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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 Speech NZ exams.
Contrary to the way you may imagine students approaching academic exams at school, our students approach their speech and drama exams with a sense of excitement, anticipation and eagerness.
We think it’s because although obtaining a satisfying exam result is rewarding in its own right, we believe the journey is more important than the destination. So, we do all that we can to make the exam preparation phase fun, relaxed, and non-rushed.
Our results speak for themselves. Across our nearly 9 years of operation and thousands of exam students, we are proud of our Distinction Grade average across all exams taken!
But as teachers we don’t do it alone! And that’s why we wrote this blog post.
A note for parents with children involved in a group or pair exam... Having a playdate or two to rehearse in the weeks prior to exams is a fantastic idea. (Otherwise you can enjoy playing the other character(s) so your child has their lines memorised perfectly!)
So as parents, there’s a lot of value in having a copy of your child’s exam piece in front of you to check that they have memorised their pieces correctly while they’re performing them.
You can be really helpful to your child’s preparation by giving gentle and positive feedback about the level of expression that is (or isn’t) being used when they're practicing in front of you.
Some tips for parents of senior students
So, the best way for you to help them is to please ask them about what they been learning and ask them to give you examples of how they are applying their theory in their pieces and performances.
Then, once you’ve shown your child how interested you are in their exam preparation, simply give them loads of praise for all their hard work and the improvement they’re showing in each practice performance they give you.
Exams CAN be enjoyable
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