Dr McBirney Memorial Award
This award has traditionally been the top award presented to the best all-round student, based on their character, application and ability.The award is made in memory of the district's first doctor. Dr McBirney gave eight years of selfless devotion to the people of this area during the years 1954 - 1962. After his death, the community decided his commitment and dedication should be remembered by this award to a senior student reflecting similar attributes.
This prize is awarded to the top academic student in Year 13.
This is the second highest academic award for Year 13.
George Watt Grant
These grants are made in memory of Mr George Watt a long time resident of the Ruakaka area. Mr Watt bequeathed a considerable endowment to Bream Bay College as a means of assisting students to benefit from the higher education he so admired.
The first of these annual grants were awarded to Year 13 students in 1997. The grants are for those students who intend undertaking tertiary education.
Harvey Abercrombie Awards
Harvey was a former pupil of Bream Bay College who was heavily involved in community affairs. He was a Ventura Scout leader and a Youth leader at the local church in Waipu. Harvey completed his first degree at Lincoln University in Agriculture and Economics, worked for a year as Dairy Consulting Officer and then went back to Lincoln University and completed a second degree in Tropical Agriculture. Harvey passed away tragically at the age of 24 on the 17th March 1993 due to a tractor accident. Helen and Bruce Matheson have donated this scholarship in his memory.
Waipu Lions Citizenship Cup
This award was first awarded in 1975. It is awarded to a student who has participated fully in the Bream Bay School community. The student shows civic duty as a leader. They are always supportive, reliable and well respected.
Kururangi Citizenship Cup
This award was first presented in 1978 to a senior student of Maori or Pacific Island decent.
It is awarded to a student who shows leadership, reliability and sincerity. This student plays an active role in the Bream Bay community and is well respected by other students.
KT Footwear Integrity Trophy
Donated by the PTA. This award has been awarded since 1992 to a student who has shown themselves to be honest and up right in character. They must have demonstrated integrity in their actions throughout the year.
Whangarei MP’s Award for Contribution to Racial Harmony
This award is awarded to a student who contributes to the multi cultural harmony of the college and / or its community. The recipient will be a senior student who promotes: respect and appreciation of difference, harmony and equity among our diverse students and whose actions are culturally and racially appropriate, accessible and free from racism and discrimination.
Marsden Lions Trophy
Awarded to a male and female student who has demonstrated high levels of citizenship and service to others.
Waipu Anglican Opportunity Shop Apprenticeship Award
Awarded to a students that have taken up an apprenticeship.
Sports Person of the Year.
Best All-round Sportsperson
Best all round Sportsperson.
Lear Cup Endeavour
Year 11 - 13 Outstanding Citizen Awards
We have 12 students nominated as Outstanding Citizens based on their Character, Citizenship and Collaboration grades.
Rose Waerea and Gordon Lee Cup for Innovation and Enterprise in Music
Pacifika Leadership awards - O le ala ile pule o le tautua
Pacifika Leadership awards - Rangatira Tane
Junior Dux Ludorum
This award is given to the highest achieving student in their chosen sporting code.
This award is given to selected Year 10 students to develop their leadership skills once the senior school has finished for the academic year.
Maori Leadership Award for Excellence in Bilingual Education
Peter Stevenson Cup for Creative Writing - Years 9 & 10
Cup for Year 7 & 8 Speech Contest
Cup for Year 9 & 10 Speech Contest
Cup for Most Improved Debater - Years 7 - 10
Cup for Top Junior Debater
Jim Thorne Cup - For Excellence in Music
Best Contribution to Rock & Pop Music
Cup for Contribution to Vocals
Kapahaka Award - Most improved Female and Male performer in years 7-10
Excellence in Pratical Horticulture
Sir James Henare Award - Excellence in Education - Male and Female
Shield for Outstanding Achievement in Science
Citizenship Awards - Each year level is awarded a Citizenship Award
Year 7 - 10 Kia Maia Badge
This badge may be gained by displaying all-round excellence in the classroom with at least 1 year level Stripe.
Year 7 - 10 Tumuaki Badge:
This is the highest and most prestigious Junior Stripe award. In order to receive a Tumuaki Badge, a student must have a Kia Maia Badge and at least three other Stripes and a year level Stripe. The other Stripes must be from at least two different categories.
Leadership Awards - Each year level is awarded a Leadership Award
Awards for Academic, Culture, Service and Sporting Achievement
Bream Bay College aims to recognise excellence in the total range of activities available to students at BBC with a view to confirming the pursuit of excellence and building of self-esteem in students. Students may gain blues in the academic, sporting, cultural and service pursuits.
THE 100 PLUS CLUB
In 2006 the College introduced a 100 Plus Club for students who gained more than 100 credits at excellence in their junior diploma. A member of our community has provided $100 members of the 100 Plus Club since 2007. They have also offered to provide $100 for students who achieve an NCEA diploma at excellence. Our students have excelled in the 100 Plus Club and the School is always looking for additional sponsors. Please email [email protected] if you would like further information
Nominations from coaches/TIC who are involved in the activity with accompanying supporting material to be submitted to the co-curricular Committee.
