After school Speech and Drama classes are delivered by Gráinne Murphy.
These classes run from September to May, with classes being delivered in two 12 week terms; Term 1 is September to January and Term 2 is February to May. Students range in age from Senior Infants – Senior Secondary School. Classes are arranged by age, and class content is designed to be appropriate to the profile of the students. The key aims of the Speech and Drama classes which Gráinne delivers are:
- to develop the presentation, speech and performance skills of the children.
- to develop the student’s confidence.
- to enable the students to develop their ability to think and act creatively and imaginatively.
- to encourage the students to work cooperatively with other children.
The class content includes vocal work (projection, vocal colour and dynamics, enunciation), mime, improvisation, structured and scripted drama, sight reading, poetry recital, voice modulation – however the emphasis is on the students’ being active and enjoying the experience while at the same time developing important life skills.
Highlights of the Speech and Drama Year:
All of the students are offered the opportunity to take part in the Media and Music Feis. This Feis takes place in early December and the categories which we usually enter are: Poetry, Prepared Reading, Sight Reading, Solo Drama, Group Drama and Public Speaking.
Every year, each class prepares a short play and we then stage an annual charity “Dramathon”, where over the course of a weekend each class performs their play in the Rory Gallagher Theatre in CIT. It is always a great weekend, and gives students a real chance to showcase their own hard work and to then in turn watch their friends perform in their plays.
The Speech and Drama year closes with Summer Examinations. The primary school students typically complete Media and Music Examinations in Speech and Drama. These exams take place locally in the Glounthaune Community Centre and are a great opportunity for students to showcase their talents and it also gives them the chance to develop skills which will be useful for interviews and presentations in later life.
The older students complete London College of Music examinations. These exams take place 3 times a year (December, March and June) in an exam centre in Cork City. Students who complete these exams can eventually prepare for a DipLCM and an ALCM which will enable them in turn to teach Speech and Drama.
For further information on Speech and Drama Classes contact:
Gráinne Murphy BA (Hons), ALCM Acting, ALCM Teaching, HDip Education
T: (086) 8560591