Students are acknowledged at end-of-year presentation ceremonies:
- subject-based awards acknowledging achievement, application and improvement
- KLA-based awards for outstanding achievement by an individual
- sporting awards for one male and one female
- Service awards
- awards recognising all-round achievement and contribution to school life
- leadership awards
- Trade Training Centre Awards
In order to recognise student achievement in application to studies and in broad contribution to the life of the school, Loyola has three major awards. They take the form of Merit Certificates, the Sigillum badge and the Insignis award.
Throughout the year, students are acknowledged for their efforts and achievements in a variety of areas within the life of the school.
Students are awarded certificates in three categories:
- St Ignatius Award: awarded on the basis of application, improvement and achievement in class work, homework and assessments
- St Francis Xavier Award: awarded on the basis of extracurricular involvement
- Blessed Peter Faber Award: awarded on the basis of service to the school community, demonstration of school spirit and upholding the code of conduct
Once students have received THREE of these certificates IN THE SAME CATEGORY (i.e. Ignatius, Xavier or Faber), they are then eligible to be awarded the Level Two Certificate in the same category, at a year assembly.
Once students have received TWO Level Two certificates from two DIFFERENT categories, they are eligible to be awarded the Level Three Certificate, awarded at a whole school assembly.
The Merit Certificates
Merit Certificates are awarded at the end of each reporting cycle, in both Year 11 and Year 12. In Year 11: Merit Certificates are awarded three times - at the end of the interim, half-yearly and yearly reporting periods.
- A Gold (Outstanding Merit) Certificate is awarded where a student has gained six (6) or more X [Excellent] Grades for Application
- A Red (Conspicuous Merit) Certificate is awarded where a student has gained five (5) X [Excellent] Grades, the balance at VG [Very Good] level
- A Black (Merit) Certificate is awarded where a student has gained four (4) X [Excellent] Grades, the balance at VG [Very Good] level
In order for a student to receive any Merit Certificate, application in all subjects must be above average (S) [Satisfactory].
Because they are awarded for Application rather than Achievement, these certificates recognise commitment to studies and conscientious effort, rather than simply academic ability.
The Sigillum acknowledges a student's outstanding contribution across a broad range of school involvement: studies, school life and service. Sigillum means 'a seal' or 'a stamp' which is used to verify something as authentic or true to what it proclaims.
The award takes the form of a small lapel badge.
The Sigillum bears the ancient IHS logo in a "sunburst".
It may be achieved by students once in Year 11 and once in Year 12.
The award is a tangible recognition of the value the school espouses in forming well-rounded students.
There are two levels of award.
The Red Sigillum
The Red Sigillum is awarded to a student no earlier than the beginning of third term in Year 11. To be awarded the Red Sigillum, a student would ordinarily be required to have:
- achieved a Merit Certificate for studies
- made an outstanding commitment and contribution to a school "team" (eg, in sport, debating, hospitality and liturgy)
- demonstrated a generous engagement in issues of charity or justice (Collection Days, Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Social Justice Group, Community Service, Amnesty International etc).
The Gold Sigillum
The Gold Sigillum is awarded to a student in Year 12 who has already received the Red Sigillum in Year 11 (or even early in Year 12) and who has continued to make further significant contributions as described above.
Notwithstanding the above, the Principal may award a Gold Sigillum to a student who, whilst not fulfilling all of the prerequisites, has consistently demonstrated outstanding character and virtue in other ways.
A Gold Sigillum may be awarded to others associated with Loyola, in recognition of generous support and encouragement.
When Ignatius spoke about the sort of person he wished to draw towards himself, it was the one he thought most able to build up God's Kingdom on this earth, the one he believed had most potential for the greater good. Ignatius described that person as an insignis, a Latin word meaning an "impressive, notable, distinguished" person.
But for Ignatius, it meant even more. For him, the insignis was an influential person, one who could shape opinions, inspire and persuade others, be a leaven in the community. And, of course, all this influence would be for the better. The insignis is the person who acts out of principle, one who is outstanding in character or virtue, as well as ability.
In the language of this school, the insignis is the person of competence, of conscience and of compassionate commitment.
As such, the Insignis in the school would personify all the values we as a community endorse, and to which we aspire. Awarded at the end of Year 12, this cast bronze medallion is the premier award of Loyola Senior High School.