Ministry of Education, Guyana



The National Physical Display Competition began as a part of the Children’s Mashramani Events in 1992. This is a display of gymnastic movements put together for its aesthetic expression. There has been keen competition with interesting choreographies, especially from the outlying Regions. Unlike dance, boys participate more in this activity.

Over the years, schools have displayed a growing interest in this aspect of the programme making it difficult to manage during the busy Mashramani Events. 

In 2005 it was separated from the Children’s Mashramani events and made an individual National Event to be held during Independence.


  • To provide an opportunity for the demonstration of talent among students.
  • Acquire knowledge, skills and values in the art form.
  • To build the capacity for creativity, discipline and team work.
  • To expand the scope for Physical Education in schools.
  • To develop good sportsmanship among schools.

NB: The National Physical Display Championships will be held on Friday, May 22, 2014.




  • The Championship is open to Primary and Secondary schools under the age groups 6 – 11 years and 12 – 17 years respectively.


There are three categories of entry:

  1. Combinations Primary Schools and Secondary Schools
  2. Pyramids Secondary Schools
  3. Jump Rope Primary Schools


  • In all categories only group presentations are allowed.
  • Pyramids and Combinations groups are limited to sixteen (16) persons.
  • Jump Rope groups are limited to eight (8) persons.


  • Performances should not exceed three (3) minutes.
  • The presentations are limited to an area of eighteen (18) metres by twelve (12) metres marked out on the designated area.
  • All props and musical accompaniment must be provided by schools.
  • Entries for the National Championship must be sent through the Regional Education Officer to the Unit of Allied Arts by February 7, 2014. The Physical Education Department will monitor rehearsals of the Groups entered.


1) Conducting Regional competitions
Each region will organize internal competitions during the Mash activities for selection to the National Championship.

2) Submission of Entries
Each Region is allowed 4 entries as specified:
Primary -1 Combination and Jump Rope (Open to all primary schools)
Secondary -1 Combination and 1 Pyramid

3) Due to the fact that Jump Rope is a new activity to the Physical Display Championships we are would like to make specific reference to the rules of the competition.

Jump Rope Rules (Group)

  • Teams must consist of 5-8 students.
  • The routine must be 90 – 120 seconds long
  • All team routines must incorporate five (5) jump rope skills (Toe to Toe, Bell, Side Swing, One leg, V-Stop) and any additional 6 skills
  • Teams have to display a combination of both single rope skills and long rope skills (single long rope or double dutch)
  • Teams would be evaluated based on creativity (displaying of new skills), transitions from skill to skill, having the required number of team members, use of the time allotted and performing the mandatory skills.
  • DVDs of Jump Rope exercises are available at the Unit of Allied Arts, Telephone # 225-5330 or 226-0188.




This Display is made up of a variety of gymnastic movements put together in a logical sequence.

Variation of Movements (12 points)

  • This includes the effective use of a variety of gymnastic movements: travel, technique and changes in level, speed and direction.

Design in Space (7 points)

  • This is the effective use of the stage and variations in designs.

Presentation (8 points)

  • This involves the overall impact of the group in the presentation: entrance/exit, precision and projection of movements and effective use of props.

Creativity (8 points)

  • This is the innovativeness of the display and the degree of difficulty in the performance.

Transition (5 points)

  • The smooth movement from one formation to another.

Team Work (4 points)

  • How well the group members support each other.

Effective use of Music (4 points)

  • The suitability of the music for the activity and the rhythm of the movements in the presentation.

Appropriate Attire (2 points)

  • The costume selected must complement the theme and the performance and physical activities e.g. unitards, leotards and tights, etc.

TOTAL 50 points.



A pyramid is a structure built up by individuals supported completely by others so that it has a wide base and an apex. The presentation must have at least three pyramids linked by fluent transition movements.

Presentation (10 points)

  • This includes the overall image of the group: cognisance is taken in entry, exit, technique (jumps, balances, rotation, travel, level speed direction), use of props and projection and precision of movements.

