Philosophers Group (grade 5 – 12)

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Speech and Drama classes Brisbane

Philosophers is an small group program focussed on voice and acting for students in grade 5 and above. All Philosophers students work towards an AMEB throughout the year.

Philosophers take their Speech and Drama seriously. Drama is one of the places where Philosophers can truly be themselves. Philosophers are quietly (or not so quietly!) confident, and have overflowing passion for the performing arts. Philosophers love working in groups, improvising, creating characters, learning new skills, and engaging in lively discussions about the world and their place in it.

Philosophers classes are the perfect combination of group and individual lessons, with the energy of a group (four kids per group), and plenty of time (1.5 hours) for their teacher to work with each child individually. Philosophers are encouraged to bring school oral assignments to class for practical tips and assistance from their teacher.

The Philosophers program contains a range of individually selected poems and stories, designed to develop skills and secure voice and acting techniques, several performance opportunities throughout the year, and of course, the immensely rewarding process of working towards an AMEB exam.

Philosophers are the leaders of our Imagination Curriculum, and are the stars of our annual concert. Students can participate in a Philosophers program right up to grade 12, or they may consider joining our Dreamers class in grade 7 or transitioning to Individual Lessons.

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How long are the classes?

Philosophers classes run for 1.5 hours over eight weeks in term time. Our children’s acting classes begin in week two of each term.

What happens in class?

Philosophers classes are spent on a range of fun and engaging activities, focussed voice, acting, improvisation and public speaking. Each Speech and Drama activity has the potential to become a small performing opportunity for our Philosophers, giving both the keen performers and the budding stage stars the chance to extend their confidence in a safe environment.

Can parents stay and watch?

We prefer if parents do not stay to watch, as your presence can be a little distracting for our students and teachers.

What performing opportunities will my child have?

Philosophers have the opportunity to take part in our Imagination Festival in term two, an AMEB Voice and Communication Exam in term three, and our Annual Concert in term four. All performing opportunities are completely optional and there is no extra fee for being involved.

What resources will my child receive?

Each child receives a sturdy Speech and Drama folder when they enrol. The folder is like a giant pencil case, and is big enough to hold their scripts and shirt, and small enough to fit in their school bag! Students receive a wonderful collection of poems, stories and plays throughout the year. 

What should my child wear?

Every Philosopher looks fabulous in their purple Speak Up shirt, which they will receive for free. It’s perfectly ok to put this shirt straight over the top of the school uniform!

How many children in a class?

Philosophers classes take place in groups of four students.

Can my child try a class?

Speak Up does not offer trial lessons to new students as we do not believe it is possible for a child to get a full understanding of what our programs are like in just one lesson. We offer a one month guarantee instead. Pay for your first month, come along for up to four weeks and if your child isn’t loving it, we we will cancel your enrolment and you won’t be charged any more for the term. Learn more by reading our terms and conditions.

What are the fees?

Our fees are designed to be EASY! Everything is included in 3 x payments of $140 each term. Learn more by reading our terms and conditions.

How do I enrol my child?

All bookings can be made via the parent portal. Credit Card payment is required to secure your child’s place.

What’s the next step in the Speak Up Imagination Curriculum?

Students can participate in a Philosophers program right up to grade 12, or they may consider joining our Dreamers class in grade 7 or transitioning to Individual Lessons. Your teacher will be able to advise the most appropriate class for your child, based on their goals and interests!

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I just wanted to extend a big congratulations and thank you to the team at Speak Up. We thought the performances at the showcase were just brilliant. Not only in their delivery but also the choices made for the kids to make it fun, funny and motivating. The children’s enthusiasm and aplomb was very evident on the night!!! Well done to you all in opening their hearts and minds to the world of theatre and drama. – Bianca (mum, 2017)


Up Next: Dreamers Program

Where will we journey to next on our Speak Up Studio tour?

The Dreamers program for grade eight, nine and ten students