Sia Caldwell (left) and Sherry Sim model the 2013 ''Good
One'' T-shirts they designed. Photo by Linda Robertson.
On any given day, Kavanagh College's top pupils would
probably give you the shirts off their backs, if you were in
need - except when they are wearing their ''Good One''
T-shirts, and then they might not.
For the lucky few who have been awarded the special T-shirts,
they are prized possessions because they are rare, and those
wearing them are recognised as being all-round good sorts.
Principal Tracy O'Brien said they were part of the college's
''Good One'' system, where cards were given to pupils who
achieved academic excellence, or displayed any of the
school's core values - respect, service, justice and truth.
When a pupil received five ''Good One'' cards, they received
a ''Good One'' T-shirt, he said.
''It's a very desired item. It recognises success.
''The kids are really proud to wear it. It has a really
positive community effect in the school.''
It is one of the more novel approaches to building good
behaviour in schools, he said.
Each year, pupils create their own ''Good One'' T-shirts, and
one design is selected by the principal and senior staff as
the official ''Good One'' T-shirt.
Because this year's winning design is so popular, pupils are
jumping over each other to do good deeds so they can be
The designers, Sia Caldwell (17) and Sherry Sim (18), said
more than 100 were awarded last year, and they believed more
would be awarded this year, because of the popularity of the
Sia said the maroon-coloured material with a cross and the
school's name and logo in white was simple, but its
simplicity was a major part of the T-shirt's popularity.
''It's an all-round design that can be worn in lots of
different places, including school sporting and cultural
Sherry said the best part about creating the winning design
was they automatically received one of the T-shirts for their
''That's the best part. It's cool to have them.''