Get Speak Up at your school
Do you wish your school had a Speech and Drama program on site?
Many of our relationships with current Speak Up Schools were initiated by proactive parents who saw value in our programs and wondered, “why can’t this fabulous program happen at our school?” It can!
Speak Up Studio partners with schools who believe in the power of drama, and who see the benefits of offering a Speech and Drama program on site for the benefit of their students. Our before and after school classes are easy for schools to host, as we take care of all the admin, enrolments, teaching and performances.
What is the purpose of the program?
Why Speak Up Studio?
Speak Up Studio is the largest extra-curricular drama school in Brisbane. We have a reputation for quality programs, attention to detail and a true love of what we do – helping children build confidence, develop a love of reading, and feel positive about speaking up.
What is the Speak Up School Program?
The Speak Up School Program is an ongoing, weekly Speech and Drama program designed to support student confidence and communication skills, and encourage a love of performing and public speaking. The program has been tailored to meet the needs of Brisbane primary school students and their families.
What are the benefits of offering a Speech and Drama program on site?
The benefits of improved confidence, communication skills and creativity start at school (in both the classroom and the playground) and continue throughout each child’s life. Children who participate in speech and drama learn how to speak in front of a group, and develop their social skills and confidence through activities that are such fun, they hardly notice they are learning. Check out our blog, Four reasons your school needs a speech and drama program for more details.
What kind of schools does Speak Up Studio work with?
We are so proud to say that we work with many different schools! From very large ones like Kelvin Grove State College, to private schools such as Redeemer Lutheran College, to state schools like Graceville State School, to small Catholic schools like Our Lady of Dolours Mitchelton. Each of these schools believe in our mission to inspire confidence, communication and creativity, and each of them provide just the right amount of support to ensure the long term success of their Speech and Drama program.
What does Speak Up do to support school communities?
Speak Up Studio values being part of our school communities, and is delighted to provide our services and expertise to support school events – Speak Up teachers often pop into Book Week or Under 8s Day celebrations to bring the joy of drama and stories to the wider school community. Speak Up also offers drama incursions for schools, which can be booked and paid for separately.
How does it work?
What kind of space is needed?
A classroom-sized space tends to work best for our classes, but drama can be conducted in any space.We mostly work in music rooms, languages rooms, or in the library. Our Speak Up teachers ensure respectful use of these spaces.
Which classes are offered?
Speech and Drama classes are conducted in groups of up to 12 students, who are split into three separate age groups. Explorers (prep & grade 1), Storytellers (grade 2 & 3) and Inventors (grade 4, 5 & 6).
How do kids get to and from class safely?
The safety of our students is of the utmost importance. We work with each school(and each family) to ensure students, are able to get to and from speech and drama classes safely. This may involve collecting preppies from their classroom, walking students to or from after school care, or allowing students to wait in the room with the teacher until their class starts.
How are classes scheduled?
After school classes are scheduled one after the other, with a five minute break between each class. Morning classes are scheduled on two different mornings, with Storytellers and Explorers on one day and Inventors on another. We work closely with each school to determine the most appropriate timing for the classes.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost involved in becoming a Speak Up School. We will work with the principal to put together a hire agreement that works for both the school and the studio.
How do we get started?
Expressions of interest may be made by using the electronic form, which you can access by clicking the orange button below. Applications may be submitted by any member of the school community. We recommend you discuss the Speak Up program with the principal, teachers and parents before registering your interest to determine if there is sufficient interest in the program.
What’s the next step?
We will review your expression of interest, and will be in touch to provide an information pack that you can pass on to your school. To become a Speak Up School, we will need to work together to schedule a time to meet the school principal. At this meeting we will decide three things:
- A day for the classes (we prefer a day that does not have too many clashes with band, choir etc)
- A time for the classes (our classes are timed to start and finish with the school bells)
- A venue for the classes (a music room is perfect for us!)
After this meeting, classes can be up and running within a month.
Up Next: The Dream Team
Where will we journey to next on our Speak Up Studio tour? Now that you have read about our studio, it’s time to get to know the team!
Meet the Team