7 August 2020
Dear Grade Eight Parent – 2021
SUBJECT CHOICE – GRADE EIGHT 2021
Thank you for confirming your daughter’s place at Collegiate in 2021 by acknowledging her acceptance and paying the deposit. We look forward to welcoming your daughter into the school next year.
In Grade Eight, the girls have three choices to make regarding subjects:
- In Grades Eight and Nine, one of the compulsory subjects is Creative Arts. Within this subject, there are four creative disciplines, of which each learner must choose two. Collegiate plans to offer all four of the disciplines and your daughter must choose any two of the four. (Dance will be offered for the first time in 2021 and will be subject to demand.) However, there are criteria to be met in order to be accepted into the Music discipline. These are detailed under “Music Criteria” printed below.
- Apart from English Home Language, your daughter must study a second language on First Additional Level. At Collegiate, the choice is between Afrikaans First Additional Language and isiXhosa First Additional Language. The criteria are detailed on the subject choice form.
- In addition to the compulsory curriculum, your daughter must study a third language on Second Additional level at Collegiate. The choice is between French Second Additional Language and isiXhosa Second Additional Language.
Music as a subject will be taught as part of the Creative Arts programme. Owing to limited facilities, availability of teaching staff and the necessity for individual lessons, the number of Grade Eight music learners that can be accommodated will be limited. As such, the admissions requirements are:
- A learner needs to provide evidence of AT LEAST a Grade 2 practical certificate from any of the following acceptable Examining Bodies (Trinity/Royal Schools of Music/UNISA). In other words, learners will continue from Grade 3 practical in High School.
- Any learner who does not meet this requirement or would like to take voice as her main instrument as part of music as a subject, is to attend an audition.
- A learner needs to provide a RECENT report from her Junior School practical music teacher.
- All Grade 8 learners who wish to have voice as their instrument and who have NOT taken music prior to this, are required to write a Music Theory entrance test, unless proof is presented to indicate that they have completed the Pre-Grade 1 syllabus. This test will take place during the first week in September. A booklet of basic Theory can be provided in preparation for the test.
- Lessons on the following instruments will be offered:
Piano, violin, viola, cello (up to Grade 4), trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, flute, voice, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano/alto/tenor/baritone saxophone and percussion.
- In the case of pianists, learners must have access to an instrument on which to practise. All other instruments can be hired from Collegiate Girls’ High School, subject to availability. It is however, encouraged to purchase your own instrument.
- Learners need to be available for individual lessons before and after school (i.e. From 06h50 and 14h15), as well as on rotation basis (having a lesson during other subjects). This is due to timetabling constraints and availability of staff.
- Learners are not allowed to take lessons privately, if the instrument is offered at school.
- The selection of learners into the Music Programme is at the discretion of the Subject Head and is subject to the availability of teaching staff.
- All new voice learners are to attend an audition prior to acceptance into the Music programme which will be held in in the first week in September.
- Learners may choose to continue with their first instrument as part of the extra-curricular programme which is subject to the music staff availability; a separate form for this will be provided at the start of next year.
- Learners may take a second instrument, but this will not fall under the Creative Arts programme, and will thus be charged as an extra-curricular activity.
Please complete the below subject choice form by no later than MONDAY, 17 AUGUST 2020. Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact Mrs Yvonne Smith on 041-373 7705.
MRS L ERASMUS