Our carefully thought out curriculum guides and supports your child as they develop their sense of self and learn how to communicate, interact, and question the world around them. The skills and knowledge we teach in our Speech and Drama classes are always put into practice in performances throughout the year.
There are four terms in the Speak Up year and four performances. Each performance has its own focus and builds upon the last. Building incredible humans is what we do, and performance is key to how we do it.
There is a special type of magic that can only be found in performance. It crystallises learning. It brings together our values of confidence, communication and creativity to produce life-changing ‘a-ha!’ moments. It is powerful. It is transformative. It is joyful.
…by the way, if it sounds like we are enamoured with performance and the learning experiences we have crafted at Speak Up, it’s because we are! You won’t find anything quite like us around.
With a focus on positivity and getting up and giving it a go, this low-key group performance gives students a taste of what’s to come. The Imagination Festival is low-stakes and big rewards with special commendations awarded for Confidence, Communication and Creativity.
Next, we delve into a world of make-believe and use improvisation to create a fully immersive experience for our students. We might be stuck on a desert island or be a team of investigative journalists… no matter where we are or what we’re doing, our student-centred approach gives kids a chance to turn their ideas into reality.
With two performances under our belts, we get into the nitty gritty of technique with our Studio Awards. Students engage with challenging content and new performance methods to create an in-class group performance for our director, Miss Cathy. They are designed to prepare kids for individual Speech and Drama AMEB exams later on if they wish.
It wouldn’t be a Speak Up year if we didn’t go out with a bang! Our final term builds up to an incredible display of confidence, creativity and technique at our concert. Speak Up kids LOVE their end of year performance, and it’s no wonder why. The concert consolidates their learning and progress into a joyful, pride-filled moment that will stay with them forever.
Our four programs cater for students from Prep to Grade 12. Our small classes allow us to cater our lessons to the needs of our students. Each program is embedded with performance opportunities to enrich our students’ experience and propel their growth. You can join a Speak Up class in week 1-4 of each term.
Your little one is at big school and ready to take on the world. Explorers are uninhibited and free, and drama harnesses that energy and puts it to use as we develop confidence, creativity and public speaking skills. Lessons are filled with rhymes, songs, stories and structured make-believe games that feed their imagination.
They might still be little but their ideas are big. At this stage, your child is reading at a whole new level, telling more complex stories, and developing all new ways of interacting. Through humorous poems and engaging stories, we equip Storytellers with the technical and expressive skills needed to bring their ideas to life in class, in words, and on stage.
The magic of literature and language comes alive! Inventors are starting to work at a more advanced level of text interpretation, communication and improvisation. They’re sure of the stories they want to tell and the characters they want to play. With a focus on public speaking and plays, students explore how voice and gesture support meaning and develop crucial critical thinking skills.
Speak Up kids love the spotlight, but know there’s so much more to Speech and Drama. Our high schoolers have their very own home away from home in our Dreamers program; one that praises uniqueness, encourages trial and error, and teaches them to hold space for themselves and others. Find out more at www.dreamersdrama.com.au