Public Speaking and Speech & Drama Years 9-13

Tutor: Elisabeth Minards-Black
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Students at St. Patrick's College have the opportunity to take itinerant lessons in speech and drama, covering their choice of a wide range of skills such as speech writing and presenting, acting, and voice quality. Students are excused from class for one half hour lesson a week. These lessons are taught in small groups of up to 3 students, but private lessons may be available on request. 

 In speech and drama, students may choose to sit an exam in Public Speaking, Speech and Drama and Communicating in Leadership (Year 12 and 13).

 Communicating in Leadership is a Speech NZ examination designed for year 12 and 13 students looking for leadership positions both inside and outside of the school environment. This is a one off exam.

 For Speech and Drama or Public Speaking, students may choose to sit graded exams through Trinity College London or Speech NZ. Both can be used to support scholarship and job applications.

 From Grade 5, Speech NZ allow students to sit multiple exams towards one grade, or sit the grade as one exam, and students may work up to sitting diplomas and advanced diplomas in both Public Speaking and Speech and Drama.

 Trinity College London allows students to earn UCAS credits from Grades 6 to 8, which can be beneficial to students which to apply to overseas universities, particularly in the united kingdom. Students can also apply to have these credits converted for entry applications into US universities. At diploma level, students are able earn a diploma recognized by a number of international agencies including Ofqual (UK)


Exams are not compulsory. Students will need to supply a file or work book for lessons.
Exam fees for both Trinity College London and Speech NZ are added onto the lesson fees. For more information about exams and fees please visit


PLEASE NOTE: Returning students need to sign a form.

The course is a full years programme of four terms. If a student wishes to withdraw a terms notice in writing to the teacher would be appreciated.

These are sent out at the beginning of each term and are payable directly to the teacher. They are due 14 days from the date of invoice. If payment is not made within the period the client will be liable for all cost of recovery and collection fees.


$16.00 - 30 minute lesson.




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