• Academic Awards Policy - Primary School

CULTURAL AWARDS POLICY

POLICY STATEMENT

The cultural programme is a vital part of the wider extra-curricular programme in the Primary School at Marist Brothers Linmeyer. This programme provides an opportunity for the pupils to partake in various activities including, but not limited to, the Choir, Public Speaking, National Eisteddfods, Music grading, Performance Arts, Talent Shows and School Productions. The purpose in organising such events is to ensure that the pupils have opportunities to develop the skills inherent in such performing art opportunities. As such, the school feels it is essential that pupils who represent the school in this area of the holistic education we offer should be awarded for their efforts and expertise.

WO APPROVED THIS POLICY

This policy was drafted by the Principal of the Primary School and approved by the Cultural Awards Committee as convened by the Principal.

WHO NEEDS TO KNOW THIS POLICY

All staff members, pupils and parents need to be aware of this Policy. This policy will be available for viewing on the school website.

CRITERIA FOR THE AWARDING OF CULTURAL AWARDS

This section includes criteria for the awarding of awards in the following areas of school life:

  1. The Primary School Choir
  2. Public Speaking
  3. National Eidsteddfod of South Africa - Performing Arts
  4. Music
  5. School Productions
  6. School Talent Show
  7. Nature Club
  8. Cultural Scroll Award

 1. THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHOIR

Objectives:

  • To encourage and maintain interest, gratification, pleasure and enthusiasm in the participation in the School’s Choir.
  • No auditions are held as the objective is to encourage enthusiasm, enjoyment and participation.
  • Teachers have the right to ask participants to leave if their behaviour is not of the required standard.

Record Keeping:

  • A regular attendance register is kept.
  • Children representing the school in various sporting activities will be excused – e.g. Soccer, Netball, Tennis Tournament.

Uniforms:

  • Full school uniform when representing the school.

Award Timing:

  • Certificate in November at the Term 3 Awards Morning
  • Badge at Honours Evening / Grade 7 Valedictory Mass

Awards Criteria:

  • Certificate of Participation: 80% attendance for the entire year as well as participation in the various Choir Activities – e.g., Holy Communion, Open Day, Eisteddfod, Festivals, Masses
  • Choir Badge Award: 80% attendance for the entire year as well as participation in the various Choir Activities – e.g., Holy Communion, Open Day, Eisteddfod, Festivals, Masses. Two year commitment to the School Choir. Awarded from Grade 4.

2. PUBLIC SPEAKING

Objectives:

  • To encourage and maintain interest, gratification, pleasure and enthusiasm in the participation in the School’s Public Speaking programme and competitions.
  • To develop the public speaking skills of each child.

Record Keeping:

  • Grade 4 – 7 pupils participate in an annual inter Grade speech competition. Winners will be recorded.
  • Children representing the school in Public Speaking competitions will be recorded.

Uniforms:     

  • Full school uniform when representing the school.

Award Timing:

  • Certificate at the Awards morning during the Term the criteria are met.
  • Badge at the Honours Evening / Grade 7 Valedictory Mass.

Awards Criteria:

  • Participation in Public Speaking events Certificate: 80% attendance for the entire year as well as participation in local Eisteddfods or Public Speaking Festivals.
  • Public Speaking Badge Award: Finalist for any two years in the Internal Speech Competition (Grade 4 – 7) and/or winner of an Inter-Schools Speech Competition (Grade 5 – 7).

3. NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD OF SOUTH AFRICA - PERFORMANCE OF THE ARTS

Objectives:

  • To encourage and maintain interest, gratification, pleasure and enthusiasm in the participation of the School’s activity.
  • Child will enter as an individual or group (duets, choral verse and choir) on behalf of the school and take part voluntarily.
  • No auditions are held as the objective is to encourage enthusiasm and participation.
  • Teachers have the right to ask participants to leave if behaviour is not of the required standard.

Record Keeping:

  • The teachers in the Music Centre need to ensure that Mrs Vita be notified when children:
    • Perform at other venues and receive accolades (e.g. Festivals, Eisteddfods, competitions).
  • A list of participants when Eisteddfod participants have received letter of participation and have their parent’s permission to take part.
  • Their results are to be recorded at the venue.

Uniforms: 

  • Full school uniform when representing the school unless stipulated by the teacher.

Award Timing:

  • At venue on day of performance and at a school assembly.
  • Badge Award at the Honours Evening / Grade 7 Valedictory Mass.

Awards Criteria:

  • Certificate of Participation: Participation Certificate with relevant results handed out at the Eisteddfod / Festival / Performance venue and at an Assembly the week after the festival.
  • Performing Arts Badge Award: National Eidsteddfod of South Africa (NESA) – Diploma Award or better. Awarded from Grade 5.

4. MUSIC

Objectives:

  • To encourage and maintain interest, gratification, pleasure and enthusiasm in the participation of music theory and practical knowledge.
  • For Marist Brothers to recognise those students who demonstrate their skills at school related events.
  • To grow the musical talent of our students through the use of the Music Centre.
  • To encourage these children to play at our Masses and Assemblies.

Record Keeping:

  • The teachers in the Music Centre need to ensure that Mrs Vita be notified when children:
    • Pass Exams and marks attained for various achievements in recognised instrumental grading (Rock Shool, Trinity, Royal School of Music)
    • Mrs Vita will keep a record of these achievements
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Award Timing:

  • Certificates at the Term 3 Awards morning.
  • Badges at the Honours Evening / Grade 7 Valedictory Mass.

