Students are recognized in many ways at Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School:
Honour Roll Certificates
Each semester, students who achieve honour roll standing, i.e., an average of 80%, are invited to attend the Principal’s Breakfast and awarded a certificate for their portfolio.
Course Achievement Awards
These awards recognize academic achievement, i.e., the highest percentage grade each semester for each course offered in the school. These awards are presented at the Awards ceremony each semester.
Character Attribute Awards
Each month at HB is connected to a different character attribute. Students are recognized by their teachers for displaying actions connected to the character attribute of the month and presented with a certificate of recognition.
Dream – Believe – Succeed Award
This award, named after our school motto, will be awarded to a student in Apprenticeship, Co-op, or any Pathway who has followed a dream, believed in themselves, and succeeded beyond expectations. This award will be presented annually at the Awards or Commencement ceremony, depending on the student’s educational plan.
Vice Principals' Award
The Vice Principals' Awards’ recipients are chosen by vice principals' based on the criteria of improvement in achievement. These awards are presented to students at the Awards ceremony and to a graduating student at the Commencement ceremony.
Character Blizzard Medals
Graduating students may be nominated for the following Blizzard Medals, presented annually at the Commencement ceremony:
Anti-Violence: In memory of Atinder Singh, who died in January 2007, this medal will be awarded to the graduating student who has carried the message of anti-violence to the school and/or the broader community.
Community Outreach: This medal will be awarded to the graduating student who through their course work or community involvement has had a positive influence in the community beyond the school.
Engaged Citizenship: This medal will be awarded to the graduating student who demonstrates exemplary citizenship either in the school or in the community.
Environmental Responsibility: This medal will be awarded to the graduating student who provides direction to the student body that informs our response to global warming in a way that makes a positive difference.
Social Justice: This medal will be awarded to the graduating student who fosters a positive inclusive community where members are empowered and diversity is valued.
Principal's Award for Student Leadership
The Principal's Award is awarded, annually at the Commencement ceremony, to a graduating student who throughout their years at HB has demonstrated leadership in ways that contribute to a positive interdependence among all members of the school community through communication, collaboration and cooperation.
The HB Award is the highest category of awards presented to a graduating student annually at the Commencement ceremony. The student has to be nominated by a teacher and then approved by the Awards Committee. The student has demonstrated engagement in at least two areas (i.e., extra-curricular, athletics, community, leadership, citizenship or any of the areas for Blizzard Medals) in addition to showing exceptional academic achievement.
Atinder Singh Memorial Fund Bursary
Atinder Singh's parents and family along with the graduating class of 2007 established this bursary award in his memory. Graduating students pursuing post-secondary education in apprenticeship, college, or university are asked to submit a personal statement on anti-violence (maximum 500 words) to be eligible for this award.
Harold M. Brathwaite and HB Staff Bursary Award
Harold M. Brathwaite and the HB teaching staff established this bursary award to provide financial support for a student to continue their education. Graduating students enrolled in a post-secondary educational program who are looking for financial support are eligible for this award. In Mr Brathwaite's words, "No one should be denied a post-secondary education merely for financial reasons."
These awards are presented at the annual Athletic Banquet.
Team MVP Award
Presented to a student-athlete on each team who the coach deems as the most outstanding contributor to their team's success.
Team Most Improved Player Certificate
Presented to a student-athlete on each team who has demonstrated the greatest amount of improvement over the season.
Junior Merit Award is given to a student athlete who accumulates 80 or more athletic points while attending Brathwaite. Points are awarded by the coach at the end of every season and accumulated throughout the athlete's career. If a student commits him or herself to a team i.e. attends practices, demonstrates respect for coach and team members, consistently carries out their role as a student and conducts themselves in a proper manner when participating or traveling to another school, they are awarded 10 points for the season. If they win a ROPSSAA championship or attend OFSAA they will receive an additional 5 points for a maximum of 15 points per sport. At the coach's discretion, a student athlete can lose points when they fail to complete any of the criteria stated above. A student removed from a team for whatever reason will not be awarded any points for that specific sport. Therefore, any student who participates in two sports per season will receive a Junior Merit Award at the end of their fourth year.
Senior Merit Award
Presented to a Student-Athlete who accumulates 100 or more athletic points while
attending Brathwaite. The criteria are the same as listed for the Junior Merit Awards.
Leadership Award Nominations
Presented to the student whose dedication and initiative contributes to the overall success of the athletic program at Brathwaite
Rookie Athlete of the Year
Presented to a male and female student-athlete who displays outstanding ability and commitment in their first year of high school.
Junior Athlete of the Year Nominations
Presented to a male and female student-athlete who displays outstanding ability and commitment in their second year of high school.
Senior Athlete of the Year Nominations
Presented to a male and female student-athlete who displays outstanding ability and commitment in their third or fourth year of high school.
Blizzard Award Nominations
Presented to a male and female student-athlete who displays qualities of perseverance, commitment, and dedication to their education, their sport and their school.