Speech and Drama classes

We are developing the confidence, creativity and communication skills of young New Zealanders.

GIANT LEAPS Speech & Drama classes empower young people to become the best communicators they can be. We have classes for ALL ages and abilities. Our New Zealand Speech and Drama curriculum develops children that will succeed in a world that demands confidence, creativity and the ability to communicate ideas clearly. We know that these skills are needed more today than ever before!

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Classes for ALL ages and abilities

Preschool classes

Preschool classes are expertly designed with collaboration between our team of NZ Speech-Language therapists and Speech and Drama teachers. Children get explicit exposure to language rich opportunities and experiences ready to thrive at school!

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Primary classes

At Primary level, we use gold standard teaching resources and activities to develop confidence, creativity, performance skills, leadership skills, social skills, emotional intelligence, teamwork, public speaking skills and so much more!

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Secondary classes

At Secondary level we develop advanced communication and performance skills that are adaptable to any audience, purpose, and occasion. Our high school graduates have versatile communication skills to take on the world!

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Our Programme

Our programme closely follows the Speech New Zealand and Trinity College London teaching syllabus. Our expert teachers have sourced hundreds of fun games and imaginative scenarios to deliver inspiring lessons. Our lessons teach conversation skills, creative thinking, mime and movement, body language. effective use of voice, acting skills, public and impromptu speaking, speech writing and delivery.... and so much more!

Our classes

Classes are high energy and exciting. The success of our programme is based on the individualised tuition your child will receive. Our classes are carefully managed to celebrate and develop communication and performance skills for different ages, abilities and interests. There is a maximum of 6 children in a group. Lessons are 45 minutes in duration and occur weekly during the school term.


From as young as 7 years, children are encouraged and supported to participate in Speech NZ and Trinity College of London speech examinations. Exams give students the opportunity to work towards a national  achievement measure. Exams are optional, but highly recommended. 

FREE Trial class

At GIANT LEAPS We offer a no-obligation trial lesson that lets your child can experience the benefits and magic of speech and drama. We know your child will love their first lesson, but if they don’t there’s no charge. Complete the registration form below and we will get back to you to suggest a lesson time that best suits your child. Class suggestions will depend on age, ability, interests, exam preparations, performances etc. We have so many class options so if the first option is not quite the right fit - we can suggest others. 

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The benefits of Speech and Drama

Over 20+ locations across Otago and Canterbury

GIANT LEAPS Speech + Drama classes are offered Monday - Friday at over 20+ locations in Otago and Canterbury, As well as our permanent afterschool locations, you will find our classes offered in several local Primary and Secondary schools during school hours. We know that our children and their families are busy, so at GIANT LEAPS we offer the flexibility to help you to find a class that suits.


St Matthews Hall
30 Hope Street


Garrison Hall
38 Severn Street


Wanaka Community Hub
34 McDougall Street

Waitaki Valley

Waitaki Valley School
1 Settlement Road


Pipe Band Hall
33 Paul Street


South Canterbury Drama League
58 Chruch Street


Ashburton Variety Theatre
12 Wills Street


St Albans Community Centre
1049 Colombo Street
St Albans, Christchurch

Barnabas Youth Centre
8 Tui Street, Fendalton, Christchurch

Our Teachers

Our classes are taught by a team of successful, practicing professionals, each with many years experience studying, performing and teaching. At GIANT LEAPS you can be assured that your child is getting the best teaching available. Our handpicked teachers are highly qualified and experienced with backgrounds in performing, directing, public speaking, vocals, radio, theatre and education. We are incredibly lucky to have a team that is made up of the very best in our industry! We are committed to building the creativity, confidence and communication skills of every student. We love what we do - and we love sharing our knowledge and expertise to make a positive difference in the lives of our student's too!

Contact us - Giant Leaps HQ

Freephone: 0800 4 SPEECH
Mobile: 027 661 4441

Term dates 2024