Students are invited to develop their skills by competing in an Eisteddfod. There are a number of these in SA and nationally. Over the years many students have won shields, trophies, medals, certificates and money which has encouraged them to further pursue their communication skills with attention to detail and excellence.
Concerts and Open Classes
Each year, students are given the opportunity to perform in a concert and/or open classes presenting poems, prose, stories, talks, mimes and short plays. Concerts are always very well attended, are often filmed and a private YouTube link is made available.
Also, opportunities are given to selected students to present their pieces at music concerts, high achiever concerts and church and community gatherings for further experience.
Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB)
The AMEB Speech and Drama syllabus offers candidates the opportunity to develop performance and communication skills from Elementary to Third Grade, to consolidate technique and literary background from Fourth to Seventh Grades, and to attain a high level of performance and technical knowledge at Diploma Level. When ready, students are encouraged to sit for these exams in practical and theory.
Students are able to enrol in classes to study Speech and Performance Theory if they are at least Year 6 and older, and have completed at least one year of a Speech and Drama course. The study of theory is necessary if the student wishes to continue on to Diploma Level in Speech and Performance and a folio is required for those working to complete Voice and Communication.
Each year on a Saturday, the Speech and Drama teachers host ‘Drama Day’, a festival of short plays rehearsed by students in Term 3 and 4 and performed in the intimate Walkerville Primary School Theatre. This is very popular with 300-400 people attending each year. Audiences currently limited due to Covid restrictions, but plays will be filmed and made available privately on YouTube.
These are held from time to time to provide extension in such areas as mime, improvisation, clowning, stagefighting, TV and film auditions, puppetry and science of the voice. An outside professional provider is sometimes engaged.
Senior student Jess takes Science of the Voice Workshop
Nick and Simon at the Stagefighting Workshop