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Rewards and Recognition

Rewards and Recognition


Southwell  Colours 

 The award of Colours is the highest recognition within the following cultural and sporting groups at Southwell. Colours are predominantly awarded to students in Year 7 and 8. Colours may be awarded to students in Year 5 and 6 in exceptional circumstances.

Students need to have represented Southwell in the Cultural or Sporting activity to be eligible for the award. Local, regional and national achievements in cultural and sporting events will be celebrated and recognised in assembly. However, students are not necessarily eligible for Southwell Colours for this recognition.

Process and Timing

  • Nominations for Colours will be received by Committee, 
    • by end of Week 7, Term 3 (Sport Colours-Winter)
    • by end of Week 1, Term 4 (Cultural Colours)
    • by end of Week 7, Term 4 (Sports Colours-Summer)

Please note that additional Nominations for Colours maybe received at the completion of some events 

 The Colours Committee will meet after nominations are received.

  • The Colours Committee is made up of the Deputy Headmaster (Rewards and Recognition), Director of Physical Education and Sport, Director of Performing Arts and Director of Music. Additional members, such as Teacher in Charge or Head of Area, may be requested to attend to provide additional support.
  • Colours Recipients recommendations will be forwarded to Headmaster for approval and awarding. 
  • The awards will be made at a Full School Assembly. 
    • Winter Sport Colours will be awarded at Final School Assembly of Term 3
    • Summer Sports Colours will be awarded at Final School Assembly Term 4
    • Cultural Colours will be awarded at School Assembly Week 1 Term 4

Please note additional Colours may be awarded at School Assemblies outside of the above dates. The Headmaster, in consultation with the Colours Committee, may award Colours outside of relevant criteria to recognise exceptional performances.  

Cultural Colours are awarded for, 

  • Girls’ and Boys’ Choir of All Hallows Chapel
  • Southwell Symphony Orchestra
  • Jazz Band
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • Opera
  • Chess

Sports Colours are awarded for, 

  • Rugby
  • Football 
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Cricket
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Touch
  • Basketball
  • Water Polo
  • Cross Sport
  • Inline Hockey
  • Swimming
  • Athletics
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Multisport

Please note Individual Sports Colours will take into consideration performance achievements at Internal and External School Events (eg. Cluster Groups, Regional and National Competitions). Event sizes and competition levels to be used as part of this consideration. 

 Additional cultural or sporting codes that may be suggested by the School from time to time.  

Colours   (Gold Badge)

For the above awards the following set of criteria should be adhered to:

  1. Students should consistently display a high level of skill in rehearsal/practice and performance within the relevant discipline
  2. Students should consistently be a positive role model throughout the school (e.g. on and off stage or sports field)
  3. Students should demonstrate a high level of commitment to his/her relevant discipline which would be evident through his/her attendance at rehearsals/performances/games/practices and his/her willingness to support others.
  4. Student’s honours external to school may be taken into account. Achievement outside school is not a sole deciding factor for cultural/sporting Colours.

Note: A student may receive colours in consecutive years for the same discipline, however, students re-awarded their colours will not receive another badge but will be acknowledged at Assembly.

The Prefect's Tie

The tie is black with repeated Southwell crests embroidered on the material.  It is awarded to all Prefects.


Students may be awarded trophies/cups for excelling in various School activities.  These are the property of the School and must remain at the School.    Parents are recommended to bring their cameras along to special events so that if your child is presented with a cup / trophy you may take photographs.

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