We are a global music school, with teachers and students from all around the world. We won't operate on a specific school term, or around specific national holidays. This is impossible given the global nature of our school.

So, with that in mind, just because there's a public holiday in your country, doesn't mean all students are taking a holiday on the same day in their countries. We assume you will continue as normal and submit your Weekly Showcase on a public holiday.

But What Happens If I Plan On Taking the Public Holiday Off?

If your Lesson Day falls on a public holiday, and you know you're taking that day off (and can't submit your Weekly Showcase video that day) you have a few options.

OPTION 1:

Let's say your Lesson Day is a Monday, and that happens to be a public holiday. You can submit your Weekly Showcase video early (on Saturday or Sunday for example). Please let your teacher know if this is the case.

If your teacher doesn't observe the same public holiday, they will still mark it according to the Weekly Schedule (so if your lesson day is Monday, your teacher will mark your Showcase video on Tuesday, even if you submit it early). You will receive feedback and videos, ready for you to resume your practice as normal on Wednesday.

If your teacher DOES observe the same public holiday as you (and is also taking the day off), you will receive feedback on it 1 day later than you normally would. In the meantime, you can catch up on activities in The Academy HIVE, or go back over some Topic of the Month resources and games.

OPTION 2:

If you don't want to submit your Weekly Showcase early, you will be required to apply for and use one of your four (4) weeks' Holiday Leave. You can apply to take your Holidays here. This form is also available in your Lesson Portal. Applying for Holiday Leave requires 2 weeks' notice, so is something that needs to be planned for (and not a solution if you suddenly decide to not submit your Weekly Showcase because of a public holiday).

OPTION 3:

If you don't want to use one of your holiday weeks and it's last-minute (and you've decided to make the most of the public holiday and go away for a few days) and you can simply can not submit your Weekly Showcase video, the work that was set by your teacher from last week will remain your homework for the coming week. Your teacher will not update your Lesson Portal with new material and you will not receive feedback on your practice from the week just gone.

You can continue to access the website and all Virtual Piano Academy resources as normal, but you will still be charged for this week, even though you will receive no feedback from your teacher on your Showcase video. You are still entitled to your 2 "life-lines" though. So essentially, in this case, you continue paying for the week and everything continues as normal, you still have access to all other Virtual Piano Academy resources, but you don't submit your Weekly Showcase video and you therefore, don't receive teacher feedback on it. By not submitting your Showcase video, you become ineligible for Student of the Month that month. This week would be a great opportunity to catch up on any Topic of the Month resources you haven't yet had a chance to do. It's also a great opportunity to read, watch and comment on resources in The Academy HIVE, and take part in some Academy events.

Obviously, if you have a public holiday but still think you are able to submit your Weekly Showcase video by 11:59pm this day, everything simply continues as normal!

What If My Teacher Has a Public Holiday, But I Don't?

If your lesson day is a Tuesday for example, but that's a public holiday for your teacher (but not you), they will let you know in advance that they will be away that day. This won't actually affect you that much. You'll still submit your Weekly Showcase video as normal, but you will receive feedback on it 1 day later than you normally would. In the meantime, you can catch up on activities in The Academy HIVE, or go back over some Topic of the Month resources and games.

If your teacher decides to take an extended break over their public holiday, we will find a replacement teacher to mark your showcase video in their place whilst they are away. For more information on how this works, read this article.

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