Initialize classes use improvisational drama methods, in particular devised theatre, to develop emotional literacy and leadership skills in a way that feels creative and playful. Devised theatre is a collaborative and improvisational form of drama creation where drama pieces are organically created based on a theme or topic.
Our classes cover different topics every term, such as:
Giving and receiving strengths-based feedback
judgements & projection
Recognising and managing emotional triggers
Class activities include theatre sport games, topic discussions, brainstorms and drama coaching. These activities set the groundwork for the devised theatre pieces that are created by students and showcased to family, friends and whanau at our end-of-term performances.
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Speech and drama skills
Alongside the emotional literacy and leadership skills that our classes foster we ensure that students are taught core speech and drama skills, including:
Projection & articulation
Giving and receiving technique-based feedback
Stage Presence & body language
Effectively communicating an idea or topic
We define personal development as getting to know ourselves better and being known better by others.
Through knowing ourselves better - that is, by being more aware of our thoughts, feelings and responses - we can develop more control over how we respond to and are affected by people and situations in the future. And through being known by others - that is, sharing more of our thoughts and feelings with others - we can develop closer connections and build stronger relationships.
We believe that leadership is demonstrated through having the emotional literacy and communication skills needed to collaborate with others to reach a common goal. Before we can lead others, we first need to know ourselves.