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Chapter 10

LEARNER MATTERS

10.3 PRIZE GIVING PRACTICES

10.3.1Legislative and Policy Framework

ACTS

  • The South African Schools Act, No. 84 of 1996 [SASA]
  • The National Education Policy Act, 1996 (Act No. 27 of 1996) [NEPA]
  • Further Education and Training Act No. 98 of 1996 [FETA]

10.3.2Framework for the Development of School Policy on Prize Giving Practices

  1. Prize-giving Awards Policy (Also see Chapter 5, Sport and Cultural Activities)
    The following are some general principles to consider when compiling a Prize-giving Award Policy:

    • Prize-giving committee
      • A Prize-giving Awards Committee will be established and can/will consist of the Principal, the School Management Team (SMT) and the educators in charge of all respective disciplines: Academics, Cultural-, Sport- and other activities. SGB-members in charge of certain relevant activities should also be included in the Committee.
      • The composition of the Committee is reviewed annually.
    • Nominations
      • Award nominations, with relevant motivations, are to be prepared by the educator in charge of the relevant discipline in advance and presented to the Awards Committee meeting in writing. Nominations not submitted on the required date, will not be considered for the prize-giving ceremony.
      • Final awards are made at the discretion of the Committee.
      • Nominations for achievements and the level of achievement in Outside Activities can also be considered.
      • All awards should be recorded properly for inclusion in the Learner Profile and in the school’s archives.
    • Budget
      • Each discipline must budget properly for new – or the repair/replacement of old trophies.
      • No trophies or medals will be bought without the permission of the Committee.
      • The school is responsible for the engraving of the trophies which will be done annually
      • Requests or proposals for sponsorships must be presented to the committee for consideration in accordance with SGB policy.
    • Policy
      • Compiling the Prize-giving Award Policy will be the responsibility of the Principal and the SMT.
      • The Principal and SMT, with input from the Prize-giving Committee, will also consider the number of Award Ceremonies and the scheduled time on the year plan.
      • The Prize-giving Awards Policy is reviewed annually.
  2. Possible prize-giving award categories
    The following are some categories/awards to consider when compiling a Prize-giving Award Policy

    • FOUNDATION PHASE (GRADES 1 TO 3)
      • The element of competition should not be part of a Prize-giving Award Policy in the Foundation Phase.
      • Learners can be recognized for academic achievement throughout the year with stars, stickers and good work stamps.
      • At the year-end award ceremony, every child can be awarded a card / certificate in acknowledgement of his / her personal effort, progress and achievement.
    • INTERMEDIATE-, SENIOR- AND FET PHASES
      • Academics
        Academic awards are presented at end of year awards ceremonies to grades 4 to 11.  Grade 12 pupils receive awards at an award ceremony after completion of preliminary examinations.  Considering the end of year rush, schools can even consider holding their award ceremonies at the start of the first term.

        • Grades 4 to 7
          • Awards to every learner for every subject above 80%;
          • Academic awards for an average of 80%, calculated on all subjects;
          • Top 10 awards for the learners who were the top 10 academics in their respective grades (average of 80% or more);
          • Academic award for the highest average per grade;
          • Academic honours at the end of grade 7 for 80% average for each year since grade 4.
        • Grades 8 to 12
          • Awards to every learner for every subject above 80%;
          • Academic awards for an average of 80%, calculated on all subjects;
          • Top 10 awards for the learners who were the top 10 academics in their respective grades (average of 80% or more);
          • Academic award for the highest average per grade.
          • Academic honours at the end of grade 12 for 80% average for the best six academic subjects for each year since grade 8.
      • Sports – and cultural activities
        • Best participator per discipline and per grade/age group
        • Best achiever per competition/festival (local, provincial, national, international)
        • Best all-rounder per grade
        • Best achiever per team/age group for each discipline
        • Team captain/leader
        • Provincial -, National – or Inter-national participation per discipline
        • Sports girl/woman of the year per grade and per phase
        • Sports boy/man of the year per grade and per phase
        • Overall sports girl/women of the year
        • Overall sports boy/man of the year
        • Cultural Achievement per grade
        • Overall Cultural Achievement
      • General
        • School Trophy for the most spirited Individual
        • SGB trophy for overall achievement & contribution to the school
        • Esprit de Corps per grade: The highest accolade that the school can bestow on a learner. This award is given to learners who have had a high profile, excelled in a number of fields, who are loyal, supportive, of good character and integrity and are wonderful ambassadors for both their parents and the school (as many as qualifies).