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...

How to help your child prepare for Trinity exams
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How to help your child prepare for Trinity exams

  Exams. They’re the source of much debate in schooling systems the world over. At Head Held High, many of our students sit Trinity speech and drama exams in the latter stages of each year. (See our related blog post, 7 reasons to sit Trinity speech & drama exams). Many of our students also sit...

7 reasons to sit Trinity speech & drama exams
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7 reasons to sit Trinity speech & drama exams

Trinity speech & drama exams The process of sitting Trinity speech & drama exams is about much more than simply gaining the next qualification on offer. Yes, the feeling of satisfaction that students acquire along with their exam result is important. But the true benefits of sitting speech and drama exams are to be found...

Speech & drama – an antidote to too much screen time?
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Speech & drama – an antidote to too much screen time?

Too much screen time is detrimental to kids… We know too much screen time is detrimental to kids. Yet screens are here to stay in our lives and our kids’ lives. So, what to do? Firstly, let me start by listing a few things that this article ISN’T. This isn’t a scaremongering article. It’s not...

Lesson content sneak peek for Term 3, 2019  [Video]
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Lesson content sneak peek for Term 3, 2019 [Video]

In these two videos our Head Teacher, Erica Kröger, lifts the lid on what’s in the lesson plans for HHH students this coming term. As part of giving you visibility into what’s happening in your child’s Head Held High lessons, as a prelude to every term we shoot these videos for you. They give you...

The life skills learned in speech & drama classes
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The life skills learned in speech & drama classes

We live in a world of constant change. It can be challenging to foresee what life skills our children need to develop, to prepare them well for an uncertain future. However, it’s comforting to know that there are a set of skills that will always be important and relevant for many, many generations still to...

Revealed! NZ’s best oral communication teachers
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Revealed! NZ’s best oral communication teachers

New Zealand’s best oral communication teachers? They live next door to you. And across the road. And around the corner. Some dress in 3-piece suits every day to teach. Others, in track pants and a hoodie. Others still, dress in pyjamas until midday. The parents of Kiwi kids are (potentially) New Zealand’s best communication teachers....

The timeless way to make friends with the fear of public speaking
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The timeless way to make friends with the fear of public speaking

Fear of public speaking, it gets to the best of us… Everybody feels nerves and fear when speaking in public. Everyone. No exceptions. To a certain extent, they’re healthy sensations, as they sharpen focus and concentration. However, they become unhealthy when they reach levels that stop us from entering into public speaking situations. In this...

‘Twoandabitminutes’ with Erica Kröger, Head Teacher  [Video]
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‘Twoandabitminutes’ with Erica Kröger, Head Teacher [Video]

Interview with HHH Teacher, Erica Kröger In this post, we find out what makes our fabulous Head Teacher, Erica Kröger tick? Her likes and dislikes, passions, drivers, and thoughts on what she’d do if she was gifted an elephant. As Head Teacher at HHH, Erica is the leader of the teaching team, and has a...