We are committed to “Growing Greatness” in every child we work with. In fact, we are so confident that this is the best drama education program available, that we are the only company in the world to offer a “Growth Guarantee”. Your child grows or it’s free. That means there is no risk to you! If your child does not grow through their participation in this program, then you do not pay. It’s as simple as that.
What do you mean by growth?
You get to decide! Most people have a really good idea of what they want from the program from the start. And we bet you do too. It could be that you would like your child to be more confident. Maybe they are incredibly “out there” already but you’d like to find a way to channel this energy and give them greater focus. Maybe you’d like them to build new friendships, learn new group skills and learn how to think creatively. Maybe you’d just like to see them having a great time. Maybe your child is already a natural performer and you would like to see them given the best possible start in the industry. No matter what your reason for joining us we can guarantee their growth. We bet even your child’s school doesn’t guarantee that!
By sitting down with you and your child before we even start and planning the outcome before we start work together. You tell us what you want to achieve through the classes. We tell you how we’re going to achieve it. And then we get started. And if we don’t achieve it, you don’t pay.
Is it really for my child?
Goat Track Kids is for every child. Sure, not everyone wants to be a performer, we understand that. Everyone joins our program for different reasons. Confidence and self -belief are important in any profession, whatever they choose to do with their life. So too are group skills and the ability to be a creative problem solver. Focus. Healthy Risk-taking. Communication Skills. Leadership Skills. These are all gifts that we need no matter what our future aspirations might be. The only prerequisite is that your child wants to come to join the class. If they want to be working with us, we want to be working with them.
I’m not sure if they will like it. Can we try it out?
You sure can. Not only that, but we are so confident they will have a great time that we will offer the first lesson OBLIGATION FREE. Again, absolutely no risk to you! If your child attends the first lesson and decides it is not for them, it will cost you nothing.
How can you do this?
Because we believe we have the very best drama education program there is. Our program has been created with input from industry experts and qualified teachers who work with children of primary school age every day.
But what have other parents and students said about Goat Track Kids?
Read about what a number of industry experts, parents and even students have to say about Goat Track over on our Testimonials page.
All of this personal growth sounds amazing but what if my child really wants to be a performer or work in the industry when they are older? Will your program prepare them for this?
If your child studies our program from the beginning until the end of their primary school education, they will cover units in puppetry, mask, acting for stage, acting for film, circus, street theatre, improvisation, pantomime, play-building, physical theatre, ritual, story telling, clowning, performance poetry, brecht, musical performance, Commedia Dell’Arte …even Shakespeare. Some high school drama program don’t offer as much program depth and variety. Do you think your child would be getting a pretty good start if they could do all of these things while still at primary school?
So do we. And we know it to be true because Goat Track Theatre is run by industry professionals who are currently working as actors, writers and directors. We believe that a grounding in the industry is a critical way to ground our practice. BUT, if we’re going to be teaching your children you don’t just want someone who can DO it, you want someone who can TEACH it. You want a real educational program, written by qualified teachers. That is what we offer! In fact our practice in primary drama school drama teaching is so well respected we are paid by primary schools to not only run drama workshops for their children but also to in-service primary school teachers in the use of drama in their classrooms.
The benefits of your child doing drama classes with Goat Track Theatre are huge! A huge amount of research has proven drama classes to be good for everything from mental and physical health and emotional well being right through to improvements in literacy but the major benefits we work towards are below.
The 7 Benefits to Drama Classes for children are:
- Group Skills
- Performance Ability
I’d like to shop around for the best drama program. What should I ask?We think that’s a really responsible thing to do. Remember: not all drama classes are created equal. Before deciding on your drama school ask them some questions.
Do you have professional educational qualifications?
A Bachelor of Education or Graduate Diploma in Education is a minimum international qualification. Our Goat Track Theatre Associate Teacher Artists have these as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theatre. All our staff have Bluecards and are registered with the Queensland College of Teachers.
Has the program had the input of industry professionals?
If so, ask who and what they have done. Our program is not only designed by drama teachers with a combined experience of over 40 years, but also by current ‘practising’ industry professionals. Your children will be able to say that their teachers are in current shows or working as part of a creative team.
Do you guarantee that my child will learn or just that you will teach them?
There’s a huge difference! We don’t just guarantee your child entry. We guarantee your child will grow.
How long have you been doing what you are doing?
If people are good at it, they can continue to do it for longer.
Is this your job or a hobby?
No, it’s not offensive to those of us who do it for a job. We’re quite proud of it actually! We take our job very seriously – it’s not a hobby. AND we love it.
Is your program developmental or do you simply repeat a couple of the same units year after year?
It’s okay if they are doing the same subject but changing the focus Eg Puppetry: Year 1 students might be using finger and hand puppets. Year 4 students might be using shadow puppetry while Year 7 students are integrating life size puppets into a mask piece. Just make sure you’re not paying for exactly the same unit – year after year after year. We have 28 units to offer AND we constantly update, revise and review our units.
Do my kids take away any kind of certification from the program?
Goat Track Kids have a student of the week program plus an end of term and end of year awards program.