Students here know that it is a safe place where they can try new things. One way we do this is to teach each of our students how to be a confident public speaker.
As early as Beginners (age 3), we guide them in leading daily circle time. In Middle School, they focus on the actual mechanics of public speaking; they are introduced to the fundamentals of speech cadence and rhythm, body awareness and voice projection.
By the time they are in Upper School, students are speaking comfortably at all-school assemblies, participating in mock judicial trials, and making persuasive oral arguments in debates. Their confidence and competence has prepared them for leadership in secondary school and for life.