45 students at Tonbridge Grammar School were overjoyed to receive the results of their recent LAMDA examinations this week. All the students, under the expert guidance of Mrs Maggie Bienias (pictured) passed with either merit or distinction! They took a range of grades including the Gold medal Grade 8 where the girls were required to know and understand the key principles and influences in the process of acting through one of the following practitioners: Constantin Stanislavski, Bertolt Brecht or Jerzy Grotowski
The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art was founded in 1861, and is the oldest drama school in the UK. The process of preparing for and succeeding in a LAMDA examination essentially helps learners, whatever their ages or aspirations, to develop a broad range of skills that will serve them throughout life. Across the range, our examinations develop a learner’s ability to:
• read easily, fluently and with good understanding
• expand vocabulary to improve powers of self-expression
• improve confidence in speaking and listening
• memorise and recall information
• research and create persuasive formal presentations
• create and defend arguments
• engage in constructive informal conversation
• work both on his/her own and participate as a member of a team.
Mrs Bienias said “I'm delighted with the results, 24 distinctions and 21 merits and no passes. Our best ever!”
She retired from her work at the Tonbridge-based school at Easter after a high quality drama LAMDA showcase evening immediately after the examinations.
Assistant Head teacher Adrian Pitts commented “Mrs Bienias has worked tirelessly at the School for many years and has been a great support and inspiration to staff and many students. We wish her well for the future – these results and the fabulous showcase are a real testament to her impact as a LAMDA teacher.”