Speech and Drama workshops are offered after school on Monday and Tuesday afternoons - numbers are limited. The groups are small (up to six). 

The workshops are designed to be fun and positive experiences whilst covering a range of dynamic speaking and dramatic skills - including public speaking, debating, presenting to camera, poetry and prose speaking, prepared and sight reading, Bible reading, vocal expressiveness, mime, improvisation and scripted drama. Workshops run from mid February to November. 

There is the opportunity to gain qualifications in Communication Skills and Public Speaking, or Theatre Skills (SpeechNZ and Trinity College). These can be sat in pairs, groups, or as individuals. Diploma studies (university level) are offered in Year 13. Our students achieve well. In 2023 we had a 95% pass rate at Honours and Distinction levels. Exam fees are extra costs. 

We aim to showcase the learning in a Parent Showcase at least once a year. Students gain confidence in expressing and presenting themselves well, develop vocal expressiveness and clarity of voice, integrity and respect, memory training, teamwork, co-operation, perseverance, diligence, tolerance and judgement. 

There is no doubt that having a confident, expressive and artistic voice is an asset in today’s world. 

Further information on www.svds.ac.nz; www.dynamicspeaking.nz

Email: [email protected]

Time and Venue:


Mondays 3.25pm – 7.00, Baradene College Music Building

Small group (4-6) $250 a term (plus GST); individuals $450 a term 


Glenda Pearce

NZ Professional Speaker, (NZPSA), M.Ed (First class Hons), 

Licentiate Trinity College London (with Distinction), BA, ATCL, Dip Tchg, Dip.TESOL

Accredited adjudicator and examiner (SpeechNZ) 

Assistant teachers: 

Erin McCarthy 

Associate Trinity College London  (with Distinction), in Speech and Drama

Erin McCarthy is a recent graduate of Victoria University of Wellington having completed her degree in theatre and film in which she focused on directing and intimacy coordination. Erin prides herself on creating a safe space to help her students imaginations thrive in order to safely push the boundaries to think outside the box and strengthen their confidence. “I have always found theatre and performance arts to be a place in which celebrates diversity and have a passion for introducing people to this diverse world that will welcome them with open arms”.

Erin is a former Baradene student and studied with Glenda for 5 years.  

Maya Watson

Associate Trinity College London (with Distinction), in Speech and Drama
Associate Trinity College London  (with Distinction), in Public Speaking 

Maya is currently studying at Auckland University in a conjoint Bachelor of Law and Global Law and Global Studies with Te Reo Maori. Maya has won several speech and drama awards in Auckland Competitions.  Maya has had two years of previous teaching experience with Glenda.