Speech & Drama

Speech & Drama


Mrs J Usher

All year During school


Over 120 pupils are prepared and entered individually for the two local Speech and Drama Festivals. Children from Primary Two – Seven enter Banbridge Speech Festival in November (on years when there is no major Christmas Production) and Portadown Speech and Drama Festival  each year in March.

Auditions take place in November for Primary One children and then again at the end of each Key Stage. The school enjoys tremendous success at these festivals with all of our children gaining high marks and huge numbers of certificates, medals and trophies. We have won many overall wards at the Prize Winners Gala Evenings including:

  • The St Patrick’s Discussion Group Shield for the overall winner in the Primary Schools Section
  • The James McGaffin Cup for the Most Promising Speaker in the Primary School Section
  • The Charles Cox Memorial Trophy for the highest mark achieved in the Primary School Section

The children are also given the opportunities to participate in choral groups when performing for School Carol Services. Other talents in Performing Arts are ‘show-cased’ in school plays.

At Christmas time we endeavour to vary our performances with a three year cycle of a Foundation Stage Production in which all children take part, A Key Stage Two Production which involves auditions for lead roles and a Carol Service at our local Parish Church involving both Junior and Senior Choirs, Orchestra, Choral Groups and individual Readers.

Banbridge Speech and Drama Festival 2018

At this year’s festival Waringstown Primary School again achieved tremendous results in the Primary School Classes.

Out of the classes entered, the school received seven 1st places, eleven 2nd places, fourteen 3rd places and twenty-eight certificates of High Commendation.  Chloe Rennie went on to win the Abercorn PTA Rose Bowl at the ‘Battle of the Champions’ ceremony for the most appealing girl performer in the Primary School Section of the Festival.

It is to Mrs Brown’s great credit that she provided such a wonderful enrichment to the children’s education and to sustain such a high quality of success over the years.  A HUGE thank you to Mrs Brown for her hard work in Speech and Drama.

Success at Portadown Speech Festival

Waringstown Primary School have achieved major success at the Portadown Speech and Drama Festival.
The P1-P7 children were entered in fourteen classes and they won first place medals in eleven of these classes! Our pupils also gained 17 silver medals, 22 bronze medals and over 30 highly commended certificates.
Special mention must go to Charlie Anderson (P5) for attaining the highest score (89 marks) in the Primary School Section of the festival. Charlie received an overall award at the Gala Evening and was presented with the Charles Cox Challenge Cup.
Mrs Brown and Mr McCambley are extremely proud of all the children who took part in the festival.

Banbridge Speech & Drama Festival Celebration Photograph


The children who participated in the Banbridge Speech and Drama Festival all came together today for a photograph.

It was a great opportunity to see the amazing affect of Mrs Brown’s work with the children in our school. A sincere word of thanks must go to Mrs Brown for this wonderful work!

Special congratulations also go to Jasmine Magowan-Balfour who won the Lowry Cup for P5 girls and to Olivia Munce who won the PTA Rose Bowl at the ‘Battle of the Champions’ ceremony for the most appealing girl performer in the Primary School Section of the Festival.

Certificates and medals were displayed with great pride by all.

Well done to everyone concerned! Thank you parents for your support with lifts to the Festival too! The link between home and school is something we never take for granted.

Pupil Presented with Major Award at Banbridge Speech Festival

This Waringstown Primary School pupil won a major award for our school at the Banbridge Speech Festival.  She won the Abercorn PTA Rosebowl for the most appealing performance in the Primary School Section of the Festival.  

A huge THANK YOU is owed to Mrs J Brown for preparing all of our children so well for the Banbridge Speech and Drama festival.                                           pic1_.jpg