Speech & Drama
Speech and Drama is an extra-curricular activity enjoyed by many pupils here at Chetwynde.
The children are introduced to a wide range of prose, poetry and plays, and whilst the emphasis is on fun and the enjoyment of performing literature and creating improvisation, the children learn to speak clearly with expression and confidence and thus develop an important life skill.
Trinity Hall examinations are optional and children who wish to be entered are prepared for grades 1-8. Results are always pleasing with most children awarded merits or distinctions. Certificates are proudly received on Speech Day.
Taking place in November each year, our annual Speech and Prize Giving ceremony is a major event in the school calendar and enables students, parents, staff and invited guests to celebrate the many and varied successes achieved by our students.
Awards are presented for the previous academic year, ranging from winners of the Prize Essay competition; Form Industry, Achievement and Attainment Awards; Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme; Music, Sport, Drama and specific Subject Awards, to those students, current and past receiving their GCSE and A Level Certificates. Certain Trophies and Awards, a few of which are named below, have been either long-standing traditions of the school or presented in memory of previous students and/or parents of the school and are prestigious Awards to win:
- The Martin Pears Memorial Trophy – outstanding achievement in sport at Key Stage 3
- The Billingham Cup – awarded to highlight diligence and perseverance
- The Les Rigg Trophy – awarded for outstanding achievement in sport at Key Stage 4
- The Holmes Prize – awarded to the student showing best academic improvement
- The Liz Garner Memorial Award – for the student(s) who demonstrates environmental sustainability (this is usually achieved when students are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award)
- The Tait Shield – awarded to the student who shows achievement outside of the curriculum
Our current Sixth Form students give speeches on the achievements of the past year in Sport, Music and Drama, with the Head Boy and Girl taking a lead role in organising this section of the day.
It is especially delightful to meet again our returning Sixth Form students to see them receive their Awards and to hear how they are enjoying life at University or in the workplace.
The invited guest speaker also plays an important part in the proceedings, handing out the Awards and Certificates to the students and then entertaining us with an inspirational talk on their careers and life experiences.
Following the proceedings, parents, staff and guests are invited for canapes and refreshments; an enjoyable end to the ceremony.