Modern methods of communication in business and everyday life have highlighted the necessity for verbal proficiency. Interpersonal and speaking skills are therefore more than ever regarded as valuable tools in both personal and professional life.
Six young students from four of our local secondary schools have recently been awarded their Certificate in Communication and all six performed at the highest level receiving outstanding results. These include fifth year students Aisling Ryan and Niall Treacy from Cashel Community School; Zara Wade and Katie Ryan, Presentation Convent, Thurles; Meaghan Perdue, Ursuline Convent, Thurles and Edel Ryan, a transition year student in Rockwell College.
Each student had to prepare and deliver two speeches, one formal, and one social. Other aspects included unprepared sight reading, demonstrating a variety in vocal skills, correct stance and rapport with the audience.
They engaged in a discussion which included all areas of platform procedure and a knowledge and use of visual aids and microphone techniques. They were required to know differences in approach to the delivery of various speech types from the motivational to the entertaining. The final part of the examination was on the techniques of good speech.
The examining body was the Leinster School of Music and Drama, a constituent part of the third level institution, Griffith College and their teacher was Eleanor Dwyer who has been teaching Speech and Drama and Communication skills in the Cashel area for many years.
“The skills acquired are invaluable,” according to Eleanor. “Overcoming nervousness at speaking in public, learning to research carefully and deliver speeches that convey the essence of a subject with logical coherent points within a time frame will stand to the students, whether in presentations at third level, or in their future careers.”
The students, who have also enhanced their knowledge of all aspects of English literature and honed their dramatic skills through their speech and drama exams over the years, can be justly proud of their achievements and dedication.
This has been achieved in their spare or leisure time. They and their parents deserve great credit for the commitment to the weekly classes and doing the research and practice necessary to reach such a high standard of performance.