Speech and Drama at The Granville School aims to develop skills that are tools for life. These skills enrich and develop: self-awareness, relationships, confidence and learning. The teaching nurtures individuality and creativity, develops self-esteem, expression and empathy; encourages clear and imaginative communication; and provides an opportunity to perform in a variety of contexts. Specialist subject teaching begins in Year 1 and sees the girls through untill they leave the school in Year 6. All girls have a half hour lesson each week.
There are many and varied opportunities throughout the school year where the skills developed in Speech and Drama class work are put into action to practice good speech habits, maximise personal impact and enjoy performing e.g. readings at the Carol Service, choral poetry in the Spring Festival, topic assemblies, introducing/thanking guest speakers.
Drama Productions at The Granville
The Granville celebrates theatre throughout the year so that performing on stage is a natural part of school life, enjoyed by every girl and inclusive of all talents and interests. Each production is eagerly anticipated by the girls and rehearsals are a hive of shared ideas and generous collaboration. The art of successful storytelling and ensemble playing is central to our creative process – it develops girls who perform with confidence and charisma, establish invaluable life skills, nurture their love of the arts and have a great deal of fun! Each year there are the eagerly anticipated play productions that take place at Christmas, in Year 4 and Year 6 where the Hall comes alive with characters in costumes and make-up amidst scenery, sound andlights! The ensemble playing and simple pleasure of vibrant storytelling bind classmates together in creative endeavour, bring pleasure to the school and parents alike and make on stage memories that are treasured long after pupils have left The Granville.
LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) Examinations in Speech
Annually, Years 1-3 take LAMDA exams in Speaking Verse and Prose. An examiner from LAMDA visits the school and the children performed their prepared poems. The younger children do so in Choral Groups, maintaining the strong tradition of poetry speaking at the school, and Year 3 take the exam individually. Reports are given to each child and certificates are awarded at Awards Day to each girl.