‘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 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...

‘Meet The Speech & Drama Teacher’ feat. Jess Loudon [Video]
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‘Meet The Speech & Drama Teacher’ feat. Jess Loudon [Video]

Interview with Head Held High Teacher, Jess Loudon In this post, we meet one of our (relatively) new teachers, Jess Loudon. Where is she from? What’s that accent? Where have we seen her before (hint, it’s on TV)? And, what’s her message for young people with a love for the performing arts? We throw all...

Lesson content sneak peek for Term 3, 2020  [Video]
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Lesson content sneak peek for Term 3, 2020 [Video]

In the two videos below our Head of Teaching, Erica Kröger, gives some insight into what’s in the lesson plans for Head Held High students this coming term. The first video profiles the lesson content for junior students (Years 1 – 6), while the second video profiles the lesson content for intermediate (Years 7/8) and...

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...