Page School

The Page School is designed to give the pages an understanding of the basic requirements of a page as well as an introduction to various disciplines in the SCA. The hope is that they will develop an interest in a particular area and choose to investigate further on their own.

Many Classes will be available online. Links to these classes will be made available on this page as soon as they have been completed.

The Page school requirement structure encourages children to try out many different areas of interest and investigate further through classes offered outside of the program. Outside of the required classes, there is no minimum credit requirement in any one area, only a maximum. We would like the pages to learn about more than one area of interest so that they can explore all that the SCA has to offer. The basic structure of the Northshield Page School is outlined below:

Required Classes (5 credits)

  • “Expectations of a Page”- Introduction to the Northshield Page Program and Expectations of a Page (online)
  • “Who’s the current Who”- Basic Precedence and Protocol of Northshield (online)
  • “Honors and Accolades”- How Northshielders are recognized with awards, and how to submit an award recommendation (online)
  • List Field Etiquette and Safety
  • “Courtly Behavior” otherwise known as “Your can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick the Queen’s nose.”

Optional Classes (15 credits)

  • These classes can be completed through the Northshield Page Program or by taking a class at an event for which you meet the age and skill level requirement.
  • If you would like to use a class outside of the Page Program for credit, you must fill out the online form before the day of the class to apply for credit. Credits are usually calculated per 1 hour of instructional time. Workshops that last longer than 1 hour will receive a maximum of 1 credit. Credits for classes outside of the Northshield Page Program will be given at the discretion of the Headmistress and you should receive a notification of the amount of credit you will receive/have received for a particular class within two weeks. This may sometimes involve contacting the teacher for that class.
    • Note: Credit is given for classes in a specific area, not for general participation in an activity. For example: credit is not given for going to an archery practice, but would be considered for participating in a class about the history of archery or a workshop on making arrows or bows.
  • There is a maximum number of credits that will be counted in each area and that amount is outlined with the Categories below. Examples of areas that are included with each category are given as examples.

Class Categories

  • Martial Arts (maximum 6 credits)
    • Archery
    • Boffer Fighting
    • Heavy Fighting
    • Rapier
    • Thrown Weapons
  • Decorative Arts and Sciences (maximum 3 credits)
    • Book Binding
    • Calligraphy
    • Decorative Leatherwork
    • Drawing
    • Illumination
    • Painting
    • Papermaking
    • Pigments and Inks
    • Sculpture
    • Wood, Stone, & Bone Carving
    • Engraving & Etching
  • Costuming And Fiber Arts (maximum 3 credits)
    • Beadwork
    • Costume Accessories (belts, pouches, fans, hats, etc.)
    • Basic Costuming
    • Knitting
    • Naalbinding
    • Knotted Work
    • Lacemaking
    • Needlework
    • Spinning
    • Weaving
  • Pyro Technology (maximum 3 credits)
    • Armor Making
    • Ceramics
    • Chainmail
    • Blacksmithing
    • Enameling
    • Glass Blowing
    • Goldsmithing
    • Ironwork & Iron Tools
    • Lampworking
    • Lapidary
    • Metal Casting
    • Stained Glass
  • Domestic Arts & Sciences (maximum 3 credits)
    • Basket Weaving
    • Food Preparation and Cooking
    • Food Culture and Service
    • Food Preservation
    • Coopering
    • Dyeing
    • Furniture Making
    • Gardening
    • Herbcraft
    • Husbandry
    • Toys & Games
  • Courtly Arts & Research (maximum 3 credits)
    • Book or Voice Heraldry
    • Heraldic Display
    • Horse Bardings
    • Instrument Making
    • Lyric Composition
    • Masks
    • Music Composition
    • Poetry
    • Prose
    • Research
    • Retaining
    • Hospitalry (Chatelaine)
    • Period Games and Gaming
  • Performing Arts (maximum 3 credits)
    • Vocal or Instrumental Performance
    • Dance
    • Storytelling
    • Bardic Performance
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