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MARIST BROTHERS LINMEYER

Primary School | Awards Policy | Cultural

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 students 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 students have opportunities to develop the skills inherent in such performing art opportunities. As such, the school feels it is essential that students who represent the school in this area of the holistic education we offer should be recognized for their efforts and expertise. 

Who approved this Policy?

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

Who needs to know this Policy?

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

Criteria for the awarding of Cultural Awards

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

  • The Primary School Choir
  • Public Speaking
  • Music Grading – students must be taught by Music Teachers in our Music Centre. Permission for external grading is at the Principal’s discretion
  • National Eisteddfod of South Africa – while performing in the name of the school
  • Performance Arts – while performing in the name of the school
  • School Productions
  • Cultural Scroll Award 

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.
  • Students representing the school in various sporting and/or cultural activities will be excused – e.g. Soccer, Netball, Tennis Tournament etc.

Uniforms:

  • Full school uniform when representing the school.

Award Timing

  • Certificate and Blue Badge Award at Term 3 Awards morning.
  • Silver and Gold Badge at Honours Evening
  • Gold and Honorary Badges for Grade 7’s to be awarded at Term 2 Awards Morning.

Awards Criteria:

  • Certificate of Participation:  80% attendance for one full year as well as participation in the various Choir Activities – e.g. Holy Communion, Open Day, Eisteddfod, Festivals, Masses
  • Blue Badge Award: Participation in Choir for TWO consecutive years. 80% attendance for two years as well as participation in the various Choir Activities – e.g. Holy Communion, Open Day, Eisteddfod, Festivals, Masses.  
  • Silver Badge Award: Participation in Choir for THREE consecutive years. 80% attendance for three years as well as participation in the various Choir Activities – e.g. Holy Communion, Open Day, Eisteddfod, Festivals, Masses.  
  • Gold Badge Award: Participation in Choir for FOUR consecutive years. 80% attendance for four years as well as participation in the various Choir Activities – e.g. Holy Communion, Open Day, Eisteddfod, Festivals, Masses.  
  • Honorary Choir Achievement Badge: awarded for a FIVE year commitment to Choir. 80% attendance for five years as well as participation in the various Choir Activities – e.g. Holy Communion, Open Day, Eisteddfod, Festivals, Masses.  These students will have been in the Choir from Grade 3 to Grade 7, and will need to meet the attendance requirements EVERY year. This is a very prestigious award.

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 student.

Record Keeping:

  • A regular attendance register is kept.
  • Grade 4 – 7 students participate in an annual inter-grade speech competition. Winners’ results will be recorded.
  • Students representing the school in Public Speaking competitions will be recorded.

Uniforms:

  • Full school uniform when representing the school.

Award Timing

  • Certificate of Achievement handed out at the internal event.
  • Badge at the Honours Evening 

Awards Criteria:

  • Certificate of Achievement:  Participant at internal school event.
  • Public Speaking Badge Award:  Winner for any two years in the Internal Speech Competition (Grade 5 – 7) 

National Eisteddfod of South Africa / Performance Arts

Objectives:

  • To encourage and maintain interest, gratification, pleasure and enthusiasm in the participation of the School’s activity.  
  • Student 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:

  • Students who will take part in the Eisteddfod will receive a participation slip, which will have been approved by both the parents and teacher concerned, and recorded by the teacher. 
  • Their results are to be recorded at the venue as well as by the teacher.

Uniforms:

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

Award Timing:

  • At venue on day of performance.
  • Badge Award at the Honours Evening.

Awards Criteria:

  • Certificate of Participation: Relevant results handed out at the Eisteddfod / Festival / Performance venue.
  • Performing Arts Badge Award:  NESA – Diploma Award or higher.  Students must be in Grade 5 and above to be eligible for this award.

Music

Objectives:

  • To encourage and maintain interest, gratification, pleasure and enthusiasm in the participation of music and of instrumental works during the school day.
  • For Marist Brothers to recognise those students who demonstrate their skills at school related events.
  • To grow the musical talent of our students.
  • To encourage these students to play at our Masses and Assemblies.

Record Keeping:

  • The teachers in the Music Centre need to ensure that the School be notified when students:
    • Perform at other venues and receive accolades (e.g. Festivals, Eisteddfods, competitions).
    • Pass Exams and keep records of various achievements.
    • The School will keep a record of these achievements as well.

Award Timing:

  • Certificates handed out at the Performance venue.
  • Badges at the Honours Evening / Grade 7 Valedictory Mass.

Awards:

Awards are calculated on the following points scale for Trinity, Rockschool and ABRSM exams. Notification and submission of results to the School, is the music teacher’s responsibility.

When requested, students 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

Trinity

Initial

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5 – 8

ABRSM

Initial

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5 -8

Rockschool

Debut

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5 – 8

Points per Grade completed

1

2

3

4

5

10

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

  • Trinity/Rockschool/ABRSM Certificate handed out: 2 points or less – handed out at performance venue
  • Certificate of Achievement:  3 points or above – handed out at performance venue
  • Music Badge Award:  4 points or above – handed out at Honours Evening. Students must be in Grade 5 and above to be eligible for this award.

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.
  • Encouraging teamwork.
  • Taking direction and developing 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 students the most suitable roles in the production.
  • The teacher’s decision regarding the selection of a role is final.
  • The teacher has the right to replace a student should he/she not fulfil the requirements.
  • Students 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.
  • Students representing the school in various sporting and/or cultural activities will be excused – e.g. Soccer, Netball, Tennis Tournament etc.

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 students awarded should have played the lead 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 the role.
        • Shows initiative and originality.
        • Positive audience reaction.
        • Interaction with audience.
        • Voice projection and diction, eye contact.
      • Rising Star Cup 
        • Not necessarily a lead in the show.
        • Shows growth, commitment and development throughout performances.
        • Outstanding performance and engaging with the audience.
        • Takes initiative and direction.
        • Should have the ability to develop into a top performer.

The teachers involved will have the final say.

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:  Awarded if a student receives any two badges in the following areas of cultural commitment to the school.  

Choir – minimum requirement a Silver badge

Music – Music badge

Public Speaking – Public Speaking badge

Performance Arts – Performance Arts badge

  • The Principal’s Cultural Scroll Award for Commitment:

This may be awarded to a student, 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.