Rydal Penrhos Speech and Drama
… Inspiring Confidence and Growth
‘Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand’
Old Chinese Proverb.
Quotes from past pupils:
‘Speech and Drama has changed my life.’
I used to feel shy meeting new people, but now I am really confident.’
When I gave my presentation at interview, I knew the panel were totally engaged.’
I’m so glad you taught me how to pronounce my R’s – I used to feel so self-conscious.’
‘Acting gives me a break from my academic subjects and I feel more relaxed and able to cope.’
Why choose Speech and Drama?
‘The future of our nation depends on our ability to create and be creative. During the coming decades our most important natural resources will be human resources. If our nation is to continue to meet the challenges of the future, today’s schools need to develop creative leaders.’
Taken from: The Arts and Education.
At the centre of speech and drama is communication. S&D allows pupils to communicate with and understand others in new and exciting ways and provides training in the very practical aspects of communication so necessary in today’s increasingly information-centred world.
Pupils who have participated in speech and drama activities are less likely to have difficulty speaking in public, will be more persuasive in their communication, will be better able to be empathetic and will have a more positive, confident self-image.
Participation in S&D activities requires self-control and discipline that will serve the pupil well in all aspects of life. Pupils will learn to work together, to co-operate with one another, to listen to and accept the viewpoints and contributions of others and to contribute innovative and creative ideas to projects.
No art form is more collaborative. Speech and Drama are important tools for preparing pupils to live and work in a world that is increasingly team-orientated rather than hierarchical.
The modern workplace demands successful people to demonstrate confident attitudes and behaviours; much sought after traits in today’s world.
‘Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.’
Speech and Drama course content:
It involves all or some of the following, tailored to the individual:
- Speaking verse and prose.
- Acting – solo or in pairs.
- Learning interview techniques and presentation skills.
- Sitting LAMDA examinations.
- Entering drama festivals.
- Performing in school arts events.
- Correcting dictation and pronunciation.
- Clarity of speech - enabling others not just to understand, but want to engage with the speaker.
- Self-confidence – performing in drama exams, festivals and school events and productions.
- Command over language – enhancing the use of a range of communication forms in both formal and informal settings.
- Developing empathy – relating to others in an appreciative way.
- Development of soft skills – interpersonal, listening, persuasion, leadership, team-working, self-motivation, working under pressure. Being able to acknowledge other people’s ideas and opinions and still be able to put forward their own ideas using language to explain, persuade and convince.
- Problem solving – including developing decision making, problem solving/conflict and resolution abilities.
- Creative thinking – learning to be spontaneous and effective.
- Control over vocal skills – using contrasts in pitch, pace, pause, inflection, volume and tone to convey meaning.
- Research, evaluation and written/oral communication abilities when composing presentations.