In Term 2, students in our Middle School are invited to participate in a medal test (internal examination/grading) for each of their classes. Medal tests are not compulsory but we strongly encourage participation as it is a wonderful experience and gives students the opportunity to feel a sense of pride in their achievements. It is also a great way to track progress and receive feedback from an external dance professional. Not to mention that they’ve all been working hard on class content in preparation for them!
We ensure Medal Tests are run appropriately according to the age group. Junior students (Prep to Grade 2) are no different to a class environment except that we have a guest in the room and the students wear a number. Senior Medal Tests are a little more formal but it is still a relaxed and supported approach.
Medal Test participants are invited to a special Prizegiving, which is scheduled for Saturday 1 June at which they are presented their medals, certificates and feedback on a report card. Additional awards are also presented on this day.
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Medal Tests will be held between 20 and 26 May 2019. The schedule can be found here:
Important note: students who choose not to participate will not be permitted to attend their regular class if it is being run as a Medal Test. Refunds are not provided, but make up classes are available and can be used at any time during Term 2. Medal Test fees are non-refundable once paid.
On the day
Students must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled medal test. This is with the exception of those scheduled for a 4.15pm weekday start, who may arrive 15 minutes prior. We need participants to arrive early so we can check uniforms and hair, place numbers on students and ensure smooth running of the timetable for all classes. Late arrivals will not be permitted entry and fees are non-refundable.
If you are unable to attend, please contact us at least 24 hours beforehand. Note that Medal Test fees are non-refundable. If a student is unwell and unable to attend, a credit will be provided on receipt of a Medical Certificate.
Students must wear their class uniform for medal tests and be groomed immaculately (parents, take note – one of the key assessment areas is presentation which includes the element of grooming!).
Ballet buns are compulsory for all ballet students and hair must be tied back neatly off the face for all other classes. We suggest ballet buns for jazz and tap students with long hair. Uniform information is available here.
You can find a Ballet bun demonstration here, so you have plenty of time to practice. If you need assistance on the day, we can help you. Please note, however, that you will need to bring your own equipment – hairbrush, hair elastic, bun pins, bobby pins and hairnet.
Students will be assessed and graded. Our grading system has three key assessment areas, which are (1) Technique, (2) Presentation and (3) Effort. Each student will be given a final grade of ACHIEVED, ACHIEVED PLUS, MERIT, MERIT PLUS or EXCELLENCE (in outstanding cases only), which will be written on their report card and certificate presented to the student with their medal at prizegiving.
A prizegiving for all medal test participants will be held at 2.30pm on Saturday 1 June 2019 at the RecWest (corner Essex and Market Streets, West Footscray). All medal test participants are invited on stage to receive their report card, certificate and medal.
We encourage students to invite their family and friends to share in this happy occasion and don’t forget your camera! We also ask that you bring a small plate of food to share after the formalities (no nuts).
Additional awards and trophies are presented to outstanding students, as selected by our examiner/s for each genre/style of dance. Awards for (1) Most Improved (2) Most Versatile and (3) The Dance Habit Award (for effort and attitude) are also presented to students in both the junior and senior school following consultation between Dance Habit teachers and the examiner/s.
Medal tests have proven to be an incredibly positive experience for school-age students and our number one reason for running them is to build happy, confident kids! Just wait until you see the pride and joy on all those faces at prizegiving (and yes, that means the mums and dads, grandmas and grandpas, too)!
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding Medal Tests or prize-giving. We are looking forward to another great year of Medal Tests. Have fun everyone!