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
Ms Brittney Silk
BA, L.S.B Teaching Speech & Drama
R.T.S.C.A.
P: 0223723124
'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 and Brittney Silk are both experienced speech and drama teachers and work 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.

2020 enrolments must be submitted by Friday 7 February 2020. Please read the terms and conditions on this page before submitting the online registration form below:
Please contact Jan Avison if you wish to discuss any aspect of the speech programme.

Marsden Primary – Year 2 to Year 6

We offer Marsden Primary students Speech and Drama and Public Speaking classes. The Year 2 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 set on a pro rata basis based on group size for a 30 minute lesson as listed below:
# in class Fee per lesson
3 $18
4 $17
5 $16
6 $15

The lessons are all part of a full term programme and homework may be set. Primary examinations are held yearly in Term 3 and are conducted by an independant 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 for which successful students receive a drama badge.

Preparation in Terms 3 and 4 for the Speech New Zealand examinations in which their work is assessed against a national standard by an independent examiner.  A certificate is awarded by Speech NZ to successful students. 

Module examinations for senior students at Grade 5 and up usually take place in May, September and November usually on a Saturday at Speech NZ in Thorndon.  

Fees are set on a pro rata basis based on group size for a 50 minute lesson:
# in class Fee per lesson
3 $35
4 $30
5 $27
6 $26

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 Year 2 to 13

Extra charges added to Term 1 account:
$38 admin fee
Year 7 to 13, Drama Assessment fee, $37 per student
Entry fee for the first exam module for Grades 5,6,7,8 and Diploma payable direct to Speech NZ.

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

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

Year 13 Diploma in Performance

Students have the opportunity to work towards Diploma level by Year 13. they must have achieved a minimum of a Merit pass in all modules from Grade 7 onwards in order to be eligible. The Diploma in Performance is a first year university equivalent. Enrolments accepted at teacher's discretion and 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. 

Preparation and practice in Terms 1 and 2 for a Drama Festival. Successful students receive a Drama badge.

Preparation throughout the year for Speech NZ examinations which at this level are sat in 3 Modules in May, September and November usually on a Saturday and are conducted at Speech NZ in Thorndon.   A certificate is awarded to successful Students.

Year 13 classes are held at lunchtime or after school.
Cell phones are NOT permitted during class.
Missed lessons will NOT be made up.