The exceptional standard of performance continues. Congratulations to the many students completing university level diplomas (from Trinity College, London) in performance, public speaking and speech and drama. Exceptional results from Keltie Kewan-Young, Mia Reid, Grace Field, Mia Scott, Francesca Kyriak, Mackenzie Robertson, Etu Walker, Maya Watson.
Over 100 students have gained this qualification with us in the past 6 years.
Amazing result from Emily Choi who gained 94% in her Grade 8 Speech and Drama exam, and Isobella Baggaley and Joia Jackson who scored 91% on their Performance Arts exam . We continue to have 95% pass rate at Distinction in all grades.

Congratulations to the many SpeechNZ candidates doing a range of qualifications in Public Speaking, Leadership in Communication, Effective Speaking and Performance. This year we have had a 96% pass rate at Honours and Honours Plus. there are many syllabi suitable for adults. Do enquire!

The workshops are designed to be fun and positive experiences whilst covering a range of dynamic speaking and dramatic skills – including public speaking, debating, presenting to camera, poetry and prose speaking, prepared and sight reading, Bible reading, vocal expressiveness, mime, improvisation and scripted drama. Workshops run from mid February to November.  There is the opportunity to gain qualifications in Communication Skills and Public Speaking, or Theatre Skills (SpeechNZ and Trinity College). These can be sat in pairs, groups, or as individuals. Diploma studies (university level) are offered in year 13. Our students achieve well. In 2023 we had a 95% pass rate at Honours and Distinction levels. Exam fees are extra costs. We aim to showcase the learning in a Parent Showcase at least once a year. Students gain confidence in expressing and presenting themselves well, develop vocal expressiveness and clarity of voice, integrity and respect, memory training, teamwork, co-operation, perseverance, diligence, tolerance and judgement.  There is no doubt that having a confident, expressive and artistic voice is an asset in today’s world.

Baradene Results

Special Awards

Top Year 7 student                  Maddie Cheng

Promising First Year.               Natasha Price

Most Improved                        Kenzie Holden

Acting in Pairs Award.             Emily Fippard-Peacock and Dora Slavich

Personality in Performance   Giselle Ford

Most Versatile Performer      Emily Choi

Trinity College Associate Diploma in Public Speaking (with Distinction)

Hannah Lane-Gould

Trinity College Speech and Drama Grade 8 (with Distinction)

Natalie Salmon

SpeechNZ Flexi Syllabus Grade 8 (with Honours Plus)

Zoe Thomas

Trinity College Acting in Pairs Grade 8 (with Merit)

Hannah Brinker

Giselle Ford

Solenn Jordan

Trinity College Speech and Drama Grade 7 (with Distinction)

Emily Choi

SpeechNZ Grade 5

Rosie Beech (with Honours)

Ava Gardner (with Honours)

Doris Slavich (with Honours Plus)

Isabelle Lee (with Honours Plus)

Emily Fippard-Peacock (with Honours Plus)

Theatre In Action Grade 4 (with Merit)

India Coleman

Emma Carran

Mikayla Denny

Luca Morton

Charlotte Woolley

Theatre in Action Grade 3 (with Honours)

Maddie Cheng

Kenzie Holden

Rosie Stones

Theatre in Action Grade 3 (with Honours Plus)

Lila Barnett

Juliette Blanchard

Natasha Price

Aleena Rayappa

Allie Polland

Petra Slavich

Sarah Williams

Outstanding results with diploma candidates – over 95% of the 50 candidates have achieved Distinction results. Well done!

On offer – short one hour assessment and tips on how to change your vocal techniques to better communicate with a mask on. Recent participant Yezen (medical intern): “I have really learned how to adapt to make my message more clear. ”

Exam Success
How wonderful to again have outstanding results – in what was a challenging COVID year. Distinction results aplenty, with our top Trinity marks 96% Josh Wang (ACG) and 94% Seren Spicer (DIO). Honours Plus in SpeechNZ – there were 15 of you with that fantastic grade, and nearly everyone else Honours. Congratulations to the ZOOM candidates: Allen Weng, Nadia Horne and Ruby Hulme who all passed with Honours Plus.

ATCl diploma results – were also outstanding – considering COVID. 12 DISTINCTION grades, including two diplomas gained by Callum Peacock who sat both Speech and Drama (91) , as well as Public Speaking (92) in the same week! Congratulations Amelie Thomas (DIO). Four Pass grades – from students stepping up from Acting in Pairs – a difficult transition. So well done – all of you. .

Looking forward to seeing many of you again this year. There are many of you choosing to go up a grade for this year without sitting last year – no worries! You’ve got this!
And – breaking news – I am on the NAPTA judging panel again this year. review Feb 22, 2020

Dolphin Theatre’s production of Roger Hall’s LAST LEGS is delivered with a fresh authenticity through cleverly crafted attention to every aspect of the production. Director Glenda Pearce is known for her attention to detail and she has successfully replicated the realism of the retirement village, highlighting the atmosphere and the experiences of the diverse characters who live there. The clever marriage of technologies and stagecraft ensures there is a perfect balance of action and pace which is better delivered than I have seen in there productions. This is a delight. Don’t miss it.

2019 was a superb examination year, with 90% of all Trinity candidates gaining Distinction grades! A special congratulations to the 10 ATCL candidates, 9 of whom gained this qualification with Distinction! An outstanding 95% for ATCL was gained by Lauren Dunne, and 89% by Olivia Maxwell. Zoe Hooten got 98% for Grade 3 individual as well as a Distinction in Group Drama. Charlotte Stokes got 95% for Grade 4 and there were many marks in the 90s. Well done everyone! SpeechNZ grades were also Honours and Honours Plus – so all in all, a very successful year, testament to your commitment and talent!

Thank you so much for coming to train us on the public reading of scripture! You are truly a superb teacher and we are sooo glad to have had you come to us. So encouraged by your deep understanding and passion for reading scripture well! Thank you for going above and beyond, tailoring the classes to our needs – our team is continuing to grow and improve and it’s so exciting to see – thank you again Glenda!
Blessings,Emily Tiong(On behalf of Music & Worship Ministry @ Remuera Chinese Methodist Church). October 2019