This week is the Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama. There are over 75 classes in which girls can perform and over the last term they have been practising their lines, learning their words and rehearsing in front of their teachers to get ready for the event.
I have said many times before that the Festival it is not just about winning, it is about having the opportunity to perform in front of an audience and to be given invaluable feedback from respected judges. I applaud the Festival in giving our girls this opportunity. It takes courage to stand on your own, to remember your lines, project your voice and speak with appropriate emotion. The girls learn to control their nerves and speak in a way that captivates the audience. The venues are large and the girls rise to the challenge.
Speech and Drama is such a good preparation for girls. In their careers they are likely to be asked to make presentations, give speeches or perform in front of audiences. Those who have done Speech and Drama have such an advantage. They have learnt the tricks of the trade – how to speak at the right pace, how to project their voice but most of all how to control their voices when nerves start to kick in. I am delighted that at Bedford Girls’ School Speech and Drama is flourishing. We have over 300 girls who study it. They are prepared superbly by our staff, and the Festival gives the girls the opportunities to try out their skills. I was not therefore surprised that on Saturday afternoon, when I had the pleasure to listen to the girls, that we won all the categories. I look forward to many more successes as the week unfolds.