a little forethought would have been handy people!!!
but that isn't what this post is about.
miss 10 was chosen to speak on behalf of her school as their host representative. like her 16 year old sister, she has a wonderful voice that she projects with ease and doesn't ever succumb to nerves.
during their day-long rehearsal, they were given instructions regarding how to step onstage by slipping through the black curtain and taking one step to the RIGHT onto the taped white cross which would set you firmly in the spotlight next to the MC.
so her big moment arrives
she slips through the black curtain
and takes one step
to the LEFT
placing her firmly in the PITCH BLACK
she holds the microphone up to her mouth to start speaking when she hears
'come into the light'
totally unfazed, she steps into the spotlight and reads her speech. flawlessly.
so cute! so proud.
but that's not what this post is about.
at the end of her school's performance she comes back on stage and introduces some of the performers.
at that very moment, the row directly in front of me which had been empty up until now, began to fill up. these rude people were FORTY minutes late and showed up at the exact moment my baby was on stage.
i let lose a hail of expletives a sailor would have been proud of.
but that's not what this post is about.
J rock is for primary school (elementary) aged children with the emphasis on participation and push play (fitness). there were 4 schools entered. at the end of their performances, there was a 'prize giving'. below is a list of the awards they give out.
this DOES NOT include 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
it should also be noted that these awards in MOST cases go to MOST of the participating schools, ie everyone gets an award. for something. showing up?
Award of Excellence for Choreography
Award of Excellence for Stage Use
Award of Excellence for Lighting
Award of Excellence for Performance Skill
Award of Excellence for Concept
Award of Excellence for Drama
Award of Excellence for Soundtrack
Award of Excellence for School Community
Award of Excellence for Student Achievement
Award of Excellence for Set, Design and Function
Award of Excellence for Costuming Character
Award of Excellence for Visual Enhancement
Award of Excellence for Drug Awareness
Award of Excellence for Environmental or Social Awareness
Award of Excellence for School Initiative
Award of Excellence for Stage Crew; and last but clearly not least...
Award of Excellence. not sure for what. oh i know. excellence. sorry, forgot.
on saturday tara and i went to a local dance club in-house dance competition. her daughter goes to this club, but chose not to enter, but we went along for support, and to watch some great dancing!
there were 4 teams in the junior section and 7 in the intermediate. after the performances (which were fabulous!) the judges went away to decide the winners. FORTY minutes later they returned.
everyone present got a participation award. good idea. there were two solo awards. that's cool too because they were well deserved.
then there were 'excellence' awards - 3 for each section and these awards went to practically every team participating.
THEN they presented 1st, 2nd and 3rd - for the two sections.
tara looked around at some of the other parents to see if they felt the same way we did, and there were plenty shifting uncomfortably in their seats. it's ok to acknowledge everyone's participation, but there will always be winners and losers because some performances were simply BETTER than others.
this is the trend these days. everyone wins. nobody wins. people are actually afraid to acknowledge that one child is better than another because someone may get offended, so we've created this ridiculous obsession to keep everyone happy.
to me it's about discipline, and i shall quote dr phil here. bad behaviour exists because parents aren't prepared for their kids to not like them, for even just a minute. we give everyone a prize, because we're not prepared for a child to get upset.
that's what this post is about. is it the same where you live?