A Blue will be awarded at the Deans or Deputy Principal’s discretion in consultation with SMT, providing the appropriate criteria have been satisfied and the Co-curricular committee ratifies the nominations
The nominator may attend the Co-curricular meeting to discuss their nomination
The Co-curricular committee has to approve nominations
Successful Blues recipients will be published in the Bream Bay News and the School Magazine
Honours will be published on the honours board in the school foyer
Blues will be presented at a formal assembly as soon as practicable
A sports award dinner will be held during term 4 to celebrate senior achievement
Guidelines Year 7 and 8
Academic Junior Blue: a student may gain an Academic Blue by:
Gaining a placing in academic competitions e.g: Australian English, Nestle short story contests, Science fair.
Being a finalist in the speech contest, Research expo, or excellence in a creative Writing Portfolio
Or by entering three of more academic competitions
Sporting Junior Blue: a student may gain a Sporting Blue by:
Representing the college in a sporting activity
This includes any sport that the student plays for the college over a season as well as representing the college in an inter-school fixture
Cultural Junior Blue: A student may gain a Cultural Blue by:
Being a member of the kapahaka group
Participating in a college production
Being in the music concert or ‘Te Tuinga’
Participating in music such as bands, singing or learning an instrument
Or participating in debating
Service Junior Blue: A student may gain a Service Blue by:
Helping a teacher for a designated number of hours in their own time
Producing things for the likes of a college production
Helping in the library
Outstanding contribution to the student centre
Or for initiating lunchtime activities
Kia Maia Badge: a Kia Maia Badge may be gained by:
All-round excellence in the classroom
A teacher may nominate one student per term for a Kia Maia Badge, the Deans of year 7&8 and the Principal must agree before a student gains this badge.
Tumuaki Badge: This is the highest and most prestigious Junior Blue. In order to receive a Tumuaki badge, a student must have a Kia Maia Badge and at least three other Junior Blues. The other Blues must be from at least two different categories. A student may gain one Tumuaki badge.
The awarding of Junior Blues: a formal year 7&8 assembly will take place each term for the awarding of Junior Blues.
Where to place Junior Blues: the Junior Blues are sewn on items of uniform. At the discretion of the student they may be sewn on their shirt, jersey, sweatshirt or jacket. There is no limit to the number of academic, sporting, cultural or service blues that a student may gain.
Guidelines Year 9 & 10
Academic year 9&10 Blue: a student may gain an Academic Blue by:
Gaining a placing in academic competitions e.g.: Mathex, Commonwealth essay, Nestle Short story Contest, Whangarei Representative Science &technology fair.
Being a finalist in the speech contest, research expo, excellence in their creative writing portfolio or by entering three or more academic competitions
Sporting year 9&10 Blue: Examples may be:
Representing the college in a sporting activity
This includes any one sport that the student plays for the college during a two year period as well as representing the college in an interschool fixture
Cultural year 9 & 10 Blue: examples may be:
Being a committed member of the kapahaka group
Participating in a college production
School representative at Rock quest
Participating in music such as bands, singing or learning an instrument during a two year period and performing to an audience
Participating in debating during a two year period
Service year 9 & 10 Blue: Examples may be:
Support team for the likes of a college production
Being a librarian
Outstanding contribution to student centred support service and activities
Endeavour badge: an Endeavour badge may be gained by:
All round excellence in the classroom.
A teacher may nominate one student per term for an Endeavour badge. The Deans of year 9 & 10 and the Principal must agree before a student gains this badge
Manaia badge: This is the highest and most prestigious blue at year 9 & 10. In order to receive a Manaia badge, a student must have an Endeavour badge and at least three other year 9 & 10 blues. The other blues must be from at least two different categories. A student may gain one Manaia badge.
The Awarding of year 9 & 10 Blues: at a formal assembly
Where to place year 9 & 10 Blues: the blues are sewn on items of uniform at the discretion of the student. They may be sewn on their shirt, jersey, sweatshirt or jacket. There is no limit to the number of academic, sporting cultural or service blues that a student may gain.
Guidelines for Senior Blues
Top in year level-11, 12 and 13
Grade point average: GPA=((EX *4+M*3+A*2)/4) best 20 credits from best 5 subjects.
Internals plus practice externals. A unit standard credit=Achieved
A student maybe nominated for a Cultural Blue by:
Demonstrating outstanding performance skills
Continued participation and commitment
Achieving a high standard of ability in a given area
An outstanding, committed single achievement
Areas of consideration
Art, Dance, Debating, Drama, Kapa-haka, Music, Performing Arts, Singing, Speech, Tikanga, Writing
A student may gain a service blue by any nominated outstanding contribution to student centred support service and activities
A student may gain a sporting blue by being a representative at regional level or above
Attendance at a National tournament
Participation at National secondary schools level
Select for a North island team
Regional secondary schools level
Represent the school in northland inter—collegiate tournament
At the discretion of the Co-curricular committee, following nominations by the teacher in charge, the committee may make an award to mark outstanding achievement or participation in school activities e.g. enterprise or environment.