North Nowra’s Patrick Guilfoyle has notched up a top mark in level 5 drama and speech at London’s Trinity College – a rare achievement for a student of his age.
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The Bomaderry High School student achieved a mark of 86 per cent in his most recent examination, an outstanding achievement for an 11-year-old.
“There’s a lot of work in it but it’s exciting when you actually get up and get good marks, you feel good about yourself,” Patrick said.
“It’s fun knowing you can memorise poems and feel like you accomplished a lot in a short period of time.”
Patrick recited Mulga Bill’s Bicycle by Banjo Paterson as well as an extract from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame for the examination.
Patrick’s mother Louise Guilfoyle said he started reciting poetry when he was just six-years-old.
“The first eisteddfod he attended was the City of Shoalhaven Eisteddfod in the eight years and under section, he started off doing really well and pursued it over the years,” she said.
“He’s continued to attend the eisteddfod every year and always managed to receive a highly commended, certificate or medal for his recitals.”
Trinity College London offers a choice of qualifications for students and teachers of drama and speech subjects and their graded exams and diplomas are recognised internationally.
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