Golden Ferns


Each term, a student’s subject teachers and their Whanau Group Teacher will recognise and reward the progress a student is making with their ability to live, learn, work and contribute as an active member of their community. There are five criteria for subject teachers and a different five criteria for Whanau Group Teachers with a grade scale of 0 – 4 for each. These criteria are outlined as follows. 

Juniors are notified each term of their progress on their Junior Diploma Points Progress sheet. Seniors will be notified each term either via a progress sheet or as part of their report.

At the end of the year, once the Term Four tallies have been added to the student’s final total, they will receive either a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Bronze Awards are given out by the Deans, Silver at a whole school assembly and Gold at the end of year prize giving. The top senior and top junior student will also get a separate award at the end of the year.

 Fern Totals:   Totals differ at the Junior and Senior levels due to the numbers of subjects taken.

Year Level Bronze Silver Gold
9 & 10 510 580 648
11 400 450 500
12 & 13 340 390 432

NB: Any student who attends school less than 85% of the year will not be eligible for an award unless verified by their Whanau Group Teacher.


GOLDEN FERN – Subject Criteria 2020

(Subject teachers will award grades using the criteria below once each term resulting in the GOLD/SILVER/BRONZE Award)

 4 = Excellent     3 = Good    2 = Improvement needed     1 = Causing concern     0 = Causing serious concern

Academic Learning Progress
Seeks, uses and creates knowledge, problem solves, uses thinking skills, reflects on their learning and perseveres to improve their learning outcomes.

Attitude and Effort
Has a ‘can do’ positive attitude towards their learning. Sets high expectations and puts 100% effort into achieving the best results they can.

Managing Self
Is consistently self-motivated and focused. Works independently, and contributes and participates in all class activities. Values learning and is well-organised for class. Follows instructions without supervision. Completes all learning activities, managing time effectively.

Respect for Others
Respectful of others and the environment. Actively listens, recognising different points of view. Consistently uses appropriate manners in all situations. Demonstrates empathy, concern and support for others.

Attendancestudents are NOT penalised by being absent on school business.

4   Attendance 95 – 100%

3   Attendance 90 – 94%

2   Attendance  85 -89%

1   Attendance  80 – 84%

0   Attendance less than 79%


GOLDEN FERN – Whanau Group Criteria 2020
(Whanau Group teachers will award grades using the criteria below once each term resulting in the GOLD/SILVER/BRONZE Award)

Ownership of Learning
Is consistently self-motivated. Sets goals for learning and reflects on progress made.  Is able to meet challenges and perseveres to overcome them.  Aims for excellence in all endeavours.

Punctuality to Class
Attends all lessons on time

Uniform is consistently clean, tidy, correct and worn with pride. (Correct uniform follows the school rules. This includes jewelry, nail polish and facial piercings etc)

Respectful, Responsible and Reliable
Respectful of others and the environment.  Consistently uses appropriate manners and language.  Is responsible, reliable and uses integrity in all situations.

Extra Curricular Contribution and Participation
Participates in and contributes outstandingly to extra-curricular activities.      

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