2018 Speech and Drama Festival


Speech & DramaOn Friday 8th June, the Year 7/8 group along with Mrs Calderbank and bus driver extraordinaire, Mrs Noone, headed off to the Bruce Rock Speech and Drama Festival. None of these students had attended previously so it was a new experience for all of them.

Students had been rehearsing madly in the weeks leading up to this, working hard to perfect their mime sword fighting (very tempting not to mime, you must understand!) and Baily working hard to get just the right voice and accent for the diabolical Gladys Smorgan.

We set off on time and after a brief stop in Merredin, got to Bruce Rock with exactly the right amount of time to spare. As the second act, our students didn’t have too much time to be nervous but were able to watch the first act and get some good advice from the judges before they got up on stage.

When it was our turn, students gave it their all, with the sword fighting suitably quiet and the lines wonderfully loud. They helped each other out if lines were a little slow in coming and the response from the audience and the judges was very positive. Special mentions went to Dane Laws, Brock Sharp, Tyson Bult and Brydee Karra for their outstanding vocal delivery.

At the conclusion of the festival we headed back to Merredin for a yummy Subway lunch and a very short play on the playground equipment, then a quick photo and happy birthday to Brock (while a crow made off with April’s cookie!) before jumping back on the bus for the trip home. The home leg was a lot quieter than the morning trip, that’s for sure!

Huge thanks to Bruce Rock DHS for inviting us along to their festival and to Deanne Noone for coming along as our bus driver for the day. It’s a long way to go but so worthwhile for these students to have the opportunity to perform in front of an unfamiliar audience AND see how other classes and schools do it. Or kids certainly held their own!

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