Some Words From our Tutors

– Sue Kelso, Yoga with a Twist

Musings

Jan 7, 2019

I’ve often wondered/pondered why it is that you can be rested, feeling relatively good, put on the running shoes and the moment your foot strikes the asphalt you just know every step is going to require a commitment (complete commitment) to get through the session, yet other times its effortless from the first stride to the last (not that you haven’t broken a sweat).

I enjoy swimming and it’s a similar sensation, the moment the water touches my body I know whether the session is going to be almost like a moving meditation or if every stroke will require effort and feel torturous.

Why is this???

Perhaps it’s just the mind…..

Meditation is similar, you sit, and its effortless and there is a beautiful flow, other times every moment is pure torture!

Food for thought….

Namaste

Sue

– Morgan Golledge, Children’s Speech and Drama

The Benefit of Communication Development

Apr 4, 2022

Did you know that speech and drama classes can benefit your child in more ways than one? In addition to developing their public speaking skills, children who participate in these activities also learn important life skills such as communication, empathy, and teamwork. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to enroll your child in a speech and drama class, read on for more information about the benefits of communication development.

Greater confidence and belief in themselves

In a world where we’re all trying to blend into one another, it’s nice when somebody stands out. Building up your child’s self-esteem should be an important part of any lifestyle because they will feel more comfortable with themselves – both inside and outside the classroom! The ability to step up and speak out is often discouraged in many professional settings – often for good reason! – however within the speech and drama classroom, all ideas are encouraged, creativity is embraced, outside-of-the-box thinking is treasured and lifelong friendships and memories are made. 

Public Speaking Skills

It’s one thing to be able to speak confidently in a small group, but it’s an entirely different skill set to be able to speak in front of a large audience. The ability to convey your thoughts and feelings articulately is a valuable asset in any field, and speech and drama classes give children the opportunity to develop this skill from a young age.

Empathy and Cooperation

Empathy is the ability to identify with others and to think and feel in the shoes of the people around us. In a world that is becoming increasingly globalised, empathy has been referred to as the most important modern-age skill our children need. As children learn to integrate other people’s perspectives with their own, they will be able to form deeper connections with people, hone their leadership skills and collaborate with a greater sense of self-awareness. This can lead to the realisation of a shared vision that brings meaning and purpose to the lives of many people. And this is all done through drama games such as Improvisation or Charades!

Interpersonal Skills

In any social situation, the ability to read others and respond appropriately is important; but what does ‘appropriately’ entail? Through discussion, brainstorming, decision making, and negotiating, students in speech and drama classes learn reaction-based interaction. The interpersonal skills learned include verbal and non-verbal communication, active listening, constructive cooperation, and conflict resolution abilities. What does this mean for kids? Taking part in drama can help children learn how to socialise better. It also helps them take risks and hold more tolerance toward others.