  Always willing to sacrifice time to help, assisting wherever they can, staying after school whenever needed, spending time here over weekends or during the holidays.  No request seems too great.

 

6.1.10  SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY:

 

For the learner who has placed others above him/herself.  Someone who has dedicated time and energy to assist those who are less fortunate.  A learner who has been of service to the community.

 

6.1.11  CULTURAL:

 

The cultural life of Henshilwood is an important to us as academics and sports.  This award goes to the person who has made a significant contribution to the life of culture at our school.  Someone who has made culture fun and interesting and put it in the spotlight.

 

6.1.12  PRICEWATER HOUSE COOPERS BOOK VOUCHER:

 

This will be awarded to the learner with the highest average for both Accounting and Mathematics.

 

6.1.13  MATH AND ME AWARD

Is presented to a Normanhenshilwood Student, who’s dedication and commitment to mathematical self improvement has not gone unnoticed. It is awarded to a student from Gr 8 – 11 who’s haerd work and attendance to Mathematics After School Programmes, runthroughout the year, serves as an exemplary example to others. This may not necessarily be the student who achieves the highest results for the subject, but it is evident that they do not allow any set backs or difficulties to obstruct their vision for success. This is an individual willing to take advantage of all the oppertunities availed to them. They continue to persevere through challanges, question to understand and learn week-in and week-out committing themselves and their actions to achievement. They have shown how powerful an habitual positive attitude and can-do mentality presents itself to be and how all should adopt it in our daily lives.

 

 

6.1.14  STOLLE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP (MCL):

 

This award is reserved for the matric learner who serves on the School Council, the recipient has been elected by his/her peers for excellence in leadership and dedication to the school, as well as for being the embodiment of the values instilled at NHHS.

The Executive of the School Council will make the decision.

 

6.1.15  ABIGAIL NETTE AWARD FOR COURAGE, METTLE AND SPIRIT:

 

This award is given to a learner who has the mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship.  Courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of extreme difficulty, pain or fear.  Mettle suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and unwillingness to admit defeat.  Spirit also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one’s own or keep up one’s morale when opposed or threatened.

6.1.16  GILLIAN AMANSURE AWARD:

 

This trophy is for a learner who despite physical, emotional or social challenges or barriers, has shown remarkable perseverance and resilience to continue to demonstrate a commitment and a positive attitude to all their academic or extra-mural activities.

 

6.1.16  PRINCIPAL’S AWARD:

 

This is to be decided at the discretion of the Principal.

 

ORDER OF AWARDS

  1. Order of Awards
  1. Extra-Mural Awards
    • 5 year commitment to Sport
    • 5 year commitment to Culture
    • Sports Awards
    • Victor and Victrix Ludorum – ONLY MATRIC PRIZE GIVING
    • Cultural Awards

 

  1. Academic Awards
    • Subject Awards
      • Bronze certificate and a medal
      • Silver certificate and a medal
      • Gold certificate, a medal and a book prize – ONLY GRADE 12 PRIZE GIVING
      • 212 certificate and a badge
      • Most Improved learner overall – trophy and certificate – ONLY GRADE 12 PRIZE GIVING
    • Merit list – bronze certificate
    • A-aggregates – a badge and certificate
    • No 1 in every class – a badge and certificate

 

  1. Creative Writing – A piece is chosen by the English Department to be read out at the Academic Assembly and Matric Prize Giving
    • Certificate

 

  1. Conferring of Honours Awards
    • Roll of Sport and Cultural Honours
      • Bronze
      • Silver
      • Gold
      • Sports Woman and Sportsman of the Year – ONLY MATRIC PRIZE GIVING

       

      • Roll of Academic Honours
        • Bronze, Silver, Gold
        • Top 10 – badges and certificates
        • Top 3 – vouchers
        • Dux Scholar – certificate, Parker Pen and trophy – ONLY MATRIC PRIZE GIVING

       

       

      1. Special Awards
        • Grade 12 Constantia Rotary Good Fellowship
        • Grade 12 4 I (Intelligence, Involvement, Integrity, Industry)
        • Role Model of the Year
        • Young Woman of the Year
        • Young Scientist of the Year
        • Patrick Northcott Award for Industry
        • Oral Communication Trophy
        • Henshilwood Award
        • Selfless Service Award
        • Service to the Community
        • Cultural Award
        • Price Waterhouse Coopers Award
        • Stolle Award for Excellence in Leadership (MCL)
        • Abigail Nette Award
        • Gillian Amansure Award

       

      1. Principal’s Award

       

      1. School Council OUTGOING and INCOMING – ONLY MATRIC PRIZE GIVING

       

      • School Council OUTGOING – certificates
      • School Council Executive – certificate and Parker Pen
      • School Council INCOMING
        • Grade 8 to10
        • Grade 11
      • Executive announce the newly elected executive
      • Newly elected Chairman/lady make their pledge to the school

       

       

PRIZE GIVINGS

8.1       Preamble

  • Prize Givings will be held in Term 2, 3 and 4. Term 2 and 4 will include the 212 award whereby the marks will be calculated as follows:
    • Term 3 – term 3 final mark minus term 1 final mark
    • Term 4 – term 4 final mark minus term 2 final mark
    • Learners can only receive this award if they completed all of their assessments and did not receive 0 for anything.
  • In the first week of Term 4, the Matric Prize Giving and Valedictory will be held on the Friday.
  • The final Academic Assembly for Grades 8 – 11 will be held in early December.
  • Teachers will wear academic gowns for both prize givings.
  • The Academic Merit at the final prize giving is for learners with a final average of between 70% and 74%.