Academic Awards

Academic Awards

Academic Colours awarded at Awards assembly

Grade 8
Academic Standard
80% Average over the two examinations in Grade 8
Grade 9
Academic Standard
Junior Award

80% Average over the two examinations in Grade 9
80% Average over the four examinations in Grade 8 and 9 (with a sub-min of 78% in each)
Grade 10  
Academic Standard
Half Colours

75% (525) in an examination in Grade 10
75% (525) Avg over the two examinations in Grade 10 (with a sub-min of 73% (511) in each)
Grade 11
Academic Standard
Half Colours

Full Colours

Honours
70% (490) in an exam in Grade 11
70% (490) Avg over the two examinations in Grade 11 (with a sub-min of 68% (476) in each)
75% (525) Avg over the two examinations in Grade 11 (with a sub-min of 73% (511) in each)
80% (560) Avg over the two examinations in Grade 11 (with a sub-min of 78% (546) in each)
Grade 12
Half Colours
Full Colours
Honours
70% (490) Avg in the Mock examination
75% (525) Avg in the Mock examination
80% (560) Avg in the Mock examination
Olympiads, French DELF exams and EXPO’s
Top 100 Placing
80% in the DELF level A2 and 75% in DELF level B1
Top 3 placing at Regional Science Expo
Top 3 placing at National Science Expo
Academic Standard


Junior Award

Academic Prizes awarded at Prize giving

In Grades 8, 9 and 10, prizes are awarded to the girls who have come in the top six positions during the year.
In Grades 11 and 12, prizes are awarded to the top 3 positions, as well as subject prizes.

Merit certificates are given to those girls who achieved an average of 85% in Grades 8, 9, 80% in Grade 10 and 75% in Grades 11 and 12.

There are also special prizes – The Yvonne Charlton Progress Prizes – which are awarded in each grade to those girls whose efforts have resulted in the greatest progress in improving their marks from Term 1 to Term 2.

Grade 10: Currie/van Schalkwyk Middle School Art Prize 
Grade 11 and Matric Prizes

Subject Prizes: 

To the pupil with the highest promotion mark on the Term 2 report. (A sub-minimum of 70% is required.)

Grade 11 Subject Prizes 
Accounting
Advanced Programme Mathematics
Afrikaans
Business Studies
Consumer Studies
Dramatic Arts
English
French
Geography
History
Immigrant French
Information Technology
Life Orientation
Life Sciences
Mathematics
Mathematical Literacy
Music
Physical Science
Sepedi
Visual Art

Grade 12 Subject Prizes
ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE AWARDS
Geography     
History     
Social Sciences 
(For the best Social Sciences Investigative Research Task in Grade 12). 
Currie/van Schalkwyk Senior Art  
The Standard Bank Prize for Art  
Most Improved Artist   
Dramatic Arts    
Senior Drama
(The Dramatic Arts pupil with the highest IEB Practical Moderation Mark)   
Music      
Maisie Mortimer Singing Trophy 
(The Maisie Mortimer Singing Trophy is awarded to a learner who takes Voice as an instrument, is a member of either St Mary’s Singers or Chapel Choir, and has made an exceptional contribution to the vocal tradition in the school through her vocal abilities and leadership.)
Senior Music Floating Trophy 
(The Subject Music Floating Trophy is awarded to a Senior Subject Music learner who has not only maintained a high academic standard (80% or higher) in the subject throughout the year but has also participated actively in St Mary’s DSG Music events, as well as in Music Festivals and/ Competitions outside of school.)
Baillie Award for Cultural Excellence
(The recipient should be in Grade 10, 11, or 12; must have excelled in at least two of the following: Drama (acting or stagecraft), choir, musical instrument playing, public speaking, painting competitions, quizzes or any other cultural activity; should have received Cultural Colours).

MATHS AND COMMERCE AWARDS
Advanced Programme Mathematics 
Judith Brown Prize for Mathematics 
Mathematical Literacy   
Accounting     
The Standard Bank Prize for Business Studies
Price Waterhouse Coopers Award
(For the top Matric in the combined studies of Accounting and Business Studies)
 
SCIENCES AWARDS
Physical Science    
Dr Basson Science Award
(For the top Matric in the combined studies of Mathematics, Science and Life Sciences)   
Life Sciences     
Excellence in Life Sciences Practical Work
Information Technology   
Consumer Studies    
Outstanding Practical Work in Consumer Studies

LANGUAGE AND LIFE ORIENTATION AWARDS
Hugh Brown Prize for English   
The Standard Bank Prize for Afrikaans 
Sepedi      
French      
Immigrant French    
Life Orientation    
Old Girls' Essay Prize 
(One book prize for each winner (Junior - Grade 7 – 9 and Senior- Grades 10-12) as well as Gold, Silver, and Bronze and highly commended certificates.) 
Rowena Navickas Award for Original Verse
(This competition is open to all pupils from Grade 8 – 12.  Each pupil who enters is required to submit a minimum of two poems. There is one book prize for the winner, but several Highly Commended certificates may also be awarded.)

General Prizes:
The General Knowledge Prizes:    
(There are two prizes for this category – Junior (Grade 8 – 10) and Senior (Grade 11 and 12). The main criterion for this award is that the pupil must have achieved good results in the World Knowledge Olympiad which is a national Olympiad. Usually the top achievers of this Olympiad are the recipients of the prize. An additional consideration is if the pupil represented St Mary’s DSG by participating in any other general knowledge competition such as the Rotary Inter-Schools Quiz.)

Ciska Tempest Science Expo Award
(This prize is awarded to a Grade 8 or 9 pupil, for excellent work in the Science Expo. The minimum criterion is that the pupil must have achieved outstanding results at the Regional Science Expo. Projects that progress into further rounds of the Science Expo (National and International) would automatically be considered above regional achievements even if their marks at regional level are not as high. (This is because the Expo judges also consider originality, presentation and thoroughness before recommending competing at higher levels.) Should there be more than one project in contention for the prize then the final mark will be the deciding factor. Pupils are allowed to work in pairs for the Expo, so the prize can be shared between two pupils who worked together on a project.)

Roger and Pam Wickens Prize for Conservation
(This prize can be awarded to a pupil from any grade in the school.  The pupil must have made a concerted, ongoing effort in any ecological sphere that would benefit the indigenous fauna or flora in the local community or the wider context of South Africa. Furthering their knowledge of conservation issue(s) and creating an awareness of this (these) amongst the community would also be considered as conservation. The work in this sphere must be significantly greater than the basic syllabus requirements for any grade.)

Price Award for Originality and Enterprise
(This prize can be awarded to any pupil in the high school immaterial of grade. The pupil must have displayed initiative (in any field) that led to an extraordinary achievement. Any staff member can recommend a pupil for this award. The achievement can be measured in terms of (i) recognition from a body outside of the school structure, (ii) financial reward for, or recognition of, unique business/technology developments (this could include patents that will be viable in the future) or (iii) the assistance provided by the pupil to a charity, organization or needy individual that resulted in the long term improvement of that entity’s circumstances (this excludes the contributions made by the Débutantes’ programme).