Culture

  • Introduction
  • It is widely recognised that the evolution of a society – the extent to which it has embraced democratic principles of openness, debate, tolerance and freedom of expression – can be measured by the level of cultural activity encouraged within that society. In the past, Ministers of Arts and Culture have talked about its importance “in giving a nation its identity, and in encouraging a sense of self and of community”.

    Wynberg is a school which takes that message to heart.

    Our Cultural programme is intricately bound up with the academic curriculum, the extramural actitivities and the extended learning programmes. These would include Fields such as Dance, Music and Art which are part not only of the academic curriculum, but also form part of our very exciting calendar of cultural events.

    As part of the extramural programme for those who are interested in the area of the performing arts and particularly those who are musically inclined there is an Orchestra, a Jazz Band, Baroque Ensemble, the Choir, a Vocal Ensemble a Junior and Senior Marimba band, Brass, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute and Recorder Ensembles.

    For the budding Hollywood stars, orators, politicians and presidents of the future there are drama,  public speaking, debating meeting.

    For those interested in reporting and photographic journalism, there is both the Photographic Society, the Web Committee and Wynpress – the school newspaper for the students. There are also writing courses.

    Tending the spiritual needs and reaching out to the broader community are the Christian union of the school, Capstone, and the Muslim Students’ Association.

    All of these clubs and societies come together in a number of very exciting annual cultural events on the school calendar. There is a Major Production which is presented alternately at Wynberg Boys’ and Wynberg Girls’ high schools, there is the Interhouse Arts Challenge and there are several lunchtime and evening Music Concerts. Learners also participate in regional events such as the Western Cape Arts Festival, our own internal Eisteddfod and the Cape Town Eisteddfod.

    There is ample opportunity for girls to perform, and in the senior standards to direct their own work. Grade Elevens for example are invited to write, cast and direct and produce a work including all or any of the performing arts within a month. Matrics are invited onto a committee in which they take on the organising, choreographing and directing of the Matric Fashion Show.

    We have set in place extensive and innovative cultural programmes which we actively and energetically embrace.

  • News from the Cultural Pillar
  • Colours Policy
  • COLOURS COMMITTEE

    The members of the ‘Colours Committee’ referred to in this document are the Principal, the Deputy Principals and the teacher Heads of the four Pillars (Academic, Culture, Service and Sport).

    CULTURAL COLOURS

    Colours and Half-colours to be assessed and awarded annually in the third term. Candidates are to be rated on ability, school contribution and years of involvement assessed out of 10, 5 and 5 respectively.

    12, 13:             Half Colours     – Braiding on sleeve of blazer
    14, 15, 16, 17:   Full Colours     – Braiding of blazer
    18 or higher:     Protea Award   – Braiding of blazer. Gold pocket badge replacement

    A) ABILITY

    CHESS

    6 A member of the WGHS First team; represented the school in a minimum of 10 matches and has been selected for WP Chess
    7 A member of the WGHS First team; represented the school in a minimum of 10 matches Provincial representation; amongst top 10 players (A team) in Western province
    8 A member of the WGHS First team; represented the school in a minimum of 10 matches; Provincial representation; ranked in the top three in the Western Province
    9 A member of the WGHS First team; represented the school in a minimum of 10 matches; played at National Level / selected for South African Squad
    10 A member of the WGHS First team; represented the school in a minimum of 10 matches; played at National Level / has made the South African Squad more than once.

    DEBATING/PUBLIC SPEAKING

    5 A member of the Senior Debating Team; represented in the school the majority of the debates / represented the school in a Public Speaking competition
    6 A member of the Senior Debating Team; represented the school in the majority of the debates; won best speaker once / represented the school in a Public Speaking competition with noteworthy success.
    7 A member of the Senior Debating Team; represented the school in the majority of the debates; won best speaker twice or more / Been invited to participate in Provincial Trials

    OR

    Represented the school in a Public Speaking competition and been placed 3rd / Participated in a National Festival and received an average ranking of 80-85%

    8 A member of the Senior Debating Team; represented the school in the majority of the debates; won best speaker three times or more/ Been selected and competed at Provincial Level

    OR

    Participated in a National Festival and received a ranking of 85-89%/; represented the school in a Public Speaking competition and been placed 2nd

    9 A member of the Senior Debating Team; represented the school in the majority of the debates; won best speaker more than three times / Has been selected and competed at National Level

    OR

    Has participated in a National Festival and been placed 2nd or 3rd and received an average ranking of between 90-95%/ represented the school in a Public Speaking competition and been placed 1st

    10 A member of the Senior Debating Team; represented the school the majority of the debates; won best speaker more than three times/ Has been selected, competed and received a placing at National Level

    OR

    Has participated in a National Festival and been placed 1st / received an average ranking of between 90 and 100%

    DANCE

    Mark Awarded Examinations / School International / Provincial Competitions Provincial Dance Companies / Profession Dance Performances Eisteddfods
    6 RAD or Cecchetti or registered exams passed at Elementary level with at least 74-77%.

