As a part of the year long Ten Feet Tall programme, all Ten Feet Tall students are registered for an assessment. (See Chinese Translation below)
At the end of Term 2, we will send parents the syllabus information relating to your student’s exam and register your student. We spend a full year working with our students on the skills required for the examination. Through the learning, rehearsal and examination process our students make great leaps in their speaking and performing skills.
Junior School Examinations
- Year 4-6 students sit Speech and Drama examinations which include both public speaking and drama performance skills.
- Selected, Year 5-6 students will sit a Public Speaking examination at mid year as an extra assessment.
- Selected students who choose to study drama only are invited to sit Trinity College exams in December.
- Students start at Grade Initial in Year 4; Grade One in Year 5; and Grade Two in Year 6.
Middle School/Senior Examinations
- Students can choose Speech and Drama examinations – which focus equally on public speaking and drama performance skills. Students in Year 7 sit Grade Three; Year 8 Grade Four.
- Students who sit Senior Grades 5-8 sit exams in seperate modules throughout the year. Students work at their own pace in private or shared lessons.
- Students can choose Public Speaking examinations which focus on public speaking skills only.
- Some of our students sit two examinations a year sitting Public Speaking mid year and Speech and Drama end of year.
- We offer Diploma examinations to all Year 13 students in NZ Speech Board or Trinity College London.
- We offer ESOL examinations to all middle and senior school students.
- We also offer a shorter assessment to some students Oral Communication Assessments
In 2019, 90% of Kristin School Ten Feet Tall students received Honours level passes. (Exam levels: credit, merit and honours.) We also had two senior students receive Speech NZ, National Scholarship Awards. We prefer Speech New Zealand over Trinity College examinations as students learn a broader range of speaking and performing skills with a higher level of skill and knowledge required at senior grade levels.
Each student is given the examination requirements for their grade. This can be downloaded online:
Everything we have completed in class from the beginning of the year relate to skills we are developing for the end of year examination. In preparation for the exam, some homework is required outside of your student’s weekly class and so careful consideration of your student’s commitments is important. Our experience of working with our students is that they fit the exam preparation in easily. Students taking group or shared lessons will have the opportunity to request private lessons prior to the exam on weekends. Ten Feet Tall teachers regularly communicate with parents through Term 3 and if we are concerned about a student’s progress, we will let you know.
There are three examinations held on the North Shore each year: May, August and November. Speech New Zealand also offers Zoom examinations.
The examinations are held at Windsor Park Baptist Church in Mairangi Bay in November. Most of our students sit their exams in November, Term 4. Students sit the examination in class groups or individually and parents are required to take their children to the exam. Exam slips with days and times are sent out a month prior to the exam.
In our experience, Speech New Zealand examiners are encouraging and supportive – they understand students can be nervous and they are trained to get the best out of the students on examination day. Students always leave the exams with a smile and tell us it is a really good experience. Not only does Speech New Zealand provide each student with a report – they also send Ten Feet Tall a report on what we are doing well and what we need to improve with our students.
Students receive an individual report from the examiner detailing what they did well and what they need to work on. Students are given a grade: pass, credit, merit, honours. Before the end of the year students receive a badge they can wear on their uniform and a certificate. Senior students can be nominated for national awards.
NZSB Examination Fees
To ensure we meet the examination registration deadlines – parents are invoiced a month prior to the deadline. Please note these examination fees are non-refundable fees. Fees are updated each year here.
The registration fee includes a certificate, badges are an additional $10. Ten Feet Tall charges a $25 administration fee including: registering students online, paying Speech NZ, contacting parents, preparing reports and certificates to present to students. All students need a presentation board for their examination. Ten Feet Tall charges parents $15 for the board and materials.
Trinity College London Examinations
Trinity College London examinations are drama focused only. Parents who wish for their students to have only a drama focus are welcome to talk to us about this option.