Head Grade 9 Reality Check

In order to succeed in the Waterloo Region Integrated Arts Program, students are expected to participate fully in the curricular/extracurricular activities available. Students will come to the Grade 9 Reality Check interview prepared to discuss the contents of their curriculum vitae (CV), their accomplishments and struggles within the program to date, the activities that they have been involved in, and their future goals:

  • The Grade 9 Reality Check will take place in June on the afternoon of the fourth day of exams
  • The interview will be scheduled within the exam timetable during second semester, and must be treated with the same seriousness as a formal exam. There will be a panel of staff that conducts the interview.
  • Students must bring their completed Grade 9 Reality Check questionnaire. One of the main intentions of the questionnaire is to build the content with which you can create a Curriculum Vitae.  Samples of a Curriculum Vitae are available on the IAP website and are a valuable asset when building future resources for college/university applications, scholarships and letters of reference. We strongly recommend that ALL students in the IAP create a CV.
  • Grade 9 marks will be discussed.
  • A list will be posted in the upper foyer during the final week of classes indicating when and where students must report for their interview. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
  • If a student is found to be negligent in one of the curricular/extracurricular areas, he/she may be placed on a conditional acceptance into their arts courses until improvement is noted. The student will have regular meetings with their Vice Principal and Guidance Counsellors. Improvement must be noted by the end of the first semester of the following year. Failure to show improvement may result in referral to the Principal. Continued failure to demonstrate improvement will result in the recommendation for removal from the Waterloo Region Integrated Arts Program and possibly a return to the student’s home school.
  • The entire contents and documents of the student’s WRIAP file may be used by the WRIAP teachers, guidance department, and/or administration, in their deliberations (e.g. as reference for award/scholarship nomination forms, in parent/guardian conferences, etc.).
  • A letter, which will be mailed home, will review the discussion that took place in the Reality Check, and recommend improvement if prescribed by school staff.

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question marks Interview Questions

The following interview questions need to be filled out and submitted along with your C/V-resume.

IAP gr9 Reality Check Portfolio Interview Questions

Curriculum Vitae

What is a Curriculum Vitae?

The curriculum vita, also known as a “vita” or CV, is an account of your academic credentials and experience. It is similar to a resume and is often your first introduction to a potential employer, search committee, director, conductor or anyone you may want to consider you for a position.

Writing a CV

The structure of your CV should reflect experiences that are most relevant to the position for which you are applying. For this CV in particular, we are interested in your involvement in the arts as well as on teams and clubs.

Organizing your information:

Prioritize your information by placing the most important information on the first page.

Devote more space to the more significant aspects of your background. Not everything on your CV demands equal space.

Choose headings that emphasize your strengths and areas of interest.

Adequate white space is essential in a CV. Use margin space and space within and between sections to help your printed information stand out.

Use formatting techniques such as bolding and italicizing to highlight important pieces of information.

Your CV should be error free. Check for correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and word usage.

Your CV must be printed using a desk-jet or laser printer on white paper.

Information to include:

Contact Information

  • Your full name as a heading at the top of the page. If you have more than one page, be sure to include your name and page numbers on all subsequent pages.
  • Full address including phone number.
  • E-mail address: include your e-mail address only if you check it regularly and your username is somewhat professional.
  • Website: it is becoming common for visual and performing artists to have their work included on a personal web page. You could list the address after your e-mail address.


  • List the name of your program and the school
  • List any other relevant courses you have completed


  • Change this heading to reflect your specific disciplines
  • List all performances, exhibits, presentations or publications (you may want to include a separate heading for each performance group if you’ve really done a lot)
  • Each experience listed should include:
  • Name and location or organization or group
  • Your title (or role – include the name of the production)
  • Dates of involvement, month and year
  • Description may be necessary

Volunteer Experience

  • List any volunteer experience that you’ve had
  • Each experience listed should include:
  • Name and location or organization or group
  • Dates of involvement, month and year
  • Description may be necessary

Honours and Awards

  • List each award, granting institution and the date awarded


  • List any significant extra-curricular interests or involvements (outside Eastwood) along with dates


  • List names, positions and contact information for references

Example CV

Here is an EXAMPLE CV 

Here are some examples of some of the things you’ve done that you can include on your CV.