     

     

    Participation in local performance in Artscape / Baxter with a reputable company on a par with Cape Academy of Performing Arts

    or

    Cape Junior Ballet. (At the discretion of the Dance Educator.)

     

    Has achieved at least 85% in 2 categories
    7 RAD or Cecchetti or registered exams passed at Elementary level with at least 75%.

     

    Participation in local performance in Artscape/Baxter with a reputable company on a par with Cape Academy of Performing Arts

    or

    Cape Junior Ballet. (At the discretion of the Dance Educator.)

    Has achieved at least 85% in 3 categories
    8 RAD or Cecchetti or registered exams passed at Elementary level with at least 80%.

     

    Participation in local performance in Artscape / Baxter with a reputable company on a par with Cape Academy of Performing Arts

    or

    Cape Junior Ballet. (At the discretion of the Dance Educator.)

    Has achieved at least 90% in 2 categories
    9 RAD or Cecchetti or registered Exams passed at Intermediate level with at least 80% Placed in top ten of an International Dance competition like Genée Selected member Cape Academy of Performing Arts

    or

    Cape Junior Ballet.

    Has achieved at least 90% in 3 categories
    10 RAD or Cecchetti or registered Exams passed at Intermediate level with at least 90% Placed in top three of an International Dance competition like Genée Selected member of Cape Academy of Performing Arts

    or

    Cape Junior Ballet.

    Winner of Eisteddfod / Most promising Senior Dancer

     DRAMA

    A  or B AND         C or D or F
    Mark awarded MAJOR PRODUCTIONS Ability for soloists: Trinity College Exams Ability for Soloists: Eisteddfod  

    Group Drama

    Director / Stage Director
    5 Has participated either backstage or as a performer in the majority of the school’s Major Productions (75-79%)Trinity College Exam or Grade 7 / Advanced Level 2 Part of a group which has won a High Honours Award Has been a consistently dedicated backstage helper, in several school productions
    6 Actress Good talent and character interpretation. Takes direction well. / Has participated with noteworthy success in at least one school production, house play or major production

     

    Distinction (80-89%) for Trinity College Exam or Grade 7 / Advanced Level 2 Part of a group which has won a Diploma (80-90%) Award Stage Direction: Has stage managed a major production with noteworthy success.
    7 Actress Good talent and character interpretation. Takes direction well / Won an award at the discretion of the committee /

    Has participated with noteworthy success in more than one school production, house play or major production

    Distinction (90-100%) for Trinity College Exam or Grade 7 / Advanced Level 2 Honours (70-75%) Part of a group which has won a Diploma (90-100%) Award Has directed a winning house play and stage managed a major production with noteworthy success
    8 Actress Excellent talent and character interpretation; takes direction well; won an award at the discretion of the committee / Has shown considerable acting ability in at least one of the lead roles in our school productions / (75-79%)Trinity College Exam or Grade 8 / Advanced Level 3 High Honours (75-79%) Won a National Festival Competition Has directed a winning house play which is outstanding and worthy of performing at a festival such as the National Arts Festival and stage managed a major production with noteworthy success
    9 Actress Excellent talent and character interpretation; takes direction well; won an award at the discretion of the committee / Has played the lead role in our major production with noteworthy success Distinction (80-89%) for Trinity College Exam Grade 8 / Advanced Level 3 Diploma (80-90%)
    10 Actress: Provincial recognition (one of lead roles in a professional production at Artscape or Baxter) and has played a lead role in our major production with noteworthy success Distinction (90-100%) for Trinity College Exam Grade 8 / Advanced Level 3 Diploma (90-100%)

    MUSIC

    A     OR B     OR C    OR D   OR F
    Mark Awarded Soloists: External exams Soloists: Eisteddfod Soloists:
    School Practical exam (based on end of year results)
    Soloists: Competitions / Festivals / National orchestra or choir / where there is an audition for entrance Groups: Competitions /   Festivals / Provincial orchestra or choir / where there is an audition for entrance

     

    Ability for groups: eisteddfod/ exams

    3 Grade 5 Merit (Instruments)

     

    Grade 5 Merit (Voice)

     

    Has achieved at least 85% in two categories Has achieved 84% to 86%. Must be at Grade 5 level Has played in a Provincial Youth Orchestra / Choir / Franschhoek Festival for two consecutive years An ensemble of more than one person per part: has achieved at least 80%

     

    4 Grade 5 Distinction (Instruments)

     

    Grade 5 Distinction (Voice)

    Has played in a Provincial Youth Orchestra / Choir /

    Franschhoek festival for 3 consecutive years

    An ensemble of one person per part: Has achieved at least 70%

     

    An ensemble of more than one person per part: has achieved at least 90%

    5 Grade 6 Pass (Instruments)

     

    Grade 6 Pass (Voice)

    Has passed the first round of a Provincial music competition An ensemble of more than one person per part: has come 3rd in a Provincial music competition

    OR

    An ensemble of one person per part: has achieved at least 80%

    6 Grade 6 Merit (Instruments)

     

    Grade 6 Merit (Voice)

