Eleanor acknowledged also the Parents’ Associations and teachers in the schools in which she taught and the examiners whose comments were always helpful and supportive of the students.
Sharing her love of good, clear, expressive speech and opening the world of drama and literature to the students was a privilege and she sincerely thanked them for the many enjoyable hours they shared.
Even the shyest child blossomed and all learned to work co-operatively, develop vocal and listening skills and become more at ease with self. To have been a part of their lives was indeed an honour. Meeting them in later years and seeing what fine adults they have become is always a pleasure, she said and in more recent years having some of their children as students was gratifying.
Communication, the ability to convey information in a clear and concise manner, is regarded as one of the key life skills required nowadays. However, speaking in public is frequently cited as one of the most dreaded fears! An early grounding in good communications skills is therefore worthwhile.
Taking exams through the Leinster School of Music and Drama was an early introduction to help students overcome nerves and learn coping mechanisms as well as achieving a standard and progression said Eleanor.
Speech and Drama is a specialised study which is becoming even more valuable for students with a much greater emphasis on presentation skills in the revised Junior Certificate Curriculum.
Eleanor is happy to say that classes in Speech and Drama will continue in the Parish Centre, Friar Street from September with Nancy Farrell who is an enthusiastic, experience teacher currently teaching in the Lisronagh and Rathkeevan areas.