Awards:

Awards are calculated on the following points scale for Trinity, Rock School and Royal School of Music exams, if registered under the school name (i.e. taught by a Music Teacher who teaches out of the Music Centre). Proof of such registration is the responsibility of the parent/music teacher and must be confirmed with the Deputy Principal. When requested, children must participate in school related activities such as Masses, Assemblies and Open Days (in order to showcase their talents) in order to receive the school awards.

Exams - Theory and Practical

TrinityRock SchoolPoints per instrument
InitialDebut1
Grade 1Grade 12
Grade 2Grade 23
Grade 3Grade 34
Grade 4Grade 45
Grade 5 - 8Grade 5 - 810

The higher of the following three awards will be handed out.

  • Trinity/Rock School/Royal School of Music Certificate handed out: 2 points or less – handed out at Assembly
  • Certificate of Achievement: 3 points or above - handed out at Term 3 Awards morning
  • Music Badge Award: 4 points or above – handed out at Honours Evening. Awarded from Grade 5.

5. SCHOOL PRODUCTIONS

Objectives:

  • To encourage and maintain interest, gratification, pleasure and enthusiasm in the participation of the School’s activity.
  • To improve self-confidence
  • To improve voice projection and public speaking
  • Team work
  • Taking direction and listening skills
  • Interpretative skills
  • Teachers have the right to ask participants to leave if their behaviour is not of the required standard.

Auditions:

  • Auditions are held as the objective to give the children the most suitable roles in the play
  • The teacher’s decision regarding selection of role is final.
  • The teacher has the right to replace a child should he/she not fulfil the requirements.
  • Pupils involved with back-stage and lighting/sound will be recognised for their commitment to the over-all production.

Record Keeping:

  • An attendance register is kept.
  • Children representing the school in various sporting activities will be excused – e.g. Soccer, Netball, Tennis Tournament.

Award Timing:

  • Certificates awarded at an assembly after the production.
  • Drama badges awarded at the next Awards Morning following the Production.

Awards Criteria:

  • Certificate of Participation: Awarded based on the following criteria.
    • The ability and willingness to take direction
    • Responsible behaviour
    • Good attendance (80%)
  • Drama Badge Award: Winners of the following Cups:
    • Best Actor/Actress Cup
      • The child/ren awarded should have played the lead or be in a main role
      • Outstanding performance
      • Ability and willingness to take direction
    • Natural ability to improvise with effect
    • Perform with conviction
    • Understanding and interpretation of role
    • Shows initiative and originality
    • Positive audience reaction
    • Interaction with audience
    • Voice projection and diction, eye contact
    • Rising Star Cup
    • Not necessarily lead in the show
    • Shows growth, commitment and development throughout performances
    • Outstanding performance and engaging with audience
    • Takes initiative and direction
    • Should have the ability to develop into a top performer

The teachers involved will have the final say.


6. TALENT SHOW

Objectives:

  • To encourage and maintain interest, gratification, pleasure and enthusiasm in the participation of the School’s activity.
  • To give children the opportunity to display their various talents.
  • To allow children to build up confidence.
  • To encourage group participation (duets, group dancing etc.).
  • Auditions are held to encourage excellence.
  • Teachers have the right to ask participants to leave if their behaviour is not of the required standard.

Record Keeping:

  • A strict attendance register is kept.
  • Children representing the school in various sporting activities will be excused – e.g. Soccer, Netball, Tennis Tournament but will be required to perfect their act before the performances.

Uniforms:  

  • Dress according to various acts and performances.

Award Timing:

  • Certificate awarded at an Assembly the week after the show

Awards Criteria:

  • Certificate of Merit: Although this activity is primarily for fun, Certificates of Merit will be awarded based on the Teacher’s Discretion.

7. NATURE CLUB

Objectives:

  • To encourage and maintain an interest in and concern for the wildlife and various aspects of the environment in South Africa.
  • To make the children aware of the problems facing the wildlife and environment in South Africa, Africa and the Earth.
  • To make the children aware of their responsibilities towards the environment.
  • Teachers have the right to ask participants to leave if their behaviour is not of the required standard

Attendance:

  • Meetings are held on a weekly basis and last for 45 minutes.
  • Open to all Grade Ones to Threes.

Record Keeping:

  • An attendance register is kept up to date.
  • Children representing the school in various sporting activities will be excused – e.g. Soccer, Netball, Tennis Tournament.

Meeting Format:

  • Activities such as tree bark rubbings, studying birds and insects in the playground.
  • Handicraft sessions
  • Visits from people involved with nature
  • Watching suitable videos

Award Timing:

  • Term 3 Awards morning

Awards Criteria:

  • Certificate of Attendance: 80% attendance and ongoing interest.

8. CULTURAL SCROLL AWARDS

Objectives:

  • To encourage and maintain interest, gratification, pleasure and enthusiasm in the participation of more than one School Cultural activity.

Record Keeping:

  • Mrs Vita will keep up to date records of Cultural Awards in the Primary School.

Award Timing:

  • Honours Evening or Grade 7 Valedictory Mass.

Awards Criteria:

  • Cultural Scroll Award: Badge Awards in any two areas of cultural commitment to the school.
  • The Principal’s Cultural Scroll Award for Commitment: This may be awarded to a pupil, who, at the discretion of the Primary School Principal, has demonstrated full commitment to the Cultural life of the school over a number of years but has not met the above criteria.

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