    Has achieved at least 85% in 3 categories Has achieved 87% or above. Must be at least at Grade 6 level An ensemble of one person per part: has come 3rd in a Provincial music competition OR

    an ensemble of one person per part: has achieved at least 90%

    7 Grade 6 Distinction (Instruments)
    Grade 6 Distinction(Voice)
    Has passed the second round of a Provincial Competition An ensemble of one person per part: Has reached the 2nd round of a Provincial music competition
    8 Grade 7 Merit/Pass
    (Instruments)
    Grade 7 Pass or Grade 6 Distinction (Voice)
    An ensemble of more than one person per part: has come 2nd in a Provincial music competition
    9 Grade 8 Merit/Pass or Grade 7 Distinction
    (Instruments)Grade 7 Merit (Voice)
    Has achieved at least 90% in 2 categories Has achieved 80% to 89%. Must be at least a grade 7 level Has passed into the final round of a provincial music competition An ensemble of more than one person per part: has come 1st in a Provincial music competition
    10 Grade 8 Distinction (Instruments)

     

    Grade 7 Distinction

    (Voice)

    Has achieved at least 90% in 3 categories Has achieved 90% or above. Must be at least a grade 7 level Has come 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a Provincial music competition An ensemble of one person per part: Has come 1st in a Provincial music competition

    PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM

    6 Has completed at least two full photographic portfolios with the Society

    AND

    Contributed significantly to the marketing of the school through the quality of the images developed

    7 Has completed at least two full photographic portfolios with the Society and has contributed significantly to the marketing of the school through the quality of the images developed.
    and
    Has been awarded at least 3 diplomas or had work “commended” in a regional or national competition
     

    8

    Has completed at least two full photographic portfolios with the Society. A portfolio will contain at least 16 images / Contribution of excellent images for the purposes of marketing the school/ Has won 2nd or 3rd place in a school/photographic society portfolio/regional competition
    9 Has completed at least 2 full photographic portfolios with the Photographic Society. A portfolio will contain at least 16 images has contributed outstanding images for the purposes of marketing the school / Has won in a regional photographic competition / Has had work published in a reputable photographic magazine
     

    10

    Has completed at least 2 full photographic portfolios with the Photographic Society. A portfolio will contain at least 16 images / Has been placed in the top three in a national photographic competition / has contributed outstanding images for the purposes of marketing the school/ has had work published and credited in a reputable magazine

    B – SCALE OF COMMITMENT TO THE DISCIPLINE

    3 100% attendance of practices/meetings/classes/fixtures/performances

    Pupil’s contribution limited to participation and commitment to group classes/practices/performances/events/fixtures

    Good behaviour, and positive role in group and for members

    4 100% attendance of practices/meetings/classes/fixtures/performances

    Integrity and fair play beyond question

    Places needs of members of club or society above personal needs

    Meets all commitments- this includes attending meetings, ticking off lists, being punctual etc.

    Encourages and takes an interest in junior members, always setting a perfect example in appearance and behaviour

    Assists pupils and staff – this might include administrative duties, coaching/training/teaching

    Exhibits positive leadership and respectful behavior to staff, coaches/teachers and group members

    A positive, constructive influence in the club/society/team, ensuring discipline, neatness and pride in the group members and in the school

    Pupil’s contribution as defined above generally exceeds expectations of teacher in charge

    5 100% attendance of practices/meetings/classes/fixtures/performances

    Integrity and fair play beyond question

    Places needs of members of club or society above personal needs

    Meets all commitments – this includes attending meetings, ticking off lists, being punctual etc.

    Shows exceptional initiative (organizes team-builders/fundraisers/spirit-building/sponsorship etc.)

    Encourages and takes an interest in junior members, always setting a perfect example in her appearance and behaviour

    Assists pupils and staff beyond the call of duty – this might include administrative duties, coaching/training and teaching, taking the initiative to offer her services

    Exhibits positive leadership and respectful behavior to staff, coaches/teachers and group members

    A positive, constructive influence in the club/society/team, ensuring discipline, neatness and pride in the group members and in the school

     

    C – YEARS OF INVOLVEMENT IN THE DISCIPLINE AT WYNBERG

    1 1 year involvement in the particular group at Wynberg Girls’ High School.
    2 2 years involvement in the particular group at Wynberg Girls’ High School.
    3 3 years involvement in the particular group at Wynberg Girls’ High School.
    4 4 years involvement in the particular group at Wynberg Girls’ High School.
    5 5 years involvement in the particular group at Wynberg Girls’ High School.

    IN ADDITION
    Any learner who meets any of the above criteria but who does not do the subject or participate in the club or society at school will be eligible for a Pillar Trophy or a Golden Lion Award. Special concessions may be made for learners from another school, if they were actively involved in the cultural activity at her previous school.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT IF A MAJOR COMPETITION/ GALA/ FESTIVAL/TOURNAMENT IS MISSED there WILL be an impact on the colours award.

    Juniors are not able to get a colours award: they will only be awarded for grade 10, 11 and 12.