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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 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 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, 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 awards in the following areas of school life:

  • The Primary School Choir
  • Public Speaking
  • Music Grading – 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 

 

  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 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 at Assembly towards end of year.
  • 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, Eisteddfods, Festivals, Masses.
  • Choir Badge Award: Two-year commitment to the School Choir. 80% attendance for two years as well as participation in the various Choir Activities – e.g. Holy Communion, Open Day, Eisteddfods, Festivals, Masses.  Awarded from Grade 4. 

Can be re-awarded every two years.

  1. 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:

  • A regular attendance register is kept.
  • 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 of Achievement handed out at the internal event.
  • Certificate of Improvement handed at Term 3 Awards morning.
  • Badge at the Honours Evening / Grade 7 Valedictory Mass.

Awards Criteria:

  • Certificate of Achievement:  Finalist at internal school event.
  • Certificate of Improvement: 80% attendance and overall improvement – at staff discretion.

Public Speaking Badge Award: Finalist for any two years in the Internal Speech Competition (Grd 4 – 7) or winner of an Inter-Schools Speech Competition (Grade 5 – 7).

  1. 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.  
  • 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:

  • 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: Relevant results handed out at the Eisteddfod / Festival / Performance venue and at Assembly the week after the event

Performing Arts Badge Award:  NESA – Diploma Award or higher.  Awarded from Grade 5.

  1. 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 children to play at our Masses and Assemblies.

Record Keeping:

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

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, Rockschool and ABRSM exams. Notification and submission of results to the School, is the music teacher’s responsibility.

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

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 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.

  1. 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.
  • 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 children the most suitable roles in the play.
  • The teacher’s decision regarding selection of a 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 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 child/ren 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 teacher’s involved will have the final say.

  1. 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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