CHARTER FOR MIDREALM PAGE SCHOOL

  1. Purpose/Mission Statement
    To promote the acquisition of skills and knowledge of the Middle Ages. To develop the leadership skills of the young people within the Kingdom in order to foster a lifelong interest and involvement in the Society.
  2. Criteria for Enrollment
    1. All youth of the Kingdom are welcome to participate in classes held by the School. However, students or their parents must complete a registration form to be officially enrolled. Credit records will only be kept on those students who are officially enrolled in the School.
    2. Failure to complete/graduate is not grounds for being expelled from the School.
    3. All members of any preexisting Pages School or Guild within the Knowne World are welcome to join the School at their current status. Please send notification of your intent to join the School in writing to the Kingdom Minister of Children (KMOC). Progression within the School will take place under the new curriculum. Preexisting credits can be transferred with simple records or written notice from whomever may previously kept said records.
  3. Rules of Participation
    1. Students between the ages of 5 and 18 may officially enroll in the Page School.
    2. All students will be encourage to do their best, and be given the best opportunity we can provide for them to attain educational guidance, involvement, and knowledge in any area in which they express interest. The only requirements toward this learning are participation and effort. Students will not be graded on their works. To further this idea, classes are referred to as "credited activities".
    3. All activity, (classes, service, and projects), within the SCA will count toward studentsí achievements, including verifiable activities in which the student participated before joining the School.
    4. A student should feel free, and will be encouraged to voice opinions, questions, concerns, and ideas for future classes or projects to the KMOY, Page School Staff, deputies, teachers, parents, or any other adults involved with the School.
    5. Parents will be encouraged to take an active interest in their childís learning process; and are welcome to help, watch, and join in. Students are encouraged to do their own work, without parents doing it for them. Parental encouragement and support are still important forms of involvement.
    6. Activity leaders may escort a student from, or require a parent to be present at, any organized activity if having valid problems with a student.
    7. No bullying, in any form, will be tolerated. Activity leaders will have the right to request that a student be removed from their credited activity or instruction if said student is disrupting the lesson.
    8. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ACTIVITY LEADERS AND LOCAL MINISTERS OF CHILDREN ARE NOT BABYSITTERS. Rather, they have volunteered their time and services to teach your children. Be mindful of where your child is throughout the day. Please check your children in and out of activities, so that they are always accounted for by the adults.
    9. Pages already working in service to a household or individual lords and ladies are welcomed and encouraged to attend and enroll.
  4. Membership Fees and Financial Information
    1. There are no membership fees.
    2. Extra Materials: The studentís family will provide extra materials necessary for the studentís personal projects and class projects, (should there be additional supply fees), unless otherwise notified by the activity leaders. Due notice will be given for any materials that need purchasing.
    3. Material Donations: Material donations will be greatly appreciated. These can include anything for youth projects: cloth, scrap leather, string, yarn, paints, etc. These can be donated either directly to local ministers of youth or to activity leaders who run regular youth activities and events.
  5. Curriculum
    1. According to the achievement of each student, the requirements vary. Each level has a particular number of hours of service, credited activities/classes, and/or projects necessary to move upwards in achievement within the Page School. There are no specifically required courses within the School. A well-rounded education will be realized by dividing required hours amongst the three different areas of learning, (service, arts and sciences, and chivalry).
    2. Activities/classes will be accredited by the KMOY, Page School Staff, or a Regional Minister of Youth. Anyone who has a sincere interest in educating the youth of our Kingdom about the Middle Ages and our application of the lifestyle of that time to our own can teach a class or run an activity at Page School. This includes anyone from all walks of life, and all different interests within our hobby, and all ages of teachers, with different teaching styles. Older students in the Page School will be encouraged to teach classes, (which would actually give them credits).
    3. Accredited activities/classes, projects, and service hours should be age-appropriate. The lessons plans should be marked according to age and level of difficulty. The KMOY and Page School Staff, will be available to help determine the age level.
    4. Hands on classes are preferred, but not of the "glitter and glue" variety. Classes are expected to have substance and pertain to the Middle Ages.
    5. Page School classes can be run at any event, group meeting, or private mentor. The instructor must contact the KMOY or Page School Staff to have the classes accredited. The KMOY or Page School Staff will distribute merit badges to participants After the event is held, the instructor must then send a roster of participants to the KMOY.
    6. Classes attended at a RUM may count as credits for Page School. However, the student must do all the work required for that class, if there is any.
