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Speech and drama

A speech and drama program is run within the school by Mrs Kathie Hendon (Grad Dip Teach, BA, M. Lit. Studies, Dip ASCA). The program caters for students from the shy to the “out-there drama kings and queens”. Mrs Hendon makes it a priority to consider individual personalities and endeavours to combine her classes in a way that encourages students to support each other.

The act ‘n’ grow program is threefold:

  • Students undertake exams (either asca or AMEB) each year, in order to set goals for themselves and to receive feedback on their progress.
  • Secondly, every year, Highfields State School speech students are encouraged to be part of the annual Highfields drama festival.
  • Thirdly, every second year, the act ‘n’ grow students perform in the Toowoomba eisteddfod, for stage practice but also, to make connections with their thespian peers throughout Toowoomba. Many friendships form this way.

2016 is an eisteddfod year.

Term 1 act ‘n’ grow consists of 10 lessons up to the may solo eisteddfod.

Term 2 act ‘n’ grow (again 10 lessons) begins in the last few weeks of the school’s term two, and continues across term three to the speech exams undertaken in September.

Term 3 act ‘n’ grow (6 lessons) is a term for skills consolidation when students attend class in pairs or groups to work on mime and improvisation skills.

Registration costs $20 per family. Fees are $37.50 per 45 minute individual lesson in terms 1, 2 and 3 for students from years 4 – 7. Students in years 1 - 3 attend group lessons at a rate of $20.00 per 45 minute lesson. Term 4 group lessons are $20 per lesson but priority in these classes are given to previous students.

Parents need to be aware there is a separate cost for ASCA and AMEB exam fees. A fee needs also to be paid to the Toowoomba eisteddfod for each entry.

Please note that numbers are limited. Interested parents can phone Mrs Kathie Hendon on (07) 4698 7757 or email ​