Parents of kids attending at least one city Catholic school are crying foul over a new policy concerning honour roll celebrations.
A note from the principal at Ecole Madeleine d’Houet junior high school that was provided to Metro outlines the new approach to recognizing students scoring top grades.
“In an attempt to promote intrinsic reward to eliminate disappointment (and emotions) on the part of certain students, we are choosing to recognize our honour students . . . in a quieter manner by means of an honour certificate,” it reads.
In previous years, the school hosted an honour roll tea or celebration of some sort. The new policy stirred debate among a number of parents on social media.
“What’s next? Eliminate report cards?” said one parent, who requested her name be withheld to protect her child. “You know (students) are bound to be disappointed and emotional about their grades.”
Some parents pointed out that athletic accomplishments are still publicly celebrated at the school through intercom announcements and a trophy case on display in the front lobby.
Calgary Catholic School District spokesperson Janet Corsten said each school determines how to best recognize its honour roll students, and indicated Ecole Madeleine d’Houet’s approach is uncommon.
But the statement from the school’s principal suggests otherwise.
“While we realize there are still schools who are holding awards/honours ceremonies, please note that the trend is for junior high schools in our district to eliminate honour roll and award celebrations.”