Recognizing Students for Achievement, Attitude, and Leadership
Woodland has the following system of awards and prizes in place to encourage excellence and participation in all aspects of school life. Year End Awards are presented at either the last chapel (Barnabas Award) or the Awards Assembly in June. Graduation Awards are presented at Graduation. Students are encouraged to work toward these awards.
Honour Roll is tallied and posted annually for students that obtain an overall average of 85% in the courses taken at school during the current academic year.
Year End Awards
Woodland Memorial Award
This award is presented annually to the graduating student by their cheerfulness and good humor has been an encouraging friend to many, and in positive ways contributed to the spirit of the school.
The Barnabas Gift of Encouragement
This award is named for the apostle identified in Acts 4:36 as the "Son of Encouragement". It is meant to encourage all students to remember that distractions and obstacles can be overcome with God's help. It is presented annually to selected students who have demonstrated perseverance and determination in their work at school in the face of special challenges.
Student of the Year
This award is presented annually to a student who has demonstrated Christian character, a high level of leadership and involvement in school activities, a strong academic record, and a positive relationship with staff and fellow students.
Outstanding Citizen & Service Award
This award is presented annually to a junior and senior student who have provided support and encouragement to others, have demonstrated outstanding citizenship and community spirit, have been involved with school activities, and have a positive relationship with staff and fellow students.
Academic Engagement Award
This award is presented annually to a maximum of two students per grade who exemplify active participation in their learning as well as effort and diligence in their academic studies.
This award is presented annually to a junior and senior student who have demonstrated stewardship in the use and development of personal resources and talents. The recipients will also have shown spiritual depth, moral integrity and responsible discipleship in dealings with staff and students. The recipients will have been involved in activities such as the Chapel Committee and the Students of Service.
This award will be presented to a student in each grade who has demonstrated community spirit and leadership in organized school activities and has contributed to school spirit through participation in Student Government sponsored activities. The recipients will have contributed to a positive school atmosphere and will have demonstrated a positive attitude toward staff and students.
Kitchener Waterloo Record “Top Students” Award
This award is presented to two graduating students who have participated in school activities, demonstrated leadership, shown positive contributions to all areas of school life.
Various Departmental and Subject Awards
Each department in the school will present an award to a junior and senior student who has demonstrated excellent work in that department during the current year.
These awards recognize excellence and leadership in music, visual and dramatic arts, and clubs pertaining to the Woodland Arts program.
Artist of the Year (Jr. & Sr.)
These awards are presented annually to the junior and senior artist who have demonstrated excellence, versatility, leadership, and creativity in many or all of the arts: visual art, vocal music, instrumental music and drama. Candidates have pursued genuine artistic expression through different media and have been inspirational in their level of dedication and ability demonstrating both excellence within convention and desire for innovation.
The Colin Hood Award
The Colin Hood Award is given out annually to one graduating male and one graduating female who throughout their high school career have been committed to the success of sport at their school and within their community.
D8 Academic and Elite All-Star Awards
District 8 will honour outstanding student-athletes who have made a contribution on the field of play as well as in the classroom. This award will be granted to any District 8 student-athlete who obtains a minimum average of 85%. The District 8 Academic Elite will honour the top student-athletes from the District 8 Academic All-Stars in both Junior and Senior. This is awarded to each school’s student athlete who competes in two major sports (as defined by District 8 constitution) and obtains the highest average marks.
Male and Female Athlete of the Year (Jr. & Sr.)
These awards are presented annually to junior and senior athletes who have demonstrated excellence in skills, techniques, strategies and leadership. The recipients will represent the ideals of athletics: self-discipline, Christian character, cooperation, sportsmanship, and respect for officials, team-mates and opponents.
All students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities throughout the school year. Activities that have significant commitment and require a great deal of student involvement and leadership are recognized in certificate form as Activity Bars. The accumulation of specific numbers of Activity Bars may result in recognition and an award upon graduation.
Activity Award of Distinction
This award, in the form of a plaque, is given to the students who have been involved in a minimum of 20 co-curricular activities during four years at Woodland. For those who have come later to Woodland, it is possible to earn this award in 3 years (15 activities) or two years (10 activities). This award is given to students in the year of graduation, during which the recipients will have maintained an academic average of 70% or higher.
Activity Award of Merit
This award, in the form of a plaque, is given to students who have been involved in 15 co-curricular activities in four years. This award is given to students in the year of graduation, during which the recipients will have maintained a 60% academic average.
Academic Award of Distinction
This award, in the form of a plaque, is given to graduates who have maintained an academic average of 85% or better during four years at Woodland if they graduate after four years.
Academic Award of Merit
This award, in the form of a plaque, is given to graduates who after four years will have maintained an academic average of 85% for three of those four years or an academic average of 80% for each year.
**For academic awards, the qualifying averages are calculated on the basis of the highest marks in six full credit courses.
Athletic Award of Distinction
This award, in the form of a plaque, is awarded to graduates who in four years will have participated in 15 athletic activities, divided as follows: twelve varsity sports teams, two organizational, and one year on student government.
Athletic Award of Merit
This award, in the form the form of a plaque, is awarded to graduates who after four years, will have participated in 10 athletic activities, composed of varsity sports teams, organizational and athletic council involvement.
The Elizabeth Velden Koole Scholarship
This scholarship, in the amount of $600.00, is provided by an early supporter of this school in memory of his mother, Elizabeth Velden Koole. It is awarded to a graduate who has demonstrated general excellence, scholastic ability and Christian character.
The John Vanasselt Leadership Award
This award, in the amount of $100.00, is presented annually to a member of Student Council who has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities and a high level of academic achievement. This award is established in honour of Mr. John Vanasselt, Woodland's founding principal, who served the school from 1976 to 1992.
The John Vanasselt Achievement Award
This award, also presented in honour of Mr. Vanasselt, is provided by the Board of Trustees of Woodland Christian High School. It is given to the graduate who has demonstrated a high level of excellence in all aspects of school life during the year in which the award is made.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Award
The Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Award pays tribute to students who not only complete the required number of volunteer hours to graduate, but who go above and beyond.
The Governor General's Academic Medal
This medal is presented on behalf of the Governor General of Canada to the graduate who has the highest average in the graduating class. This average includes all grade 11 and grade 12 courses as listed on the student’s official transcript of grades issued by the Ministry of Education. The average cannot be anticipated; it must be calculated on final results at the end of the school year. Marks taken after graduation to upgrade marks are not included in the calculation of this average. There is no differentiation between the types of courses (university, college or open); all courses taken, which directly result in the obtaining of the OSSD are included.
Harold Albrecht Leadership Award
he Harold Albrecht Leadership Award is presented to a graduating student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership within the scholastic programs, within their peer group, in the community of their home life.
Ken VanderZwaag Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be given to a graduating student who will be pursuing post-secondary education and has provided significant involvement in the athletic program at Woodland. The recipient will be one who demonstrates the characteristics that Mr. VanderZwaag valued as a coach including: a strong work ethic, fine sportsmanship, good teamwork, and Christian character as they participated in athletic activities.
Gaffney Electrical—Steve Johnston Memorial Scholarship
This award is presented in loving memory of Steve Johnston who was committed to serving God and others through his work in the skilled trades. It is to be awarded to a graduating student who demonstrates passion and aptitude for the skilled trades and is pursuing post-secondary studies in the trades.