Why do speech and drama exams? A student’s perspective
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Why do speech and drama exams? A student’s perspective

Speech and drama exam season is approaching again! At Head Held High, exam season is one of our favourite times of the year. It’s the time when many of our students (last year 300+ of our 850 students took speech and drama exams) get to showcase all that they’ve learned throughout the year. And after...

Melt the lockdown blues away…
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Melt the lockdown blues away…

We all want our kids to be safe and grow up to be effective, productive people in the world. But during the chaos of Covid lockdowns, it sometimes felt like we couldn’t do both at the same time. Everyone sacrificed, but children were particularly susceptible to suffering emotional problems from the combination of lockdowns, online...

Lesson content sneak peek for Term 1, 2022  [Video]
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Lesson content sneak peek for Term 1, 2022 [Video]

  As we begin an exciting new year of lessons, back face-to-face (!!!) with our wonderful students, we’ve created a couple of videos to give you a sneak peek of what’s in the lesson plans for both speech and drama, and communications students this coming term. The first video relates to Junior students, while the...

‘Meet The Speech & Drama Teacher’ feat. Lydia Buckley-Gorman
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‘Meet The Speech & Drama Teacher’ feat. Lydia Buckley-Gorman

Interview with Head Held High Teacher, Lydia Buckley-Gorman In this post, we meet one of our amazing teachers, Lydia Buckley-Gorman. Who is she? How did she get here? Where have we seen her before (hint, it’s on TV)? And, what’s her message for young people with a love for speech and drama? We throw all...

Lesson plans for Term 2, 2021 (Part 2 of 2)
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Lesson plans for Term 2, 2021 (Part 2 of 2)

At the time of writing this post we’re in Week 2 of Term 2, and as a teaching team we’re rocking and rolling, enjoying the start to the new term very much! This blog post follows on from our previous post, describing what can be expected in lesson plans for Term 2, 2021. The last...

Lesson plans for Term 2, 2021 (Part 1 of 2)
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Lesson plans for Term 2, 2021 (Part 1 of 2)

The seasons are changing (if the amount of leaves in my gutters are anything to go by). Term 1 is in the rearview mirror, and what a success it was. With over 800 students doing weekly Head Held High lessons, it was a super enjoyable term for all involved – both students and teachers! As...

Lesson plans for Term 1, 2021 (Part 2 of 2)
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Lesson plans for Term 1, 2021 (Part 2 of 2)

We are now well underway for Term 1, and feeling good to be back in the teaching ‘groove’! This blog post follows on from our previous post, describing what can be expected in lesson plans for Term 1, 2021. While the last post focused on what is in our curriculum for the 1st half of...

Lesson plans for Term 1, 2021 (Part 1 of 2)
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Lesson plans for Term 1, 2021 (Part 1 of 2)

As we welcome our returning students back for the start of another year, and greet our new students for the first time, this blog post focuses on what can be expected in lesson plans for Term 1, 2021.  At Head Held High, our speech and drama lessons follow a set structure which provides stability and...

The Magic of Laughter & The Gift of Confidence
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The Magic of Laughter & The Gift of Confidence

If we were to keep stats about the most common question that parents ask us at Head Held High, the winner (by a long way) would be… “Will speech and drama lessons help my child become more confident?”

The Power Of A Positive Learning Environment
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The Power Of A Positive Learning Environment

Children learn best when and where they feel safest and happiest. To a large extent, either consciously or unconsciously, any learning environment’s tone is determined by the teacher in the room.  At Head Held High, we’re lucky enough to enjoy a natural advantage when it comes to being able to create a positive learning environment...