Read a loud for loud shirt day

We are reading ALOUD for Loud Shirt Day

For the second year running, Speak Up Studio is holding a Read-a-LOUD-athon in support of Hear and Say‘s LOUD Shirt Day held on 19 October 2018. Our aim is to raise additional money to help deaf and hearing impaired children learn to listen and speak. Hear and Say is a not-for-profit organisation with five centres around Queensland. Its aim is to enable children to attend

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Benefits of dressing up

How Dressing up Fosters Imagination and Characterisation

  The fun and excitement of dressing up normally starts at a young age. A tiara transforms a little person into a princess, a tutu turns you into a ballerina, dad’s straw hat changes you into a farmer! Role play, make-believe and dress-ups allow children to develop imagination and build confidence through exploration of these new characters, but what happens as we get older? Those glasses we

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Costumes are fun

5 of the Best Book Week Costume Ideas

Book week is a great time of year for children and parents to get creative together and celebrate their favourite characters with fun costumes. This year in Australia, Book Week is being held 18-24th August 2018 and most primary schools will hold a Book Week parade. There are a few things most parents will think about when helping their children decide on which character

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childrens books

What books do Speech and Drama teachers love?

Our Speech and Drama teachers are all bookworms and naturally draw their inspiration for lessons from children’s books they love with wonderful characters, magical storylines and positive messages. We asked the staff at Speak Up, what books do Speech and Drama teachers love? Miss Jessie – Grasshopper on the Road by Arnold Lobel “My favourite book is Grasshopper on the Road by Arnold Lobel. A

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Valuable Life Lessons from Roald Dahl!

With his stories of mischievous children, evil witches, wondrous adventures, and fantastic creates, Roald Dahl takes us all to a world of magic and amazement! Not only was Roald Dahl a short story writer, novelist, and one of Speak Up Studio’s most beloved authors, he was also a fighter pilot! What a guy! Dahl served in the British airforce during World War II before trying his hand

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Reading Makes You Smart

Reading Makes You Smart!

  We are talking about reading and literature this month at Speak Up! Our Born to Perform students performed George’s Marvellous Medicine last week, we have a Roald Dahl Open Day coming up, and we are planning some fun in-school activities for book week 2018. When thinking about books and reading, this wonderful poem from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory came to mind: So please, oh please, we beg,

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Secret Spy 02

Winter Workshop Wrap Up!

We had a lovely time with all the students at our Winter workshops these holidays! Our friends who joined us for the Short and Sweet workshops had a blast crafting, learning drama skills, and dancing & singing to a range of fabulous songs! On Monday morning we started with a crafty and musical Descendants themed workshops. The students crafted their very own evil queen

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Television by Roald Dahl

The most important thing we’ve learned, So far as children are concerned, Is never, NEVER, NEVER let Them near your television set — Or better still, just don’t install The idiotic thing at all. In almost every house we’ve been, We’ve watched them gaping at the screen. They loll and slop and lounge about, And stare until their eyes pop out. (Last week in

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How does drama help build confidence

How Drama helped Zoe find confidence

Children who learn Speech and Drama benefit in many ways. One of the most important changes we witness is increased confidence. Improved confidence allows children to make friends more easily, interact with teachers well and flourish at school. In this video, one of our students, Zoe, reflects on her time as a Speak Up Kid and discusses “the biggest mistake of her life” – quitting

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Roald Dahl Open Day at Speak Up Studio

Speak Up Studio Open Day

Speak Up Studio is holding a splendiferous Roald Dahl Open Day. This is a wonderful opportunity for new families to come and find out about weekly Speech and Drama classes – to see if it is something that could be beneficial for your children, and something they will enjoy! Everyone is invited to join us for a gloriumptious afternoon of fun and excitement to

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