The History of Halloween

The History of Halloween

Have you ever wondered about the history of Halloween? Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, falls each year on 31st October. It is believed that the day was originally celebrated as an ancient Celtic festival which marked the end of summer and the harvest, and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. The Celts believed

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Why we love Roald Dahl

With his stories of mischievous children, evil witches, wondrous adventures, and fantastic creatures, Roald Dahl takes us all to a world of magic and amazement! It’s clear to see why we love Roald Dahl! Not only was he 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

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Creativity and speech and drama

Where does creativity come from?

Creativity isn’t just colour and paint. Creativity is a way of looking at the world! At Speak Up, kids use their creativity and imaginations to solve problems, illustrate meaning and mood with their voices, build believable characters, design crafts and costumes with a focus on individuality, and much more. We asked some of our creative kids to tell us where creativity comes from… Their

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Speak Up Studio Halloween Party 2018

Harry Potter Halloween Party 2018

Welcome! Welcome to Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, we would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you! This could be our most exciting and fun event yet! Speak Up kids are invited to join us for a Halloween party here at Speak Up Studio. Our Wonderland studio will be transformed into Hogwarts for this

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Show and tell Ideas

Show and Tell Part Two – Tips for Show and Tell

In Part one of Show and Tell, we talked about the benefits of show and tell for children at school, and there are so many.  Now for the really useful part – how to help your child prepare a great Show and Tell! Show and Tell Topic Ideas The most important part of Show and Tell is deciding on a topic. Help your child

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Benefits of show and tell

Show and Tell Part One – The Benefits of Show and Tell

Show and tell, or show and share, is usually the first opportunity young children have to stand up in front of a small group and speak. Whether this opportunity starts when they are in kindergarten or once they start primary school, it is a wonderful introduction to public speaking as they are often given the option of speaking about a topic they know well

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Benefits of speech and drama

Why Drama Works

Here at Speak Up, our number one goal  Is to work with kids and play a lasting role By building in students a solid foundation In confidence, creativity and communication. It’s sometimes hard to summarise the magic of drama, and why it works so well to help kids build confidence. We know drama works. But why? Lucy has been a Speak Up kid for nearly four

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Holiday workshops boys will love

Holiday Workshops Boys Will Love

There are a lot of activities on offer that promise to keep energetic boys busy over the school holidays. At Speak Up Studio we ensure there is something for everyone and create our workshops around popular content that our students attending weekly classes are currently raving about! Here are just a few of our workshops that will excite the boys in particular! For a

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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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How Dressing up Fosters Imagination and Characterisation

  The fun and excitement of dressing up normally starts at a young age. A tiara transforms you 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 wear

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