By Laura Pomphrett
Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education Graduate
I have always had a love of drama and so in 2017, I decided to complete the Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education at Griffith College.
Some of my fondest memories from school involved performing in plays and musicals and I firmly believe that drama gives children the opportunity to express themselves creatively while developing their confidence and self-esteem.
Since becoming a teacher I have always enjoyed teaching drama and the course presented itself as a great opportunity to develop my skills.
Two year option
I opted to do the course over two years instead of one as I was only back at school after maternity leave and I was completing the second half of my diploma at the time.
The Leinster School of Music and Drama (LSMD) were very supportive in allowing me the flexibility to do the course at the pace that suited me, although there was another primary teacher in my cohort who completed the course in one year.
I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the course content; especially getting the opportunity to perform again, and the end of year Showcase was a huge highlight for me.
I learned so much more about the process of drama and how to implement the whole curriculum through drama in a fun, safe and integrative way. My own class at school benefitted hugely from everything I was learning and loved being my guinea pigs.
Since graduating from the course I have been teaching drama outside school, preparing children for exams and FEIS competitions and running drama club for fun.
Creativity and fun
I have also been using all my techniques in school to help the children develop their creativity and learn through the fun of drama. It was an excellent addition to my qualifications and the fees were eligible for a tax rebate as well as the Teacher Fee Refund Scheme.
I highly recommend the Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education through the LSMD at Griffith College to all teachers.