Full Marks from LAMDA for MSJ Girls
Last term, girls were able to take LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) examinations, the results of which have just been received in School. We are delighted to announce a pass rate of 100%, with 70% achieving the grade of Distinction and 25% achieving a Merit.
LAMDA is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies and has been offering practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years. Their exams are about achievement – recognising and rewarding the endeavours of each individual – but they are also about empowerment; enabling people to develop life skills such as self-confidence and the ability to communicate clearly and present ideas.
Girls from the Prep Department through to Sixth Form were able to learn from thoughtful comments given to them by the examiner. They also had some wonderful, specific encouragement. Three girls were awarded 98%, 9 girls scored full marks in 2 or more sections and 10 girls achieved full marks in the interview. The girls’ creativity, thoughtful characterisation and expression were all commented upon.
Mrs Munn, Speech and Drama teacher, explains “The marks never tell the whole story and there are always surprises and disappointments, but what is good is that our girls, whether or not they find performance and examination conditions comfortable (as very few do), had the courage to put themselves through this process. It is part of their development, rather than the destination. As long as they are growing in confidence and pushing themselves to try more challenging material, which LAMDA promotes, it is worth all the work and nervous energy spent! Mrs Burton and I congratulate everyone who took part.”