Information For Current Speak Up Families

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When you are growing up, it's important to experience the magic of performing. If you had the privilege of this experience when you were younger, you may be filling up with fond memories of standing excitedly under lights. There is a special atmosphere back stage...

The *blissful early childhood and primary school years can seem like an unending period of our lives. It's a time when our kids are still dependent on us for most things. But then all of a sudden, you are thinking about high school. How will...

On Thursday afternoons I teach two back-to-back philosopher classes. The first group has been in our philosophers program for only a term, let’s call them group rainbow, while the other I’ve been teaching for a whole year, group magic. Over the time I’ve built a...

I started Speak Up when I was 20 years old. Looking back, I think I had more confidence than I do now. Or maybe it was naivety? Or blind faith that I could build a performing arts studio from nothing.  Some of my early goals were...

How to spark imaginative play and keep you and your child interested. Photograph: Fotofox Images When you’re a parent, you may find a time when you need to dig deep to remember how to use your imagination. When the tiredness sets in, excited imaginative play wanes. Am...

Kids have some amazing brains in those heads of theirs and as a boring old grown up myself, I am easily envied by their natural ability to imagine fantastical worlds around them and play pretend. As our students grow it’s not uncommon to see them...