Online World

Times are a-changing- We have moved our classes online. We are now offering all our students the option of taking classes with GSD Drama via Zoom. We hope parents and students can get on board and join in with all the fun and learning. We will still be offering Speech & Drama exams through Leinster School of Music & Drama for keen and interested students. For now, this is the best option for our students, until we see everyone once again in a drama classroom.  We want to offer our students the best opportunity to continue to grow and learn through this unprecedented time. We have been brave and move all our work online. To our amazement we can still offer all key elements of our classes to our customers. Students can develop quality communication skills through our speech work. Through analysis of poetry students will explore language, improve vocabulary and develop a deeper meaning of the world around them. Older students will learn to fully break down the inner meaning and mechanisms within language and poetry.

Students who wish to pursue drama performance for either stage or camera will not be left out- through mime and drama scenes students can work on developing quality solo skills for stage.

We will also help children to develop better communication skills in an online world. Through presentations and public speaking. This change of direction is new for GSD School of Drama but as we say in the theatre – ‘The show must go on’!

GSD School News

Dramaturgy

31/03/2020

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy during this time. GSD School of drama will continue to follow official guidelines and remain closed until it is safe to reopen. We have decided to take a version of our classes online. The students have and will miss out on so many of our planned events. However, the great benefits of drama, speech and creative drama can still be utilised through our online classes.

Parents who wish students to do Speech & Drama exams, normally I would have released information in Feb, but I held off due to Covid 19. However, now Leinster School are working on a method of examining through online/ video platforms. So, this is still an option for parents: Please email geraldine@eloquence.ie if you wish to complete exams this year.  

Term fees

We were in term two of 2020- All parents who paid for full term fees (as is the rule at the beginning of term) will receive online classes as part of the term. When normality resumes, we will run extra sessions & do something special.

Online Classes:

I rolled out some classes last weekend, we are using the app Zoom. Some parents are already familiar with this app. By next week will use zoom though Slack, this a good platform to manage messages, emails and class work on for parents and students.  At present based on my internet abilities we can take three to four groups (children) in our meetings at a time. Sessions will be a half hour, as our service improves, we may offer longer sessions. I will ask parents who wish to fully avail of online classes to:

  • Email geraldine@eloquence.ie if you haven’t already. State if you want group or 1to1 teaching. Or more than one group session in the week.
  • Please follow the school’s social media platforms – as we may go live with some course on Instagram or Facebook.
  • If you have poor internet connection, please inform GSD and we will find a work around to stay involved.
  • We will run group sessions on your normal drama classes days.
  • Download the app Zoom. Familiarise yourself with the app. Set a clear space for classes. Its best if children don’t use headsets. If you are availing of one to one option, then headsets are fine. Have all drama material at the ready. Please educate your child on social media etiquette such as don’t take the device for a walk around your home 😊

*My online teaching space will always have a screen behind me. At no point will classes be recorded & I ask that the session is not recorded on the receiving end. At best we must maintain all child safety protocols. Any videos or items shared my students to the school will be saved until the end of crisis or term and deleted once term/crisis finishes.

At present we are all online & all inundated with texts, emails, updates. If you wish to pause classes and not hear from us until we reopen please text me so that I am not pestering people 😊   

Many thanks,

Geraldine Kieran (087-1914076)

Exam Season 2019!

Speech & Drama Exams with Leinster School of Music & Drama 2019
Date: May 25th, 2019 ( *Date yet to be confirmed with Examiner)
Venue: Creative Spark, Dundalk.
This note is for students who will be doing exams through Leinster School of Music & Drama. Students undertaking exams are required to recite pieces from memory and perform for an external Leinster School examiner.
Requirements per grade.
v Preliminary Grade: Two short poems.
v Primary Grade: Two short poems.
v Grade one: Two poems and speech theory.
v Grade Two: Set poem, choice piece, speech theory and prepared reading.
v Grade Three: Set poem, choice piece, speech theory and prepared reading.
v Grade Three: Set poem, choice piece, speech theory and prepared reading.
v Grade Four: Set poem, choice piece, speech theory and prepared reading.
v Grade Five: Set poem, choice piece, speech theory and unprepared reading (poem)
v Grade Six: Set poem, choice piece, speech theory and prepared reading (Prose)
Exam Fees per Grade. Date May 25th
Preliminary €28.00
Primary €29.00
Grade One €31.00
Grade Two €35.00
Grade Three €40.00
Grade Four €42.00
Grade Five €46.00
Grade Six €48.00
Grade Seven €49.00

New Year – New Term

Happy New Year! 2019 will be a fantastic year!
I hope all of our customers and students have had a great Christmas break. We are looking forward to another brilliant drama year. This coming year students will have the opportunity to participate in drama competitions, exams and theatre productions. Keep an eye on our social media pages for more information and updates.

Autumn Season Term Fees

 

Registration Fee: €25.00 includes course workbook and folder plus special workshop which will be held during the October Break.

Speech & Drama: 14 week term €140.00 payable in full or split payment of €70.00. 10% discount for siblings.

Creative Drama & Dance : 14 week term €140.00 payable in full or split payment of €70.00. 10% discount for siblings.

Musical Theatre : 14 week term €112.00 payable in full or split payment of €56.00. 10% discount for siblings.

Preschool Drama :  14 week term €112.00 payable in full or split payment of €56.00. 10% discount for siblings.

Senior Drama:  14 week term €154.00 payable in full or split payment of €77.00. 10% discount for siblings.

After school course fees are available upon request as set differently from GSD studio classes.

Cooley Complex: Creative Drama 14 week term €112.00 payable in two split term of €56.00, discount for siblings.