10 Facts about the Presentation Day Awards

The famed Trophy Table is an annual fixture, and yet the details are hazy. Who gets the awards? How many are there? What are the criteria for winning one? Will Miss Jayne ever again do the splits after her Presentation Day rehearsal curtsy? Read on and be enlightened... 

FACT 1
The awards are separated into five age groups:
Baby (age 6 and under)
Junior (age 7, 8, 9)
Intermediate (10, 11, 12)
Senior (13, 14, 15)
Advanced (16+)
There are also some miscellaneous awards that anyone of any age can win.

FACT 2
There are separate awards for Woodhall Farm and Berkhamsted students.

FACT 3
Who decides who'll get each award? According to Miss Jayne: 'I send the list of awards to all teachers and they write their suggestions on. I then collate them all and make the final decisions. It's important to me that awards are given to students who most deserve them and therefore I am totally impartial. It particularly delights me when I can award something to a student for the very first time and it especially makes me happy to see a baby ballet student's name be called out and see them come up and collect a little trophy. It's not just about being the best as we have a lot of awards for effort, progress and attitude.'

FACT 4
Some of the trophies have been donated by Miss Jayne's family members, some from families who have donated an award on leaving JMDS. There are some memorial trophies too. 

FACT 5
Miss Jayne's mum takes great pride in making sure all awards are undamaged, clean and shiny for their recipients. Tatty ones are replaced.

FACT 6
Recipients keep their awards for a year. On returning them, they get a medal: bronze if it's the first time winning, silver if it's the second, gold if it's the third. This re-sets back to bronze every time a student moves up an age category.     

FACT 7
The awards for Woodhall Farm students are: 

BABY AWARDS
Most Promising
Ballet                                      
Tap  
Modern                                    
Hardwork/Progress                  
Effort                                       
Good effort in ballet
Good Grooming
All-Round Performer (all ARP awards are given to a student who does classes in at least ballet, modern & tap)         

JUNIOR AWARDS
Ballet                                       
Good  Effort in tap      
Good Effort in Ballet              
Good Effort in Modern            
Modern
Tap                                          
Professionalism
Character                                  
Drama                                      
All-Round Performer

INTERMEDIATE AWARDS
Modern                                    
Tap                                           
Hardwork/Progress                  
Effort               
Professionalism
Ballet
Drama
All-Round Performer                                           

SENIOR AWARDS
Hardwork/Progress
Effort      
Drama      
(No others due to most senior classes taking place in Berkhamsted.)

MISCELLANEOUS AWARDS
Good Grooming                      
Correct Attitude                      
Musical Appreciation              
Performance Award      

FACT 8
The awards for Berkhamsted students are:

BABY AWARDS
Ballet              
Tap                            
Modern                      
Hardwork/Progress         
Effort
Most Promising         
All-Round Performer

JUNIOR AWARDS
Ballet                         
Tap                            
Modern                      
Character                   
Hardwork/Progress         
Effort                         
Professionalism
All-Round Performer                      

INTERMEDIATE  AWARDS
Ballet                         
Tap                            
Modern                      
Character                  
Hardwork/Progress         
Effort                         
Professionalism
All-Round Performer

SENIOR AWARDS
Effort
Ballet                         
Tap                            
Modern
Hardwork/Progess         
Song & Dance
Professionalism
All-Round Performer                        

ADVANCED AWARDS
Ballet
Tap
Modern
Hardwork & Progress
Drama
Professionalism
Effort
All-Round Performer

MISCELLANEOUS AWARDS
Musical Appreciation
Grooming
Attitude                                 
Enthusiasm    
Performance 

FACT 9
The awards that any student can win are:

Head Girl/Boy Award (an award chosen and given by the Head Girl/Boy)     
Best Newcomer
Progress in Singing
Junior Singing
Intermediate Singing
Senior Singing
Pointe Work    
Good Effort in Pointe Work
Backstage Behaviour & Professionalism
Duet
The Laura Frey Tuition Award (5 hours of free tuition)
Contemporary Dance
The Miss Suzanne Award for Outstanding and Sustained Achievement

FACT 10
Will Miss Jayne do the splits? She says: 'I have done them three times recently at various parties, but it's a big risk. But... I wouldn't want to let anyone down!'