    7. The KMOY and Page School Staff will track the classes for each student.
  6. Levels of the Page School and Requirements for Each Level
    1. Below are the titles of pages at the different levels, and the number of credits to reach these levels. These titles are non-armigerous and carry no precedence.
      1. Junior Page: The entrance level, with no credits. To advance to the Senior Page level, the Junior Page must complete the following credits:
        • 8 Service hours
        • 8 Arts and Science hours
        • 8 Chivalry hours
      2. Senior Page: Students are advanced to this level after completing the required credits of the Junior Page. Senior pages are to focus on trying new things, when possible. The credit requirements for graduation from Page School are as follows:
        • 8 additional Service hours
        • 8 additional Arts and Science hours
        • 8 additional Chivalry hours
        • Completion of a Final Project* (explained below)
      3. Graduate Page: These are the pages enrolled in Graduate School. Graduate School is for students who are 14 years and older. In unusual circumstances Pages may enroll in Graduate School at an earlier age; but only if they have completed the basic Page School first, and the parents feel the Page is prepared and mature enough to work among older teens and adults. To graduate from Graduate School the requirements are as follows:
        • 10 Service hours
        • 10 Arts and Sciences hours
        • 10 Chivalry hours
        • Completion of a Final Project*, including documentation and a bibliography
        • A formal fostering of at least six months to an adult who has some expertise in the area of fostering. The arrangements will be made through the KMOY or Page School Staff. After the formal fostering period is over, the Page will write an essay of the experience. The person to whom the Page is fostered shall also write a letter to the KMOY or Page School Staff about the experience.
      4. *Final Projects: The final project for a Senior Page or Graduate Page may be, but is not limited to, one of the following:
        • An A&S project. For Senior Pages: may be entered in a competition or a faire/display. For Graduate Pages: the project must be entered in a competition. The project will be entered in the Youth Division. A copy of documentation and/or judgesí comments are to be sent to the KMOY.
        • A research project about anything medieval. It should be written at an age-appropriate level. As this is a research project, it will be expected to have some substance and length to it.
        • A service project such as a junior autocrat of an event, or a as a deputy to an officer. These experiences should be actual service of the Page, and not in name only. After the experience, the Page shall write an essay describing the experience, what s/he learned, etc. This should be age-appropriate. The senior autocrat should also write a letter to the KMOY with feedback on the experience.
      5. The credit areas of the curriculum are defined as follows:
        1. Service hours: These are hours of actual service. Examples of this are: working in a kitchen, being a runner for and A&S Competition, serving at feast, being part of a set-up or clean-up crew, working with heralds, helping at the list table, service to a person (for example Royalty, the autocrat, troll) at an event. Service hours are usually arranged before an event happens.
        2. Arts and Sciences: These are hours of projects/classes, and/or competitions. For older students, teaching an A&S class is also credit hours in this area.
        3. Chivalry hours: These are hours spent learning or participating in the martial arts. The Middle Kingdom has many marshal activities in which the youth are able to participate: youth fighting and rapier, equestrian, and archery. Hours may also be used in researching and/or attending classes about military history, tactics, and other related martial/military subjects. At each level, (junior, senior, and graduate), only two hours of service to a fighter or at a tourney may count toward the total Chivalry hours.
  7. Regalia
    1. Baldrics
      1. Students are encouraged to wear a purple baldrics with the device of the Middle Kingdom Page School, (once the device has been passed by the College of Heralds), on it upon registration with the Page School.
      2. Students who have graduated from Junior Page to Senior Page may put white edging on their baldrics.
      3. Students who have graduate from Senior Page to Graduate Page may change the edging on the baldrics from white to gold.
      4. Baldrics may be, and are encouraged to be, worn at any SCA event.
    2. Merit Badges
      1. Merit badges will be given to students when they have finished credit hours for each level, either by an officer of Page School or by the KMOY.
      2. One merit badge will be given upon the competition of all credit hours within each area of study for each level.
      3. The merit badges will have a gold star on them, and be color coded per area of credits finished:
        1. white for service
        2. green for arts and sciences
        3. red for chivalry
      4. Merit badges are to be affixed to the studentís baldric.
  8. Recognition of Achievement
    1. When a student has achieved the number of credits needed to be passed to the next level, they will be graduated.
    2. Graduation will occur at an event where Court is to be held. The graduates will be called into Court and recognized by the Royalty for their achievements.
    3. A scroll will be presented to the graduate.