CONDITIONS OF MEMBERSHIP FOR MONTAGE THEATRE ARTS STUDENTS
This is part of your agreement when joining Montage Theatre Arts. Membership is open to all subject to the following conditions:
- MTA accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of personal belongings while on the premises.
- MTA accepts no liability for any injuries sustained whilst participating in a class or on the premises.
- MTA must be notified of any changes to the information provided on the Booking Form.
- Staff/teachers: All staff, including cover teachers (who may be brought in at short notice), are qualified, experienced and DBS checked. Volunteer class assistants and trainees on placements are all DBS checked.
- Behaviour: Racist, sexist and other offensive language and behaviour is not tolerated and we reserve the right to terminate membership without notice, the final decision being undertaken by the Board of Directors.
- Please note that under no circumstances are pets allowed on school premises due to Health and Safety reasons.
- Shows: Parents/carers will be invited to one class/performance per term. Parents/carers are not permitted to watch otherwise. (If a child is new or particularly unconfident, parents/carers may be allowed to sit in during the first ten minutes of one class at the Youth Programme Manager’s discretion).
- MTA provides costumes and props for shows where possible, but parents may be asked to provide basic accessories and basic costume if required.
Children must arrive and be collected promptly. It is very important that children arrive in time for their classes, preferably 5 minutes before the start. This allows the group time to settle from the moment the class starts. Latecomers will have to wait outside until an appropriate time to join the class. Children arriving after 15 minutes may be refused admission, as this may disrupt the professional attitude to classes we aim to foster.
Students must ensure they get full permission from staff prior to leaving class at all times. Toilet breaks will be supervised by either a member of staff or class facilitator and students will be supervised at all times whilst on site.
Child Collection – MTA TEACHER POLICY AND PROCEEDURE FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Teachers must ensure that each child has left a session with an adult or older child (agreed in advance with parent). It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensure the child is collected punctually at the end of the class or session. Should a parent/guardian not turn up to collect a child on time – this is the procedure to follow:
- Inform the Youth Programme Manager who will contact the parent/guardian.
- If the Youth Programme Manager is not available, contact the office.
- If the office is closed, ask the child to contact the parent/guardian immediately.
- If the child cannot call the parent/guardian, contact the parent/guardian directly to arrange collection.If the parent/carer is not reachable, and you have to leave, the emergency procedure is as follows:
- Find a DBS-checked adult on-site who is able to stay with the child until the parent/guardian arrives. Leave a message with the parent and contact the entire Montage Management Team (General Manager, Youth Programme Manager and Administrator) with all the information. Once this has been done, you can leave the child.
- If the parent/guardian is not reachable and there is no adult available, you must take the child to the nearest police station. This will be Lewisham Police Station, 43 Lewisham High Street, London SE13 5JZ Telephone 101. Inform the police of all contact details for the parent/guardian and notify the entire Montage Management Team as above. Leave a message for the parent/guardian to say where the child will be.
- Absence: Any child missing for more than two classes per term may not be able to join future courses. Class numbers are limited and many have long waiting lists, so good attendance and commitment to the course is essential.
- Saturday School: please bring a quick, light snack and drink (not lunch) with you. Please provide a folder for each child for all scripts and song sheets for the term and bring each week. Please make sure these folders and sheets are named immediately.
- Emergency contact number: Montage’s emergency mobile phone is kept with the Youth Programme Manager. The number will be given out upon registration and must only be used if there are problems regarding the collection of children. Do not ring the office as there may not be anyone there.
- Photographs/Recordings: MTA will take photographs or video of the students at work. These images will only be used for Montage marketing, press material and funding purposes and will be used for the website, local newspaper features, parents’ noticeboard and flyers. Please understand that these images will be used sensitively and photographers are police-checked. Please let us know if you do not want your or your child’s photograph taken.
Food: Chewing gum/ fizzy drinks are strictly forbidden on the premises. No food is to be eaten in the music block.
This is basic but essential and gives the students a sense of belonging, a sense of ritual and sense of dressing for something important – their class. Appropriate clothing as below is necessary for health and safety and child protection:
- Students must not wear their school uniform to any class – MTA is not a school and wearing the correct Montage clothing gives a sense of belonging, allowing all to feel equal, healthy and safe.
- Top: MTA T-shirt must be worn by all students, except Adults, Street Dance 2 and the Youth Theatre Company who wear their own clothes. T-shirts costs £8 each and they can be purchased in advance or on site
- Bottom: Tracksuit bottoms or leggings must be worn in dark blue, navy or black. No jeans or trousers, skirts or dresses are to be worn to any class – including the adults.
- Shoes: Black soft plimsolls (like those worn for school gym lessons) or black jazz shoes are to be worn. Strictly no trainers, crocs or sandals are allowed! They are dangerous as children’s feet slip inside and ankles are turned. Street Dance and Breakdancing students can wear trainers or jazz shoes. Tap class: Black tap shoes.
- No skirts – this is entirely inappropriate for children to wear in any class as all classes include a lot of movement.
Girls – leotard, short socks, pink/nude/skin tone ballet slippers. Practice skirts and tights may also be worn. Cardigans/Jumpers in a matching or complementary colour to the leotard may be worn in colder months. Please no tutus for class – these can be worn in shows and demonstrations!
Boys – white t-shirt or vest and black or navy shorts, short socks, black ballet slippers.
- All t-shirts, shoes and bags must be clearly labelled – lost property is donated to charity at the end of every term.
- Strictly no jewellery – no earrings (earrings are very unsafe during physical activity).
- Hair must be tied back from the face for class.
SECOND-HAND SHOES and CLOTHING for sale: Please note: there is often a good selection of second-hand clothing and shoes which can be bought from the courses manager at a greatly reduced rate including tap shoes and ballet shoes. DONATIONS OF DANCE CLOTHING: We welcome donations of dancewear that are in good condition and can be re-sold at a small price.