Public speaking is child’s play
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Public speaking is child’s play

Many Head Held High student parents reading this will be very aware that public speaking modules and competitions in primary schools around Auckland are evolving. Goodbye to the one-size-fits-all approach. Goodbye to all kids being forced to do a “classic” 3 minute speech. Hello to three new, exciting speech formats for children to choose from,...

How Covid-19 made us better teachers
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How Covid-19 made us better teachers

At the time of publishing this blog post, New Zealand has been in Level 1 of Covid-19 safety precautions for 24 hours. The country is in the extremely fortunate position of being able to open up again, schools included. At Head Held High, this means that after 2.5 months of teaching weekly 700 students online,...

Becoming online speech and drama teaching experts – a crash course!
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Becoming online speech and drama teaching experts – a crash course!

As Covid-19 lockdown loomed on the horizon, we faced an uncertain time at Head Held High. A month ago, it was incomprehensible to teach lessons without being able to see, hear and interact with all our talented students… Yet, once the decision was made to do online speech and drama teaching, the whole team ramped...

An example of speech and drama helping to overcome fears
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An example of speech and drama helping to overcome fears

In this week’s blog post, read a true story of channeling speech & drama skills to overcome fear, as experienced by one of our fabulous teachers – Jess Macdonald. As I stepped up to the stage, adrenaline and fear coursing through my body, I wondered how on earth I’d got there. Now, two months later,...

What’s in speech and drama lessons in Term 1?
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What’s in speech and drama lessons in Term 1?

At Head Held High, our speech and drama lessons follow a set structure which provides stability and continuity for students. This means they, and you, can know what to expect each week! We start each lesson by exchanging some news – about what they’ve enjoyed that week or through another interesting conversation topic – and...

Amy
Profiles

Amy

Amy Usherwood is a Kiwi NIDA graduate who has worked in film, television and theatre in both Australia and NZ.

Her screen credits include Shortland St, Hillary and Ladies in Black; and her theatre credits include Pop-Up Globe summer season 2018/19, Crimes of the Heart, Sweet Phoebe, Ache and for Sport for Jove in Sydney.

Amy is a skilled and experienced teacher covering many specialties and has taught all age groups, from small children through to adults.

She has taught drama with NIDA open Program, Sport for Jove and Pop-Up Globe.

Our Trinity exam results are here!
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Our Trinity exam results are here!

It’s Christmas come early for us this week at Head Held High!  Our presents have arrived ahead of schedule, in the form of our students’ Trinity College of London exam results. About 230 of our students sat Trinity speech and drama exams in October and November this year, and at the time of writing about...

The best drama classes in Auckland
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The best drama classes in Auckland

At Head Held High, we live and breathe speech and drama. Teaching 600+ students every week means we have a LOT of conversations about speech and drama with parents, school teachers, and principals. Often we chat with parents who are trying to decide on which performing arts programme around Auckland is most suited to their...

The top 7 benefits of speech & drama lessons
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The top 7 benefits of speech & drama lessons

If you’re considering speech and drama lessons for your child or teen, what images do you imagine? Do you conjure up a classroom full of outgoing, confident kids with their sights set on Hollywood or Shortland Street? Has your child/teen shown an interest in the peforming arts and been pestering you to do some classes?...

What’s the difference between Speech & Drama lessons and Drama lessons?
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What’s the difference between Speech & Drama lessons and Drama lessons?

It’s a question we often hear at Head Held High… “what’s the difference between speech & drama lessons, and drama classes?” Our world is full of curious little things with seemingly little or no differences between them, that can confuse us. Sometimes for many years. We end up wondering whether X and Y the same...

Josh Doubtfire • Senior student spotlight
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Josh Doubtfire • Senior student spotlight

Head Held High Senior student spotlight A common misconception about Head Held High is that we only teach speech and drama lessons for little kids. That couldn’t be further from the truth. As well as running adult public speaking courses, we also have lots of senior students (Year 9 – 13) who take speech and...