It is the philosophy of the Academy of St. Joseph that the ability to stand up and speak with confidence, poise and skill is an essential life skill. Knowing how to communicate information effectively in a world that is overwhelmed with content is more important than ever before.
Academy students are responsible for leading daily morning assembly. Every student from PreK to Seventh Grade takes on this leadership role. They call the assembly to order, lead daily morning prayer and pledges and share an event that happened on this day in history. The student leader will then call on the Head of School to deliver morning announcements. Additionally, students serve as ambassadors during monthly Open House tours, present at the Bryant Park Poem In Your Pocket day and other school, church and community events.
Public speaking is a skill that you only improve with practice. Because Academy students start practicing the art of public speaking as pre-schoolers on a daily basis, as they get older, they become "seasoned' public speakers. Here is Samantha (3rd Grade) doing her Black History Month presentation on Harriet Tubman. She did her whole presentation without notes, with so much confidence and conviction.