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Student award system

The Student Award System has been implemented to recognise student participation, to celebrate student achievement and to encourage ongoing commitment.

Internal awards

The following list of NSL Awards may be presented to students at different times of the year.


Merit Award

Students earn a Merit for a variety of positive actions including:

  • outstanding effort
  • application
  • improvement
  • commitment
  • lesson day effort
  • course work submission
  • assessment result
  • independent learning skills.

Teachers enter a Merit on our school database Millenium (DEMS) and a notification is automatically sent to parents/carers.

Principal's Award

Ten Merits earns the student a Principal's Award that is printed and sent to the student via the home school at the end of Terms 2, 3 and 4.


1st - 2nd - 3rd Place in Course Award

These awards are produced at the end of the school year (September for Year 12 and December for Years 9-11) and posted to home schools to be presented during the students' home school assemblies, presentation or award ceremonies.

1st, 2nd and 3rd in Course awards are awarded in recognition of academic excellence to students who achieve the top mark in the class (based on total marks for the year).


External awards

The following awards are presented to final year students at Presentation Day or posted to schools for home school Presentation Days who fulfil the awards' requirements.

Ampol All-Rounder Award

As suggested by Caltex this award recognises qualities that include:

  • attitude - willing to help others; makes selfless contributions
  • personal conduct - exemplary at all times
  • leadership - is a role model for other students
  • service and community - participates fully in school and community activities
  • sport - represents the school without necessarily being a champion
  • arts and culture.


ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork Award

This award is presented to students who meet the criteria based on the values upheld by the Australian Defence Force and developed in conjunction with Australian schools and the wider community. 

This award recognises students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader community and who display strong values such as doing one's best, respect for others and "mateship", values that are considered integral to both the ADF and Australian society.

Selection criteria includes but is not limited to:

  • leadership
  • teamwork
  • values
  • problem solving
  • resourcefulness
  • communicator
  • cooperator
  • community involvement.

The award is open to students enrolled in Years 10 and 12. For more information visit the ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork Awards website.


Ruben F. Scarf Awards

This award is presented at Presentation Day or posted to schools for home school Presentation Days to students who fulfil the following requirements as suggested by the Reuben F. Scarf Memorial Foundation:

• commitment

• leadership