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16 September 2010 / All exams passed with flying colours

Nearly 70 girls aged between 8 and 18 performed in front of an external examiner to achieve graded qualifications in a range of subjects including acting, devised drama and verse and prose. Twenty two distinctions were awarded, thirty two merits and fifteen high passes.

The extra curricula speech and drama classes are taught by Sue Bradbury who has been teaching the LAMDA exam syllabus at the school for the last ten years.

"The aim is for the girls to have fun in the lessons and, through performance, develop their self-confidence and their self-esteem," she said. "All individual LAMDA exam qualifications are accredited which means they count towards university entrance points and are a valuable addition to any CV.

"The girls' creativity never ceases to amaze me. This year some of the dramas they devised included a very poignant one about being Jewish during World War II, a hilariously different take on some well-known fairy stories and a very entertaining scene about auditioning. Three girls achieved their Gold Medals in Acting with high marks and two were equally successful with their Acting Silver Medals. I'm really pleased for all of them."

Headmistress Caroline Pascoe said that extra curricula activities like speech and drama made all the difference to CVs and university applications.

"As we all know, there is increasing competition for both jobs and courses so it's important for candidates to show that they have more than just excellent academic qualifications to offer," she said. "The LAMDA syllabus helps the girls feel confident about speaking in public and, because each individual exam includes a discussion with the examiner, prepares them for interview situations. It also helps them to be creative and think quickly on their feet.

"I'm very proud of this year's results and congratulate all the girls on their efforts."

Click here to view press clipping taken from the Packet 29/09/10 page 9


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