Brisbane Grammar School


Speech and Communication classes prepare students for a communication-savvy world, teaching them to be creative and confident speakers.

Classes aim to empower students with effective communication skills and build their self-esteem through public speaking, eisteddfods, AMEB and Trinity College of London examinations, and other fun, imaginative activities. Small group sessions ensure each student is given the time and attention they need.


Group classes will be held at Brisbane Grammar School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (Friday classes will no longer be available). They are offered before school, at morning tea or lunch time.

In 2020, classes will be offered after school on Wednesdays. If Wednesdays don’t suit, but you would still prefer an after-school class, please check the options at my other venues, the Brisbane Powerhouse (Monday afternoon) and Clayfield College (Tuesday afternoon). These are attended by students from a mix of different schools. See the Brisbane Powerhouse and Clayfield College pages for more information.

Students also have the option of taking classes during school hours on a rotation system that ensures they will not miss the same school lesson from week to week. This system has worked effectively for many years and is a great choice for boys with co-curricular activities in the mornings and lunch hours.

 Before school Morning Tea Lunch Afternoon Rotation classes during school
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Cost per term: $270.00 (price includes GST) based on an 8 week term. (2-4 students per 30-minute class).


Next year I will be offering one weekly time slot for private lessons: 4.15 – 5.00pm Wednesday afternoon. You can book this slot if you would like to commit to a term (or more) of one-on-one classes, which are useful for those seeking to improve certain skills or for those wanting some more intensive exam preparation.

Throughout the year, more private lesson times will be offered online on the Private Lessons page (under Fees). However, these will only be available to students already attending weekly group classes, as an opportunity for extra preparation before their exam.

For 2020 course dates, go to our Course Dates page.


Sunday 31st May
Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse

This year, CIA is excited to present Affluenza, a hilarious, musical murder-mystery!

In Sydney’s eastern suburbs, the rich and beautiful are being picked off by a serial killer known as “Robin Hood”. Three high society victims have met gruesome ends, and a special task force has been assembled to transport the rest of Sydney’s elite to an emergency bunker for protection. As the hours pass, tensions rise, egos flare, and there are signs that this safe house might not be so safe after all.

From bratty private schoolkids to property tycoons, from champagne-sipping socialites to designer hipsters, these silver spooners might have the dollars, but do they have the sense to survive?

We can’t wait to take you on another challenging and rewarding journey from script to stage at the Brisbane Powerhouse. As always, this is a wonderful opportunity for students to build confidence, develop their vocal and physical performance skills, and have fun bringing a character to life in front of an audience. Throughout the intensive rehearsal process, they will also receive specialist tuition from theatre professionals.


For our November 2019 show, we had great success rehearsing in two separate age groups, which then joined together in a single performance. This made the process more organised – the performers had more time and space to workshop their scenes, and the overall show was more polished as a result. This year we will use the same formula across four rehearsals, before a dress rehearsal and performances in the Visy Theatre on Sunday 31st May.

All cast members must attend every rehearsal, staying for the full rehearsal time.

Sunday 10th May
Turbine Rehearsal Room (located opposite the Visy Theatre entrance), Brisbane Powerhouse
Years 1-6:            10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Years 7-10:          1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Sunday 17th May
Turbine Rehearsal Room, Brisbane Powerhouse
Years 1-6:            10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Year 7-10:            1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Sunday 24th May
Turbine Rehearsal Room, Brisbane Powerhouse
Years 1-6:            10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Years 7-10:          1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Saturday 30th May

Dress Rehearsal
Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse

Years 1-6:         1.00pm – 4.30pm

Years 7-10:      3.00pm – 6.30pm

Sunday 31st May (Performance Day)

Dress Rehearsal
Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
Years 1-10:          9.00 am – 10.30 am

Two Performances -11.00am & 12.30p.m


This fee covers 14 hours of intensive rehearsal, expert tuition from theatre professionals, and the opportunity to perform in one of Brisbane’s premier venues.

Don’t miss your chance to join us onstage for another spectacular CIA production!

Enrol now for Speech & Communication classes in 2020