Welcome to Ten Feet Tall, I am passionate about our work with children as they develop their public speaking and dramatic performance skills to be confident, authentic and engaging communicators.
As our communities grow reliant on technology and social media, our children have less exposure to learn to be socially appropriate communicators and often have no idea how to present their ideas and engage people effectively in their opinions. Our weekly classes, provide children with an opportunity to grow their communication skills so that they can present themselves confidently and appropriately. In our experience, confidence grows when ‘watered’ with opportunity and encouragement.
Having worked in both education and business settings, I’ve seen the success that comes in all areas of life with strong Public Speaking skills. We teach a range of communication skills, manners and performance skills that set students up for academic and future career success. I take satisfaction in watching children enjoy the thrill of performing to an audience.
Like any skill, speaking and performing confidence takes time and commitment to grow. Children learn best when they are relaxed and having fun, which is why our classes and coaching produce confident speakers.
A great place to start is with our Year 1-3 speaking and performing programmes which combine the best of oral language and drama based performance. Many of our students then go onto study Speech and Drama which gives students opportunities to develop both drama and public speaking skills. Our older middle school students then choose between continuing with Speech and Drama or moving into developing a stronger Public Speaking skill base. We have a strong extension programme, and performance programme for students who are looking to really develop their skills.
All of our drama and public speaking classes are developed around a year long programme, with specific goals. Students sit an exam or assessment at the end of the year. In 2018, over 90% of our students received distinction or honours grades.
We regularly work with students in the holidays. We offer both traditional holiday programmes and small group or private holiday classes, we are pleased to be offering virtual online coaching sessions as well.
We also offer holiday coaching for small group or individuals who want to develop their skills in a focussed way. Our holiday programmes are fun, creative and developed with specific goals and outcomes.
We love working with all children, and would love to assist you in developing the speaking confidence of your child.
Sarah Hartley – Owner Ten Feet Tall