Recognising Pupil Achievement

Mearns Castle High School is striving to gain more and more information about the wide and varied range of activities that our young people are involved in. For many years we have been able to recognise these wonderful achievements through our school COLOURS programme.

Like many other organisations in the SPORTING, EXPRESSIVE ARTS, CITIZENSHIP and ENTERPRISE fields, COLOURS systems have been used to help identify outstanding success and help organisations to award certification and insignia to show their continued support.

Our ‘Recognising Pupil Achievement’ programme will include four meeting points throughout our school year, where members of staff and members from our senior school will pull together the information gathered and decide if our outstanding young people should be having their successes certified.

Please note the following dates for submission for a Recognition of Achievement Award.

1st deadline – Monday 6th October 2014
1st Colours meeting – Friday 10th October (during the in service day before October week)

2nd deadline – Monday 24th November 2014
2nd Colours meeting – Tuesday 2nd December

3rd deadline – Monday 2nd March 2015
3rd Colours meeting – Wednesday 11th March (final one before house cup)

4th deadline – Monday 25th May 2015
4th Colours meeting – Monday 1st June

Any submissions received after the submission dates will be considered for the next available meeting.

At these meetings the Recognising Achievement Committee will decide if pupils’ successes are worthy of COLOURS recognition and also the levels at which they should be recognised. The categories for recognition are under Enterprise, Citizenship, Sport and Expressive Arts.

These are as follows:


This level is for pupils who achieved success in the early stages of an activity, club or group and are making good and steady progress towards higher awards. This includes achievements awarded in P7 e.g. The Diana Award.

HOUSE COLOURS – (Level Two):

This is the level at which pupils are achieving personal successes in their activities.

For example:

  • Achieving Grade 1, 2, 3 in ABRSM or any other affiliated music exams.
  • If our pupils are helping out with Senior Citizens clubs or Brownies or Cubs and Boys Brigades or at Church, Synagogue or Temple groups.
  • If you are involved in dancing exams, we would be looking to award House Colours for First Steps, Pre-bronze, Bronze and Silver.
  • Representing the school debating team.
  • Achieving Duke of Edinburgh – Bronze level.
  • Karate: From 3rd KYU and any association competitions
  • A year’s commitment to a school team.

HALF COLOURS – (Level Three):

This is the level at which pupils are achieving successes at school group or community group level.

For example:

  • Achieving Grade 4 and 5 in ABRSM or any other affiliated music exams.
  • If pupils are achieving success in dancing exams such as Gold, Blue Riband, British Medallion and Premier Awards, Grades 1-4.
  • Representing the school Young Enterprise at Regional and National Competition level
  • Continually supporting their local Theatre Group by being actively involved over a number of years in productions
  • Continuous support, such as performing at the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and other Charity events in the school, at local Charity events or for Community groups.
  • Karate: Achieving 1st or 2nd KYU or an equivalent in martial arts.
  • Achieving Duke of Edinburgh – Silver level.

FULL COLOURS (Level Four):

This is the level at which pupils are building on previous successes and showing outstanding commitment at Regional, National or International level.

For example:

  • Representing and showing outstanding commitment for your team, your school or as an individual at Regional, National or International sporting events e.g. athletics.
  • Playing with the Concert Band at the Scottish Concert Band Festival Regionals (and Nationals)
  • Achieving grade 6, 7 or 8 in ABRSM or any other affiliated Music exams
  • Dancing at Grade 5 level and gaining Associate or Membership
  • Achieving Duke of Edinburgh – Gold level.
  • Participation in a World Challenge expedition.
  • Achieving the Baden Powell award.
  • Karate: Any national competition along with achieving black belt


After every Recognising Achievement Committee meeting, pupils will hear about their successes at every House Assembly and at the end of the session at their final Year Group assemblies, and receive a Colours Certificate

Points will be awarded to each house total:

  • Personal Achievement: 2 Points
  • House Colours: 5 Points
  • Half Colours: 10 Points
  • Full Colours: 20 Points

Pupils will be able to wear insignia:

  • Personal Achievement: A ‘Pride of House’ badge will be awarded by the Head of House
  • House Colours: A Colours Tie can be purchased from the school office
  • Half Colours: Blue braiding can be placed on the breast pocket of school blazers in addition to the Colours Tie.
  • Full Colours: Blue Braiding can be added to all three pockets of the school blazer in addition to the Colours Tie.

All pupils who gain Colours recognition will also be able to gain a blazer badge representing the area that they have gained Colours in.

  • House Captains will be gathering information to be able to display ‘Pride of House’ bulletins

All you have to do is fill in the ‘Recognising Achievement’ form at the end of this page and return it to the school office with the necessary evidence to support your applications.

Please note that all evidence submitted for a Recognition of Achievement Award should be copies of original certificates, photographs, medals etc. Originals will not be accepted. The committee make decisions based upon the information provided on the referral form.

We are looking forward to celebrating with you and sharing your successes with your peers.

Download the self-referral form

Click here to download the form in pdf format

Click here to download the form in Word format

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