JOHN THERRY CATHOLIC COLLEGE LEVEL SYSTEM

THE MERIT SYSTEM

Students may receive a positive Compass entry during a school day for exceptional behaviour in an area of school life (Academic, Spiritual, Sporting, Social and School Life). These positive entries can be issued by any teacher. Merit awards may also be given to a student for exceptional application to an area of school life.

When a student receives the required amount of merit awards in one area of school life they are to hand in their small merit awards to their Learning Group Mentor and will be issued with a Large Merit Certificate. The small merit awards will then be handed back to the student.

Academic Merits will be awarded for excellence or application to academic activities including classwork, participation and homework.

Spiritual Merits will be awarded for excellence in contribution to the spiritual life of the school.

Sporting Merits will be awarded for excellence or application to sporting activities.

Social Merits will be awarded for excellence in social areas of the school including volunteer work, good deeds and participation in extracurricular activities.

School Life Merits will be awarded for excellence in participation in school life and culture including attendance, organisation and uniform.

5 x School Life Merit Awards = 1 Large School Life Merit Certificate

5 x Academic Merit Awards = 1 Large Academic Merit Certificate

5 x Sport Merit Awards = 1 Large Sport Merit Certificate

3 x Social Merit Awards = 1 Large Social Merit Certificate

2 x Spiritual Merit Awards = 1 Large Spiritual Merit Certificate

BRONZE Level (Year Coordinator Certificate) is achieved by receiving 2 Large Merit Certificates in any area.

SILVER Level (Assistant Principal’s Certificate) is achieved by receiving 5 Large Merit Certificates in any area.

GOLD Level (Principal’s Certificate) is achieved by receiving 8 Large Merit Certificates in any area.

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS AT JOHN THERRY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Every student as a member of the John Therry Catholic College community contributes to the school’s reputation and standing in the community by ensuring that their words and actions are always consistent with the values and standards espoused by the college and the Catholic Church. 

  • Full participation in Religious and Liturgical events, retreats and camps is compulsory.
  • Students are to wear the full school uniform correctly at all times

Relationships at John Therry Catholic College are built on the Marist Values where students are expected to show care and respect to all members of the school community. Every student is to strive for his or her personal best in all aspects of school life and encourage and support others to also achieve success and demonstrate “John Therry PRIDE”.

Students are expected to adhere to all College and system policies and procedures related to student management.

NEGATIVE COMPASS ENTRIES

Negative Compass entries are used by staff to indicate a particular area of concern, failure to complete, non-serious attempts or lack of compliance in the following examples:

  • homework, classwork, assessments
  • classroom behaviour, uniform, punctuality
  • playground behaviour
  • equipment

PASTORAL LEVEL SEQUENCE

A student on AQUA level is referred to the KLA/Year Coordinator for additional support.

A student on VIOLET level is referred to the Year Coordinator for learning and/or behaviour support.

A student on PURPLE level is referred to the Pastoral Care Coordinator for further behaviour intervention.

A student on ORANGE level is referred to the Pastoral Care Coordinator and/ or Assistant Principal for significant behaviour intervention.

Students at PURPLE or ORANGE level may not represent the College at sporting or extra-curricular activities and may be excluded from other school based events at the discretion of the Pastoral Care Coordinator, Assistant Principal or Principal.