Introduced in 1979 the Keys Award is the highest honour for achievement in co-curricular activities. It is an award for excellence in performance and attitude in a particular field. To make the award, it must be clear that the student, by his performance and attitude, acts as an inspiration to other boys and influences them positively.
The Keys Award is the highest honour for achievement in sporting and other activities which a boy can win. It is an award for excellence in both performance and attitude. Moreover, it must be clear that the boy, by his performance and attitude, acts as an inspiration to other boys, and influences them positively. The recipients of KEYS each receive a small 9ct. gold badge of keys in saltire (crossed keys) as on the Schools Grant of Arms. These keys represent those given to St. Peter by our Lord as the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. KEYS are awarded by the Headmaster (upon consultation with masters-in-charge of the various activities, and with the Sportsmaster) only when the criteria for the Award have been met. It could happen that very few, if any, KEYS be awarded in any year. However, the institution of the award is meant to encourage boys in all activities to seek their own highest standard, and in many cases they will be rewarded by the honour of this new award. The first KEYS were awarded at a School Muster during the last week of the school year.
– Extract from the 1979 St Peter’s College Magazine
The full article from the 1979 Magazine can be read here.
For a full list of the Keys Award recipients please click here.