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Marion Palmer
7 years ago

Never normally – but a yr 11 student transferred to do the drama course at my school and then it was taken off timetable. We trialled her in with my exam 12 course (WA). Ticks all of those criteria and then some. She took herself to the Dramawest exam prep course in the holidays and my first question was ” Being accelerated, what were the gaps. where did you feel under-prepared, lost, what have you / I missed?” The answer was NOTHING. She really got a lot of confidence from the fact that she was up to speed and made all the relevant connections with her classroom learning. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Anne De Manser
7 years ago

One of our best Drama students completed 3/4 when she was in year 10. Her Top Acts audition was testament to the brilliant and mature approach to her solo. Would she have done better in year 12? Maybe, but in a small school like ours our kids need to take subjects in cross age cohorts so good kids often complete Drama or TS early. I believe they often do better in yr 11 because they have the creative headspace required for Drama and their time & energy isn’t fragmented with other 3/4 subjects.
I also like to take a holistic view of our students’ success and I think VCE Drama sets them up for success in other subjects in Yr 12.
As with all educational decisions, the individual is the focus – learning stage not learning age.