|Speech and Drama at Northbourne Park
Public performance in the Arts enjoy a high profile at Northbourne Park and forms part of our ethos of inspiring confidence in the young. It lies at the heart of many School activities and is in evidence across most of School life.
We teach Drama as part of the English curriculum through the Junior years, and use Drama and performance as a teaching method throughout the School in a number of subjects.
Unlike most other prep schools, we devote significant time to producing plays, annually producing nativities, a number of performance-based church services, participatory assemblies as well as two full-scale musical plays. The Senior Play occurs towards the end of the Spring Term and the Junior Play in the Summer Term, both of them attracting large audiences and rave reviews. Please do take time to look at the photos of our most recent plays on this site.
Trips and Visits
We hold regular trips to the theatre and children learn from an early age how to speak in public culminating with Historical speeches at the end of the year. Children also have the opportunity to work with drama and theatrical professionals in workshop settings such as the Young Shakespeare Company. These activities again contribute significantly to our children’s self-confidence and their ability to communicate clearly with others in private or public contexts.
LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) is the largest speech and drama exam board in the UK and is highly regarded both at home and internationally. Children have the opportunity to take part in private LAMDA lessons, leading towards graded public examinations. The School offers examinations in Acting (both solo and duologue), Mime, Musical Theatre, Public Speaking, the Speaking of Verse and Prose and Reading for Performance, all of which are very popular within the school.
We have an excellent track record with many students gaining merits and distinctions in their examinations. Alongside learning acting and speech techniques, children participating in speech and drama lessons also develop a love of the arts and literature.
We regularly enter children into the Thanet Festival of Speech and Drama - a competitive festival where we, again, achieve excellent results in all subjects. It is hoped that more and more children will subscribe to these exciting classes as speech and drama develops within the school.