Pyramid Display (13 points)

  • The demonstration of at least three pyramids with variations in designs.

Transitions (6 points)

  • Smooth flow from one pyramid in the space allotted.

Effective use of space (4 points)

  • The creative design of the pyramids in the space allotted.

Originality (6 points)

  • The degree of innovativeness and difficulty applied.

Teamwork (5 points)

  • How well the group members support each other.

Effective use of music (3 points)

  • The suitability of the music for the activity and the effective use of rhythm in the presentation.

Appropriate Attire (3 points)

  • The costume selected must compliment the performance and physical activity in general e.g. unitards, leotards and tights, cycling wear, etc.
  • Nudity is discouraged.

TOTAL 50 points.



Jump Rope or ‘skipping’ is a widely utilised form of exercise for all ages.

Presentation (10 points)

  • Team routines must incorporate five (5) jump rope skills (Toe to Toe, .Bell, Side Swing, One leg, V-Stop) and any additional 6 skills

Skills of Single Rope and Double Dutch (13 points)

  • Creativity and technique in the use of both ropes in the presentation.

Transitions (6 points)

  • From skill to skill.

Effective use of space (4 points)

Originality (6 points)

Teamwork and Coordination (5 points)

Effective use of music (3 points)

Appropriate Attire (3 points)

TOTAL 50 points.


Published in Allied Arts Unit
Friday, 21 February 2014 11:28

The School's Steelband Programme

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The art form of steelpan playing has its origin in the Caribbean. History has shown that it is the only musical instrument invented in the early nineteenth century. Studies have shown that music education at an early age greatly increases the likelihood that a child will grow up to seek higher education. In addition, students who had an exposure to music made better "team players" in the workforce.

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The Ministry of Education introduced Steelband Programmes in sixteen schools across Guyana. It aims to expand this programme to ten new schools and the Cyril Potter College of Education by 2018. This programme is coordinated through the Unit of Allied Arts within the Ministry of Education which has responsibility for the promotion of Expressive Arts of Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts and Physical Education and Dance in schools.

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The Objectives of this programme are:-

  • To nuture skills in steelband playing among two hundred (200) students from the Schools Steel Orchestra
  • To provide an opportunity for the demonstration of skills by learners
  • To provide an interesting and entertaining Public Exhibition by students


The relationship between music education and better performance in life is not accidental. If we want to continue as a creative society, finding solutions to the ever changing-world, we need to expose our children to the arts. Music will help to shape our culture and it is the great equalizer among people of different racial, social and economic backgrouds.

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The National Schools Steel Orchestra a subset of the Schools Steelband programme, was launched along with the National Schools Choir in December, 2009 by the late Dr. Desrey Fox, CCH, Minister within the Ministry of Education during that period.

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The Ministry of Education is appreciative of support received form various stakeholders in the development of this aspect of Education. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport has partnered with the Ministry of Education for the development of the Steelpan Programme in schools by supplying valuable human resources needed for teaching.

We also wish to acknowledge the contributions of Republic Bank in the training of young people in this art form during the August vacation. The Ministry of Education also recognises the role of the Parent Teachers Association which is crucial to the progress of this programme in schools.

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'AMITY' an Annual Schools Steelpan Performance was designed to create a common platform for sharing music, building friendships among the steelband fraternity, the various stakeholders and the general public.

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Some of the schools that form part of the programme include:-

Buxton Secondary
Dolphin Secondary
Lodge Secondary
North Georgetown Primary
North Rumveldt Secondary
Queens College
St Rose's High
The Bishops High School


Published in Allied Arts Unit
Friday, 08 November 2013 11:17

Non-Academic Education Standards

The Ministry of Education recognizes that minimum Academic and Non-Academic standards have to be formally established if quality education at all levels is to be realized. This document addresses the Non-Academic Norms.

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