Speech & Drama

Ms Jan Avison
L.S.B Teaching Speech & Drama
Accredited Oral Assessor, Speech NZ.
R.T.S.C.A.
P: 021 446 600
Associate Teachers:
Sandra Bartlam
L.S.B.Teaching Speech and DramaL.S.B Teaching Public Speaking
Diploma in Professional Speaking
Speech NZ Examiner
Reg EPC NZ

Bridie Gray
L.T.C.L.Teaching Speech and Drama
B.A. Honours
'It is through speech that we assimilate the thoughts, opinions, ideas, emotions, humour, wisdom, common sense, even morals and spiritual values of those around us. It is through perceptive listening and courteous speaking that we move towards breaking down social, professional and racial barriers.’  - Christabel Burniston

Parents and students alike recognise the positive contribution Speech and Drama makes in developing confidence, communication skills and supporting classroom learning. Jan Avison is an experienced speech and drama teacher who works with our students to provide the professional tutoring they need.

Many girls take the extra-curricular Speech and Drama and Public Speaking classes at Marsden.  We want to give students the ability to express themselves with clarity, confidence and courtesy.

NB: Registrations for 2022 Speech and Drama lessons have closed.
Please contact Jan Avison if you wish to discuss any aspect of the speech programme.

Marsden Primary – Year 3 to Year 6

We offer Marsden Primary students Speech and Drama and Public Speaking classes. The Year 3 programme focus is on listening and speaking confidently. The Year 4-6 skills covered are vocal development, drama, reading aloud, poetry speaking, public speaking, extempore talks, impromptu talks, improvisation and literature appreciation. These are valuable skills which will develop students confidence and give them sound oral skills for their future personal, social and career paths.

Fees are $19 per 30 minute lesson. Lessons are taught in small groups of no more than six students.

The lessons are all part of a 3 term programme and homework may be set. Primary examinations are held yearly in Term 3 and are conducted by an independent examiner from Speech NZ.

Marsden Year 7 to Year 12

The skills covered are vocal development, drama, reading aloud, poetry speaking, public speaking, extempore talks, impromptu talks, improvisation and literature appreciation. These are very valuable skills to give them confidence in speaking for their future personal, social and career paths.

Preparation and practice in Terms 1 and 2 for a Drama Festival Assessment for which successful students receive a drama badge, and a written report from the Assessor

Preparation in Terms 3  the Speech New Zealand examinations in which their work is assessed against a national standard by an independent examiner.  A certificate and badge is awarded by Speech NZ to successful students. 

Fees $29 per lesson

Year 7 to 10 classes are held on a rotating timetable.
Year 11 to 13 classes are held at lunchtime or after school.
Cell phones are NOT permitted during class.
Missed lessons will NOT be made up.
Extra charges added to Term 1 account:
$38 admin fee
Year 7 to 12, Drama Assessment fee, $38 per student includes report and badge

Extra charge added to Term 2 account:
Examination fee payable direct to Speech NZ.
Exam workbook.

Extra charge added to Term 3 account:
Speech NZ lapel badge for successful students at Initial Grade to Grade 8 cost $15 each.

Year 12/13 Application for Diploma in Performance

To be eligible to study for this Diploma Year 12/13 students must have achieved an Honours Pass in Grade 7 or 8 from either Speech New Zealand or Trinity College.  The Diploma in Performance is a first year university equivalent. The application to enrol is offered to high achieveing students at the teacher's discretion. The teacher reserves the right to withdraw a student who is not reaching the required standard.

Students must attend all classes and be prepared to commit to the research and independent learning required. Regardless of natural talent, it is not possible to complete this diploma without dedication to in depth theory study and reading a wide range of New Zealand literature across all genres including Plays, Novels, Poetry and Short Stories. 

Year 12/13 classes are held after school or in a study period.
Cell phones are NOT permitted during class.
Missed lessons will NOT be made up.

Fees $35 per lesson